ABS-CBN International/The Filipino Channel’s (TFC) weekly program, Citizen Pinoy, hosted by leading U.S. Immigration Attorney Michael J. Gurfinkel, won for Best Regular TV Show on Migration at the 2017 Migration Advocacy and Media Awards. (Photo courtesy of Sam Simbulan)

TFC’s weekly program, Citizen Pinoy, won the Television Journalism Award – Best Regular TV Program Category in the 2017 Migration Advocacy and Media (MAM) Awards.

Citizen Pinoy is a public service program hosted by leading U.S. Immigration Attorney Michael J. Gurfinkel, that specializes in helping the Filipino community deal with immigration issues and legal problems in North America. It focuses on immigration laws, issues and procedures, and presents complex immigration topics in plain terms, enabling viewers to better understand their rights, options, and possible solutions to their immigration problems.

Each episode of Citizen Pinoy is filled with heart-wrenching and heart-warming stories of separation, sacrifice and salvation. The program continues to be the Filipino’s passport to immigration information.

Citizen Pinoy airs nationwide in the U.S. and Canada on TFC on Sundays at 6:15 P.M. (PST) with replays the following Sundays at 2:00 A.M. (PST). The program also airs in Asia, Australia, Europe, and the Middle East.

Additionally, TFC’s myREMIT® campaign entitled “Papa’s Boy” won for Best Advertisement. The commercial is about a father who left his wife and son at a very young age to pursue a better opportunity abroad and provide for his family’s needs. When the father returns home, he sees his son all grown-up. myREMIT® is a service offered by TFC that allows the convenience and security of sending money to the Philippines 24/7 online or by phone.

TFC myRemit’s campaign “Papa’s Boy” shows the story of a father who leaves his family behind to seek greener pastures abroad to support them. This story resonates with so many overseas Filipinos who have made so many sacrifices for their loved ones. (Image screenshot from “Papa’s Boy” TVC)

The MAM Awards was conceived in 2011 by the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) to honor December as the Month of Overseas Filipinos, and to celebrate International Migrants Day in the Philippines every December 18.

The Migration Advocacy and Media (MAM) Awards was conceived to recognize those who advocate the cause of Filipinos overseas. (Image courtesy of the MAM Awards Facebook page)

The CFO selected 10 winners from among entries submitted from around the world, each telling stories that advocate for the rights of the overseas Filipino, across various media platforms.

This year’s awardees were chosen for having raised public awareness on issues on Filipino migration, advocated the cause of Filipinos overseas, promoted a positive image of Filipinos overseas, and espoused the concepts of migration and development.

The panel of judges for the MAM Awards is headed by CFO Interim OIC Maria Regina Angela Galias, with members from the different migration and media institutions, which include Philippine Migrants Rights Watch, National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Presidential Communications Operations Office, Philippine Information Agency, Film Development Council of the Philippines, and National Press Club of the Philippines.

The Commission on Filipinos Overseas will confer the 2017 Migration Advocacy and Media (MAM) Awards to 10 best media entries from the Philippines and abroad, at the PICC, Pasay City on December 18, 2017, which is also International Migrants Day

Click here for the full list of winners of the 2017 Migration Advocacy and Media (MAM) Awards.


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