LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Republic of the Philippines filmmaker GMA Network Inc., Quezon City, made a big impact in the 2016 U.S. International Film and Video Festival by winning 10 awards, including two first places and a Best of Festival Award. CCTV, Quezon City, earned a Certificate for Creative Excellence.
Capturing a first place Gold Camera in Entertainment: Children's was "Alamat: Alamat NG Bayabas (The Legend of the Guava)." The entry also won Best of Festival-Entertainment. The film encourages responsibility among children, and adults as well, through the story of a king who put himself first while his people went hungry. Though part of a literary heritage, the film resonates in the here and now. The Director was J. Imutan with Music Production by R. Gacho. Original Music written by A. Figueroa and J. Gapasin. Writer was E. Del Rosario.
Winning GMA's other Gold Camera award was "Reel Time: Isang Paa Sa Hukay (The Price of Gold)" in Documentary: Public Affairs Programs. The entry also was a Best of Festival Nominee. Portraying the Camarines Norte's small-scale gold mines, the entry examines the extreme poverty of a Philippino town where underaged children dive into incredibly dangerous locations in search of tiny amounts of gold as they struggle in dramatic poverty. The Republic of the Philippines has massive gold deposits and as many as 300,000 miners, an estimated 18,000 of which are minors. Children dive down narrow mineshafts with only an air compressor to support their breathing and danger ever present. Their moments of terror at the danger can follow them throughout their lives. Assistant Vice Presidents of Public Affairs C.R. Mercado and N. Cuanang; Video Journalists E. Gaa and M. Cartagena; Editors E. Payumo, E.S. Gonzales and P.F. Mejjia.
The filmmaker also 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 earned earned seven Certificates of Creative Excellence for "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.
"Inside the Philippines' Child Cybersex Phenomenon," an entry from CCTV News/Beijing, Quezon City, earned a Certificate for Creative Excellence in Documentary: Current Affairs.