ABS-CBN INTERNATIONAL CLINCHES FOUR NOMINATIONS AT THE PRESTIGIOUS 2017 NAMIC VISION AWARDS

On display at the acclaimed 2017 NAMIC Vision Awards stage is Lifestyle Network’s “Rock the Runway,” nominated under the Original Movie or Special category

Following its successive nominations in 2015 and 2016 for Myx TV from the esteemed NAMIC Vision Awards, ABS-CBN International, the largest Filipino entertainment, news and broadcast company in the U.S. gets four new nods for Lifestyle Network (LN) and The Filipino Channel’s (TFC) Balitang America.  ABS-CBN International is the only Filipino broadcast network to make it as finalists in this year’s recognition.

The National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC) Vision Awards is the foremost organization in the U.S. which for the past three decades has been honoring, original digital content for a multi-culturally diverse audience that highlight, according to its official release, “the value of education, advocacy and empowerment.”

Steve Angeles of Balitang America, Beverly Desuasido, executive producer for Lifestyle Network and Miguel Santos, General Manager for MyxTV (a previous nominee as well) at NAMIC’s announcement rites in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles in California.

This year, ABS-CBN International beat its own record, receiving four nominations Tuesday at formal ceremonies in Beverly Hills, and further affirming how LN and TFC are breaking into mainstream international television through content.

Lifestyle Network’s Spice to Life is nominated under the lifestyle category at the NAMIC Vision Awards this year. The Female Specialty Channels unit is headed by Aileen Paredes while representing Lifestyle Network during the awarding ceremonies is Beverly Desuasido, executive producer.

Lifestyle Network, every Filipino woman’s guide to living a life inspired by her dreams and passions, earns three nods alone for “Design” + Story,” “Spice to Life” and “Rock the Runway” (for Original Movie or Specials).  Meantime, TFC, the world’s most widely distributed premium and on demand channel showing Filipino content on multiple platforms, bags a recognition for “Balitang America’s” Election Day Coverage in 2016 (News / Informational).

One of the episodes of Lifestyle Network’s Design + Story that tells of the journey of Filipino American talents, is nominated under the lifestyle category at the 2017 NAMIC Vision Awards.

“Spice to Life” follows the journey of chefs and restaurateurs’ road to culinary success while “Design + Story” sets the canvass for famed artists’ self-told journey to becoming their own personal masterpieces.

The complete nominees under the Lifestyle category are:

  • Ayesha’s Homemade – Food Network
  • Design + Story – ABS-CBN International
  • Patti LaBelle’s Holiday Pies – Cooking Channel
  • Smollett Eats – Food Network
  • Special Projects: Breakthrough Women – CNN
  • Spice to Life – ABS-CBN International

Seen here is Designer Rocky Gathercole heeding the curtain call at the July fashion-for-a-cause “Rock the Runway,” one of LN’s nominated originals at the 2017 NAMIC Vision Awards
(photo courtesy of Rex Vincent photography)

Meantime, “Rocky The Runway,” is the TV special produced to capture Hollywood-based Pinoy designer Rocky Gathercole’s fashion-for-a-cause for the benefit of street children.
The complete list of nominees under the Original Movie or Special includes:

  • All the Way – HBO
  • BET Presents Love & Happiness: An Obama Celebration – BET Networks
  • Black Girls Rock! – BET Networks
  • Rock the Runway – ABS-CBN International
  • Special Projects: Amalgam Comics – CNN

The nominations are a feat for Lifestyle Network, having been launched only in 2011. The nomination comes in only five years after LN started reaching out to the evolving young Filipino audience in North America and eventually, elsewhere.  Furthermore, they are also an affirmation of how effectively it speaks to this niche audience and how it also helps in building the community through its inspiring stories and well-thought-of documentation.

Gel Santos Relos, anchor of Balitang America and the Election Day coverage of the program, one of ABS-CBN International’s nominated shows at 2017 NAMIC Vision Awards. The Balitang America team is headed by News Bureau Chief Paul Henson, Producer Troy Espero and News Desk Editor Henni Espinosa.

For the News/Informational category, “Balitang America’s” coverage of United States’ Election Day, in 2016 ranked high in the selection process, earning it a well-earned place in the finals list.  The nomination is an achievement for “Balitang America” in its efforts to bring the Filipino-American voice to the fore.  With a growing community, the Filipino American voice is becoming a force to reckon with in the U.S. electoral scenario and “Balitang America” continues to play a crucial role in capturing this.

The “Balitang America” team is headed by Paul Henson, news bureau chief; Troy Espero, producer; and Henni Espinosa, news desk editor.

Balitang America’s coverage of the US Presidential Elections in 2016 earned the newscast a 2017 NAMIC Awards nomination alongside international organization Bet TV Networks, CNN, NBC, National Geographic and TV One.

The NAMIC Vison Awards nomination also brings it at par with international news organizations that speak to a multi-cultural audience: The complete list includes:

  • Arab and Queer: Lebanese Singer Pushes Boundaries – NBC Out
  • Balitang America Election Day Coverage 2016 – ABS-CBN International
  • NewsOne Now with Roland Martin – TV One
  • Special Projects: Impact Your World – CNN
  • Stay Woke: The Black Lives Matter Movement – BET Networks
  • The Story of God with Morgan Freeman – National Geographic

    A Pinay who married a man10 days after meeting him while campaigning for PresTrump was one of the interesting stories in Balitang America.

In the official press release announcing the winners, Eglon Simons, president and CEO of NAMIC, shares how important the award is for multi-cultural diversity: “NAMIC is honored to continue the tradition of honoring original content that defies stereotypes, while telling compelling stories of cultural diversity and life experiences.”

Simons adds: “This year’s nominees must be applauded for their excellence and commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion on and off screen.”

In the past, ABS-CBN International’s Myx TV has received nominations including for “Eat Your Words” under the Lifestyle category in 2015 while its “The Doll Life” was nominated for Digital Media – Short Form in 2016.

This year’s panel of judges includes esteemed entertainment and industry executives.  Criteria for judging includes: “overall imagery, sensitivity, writing, and quality of acting in the performance categories.”

2017’s nominees “Design + Story” and “Spice To Life” continue to be seen on TFC IPTV and online (TFC.tv) as well as via lifestylenetwork.tv while “Balitang America” airs weeknights (Pacific time) across TFC platforms in North America.

For the complete list of nominees, please visit http://namic.com
Winners will be announced during the awarding rites in April. (Photos at the nomination ceremonies courtesy of Beverly Desuasido)

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ABS-CBN International nominadong muli sa prestihiyosong 2017 NAMIC Vision Awards
Lifestyle Network at TFC, natatanging Filipino networks na pinarangalan para sa Design + Story, Spice to Life at Rock the Runway at Balitang America Election Day Coverage 2016

Matapos ang sunud-sunod na nominasyon noong 2015 at 2016 para sa Myx TV, muli na namang nominado ang
ABS-CBN International, ang pinakamalaking entertainment, news at broadcast company sa U.S., para sa Lifestyle Network (LN) at The Filipino Channel (TFC).

Ang National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC) Vision Awards ang pangunahing organisasyon sa U.S. na nagbibigay parangal nang higit na sa tatlong dekada, sa mga original at digital content na kumikilala sa ethnic diversity, nagpapahalaga sa edukasyon, adbokasiya, pagkakapantay-pantay ng mga tao, at sa pagkakaiba ng bawat kultura.

Apat na nominasyon ang tinanggap ng ABS-CBN International nitong linggo sa nomination ceremony sa Beverly Hills, Los Angeles sa California.  Para sa living at travel guide channel nitong Lifestyle Network, nakakuha ng nominasyon ang “Design + Story,” “Spice to Life” (para sa Lifestyle category) at “Rock the Runway” (para sa Original Movie or Special). Para naman sa premyadong on demand channel nito na nagpapalabas ng Filipino content sa iba’t-ibang platforms na TFC, nakakuha ito ng nominasyon para sa Balitang America Election Day Coverage noong 2016 (para sa News / Informational category).

Dahil dito, ABS-CBN International lamang ang natatanging Filipino broadcast company na nakatanggap ng nominasyon ngayong taon.

Ang “Spice to Life” ay isang pagsasalaysay ng mga kuwento ng mga chefs at restaurateurs sa North America at ang kanilang secret ingredient to success.  Ang “Design + Story” naman ay isang programa para sa mga Pinoy at part-Filipino artists na ibinabahagi ang kanilang mga kuwento ayon sa kanilang sariling pagsasalaysay.

Ang kumpletong listahan ng mga nominado ay ang sumusunod:

  • Ayesha’s Homemade – Food Network
  • Design + Story – ABS-CBN International
  • Patti LaBelle’s Holiday Pies – Cooking Channel
  • Smollett Eats – Food Network
  • Special Projects: Breakthrough Women – CNN
  • Spice to Life – ABS-CBN International

Samantala, ang “Rock the Runway” naman ang original special na iprinoduce para sa fashion-for-a-cause ng Pinoy designer na si Rocky Gathercole para sa benepisyo ng mga street children.

Ang kumpletong listahan ng mga nominado sa kategoryang Original Movie or Special, kasama na rito ang naglalakihang networks sa U.S. ay ang mga sumusunod:

  • All the Way – HBO
  • BET Presents Love & Happiness: An Obama Celebration – BET Networks
  • Black Girls Rock! – BET Networks
  • Rock the Runway – ABS-CBN International
  • Special Projects: Amalgam Comics – CNN

Ang nominasyon ay isang karangalan para sa Lifestyle Channel dahil noong 2011 pa lamang ito inilunsad.  Ang nomination ay isang pagpapatunay sa daang tinatahak nito para sa mga Pinay na audience nito at kung paano ito nakakatulong para sa community-building.

Sa ilalim naman ng News/Informational category, nominado ang coverage ng “Balitang America” para sa election day ng United States noong 2016.  Isa itong karangalan para sa “Balitang America” at sa North America News Bureau dahil kinilala kung paanong ang Filipino community sa U.S. ay nagiging isang makabuluhang boses sa voting populace at susi ang “Balitang America” sa pagpapalabas nito.

Kahanay ng “Balitang America” ang mga international news organizations sa kategoryang ito:

  • Arab and Queer: Lebanese Singer Pushes Boundaries – NBC Out
  • Balitang America Election Day Coverage 2016 – ABS-CBN International
  • NewsOne Now with Roland Martin – TV One
  • Special Projects: Impact Your World – CNN
  • Stay Woke: The Black Lives Matter Movement – BET Networks
  • The Story of God with Morgan Freeman – National Geographic

Ayon sa sa official press release ng NAMIC, sinabi ni Eglon Simons, president at CEO of na mahalaga ang Vision awards para sa pagkilalala sa multi-cultural diversity: “NAMIC is honored to continue the tradition of honoring original content that defies stereotypes, while telling compelling stories of cultural diversity and life experiences.”

Dagdag niya: “This year’s nominees must be applauded for their excellence and commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion on and off screen.”

Noong mga nakaraang taon, nakatanggap na ang ABS-CBN International ng ilang nominasyon, para sa Asian American channel nitong Myx TV, kasama na ang “Eat Your Words,” sa ilalim ng Lifestyle category noong 2015 at ang “The Doll’s Life” para sa Digital Media – Short Form noong 2016.

Kinabibilangan ang hurado ng mga kilalalang entertainment at industry executives.  Ang criteria ay ang mga sumusunod: “overall imagery, sensitivity, writing, and quality of acting in the performance categories.”

Ang mga 2017 nominees na “Design + Story” at “Spice to Life” ay patuloy na makikita sa TFC IPTV at online (TFC.tv) pati na rin sa pamamagitan ng lifestylenetwork.tv samantalang ang “Balitang America” ay mapapanood weeknights (Pacific time) sa TFC platforms sa North America.

Para sa kumpletong listahan ng nominees, bisitahin ang http://namic.com
Ang mga mananalo ay pararangalan sa formal ceremonies sa Abril.

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Media contact:
Marianne de Vera
Global Corporate Affairs and PR
(632) 415 2272
global_corporate_affairs@abs-cbn.com

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