Maria Clara at Ibarra

“Maria Clara At Ibarra” Bags First International Award For 2023

“Maria Clara at Ibarra” also recently shot up to the number 1 spot on Netflix Philippines!

The trending Kapuso series “Maria Clara at Ibarra” has won a Bronze Medal at the 2023 New York Festivals (NYF) for Entertainment Program: Drama category. This marks the show’s first international award this year.’ first international award this year.

This recognition came six months after certain members of the cast were nominated in the 3rd Annual TAG Awards Chicago, where Juancho Triviño, who played the role of Padre Salvi, bagged the Best Supporting Actor trophy.

The show centers on Klay Infantes, played by Barbie Forteza, a nursing student who is transported to the world of Dr. Jose Rizal’s novels, “Noli Me Tangere” and “El Filibusterismo.” Her love interest, Fidel, meanwhile, is played by David Licauco.

The success of the series also made its stars, Forteza and Licauco, one of the nation’s hottest love teams. 

On top of winning the New York award, the series recently shot up to the number 1 spot on Netflix Philippines.

READ ALSO: Barbie Forteza Shares Her Relationship With On-Screen Partner David Licauco Off-Cam

Joining Maria Clara at Ibarra as NYF awardee

Aside from “Maria Clara at Ibarra,” the New York award-giving body honored three more GMA programs: “Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho,” “The Atom Araullo Specials,” and “Stand for Truth” for their noteworthy episodes.

The “Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho” episode “Wounds of Woes” clinched a gold award under the Documentary: Health/Medical Information category. The documentary follows a 14-year-old boy who suffered from wounds all over his body that were discovered to be lamellar ichthyosis.

“The Atom Araullo Specials” presentation titled “Eye in the Dark” tackled the online sexual exploitation of children and won gold in the Documentary: Social Issues category.

While “Runaway Child Bride,” a special report by “Stand For Truth,” reported on child marriage and won a bronze award under the Documentary: Cultural Issues category.

The New York Festivals TV & Film Awards also recognized five more GMA Public Affairs programs with finalist certificates, namely “Reporter’s Notebook,” “I-Witness,” “Born to be Wild,” and another episode each by “Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho” and “The Atom Araullo Specials.”

Meanwhile, ABS-CBN’s “KBYN (Kaagapay ng Bayan),” hosted by Noli de Castro, received the Bronze medal for the Best Public Affairs Program category based on three different episodes that reflect the story of Filipinos who have shown strategy and perseverance.

The stories were: “Tatlong magkakapatid sa Quezon na may hindi maipaliwanag na sakit”; “Mga patapong gulay, muling naibebenta ng ‘pulot’ vendors sa Divisoria”; at ang “Baha sa ilang komunidad sa Bulacan at Pampanga, hindi humuhupa.”

Each winner was chosen by a jury of more than 200 producers, directors, writers, and other creative media professionals from around the world.

The New York Festivals TV & Film Awards has honored exceptional and innovative content from more than 50 countries for the past 65 years.

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