Michael V and Ogie Alcasid were cited as Best Comedy Actor for their performances in GMA-7 gag show Bubble Gang in this year's Asian TV Awards.

Photo: Noel Orsal

Inilabas na ng Asian Television Awards (ATA) sa OnScreenAsia.com ang listahan ng mga nominado sa tatlong main categories, namely: Programming, Performance, and Technical/Creative. 

Now on its 13th year, ang Asian TV Awards 2008 ay gaganapin sa Hotel InterContinental, Middle Road, Singapore sa December 11.

Fifty-four judges were selected from different TV networks all over the Asia- Pacific region. They reviewed the categories and eventually selected the winner in each category.

Ang chairman of the board ay si Mr. Man Shu Sum ng Singapore. Kinabibilangan din ito ng iba pang mga huradong nagmula pa sa mga bansang Singapore (13 judges), Malaysia (5), Taiwan (6), India (4), Hong Kong SAR(4), Indonesia (5), China (4), Australia (2), Korea (3), Japan (2), Sri Lanka (1), Thailand (1), and the Philippines (4).

Ang mga huradong taga-Pilipinas ay kinabibilangan nina Ma. Cecilia "Che-Che" Lazaro (The Probe Productions, ABS-CBN), Jessica Soho (VP for News, GMA-7), Laurenti Dyogi (VP Entertainment Division, ABS-CBN), at Nessa Valdellon (VP for Public Affairs, GMA-7).

Ang Pilipinas ay nakakuha ng walong nominasyon sa mga kategoryang Best Comedy Programme (Camera Café at Bubble Gang), Best Children's Programme (Lovely Day), Best Game or Quiz Programme (All Star K! The One Million Videoke Challenge), Best Reality Programme (Reunion), Best Adaptation of an Existing Formats (Pinoy Big Brother Teen Edition Plus), at Best Comedy Performance by an Actor/Actress (Ogie Alcasid at Michael V).

Anim na nominasyon ang naiuwi ng GMA-7;  isa naman ang nakuha ng ABS-CBN Corporation; at isa rin sa QTV 11, ang sister station ng Kapuso network.

For the record, Michael V. has won the Best Comedy Performance by an Actor award thrice in a row (2004, 2005, at 2006) at taun-taon ay nominado siya sa naturang kategorya. There was a time he bested Comedy King Dolphy (John En Shirley) for the trophy.

In 2004, GMA-7 was voted Terrestrial Broadcaster of the Year, beating other giant networks in the Asia-Pacific region, thus making it the only Philippine TV network that has won the distinction so far. Last year, ABS-CBN was nominated for the same category but lost to MediaCorp TV Singapore Pte Ltd.

Ilang taon na ring namamayagpag ang GMA-7 at ABS-CBN sa public affairs, drama, at performance categories ng Asian TV Awards. Pero this year, tila naging mailap na makakuha ng nominasyon ang dalawang TV giants ng Pilipinas.

Kapansin-pansin ding tila hirap ang ABS-CBN at GMA-7 against the other TV giants sa Asia-Pacific sa technical/creative category. Minsan lang nakasingit sa kategoryang ito ang Pilipinas. Noong 2004, pinarangalan si Direk Jerry Sineneng bilang Best Director, at taong 2005 naman ay napanalunan ng programang Encantadia ang Best Original Musical Score.

Here are the Asian TV Awards 2008 shortlisted nominees.

PROGRAMMING CATEGORY

Best Documentary Programme (30 mins or less): Spirit of the Times- Chinese Contemporay Art: Heroism or Confusion (Channel NesAsua/MediaCorp Pte Ltd/Singapore), China 21- Adili Skywalker (Discovery Asia, Inc./Singapore), Twilight Years (Treesixzero Productions Pte Ltd./Singapore), The Lost Tribe Secret Array of the Cia (Al Jazeera English/Malaysia), China 21- The People's Dumplings (Discovery Asia, Inc./Singapore), and China 21- Go Buddha Boys (Discovery Asia, Inc./Singapore).

Best Documentary Programme (31 mins or more): Kingdom of Elephants (Discovery Asia, Inc./Singapore, Brat Camp China (National Geographic Channel Asia/Singapore), Miracle Body- Running: Built for Record Speed (NHK- Japan Broadcasting Corp./Japan), SBS Special Forgiveness, The Endless Journey Salvation (SBS- Seoul Broadcasting System/Korea), A Bride, Her Last Message- A 24 Hour Year Old Who Battled Breast Cancer (Tokyo Broadcasting System, Inc./Japan), and Big Wall Challenge (NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corp./Japan).

Best Natural History or Wildlife Programme or Docu-drama: Soul of a River (Discovery Asia, Inc./Singapore), Life in Harmony with Nature: Bamboo Forest- Yunnan Province China (NHK- Japan Broadcasting Corp./Japan, Soul of a River- Cambodia (Discovery Asia, Inc./Singapore, Kingdom of the Elephants (Discovery Asia, Inc./Singapore, and Black Bears Unleashed (National Geographic Channel Asia/Singapore).