THE UST Journalism program welcomed new faculty members, including veteran journalist and Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter Manuel “Manny” Mogato, in Academic Year 2021 to 2022.

Mogato, who graduated from Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila in 1983, is a multi-awarded journalist. 

As a Manila-based reporter for Reuters, Mogato along with reporters Clare Baldwin and Andrew Marshall won a Pulitzer Prize for international reporting for “Duterte’s War,” a series that looked into President Rodrigo Duterte’s bloody drug war in the Philippines.

The same series won two Amnesty International Media Awards and a Human Rights Press award.

Throughout his career, Mogato has received several awards and citations, including the prestigious Marshall McLuhan fellowship in 2017 and honors from the Overseas Press Club, Union of Catholic Asian News, and the Rotary Club of Manila.

Mogato was also a finalist in the Society of Publishers in Asia Awards in 2013 for his coverage of Typhoon “Yolanda.”

Throughout his journalism career, he has covered crime, politics, security and diplomacy.

He joined as editor-at-large and columnist in 2019, writing about politics, national security, and diplomacy in his opinion column, “In The Trenches.”

Mogato will teach political reporting.

Also joining the University’s journalism teaching roster is Rappler news editor Paterno Esmaquel II. 

Paterno obtained a Master of Arts in Journalism from Ateneo de Manila University in 2015 and a Master of Science in Asian studies from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. 

He was a production assistant at Probe Productions Inc. and news producer for GMA News Online before joining Rappler in 2012. He covers religion and foreign affairs.

Former GMA News producer Mario Urrutia III, who graduated from the Journalism program of the University of the Philippines in 2013, is also among the new faces in the faculty. 

He finished his Master’s in Media Practice at the University of Sydney in 2020, where he also worked as a research assistant and university instructor from 2019 to 2020.

Several UST alumni, as well as former Varsitarian writers and editors, were also among the latest additions to the journalism faculty, including Marie Carisa “Cai” Ordinario from BusinessMirror, former BusinessWorld and Philippine Daily Inquirer journalist Nathaniel Melican,’s former business news editor Prinz Magtulis, business reporter Ramon Royandoyan, and Alexis Romero, who covers Malacañang for the Philippine Star. #


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