By Andrew Jonathan S. Bagaoisan
(UPDATED April 18) Adversity, struggle, triumph, and a desire for change.
These are the real-life stories of ordinary Filipinos–as told by the country’s TV news organizations–that earned nods this year from the reputable New York Festivals (NYF) International Television and Film Awards.
Sixteen entries from the Philippines were picked for the competition shortlist along with hundreds of finalists from more than 30 countries.
They include documentaries on conditions faced by the poor, TV specials that relived the country’s historical moments, profiles of unique lives, and programs that searched for solutions to the nation’s woes.
Five entries from ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs were recognized this year.
They vied for the competition’s Gold, Silver, and Bronze World Medal trophies, which were awarded on April 17 in Las Vegas (the morning of April 18 Manila time). During the ceremony, one debut entry (Krusada, see below) snagged a medal.