THE ABS-CBN soap opera "100 Days to Heaven," dominated the 8th USTv Students’ Choice Awards last Feb. 16 at the Medicine Auditorium.

The daily program, which tells the story of a ruthless toy business woman who dies in a car accident but is banned from heaven and is sent back to life as a kid to mend her ways, won the Students’ Choice for Daily Local Soap Opera.

A diminutive star, eight-year-old Xyriel Manabat, won Students’ Choice of Actress in a Soap Opera. A new category for Supporting Actress was won by Jodi Sta. Maria, also from "100 Days to Heaven. "

With the theme Promoting Positive Values in Pop Culture on Television, the 8th USTv Awards also gave a Special Citation to "100 Days to Heaven" for its “exemplary depiction of the Filipino family and positive values.”

Aside from best supporting actress, another new category this year was best supporting actor, according to Rolando Vittorio Gatmaitan Jr., president of the Student Organization Coordinating Council (SOCC).

The award was won by Jhong Hilario for "Mara Clara".

“Inaalay ko ‘to sa lahat ng taong nagbibigay ng inspirasyon sa akin. Ang "Mara Clara" ulit ang bumuhay sa aking acting career. Sobrang saya na hindi ko ma-explain kasi kayo (UST) ang kauna-unahanbg naka-appreciate sa trabaho ko,” Hilario said.

Meanwhile, Coco Martin bagged the Students’ Choice of Actor in a Soap Opera for his stint in the ABS-CBN show "Kung Tayo’y Magkakalayo." He also won the same award last year for the program, "Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin."

USTv nominees and winners are culled from a poll of the 45,000-strong student body of UST. A jury composed of select faculty members and student leaders conferred the winners, applying Catholic virtue.

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This year, the jury was chaired tently by UST Secretary General Fr. Florentino Bolo Jr., O.P., Fr. Joselito Buenafe of the Archdiocesan Commission on Social Communication, and UST Faculty of Canon Law regent Fr. Jose Ma. Tinoko, O.P.

Prof. Augusto Antonio Aguila, executive assistant in the Office of the Secretary General, which organizes the USTv, said the event was an overall success.

ABS-CBN and its cable network channels garnered 17 of the 29 awards, mostly in the entertainment categories. Rival GMA won mostly in news categories.

Other winners were:

Best Catholic program: "Banal" (ABS-CBN)

Best local news and current affairs program: "24 Oras" (GMA)

Best male news and current affairs host: Anthony Taberna (Iba Balita, Studio 23)

Best female news and current affairs host: Jessica Soho (Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho, GMA)

Best documentary program: "I-Witness" (GMA)

Best public service program: Wish Ko Lang (GMA)

Best public affairs-talk show program: "The Bottomline" (ABS-CBN)

Best magazine program: "Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho" (GMA)

Best talk variety program: "Gandang Gabi Vice" (ABS-CBN)

Best variety show: "Eat Bulaga" (GMA)

Best entertainment news show: "The Buzz" (ABS-CBN)

Best drama program: "Maaalala Mo Kaya" (ABS-CBN)

Best reality show: "Showtime" (ABS-CBN)

Best sports program: "Sports Unlimited" (ABS-CBN)

Best education program: "Matanglawin" (ABS-CBN)

Best gag show: "Bubble Gang" (GMA)

Best situation comedy program: "Pepito Manaloto" (GMA)

Best game show: "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" (TV5)

Best music channel: Myx

Best local music video: Gloc 9 and Sheng Belmonte’s "Walang Natira"

Best local music video artist: Sarah Geronimo (Sino Nga Ba Siya?)

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Best full animated program: "Spongebob Squarepants" (ABS-CBN)

Best foreign soap opera: "My Girlfriend is a Gumiho" (ABS-CBN)

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