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Philippines: Communication Foundation for Asia seeks applications for 4th Lagerwey Awards

Communication Foundation for Asia seeks applications for 4th Lagerwey Awards

The Communication Foundation for Asia (CFA) is now accepting applications for the 4th Lagerwey Awards.

Nominations are welcome from any groups or individuals that aim to use communication to advance Christian principles and give those in need the tools they need to improve society in any of the many areas of CFA's advocacy, such as peace, social justice, democracy, social accountability, environment stewardship, youth engagement, transformative digital citizenship, community building, family in mission, and value formation.

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The deadline for the submission of entries is March 30, 2024. For inquiries, one can contact CFA at [email protected] or visit

The awards bear the name of Fr. Cornelio Lagerwey, a Dutch priest and Sacred Heart Missionary who arrived in the Philippines in 1954 from Indonesia and served for many years in parishes all over the Philippines.

Before he and Filipino writer Genaro Ong founded the Social Communications Center (SCC) in 1965 to create “socially relevant publications and radio and TV programs,” Fr. Lagerwey initially produced the Philippine Catholic Digest.

Ferdinand Marcos Sr. imposed martial law in 1972, taking Fr. Lagerwey and other senior SCC executives into custody. Furthermore, the authorities canceled SCC's publishing license.

In 1975, SSC changed its name to the CFA and carried on with its operations. Lagerwey passed away in 1995.

They established the award in 2020.


Radio Veritas Asia (RVA), a media platform of the Catholic Church, aims to share Christ. RVA started in 1969 as a continental Catholic radio station to serve Asian countries in their respective local language, thus earning the tag “the Voice of Asian Christianity.”  Responding to the emerging context, RVA embraced media platforms to connect with the global Asian audience via its 21 language websites and various social media platforms.