Vicky Morales is 2015 Adamson Media Awardee
*****It was a day unlike any other, when the country’s stakeholders in the tourism industry joined forces at the Travel Tour Expo 2015 recently held at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City. All were united with the same mantra, “Visit the Philippines Year (VPY) 2015,” the year-long invitation from the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) for everyone to discover and experience the country’s must-visit destinations and events. Organized by the Philippine Travel Agencies Association (PTTA), this year’s Travel Tour Expo is by far the biggest in its 22-year history, with nearly 300 exhibitors from hotels, airlines, resorts, domestic tour operators and travel agencies. As a symbol of their unity, Department of Tourism Undersecretary for Tourism Development Benito Bengzon and TPB Chief Operating Officer Domingo Ramon Enerio III led the ribbon cutting with the Travel Tour Expo 2015 Organizing Committee, PTAA Board of Trustees and other guests. In his speech, Bengzon praised PTAA’s efforts in opening new gateways in the country to promote domestic tourism.
*****News5, TV5’s News and Information Division, emerged as the most awarded news organization in the recently concluded 13th Gawad Tanglaw sa Sining at Kultura awarding ceremonies, which was held last week at the University of Perpetual Help System in Las Piñas City. TV5 bagged a total of 10 Gawad Tanglaw awards, six of which were for News5’s news and public affairs programs and hosts. TV5’s primetime newscast Aksyon got the big honor as Best News Program while News5’s Head and Aksyon main anchor Luchi Cruz-Valdes was recognized as Best Female News Program Anchor. Cruz-Valdes also received the Gawad Tanglaw award for her public affairs program Reaksyon, which was cited as Best Public Affairs Program by the academe-based award-giving body. Also honored with Gawad Tanglaw awards for News5 were Lourd de Veyra as Best Male News Program Anchor, T3: Enforced as Best Public Service Program, Aksyon sa Umaga for Best Morning Program. TV5 also received recognition for its game-changing and quality entertainment and sports programs, with Martin Escudero bagging the Gawad Tanglaw Best Actor Award for the groundbreaking drama Positive. Long-running game show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire was also honored as Best Game Show, along with TV5 flagship program Talentadong Pinoy as Best Reality Talent Show. Sports5, TV5’s sports production arm, also received a special Gawad Tanglaw Developmental Communication Award for Comprehensive Coverage for its 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup coverage.