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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.


Binabalaan ang publiko na mag-ingat sa mga taong nagpapanggap na ahente ng Galaxy Entertainment Group na nangangako ng trabaho sa Macau.

Nagpatalastas ang Galaxy Entertainment Group na wala silang itinatalaga bilang kanilang ahente maliban kay Mr. Paolo Martel, Managing Director ng IKON Solutions Asia Inc., sa address na Rua do Dr. Pedro Jose Lobo, Edificio Banco Luso Internacaional, 11 Andar Salsa 1107-1108 Macau.

Upang malaman kung ang ahente ay lehitimo, mangyari lamang na tumawag sa Konsulado ng Pilipinas sa Hong Kong at Kagawaran ng Paggawa at Empleyo sa pamamagitan ng Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) sa telepono bilang 2823 – 8504.

Marvelous Macau

May 31, 2010 — 2 Comments

Turbo Jet to Macau

When you mention the word “Macau,” usually the first thing that comes to everyones mind is gambling.  Macau has been touted the Las Vegas of Asia, it has even surpassed the income generated by Las Vegas from gambling.  But I say Macau is more than that, it has a rich historical, and cultural past.  Macau is just a ferry ride away from Hong Kong.  There are a lot of things to do in Macau.  To reach Macau, one could just take the fast ferry services, departing from Hong Kong (Shun Tak Centre), Kowloon (China Hong Kong Ferry), and Hong Kong International Airport.  Also there are two berth to choose from.  One is the Macau Ferry Terminal, and the other is the Taipa Ferry.  Or you could also take a bus or drive a car from Zuhai, China, to Macau, which is its border.  You could also get there by plane if you happen to be coming from paces other than Hong Kong, and Zuhai, China.

The Colosseum at Macau Fisherman’s Wharf

Upon reaching Macau, there area multitude of things to do.  One could visit The Fisherman’s Wharf, which has replicas of famous landmarks, such as the Potola Palace in Nepal, a Chinese Palace, The Colosseum, Victorian era buildings, Spanish village, and an African restaurant.  This is also where you can find the Babylon Casino, and the Rocks Hotel, which is coincidentally similar looking to the White House.  One could ride the complimentary shuttle, if you find yourself tired from walking.  One restaurant which I deeply recommend is the Camões Portuguese Restaurant, which is located at 1/F Lisboa 3-Building, Macau, to make a reservation, you can call the following phone number +853 2872-8818.  The staff there are so accommodating and hospitable, and always has a ready smile for patron, and guests.  Try their Pata Negra, the Chorizo, or the sinfully delicious Seafood Rice (Paella).

Macau Tower in Macau Tower

After The Fisherman’s Wharf, you can proceed to the Kwan Yin Statue.  The statue symbolizes the goddess of life.  Inside the statue, you will see some historical references to the goddess.  Further on you can visit, The Macau Tower, which houses the AJ Hackett Macau Tower Bungy Jump, touted to be the World’s Highest.  These are five things you can do, you can Sky Jump (fall face forward), Bungy Jump (fall face backward), Sky Walk X, Sports Climb, and the Mast Climb.  All these activities I mentioned are not for the faint of heart.  It gives you an adrenalin rush.  Plus there is a restaurant at the bottom, for those who are waiting for their friends, family, or love ones, to finish heir jump.

Ruins of Saint Paul

After The Macau Tower, one can proceed to Senado Square in San Malo.  This is the city centre, wherein old architectural marvels still survive to this day.  It is like walking in Venice, Portugal, or Spain, with it’s little alley ways.  There is also a magnificent church, which is, the St. Augustine’ church – Largo de Santo Agostinho.  One can also try the jerky’s and other treats sold along the way.  The most famous among these bakery that sells treats, is the Pasteleria Koi Kei.  If you are a foodie, then Macau might be heaven for you.  Further on one can find The Ruins of St. Paul, or Ruínas de São Paulo, which is a landmark of Macau.  The story of this ruins is this, it refer to the façade of what was originally the Cathedral of St. Paul, a 17th century Portuguese cathedral in Macau dedicated to Saint Paul the Apostle.

Grand Lobby of The Venetian Macao-Resort-Hotel

After the historical tour, let us go hotel and casino hopping.  Along the Cotai Strip lies, a variety of hotels & casinos, some already built, yet some are still being built.  The most famous among is The Venetian Macao-Resort-Hotel.  This is the largest among Macau’s integrated hotel, resorts, and casinos.  This property is also billed as the second largest man made building, only surpassed by the Boeing Factory.  The resort also serves as a venue for meetings, exhibitions, and conventions.  It is also a venue for concerts, and sports.  Among the artists, and sports persons who graced this property with their presence, are Journey, Rihanna, Chris Brown, Pete Sampras, Roger Federer, Bjorn Borg, Andre Agassi, Cleveland Cavaliers, Orlando Magic, Linkin Park, The

The Venetian Macao Tennis Showdown 2009

Pussycat Dolls, and Rain, to name just a few.  The neighbor of the Venetian is an equally famous name among the hotel clientèle, The Four Seasons Hotel Macao.  This property offers luxuries to a select few.  They sell high end goods as well.  Just opposite this is the City of Dreams, which is a collection of hotel-resort-casinos, including Hard Rock Hotel, Crown Towers, and the Grand Hyatt Macau.  City of Dreams, has activities for everyone.  There are shops that sell high end goods, then there are the casinos, there are a number of restaurants & cafe, and there is The Bubble, which is an immersive experience for kids, and adults alike, which will bring out your imagination.

If casino is not your cup of tea, Macau offers a

Macau Grand Prix 2008

different kind of gambling to serve a you.  You can choose horse racing or greyhound racing, at The Macau Jockey Club.  If you prefer to be pampered, Macau also offers a variety of spas, ranging from the high end to the affordable.  Macau is also clustered with watering holes, clubs, and discos.  If you are in the mood to party, then you should try the M Bar, at The MGM Grand Hotel, or Bellini at The Venetian Macao-Resort-Hotel.