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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Jan 13, 2014

Jose Rizal In 'Ilustrado' & Why GMA NewsTV Channel 11 Is The Numero Uno News Channel

GMA NEWS TV Channel 11 won so many international award last year while covering the biggest breaking stories: the coveted George Foster Peabody Award, a Silver World Medal at the New York Festivals, a Silver Medal at the US International Film and Video Festival, the UNICEF Asia-Pacific Child Rights Award, only Philippine finalist at the Japan Prize, the Philippine Quill Award for Excellence, and the most television wins at the Catholic Mass Media Awards. The shows are led primarily by its documentary program Reel Time and its flagship newscast State of the Nation with Jessica Soho. Bayan Ko, which won the Catholic Mass Media Award for Best Drama Series, the educational series Titser, the popular love anthology Wagas as well as the highly praised historical docudrama Katipunan were all created by GMA News TV, taking the channel beyond traditional news and current affairs programming.

In 2014, GMA News TV presents another period drama in 2014 – Ilustrado. The series will take viewers through Jose Rizal’s travels in Europe, including Rizal’s many romances, his rivalry with Filipinos abroad, his poverty and homesickness and his passion to write about his homeland.

Then there’s Cine Totoo: the 1st Philippine International Documentary Film Festival,,which is awarding grants to 11 documentary filmmakers to produce their dream projects. Three winners will be chosen from among the grantees – Best Documentary, Jury Prize and Audience Choice Award – and all three will air on GMA News TV come September 2014. Meanwhile, GMA News TV reminds viewers about some of its best shows. Investigative Documentaries, hosted by Malou Mangahas (one of Metrobank’s Journalists of the Year for 2013) – solidly follows the paper trail behind issues every week. Investigative Documentaries assesses the performance of political clans, studies the impact of government policies and investigates corruption. Trust the program will do even more of this in 2014. I Juander hosted by Susan Enriquez and Cesar Apolinario, the show has captured viewers’ hearts with its unforgettable social experiments and its entertaining discussion of Filipino culture, food, traditions and superstitions. Game-changing weekend documentary programs Reel Time and Front Row have been sweeping the awards the past two years. The documentaries tackle poverty and social ills, telling the raw stories of the subjects themselves, using no hosts or voice-overs. These programs, and many more, have contributed to making - and keeping - GMA News TV the Philippines No. 1 news channel.