'Krusada' bags bronze at NY Festivals

by Bev Llorente, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau

Posted at Apr 19 2012 05:16 PM | Updated as of Apr 27 2012 12:51 AM

NEVADA - Las Vegas played host to the annual New York Festivals International TV and Film Awards and announced the year’s winning entries from over 40 countries worldwide.
 
ABS-CBN’s documentary Krusada’s “Laya” bagged this year’s bronze world medal on social issues and current events.

Veteran ABS-CBN journalist Abner Mercado dedicated the award to all “those prisoners who are still longing, wanting and dreaming for their freedom."

“Kinilala ng buong mundo ang isang kwento na tungkol sa mga nasa kulungan. Sana naman tumugon ang kasalukuyang gobyerno na palayain yung mga matatanda sa kulungan,” Mercado said.

Ging Reyes, head of ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs Division, described what Krusada stands for.
 
“Ang Krusada ay di lamang nagsasabi ng istorya o kwento ng buhay. Naninindigan din ang Krusada, ang mga journalist o mamamahayag na gumagawa nito para sa mga walang boses, para sa mga nagdurusa at para rin magising ang mga nasa poder--hindi man gobyerno, lahat ng nasa kapangyarihan--na sila ay gumalaw tungo sa ikabubuti ng mas marami,” Reyes said.

Reyes and Abner accepted the award.

TV Patrol is also one of this year’s finalists for best newscast.

“Kami ay natutuwa at binigyan ulit ng pagkilala ang ating pagbabalita. Magandang regalo ito sa selebrasyon ng 25th anniversary ng TV Patrol. Hindi ito mangyayari kung hindi sa sipag at sa tapang at sa galing ng ating mga producer, mga anchor, mga journalist, na araw-araw ay walang pagod na gumagawa ng balita,” she said.

Among the finalists from the ABS-CBN channel are: Storyline, for Biography/Profile; Rated K’s Kwento ng Buhay ko (This is my life) for Magazine Format; and EDSA25: Sulyap sa Kasaysayan (A Glimpse of History) for History and Society.