In an online ceremony on February 18, the Catholic Social Media Awards led by Areopagus Communications and YouthPinoy, ministries affiliated with the Media Office of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Philippines (CBCP), announced the winners for the CSMA 2022 awards.
Radio Veritas Asia was chosen as the Best Catholic Organization Website.
Radio Veritas Asia (RVA) is a media platform of the Catholic Church in Asia. Started in 1969 as a continental Catholic radio station to serve Asian countries in their respective local languages, RVA earned the tag “the Voice of Asian Christianity.” In 2018, RVA moved from short-wave radio to digital media platforms. RVA proclaims the Good News through websites and all the social media platforms in English and 21 Asian Languages. The English Website of RVA is chosen for the award.
The Catholic Social Media Awards (CSMA2022) were given in twelve separate categories of social media engagement by Catholics
Winners of Catholic Social Media Awards 2022
Best Parish Facebook Page – St. John the Baptist Parish, Quiappo Church - Quiapo Church
Best Catholic Organization Facebook page - Spread the Light - Spread the Light
Best Diocesan Website – Roman Catholic Diocese of Malolos - The Roman Catholic Diocese of Malolos - Ang Sandigan
Best Parish Website – Basilica Minore del Santo Nino de Cebu - Basilica Minore del Santo Niño de Cebu
Best Catholic Organization Website – Radio Veritas Asia - Radio Veritas Asia
Best Catholic Song of the Year – Sinugo Mo Ako, Sung by Christopher Naraga, Composed by Rev. Fr. John Era, CM, Musical Arrangement by Homer Flores, - https://fb.watch/iMD8KqLCQJ/
Best Catholic Blog – Proof of Life - Live LIFE
Best Catholic Vlog – Adrian Milag TV - Adrian Milag
Best Twitter – MFC Youth - MFC Youth
Best Instagram - Carissimae Dei - Carissimae Dei
Female Social Media Influencer – Hidilyn Diaz - Hidilyn Diaz
Male Social Media Influencer – Fr. Fiel Pareja - Fr. Fiel Pareja
Criteria for the Awards
Nominees were ranked based on their content’s impact, relevance, as well as their page’s responsiveness and engagement rates, among others.
CONTENT IMPACT (30%)
Nominee’s contribution to awareness of social issues and important matters of society and the Church. Nominee’s success in engaging with the digital citizens and bringing positive change. Content must cover relevant societal affairs, significant catholic and social teachings, announcements, or support on parochial or organizational activities.
INNOVATIVE PRACTICE AND UNIQUENESS (20%)
Improvements and developments the nominees have brought in their own fields, especially their techniques or processes, which are considered unique or innovative in the social media network.
Supports a cause/advocacy of the church – the idea must support a value, principle, theme, or initiative being carried out by the Catholic church
New and digital way of doing things for the parish – key element is transforming traditional into a digital way of executing things
CONTENT RELEVANCE (20%)
Nominee’s content must be relevant to Catholic and social teachings or services and must either be educational or informative.
Nominee’s audience interaction on their pages, websites, or other social media platform.
FOLLOWING, SUPPORTERS, AND ENGAGEMENT RATE (10%)
Nominee’s garnered percentage of engagement from their target audience and a growing number of followings. This also includes number of comments, shares, statistics, and reviews.
COPYRIGHT PROTECTION (10%)
Nominee’s post should be original with no intellectual property copyright and plagiarism issues (i.e., articles, photos, music, etc). If posts are using unoriginal photos and/or articles, nominee should have proper citations and disclaimer about its license and use.
The Catholic Social Media Awards
CSMA is a project of Youth Pinoy, a group of young Filipino Catholics, in partnership with Areopagus Communications, Inc., and the Media Office of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines.
The Catholic Social Media Awards, which began in 2015, aims to honor individuals and institutions who have contributed to the spread of the “Good News” through social media.
Among its primary objectives are to motivate and encourage parishes, dioceses and church organizations to deliver Catholic content and to stand against online disinformation.
The initiative is in support of the Church’s call to use social media as a platform for evangelization, especially now in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.
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.