Vilma and Dolphy to get Lingkod TV awards

By Boy Villasanta,

Posted at Dec 18 2010 04:52 PM | Updated as of Dec 19 2010 12:52 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Star for All Seasons Vilma Santos and Comedy King Dolphy will be presented Life Achievement Awards at the 1st Lingkod TV Awards scheduled on December 28, 2010 at the Rajah Sulayman Theater at Fort Santiago in Intramuros, Manila.

The two veteran actors will be honored for their invaluable contribution in uplifting TV shows that are for the advancement of the interest of children. Santos's and Dolphy's TV programs have benefited thousands of Filipino youth.

According to Frank Rivera, Executive Director of the National Council for Children's Television (NCCT), the NCCT believes it is high time to reward prominent figures and programs in the television industry that showcase strong advocacy in promoting the rights of a child.

“Through these citations, the government expresses our gratitude for their commitment and unparalleled contributions in changing the face of Philippine television—free from inanities, cultural decay, and violence, little by little,” said Rivera.

Dolphy, according to Rivera, is also quietly helping the children of Overseas Filipino Workers by providing scholarships through the Dolphy Aid Para sa Pinoy Foundation. Santos, meanwhile, is implementing the H.E.A.R.T.S. (Health, Education and Environment, Agriculture, Roads, Tourism and Security) program that ensures the future of Batangueño children.

Others to be bestowed recognition are the President's nephew, James "Bimby" Aquino Yap, Jr., and actor Zaijian Jaranilla as Favorite Male Child Personality with Jillian Ward as the female counterpart.

The Lingkod TV Awards is a product of a long-term research of the NCCT, said Rivera. The NCCT is an attached agency of the Department of Education tasked to promote and encourage the production and broadcasting of developmentally appropriate television programs for children.

The NCCT is also behind AnakTV Awards.

“AnakTV and Lingkod TV awards will be joining hand in hand in the enhancement of child-friendly TV shows and they won’t be in conflict with each other,” Rivera added.