The Commission on Filipinos Overseas recently recognized Jennifer Fergesen (Roots & Wings Bureau Editor, Iceland) with a Migration Advocacy and Media Award in the Best Blog category for her project The Global Carinderia. The MAM Awards are conferred annually by the Commission for Filipinos Overseas, a Philippine governmental agency that promotes the welfare of Filipinos around the world.
The Global Carinderia is a series of articles that documents the Filipino diaspora through its restaurants.
“I’ve spent the past year traveling around the world to interview restaurateurs in Iceland, Georgia, Austria, the Faroe Islands and Hungary, among others. But I never thought that I'd be noticed by an organization as major as the CFO. The other awardees came from big media organizations, like GMA's Tadhana and ABS-CBN's Kabayani Talks, and brought their own newspaper photographers and TV crews. Only I attended the ceremony alone.
It's gratifying to know that people care about stories of genuine, hard-working people. I hope this award will help me tell more of them.”