MANILA (UPDATE) - Six ABS-CBN documentaries featuring topics ranging from the pressing issue of HIV/AIDS infection in the country to the pivotal role of a lone woman in the Balangiga Encounter of 1901 --a key event in the Filipino-American war--, and two current affairs programs have been named finalists at this year's New York Festivals TV & Film Awards.
Revealed this past week, the list of finalists includes "HIV Rising," an in-depth study into the alarming figures of HIV cases among Filipinos, suggesting that getting infected can happen to anyone nowadays, regardless of age and sexual orientation.
"Ang Babae ng Balangiga" ("The Woman of Balangiga") was also given a nod. Written and produced by Jeff Canoy, the documentary aimed to recognize the role of the forgotten Visayan heroine, Casiana Nacionales, in the historic Balangiga encounter.
"Alab" ("Ablaze"), a powerful look into the lives of local firefighters, including the story of one who died on duty, also made it to the cut, alongside "Invisible," which spotlights those who triumphed over their mental health problems as it attempts to erase the stigma on the issue considered taboo by many Filipinos.
The two others are part of the ABS-CBN News series "Local Legends" -- one on the life of Ric Obenza, who dedicated his life restoring the forests in Davao; and another on legendary artist Ramon Orlina, considered to be the "Father of Philippine glass sculpture."
Completing the roster of ABS-CBN finalists are Red Alert's "Tigdas (Measles)" episode that looked into the latent effect of the highly contagious virus, citing the case of a five-year-old kid, and #NOFILTER's "TAO PO (Is Anybody Home?)" that featured the story of a mother, and her daughter with special needs.
According to the awards organizers, the finalists may receive Gold, Silver or Bronze World Medal.
Award-winning work will be honored on April 21 at the NAB Show in Las Vegas.
The New York Festivals Best TV & Film competition honors content in all lengths and forms from over 50 countries. This year's jury is comprised of several prominent broadcast and film executive from across the world.