ABS-CBN's Sports Unlimited and GMA-7's Wish Ko Lang are the two new additions in the Catholic Mass Media Awards Hall of Fame. The former won its third award for Best Sports Program while the latter bagged its fourth Best Public Service TV Program award in the 31st CMMA held last Wednesday, October 14, at San Carlos Seminary in Makati.
Meanwhile, ABS-CBN's top-rating primetime shows May Bukas Pa and Tayong Dalawa tied for Best Drama Series.
Other winners from Kapamilya network include Wonder Mom for Best News Magazine show, Kidnap for Best Special Event Coverage, Kwento ng mga Peligrino for Best TV Special, ANC's Start Up for Best Business News, and ABS-CBN Baguio's TV Patrol for Best News Program.
GMA-7 news reporter Jay Taruc won Best Adult Educational/Cultural TV Program award again for his I-Witness documentary titled "Batang Langoy."
The other Kapuso shows that won were SiS for Best TV Talk Show, and SOP for Best Entertainment TV Program. Q Channel 11's Kids on Q and Reunions won Best Children's Program and Best Public Service Program, respectively. Q 11 is the sister station of GMA-7.
Miracle boy Zaijian Jaranilla and the priests of Barangay Pag-asa attended the event to receive the special award for their inspirational TV series May Bukas Pa, which was given by Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales.
In radio category, Radyo Negosyo becomes the first dzMM radio program that entered the prestigious CMMA Hall of Fame. Maalaala Mo Kaya Sa dzMM and dzBB's Nagmamahal, Manay Gina were both hailed as Best Drama Program.
Radyo Patrol Balita Alas Syete of dzMM won as Best News Program, while the Best Counseling Program went to dzBB's Talk to Papa.
Other radio awards went to ABS-CBN's AM radio shows like Pasada Sais Trenta for Best News and Commentary, Sikap Pinoy for Best Business News or Feature, and ABS-CBN Cebu's Sidewalk for Best Educational Program. The news radio station also won Best Radio Ad for its values campaign.
CMMA also gave recognition to the late President Corazon C. Aquino. A posthumous Serviam Award was given to the nation's Mother of Democracy for living the motto of the late CMMA founder Manila Archbishop Jaime Cardinal Sin, "I Will Serve."
It can be recalled that Pres. Aquino and Manila Archbishop Sin worked together during Martial Law to bring back democracy in the country.
Established in 1978, CMMA aims to "pay tribute to those who have promoted Christian values in an outstanding way, in radio, press, advertising, television, and film." The CMMA, which is composed of bishops, is considered as one of the most credible award-giving bodies in the Philippines.