ABS-CBN, Kidzania Manila execs honored
ABS-CBN Head of entertainment production Laurenti Dyogi and Governor, President, and CEO of KidZania Manila Maria Rosario “Cookie” Bartolome received honors from the 27th SKAL International Tourism Personality Awards for their significant contributions in the country’s tourism industry.
Laurenti was awarded “Media Personality of the Year” in the Broadcast Media Category for continuing to play a vital role in the creation of quality content that is relevant to Filipinos worldwide.
Cookie, meanwhile, was hailed in the Family Entertainment Category for leading ABS-CBN’s educational theme park Kidzania - where children learn life skills through the power of play - with a vision of sharing the Filipino brand of happiness through meaningful themed experiences.
Both Laurenti and Cookie were lauded with other business leaders in a ceremony held On Sept. 7 at the New World Hotel in Makati.
Accepting his award, Laurenti vowed that the network will continue to use its reach and resources to highlight the culture and destinations in the Philippines.
“On behalf of the whole management of ABS-CBN, we’re here to promise that we will help promote Philippine tourism and be proud of our culture and heritage in all our platforms,” he said.
Cookie added that the company also hopes to make the country proud and shine not just through content but through experiences, just like what they are doing at Kidzania Manila.
“It’s very encouraging that having been only two years in operations we are already being recognized for this such a prestigious award. We are just encouraged to do even better and provide more meaningful experiences for our Filipino children. We hope to do the Philippines even prouder and bring more tourism to the country,” she said.
In previous years, SKAL also awarded ABS-CBN COO of broadcast Cory Vidanes and ABS-CBN Chief Content Officer Charo Santos-Concio for their contributions in the promotion of Philippine tourism. ABS-CBN President and CEO Carlo Katigbak was also the International Tourism Personality Awardee in the TV Station of the Year category in 2015.
The SKAL International Tourism Personality Awards aims to recognize individuals for their support and contribution to the development and promotions of tourism in the country as Asia’s best tourist destination.