GMA-7's epicserye Amaya and the public affairs documentary special Philippine Treasures were recognized recently by the Meycauayan Jewelry Industry Association, Inc., an organization composed of 135 jewellers in Meycauayan, Bulacan, for the promotion of the country's rich jewelry-making heritage.
Top-billed by Marian Rivera, Amaya, is an epic series set in the pre-colonial era of Philippine history. Apart from Filipino customs and traditions, the series also features native costumes and jewelries patterned after the popular designs of the era. Most of the jewelries in the series were crafted by jewellers from Meycauayan, Bulacan.
Philippine Treasures, on the other hand, is a documentary special that showcased the country's rich historical and cultural heritage.
"Recognitions like this inspire us to make our programs not only more appealing to our audience but also more educational while at the same time entertaining," said Senior Program Manager Cheryl Ching-Sy, who received the plaque for Amaya.
"We are thankful to the Meycauayan Jewelry Industry Association for making us the first entertainment program to be awarded by their organization."
Philippine Treasures host Mel Tiangco received the recognition on behalf of the program.
"Isa sa mga mithiin ng programa [namin] ang palaganapin ang appreciation ng sambayanan sa mga yaman ng ating bansa," Tiangco said.
Philippine Treasures aired on September 11 on GMA's Sunday Night Box Office (SNBO), while Amaya airs weeknights after 24 Oras. Due to its successful run, the epicserye was extended until January 2012.