ABS-CBN, GMA-7 shows win world medals at New York Festivals 2020

by James Patrick Anarcon
Apr 22, 2020
The documentaries of broadcast journalists Jeff Canoy of ABS-CBN (left) and Atom Araullo of GMA-7 win medals at the New York Festivals 2020. Their award-winning works, respectively, are #NoFilter's "Tao Po" and The Atom Araullo Specials presents "Babies4Sale.ph."
PHOTO/S: @jeffcanoy on Instagram / The Atom Araullo Specials (GMA-7)

ABS-CBN and GMA-7 documentaries receive world medals at the prestigious New York Festivals TV and Film Awards 2020.

ABS-CBN won one silver and two bronze medals, while GMA-7 reaped one silver and one bronze award.

In addition, the nominees that did not win medals—five from ABS-CBN and seven from GMA-7earned finalist certificates from the international award-giving body.

The winners were announced on April 21, 2020, on the official website of the New York Festivals.

The gala night that was supposed to take place on April 21, in Las Vegas, Nevada, has been postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

KAPAMILYA NETWORK WINNERS

The Kapamilya network's DocuCentral documentary series, Local Legends, earned a silver medal for its "Environmental Artist" story.

Local Legends explores the struggles of the 74-year-old Ric Obenza to sustain his craft as an environmentalist and artist in Davao.

It shows how he single-handedly developed the forest of greeneries that is now home to several wildflife—including the country's endangered national bird, the Philippine eagle.

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Alab (Ablaze), a DocuCentral documentary about volunteer fightfighters, won a bronze medal.

#NoFilter's "Tao Po" episode tackling the story of a mother and her daughter with special needs also received a bronze medal. It was written and produced by journalist Jeff Canoy,

Jeff announced the good news on his Twitter account and posted his selfie with Candy, the child featured in the documentary.

He wrote, "A welcome news during this time. Congrats Team @nofilterabscbn ! Bronze Wold Medal at the New York Festivals for the docu #TaoPo. This one’s for Nanay Anna & Candy. Here’s to more stories that shine a light on persons with different needs. And for us to be kinder to one another."

Four documentaries from ABS-CBN's DocuCentral received finalist certificates: "HIV Rising," "Invisible," "Ang Babae ng Balangiga," and the Local Legends episode about glass sculptor Ramon Orlina.

ABS-CBN's current affairs program Red Alert, hosted by Jeff Canoy, also earned a finalist certificate for its "Tigdas" episode.

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KAPUSO NETWORK ENTRIES

Atom Araullo's documentary, titled "Babies4Sale.ph," hauled a silver medal at the New York Festivals 2020.

The documentary, which aired under Atom's monthly show The Atom Araullo Specials, investigates the alarming baby transactions prevalent on social media.

GMA News TV's Brigada also won a bronze medal for its feature titled "Aeta Squadron/Female Spies," which tackles the story of the Aeta Squadron 30.

The Aeta Squadron 30, unsung heroes of World War II, battled the Japanese forces using bows and arrows.

Five GMA News and Public Affairs shows received finalist certificates: Born To Be Wild, Stand for Truth, Reporter's Notebook, Investigative Documentaries, and State of the Nation.

One other episode of The Atom Araullo Specials and GMA-7's advertisement on Bonifacio Day 2019 also earned finalist certificates.

The New York Festivals TV and Film Awards, according to its website, honors content in all lengths and forms from over 50 countries.

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The documentaries of broadcast journalists Jeff Canoy of ABS-CBN (left) and Atom Araullo of GMA-7 win medals at the New York Festivals 2020. Their award-winning works, respectively, are #NoFilter's "Tao Po" and The Atom Araullo Specials presents "Babies4Sale.ph."
PHOTO/S: @jeffcanoy on Instagram / The Atom Araullo Specials (GMA-7)
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