GMA-7 NETWORK NEWS RATED BEST IN ASIA
Quezon City, Dec. 18, 1999- GMA-7 Network News has been voted the regionís best news program by the jurors of the recently concluded Asian TV Awards in Singapore.
Channel 7 newscaster Mike Enriquez was voted best news anchor, "Kulturang Handog sa Bayan," a joint project of the Cultural Center of the Philippines and ABS-CBN took the top honors for best special.
Jaclyn Jose was voted best drama actress for her role as Magda in the daily soap "Mula sa Puso." Jose's role was only a supporting one compared to the other Filipino nominee but she impressed the jurors with what they described as "a most sensitive and heartwarming performance as a mother separated from her daughter for over 18 years."
It was Jaclynís second acting trophy from the Asian TV Awards. She first won two years ago for another supporting role in the GMA telemovie, "Kamada."
Romnick Sarmenta bagged the best TV drama actor for his gender-bending role in a GMA telemovie, "Bakla." The judges cited Sarmenta for his "studied, forceful and moving performance as Joy, a gay cross-dressing prostitute, who struggles to support himself and his handicapped sister in desperate circumstances while still retaining a sense of pride and dignity."
GMA Channel 7 was accorded the runner-up distinction for the Broadcaster of the Year, losing out to The Television Corp. of Singapore for the top award of the year.
Runner-up trophies also went to "Partners Mel and Jay" (best entertainment program), Roderick Paulate (best comedy actor), "I-Witness" (best documentary, "Kamao" episode).
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