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/ 12:04 AM March 07, 2014

RUFA Mae Quinto accepts the USTv award for “Bubble Gang,” ribbing her hosts: “This means [we’re] wholesome.” PHOTO BY JILSON SECKLER TIU

Marking its first decade, the University of Santo Tomas’ USTv Awards continues to recognize television programs and personalities promoting “responsible viewing” among the young.

“USTv: Unang Dekada Gabi ng Parangal”  recently gave a total of 22 awards in four categories—public affairs, entertainment, religious and special awards—during a program held at the UST Plaza Mayor.

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ABS-CBN bagged most of the awards—16, including Students’ Choice of Television Network. “TV Patrol” won Best News Program; “The Bottomline with Boy Abunda” was declared Best Public Affairs News Program; Noli de Castro’s “Kabayan Reports: Gusto Kong Mag-aral” was named Best Documentary Special; Korina Sanchez’s “Rated K” Lenten special, “Senakulo,” won Student’s Choice of Catholic Feature.

Encouraging the youth

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Dyan Castillejo and her “Sports Unlimited” were Students’ Choice of Sports Personality and Program. “‘Sports Unlimited’ is 16 years and running,” Castillejo said. “I still encourage [the youth] to engage in sports. It’s never too late.”

JESSY Mendiola performs a dance number. PHOTO BY JILSON SECKLER TIU

Students’ Choice of Reality/Game Show was given to “The Voice of the Philippines.” Its host, Toni Gonzaga, won Best Reality/Game Show Host, and also Talk Show Host for “The Buzz.” Gonzaga’s co-host in “The Voice,” Robi Domingo accepted the awards for her.

“It’s Showtime” and host Anne Curtis were named Students’ Choice of Variety Show and Host, respectively.

Breaking the nine-year streak of “Maalala Mo Kaya,” ABS-CBN’s daytime drama “Be Careful With My Heart” is this year’s Best Drama Program.

Afternoon Koreanovela series “Rooftop Prince” was named Students’ Choice of Foreign Drama Program.

GMA 7 took home six awards, including Best TV Program for “i-Witness.” Two of the network’s news personalities, Arnold Clavio and Sandra Aguinaldo, both UST alumni, were named Outstanding Thomasian Media Personalities.

“Bubble Gang” won a record ninth citation as Best Comedy Program. Addressing the Dominican officials present, actress Rufa Mae Quinto quipped: “Thank you, fathers, for the approval. This means we (the ‘Bubble Gang’ cast) are wholesome.”

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Multiple awardee

Jessica Soho was the top individual winner: Best News Host, Best Magazine Program Host, and Best TV Personality. Her show “Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho” was declared Students’ Choice of Magazine Program.

Four TV network foundations—ABS-CBN Foundation Inc., GMA Kapuso Foundation Inc., TV5 Alagang Kapatid and UNTV Kamanggagawa—received recognitions as well.

“Since it’s [USTv’s] 10th year, we have a new set of awards, and more effort was poured into the preparations,” UST public affairs head Giovanna Fontanilla said. “And it’s a success.”

Other personalities who attended the event included actors Jessy Mendiola and Albie Casiño, “X Factor” finalist Takeoff, and “Bubble Gang’s” Betong.

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