Pinoy animation, docus win US awards

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A screengrab of ‘Alamat ng Bayabas’

A screengrab of ‘Alamat ng Bayabas’

The first-ever Filipino animated anthology series Alamat, and a number of GMA Network documentaries are the winners of four medals and seven certificates from the 2016 US International Film & Video Festival. The announcement was made from the award giving body’s offices in Redondo, Calfornia this past week.

The Filipino animation earned the Gold Camera Award in the Entertainment: Children Category for its “Alamat ng Bayabas (The Legend of the Guava)” episode. The series, which began airing over GMA in 2015 features Philippine myths and legends with each episode voiced by various network personalities. It is currently on its second season.

Documentary program Reel Time, meanwhile, received the Gold Camera Award for its episode “Isang Paa sa Hukay (The Price of Gold)” in the Public Affairs Programs category. It documented small-scale mining in Camarines Norte, where children dive into narrow shafts using air compressor to support their breathing, just to mine very little pieces of gold.

Incidentally, the award serves as the third international citation for “Isang Paa sa Hukay” documentary this year. It was named as Best Program on “Promoting Children’s Rights” under the Humanity category at the Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD)’s World Television Awards. It also took home the bronze award in the Human Concerns category at the recent New York Festivals.


Another documentary, I-Witness, was conferred the Silver Screen Award for its “Kawayang Pangarap (Bamboo Dreams)” episode in the Documentary Programs: Biography category. Host Kara David followed an Aeta family’s everyday toil of hauling bamboos just to have all children finish their education.

Investigative public affairs program Reporter’s Notebook also won a Silver Screen Award in the Public Affairs category for its “Hikbi sa Ibayong Dagat (Far From Home)” episode. Maki Pulido and Jiggy Manicad took a closer look at the ironic stories of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in Hong Kong who continue to work despite having serious illnesses because going home means losing their jobs and facing the expensive cost of medical treatment in the Philippines.

Finally, the seven certificates the network received were for: Brigada (“Para sa Pangarap”), Front Row (“Maestra Salbabida”), and Investigative Documentaries (“Gutom”), each earning a Certificate for Creative Excellence in the Social Issues category’; and Karelasyon’s “Tres Rosas” and Wagas’ “Gabriela and Diego Silang Love Story,” each given Certificates for Creative Excellence in the Docudrama category; and entertainment programs Pepito Manaloto and Idol sa Kusina, each earning Certificates for Creative Excellence in the Cooking and Comedy categories, respectively.

Since 1967, the US International Film & Video Festivals has recognized outstanding corporate, education, entertainment, documentary, and student productions. GMA Network was the only Philippine entity to win in this year’s awards.

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