“GMA pulled out all the stops again to make this awards presentation great,” said Lee Gluckman, chairman of US International Film & Video Festival of his October 2016 visit to Quezon City in the Philippines to deliver awards to GMA Network Inc.
More than 50 on-camera personalities and creative staff, plus the network chairman were in attendance for the presentation along with their news crew to ensure that each group of awardees would be seen by GMA’s television audience across the Philippines. “Alamat,” GMA’s top prize entry film -- Best of Show and a Gold Camera -- encourages responsibility among children, and adults as well, through the story of a king who put himself first while his people went hungry.
GMA won 10 awards. Winning a Gold Camera First Place and a nomination for Best of Show was
"Reel Time: Isang Paa Sa Hukay (The
Price of Gold)" in Documentary: Public Affairs Programs. Portraying the Camarines Norte's small-scale
gold mines, the entry examines the extreme poverty of a Philippino town where
underage children dive into incredibly dangerous locations in search of tiny
amounts of gold as they struggle in dramatic poverty.
“Reel Time” Executive Producer Jayson
Bernard B. Santos (from left),
with John Michael G. Cristobal,
researcher, and Enrico Gaa, video journalist
The filmmaker won second place Silver Screen Awards for "Reporter's Notebook: Hikbi sa Ibayong Dagat (Far From Home)" in Documentary: Public Affairs Programs, and for "I-Witness: Kawayang Pangarap (Bamboo Dreams)" in Documentary Programs: Biography.
GMA’s seven Certificates of Creative Excellence went to "Brigada (The Brigade): Para Sa Pangarap (For a Dream" in Documentary: Social Issues; "Front Row: Maestra Salbabida (Teacher, Lifesaver" in Documentary: Social Issues"; "Idol Sa Kusina" in Entertainment: Cooking; "Investigative Documentaries: Gutom (Wasted)" in Documentary: Social Issues; "Karelasyon: Tres Rosas (Liaisons: Three Roses)" in Documentary: Docudrama; "Pepita Manaloto" in Entertainment: Situation Comedy; "Eternal: Real-Life Love Stories: Gabriela and Silang Love Story" in Documentary: Docudrama.