Thursday, June 18, 2015



GMA Network adds another feather to its cap with “Pagbangon” – a GMA News and Public Affairs documentary on the recovery and rehabilitation efforts for the survivors of Typhoon Yolanda – winning the Best TV Documentary in Dealing with Natural Disasters in the recently concluded Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD) World Television Awards. 

This is first time a Philippine broadcasting company was recognized by the AIBD World TV Awards. The awarding was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia during the Asia Media Summit (AMS), a global gathering of broadcasters, last May 26. 

Hosted by GMA News pillar Jessica Soho, with reports from Jiggy Manicad and Micaela Papa, “Pagbangon” tackled the recovery and rehabilitation efforts for the survivors a year after Yolanda ravaged the Visayas region. The documentary revisited the devastation left by Yolanda and honored the stories of heroism in the midst of tragedy. “Pagbangon” also examined the lessons from this disaster in the hope that more lives will be saved in future typhoon scenarios.

“More than anything this award reminds us to keep telling stories that promote the welfare of those who experience such calamities. We remember the thousands of lives lost and honor their memory. We dedicate this to the survivors of Typhoon Yolanda who are still fighting for recovery today,” said Angeli Atienza, program manager and creative director of Pagbangon who, together with select production members of Pagbangon, attended the World TV Awards awarding ceremony.

Initiated in 2004, World TV Awards aims to recognize the crucial role played by media in promoting awareness on major issues such as cultural diversity, religious understanding, tolerance and peace, according to AIBD’s website . It is open to all broadcasters in Asia, Pacific, Europe, Africa, and North and South America from public, private sector and freelance producers. /MP

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