- The face of local children's television program is now back in the international limelight as Batibot emerged as this year's Prix Jeunesse International Festival's finalist in the Up to 6 Non-Fiction category.
Since it premiered in 1984, Batibot has been the trademark for the Filipino youth as the best children's television program and now, the said program is set to represent the Philippines internationally as Batibot accompanied the 86 out of 353 programs that advanced to the final round.
The entire cast of 'Batibot' -- the Filipino version of 'Sesame Street'.
On June 1 to 6, Batibot will compete with 11 other contestants across the globe such as Europe, North and Latin America, and of course, Asia, This 25th Festival of Prix Jeunesse will be held in Munich, Germany. However, bagging awards in this said festival is not really a new thing to Batibot as it has already won numerous awards like Special Jury Prize in 1990, BMW prize for most outstanding program produced with limited facilities in 1998 and the UNICEF Prize for Prix Jeunesse in 2002.
Coincidentally, the entries of ‘Batibot’ that was chosen to be in the competition dealt with the lesson of having knowledge and great respect to man's own history as an individual and as well as a nation--imparting the children with great humility, which could be traced to Jose Rizal's main desires.
For 27 years, ‘Batibot’ served not just a mere television show for the Filipino youth to enjoy but a children's show in which caters to the youth's educational development and a medium to make the children appreciative and respectful of their own skin and their motherland. ‘Batibot’ addresses all aspects of early childhood growth and development in a playful manner that a kid could be entertained yet gained certain knowledge.
The show has surpassed generations and still, for several years, keeping the spark alive via TV5.
Make the children educated and entertained at home with TV5's Batibot--weekdays at 9:30am and every Saturday at 8:30am.