The various television network members of the Southeast Asian Foundation for Children and Television bestowed today the people’s choice award called the Anak TV Seal on a total of 70 programs assessed to be child sensitive by 2,497 jurors nationwide. Ceremonies were held in the morning, in keeping with traditional child TV viewing hours, at the Soka Gakkai Auditorium in   Quezon City.

ABS-CBN, NBN and QTV led with thirteen, twelve and eleven winners respectively, and ABC and NET 25 received nine each. GMA won seven while Studio 23 received six seals. IBC won two, while RPN, one.

The annual derby began in   Iloilo  early this year with the help of child-sensitive TV advocates likeColumbia’s, Negros Navigation, Splash Corporation, Hallmark, Panasonic and PLDT. The jurors, all adults from various sectors of Philippine society and covering the breadth of the archipelago, also voted for the country’s most admired and well liked TV personalities. The top fifteen personalities were also recognized during the Anak TV ceremonies.  

The awardee programs are:  ABS-CBN: Busog Lusog; Cedie, Ang Munting Prinsipe; Julio at Julia; Kabuhayang Swak na Swak; Maayong Buntag, Kapamilya; Matanglawin; Northern Catch; Pilipinas, Game Ka Na Ba?; Rated K; Salamat Dok; Sharon; Sirit; Swiss Family Robinsons; NBN: Business @ 10; Equilibrium; GSIS Members’ Hour; Kapayapaan – Atin Ito; Lakbayin ang Magandang Pilipinas; Negosyo, Atbp.; One Morning; Pilipinas, Ngayon Na; Power to Unite; She…Ka; Young Once; Youth Voice; ABC : Barney and Friends; Blues Clues; Bob, the Builder; Chalkzone; Dora, the Explorer; Go, Diego, Go; Spongebob Squarepants; Wonderpets; GMA: Art Angel; Batang Bibbo; Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho; Kay Susan Tayo; Lovely Day; Wish Ko Lang; RPN: RPN Jr. Newswatch; QTV: Ang Pinaka; Balitanghali; Bannertail; Fairezz; Go Negosyo!; Hired!; Ka-Blog; Kids on Q; Little Pony; Make Way for Noddy; Miya; Planet’s Funniest Animal; IBC:  Biyaheng Langit; Buhay Pinoy; Gabay at Aksyon; Healthline; STUDIO 23: 5 and a ½ TV Show; 28 th National Quiz Bee; Math Tinik; Sineskwela; Y Speak; NET 25: Gabay sa Kalusugan; I-Balita; Kapatid sa Hanapbuhay; Moments; Newsbeat; Spoon; Tribe; Weekend Report; World Report

Anak TV also honored two youth who created exemplary video work as Batang Brodkaster winners. They are Sunshine Serrano of Masbate and Belle Barcenas of Cebu. Honorable mention was given to Jophet Jen Rojo of   Masbate  for his promising videography. Each winner received a cash prize, gifts and medals. Their works will be sent to international competitions around the world as Philippine entries.

The top household favorites in the male and female TV personality categories as selected in a poll participated in by  4,582 voters nationwide are (Male) Julius Babao, Piolo Pascual, Mike Enriquez, Edu Manzano, John Lloyd Cruz, Robin Padilla, Ted Failon, Gary Valenciano, Kim Atienza, Aga Muhlach, Arnold Clavio, Sen. Chiz Escudero, Cesar Montano, Gerald Anderson, and Richard Gomez; (Female) Korina Sanchez, Sharon Cuneta, Mel Tiangco, Angel Locsin, Sarah Geronimo, Karen Davila, Jessica Soho, Christine Bersola-Babao, Toni Gonzaga, Bernadette Sembrano, Vicky Morales, Judy Ann Santos, KC Concepcion, Anne Curtis and Kim Chiu. The survey instrument asked which personalities frequently seen on TV were thought by the respondent’s households as worthy of emulation by the young. He top-of-mind survey fielded a wide variety of personalities that included singers, actors, dancers, stars, newsreaders, talk show hosts even priests and politicians.

The country’s top ten favorite TV programs are TV Patrol, Pilipinas Game Ka Na Ba, Rated K, Maalala Mo Kaya, 24 Oras, Lobo, Art Angel, Wish Ko Lang, Umagang Kay Ganda and Imbestigador.

The chief guest of the ceremonies was Ace Sosmena, a 12-year old child from   Camotes   Island  who asked why, in a country where half the population consisted of youth and children, adult programs on television outnumber those of kids’.

The current president of Anak TV is Edgardo Roces; its secretary general is Mag Cruz Hatol while Mikee Cojuangco Jaworski is the spokesperson. The annual Anak TV awards serve as highlight of a yearlong advocacy program run by volunteers. It is timed with the national observance of Responsible Media Week.


The Batang Brodkaster derby (Videos by children, for children, and about children) will draw to a close on November 15, 2008 .

From the entries, Anak TV will select the country’s bets to international video competitions and festivals such as the One Minute Festival in Amsterdam , Japan Prize, Baka Forum in Germany , Chinh India , Lola Kenya contest, VideoTivoili in Finland and may other international derbies.

Batang Brodkaster accepts video materials written, directed, and shot by Filipinos 18 years old and below using video equipment available to them, from advanced gadgets to the simplest multi-media cellphone. The annual derby aims to allow children to communicate on their own level and to present materials that directly affect them, utilizing the modern child’s aptitude in media, translating it into meaningful materials which can be shared with others across the nation and the world through broadcasting.

The activity is known to level the playing field among children of all ages, persuasions, social classes, creeds and physical conditions.

Entrants may submit their original 1- to 5 minute video materials with themes ranging from serious social issues like the environment or poverty, to playful topics about their pastimes, pets, profiles of their favorite persons!

Entries will be screened and videos that meet the judges’ keen broadcasting palates will get the chance to be aired on local, cable, and national television, aside from the entrants receiving handsome gifts from Anak TV supporters.

The project is one of the many innovative and groundbreaking activities spearheaded by Anak TV in its quest to change the national media landscape into one that is sensitive to the developmental needs of Filipino youngsters.

Interested youths and schools may visit the website at where they could download the guidelines and entry forms. They may also email

(Date posted: October 2, 2008)


Anak TV, the association of all TV networks and cable operators bound together by a common interest in responsible programming, invites Metro-Manila based out-of-school youths to serve as Anak TV youth volunteers.

Volunteer applicants should be at least 21 years of age who have completed high school or some units in college, can travel around the country and assist in the various projects of the foundation related to television literacy, the promotion of TV users’ rights and the selection of family friendly TV programs. Articulateness in Tagalog or English is a requisite to volunteer work. The foundation will provide transport, lodging and modest allowances for assigned work. This is a chance to work with TV and corporate executives and respectable actors who are part of the advocacy.

A brief biodata with photo and contact phones must be sent by February 28 by regular mail to ANAK TV VOLUNTEERS, 82 Dr. Lazcano Street, Laging Handa, Quezon City. Applicants with no contact phones are automatically eliminated. A free orientation will be conducted for accepted volunteers prior to posting of assignments. No fees will be collected. Very strictly, personal queries and follow-ups by phone will not be entertained.

(Date posted: February 14, 2008)


Anak TV and the Cultural Center of the Philippines will restage the exhibit of drawings under the collection LUKSONG TINIK, PATINTERO Atbp (Laro Tayo) beginning January 24, 2008 at the Little Theater Lobby of the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

With over forty pen and ink renderings by artist Vic Feliciano, the show hopes to tug at the heartstrings of parents who grew up with games which have now reluctantly entered the halls of oblivion. The revered games of childhood have slowly been replaced by Western entertainment, powered generally by electricity and batteries, characterized by individualistic rather than communal play and promoting an alien set of values. Television and cybergames along with internet surfing rank high among children’s interests today. They are the favorite pastimes of the modern Filipino child.

That child hardly has any inkling about the good old rondalla, the charm of the saranggola, the excitement of palo sebo and the thrill of tumbang preso. Feliciano’s simple but eloquent works promise to make visitors yearn for the carefree days of their childhood as Filipino.

LUKSONG TINIK runs until January 31 with help from Staedtler before it moves to other venues. Parent/ school and art groups interested in the exhibit may initiate contact with Anak TV at 3747066 or email