GMA Net­work's shows win int'l awards

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GMA Net­work brings home honors for the Philip­pines anew af­ter Atom Araullo’s Philip­pine Seas won at the pres­ti­gious As­so­ci­a­tion for In­ter­na­tional Broad­cast­ing Awards (AIBs) 2018 in Lon­don on No­vem­ber 7.

Araullo’s first-ever doc­u­men­tary spe­cial in the Ka­puso Net­work was named the best in the Sci­ence, Tech­nol­ogy, Na­ture cat­e­gory, beat­ing other short-listed en­tries from Al Jazeera English, CNN, and BBC News Dig­i­tal.

An­other GMA News and Pub­lic Af­fairs en­try—the award-win­ning episode of Reel Time ‘Batang Mae­stro’—mean­while was con­ferred the highly com­mended ci­ta­tion in the Do­mes­tic Af­fairs Doc­u­men­tary cat­e­gory.

Re­ceiv­ing the awards for the Philip­pines and GMA Net­work were Philip­pine Seas Pro­gram Man­ager Lee Joseph Cas­tel and Ex­ec­u­tive Pro­ducer Ian Sim­bu­lan; and Reel Time Pro­gram Man­ager Now­ell Cua­nang.

Mean­while “Marawi Lib­er­a­tion: War is Over” by GMA News TV’s flag­ship news­cast State of the Na­tion with Jes­sica Soho (SONA), was short-listed in the Daily Jour­nal­ism cat­e­gory.

Aired on GMA 7 last year, Philip­pine Seas aimed to un­cover the won­ders and threats sur­round­ing the Philip­pines’ marine gems. Araullo and the rest of the team went on a rig­or­ous 10-day ex­pe­di­tion across Lu­zon, Visayas and Min­danao. Each jour­ney pre­sented the beauty of the coun­try’s abun­dant seas and oceans while touch­ing on the threats and prob­lems the Philip­pines and Filipinos who rely on the seas for a liv­ing face. In fact, af­ter the air­ing of the spe­cial, eight Filipino fish­er­men de­tained in In­done­sia were repa­tri­ated to the Philip­pines. The court found in­suf­fi­cient grounds to charge them for il­le­gal fish­ing.

GMA News TV’s Reel Time, on the other hand, fea­tured the story of 12-year-old Dagul and his fel­low vol­un­teer ‘lit­tle teach­ers’ in “Batang Mae­stro” episode. Driven by a de­ter­mi­na­tion to build a com­mu­nity with zero non-read­ers, the head teacher of San Jose El­e­men­tary School in the prov­ince of Sor­so­gon started a pro­gram to teach chil­dren in re­mote vil­lages how to read. He is helped by his stu­dents who share his ad­vo­cacy, one of them is Dagul. To­gether with his fel­low lit­tle teach­ers, Dagul braves the long river of Don­sol on board a bam­boo raft that they some­times have to push against the cur­rent, and takes an hour walk up to a vil­lage on a moun­tain. Their goal is to reach chil­dren who have dif­fi­culty read­ing be­cause they live so far from school that they’re of­ten ab­sent from classes.

Now on its 14th year, the AIBs are the in­ter­na­tional awards for fac­tual video, au­dio, and in­ter­ac­tive pro­duc­tions.

Re­ceiv­ing the awards for the Philip­pines and GMA Net­work were (from left) Reel Time Pro­gram Man­ager Now­ell Cua­nang, Philip­pine Seas Pro­gram Man­ager Lee Joseph Cas­tel and Ex­ec­u­tive Pro­ducer Ian Sim­bu­lan.

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