GMA News TV’s documentary program Reel Time was recognized as Best Program on “Promoting Children’s Rights” in this year's World Television Awards.
The said Kapuso program won in the Humanity category of the Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD)’s World Television Awards.
Reel Time was able to beat entries sent by producers from all over the Asia-Pacific, Europe, Africa, and North and South America.
The awarding ceremony was held last May 25 in Incheon, South Korea.
Reel Time’s winning episode, “Isang Paa sa Hukay (The Price of Gold),” tells the story of small-scale mining in Camarines Norte, where children risk their lives diving down narrow shafts with only an air compressor to support their breathing, in search of very little pieces of gold. It was written and directed by the show’s executive producer, Jayson Bernard Santos.
Earlier this year, the same episode earned the bronze award in the Human Concerns category at the prestigious New York Festivals.
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“Reel Time, being one of the youngest documentary programs on Philippine television today, is grateful for the numerous international and local recognitions it has received, so far. May our documentaries serve not only as eye-openers but also as vehicles for experimental solutions to be determined to address the ills of our society,” Santos said.
This is the second time that GMA brought home an award from AIBD. In 2015, the Kapuso Network won the Best Documentary citation under the “Humanity Category Dealing with Natural Disaster” for its “Pagbangon” documentary about the recovery and rehabilitation efforts for the survivors of super typhoon Yolanda.
The World TV Awards was initiated by AIBD in 2004 with the objective of recognizing the critical role played by media in promoting the awareness of the audience on major issues such as cultural diversity, religious understanding, tolerance, natural disasters, and children's rights. The award is open to broadcasters worldwide from public, private sector and freelance producers.