This week, the Los Angeles Press Club celebrated its 60th annual Southern California Journalism Awards held at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Downtown LA. Congratulations are in order as Filipino American journalist Ruben V. Nepales (of Inquirer Entertainment) won for BEST ENTERTAINMENT NEWS or FEATURE for a two-part story he wrote on actress-activist Angelina Jolie, published by the Inquirer on September 7, 2017.
This recognition was the first time Nepales competed in the category, through the sole non-American publication entry.
He says, “Thanks, LA Press Club, for my first prize in the Southern California Journalism Awards. Honored to win for the Philippine Daily Inquirer and represent the Philippines in a tough category with the Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly and Bloomberg Businessweek.”
The judges’ comment for Nepales: "A revealing and perceptive profile of a complicated Jolie, well-written and way deeper than the usual celebrity PR fare. Well done!"
You can read Nepales’ award winning news feature, “Angelina Jolie talks about her ‘very difficult year’” here:
His journalist wife, Janet R. Nepales (Manila Bulletin’s Hollywood correspondent) won two awards that same evening!
Nepales, who writes the weekly “Hollywood Bulletin” column, won third place for her article, “Eleanor Coppola Reminisces About The Philippines,” in the Personality Profile – Foreign Correspondents/Reporters category, and third place for her column, “Del Toro’s ‘First Grown-Up Movie,’” in the Columnist or Critic – Foreign Correspondents/Reporters category.
You can read her award winning article, “Eleanor Coppola Reminisces About The Philippines” here: https://entertainment.mb.com.ph/2017/05/22/eleanor-coppola-reminisces-about-the-ph/ The link to her “Del Toro’s ‘First Grown-Up Movie” is not available online.
Edwin Santos began blogging in 1995 when he was hired as Editor for the award-winning fansite, The Towne Cryer News on Renée Zellweger. He wrote about the entertainment business and film reviews of Zellweger's films until 2000.