Despite a presentation by the Editor of AdAsia in the earlier plenary sessions predicting the end of print publications, a platform debate on the demise of printed publications resulted in an overwhelming vote of confidence for the future of this platform. Print is here to stay according to the delegates at the 7th annual Asian Publishing Convention. The event attracted 197 delegates from 12 countries to the Mandarin Oriental in Manila, Philippines on
11th-12th July.

However, this faith in the printed magazine and book, did not mean the publishers gathered in Manila were ignoring the digital media. Indeed amongst the speakers were Gilles Boitard from Google and Eliot Connor from Facebook and the new platforms were fully covered in the workshops.

Left to right: Allein Moore, CEO/Publisher, AdAsia Media; U Tha Tun Oo, Chairman, Myanmar Publishers and Booksellers Association; Timi Siytangco, Director, Brands and Agencies, Outbrain; Gilles Boitard, Strategic Partner Leader for Partner Business Solutions for Southeast Asia, Google; and Eliot Connor, Director, APAC, Facebook.

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The two-day event ended with the Gala Dinner and award presentations. The 50 Gold and Excellence winners are listed below.

The Lifetime Achievement Award went to Pak Jacob Oetama, Founder-Editor of Kompas Gramedia Group in Indonesia. He was too frail to come over so Pak Sularto, Deputy Publisher of Kompas received the award on his behalf.

Left to right: Cyril Pereira, Conference Co-chairman of Asian Publishing Convention 2013, Pak Sularto, Deputy Publisher of Kompas and Ashok Nath, Co-chair of Asian Publishing Convention (Philippines).

The event gets a huge support from the publishing and related associations: ABPA, ADMA, AMIC, APPA, AIM, MBAT, MPA, MPAS, MMA, MPBA, NBDB, NBDCS, PANA, PAPI, SOPA, and Vietnam Marcom were all conference partners. WoodWing was once again a Strategic Corporate Partner.

The event is orchestrated by Exedra Events, which has been voted internationally as one of the best event organisers. APC has established itself as a major show for the publishing industry in this region. If you were not a delegate this year, make sure you go along in 2014.

Asian Publishing Awards 2013 winners

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Asian Publishing Awards 2013 winners’ list


CATEGORY 1: Best Cover Design

GOLD Award

Asian Geographic Magazines Pte Ltd – “Disease & Decay”

EXCELLENCE Award

(a) C! Magazine Group – “Calibre (POCKET COMPLICATION)”

(b) MediaCorp Pte Ltd – “CPA Singapore Jan’13”

(c) Rogue Magazine – “Iza Calzado Cover – July 2012 issue”

(d) SilverKris, SPH Magazines Pte Ltd – “SilverKris Dec 12”


CATEGORY 2: Best Use of Typography

GOLD Award

Magazines Integrated Pte Ltd – “Fairy Tale Feasts”


CATEGORY 3: Best Use of Illustration

GOLD Award

INK – “Bards of Burma”

EXCELLENCE Award

Rogue Magazine – “Rogue Magazine “House of Cards”


CATEGORY 4: Best Photo Documentary

GOLD Award

INK – “About Face”

EXCELLENCE Award

C! Magazine Group – “F1 Dreams to reality Lotus and Marlon”


CATEGORY 5: Best Feature on Asian Fashion

GOLD Award

(a) Mass Connect Ltd – “Mae Fah Luang (Queen Mother)”

(b) Females Brides, SPH Magazines Pte Ltd – “Female Brides LookBook 5”

EXCELLENCE Award

(a) ABS-CBN Publishing Inc (Metro Magazine, ABS-CBN Publsihing Inc.) – “Pomp and Splendor” as seen in Metro

(b) Blu Inc Media Sdn Bhd – “Total Recall”

(c) Nuyou Magazine Blu Inc Media Sdn Bhd – “WALK OF STYLE 2012”


CATEGORY 6: Best Feature on Asian Travel

GOLD Award

Expat Living Publications Pte Ltd – “Khmer Ultra Tri – EX Magazine Aug/Sep 2012”

EXCELLENCE Award

(a) Eastgate Publishing Corporation – “Of Party Animals, Wildlife, & History”

(b) INK- “Scoot – Old School Thai”


CATEGORY 7: Best Feature on Pets

GOLD Award

Magazines Integrated Pte Ltd – “Pets – A Night Out with Stray Feeders”


CATEGORY 8: Best Feature on Wine-Tasting

GOLD Award

ABS-CBN Publishing Inc – “Filipino Roots”

EXCELLENCE Award

Magazines Integrated Pte Ltd – “epicure Magazine Wine Feature: A Rosy”


CATEGORY 9: Best Feature on Interior Decoration

GOLD Award

ABS-CBN Publishing Inc (Metro Home and Entertaining Magazine, ABS-CBN Publishing Inc.) – “The Odyssey”

EXCELLENCE Award

(a) Expat Living Publications Pte Ltd – “Home Makeoever Artists – Expat Living March 2012”

(b) Mass Connect Ltd. L’ Officiel Thailand – “King of Colonial”


CATEGORY 10: Best Feature on Cars

GOLD Award

ABS-CBN Publishing Inc – “Keeping Pace with the Classics”

EXCELLENCE Award

(a) C! Magazine Group – “Bellezza Perfetta The 2012 Pagani”

(b) INDICIUM – “ROAD BOOK”


CATEGORY 11: Best Feature on Timepieces

GOLD Award

Global Asia Media – “Métiers d’Art”

EXCELLENCE Award

C! Magazine Group – “Another Country Not My Own – Calibre”


CATEGORY 12: Best Multimedia Integration to Engage Audiences

GOLD Award

Trends Omni Media – “Trends Fashion Trendsreader”

EXCELLENCE Award

(a) Business Weekly Group – “Global Battle of Taiwan Brother Black”

(b) CommonWealth Magazine – “Post-90s Generation”

(c) Lianhe Wanbao & omy.sg – “晚报真情30” Wanbao – 30 Years of Dedication Mobile App”


CATEGORY 13: Content Development: Expressing ‘editorial personality’ across channels

GOLD Award

Cathay Pacific & Bauer Media Hong Kong – “Digital Discovery”

EXCELLENCE Award

(a) Hong Bao Media (Holdings) Pte Ltd – “Investor Central® Reality Check”

(b) The Irrawady Magazine – ” The Irrawady Magazine in Myanmar”


CATEGORY 14: Best Use of Design, Layout & Presentation

GOLD Award

Caixin Media Co. Ltd – “China Economics & Finance”

EXCELLENCE Award

(a) ICON Moments, SPH Magazines Pte Ltd – “ICON Moments 2012-2013”

(b) SilverKris, SPH Magazines Pte Ltd – ” SilverKris Jul 12″


CATEGORY 15: Best Book on the Media Industry in Asia

GOLD Award

John Wiley & Sons Singapore Pte. Ltd. – “The Party Line How The Media Dictates”


CATEGORY 16: Best Insights into Asian Societies (non-fiction)

GOLD Award

Commonwealth Publishing Group- “Thinking, Fast and Slow”

EXCELLENCE Award

(a) ABS-CBN Publishing Inc – “Juan Ponce Enrile, A memoir”

(b) Business Weekly Group – ” Great Shop Owner’s Lectures- 12″

(c) McGraw-Hill Education – “Productivity Managing, Motivating, Maximising Teams in Asia”

(d) NUS Press – “Affordable Excellence The Singapore Healthcare Story”


CATEGORY 17: Best Multimedia Campaign by Corporate Advertiser

GOLD Award

Commonwealth Publishing Group – “2013 Festivals and Holidays-Special”

EXCELLENCE Award

Hong Bao Media (Holdings) Pte Ltd – “Singapore Exchange Sector Savvy”


CATEGORY 18: Innovative Corporate Communications

GOLD Award

Business Weekly Group – “Amazing Night: Steve Jobs and Innovation”

EXCELLENCE Award

(a) CommonWealth Magazine – “Change, for the sake of Happiness”

(b) Hong Bao Media (Holdings) Pte Ltd – “Fuji Xerox Treasure Hunter”