Leading broadcast company GMA Network has been lauded anew by the students of the University of the Philippines Los Baños as various Kapuso programs and personalities won at the “Gandingan 2020: The 14th UPLB Isko’t Iska Multi-media Awards”, with the awarding ceremonies held virtually last July 25.
GMA News Pillar Arnold Clavio and broadcast journalist Pia Arcangel were recognized as Best News Anchors for the late-night newscast Saksi.
Resident meteorologist Nathaniel “Mang Tani” Cruz was conferred the Gandingan ng Agham at Teknolohiya for the Network’s flagship newscast 24 Oras, as well as for the longest-running morning show Unang Hirit, and GMA’s official public safety and preparedness campaign IMReady.
Meanwhile, former GMA News reporter Jam Sisante-Cayco was named Best Field Reporter.
GMA Public Affairs continue to add honors to its long list of accolades. Longest-running investigative program Imbestigador took home the Most Development Oriented Drama Program award for the “The Gomez-Sarmenta Rape Slay Case”.
Reporter’s Notebook, on the other hand, was recognized as the “Most Development Oriented Investigative Program” for its “Batas ng Karagatan Pagbabalik sa Scarborough” report.
The Isko and Iska’s choice for Most Development Oriented Documentary was The Atom Araullo Specials for its “Sa Magkabilang Dulo” episode.
GMA News and Public Affairs’ senatorial debate for the 2019 Midterm Election, Debate 2019: The GMA Senatorial Face-off, was cited as the Most Development Oriented Talk/Discussion Program.
Receiving a Special Citation for Most Development Oriented Musical Segment/Program was GMA’s musical variety show Studio 7 for its first “Studio 7 Musikalye”.
Leading news channel GMA News TV once again won the hearts of UPLB.
Renowned economist and Public Affairs host Winnie Monsod was the Gandingan ng Edukasyon awardee for the public affairs commentary program Bawal ang Pasaway kay Mareng Winnie.
GMA News TV flagship newscast State of the Nation (SONA) with Jessica Soho emerged as Most Development Oriented Educational Program for its election primer “SONA Voter Education Special”.
Meanwhile, Investigative Documentaries received the Most Gender Transformative Program for its “Pride” episode.
The Kapuso Network’s regional arm GMA Regional TV continues to gain the students’ trust. This year, it took home the Most Development Oriented News Story for GMA Regional TV One Mindanao’s feature on the “Rehabilitation of Naboc River in Compostela Valley Province Polluted by Mining Waste” which is part of RTV’s efforts to tackle community stories and issues that affect the environment. Winning the Most Development Oriented TV Plug, on the other hand, was The Kapuso Campus Tour: The Regional Masterclass Series. The RTV-produced plug showcased the regional masterclass series which RTV brought to seven key cities across the Philippines as a major component of the Network’s election advocacy, ‘Pusuan ang Totoo.’
In the radio category, GMA News Pillar Mike Enriquez was honored with the Best AM Radio Program Host award for Saksi sa Dobol B. The Network’s flagship AM radio station Super Radyo DZBB 594 won this year as the Most Development Oriented AM Station. DZBB’s Eleksyon 2019 Infomercial also received the Most Development Oriented Radio Plug award.
Kapuso Network’s flagship FM station Barangay LS 97.1 Forever! received the Most Development Oriented FM Station (Special Citation). Barangay Love Stories won as the Most Development Oriented FM Program while its host, Papa Dudut, also earned a Special Citation as the Best FM Radio Program Host.
GMA Network’s online news portal GMA News Online was also recognized by UPLB. Its special feature story “Pasyentiis” won as the Most Development Oriented Online News. Another special feature, “A Very Long Summer”, emerged as the Most Development Oriented Feature Article. “Ang Islang Walang Lupa” and “Kinaya ni Mama” were given Special Citations as Most Development Oriented Photograph/Photo Story and Most Development Oriented Online Video, respectively.
With the theme “Midya: Kakampi ng Bayan sa Laban para sa Katarungan,” Gandingan Awards highlights the value of development communication and the contribution of both national and local or community-based media workers and organizations in changing the lives of the Filipinos. This year’s awarding ceremonies were done thru a livestream on its official Facebook page, Gandingan Awards (www.facebook.com/GandinganAwards).