A total of thirteen
finalists will represent the Philippines at the 12th Asian Television Awards (ATA)
to be held in Singapore this November.
Five programs, two hosts and
two comedians have been nominated from GMA-7 while three television programs
and one drama performance by an actress in a show come from ABS-CBN.
The winners of the 2007 Asian Television Awards will be
announced at the awarding ceremony at the Suntec Convention Hall in Singapore
on November 29, 2007.
It was reported in PEP (Philippine Entertainment
Portal) last August 23 that Bandila made history as the first Philippine
newscast to be nominated in the International Emmy Awards this year. The
program's coverage of "The Subic Rape Case Promulgation" is the same
episode that earned a nomination in the ATA. Unfortunately, ABS-CBN lost to the "Lebanon Crisis" episode of BBC
News (BBC United Kingdom).
The two news programs of the
and TV Patrol World
—are competing in
the Best News Program category of this year's ATA. GMA-7's 24 Oras
distinguished itself for the coverage of "Super Typhoon Milenyo."
ABS-CBN's noontime game show Pilipinas Game KNB?
bagged a nomination for Best Game or Quiz Program, while Gina Pareño was
recognized for her performance in the episode "Jail" (Rehas) aired in Maalaala
Mo Kaya for Best Drama Performance by an Actress category. This MMK episode
won the Special Award in Drama in the recently concluded Seoul Drama Awards.
Michael V won the Best Comedy Performance by an Actor
for three years in a row (2004, 2005 and 2006). This year, the comedian is
pitted against Bubble Gang
co-host Ogie Alcasid.
Launched in 1996, the Asian
Television Awards usually gives out honors for over 30 categories including
Best Documentary Program, Best News Program, Best Cinematography, and Best
Current Affairs Presenter. According to the official website of the ATA, the
organizers this year have reduced the choices to 29 categories to "ensure better
representation of the productions in Asia."
The nominees of ABS-CBN in the various categories are:
Best News Program
Bandila - Subic Rape Case Promulgation
TV Patrol World - Taguig Hostage Drama
Best Game or Quiz
Pilipinas Game KNB?
Best Drama Performance
by an Actress
Gina Pareño - Jail / Rehas in Maalaala Mo Kaya
The nominees of GMA-7:
Best News Program
24 Oras - Super Typhoon Milenyo
Best Social Awareness
The Philippine Agenda - Education
Emergency - Mga Batang Magsusunog