2013 USTv awards launched

TV5 Artista Academy finalists greet the Thomasian community with smiles. Photo by John Paul R. Autor

13 December 2012, 11:03 p.m. - AHEAD OF the 9th USTv Students' Choice Awards, Thomasians were reminded to look beyond glamor and popularity and instead choose television shows and personalities that embody Filipino and Catholic values.

This was the appeal of Benjamin Zoilo Mario Ravanera III, president of the Student Organizations Coordinating Council (SOCC), during the USTv Students’ Choice Awards kick-off party at the Plaza Mayor earlier tonight.

“This year’s USTv focuses more on the values and influences of TV programs, networks, and the personalities. It’s not all about glamor and fame; we look into the values which they portray and not the acting craft,” Ravanera told the Varsitarian.

Because of this, the SOCC has removed “unessential” awards such as best actor and best actress, and added six more categories including best network foundation, best full-length film, and best TV personality.

With the theme “Catholic Year of Faith,” this year's USTv aims to increase the student voters’ population to at least 20,000, from last year’s estimated 8,000 to 10,000 voters.

“Our faith has declined but we must always go back to our roots, and our origins will always be our Thomasian values,” Ravanera added.

Media partners that attended the launch included ABS-CBN, GMA, TV5, Studio 23, and UNTV. The USTv Awards Night will be held in February 2013. Daphne J. Magturo

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