GMA programs and Kapuso talents were recognized at the Gandingan 2021: The 15th UP Los Baños (UPLB) Isko’t Iska’s Multimedia Awards held online on 22 May.
Earning core awards were GMA News and Public Affairs personalities Atom Araullo and Kara David. Atom was conferred the Gandingan ng Edukasyon for The Atom Araullo Specials, while Kara was honored with the Gandingan ng Kababaihan for Brigada.
GMA resident meteorologist Nathaniel “Mang Tani” Cruz received a Special Citation in Gandingan ng Agham at Tekhnoholiya for the Network’s flagship newscast 24 Oras.
Winning another set of awards this year was the Kapuso Network’s regional arm GMA Regional TV (RTV). GMA RTV’s flagship unified newscast in Central and Eastern Visayas, GMA Regional TV Balitang Bisdak, won the Most Development-Oriented Feature Story for its two-part feature on an outpatient doctor who contracted Covid-19 and returned to work after recovering.
The top-rated unified weekday newscast in North Central Luzon, GMA Regional TV Balitang Amianan, took home the Most Development-Oriented Investigative Story award on Magat Dam in relation to its effects on the surrounding communities during typhoon “Ulysses.”
Gandingan also honored several features and videos produced by GMA News Online. Winning the Most Development-Oriented Online Video award was Bakit Mahirap Maging Mahirap sa Luzon Lockdown.
Special citations were given to The Children Are All Grown Up Now in the Most Development-Oriented Online News category; Howie Severino’s I Am Patient 2828 in the Most Development-Oriented Feature Article category; and The People Who Need Philhealth the Most by documentary photographer Rick Rocamora in the Most Development-Oriented Photograph/Photo Story.
For the radio category, Mark Makalalad won as Best Field Reporter for his DZBB Bantay Covid-19 Special Coverage on Super Radyo DZBB 594 kHz.
Barangay Love Stories and Barangay LS 97.1 Forever! host Papa Dudut earned the Best FM Radio Program Host, while Barangay Love Stories’ Whitey episode about an ordinary dog with an extraordinary story was named as the Most Development-Oriented Radio Drama.
Receiving special citations were Barangay LS 97.1 in the Most Development-Oriented FM Station category and Talk To Papa’s Rosie, a story on building a relationship with someone miles away and the struggles that come along with it, won in the Most Development-Oriented FM Program category.
The network’s Signs & Symptoms of Covid-19 was recognized as the Most Development-Oriented TV Plug. The project was a partnership between GMA’s Program Support Department and the Network’s socio-civic arm, GMA Kapuso Foundation.
Drama anthology Magpakailanman earned a Special Citation as the Most Development-Oriented Drama Program for its timely episode entitled Walang Iwanan: The Layug Family Story. The episode, starring real-life couple Nonie and Sharmaine Buencamino with Rita Daniela, pays homage to Filipino families and frontline workers all over the world.
Capping off the list of winners was the all-original Filipino singing competition The Clash, which was awarded a Special Citation as the Most Development-Oriented Musical Segment/Program for its Laban Kung Laban episode during the second season.
With the theme Midya: Kaagapay ng Bayan sa Pagharap sa Krisis sa Pampublikong Kalusugan, this year’s awards recognized the efforts of media workers who strive to keep the public abreast of factual news and information amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.