Apr 17
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DZRH honors radio talents

Author: Malaya
Column: Entertainment

Luz Fernandez and Augusto Victa led an elite roster of radio personalities honored for their contributions to the development of radio drama in modest ceremonies held at the Star Theater as part of the 70th anniversary celebrations of DZRH. Cecille Guidote-Alvarez, executive director the National Commission on Culture and Arts, bestowed the awards for Most Outstanding Drama Talents to Fernandez and Victa, whose careers in the realm of soap operas for both radio and television have already spanned decades.

No less than the "Queen of Philippines Movies" herself, Susan Roces presented the trophies to the top honorees. Cited for their prowess in voice-acting were were Betty Roxas ("Dolorosa"), Tony Angeles and Nick de Guzman (both for "May Pangako ang Bukas"), Marichu Villegas ("Sagrado"), Rosanna Villegas ("Dolorosa"), Eddie Legaspi ("Sagardo"), and Phil Cruz ("Dolorosa"). Bobby Cruz and Jun Legaspi shared directorial honors for "Hukumang Pantahanan," along with Eloisa Cruz Canlas for "Dolorosa."

Amancio Salonga was named Best Musical Director for "Mr. Romantiko," with Mike Perez taking home the award for Best Narrator ("Gabi ng Lagim"), and Fundador Soriano being honored as Best Scriptwriter for "Ukay-Ukay ni Manang Kikay." Taking home the award for Best Drama was "Sagrado."

Since the 1950s, DZRH has been a veritable goldmine of soap operas from 11 o’clock in the morning till mid afternoon, and again in the evenings. Radio was so powerful then that even filmdom’s biggest stars had to have their own soap operas. Through the years, a number of DZRH radio dramas have been given cross-over versions on television and the movies, owing to the popularity of "Gulong ng Palad," first aired by DZRH in 1949.

Radio dramas have also become great vehicles for promoting specific causes. The Communication Foundation for Asia’s "Isang Dipang Langit" ran for 15 years on DZRH, teaching people to aspire for a better life, and was recognized many times over at the Catholic Mass Media Awards. The Department of Health chose this same route to discuss various issues on health and occupational safety via "Sa Palad ng Buhay." "Kapirasong Langit sa Lupa" dwelt on agrarian reform. "Pananagutan sa Bayan" underscored accountability of public officials. "Mga Daing sa Paraiso" touched on the social forestry program. "And Panginorin," an inspirational drama that topped the national ratings several times during its run, highlighted positive moral and social values.

DZRH radio dramas continue to be commercially viable vehicles for some of the best writers, directors, and voice talents in the country. They are now even available as podcasts for techies.

Source: Malaya