MANILA, Philippines -- For Kris Aquino, her latest industry award is a nod to her continued "relevance" even after being a host-actress for 18 years.
|Kris Aquino. File photo
Dubbed the country's "Queen of All Media," Aquino personally received her award as Best Talk Variety Program Host for her weekday talk show "Kris TV" at the 9th USTv Students' Choice Awards on Friday.
The awards recognize excellence and Christian values in local television programs and personalities. The recipients of the awards are based on a students' preferences survey that accounts for Catholic and humanist values.
"Super touching ito. Thank you so much for this. Nakakatuwa, because I was told na 46,000 pala of the students had to vote. So thank you to them," Aquino told reporters shortly after the awarding ceremony.
The 42-year-old Kapamilya star said she feels particularly proud of her latest award, as it was determined by the youth vote. She said many of the students' age is about the same as the number of years she has been in the entertainment industry.
Having started hosting in 1990s -- her first self-titled talk show aired in 1994 -- Aquino continues to be among the most visible and talked-about TV and film personalities in local showbiz.
"This really matters a lot because we have such a young population... The fact na halos lahat sila, since college sila, nagsimula sila manood ng TV na may talk show na ako, [and I'm] going on 18 years already, natutuwa talaga ako na I'm still relevant at pinapanood nila," she said.
Aquino also expressed pride over the continued success of "Kris TV," which airs during the "Umaganda" block of ABS-CBN on weekdays. She said the talk show has managed to play a part in building relationships among families who view the program.
"From so many people naririnig ko eh, na sa mga pamilya raw, 'yung hot topics, 'yun ang nagiging discussion nila, at 'yun ang way daw para 'yung mga magulang at kids daw nila, mag-communicate," she said.
"I'm continuously inspired because 'yung mga tao pinaparamdam sa akin ang trabahong mahal na mahal ko, naa-appreciate nila," she said.
Among others, "Kris TV" regularly features the "hot topic" segment, which discusses current national and social issues; a cooking segment; and an interview portion with guest celebrities.
Asked on any changes to the show's format moving forward, Aquino said, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."