RP does it again: three shows, two promotional works, and a film from top networks ABS-CBN and GMA-7, and Unitel Productions’ Unico Entertainment, respectively, made it to the finals of the 53rd New York Festivals International Television & Film Awards.

The Kapuso network has three finalists, namely “News on Q” from QTV-11 (a subsidiary channel of GMA) for Best News Analysis/Commentary, “Case Unclosed” for Docudrama, and “Planet Philippines” for Environment and Ecology.

“News on Q” is a late-evening newscast hosted by Ivan Mayrina and Rhea Santos, with top economist, professor, and newspaper columnist Winnie Monsod sitting as analysis expert.

“Case Unclosed,” on the other hand, delves into some of the country’s most sensitive and controversial cases and is hosted by Arnold Clavio.

“Planet Philippines” was GMA’s followup to “Signos,” a localized version of Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth.” The environmental documentary was hosted by Richard Gutierrez.

The Kapamilya Network, meanwhile, has two entries: one for the “Music Video: Low Budget” category (“Boto Mo, iPatrol Mo: Ako Ang Simula”) and another for “News Promotion” (“Pagpag”).

“Boto Mo, iPatrol Mo” is part of ABS-CBN’s overall campaign to promote election vigilance and awareness among the youth. The anthem was sung by various OPM artists such as Aia de Leon of Imago, Ebe Dancel of Sugarfree, and Raymund Marasigan of Sandwich.

Meanwhile, “Pagpag (Leftovers)” is an episode of “The Correspondents” by Dominic Almerol.

“The Last Journey of Ninoy,” produced by Unico Entertainment and directed by Jun Reyes, made it in the “Documentary” category. It chronicles through a combination of actual footage, dramatized flashbacks, and interviews the last 48 hours of late Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr.

The six finalists will go head-to-head with finalists from countries such as the USA, England, Germany, Singapore, and Canada.

Considered as one of the world’s largest international competitions for film and television combined, the New York Festivals honor “The World’s Best Work” in news, documentary, information and entertainment programming as well as in music videos, infomercials, promotion spots, openings and IDs.

All the finalists, which came from 31 countries from all over the world, were determined by the grand jury composed of award-winning professionals in film and TV, including Michelle Seva-Recto and Ella Evangelista-Martelino of GMA-7.

Marissa Flores, senior vice-president for GMA’s News and Public Affairs, is also part of the advisory board.

Winners will be named on May 3, 2010, at the Penthouse Lobby of the American Airlines Theater in Manhattan, New York.

Both GMA and ABS-CBN first became finalists in the New York Festivals in 1999.

Source: mb.com.ph

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