United Print Media Group inducts new set of executives

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UNITED Print Media Group (UPMG), a progressive organization of print media and publishing companies in the Philippines, recently inducted its newly elected officers and board of directors at JY Campos Hall B at the Unilab Bayanihan Center in Pasig.

The Secretary of the Presidential Office of Communications Operations, Martin Andanar, represented by Under Secretary Jose Joel M. Sy Egco, Executive Director of the Presidential Task Force on Media Security, was the keynote speaker and inducting officer . On behalf of Andanar, Egco spoke to UPMG leaders and members on “Printegrity: Innovating Print with Credible Content”.

The newly inducted officers of the UPMG are Barbie L. Atienza (chair) responsible for external affairs of the Manila Bulletin; The Philippine Star Corporate Communications Manager and Sales and BusinessWorld Marketing Head Jay R. Sarmiento (vice-president); Adobo Magazine Editor and Editor-in-Chief Angel V. Guerrero (Secretary General), Philippine Journalists Inc. Assistant Vice President for Advertising Vivienne A. Motomal (Treasurer), Manila Standard Treasury Manager Annie F. Grefal (Auditor) and Pilipino Star Ngayon Advertising Manager Jacinto G. Aluad (PRO).

UPMG’s new board of directors is as follows: BusinessMirror Vice President for Advertising Sales Marvin N. Estigoy, Philippine Daily Inquirer COO Rene Reinoso, The Manila Times Vice President for Sales and Marketing of and CRB Head Danny G. Ocampo and Chinese Commercial News Credit and Collection Manager Sherly O. Baula.

Elected president for the second time, Atienza, in his inaugural address, underlined the role of print and its integrity in the growing horizon of media communications, where the credibility of print remained a source of truthful information at the time and today.

The presence of the Deputy Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism, Frederick M. Alegre, who has been a pillar of the organization and a former president of the UPMG, made the occasion even more memorable. Another special part of Induction Night was the renewal of the membership oath and the UPMG pin-pinning ceremony among members. Born on July 27, 2001 from the merger of Primo (print media organization) and Prado (print advertising organization), resulting in a “unified” group, UPMG currently has 32 active members with more than 100 titles.

UPMG members include Abante, ABS-CBN Publishing, Adobo Magazine, Alted Publication, Balita, BusinessMirror, Business World, Bandera, Chinese Commercial News, Gadgets Magazine, Hinge Inquirer Publications Inc, Malaya Business Insight, Manila Bulletin Publishing Corp ., Manila Standard, Mediawise Comm (Muse Magazine), Mindanao Daily News, Mindanao Media Services Inc., One Mega Group Inc., The Panay News, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Philippine Journalists, Inc., Philippine Star, Pilipino Star Ngayon, Sison’s Publishing House, Inc., Sunstar Manila Marketing, Inc., Tempo, The Freeman, The Manila Times, United Daily News, 2.0 Magazine, Opinyon and Adam Moraleta, associate member. The new members welcomed into the association are Reymundo Junia, Myrna Vere and Rhodabelle Sarmiento.

The UPMG Induction Night was an evening of renewed commitment from its leaders and board of directors and unwavering support from its members. It was also an evening of fun, friendship and entertainment, as officers and honorable guests surprised all members with their improvised song numbers.

The UPMG Induction Night was sponsored by United Laboratories, Chinese Commercial News and The Executive Decisions.

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