As early as February 2023, the INC Radio started recognizing the enthusiastic efforts of volunteer brethren from its satellite studios in Northern Luzon, Southern Luzon, Mega Manila, and Visayas, which are all in the Philippines, as well as those in United States, Canada, Asia and Oceania.
On November 11, 2023, this media arm of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church Of Christ) gave awards, this time, to the staff of its satellite studios in Europe and Africa. “It’s an awarding for the best in each category but competition is never felt,” Des Acenas, INC Radio Executive Producer, observed. “Awardees called up on stage deserved the genuine happiness of everyone’s faces.”
The Ecclesiastical District of Italy North hosted the awarding ceremony in an events room at Meliá Milano, Via Masaccio, Milan, Italy, which served as the host site. There gathered the delegates from the satellite studios in Europe, which are named after the ecclesiastical districts respectively supervising these; that is, Central Europe, Italy North, Italy South, Mediterranean, Northern Europe, Spain, United Kingdom, and Western Europe. Their colleagues from their respective districts, as well as those in Africa, gathered at remote sites connected to the main venue through videoconferencing.
Brother Arnel Solano, INC Radio Station Manager, gave the opening remarks while Brother Randy Macalinao, supervising minister of Italy North District, for the closing remarks.
The staff and satellite studios of INC Radio awardees were as follows:
Rollyn Gumatay, Italy South – Best Male Host
Ericka Celestino, United Kingdom – Best Female Host
Noemi Jimenez, Spain –Best Satellite Producer
Rowena De Guzman, Mediterranean – Best Director for Radio Drama
Patrick Abad, Italy South – Best Radio Drama Voice Talent
Mediterranean – Best Satellite Studio
Northern Europe – Most Viewed Satellite
Italy North – Best Values Plug and Best Radio Drama Sound Effects & Musical Scoring
Central Europe – Best Segment
Spain – Best Inspiring Story
Italy South – Best Radio Drama Story/Script
It was in Milan, Italy where the first INC Radio Satellite Studio in Europe was launched in May 2015. “I saw the INC Radio’s growth here in Europe,” shared Kate Luistro, the Italy North Satellite Studio Producer, coordinator and program director of the awarding ceremony. “It’s nice to see a lot of brethren from different districts all at one place. This event is one of the highlights of the year 2023 for all of us. This has made us stronger in the faith and more inspired in broadcasting in one voice transcending borders.”
“I’m overjoyed for this honor,” said Geraldine Doe who received the award for INC Radio Mediterranean Satellite Studio. “Attending this event has been an unforgettable experience as all of us in the studio fulfill our duties to make known in the whole world the Church Of Christ for God’s glory.”
More awarding ceremonies are expected to transpire before the year ends. — With reports from Samantha Aquino of INC News Section