It was a celebration of the region’s best and brightest when the 24th Asian Television Awards was held at the Newport Performing Arts Theater at Resorts World Manila in Pasay City on January 10 to 12, 2020.
This was the first time the celebrated awards festival, considered as the region’s most prestigious gathering of Asian TV celebrities and professionals, was held in the Philippines since its founding in 1996. Overall, almost 60 awards were given during the three-day awards festival that saw over 300 actors, filmmakers, TV directors and producers gracing the event.
During the Technical and Creative Awards Night of the 24th Asian TV Awards on January 10, the Philippines’ Synergy 88 Entertainment Media Inc. won the Best 2D Animated Program award for their show “Barangay 143,” which the company considers as the “first Filipino anime.” It aired on TV network GMA-7. “This award is not just for us. It is for all talented Filipino animators out there,” Synergy 88 programs manager Jan Kristoffer Enriquez.
Catherine Yap- Yang of cable news channel ANC won the Best News Presenter or Anchor award. Yang, who had won the Best TV Newscaster award at the Asian Television Awards from 2001 to 2003, is the anchor of the ANC show “Market Edge with Cathy Yang.”
Meanwhile, the best and brightest actors and programs from Asia were honored during the Awards Ceremony on January 11.
Among the highlights of the night include Filipino actor Martin del Rosario winning the Best Leading Male Performance – Digital category for his role as the transwoman Barbs in the series “Born Beautiful.” He bested three other actors from Thailand, including popular actors Teeradon Supapunpinyo and Krissanapoom Pibulsonggram of Line TV’s “The Great Men Academy.”
‘‘I told myself that to be nominated is already enough and to be recognized all around Asia along with these beautiful and brilliant actors. But the biggest blessing for me is to be able to represent my country, the Philippines,” Del Rosario said in his acceptance speech.
“Mystified,” iFlix’ first Filipino original movie, won the Best Single Drama or Single Movie category.
Manny V. Pangilinan, the chairman of TV network TV5, was the recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to Asian Television special award. Jane Basas of TV5received the award for Pangilinan.
“It is a validation for a journey that—about a decade ago—many thought as foolish to embark. We invested as a third player in a two-network town at the crux of unpredictable and rapid seismic changes in content creation, consumption, and human behavior. It would not have been a worthwhile adventure though if we did not have moments of trepidation,” Pangilinan said in the speech that was delivered by Basas at the awards night.
The 24th Asian Television Awards ended the three-day spectacle with a Sundown Concert on January 12 that was headlined by some of the country’s best acclaimed and young performers—including singers Jona, Morisette, Kiana Valenciano, and Martin Nievera, among others.
International acts who performed at the concert include K-Pop girl group Cherry Bullet and Indonesian singer-songwriter Anggun, who also received the special award for Outstanding Contribution to Asian Television Performing Arts.