By Balitang America, ABS-CBN North America Bureau
Oct. 1, 2014
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – In a nominee medal ceremony held in New York on Tuesday, Reyes and Failon received a medal and a certificate as finalists in the 35th Annual International Emmy Awards for the story, “Most Powerful Storm.”
Aired on TV Patrol Weekend, “Most Powerful Storm” showed unnerving images of the massive destruction caused by Typhoon Haiayan, locally known as Typhoon Yolanda.
The ABS-CBN news team that was covering Yolanda, including Failon, were trapped in Tacloban City and had to be rescued and airlifted back to Manila.
This is the third nominated ABS-CBN has received from News and Documentary Emmy Awards in New York City.
“Thank you so much to the Academy,” said Ging Reyes, head of ABS-CBN News, “We never thought we’d land here when we sent our teams to Tacloban and other parts of the Visayas. We were prepared for a strong typhoon but we were stunned by the sheer fury of Yolanda, and up to now the victims are still in need of help. It is to them that we pay tribute to. We hope that you will also continue to tell the story of the victims of Yolanda.”
Ted Failon said, “It is one story that I covered that I really prayed so hard that I survive it, that I’d be able to go home alive, and I prayed that in case that I won’t make it, my children would recover my body because it was one hell of a storm, and we were trapped and we thought it was gonna be the end of it – but we survived and we were able to tell the story.”