ABS-CBN’s winning streak continues with a triumphant campaign in the prestigious 2009 New York Festivals, taking home four medals, the most by a single TV station in the country this year.Leading the winners are Bantay Bata 163’s 10th Anniversary Special, which won the Gold World Medal for Best Variety Special, and Korina Sanchez’s investigative report on substandard glutathione food supplements, which took a Silver World Medal.
Bantay Bata 163’s 10th Anniversary Special was produced by the ABS-CBN Special Projects Group (SPG), headed by event-maven Chit Guerrero. The SPG is behind the company’s grandest and biggest special events like “Miss Earth” and “Dolphy at 80.” The Bantay Bata Special, which also won in the 17th Golden Dove Awards, is just one of the group’s many world-class productions.
Meanwhile, also making an impression among the judges at the New York Festivals are Silver World Medalists “Boy & Kris” for the Talk/Interview category and “Lastikman” for the Action/Adventure category. Kapamilya programs “Kung Fu Kids,” “Wowowee,” and “Rated K,” meanwhile, were awarded with finalist certificates for Children’s Program, Family Program, and Magazine Format, respectively. Korina, ABS-CBN’s chief correspondent and “Bandila” news anchor, also received a finalist certificate in the Best News Reporter category at the New York Festivals.
The New York Festivals International Television Programming and Promotion Awards is on its 49th year of recognizing “The World’s Best Work” in news, documentary, information, entertainment programming, music videos, infomercials, promotion spots, opening, and IDs. Judging is done by several hundred US producers, directors, writers, and other media professionals.
With this victory, the network is even more upbeat to outperform itself in next year’s competition to bring more glory to the country, while “in the service of Filipino worldwide.”