GMA Network recorded an unprecedented feat in Philippine broadcast history, winning no less than three Gold Medals in just one festival year alongside three finalist certificates at the 2017 New York Festivals World’s Best TV and Films Competition held in Las Vegas, U.S.A. last April.

Bringing honor to the country anew were multi-awarded GMA Public Affairs programs Reporter’s Notebook, Front Row, and Reel Time. GMA-7’s investigative program Reporter’s Notebook bested other nominees in the Community Portraits category for its Pasan-Pasang Pangarap episode. The documentary, reported by Maki Pulido, showed how two brothers had to haul sacks of charcoal to save up money for schooling.

The documentary program Front Row, in turn, won a gold medal in the Human Concerns category. Its winning episode, Bata sa Bintana, featured the story of 13-year-old boy Zoren whose health conditions rendered him so weak that his contact to the outside world was only through their window.