MANILA, Philippines -- The radio program of former Vice President Noli de Castro is the lone Philippine finalist at the 2012 New York Festivals (NYF) World's Best Radio Programs.
De Castro's program "Kabayan," which is being aired over dzMM Radyo Patrol 630 and dzMM TeleRadyo, made it in the Best Public Affairs Program category.
"Kabayan" will be competing with radio programs from various countries, including the United States, Australia, United Kingdom and many others.
According to the NYF website, the World's Best Radio Programs honors radio programming and promotions in all lengths and formats from radio stations, networks and independent producers from around the globe.
This year's winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on June 18 in New York City.
A series which had de Castro helping overseas Filipino workers who were trapped amid the Arab Spring uprising in Syria last January was entered in the NYF competition.
According to the program's executive producer, Nanette Baler-Quong, in that series, de Castro served as the bridge for Filipinos in Syria to seek help from the Department of Foreign Affairs.
Among these Filipinos was Gande Das, who has since been repatriated to the Philippines.
Baler-Quong recalled that they were calling Das almost daily, especially after she had threatened to jump from the building where she was staying just to escape and return to her family back home.
The Philippine Embassy in Damascus eventually helped her return to the Philippines.