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Founder of Kompas Daily Wins Lifetime Achievement Award at Gala APC Dinner.

Manila, Philippines, July 16, 2013 - (ACN Newswire) - Fifty GOLD and EXCELLENCE winners across eighteen categories were awarded during the Asian Publishing Awards, Friday July 12. The Gala Dinner closed the 7th Asian Publishing Convention (APC) held at the Mandarin Oriental, attended by 197 delegates from 12 countries.

The Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Pak Jacob Oetama, Founder-Editor of KOMPAS Gramedia Group (Indonesia).

Launched by Jakob Oetama (now 82 yrs old) and Auyong Peng Kuen/Petrus Kanisius Ojong (who passed away 1980), KOMPAS was inspired by a Christian spirit of mission, ethics, service, inclusiveness and moral direction which sets it apart from other press in Indonesia. The founders wanted KOMPAS to promote a Christian message of humanity transcending a pluralistic society with a vast Muslim population.

Pak Jakob's consistently gentle influence of conscience, humility and responsibility about the power of press continues to guide KOMPAS as the torch passes to its next generation of journalists and editors.

Pak Sularto, deputy publisher of KOMPAS received the Lifetime Achievement Award on behalf of Pak Jakob Oetama who was prevented by poor health from travelling.

The Asian Publishing Awards, co-sponsored by Magzter, is Asia's premier Awards program recognizing best publishing practices in magazines, books and corporate communications. It attracted 171 entries from 31 companies across 8 countries.

Members of the search and selection committee for the Asian Publishing Awards were: Ahsan Uddin Shan, Lecturer at School of Film & Media Studies, Ngee Ann Polytechnic (Singapore); Abraham Matthews, Co-founder & CEO, Knobly Media Ventures Pvt Ltd, (India); Ashok Nath, Co-chair, Asian Publishing Convention (Philippines); Allein Moore, CEO/Publisher, AdAsia Media (Singapore); Arthur Policarpio, Mobext Head-Asia Pacific, Mobext (Philippines); Bernice Narayanan, Managing Director, BN Communications Sdn Bhd (Malaysia); Bill Belew, CEO, CosmoFair Network (USA); Chris Hemmings, Executive Director, Exedra Events (Philippines); Cyril Pereira, Principal, Telesis Consulting (Hong Kong); Dennis Valdes, President, Philweb Corporation (Philippines); Atty. Dominador Buhain, Honorary President, ASEAN Book Publishers Association (ABPA) (Philippines); Eric Peris, Photojournalist (Malaysia); Genevieve Chua, Managing Director, Spicers Paper (Singapore); James Thornton, Chairman, Mailing List Asia (Hong Kong); Javier Calero, Chairman, Full Circle (Philippines); Keith Elliot, Chairman, PMA Media Training (UK); Kelvin Ho, Head of Sales, Innity Philippines Inc. (Philippines); Maria Veronica Sarthou, Co-Founder, Writer's Block Philippines (Philippines); Riva Elliott, Managing Director, PMA Media Training (UK); Steve Garton, Media Consultant, Steve Garton Consulting (Hong Kong); Therese Necio-Ortega, Principal/Director, TNO Link Concepts Consultancy (Hong Kong); Timi Siytangco, Director, Brands and Agencies, Outbrain (Singapore); U Tha Tun Oo, Chairman, Myanmar Publishers and Booksellers Association (Myanmar); and Varsha Ghattak, Interior Decorator (India).

The GOLD and EXCELLENCE award winners in their respective categories are:

CATEGORY 1: Best Cover Design

- Winner GOLD Award:

Asian Geographic Magazines Pte Ltd - "Disease & Decay"

- Winners EXCELLENCE Award:

a) C! Magazine Group - "Calibre (POCKET COMPLICATION)"

b) MediaCorp Pte Ltd - "CPA Singapore Jan'13"

c) Rogue Magazine - "Iza Calzado Cover - July 2012 issue"

d) SilverKris, SPH Magazines Pte Ltd - "SilverKris Dec 12"

CATEGORY 2: Best Use of Typography

- Winner GOLD Award:

Magazines Integrated Pte Ltd - "Fairy Tale Feasts"

CATEGORY 3: Best Use of Illustration

- Winner GOLD Award:

INK - "Bards of Burma"

-Winner EXCELLENCE Award:

Rogue Magazine - "Rogue Magazine House of Cards"

CATEGORY 4: Best Photo Documentary

- Winner GOLD Award:

INK - "About Face"

- Winner EXCELLENCE Award:

C! Magazine Group - "F1 Dreams to reality Lotus and Marlon"

CATEGORY 5: Best Feature on Asian Fashion

- Winners GOLD Award:

Mass Connect Ltd - "Mae Fah Luang (Queen Mother)"

Females Brides, SPH Magazines Pte Ltd - "Female Brides LookBook 5"

- Winners EXCELLENCE Award:

a) ABS-CBN Publishing Inc (Metro Magazine, ABS-CBN Publsihing Inc.) - "Pomp and Splendor" as seen in Metro

b) Blu Inc Media Sdn Bhd - "Total Recall"

c) Nuyou Magazine Blu Inc Media Sdn Bhd - "WALK OF STYLE 2012"

CATEGORY 6: Best Feature on Asian Travel

- Winner GOLD Award:

Expat Living Publications Pte Ltd - "Khmer Ultra Tri - EX Magazine Aug/Sep 2012"

- Winners EXCELLENCE Award:

a) Eastgate Publishing Corporation - "Of Party Animals, Wildlife, & History"

b) INK - "Scoot - Old School Thai"

CATEGORY 7: Best Feature on Pets

- Winner GOLD Award:

Magazines Integrated Pte Ltd - "Pets - A Night Out with Stray Feeders"

CATEGORY 8: Best Feature on Wine-Tasting

- Winner GOLD Award:

ABS-CBN Publishing Inc - "Filipino Roots"

- Winner EXCELLENCE Award:

Magazines Integrated Pte Ltd - "epicure Magazine Wine Feature: A Rosy"

CATEGORY 9: Best Feature on Interior Decoration

- Winner GOLD Award:

ABS-CBN Publishing Inc (Metro Home and Entertaining Magazine, ABS-CBN Publishing Inc.) - "The Odyssey"

- Winners EXCELLENCE Award:

a) Expat Living Publications Pte Ltd - "Home Makeoever Artists - Expat Living March 2012"

b) Mass Connect Ltd. L'Officiel Thailand - "King of Colonial"

CATEGORY 10: Best Feature on Cars

- Winner GOLD Award:

ABS-CBN Publishing Inc - "Keeping Pace with the Classics"

- Winners EXCELLENCE Award:

a) C! Magazine Group - "Bellezza Perfetta The 2012 Pagani"


CATEGORY 11: Best Feature on Timepieces

- Winner GOLD Award:

Global Asia Media - "Metiers d'Art"

- Winner EXCELLENCE Award:

C! Magazine Group - "Another Country Not My Own - Calibre"

CATEGORY 12: Best Multimedia Integration to Engage Audiences

- Winner GOLD Award:

Trends Omni Media - "Trends Fashion Trendsreader"

- Winners EXCELLENCE Award:

a) Business Weekly Group - "Global Battle of Taiwan Brother Black"

b) CommonWealth Magazine - "Post-90s Generation"

c) Lianhe Wanbao & - "Wanbao - 30 Years of Dedication Mobile App"

CATEGORY 13: Content Development: Expressing 'editorial personality' across channels

- Winner GOLD Award:

Cathay Pacific & Bauer Media Hong Kong - "Digital Discovery"

- Winners EXCELLENCE Award:

a) Hong Bao Media (Holdings) Pte Ltd - "Investor Central Reality Check"

b) The Irrawady Magazine - "The Irrawady Magazine in Myanmar"

CATEGORY 14: Best Use of Design, Layout & Presentation

- Winner GOLD Award:

Caixin Media Co. Ltd - "China Economics & Finance"

- Winners EXCELLENCE Award:

a) ICON Moments, SPH Magazines Pte Ltd - "ICON Moments 2012-2013"

b) SilverKris, SPH Magazines Pte Ltd - "SilverKris Jul 12"

CATEGORY 15: Best Book on the Media Industry in Asia

- Winner GOLD Award:

John Wiley & Sons Singapore Pte. Ltd. - "The Party Line How The Media Dictates"

CATEGORY 16: Best Insights into Asian Societies (non-fiction)

- Winner GOLD Award:

Commonwealth Publishing Group - "Thinking, Fast and Slow"

- Winners EXCELLENCE Award:

a) ABS-CBN Publishing Inc - "Juan Ponce Enrile, A memoir"

b) Business Weekly Group - "Great Shop Owner's Lectures - 12"

c) McGraw-Hill Education - "Productivity Managing, Motivating, Maximising Teams in Asia"

d) NUS Press - "Affordable Excellence The Singapore Healthcare Story"

CATEGORY 17: Best Multimedia Campaign by Corporate Advertiser

- Winner GOLD Award:

Commonwealth Publishing Group - "2013 Festivals and Holidays-Special"

- Winner EXCELLENCE Award:

Hong Bao Media (Holdings) Pte Ltd - "Singapore Exchange Sector Savvy"

CATEGORY 18: Innovative Corporate Communications

- Winner GOLD Award:

Business Weekly Group - "Amazing Night: Steve Jobs and Innovation"

- Winners EXCELLENCE Award:

a) CommonWealth Magazine - "Change, for the sake of Happiness"

b) Hong Bao Media (Holdings) Pte Ltd - "Fuji Xerox Treasure Hunter"

APC 2013 is organized by Exedra Events and presented in cooperation with Strategic Corporate Partner WoodWing. The Publishing Awards co-sponsor is Magzter. Official Industry Partners are Atex, MobStac, and Picsean Media.

As in previous years, APC continues to build on the network of over 30 partners and sponsors who cooperate to make the event happen. For a complete list, visit

About Asian Publishing Convention

The Asian Publishing Convention (APC) is an annual 2-day convention for magazine and online publishers, to be held on July 11 & 12, 2013. It completed its 5th cycle in Bangkok. APC travels across ASEAN: Kuala Lumpur (2007), Singapore (2008), Manila (2009), HCMC (2010), Bangkok (2011) and Kuala Lumpur (2012).

APC's program includes a combination of plenary and bootcamp sessions featuring widely recognized multimedia industry leaders and gurus from around the world, workshops and demonstrations on topic-specific innovations and up-to-date best multimedia publishing practices. In just two days, the delegates to APC 2013 will sharpen their skills, expand their thinking, increase their expertise and become inspired to achieve a higher level of excellence. Plus, they will experience a rare opportunity to network with fellow senior publishing professionals and solutions suppliers from all over the region.

The principal organizer of the APC is EXEDRA EVENTS, event management specialists. EXEDRA EVENTS organizers of the Asian Publishing Convention, the Asian Publishing Awards, the Hospital Management Asia and the Asian Hospital Management Awards. For more information, please visit

Source: Asian Publishing Convention

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