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ABS-CBN and GMA Win World Medals at New York Festivals 2021

ABS-CBN’s only entry receives silver.

ABS-CBN and GMA-7 programs have been recognized once again for the 2021 edition of the prestigious New York Festivals’ World's Best TV & Film Awards.

This time, the Philippines bagged two medals and five finalist certificates from both networks.

ABS-CBN’S Only Entry Receives Silver

ABS-CBN’s lone entry, Fedelina: A Stolen Life, won a silver world medal in the Documentary: Biography/Profiles category.

Aired on Kapamilya Channel and Kapamilya Online Live in October 2020, this documentary tackles the story of Fedelina Lugasan, an 83-year-old woman who was enslaved for 65 years by her trafficker in Los Angeles, California.

Fedelina: A Stolen Life, is one of the documentaries that ABS-CBN’s DocuCentral department managed to produce despite being largely affected by the Kapamilya network’s shutdown and the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.

GMA-7 Receives Bronze and Finalist Certificates

GMA-7 had six short-listed entries in the 2021 New York Festivals, and earned one bronze medal award and five finalist certificates.

“Miguel’s Wounds” or "Mga Sugat ni Miguel," an episode of GMA-7’s Reporter’s Notebook, received a bronze world medal under the Documentary: Health/Medical Information category.

The episode delves into the struggles of a 21-year-old man afflicted with a mysterious condition that peels the skin, leaving the body covered with wounds.

This is the ninth medal that Reporter’s Notebook has received from the New York Festivals. The program is hosted by Maki Pulido and Jun Veneracion.

GMA-7's five other entries received finalist certificates. Three were episodes of the Kapuso network's documentary shows: "This Abled" in Reel Time (Documentary: Heroes), "The Woman Slashed On Her Face" in Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho (Documentary: Social Justice), and "Dream of Gold" in The Atom Araullo Specials (Program: Sports Documentary).


The Clash (Entertainment Program: Variety) and Alden’s Reality (Entertainment Special: Special Event) rounded out GMA-7's entries.

The winners were announced on Wednesday, October 13 (Manila time) in a virtual ceremony.

This story originally appeared on Minor edits have been made by the editors.

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