ABS-CBN CorpComms Kathy SolisABS-CBN Corporation welcomed the year 2014 with a bang as the network once again swept major recognitions at the recently held “Gandingan 2014: The 8th UPLB Isko't Iska's Broadcast Choice Awards” that includes the Most Development-Oriented TV station for ABS-CBN and Best AM Station for DZMM for the second consecutive year, and Best FM station for the newly reformatted MOR 101.9.
Most students of the University of the Philippines-Los Banos (UPLB) prefer ABS-CBN after the network bagged a total of 21 awards compared to GMA’s 19 again making it the most awarded network at the annual awards.
ABS-CBN won big in the television categories with “TV Patrol” being awarded as the Best News Program, “The Bottomline” as Best Development-Oriented Talk Show and its host Boy Abunda as Best Development-Oriented Talk Show Host, “Maalaala Mo Kaya” as Best Development-Oriented Drama Program, “Wansapanataym” as Best Development-Oriented Children’s Program, “Matanglawin” as Best Educational Program, “My Puhunan” as Best Livelihood Program for its episode “Lugaw Queen,” and Choose Philippines’ El Gamma Penumbra plug as Best Development-Oriented TV Plug. ABS-CBN was also named Gandingan ng Kaunlaran.
MOR DJs with Mars OcampoDZMM and MOR 101.9, meanwhile, led winners for the radio categories with Ted Failon being recognized as Best AM Announcer, “Failon Ngayon” as Most Development-Oriented Radio Program, “Suriang Bayan sa SRO” as Most Development-Oriented Radio Plug, DJ Chacha as Best Disk Jock, and “Dear MOR” as Most Development-Oriented FM Program.
Broadcast journalist and TV personality Kim Atienza, on the other hand, once again bagged the Gandingan ng Edukasyon special award, while radio host Carl Balita was again named the Gandingan ng Kabuhayan.
Special citations were also given to ABS-CBN’s regional programs, namely ABS-CBN North Central Luzon’s “Bayanijuan: Leptospirosis” for Best Regional TV Program and ABS-CBN Palawan’s “TV Patrol Palawan” for Best Regional News Program.
The Gandingan Awards is the annual awards program of the UP Community Broadcasters’ Society in the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB). Over a thousand students vote for programs and personalities that strive to promote development-oriented issues. (Story/photos by: Kane Choa)