October 17, 2016 | Lauren Mapp
San Diego Mesa College stock clerk Jesse Reyes was presented with two awards from the Philippine American Press Club in San Francisco on Oct. 7 for his work as a writer at the San Diego-based Filipino Press.
The Plaridel Awards – presented by Consul General Henry Bensurto, Jr., an ambassador to the Philippines – honors journalists for the excellence of their work within the field of Filipino-American journalism.
During the PAPC awards ceremony, he was presented with an award in the category for “Best International News Reporting” for his article on the Czech involvement in the WWII Battle of Bataan. He also received an award for “Best Sports Story” for an article about late Philippine basketball player Carlos “Caloy” Loyzaga, and Reyes was a finalist in the category of “Best Commentary/Editorial Essay” for an editorial about the Filipino community helping Syrian refugees.