ABS-CBN wins int'l award for restoring classic films

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 24 2014 04:51 PM | Updated as of Jun 25 2014 07:52 PM

Leo Katigbak accepts the Gold Quill Award of Excellence for ABS-CBN Film Restoration campaign. Photo: Handout

MANILA -- ABS-CBN's campaign to restore and reintroduce classic Filipino films to a brand new audience was recently recognized at an international awards ceremony held in Toronto, Canada.

Leo Katigbak, the head of ABS-CBN Film Archives and Special Projects, received the Award of Excellence at the gala night of the Gold Quill Awards 2014.

"It's a totally new level of excellence. We are very proud to be part of the winning roster of outstanding global campaigns and represent the country alongside other Filipino winners," he said.

Five other companies from the Philippines -- Pagcor, Shell, Globe, Smart and PRU Life UK -- were also recognized at the awards ceremony.

Started in 2011, the ABS-CBN initiative advocates the restoration of Philippine cinema classics in an effort to raise appreciation from a brand new generation of Filipinos.

To date, the campaign has managed to successfully restore and market -- both locally and internationally -- three films, namely: "Himala" (1982), "Oro, Plata, Mata" (1982) and "Ganito Kami Noon, Paano Kayo Ngayon?" (1976).

"These three films capture the country's social milieu at certain periods of our history. It is not only imperative for us to preserve them, but also to restore them in digital format for a wider appreciation by audiences today and tomorrow," Katigbak said.

He also revealed plans to restore other films, which are similarly considered classics, such as "Virgin People" (1996), "Hindi Nahahati Ang Langit" (1985) and "Karnal" (1983) in the following few years.

The Gold Quill Awards, the flagship awards program of the International Association of Business Communicators, handed out a total 281 awards for 2014. It aims to recognize excellence in communications worldwide.

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