'Di Ka Pasisiil' documentary wins Philippines' 1st Gold Dolphin in Cannes

By Media Newser Philippines | Tuesday, October 02, 2018

Photo: ABS-CBN
ABS-CBN made history as it won the Philippines’ first Gold Dolphin award from the prestigious Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards in France for the documentary “’Di Ka Pasisiil” on the Marawi Siege.

The documentary produced by ABS-CBN News’ Docu Central describes the realities of the months-long urban war in Marawi, Lanao Del Sur and the experiences of both civilians and journalists in the conflict that ravaged their city. It won Best Documentary under the Current Affairs, Human Concerns, and Social Issues Category at the 9th edition of one of the most prestigious award-giving bodies in the industry.

Full press release after the jump...

PRESS RELEASE FROM ABS-CBN:
ABS-CBN made history as it won the Philippines’ first Gold Dolphin award from the prestigious Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards in France for the documentary “’Di Ka Pasisiil” on the Marawi Siege.

The documentary produced by ABS-CBN News’ Docu Central describes the realities of the months-long urban war in Marawi, Lanao Del Sur and the experiences of both civilians and journalists in the conflict that ravaged their city. It won Best Documentary under the Current Affairs, Human Concerns, and Social Issues Category at the 9th edition of one of the most prestigious award-giving bodies in the industry.

The award was received by journalists Jeff Canoy and Chiara Zambrano, who covered the conflict in Mindanao in 2017. Accoding to Jeff and Chiara, the win is a testament of the skill, passion, and creativity of all Filipino journalists across various newsrooms.

“This is recognition for the hard work of all journalists - it is our honor to be in your ranks,” said Chiara in an Instagram post. “Let's keep fighting the good fight, striving for excellence in bravery, never forgetting the Filipino people for whom we do this.”

They also dedicated the win to the people of Marawi.

“This one’s for you, Marawi,” said Jeff on his Instagram post. “The war is over but your story is far from over. We’re not perfect but we’re here: the Filipino journalists who will continue to give their very best to make sure that tomorrow will be a bit better than yesterday.

The Cannes win marks the third international award for the documentary, which also won a gold medal at the New York Festivals in the category Continuing News Coverage last April and the Certificate of Creative Excellence from the 2018 US International Film & Video Festival Awards. Locally, it won the Best Documentary Special award at the Gawad Tanglaw and PMPC Star Awards.

Jeff also recently won a first prize Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature for his long-form essay “Buhay pa kami’: Dispatches from Marawi,” an honorable mention award for Excellence in Explanatory Reporting at the Society of Publishers in Asia’s (SOPA) 2018 Awards last June, and was named this year’s Marshall McLuhan fellow, an award given yearly by the Embassy of Canada in the Philippines. He currently hosts the 2018 Golden Dove Award for Best TV Public Service Program “Red Alert” on ABS-CBN and “Red Alert sa DZMM,” which both educate and inform viewers on how to prepare for calamities, natural disasters, and everyday hazards. He is also an anchor of the current affairs program “Umagang Kay Ganda.”

Meanwhile, Chiara was named as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) awardees in 2017 for her work in the field of Journalism and Mass Communication, including her coverage of Marawi and her work "Spratlys, Mga Isla ng Kalayaan." She is currently on leave from the network to pursue further studies in journalism in the United Kingdom after winning a prestigious Chevening Scholarship from the British Government.

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