GMA News and Public Affairs’ weekday news magazine Tunay na Buhay won a Gold Medal at this year’s New York Festivals International Television and Film Awards for the episode entitled “Mga Sanggol at Langaw.”
Documented by Kara David, the episode delves on the sub-human conditions in the slums of Tondo, Manila where inhabitants make a living out of scavenging trash. The feature centers on a day in the life of a pregnant woman and her family who live in the garbage dumpsite. She already has five children and is about to add one as she is already nine months pregnant. Though about to give birth any moment, she joins her children and husband in scavenging the mountain of trash for food, not thinking about the dangers she and the baby inside her womb are exposed to.
The 30-minute feature that aired in May last year was pitted against Poland’s Double Life of Piotr S., Singapore’s Factory Town, Malaysia’s Restoring Rangoon and USA’s Dream For A City in the Community Portraits category.
Apart the country’s lone Gold medal, GMA Network bagged 10 more awards including three silver medals for Tropang Potchi, Brigada’s “Gintong Krudo at Sipa ng Pag-asa” and Reel Time’s “Silang Wala sa Mapa.” Bronze medals were awarded to GMA News and Public Affairs’ Dapat Tama, Front Row’s “Lusong Dunong” and News TV Quick Response Team’s “Zamboanga Crisis Coverage.” Finalist certificates were given to Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho’s “Photographs of Typhoon Pablo,” I-Witness’ “Ganito Tayo Noong Martial Law,” GMA News and Public Affairs’ election project Camera Juan, and to its advocacy campaign called “Diploma.”
Meanwhile, ABS-CBN, which is known for bagging majority of the trophies in local television awards, bagged a silver medal (Agosto Beinte-Uno: Ang Pagpatay kay Ninoy Aquino), a bronze medal (Failon Ngayon: Tagas ng Minahan) and three finalist certificates for Matanglawin: Elephants, Sprout (a promotional plug) and again for Agosto Beinte-Uno: Ang Pagpatay Kay Ninoy Aquino.
Now in its 57th year, the New York Festival is known for recognizing the world’s best in television and film. This year, the Grand Jury panel awarded 140 Gold World Medals, 146 Silver, 112 Bronze, and 235 Finalist Certificates from entries submitted from over 50 countries. Top media companies all over the globe take centre stage in competitive categories including: Best Innovation, Special Effect, Technical Production Team, Online Entertainment, Drama, News Documentary, Special Event, and Corporate Social Responsibility.