CanadianFilipino.Net editor Eleanor Laquian hosted veteran journalist and ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC) anchor Christian Esguerra on November 16 in a meeting with Filipino community leaders in Vancouver.
Esguerra was named 2020 Marshall McLuhan fellow by the Canadian Embassy in the Philippines and the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR). The prestigious Marshall McLuhan Fellowship is awarded yearly by the Canadian Embassy in the Philippines to a recipient "embodying outstanding qualities in the field of investigative journalism." The McLuhan fellow travels to universities across Canada and the Philippines to deliver lectures on a chosen topic in journalism. Due to a two-year Covid restrictions in travel, Esguerra is visiting universities across Canada only now.
The Marshall McLuhan Fellowship, named after the world-renowned Canadian communication scholar, is the Embassy of Canada’s flagship media advocacy initiative. Launched in 1997 to encourage responsible journalism in the Philippines, the Fellowship reflects Canada’s belief that a strong media is essential to a free and democratic society.
The program, with financial support from Sun Life of Canada, provides the winner with a study tour to Canada. This tour provides an opportunity to interact with Canadian media counterparts and to discuss current issues with Canadian government officials and members of civil society. The winner will also have the chance to sit as a fellow at the McLuhan Institute in Toronto.
No McLuhan fellow was named in 2021 due to pandemic restrictions in travel. Previous McLuhan fellows include Patricia Evangelista (2019), Jeff Canoy (2018), Manny Mogato (2017), Gigi Grande (2016), Joseph Morong (2015), Cheche Lazaro (2014), Eileen Mangubat (2013), Lynda Jumilla (2012), Carol Arguillas (2011), Ed Lingao (2010), Diosa Labiste (2009), Glenda Gloria (2008), Inday Varona (2007), Gerry Lirio (2006), Yvonne Chua (2000, 2005), Tess Bacalla (2004), Luz Rimban (2003), Miriam Grace Go (2002), Vinia Datinguinoo (2001), Ellen Tordesillas (1999) and Sheila Coronel (1998).