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PANA kicks off PANAta Awards 2021 with a Virtual Media Launch

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The Philippine Association of National Advertisers (PANA) recently commensed PANAta Awards 2021, an annual recognition program for effective and creative marketing communication campaigns celebrating brands that have made a difference.

This year’s PANAta Awards theme is “Hilaraya,” a portmanteau of the Tagalog words hila, which means “to pull,” and hiraya, meaning the “fruit of one’s hopes, dreams and aspirations” rendered through a creative device of a spectrum where the myriad of colors representing various sectors of the industry meet at a certain point.

Coming from a record-breaking support of the industry last year, PANAta Awards 2021 Chair Ken Lerona expressed that “through the PANAta Awards 2021, we hope to reinforce the message of courage and optimism for the industry to move forward together toward brighter prospects amid new realities.”

The awards categories will feature the customary recognitions for Brand Bravery, Endorser of the Year and various Excellence awards in Brand CSR, Brand Positioning, Customer Empowerment and Marketing Innovation. The awards for the pandemic response launched last year and aptly termed Gawad Pandayon for Authenticity, Courage, and Creative Effectiveness will be retained since the marketing environment has remained in a state of flux. In addition to the Most Effective use of media (TV, radio, print), nominations will be accepted for the category Most Effective Use of Medium Digital.

The People’s Choice Awards, which will reflect the sentiments of the consumers, will be opened at a later date. The Brand Builder of the Year award will only be named from qualifying entries, and, thus, will be invitational following the initial screening. The Brand Rookie of the Year has been renamed to Most Promising Brand of the Year and the category Best Localized Ad is now Best Provincial Ad.

Praxis, co-resenter for the PANAta Awards 2021

During the launch, PANA also introduced its co-producer Praxis, spearheading the awards ceremony and media placements. It also introduced its agency partners Vitalstrats Creative Solutions, which will handle creative materials and key visuals, and Ardent Communications Inc., which will oversee all PR and communications requirements. McDonald’s provided the media attendees with BTS meals.

Ardent Communications Inc., public relations agency partner for the PANAta Awards 2021
Vitalstrats Creative Solutions, Co., creative agency for the PANAta Awards 2021

The virtual launch is an indication that the ‘call for entries’ bell will be rung very soon.  Legally registered advertisers — whether PANA or non-PANA members — advertising agencies and suppliers, media agencies and suppliers, schools and school organizations, government agencies and nongovernment organizations in the Philippines may join. For more information, check out the PANA website pana.com.ph or follow its official social media pages at /PANAbrandbuilders on Facebook, @panaadedge on Twitter and /panabandbulders on LinkedIn.

Qualified entries are those that have been aired or used in any form of media or platform from January to December 2020.

The awarding ceremony is scheduled for December 8 via online streaming.

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