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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.

Nov 25, 2023



  THE COUNTRY’S top media company, GMA Network, dominates the list of winners at the recent 45th Catholic Mass Media Awards (CMMA), bagging honors in various categories. 

The awarding ceremony, held at Citystate Tower Hotel in Manila last November 23, brought together dedicated journalists, talented artists, and innovative content creators who made an indelible mark on the world of media.

 The Network’s heartwarming 2022 Christmas Station ID, titled "Love is Us this Christmas: GMA Christmas Station ID 2022,” bested other entries and won the Best Station ID award.

 Meanwhile, GMA’s commitment to excellence in news coverage was recognized anew as its flagship newscast, “24 Oras,” won Best Special Event Coverage for its May 9, 2022 Election Coverage, “Eleksyon 2022: The GMA News and Public Affairs Coverage.”

 GMA Public Affairs shows likewise added feathers to their caps as “Unang Hirit” (GMA Integrated News-produced “Unang Balita-Lenten Traditions”) received accolades as the Best News Magazine while GTV’s “I Juander” was recognized as the Best Adult Educational/Cultural Program.

 In the television category, the Best Drama Series/Program category went to the GMA Entertainment Group’s primetime masterpiece “Maria Clara at Ibarra” while receiving a special citation for the same category is GMA Afternoon Prime’s high-rating family drama “Abot Kamay na Pangarap.”

The title of the Best Entertainment Program went to the original countdown variety show “TiktoClock.” The multiplatform talk show “Fast Talk with Boy Abunda” earned the title of the Best Talk Show.

GMA Network extends  its win in the radio and podcast categories.  “The Howie Severino Podcast” by GMA Integrated News earned acclaim as the Best Educational Program. 

“Dobol Weng sa Dobol B” on Super Radyo DZBB 594 received the Best News Commentary award. “Sumasapuso, Kasama si Toni Aquino” also stood out as the Best Drama Program.

 Moreover, "DZBB Super Serbisyo, Trabaho at Negosyo” on Super Radyo DZBB 594 and "Barangay Love Stories" on Barangay LS 97.1 were each granted a Special Citation for the Best Business News and Best Drama Program categories, respectively.

The Best Music Video (Special Citation), on the other hand, was awarded to GMA Synergy’s NCAA Season 98 theme song “Pusong Kampeon” performed by Kapuso girl group XOXO and composed by Simon Tan. 

Additionally, the television special “NCAA Season 98” on GTV and GMA Synergy received a Special Citation under the Best TV Special category.

In a heartfelt tribute, the CMMA bestowed the Serviam Award posthumously to the late broadcaster Mike Enriquez. 

The Serviam Award is a tribute to individuals who contributed to and through media-based programs and projects, convey Christian values.

GMA Network’s array of victories at the 45th Catholic Mass Media Awards underscores its unwavering commitment to producing high-quality and impactful news and content across various media platforms.