December 2022 Issue 1 – Maria Ressa Received Nobel Peace Prize


Freedom of expression – an aspiration finally heard. thanks to a Fil-Am journalist named Maria Angelita Ressa who obtained the prestige of a Nobel Peace Prize 2021 and was hailed as a defender of truth!

We may all relate to Ressa’s belief that there is an urge to expose facts from fiction. Emerging from a cloud of media fake news, specifically to manipulate public perception. Political power, for example, uses every medium available to harass opponents to achieve authoritarian power. The stock market puppeteers that monger “bears and bulls” activities to monopolize financial gain in the industry or simply embolden an advertisement by means of fraud and maliciously swindle hard earners of their savings. Maria Angelita’s compounded 36 years of experience has ultimately accomplished the “dream of fulfillment” for journalistic ethics not only for fellow writers and media representatives with the same passion to expose realities but for all those who seek the simple honest facts.

Born in Manila, the young 9-year-old moved to America with her family. Innocently unknowing she will someday be awarded and entitled to a prestigious Laureates. Allow me to expound on what it means to be awarded a Nobel Peace. Prize recipient.

Alfred Nobel is a Swedish chemist, engineer, inventor, businessman, and philanthropist: he is best known for having bequeathed his fortune to establish the Nobel Prize. Nobel initiated Upon his death, the Nobel prize trust guidelines. Established through his 4-page will to be given to persons who excelled in the fields of medicine, physics, chemistry, literature, and peace, selected by the Norwegian Nobel Committee a five-member entity appointed by the Parliament of Norway. A sum of at least $1.5 million, a diploma, and a Nobel medal are awarded to one or up to three recipients per awarding year with the title of Nobel Laureate · – forever and be alongside famous Nobel Prize recipients we know including Martin Luther King, Mother Theresa, Mahatma Gandhi, the Dalai Lama, Mikhail Gorbachev, Vasser Arafat, and Anwar Sadat to name a few.

In Ressa’s speech called “lecture” during the Nobel Prize ceremony, she highlighted that in all her years of journalism, she has seen and experienced so much worse and likewise equally witnessed so much good. She raised a simple I-shirt that read “Believe there is good in the world” with an inner distinct emphasis “BE THE GOOD” which spells out that encouraging positivity in this “world of fear and violence” as she calls it. A Princeton Cum Laude, a Fulbright Fellow (don’t get me started with what the prestige of the Fulbright Program is!), a CNN bureau Chief in Manila, Jakarta CNN Chief, and an investigative reporter in Asia. Maria Angelita Ressa established, founded, and is now CEO of Rappler a digital journalistic entity.

Ressa posed a serious question to all the distinguished and prominent audience, “What are you willing to sacrifice for the truth?”. A query that any dishonest being shall never even fathom to ask themselves. More so be able to answer and stead think “nothing!”: but to the authentic and sincere beings who care about humanity. hopefully, we have an answer to ponder and think about – and such an answer shall yield a better world.