Dennis Trillo, lone winner from the Philippines at 19th Asian Television Awards

Dennis Trillo saved the Philippines from being empty-handed at the 19th Asian Television Awards 2014 held Thursday in Singapore.

The Philippines had 8 nominations, but only won 1. Thanks to Dennis Trillo who won the 'Highly Commended' honor (equivalent to 2nd) in the category he was nominated.

Dennis Trillo at the 19th Asian TV Awards (credit to Popoy Caritativo)

Trillo, who was present to accept the award, was the 2nd Best Actor in a Leading Role for his role as gay lover in the 2013 hit GMA 7 soap 'My Husband's Lover'. The top honor went to Singapore's Pierre Png for 'Zero Calling'.

The Philippines failed to win or at least score a Highly Commended citation in 7 other nominations, such as
Best Direction (Dominic Zapata also for GMA 7's 'My Husband's Lover'), Best Infotainment Programme ('Pinoy Hoops: A National Obsession' by the National Geographic Channel Philippines), Best Adaptation of an
Existing Format ('The Voice of the Philippines Season 1 Best Sports Presenter/Commentator TJ Manotoc /The score 3 for Best News Programme ('News TV Quick Response Team: 'Krisis sa Zamboanga' (Zamboanga Crisis)', 'TV Patrol: Haiyan's Fury', 'Saksi: Wrath of Typhoon Yolanda').

Highly Commended Best Actor Dennis Trillo and Best Director nominee Dominic Zapata (via Dennis Instagram, @dennistrillo)

Best Sports Presenter nominee TJ Manotoc (left) and Dennis Trillo (right) with Best Entertainment Presenter Belinda Lee from Singapore (middle) (via TJ's Twitter, @tjmanotoc)

It's the first time in 9 years that the Philippines won just 1, and it's not even the highest honor in that category. Last year, the country won 3, but all were only 'Highly Commended'.

I think it's time for our local TV networks and producers to level up the quality of their programs. -

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