MNN’s Makilala TV Wins Plaridel Merit Award!

Congratulations to the Makilala TV team on their recent Plaridel Merit Award win for their “Making Sense of America’s Culture of Gun Violence” episode that debuted in November 2017 on MNN.

In their award-winning episode, host Cristina DC Pastor challenges the topic of gun control and guest host Lenn Almadin-Thornhill of CGTN America weighs in on the past attacks and murders that the United States has had due to guns. Plus, policy researcher Erwin de Leon joins the conversation to discuss the different kinds of guns, with added commentary from Keenyo Consultants President Cheryl Quinio-Blodgett, who talks about the mental health aspect behind owning a gun.

Special thanks to: Jenjen Furer, Rachelle Perez Ocampo, Zenaida Mendez, Victor Palmos, Vicente Gahon Gesmundo, Madison Cathy, Lenn Almadin-Thornhill, Cheryl Liz, Victor Palmos and Erwin de Leon.

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About Makilala TV

"Makilala," meaning "get to know" in Tagalog, is the 1st Filipino American TV talk show in the NY Metro area. Makilala TV is a Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN) production, which is filmed out of MNN’s El Barrio Firehouse Community Media Center. The co-hosts/producers include Jenjen Furer, Rachelle Perez Ocampo, Cristina DC Pastor

The show airs bi-weekly on Thursdays at 7:30pm ET on MNNHD (Spectrum 1993), 9:00 pm on MNN4 (FiOS 36, RCN 85, Spectrum 67 and 1998) and worldwide on You can also watch all past episodes on MNN’s YouTube Channel.

Since July 2018, in partnership with Kapatid International, MakilalaTV is also airing in the following territories: North America, Middle East and North Africa region, Europe, and Asia Pacific


About the Plaridel Merit Awards

The Plaridel Merit Awards are presented by the Philippine American Press Club, which celebrates the work of exceptional Filipino American journalists as they chronicle the lives and times of their constituents and the community at large.