GMA News and Public Affairs further strengthened its stature as the most trusted news organization in the country as it seized various distinctions from the 10th COMGUILD Media Awards and the 5th EdukCircle Film and Television Awards in two ceremonies held over the weekend.
On Sunday, August 16, COMGUILD Center for Journalism recognized GMA News Pillar Jessica Soho as the Media Persona of Excellence. Soho also emerged as the 2015 Hall of Fame for the Most Outstanding Female News Presenter awardee after having won the same category for four consecutive years. Her Sunday news magazine program Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho, meanwhile, scored the Best Magazine Show award.
The second Hall of Fame award of the said ceremony, the 2015 Hall of Fame for the Best Female Field Reporter, was received by Kara David who hosts I-Witness and Powerhouse, and co-anchors GMA News TV’s News To Go.
Soho and David now join the roster of COMGUILD Hall of Fame winners, which already include multi-awarded broadcast journalists Mel Tiangco (Most Outstanding Female News Presenter) and Jiggy Manicad (Best Male Field Reporter).
GMA News Pillar Mike Enriquez, in turn, took home the Most Outstanding Male News Presenter of the Year accolade; while GMA’s flagship primetime newscast 24 Oras was cited as the Best News Program of the Year, making it a candidate for the COMGUILD Hall of Fame citation next year.
Meanwhile, the Best Educational Program and Best Lifestyle Program recognitions were given to Born to be Wild hosted by Doc Ferdz Recio and Doc Nielsen Donato and GMA News TV’s Biyahe ni Drew presented by Drew Arellano, respectively.
GMA Primetime King Dingdong Dantes completed the Network’s COMGUILD list of winners as he was named the Most Popular Television Personality of the Year in the awarding rites held at the Henry Lee Irwin Theater of the Ateneo de Manila University. The event coincides with the 10th Annual Conference of Journalism and Mass Communication Students of the Philippines with the theme “Mass Media in the Verge of Information and Transformation.”
EdukCircle Film and TV Awards, an award-giving body that honors exemplary film and TV personalities, for its part, also heralded Soho on Saturday, August 15, as the Best Female News Anchor of the Year for GMA News TV’s State of the Nation with Jessica Soho.
GMA News Pillar Mel Tiangco, who co-anchors 24 Oras and banners Magpakailanman, received the Most Outstanding Journalist in Public Service citation for GMA Kapuso Foundation.
Finally, Pinoy MD’s Connie Sison accepted the Best Health Show Host award bestowed at the UP Theater of the University of the Philippines in Diliman during the 12th International EdukCircle Convention on Psychology and Media Communication.