SHE’s not a Peabody awardee, the only Filipino broadcast journalist at that, for nothing. GMA Network’s Jessica Soho once again made it, this time to the prestigious New York Festivals, where she is nominated for the Best News Anchor category, the only Filipino broadcast journalist who made it to the list.
Her program, GMA News TV’s flagship newscast State of the Nation with Jessica Soho, is also shortlisted for Best Newscast for its compelling coverage of “Marawi Liberation: War is Over”, which documented the liberation of Marawi City after a five-month siege of the city by pro-Islamic State, the Abu Sayyaf and Maute groups.
New York Festivals World's Best TV & Films competition honors programming in all lengths and forms from over 50 countries. The awarding is set on April 10.
This GMA News pillar is without a doubt the country’s most respected broadcast journalist, multi-awarded who continued to bring honors to the country because of her passion for work. She’s truly remarkable and superb in her research and the way she presented it on television.
Soho has remained loyal with GMA Network throughout her career as a broadcast journalist. This makes her more admirable, considering the fact that despite her abilities and qualities, she never entertained offers from outside of her network, even how attractive it was. This makes her really unique from the rest.
Back to this year’s edition of the New York Festivals “World’s Best TV and Films” competition, GMA Network once again leads the country’s contingent, with 12 out of 17 nominations.
“Alaala: A Martial Law Special” earned a spot among this year’s finalists for the Docudrama category. The special, which aired in commemoration of the 45th anniversary of President Marcos’ declaration of Martial Law, featured the journey of activist and award-winning screenwriter Bonifacio Ilagan as portrayed by Kapuso actor Alden Richards.
I-Witness, the country’s longest-running documentary program, received two nominations this year. One for Kara David’s “Sundalong Aso (Soldiers with Paws)” for the Human Concerns category and another for Atom Araullo’s “Silang Kinalimutan (The Forgotten)” for the International Affairs category.
Sundalong Aso shed light on the life of MWDs or military working dogs of the Philippine Army K9 Battalion after these dogs retire from service. Silang Kinalimutan, on the other hand, featured the story of the Rohingya people who had to flee to neighboring Bangladesh after the Myanmar government denied them citizenship.
Documentary program Front Row, meanwhile, was nominated in the Best Public Affairs Program category for its episode “Batang Bomba (Bomb Pickers)”, which is about Aeta children who pick up bomb fragments to earn money.
Investigative program Reporter’s Notebook is aiming for a win as well in the Community Portraits category for its report “Yapak sa Pusod ng Dagat (Footsteps on the Bed)”.
The episode saw the story of Filipinos who risk their lives diving into the ocean without proper equipment in the hope of mining gold that they could sell.
Meanwhile, GMA News TV’s Reel Time gave the country two more nominations: one in the Human Concerns category via its “Gutom (Starved)” episode and another in the Health/Medical Information category for “Hawla (The Untold Story of the Village Monster)”.
Gutom zeroed in on the story of two-year-old Roel—who, because of extreme malnourishment, could not walk, much less crawl at his age. Hawla, meanwhile, featured the story of Nene, a woman kept in a cage because of her psychological condition.
Another GMA News TV program, Brigada, was shortlisted in the Current Affairs category for its report on “Combat Camera Team”, which details the operation of Philippine Army’s Scout Ranger Batallion in Marawi City using combat cameras.
Two projects from the Network's Program Support Department also made it to the list of finalists this year: “Kulayan Natin ang Summer (Colorful Summer)” in the Art Direction: Promotion/Open and IDs category and “EDSA 31st Anniversary Spot” in the Graphic Design: Promotion/Open and IDs category.
Last year, GMA Network received an unprecedented—in the history of Philippine broadcast—three New York Fest gold medals for GMA Public Affairs programs Reporter’s Notebook, Front Row, and Reel Time.