‘Maria Clara at Ibarra,’ ‘KMJS,’ ‘KBYN,’ honored at New York Festivals
ABS-CBN’s “KBYN: Kaagapay ng Bayan” and nine GMA TV projects, including “Maria Clara at Ibarra” and “Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho (KMJS),” were among awardees recognized at the 2023 New York Festivals TV & Film Awards.
The announcement was made during the festival’s virtual Storytellers Gala on Wednesday, April 19, while the list of winners is uploaded on the prestigious festival’s official website.
The KMJS story “Wounds of Woes” and the “Eye of Dark” special report from “The Atom Araullo Specials” earned gold medals for the Documentary categories covering Health/Medical Information and Social Issues.
The KMJS episode revolves around a 14-year-old child of a Filipina overseas Filipino worker in Singapore named Daxen, who was suffering from the skin condition Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis, an illness that leads to extensive exfoliation of the skin and mucous membrane. The ailment is considered life-threatening.
Araullo’s work, on the other hand, takes a closer look at online sexual exploitation of children in the Philippines.
Meanwhile, the teleserye “Maria Clara at Ibarra,” “Stand For Truth: Runaway Bride,” and “KBYN” bagged bronze medals under Entertainment: Drama, Documentary: Cultural Issues, and News Program: Best Public Affairs Program categories, respectively.
GMA’s documentary episodes “Born To Be Wild: Primate Planet,” “iWitness: Black Soldier Fly,” “The Atom Araullo Specials: The Missing,” “Reporter’s Notebook: Our School is Sinking,” and “KMJS: Eleven” were likewise recognized as finalists during the festival.
“Maria Clara at Ibarra” star Barbie Forteza took to her personal Twitter page to thank the New York-based festival for the show’s recent milestone.
“Maraming salamat po at mabuhay ang likhang Pilipino,” she wrote. (Thank you very much, and let’s raise our flag for Filipino-made works of art.)
— Barbie Forteza (@dealwithBARBIE) April 19, 2023
The prestigious awards-giving body recognizes “exceptional and innovative content” in media from different parts of the world.