The Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas (UMPIL) or the Writers Union of the Philippines recently honored ABS-CBN with the Gawad Pedro Bucaneg for the network’s exceptional contributions in cultivating literary education, literary culture, and appreciation of Philippine cinema.
The largest organization of Filipino writers in the country acknowledged ABS-CBN’s innovations in educational TV with programs such as “Sines’kwela,” “Mathtinik,” “Hiraya Manawari,” “Bayani,” and “Pahina.”
It also recognized the Kapamilya network’s promotion of Filipino culture in its topnotch TV and film productions, and its efforts to archive, digitalize and restore Filipino films through the ABS-CBN Film Archives and ABS-CBN Film Restoration.
“Tinatanggap ng ABS-CBN ang gawad na ito at gagamiting inspirasyon para bumangon, gaano man kahirap,” said ABS-CBN’s senior writer Jerry Gracio, who received the award for the network in the virtual ceremony held last Saturday (August 29) on the UMPIL Facebook page.
“Naniniwala ang ABS-CBN na tulad ni Lam-Ang, sa epikong ipinalalagay o isinulat ni Bucaneg, muling mabubuhay ang istasyon matapos lamunin ng dambuhalang isda upang ipagpatuloy ang paglilingkod nito sa mga Pilipino, saan man sa mundo,” Gracio added, comparing the potential rise of ABS-CBN to the Ilokano epic hero.