November 28, 2008

NEWS / AWARDS: GMA's I-Witness bags UNICEF, Popdev awards (ASIA)

GMA's I-Witness bags UNICEF, Popdev awards

MANILA, Philippines – GMA Network's I-Witness won two awards recently – the 2008 ABU CASBAA UNICEF Child Rights Awards and the 2008 Popdev Media Awards for Best TV Documentary.

Jay Taruc and his team bagged the Unicef award for their "Batang Kalabaw," which tells the story of 14-year-old Cherilyn who acts as sole breadwinner for her family and parent to her five siblings.

Cherily, along with her young friends, trek up and down the mountains of Agusan del Sur for more than six hours daily to carry logs weighing as much as 15 kilos.

Out of 69 entries from 10 countries in Asia, the documentary "Batang Kalabaw" (Child Beasts of Burden) was chosen for the prestigious award this year for being "the best television programming on children's rights produced in the Asia-Pacific region."

This is the second I-Witness episode that won this award following the episode “Selda Inosente” (Angels in Prison) hosted by Kara David that won in 2003.

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