“Sandosenang Balita ng 2012: Yearender ng Bayan” this Sunday on ABS-CBN!

ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs (NCAD) will look back on the biggest and most memorable news personalities and events that rocked the nation in 2012 via an interactive yearend special “Sandosenang Balita ng 2012: Yearender ng Bayan” on Sunday (Dec 30).

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Veteran broadcast journalist Noli De Castro will run down the list of the top 12 stories that received the most number of votes from a special poll conducted by the ABS-CBN NCAD team.

From November 19 to 29, viewers were asked to cast their votes on 12 of the most relevant and impactful stories from a list of 20 pre-selected stories.

These included the former Chief Justice Renato Corona’s impeachment trial, former DILG secretary Jesse Robredo’s tragic death, the passing of Comedy King Dolphy, the Scarborough Shoal territorial dispute, plagiarism charges against Sen. Tito Sotto, the tragedies caused by Habagat (monsoon winds) and Supertyphoon Pablo, the NAIA brawl between Mon Tulfo and showbiz couple Raymart Santiago and Claudine Barretto, the framework peace agreement between the government and the MILF, and the canonization of Pedro Calungsod.

Also up for top 12 are the rise of CCTV as a source of crime and other news, the Rolito Go kidnapping fiasco, the murder of model Jaja Rodelas, the strong economy and other PNoy achievements, the Aman Futures investment scam, the hazing deaths of San Beda College students, the death of Rep. Iggy Arroyo, and the controversial bills and laws that provoked intense debate.

Which stories made the final cut? Out of 14, 519 total votes cast, which ones received the most number of votes and were deemed most significant by the viewing public?

Don’t miss “Sandosenang Balita ng 2012: Yearender ng Bayan” with ‘Kabayan’ Noli De Castro on Sunday night (Dec 30) on ABS-CBN Sunday’s Best.

Kabayan bags a bronze at New York Festivals!

DZMM’s public affairs program “Kabayan” anchored by multi-awarded broadcast journalist ‘Kabayan’ Noli de Castro bagged a Bronze World Medal in the Best Public Affairs Program category at the prestigious 2012 New York Festivals (NYF) International Radio Program & Promotion Awards.

“Kabayan,” which is the lone Philippine radio program to succeed in the international competition, was honored for its episodes where Noli extended aid to overseas Filipino workers (OFW) caught in the war in Syria last January.

According to Kabayan Noli, the award is proof that DZMM performs its duty to serve Filipinos wherever they are in the world. “DZMM’s principle is to be the voice of the Filipino people. This is the type of public service we provide – whenever and wherever you are, you have a compatriot you can rely on,” he said.

He also added that the recognition from the international award-giving body highlights the significance of helping OFWs who suffer and are in danger.

“The painful truth is that many Filipinos work overseas to provide for their families. But we at DZMM will continue to protect the welfare of our modern day heroes,” he said.

“Kabayan” served as the link between the Department of Foreign Affairs and OFWs living in different parts of Syria, including OFW Gande Das whom Kabayan would talk to on air everyday to calm her down after she threatened to jump off her employer’s building so she could escape and come back to the Philippines. The Philippine embassy in Damascus had already repatriated Das and other OFWs.

For 53 years, the NYF International Radio Program & Promotion Awards has given honors to outstanding radio programs in all lengths and formats from radio stations, networks and independent producers from around the globe.

“Kabayan” is aired on Radyo Patrol 630 and DZMM TeleRadyo (SkyCable Ch 26) on weekdays at 6 a.m.

“TV Patrol” celebrates 25 Years on Monday!

TV Patrol,” the country’s longest-running and leading Filipino primetime TV newscast, is celebrating its 25 years of patrolling the nation to deliver the biggest news and latest happenings while empowering citizens to become actively involved in nation-building.

‘Kayaban’ Noli De Castro, Korina Sanchez, and Ted Failon, the most experienced and credible team of broadcast journalists in the country, will present a special silver anniversaryepisode on Monday (Mar 5) and launch the “TV Patrol Balitandaan,” which will mount 25 mini-monuments, each to be revealed every week, in landmarks where the 25 biggest news events in the last 25 years happened.

TV Patrol” will also undertake a venture called “Beinte Singko Para sa Kabayan Ko,” which will encourage Filipinos to drop in 25 cents in customized TV Patrol cans to be distributed in 25 provinces all over the country. The fundraising target amount of P2.5 million will be given to selected beneficiaries.

Through the program’s commemorative activities, “TV Patrol” seeks to engage Filipinos towards a common goal and bolsters their role as ‘patrollers’ that exhibit concern and service for the nation.

In 1987, the trailblazing “TV Patrol” revolutionized the way Philippine TV networks producetheir primetime newscasts when it introduced a novel, mass-oriented format that appealed to Filipinos’ craving for news reports and information when democracy was restored. It not only set the trend in how newscasts should be done but also became the undisputed top news program in the country until today.

Its first 25 years saw a string of groundbreaking firsts for TV media – it became the first news program to deliver news on weekends and the first to be available online via livestreaming – innovative steps to deliver relevant and timely news and cater to more Filipinos in the countryand around the world. More notably, “TV Patrol” has redefined the concept of citizen empowerment by encouraging Filipinos to be active and vigilant.

ABS-CBN’s award-winning breakthrough election campaign “Boto Mo, iPatrol Mo” (BMPM)called on citizens to report irregularities, election violations, and emergencies via text message, MMS, and e-mail before and during the 2007 and 2010 national elections. And it was throughABS-CBN’s citizen journalism campaign that the Maguindanao massacre was exposed. The first report on the Maguindanao massacre was sent by a BMPM patroller, who sent the first picture taken from the site.

BMPM, which was born from the “Citizen Patrol” segment of “TV Patrol,” empowered citizens to become agents of change by providing them airtime and allowing them to report on pressingproblems in their own barangays and cities. Through the efforts of the BMPM Patrollers andABS-CBN reporters and anchors, the TV network was named the most credible news source covering the elections according to a Pulse Asia survey in February 2010.

Moreover, “TV Patrol” has become a byword for journalistic integrity, while its anchors are deemed as icons of credibility in Philippine broadcasting. The team of De Castro, Sanchez, andFailon topped the 2011 survey in the National Capital Region by StratPolls Inc. as the most credible news team on Philippine television.

Don’t miss 25th anniversary episode of “TV Patrol” on Monday (Mar 5). Watch out for a special documentary marking the silver anniversary of “TV Patrol” airing soon on ABS-CBN. 

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