ABS-CBN's late night news program Bandila made history as the first Philippine broadcast to earn a nomination at the prestigious 2007 International Emmy® Awards, beating some 800 entries worldwide in the News and Current Affairs categories.
Bandila is one of the four nominees in the news category for its episode "The Subic Rape Case Promulgation" after three rounds of judging by over 500 judges participating in 35 countries. The Philippine entry will compete with seven other finalists from the United Kingdom, Brazil, Romania, China, and Russia.
According to the official website of The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (IATAS), it is the first time that programs from Romania and the Philippines have been nominated for an International Emmy® and the first time that shows from Hong Kong and Russia have been nominated in the news category.
"The 2007 nominees are a testimony of international television news organizations which now reach a standard of excellence," said Bruce Paisner, president and CEO of IATAS. "The International Academy takes enormous pride in saluting the work of these outstanding news organizations and journalists from Asia, Europe, and South America."
According to ABS-CBN's Head of News and Current Affairs Maria Ressa, the international recognition vindicates the network's decision to bring its late night newscast to an earlier schedule and compete head-on with popular soap operas and sitcoms as part of its nation-building efforts.
The Kapamilya Network made a bold move in giving Bandila an earlier timeslot. "It is an act of leadership driven by nationalism and not merely ratings," said Ressa. "Nation building has never been popular and entails a lot of hard work. The triumph of Bandila gives hope to every Filipino that he or she can push for radical change in the country."
The winner will be announced at the awarding ceremony on September 24 at the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers in New York City. The annual awards recognize excellence in international news and current affairs programming. The international winners will be honored alongside their American news and documentary counterparts.
Bandila is anchored by veteran broadcast journalists Korina Sanchez, Ces Drilon, and Henry Omaga-Diaz.