The country’s leading media and entertainment company, ABS-CBN, dominated the 16th Gawad Tanglaw Awards with 30 awards including Best TV Station and nine awards for ANC, the ABS-CBN News Channel.
Maalala Mo Kaya was Best Drama Anthology with Angel Locsin and Yves Flores winning Best Actress and Best Actor n a Single Performance, respectively.
FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano won Teleserye ng Dekada while The Good Son was Best Drama Series; its cast won the award for Best Ensemble Acting.
La Luna Sangre, meanwhile, won Best Speculative Fiction Series.
The stars Wildflower took home various awards for their performances in the show. Maja Salvador and Aiko Melendez each won an award for Best Actress, while both Tirso Cruz III and RK Bagatsing won awards for Best Actor.
Sunday-noontime show ASAP won Best Variety Show, while Pilipinas Got Talent” picked up the Best Reality Show honors.
Angel Locsin also won a special presidential jury award, the Gawad Parangal para sa Adbokasiya sa Kababaihan at Lipunan, for actively upholding and advocating women’s rights.
In the news categories, two of ABS-CBN News’ DocuCentral features “Di Ka Pasisiil” on the Marawi Siege and “Mga Boses sa Classroom” on young Filipinos that continue to pursue education despite poverty won best documentary special. S.O.C.O. or Scene of the Crime Operatives won Best Investigative Program.
Environmental advocacy and travel show G Diaries, which airs on both ABS-CBN and ANC, won Best Educational Program. Host Gina Lopez also won a Presidential Jury Award for Culture, Arts and Sustainable Development Communication, the highest Gawad Tanglaw distinction for arts and culture.
ANC won three more Presidential Jury Awards in the same category, along with six awards for its various programs in different categories.
Debate program Square Off, travel-adventure show Asian Air Safari, and Sen. Loren Legarda (host of Dayaw) each won a Presidential Jury Award for Culture, Arts and Sustainable Development Communication.
The Boss won Best Business Program, while Beyond Politics won Best Public Affairs Program. Green Living won for Best Educational Program, while Hardball won best sports program. Chinoy TV and Trending with Kelly won Best Magazine Show and Best Lifestyle Program, respectively.
Meanwhile, Inside the Cinema, a nightly entertainment show aired on ABS-CBN’s movie cable channel Cinema One won Best Talk Show.
The Gawad Tanglaw, or Gawad Tagapuring mga Akademisyan ng Aninong Gumagalaw, is an award-giving body composed of film critics, scholars, historians, and professors of humanities from the different university. It aims to honor exemplary work in film and television.
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Huseng Batute is one of the various pen names used by poet Jose Corazon De Jesus. Under that pen name, some 4,000 poems were written by the man who was also known as “Hari ng Balagtasan.”
On his 86th death anniversary, May 26, De Jesus was remembered in a ceremony held at the Manila North Cemetry, where he was buried upon his death in 1932.
The event was spearheaded by Tanghalang Banyuhay Inc. led by Professor Joe Lad Santos in cooperation with Cecile Guidote Alvarez, director of the Philippine Center of International Theater Institute/Earthsavers UNESCO.
The event was also a part of the Unesco International Arts Education week which was ushered on May 20 to 23 with the global Launch of the Unesco global launch of the Peace Movement not by Force but by Art festival Forum held at EAC theater and the Senate.
Those who came to participate in the program included former senators Joey Lina and Heherson Alvarez, Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo, Integrated Bar of the Philippines President Atty. Pete Principe, Cultural Center of the Philippines Chairman Arsenio ‘Nick’ Lisazo and Philippine Information Agency director general Harold Clavite.
Each of the guests remembered the great Filipino poet by reciting a poem or singing a song composed by De Jesus.
Lisazo, a nephew of De Jesus on his mother’s side shared a story saying that the poet was christened José Cecilio de Jesús but he later dropped Cecilio and replaced it with the Corazón (heart in Spanish) because he said it best described his character.
The event ended with Clavite reading “Ang Manggagawa,” a poem written by De Jesus on how important the role of Filipino laborers play in the society.
Other notable works of De Jesus include “Bayan Ko,” “Anak ng Dalita,” “Pakiusap,” “Ang Dalagang Plipina,” “Ang Pamana,” “Punong Kahoy” and many more.
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