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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.

Aug 27, 2023



CONGRATULATIONS TO Atom Araullo. His “Mata sa Dilim” in “The Atom Araullo Specials” won as Best Current Affairs Program made in Asia for Regional Asia and/or International Markets in ContentAsia Awards 2023. 

Atom has won not only many local awards but also honors from abroad. 

His first international award was for his documentary “Warmer (Climate Change)” which previously won in the New York TV and Film Festivals. 

First aired in 2022, the winning documentary “Mata sa Dilim” delved into how online sexual abuse and exploitation of children has become a silent pandemic in itself, with cases of online child sex abuse worsening amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

It’s a tearjerking documentary as you can’t help but pity the helpless victims of child exploitation and you’d wish the worse punishment for those who abuse them. 

Another documentary of Atom is “Saving Paradise” about how tourist destinations like Boracay and Coron are behind rehabilitated.

"Our whole team is elate and grateful to receive this recognition from ContentAsia,” Atom declares. 

“We want to dedicate the award to the courageous survivors of online child sexual abuse, as well as the advocates who are working tirelessly to fight the spread of OSEC. The work continues.”

Receiving the award on behalf of the program and GMA Network was The Atom Araullo Specials Executive Producer Ian Simbulan.

Earlier this year, the same documentary also gave the Philippines one of its Gold medals at the 2023 New York Festivals TV & Film (NYF) Awards, winning in the Documentary: Social Issues category.

The winners at the 4th ContentAsia Awards were announced in a live awarding ceremony held last August 24 in Bangkok, Thailand, which was also broadcast via live streaming. 

Winners came from 12 countries and represented TV broadcast and production leaders, streamers, and online platforms.

To Atom, keep up the good work and here’s to coming up with more hard hitting, socially relevant and eye-opening documentaries.