Philippines wins three Gold World Medals in 2009 New York Festivals

The 2009 New York Festivals recognized ABS-CBN for its TV Special for Bantay Bata 163, the adventure show Lastikman (bottom, right)and the morning show Boy & Kris (top, right). For GMA-7, Jiggy Manicad's (top, left) reportage on an encounter with rebel groups earned a Gold World Medal. Robin Padilla's Joaquin Bordado (bottom, left)was given a Finalist Certificate in theAction/ Adventure category.

Three TV programs from the Philippines earned Gold WorldAwards in the International Television Broadcasting Awards of the 2009 New YorkFestivals. One of them is a TV special marking the first decade of Bantay Bata163, the other is cited for providing excellent coverage of an ongoing story,and the third is a documentary that excelled in the Biography/Profilescategory.

GMA-7 also won a Gold World Medal in the category of Coverage of an OngoingStory for Jiggy Manicad's 24 Oras coverage of Corporal Abeto.

Q11, the Kapuso network's sister station, bagged the Gold World Medal Award for theBiography/Profiles Category for Inno Sotto: A Special Fashion Documentary.

The Kapuso Network is also the recipient of one Silver, two Bronze World Medals, andseven Finalist Certificates.

ABS-CBN received a Gold World Medal for Variety Special for the 10thAnniversary Special of Bantay Bata 163. Aside from that, the Kapamilya Networkreceived three Silver World Medals and Finalist Certificates for three shows.In addition, Korina Sanchez was given a Finalist Certificate for the categoryBest News Reporter.

Established in 1958, NYF is an International Awards Group (IAG) that recognizesthe world's best work in advertising and television programming.

KAPUSO AWARDS. Jiggy Manicad's 24 Oras reportthat earned a Gold World Medal detailed the fierce encounter of rebel groupsMILF and the Abu Sayyaf against the marines and the PNP Provincial Mobile Groupduring last year's ARMM elections in Tipo-Tipo, Basilan. The encounter took thelife of Corporal Angelo Abeto after a mortar exploded right on his head. Thiswas first reported by Manicad on GMA-7's primetime newscast on August 13, 2008.

24 Oras also took home the Silver World Medal in theBest Newscast Category for its coverage of "Lanao Attacks." This documented the assault made by the MILFin Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte on August 18, 2008.

Q Channel 11's Inno Sotto: A Special Fashion Documentary baggedthe Gold World Medal Award for the Biography/Profiles Category. The documentaryrevealed the beginnings of Inno Sotto as a couturier and how he became themaster of Philippine couture.


Meanwhile, Reporter's Notebook's "Pinays for Export:The Asian Sex Trafficking Trail" was awarded the Bronze World Medal for BestPublic Affairs Program. The late-night show followed the trail of Filipinas whoare among the most frequently trafficked women in the world, and in the process exposedthe truth behind this global exploitation.

Q Channel 11's Chef to Go with its "Pesco VegetarianMeal" episode was awarded the Bronze World Medal for the Magazine FormatCategory.

A number of GMA-7 programs were also given finalistcertificates in their respective categories: Joaquin Bordado for theAction/ Adventure category; Emergency's "Jumper Kids/Battered Children"for the Social Issues/Current Events Category; and I-Witness' "CrystalMountain" for the Community Portraits Category.

Four programs from Q Channel 11 were also recognized with finalistcertificates: The Sweet Life for the Magazine Format Category; AngPinaka's "Ang Pinaka Sikat na Pinoy sa Internet" still for the MagazineFormat Category; News on Q's "Batasan Blast" for the Coverage ofBreaking News Category; and Draw the Line's "Ormoc Cult, Early Marriageand Trafficking" episode for the Social Issues/Current Events Category.

KAPAMILYA AWARDS. Incidentally, the Bantay Bata 163 10th AnniversarySpecial that earned a Gold World Medal in the New York Festivals also baggedthe Best Special Award during the 17th Golden Dove Awards of the Kapisanan ngmga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP).

Kris Aquino and Boy Abunda's morning show Boy & Kris received the SilverWorld Medal for Talk/Interview. Meanwhile, Mars Ravelo's Lastikman starringVhong Navarro earned the Silver World Medal for Action/Adventure.

ABS-CBN Chief Correspondent and News Anchor Korina Sanchez was honored with aSilver World Medal for Investigative Report for her expose on substandard foodsupplements. The female broadcaster revealed that the actual Gluthationecontent of whitening products in the Philippine market was way below theirsupposed content. As a result of this documentary, Lucida DS Glutathione ownersthreatened to sue Korina Sanchez for libel.

The New York Festivals also recognized Sanchez as a finalist for thecategory Best News Reporter.


The three Kapamilya shows that were given Finalist Certificates were Kung FuKids for Children's Program, Wowowee for Family Program, and Rated K forMagazine Format.





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