The Philippines bagged a total of 13 nominations in the 12th Asian Television Awards, which will be held on November 29 at the Suntec Convention Hall in Singapore. GMA-7 has nine nominations while ABS-CBN has four.
GMA-7's 24 Oras will be competing against two ABS-CBN news programs, Bandila and TV Patrol World, for Best News Program. 24 Oras was nominated for its coverage of "Super Typhoon Milenyo," while Bandila ang TV Patrol World were recognized for the "Subic Rape Case Promulgation" and "Taguig Hostage Drama," respectively.
Bandila's coverage of the "Subic Case Rape" was also nominated in the 28th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards held last September 24.
Other GMA News and Public Affairs programs also figured prominently in other catgories.
Philippine Agenda's "Education" (an election-primer special) and Emergency's "Mga Batang Magsusunog" were included as nominees for Best Social Awareness Program.
Kapuso Mo, Jessica Sojo was nominated for Best Infotainment Program, and Reporter's Notebook for Best Current Affairs Program. Reporter's Notebook anchor hosts Maki Pulido and Jiggy Manicad are also nominated for Best Current Affairs Presenter.
Close friends Ogie Alcasid and Michael V will compete for Best Comedy Performance by an Actor for GMA-7's longest-running gag show Bubble Gang; Michael V. has won three times for this category.
Veteran actress Gina Pareño is once again nominated for Best Drama Performance by an Actress in the "Rehas" episode of Maalaala Mo Kaya, the long-running drama anthology of ABS-CBN.
Meanwhile ABS-CBN's noontime game show Pilipinas Game KNB? will vie for Best Game Show or Quiz Program.
The Asian Television Awards is an award-giving body that recognizes and rewards programming and production excellence in the Asian television industry. It receives about 1,400 entries each year from a wide range of broadcasters, including free-TV stations and pay-TV platforms. It also accepts nominations from independent production houses in Asia.
Last year, 33 categories were presented during the 11th Asian Television awards. However, according to www.asiantvawards.com, they reduced it to 29 categories this year to ensure better representation of the productions in Asia