Either the nearly 4,000 jurors nationwide were too lenient this year or the Philippine TV stations were simply on their toes cleaning up their act for children.
Whatever it was, this year’s harvest of Anak TV Seal winners is by far the most impressive in number. From a piddling 15 in year 2000 when the TV networks were tentative about submitting their programs for public evaluation to 71 last year, a number already unprecedented in Anak TV’s five year history to this year’s bumper crop of 87.
ABC, the “iba tayo” station, lords it over again as the top grosser. With 14 winners, ABC edges out Net 25, RPN and Studio 23 by three each. ABS-CBN has ten awards, GMA has nine, QTV has seven, NBN has seven, IBC, five and SBN, 2.
The derby began in Iloilo in February with 159 fielded entries. Knowledge Channel, being a cable station, should have been part of the derby but many jurors have no access to non-free TV channels. Nevertheless, shows that won the Anak TV Seal may also sport it when they air on Knowledge Channel this year.
The jurors, all adults from various sectors of society and covering the breadth of the archipelago, also voted for the country’s most well liked as well as disliked TV personalities, TV ads and TV programs. The results will be made known when the Anak TV seal winners are awarded on Friday, December 8 at 9:30 in the morning at the Soka Gakkai Building in Quezon City.
Guests at the morning affair are the Arellano High School rondalla and select articulate pupils of P. Gomez Elementary School who will do co-presenter honors with the members of the board of the Southeast Asian Foundation for Children and Television.
The awardee programs are: ABS-CBN: Art Jam, Barney and Friends, John en Shirley, Kabuhayang Swak na Swak, Pilipinas, Game Ka na Ba?, Rated K, Salamat Dok, Sanrio World of Animation, The New Adventures of Madeline, Wansapanataym; NBN: Damayan, Kusina, Atbp., NBN Business, Sportslist, Talk Ko ‘To, The Morning Show, Tinig ng Bayan; ABC: ABC Nickelodeon, Animal X, Ating Alamin, Gourmet Everyday, Healthline, How ‘Bout My Place, Island Flavors, Kabataan News Network, Mommy Academy, Nutrition and Health, Pinoy Iba Tayo, Tahanang Pinoy, The Practical Cook Show, Word Made Flesh; GMA: Art Angel, Dora, the Explorer, Happy Tales, Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho, Lovely Day, Mahiwagang Baul, Maynila, Pinoy Meets World, Wish Ko Lang; RPN: Asin at Ilaw, Balikatan, Biyaheng Langit, Friends Again, Home Buddy, Insight Inside, Mag-Negosyo Tayo, May Liwanag, Signs and Wonders, Tagumpay sa Bibliya, W.O.W.; QTV: Ang Pinaka, At Your Service-Star Power, Dayoff, Heidi, Katoque, Make Way For Noddy, Rx Men; IBC: A Taste of Life, Good Take, Serbis on the Go, Earth Files, Japan Video Topics; SBN: Buhay Pinoy sa Telebisyon,
Oras ng Himala; STUDIO 23: 26th National Quiz Bee, 700 Club Asia, 7th Heaven, Breakfast Supersized, Gameplan, Mathtinik, Postman Pat, Sineskwela, Sports TV, The Key of David, Y Speak; NET 25: Arts 21, Convergence, Euromaxx, Gabay sa Kalusugan, House Calls, In Focus, Kapatid sa Hanapbuhay, Open Line, The Planet, Tomorrow Today, Tribe.