GMA Network bagged the most number of recognitions at the prestigious 2019 Asian Academy Creative Regional Awards, giving the Philippines 16 entries to represent the country at the Gala Finals in Singapore in December.
Besting other entries from the Philippines are GMA News and Public Affairs shows led by documentary program “I-Witness.” The episode “The Island with No Land” by Howie Severino, featuring Barangay Taliptip, Bulacan, is the country’s representative for “Best Affairs Programme or Series” category.
Sunday news magazine show “Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho: Iceland” reigned as the “Best Infotainment Program.” The episode featured the program’s trip to Iceland where Jessica showed the beautiful sceneries of the country.
The documentary on purchasing babies online on “The Atom Araullo Specials: Babies4Sale.PH” emerged as national winner in the “Best Documentary Programme (one-off)” category.
The Mid-term Elections Coverage of “24 Oras” last May beat other local entries in the “Best News Programme” category while “GMA News: Microplastics in Tahong (Green Mussels)” was honored with “Best Single News Story Report” award.
GMA News TV’s “Investigative Documentaries: Confined” won as the country’s entry for “Best Documentary Series” where it showed the situation of the prison cells in the country.
“Biyahe ni Drew’s” “Drew Hits the Road: Sustainable Tourism in Siargao” was chosen for the “Best Lifestyle Programme” category. “Biyahe ni Drew” host Drew Arellano triumphed as the “Best Lifestyle, Entertainment Presenter/Host” for the episode “Drew Hits the Road: Cagayan.”
The Asian Academy Creative Awards also honored other entertainment programs of GMA-7 led by “Pepito Manaloto: Ringbearer si Pepito” starring multi-awarded comedian and content creator Michael V. Michael V. is also recognized as the “Best Comedian” for Smart Shoes.
“Studio 7’s Musikalye” won the national award in “Best Music or Dance Program” category while “StarStruck First Elimination” is the country’s entry for “Best Non-Scripted Entertainment.” Meanwhile, the trailer for “Love You Two” has been chosen to compete for the “Best Promo or Trailer” category.
Capping of the list of Kapuso winners is Synergy88 Entertainment Media’s “Barangay 143”. The first Filipino anime series which aired on GMA 7, “Barangay 143” won as the country’s representative for the following categories: “Best Animated Programme or Series (2D or 3D)”, “Best Drama Series”, and “Best Theme Song or Title Theme” for the song “Liga ng Buhay” by Thyro, Yumi & Shehyee.
Asian Academy Creative Awards is one of the most prestigious awards for creative excellence, honoring programs and actors across 20 nations that excel “in craft and technical disciplines across multiple platforms including television, digital streaming, and emerging technologies.”