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Front Row executive producer Joseph Laban received the UNICEF Asia Pacific Child Rights Award in Macau last October 27

Front Row executive producer Joseph Laban received the UNICEF Asia Pacific Child Rights Award in Macau last October 27

Front Row won Grand Prize at the UNICEF Asia Pacific Child Rights Award for Television for its documentary Ulilang Lubos

Front Row won Grand Prize at the UNICEF Asia Pacific Child Rights Award for Television for its documentary Ulilang Lubos

One of GMA Network’s award-winning documentary programs, Front Row is this year’s winner of the prestigious UNICEF Asia-Pacific Child Rights Award for Television.

Its winning documentary, “Ulilang Lubos” (Orphaned) follows the daily life of 10-year-old Princess, who has had to take care of three younger siblings since their mother abandoned them. Princess washes produce at a wet market to earn money. She receives five to 20 pesos for this.

After working the entire morning, Princess then proceeds to her second job: scavenging. She has to do this every day to feed herself and her siblings.

“I haven’t seen my mom since she left us three years ago,” Princess says. “We started scavenging to get some money and asking around for food. Sometimes we don’t have anything to eat and our stomachs hurt. We sleep on cardboard boxes on the floor. I envy my friends because they go to school but I don’t.”

“Front Row: Ulilang Lubos” was praised by the jurors for reflecting the vulnerable children’s world in their own eyes. “It was very effective,” they said. “There are many heartbreaking moments in this film. The interviews were handled with sensitivity and the three children came across as everyday kids. Their interaction during bath and meal times was very naturalistic, as if the cameras weren’t there. This is a powerful story that really captured the plight of these children.”


The UNICEF further says, “Front Row: Orphaned is a powerful piece of television. It shows the importance of protecting and nurturing children, and the strength and resilience they possess, through the eyes of four abandoned children trying desperately to make the most of their lives,” said Christopher de Bono, Chief of Communications, UNICEF East Asia and the Pacific.


“It is also a testimony to the value of powerful television storytelling, by motivating all of us to meet our responsibilities and address the suffering of children in need.”   Dr Javad Mottaghi, ABU Secretary-General, said: “To know there are documentary makers of this quality working in our region, chronicling the lives of our most vulnerable children and celebrating the triumph of their young spirits over great adversity, must spur us all on to be the best media messengers we possibly can.


‘Front Row: Orphaned’ shows how great documentary-making not only exposes inequality and exploitation but journeys deeper into the human spirit and reminds us that each human being, however young, poor and disadvantaged, carries the light of hope in their soul.” Christopher Slaughter, CEO of CASBAA, said: “CASBAA congratulates GMA Network for their unflinching look at childhood poverty in ‘Front Row: Orphaned’. Our industry reaches hundreds of millions of people around the world daily. It is heartening to see our medium being used as a platform not just for entertainment, but in the service of such a worthy cause as alleviating the plight of children in need.”


Managing Producer Joseph Israel Laban accepted the prestigious UNICEF prize last October 27 at the Asia Broadcasting Union awards ceremony held in Macau. He shared the viewers’ positive response to the program. “Since the documentary aired, one of the children’s relatives has reached out to them. Viewers are now sending two of the children to school and more help is still coming in. But we are hoping for a more permanent and comprehensive solution to address the plight of Filipino orphans, perhaps with better Government facilities to take care of them and their basic needs.”


The UNICEF Asia-Pacific Child Rights Award was established by the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU), CASBAA and UNICEF in 2001. It recognizes the efforts of broadcasters and producers in pursuing high quality children’s television and better coverage of children’s issues, and is given each year to the best programme on children’s rights produced in the Asia-Pacific region.

Front Row’s “Ulilang Lubos” also previously won a Silver Screen Award at the 2014 United States International Film and Video Festival and received a Finalist citation at the 2014 URTI Grand Prix for Author’s Documentary in Monaco, the sole Philippine program to be honoured this year.


Kapuso viewers abroad can catch the multi-awarded documentary program Front Row on GMA News TV International, which is available to subscribers in the Asia Pacific, Middle East, North Africa, and Canada.

Kaso ng Scarlet Fever
Pinapayuhan ang Filipino Community sa Hong Kong na mag-ingat upang maiwasan ang Scarlet Fever na natagpuan sa Hong Kong.
Ang Centre for Health Protection (CHP) ng Department of Health ng Hong Kong ay kasalukuyang iniimbestigahan ang isang kaso ng Scarlet Fever kung saan namatay ang isang 5-taong-gulang na batang lalaki.
Ang batang lalaki ay nilagnat mula 15 Hunyo. Na-admit siya sa Princess Margaret Hospital noong 19 Hunyo, kung saan biglang lumubha ang kanyang kondisyon at tuluyan siyang namatay noong 21 Hunyo. Ayon sa kanyang mga magulang, ang nasabing bata ay nagpakonsulta sa isang manggagamot dahil sa bulutong.
Ang pasyente ay na-diagnose ng scarlet fever at toxic shock syndrome. Ang resulta ng blood specimen na kinuha sa pasyente ay positibo sa cocci. Ang karagdagang pagsusuri ay kasalukuyang isinasagawa ng ospital.
Ang Public Health Laboratory Centre sa ilalim ng CHP ay mayroon din isinagawang pagsubok sa anumang positibong resulta na makukuha. Ang karagdagang pagsisiyasat ay isinasagawa upang makakuha pa ng karagdagang impormasyon mula sa magulang at manggagamot na tumingin sa bata.
Ang kindergarten school ng bata na SA Tin Ka Ping sa Shatin ay wala namang iniulat na kaso ng scarlet fever, subalit may 11 kaso ng bulutong na nasa edad na 3 hanggang 5 taon simula 4 Mayo 4. Upang makaiwas sa sakit, nagpayo ang CHP na suspendihin ang klase ng 7 araw mula 22 Hunyo.
Bumisita ang CHP sa Kindergarten at pinayuhan ang mga kawani na magsagawa ng puspusang paglilinis at disimpeksiyon sa buong paaralan.
Magbibigay ang CHP ng araw-araw na impormasyon at situwasyon tungkol sa scarlet fever.
Magkakaroon ng radio information drive ang CHP simula sa isang linggo upang palakasin ang pampublikong edukasyon tungkol sa scarlet fever.
Ayon sa tagapagsalita ng CHP, ang scarlet fever ay sanhi ng Group A Streptococcus bacteria at maaring malunasan ng angkop na antibiotics. Kalimitang naaapektuhan ng sakit na ito  ang mga kabataang 10-taong gulang pababa. Ang mga karaniwang simtomas ay lagnat, sakit ng lalamunan, at rashes. Pinapayuhan ang publiko na maging mapagbantay laban sa scarlet fever at magpakonsulta sa manggagamot kung may mga simtomas ng nasabing sakit.
 Upang maiwasan ang scarlet fever, pinapayuhan ang publiko na gawin ang mga sumusunod:
  • Obserbahan ang mabuting personal at environmental hygiene;
  • Panatilihing malinis at hugasan ang mga kamay lalo na kung ito ay nadumihan ng respiratory secretions (e.g. pagkatapos bumahing)
  • Takpan ang ilong at bibig kapag babahing o uubo at itapon ng maayos ang mga bagay na ginamit sa pagsinga o mayroong plema.
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