Upholding Filipino resiliency amidst the challenging times, media giant GMA Network earned several National Winner awards at the 2021 Asian Academy Creative Awards 2021.
Flagship newscast 24 Oras emerged as national winner in the “Best News Programme” category for its Special Coverage of Typhoon Ulysses (Vamco) in Luzon. Its report on Typhoon Ulysses Marikina Rescue also bested other Philippine nominees in the “Best Single News Story/Report”. The Kapuso Network’s pool of news anchors and reporters braved the challenges in logistics and weather conditions to provide the much-needed news and information to the public during natural calamities such as Typhoon Ulysses.
Meanwhile, multi-awarded investigative program Reporter’s Notebook was hailed as “Best Current Affairs Programme or Series” for its ‘Lilibeth, Sonia, Frank and Nabel’ documentary.
Reigning as Best Infotainment Programme for the fourth time is award-winning and Filipinos’ Sunday viewing habit Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho. This year’s winning piece was the segment on ‘Baby Switching’ which saw the heart-wrenching ordeal of two babies switched at birth. The five-part story also led to the investigation of the hospital where the incident happened.
The Asian Academy Creative Awards also recognized GMA-7’s well-loved musical-comedy-variety program All-Out Sundays as it bested other nominees from the Philippines and won as Best General Entertainment Game or Quiz Programme. With its world-class musical performances, exciting games and comedy series, the top-rating entertainment program brings together some of the Network’s versatile and best performing artists on weekend primetime.
Proving yet again its superb cinematography is the hit fantasy romance series The Lost Recipe, which took home two national awards, namely Best Editing and Best Visual or Special FX in TV or Feature Films. The GMA Public Affairs-produced series was headlined by Mikee Quintos and Kelvin Miranda and earned raves for its nonlinear storyline and stunning visuals.
As National Winners, they will represent the Philippines in the Grand Awards and Gala Final this December. The Asian Academy Creative Awards recognizes programs and personalities that represent and promote Asian content and creativity.