Archives For February 2011

My Lover, My Wife

This March, GMA Pinoy TV brings to television a heart-melting story on how humble love could be trampled upon by selfishness and pretense.

Nadine Samonte, Marco Alacaraz, Luis Alandy, and Maxene Magalona

MY LOVER, MY WIFE, which premieres March 3 on GMA Pinoy TV, tells of two women immersed in the tricky world of beauty and cosmetic industry. One is deprived of many things in life; the other always gets what she wants.

After Trudis Liit, Maxene Magalona comes back to drama as she plays Vivian, a hard-working receptionist in a medical company. Vivian loves a man wholeheartedly and later falls victim to the pretenses of the people around her. Meanwhile, Nadine Samonte takes on another villain role as she did in the drama series Endless Love. She stars as April, a young cosmetic surgeon and daughter of the most famous cosmetic surgeon in the country.

Nadine Samonte, Luis Alandy, and Maxene Magalona

Joining the two beauties are Kapuso hunk actors Luis Alandy and Marco Alcaraz. Luis is Vivian’s husband, Lawrence, while Marco is Arthur, the object of both Vivian and April’s love.

The story begins with Vivian (Maxene) falling in love with Arthur (Marco), a medical student. Everything seems perfect until Arthur leaves to study abroad and eventually, stops communicating with her. Although this leaves Vivian devastated and embittered, she continues to love Arthur deep within.

Nadine Samonte and Marco Alacaraz

After college, Vivian starts working in a medical company that specializes in cosmetic surgery. There, she sees Arthur again and feels hopeful that they could still be together. To her dismay, Arthur is already married to April (Nadine). She then tries to forget the object of her love and finds a diversion when she meets a medical representative named Lawrence (Luis). The whirlwind romance ends up in marriage.

It becomes apparent to Lawrence that Vivian only married him to forget Arthur. He begins to ill-treat his wife and hurt her further by befriending Arthur and April. Vivian, on the other hand, pretends to be happy and tries to endure her hell-like marriage for the sake of her child.

After some time, Arthur finds out that his wife is cheating and he indirectly gets involved in the death of April’s other man. April convinces Arthur to hide from authorities for fear that her reputation could be dragged down if people knew the whole story.

Maxene Magalona and Luis Alandy

With the help of Vivian’s husband, Arthur gets away but meets a deadly accident that kills Lawrence. He, on the other hand, survives with his face burned beyond recognition. When he wakes up, he finds out that April changed his face to Lawrence’s to keep him from being caught.

What happens now that Vivian’s true love assumes the identity of her unloving and abusive husband? Will she recognize him despite the face that conceals his true identity? Who, between Vivian and April, is Arthur’s mistress and who deserves to be called his wife now that he lives his life as Lawrence?

Follow this story of how a man’s wife is also his mistress, as brought about by technology, pretension, and circumstances. More significantly, witness how a broken heart is mended by disguise and, probably, by the same love that shattered it before.

Nadine Samonte, Luis Alandy, and Maxene Magalona

Completing the cast of MY LOVER, MY WIFE are Carmi Martin as Ms. Charity, the most sought-after cosmetic surgeon and mother of April; Ernie Garcia as Ramon, Vivian’s father; Maybelline Dela Cruz as Ellen, Vivian’s older sister; Princess Snell as Hazel, April’s friend; Rox Montealegre as Lyka, Vivian’s workmate; Jace Flores as Cesar, Lawrence’s friend; and Syrael Jester as Nicolo, Lawrence and Vivian’s son.

Directed by Jay Altarejos and written by Suzette Doctolero, MY LOVER, MY WIFE premieres in North America, Asia Pacific, and the Middle East on March 3 only on GMA Pinoy TV. Call your preferred pay TV operator now to subscribe.


GMA Life TV logo

It was on February 2008 when it started reaching out to Kapuso viewers from around the world by celebrating Pinoy lifestyle on international television. Now, on its third year, it  is all set to offer a television experience  that viewers should definitely watch out for – as it owns up to being the only international Filipino lifestyle channel.

This is GMA Life TV – GMA Network’s second international channel which brings to spotlight the Filipino’s colorful culture through a dynamic mix of television genres.

Joseph T. Francia, Vice President and Head of Operations for GMA International

Ably complementing GMA Pinoy TV’s programming – the flagship international channel of GMA Network which features top-rating news and public affairs shows and entertainment programs from the Kapuso Network – GMA Life TV combines news and entertainment with lifestyle features which speaks to the contemporary Pinoy audience. As of the last quarter of 2010, GMA Life TV has about 125,000 subscribers worldwide .

“A lot of our subscribers appreciate GMA Life TV programming. Life TV shows bring them closer to home because the programs are able to tell them information about our country, people, and culture using the infotainment format. They learn something new while being entertained at the same time,” shares Joseph T. Francia, Vice President and Head of Operations for GMA International.

Cheri Domingo, Programming Head of GMA International

This year, GMA Life TV promises to bring only the best as it strengthens its genre blocks. According to Cheri Domingo, Programming Head of GMA International, “The channel is definitely going to be packed with a lot of fun beginning February 28. A good mix of genres is in store for our Kapuso viewers abroad which feature everything they need and want in life.”

GMA Life TV’s genre blocks are tagged based on the play of the word life which gives emphasis to the diverse programming of the channel. By the end of February, life on GLTV becomes more captivating with new program offerings.

More palatable dishes are in store for the viewers in “It’s a Delicious Life” with food shows DELICIOSO and SARAP AT HOME hosted by Sam Oh and Chef Jackie Ang-Po. Talk becomes more relevant and juicy as Love ni Mister, Love ni Misis, led by real-life couple Carmina Villaroel and Zoren Legapi, joins Tim Yap’s team (Tweetbiz) and the Suzi Entrata-Abrera and Christine Jacob-Sandejas tandem (Full Time Moms) in “Speaking of Life.” And, “Moments of Life” turn dramatically sweeter with GMA’s local version of La Lola starred by Rhian Ramos, plus fresh episodes from Sexbomb Girls’ Daisy Siete.

“Reel Life,” which is GMA Life TV’s movie block, also brings a delightful surprise to Pinoy movie lovers abroad. Come March, Life TV viewers will be able to catch their favorite Filipino movies not only on weekends, but daily, from Monday to Sunday! The daily helping of “Reel Life” is GMA Life TV’s answer to the appeal of its viewers. As Francia puts it, “We are giving in to their demand and it’s with much pleasure we do so.”

Together with new offerings and loads of movies, GMA Life TV also taps the multi-awarded and globally recognized News and Public Affairs group of GMA Network for a new roster of Serbisyong Totoo programs. Entre-Pinoy and youth icon Chris Tiu and GMA’s Reyna ng Kalsada Love Añover share with Kapuso viewers abroad useful money tips and business know-how’s on HANEP BUHAY – the first ever business-reality magazine show on Philippine television.

Meanwhile, in Pinoy M.D., Mga Doctor ng Bayan, news anchor Connie Sison, together with a pool of medical doctors, provide information that may help viewers understand various factors concerning  overall wellness, from critical health issues to practical beauty tips.

To tie it all up, GMA Life TV also launches a new tune that speaks of celebrating life as it gets better. The channel’s new theme song, titled “This is the Life,” is sung by no less than the country’s top female vocal group, La Diva. Composed by the powerful, harmonious voices of Jonalyn Viray, Aicelle Santos, and Maricris Garcia, La Diva won the Best Group Artist of the Year award and Best Music Video of the Year (“Kasiping Ka”) in last year’s PMPC Star Awards for Music. The group was also recognized by the 23rd Annual Aliw Awards as the Best Group Performance in a Concert for their first major concert, “Only La Diva.”

“We are happy that GMA Life TV entrusted to us the interpretation of its new theme song,” shares Aicelle. Jonalyn adds, “We feel honored that we were the ones chosen from among a long list of multi-talented Kapuso artists.” “And we can’t help but be excited for the song to be heard by our Kapuso viewers all over the world!” Maricris exclaims.

GMA Life TV is currently seen in the United States, Canada, Europe, Middle East and North Africa, Japan, Guam, Saipan, Hong Kong, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, and Australia through various carriers. The channel accounts for 126,000 subscribers worldwide as of Q3 2010.


GMA Network’s Lupang Hinirang wins the Bronze Anvil

GMA Network’s Lupang Hinirang wins the Bronze Anvil

Leading Philippine broadcast company GMA Network, Inc. (GMA) bagged honors anew from the Public Relations Society of the Philippines (PRSP) at the recently concluded 46th Anvil Awards held at the Isla Ballroom of EDSA Shangri-La Hotel.

GMA was cited with four anvil awards, including a Bronze Anvil for the production of the Philippine National Anthem, Lupang Hinirang’s cinematic version, which is currently airing over SM cinemas and GMA’s television channels. It was shot wholly in high-definition (HD) digital video technology.

GMA Network’s Lupang Hinirang wins the Bronze Anvil

The two-and-a-half-minute music video – seen on GMA Pinoy TV before Unang Hirit every Monday – retells Philippine history through a succession of carefully-crafted and awe-inspiring reenactments of historical events from Lapu-Lapu’s victory over Magellan’s troops in the Battle of Mactan to the Filipinos’ peaceful revolt in pursuit of democracy in the 1986 People Power Revolution at EDSA.

The Lupang Hinirang cinema version, which was entered in the multimedia subcategory, convincingly stood out from among the other entries of the public relations tools.

Other GMA programs cited with merit awards were the I M Ready campaign for the crisis or disaster and risk communications category; the KAPUSO: The GMA Story coffee table book for the publications category; and the GMA 60th anniversary celebration for the special events category.

As an offshoot of typhoon Ondoy, the I M Ready campaign was developed by GMA News to empower and prompt Filipinos when faced with emergency situations. The campaign, which went on-air and online, had three M’s to disaster preparedness: Magplano, Magsiguro, Makibalita.

GMA Network’s Lupang Hinirang wins the Bronze Anvil

The KAPUSO: The GMA Story coffee table book, meanwhile, has a unique retelling of the company’s history with firsthand accounts from key people behind GMA. The 199-page book was written by celebrated author and editor-at-large Krip Yuson.

Meanwhile, the GMA 60th anniversary was a yearlong celebration with the theme “Touching Hearts, Enriching Lives.” The lineup of projects points to the continuing success story of GMA from a fledgling radio station in 1950s to one of the most successful broadcast companies today.

The yearlong celebration had components that ran across GMA’s multimedia platforms. On-air, GMA went aggressive with the Tagumpay ng Kapuso (60th anniversary) station ID, milestone television commercials and mini-station IDs, and a grand television special titled, GMA at 60, The Heart of Television.

It was also heavily documented in print as the Network produced a special anniversary supplement released in July 2010, amid a rundown of publicity executions for GMA’s 60th. The celebration also penetrated the new media thru running microsites and text promos.

The Anvil Awards, founded in 1965, is annually vested by PRSP to outstanding public relations programs thru a distinguished multi-sectoral jury.


Angeli Nicole Sanoy in Magic Palayok

GMA Pinoy TV sprinkles magic into its slate of innovative programs as it serves up another refreshing TV fare adults and kids alike will surely enjoy. Make way for MAGIC PALAYOK, the newest primetime drama that will send thrills and delight to the Kapuso viewers beginning March 2.

This offering captures the interplay of food and love with its creative, amusing, and heartwarming storyline about a magical clay pot (palayok) that makes mouth-watering and sumptuous dishes through the help of its adorable owner Cookie played by the talented child star Angeli Nicole Sanoy. Angeli captured the hearts of many after her endearing portrayal of “Jik-Jik” in the original drama series,Grazilda.

Carla Abellana in Magic Palayok

Geoff Eigenmann in Magic Palayok

Adding star power to this original drama is the participation of real-life sweethearts Geoff Eigenmannand Carla Abellana. Magic Palayok marks the fifth project of the couple after their successful showsRosalindaSRO Cinemaserye presents Carinderia QueenThe Last Prince, and Sinenovela’s Basahang Ginto. This series also reunites Geoff and Carla with award-winning director Joel Lamangan who helmed their top-rating afternoon soap.

Geoff and Carla play the important characters of Jude, the smart and goal-driven bachelor who will fall in love with Pilar, a middle-class carinderia owner who dreams of being a well-known chef.

MAGIC PALAYOK also marks the TV comeback of one of the loveliest faces in Philippine showbiz, Ms. Mikee Cojuangco-Jaworski, as she plays the coveted role of Isadora, Cookie’s doting mother and the original keeper of the enchanted clay pot.

Cherie Gil in Magic Palayok

Chynna Ortaleza in Magic Palayok

Making this series even grander is the roster of cast headlined by Cherie Gil as Yvonne Ledesma, Isadora’s scheming aunt; Chynna Ortaleza as Natasha, Yvonne’s greedy sister; Manilyn Reyes as theMagic PalayokJay-R as Daryl, Pilar’s ardent suitor; Gino dela Peña as Clifford, Jude’s bestfriend;Frank Garcia as Ricky, Isadora’s friend; Vicky Ortega as Phoebe, Pilar’s bestfriend; Cruzita Salcedoas Suyen, one of Cookie’s friends who bullies her; and Nicky Castro as Macoy, and Bianca Umali asDina, Cookie’s close friends.

Cruzita Salcedo in Magic Palayok

Manilyn Reyes in Magic Palayok

The series begins with Isadora, a lowly peasant who tries to make ends meet for her family due to the dire living conditions in their province. Despite the rough environment, Isadora never fails to share whatever she has to others.

Until one day, while Isadora is praying before Saint Isadore, the stone clay pot on its foot suddenly lights up and floats toward her. Panic-stricken, Isadora brings the clay pot at home and uses it to heat water. Much to her surprise, the water turns into a hot soup and a spirit appears telling her that from now on her family will never starve again.

Gino dela Pena in Magic Palayok

Frank Garcia in Magic Palayok

As years pass by, Isadora single-handedly raises her only daughter Cookie. And through the help of the MAGIC PALAYOK, a reversal of fortune quickly happens in their lives. But their happiness is cut short when Isadora discovers she has a terminal illness. She immediately looks for her cousin Yvonne and asks her to be Cookie’s guardian.

During her final hour, Isadora confesses to Cookie that her father is still alive. Natasha, on the other hand, conspires with Yvonne to convince Cookie that they already found his real father. But Cookie discovers his fake identity.

Jay R in Magic Palayok

Vicky Ortega in Magic Palayok

Cookie runs away to look for her father. Whenever she is down, the spirit of the MAGIC PALAYOK appears and promises to help her. As she goes on her search, Cookie meets Pilar, a kindhearted lady who owns a small carinderia. Cookie offers to help Pilar make delicious dishes only if she lets her stay.

Pilar agrees and soon, Cookie and her MAGIC PALAYOK start creating magnificent meals inside her kitchen. Her carinderia becomes an instant hit and people from all over town would come to try her delectable native dishes.

Nicky Castro in Magic Palayok

Bianca Umali in Magic Palayok

But how long can Pilar and Cookie keep the mysterious powers of the MAGIC PALAYOK under wraps? Will Natasha and Yvonne succeed in their wicked schemes? When will Cookie finally get to meet his father, the real Richard Cruz? How will Pilar and Jude’s path crisscross? And will Pilar and Cookie discover the perfect ingredients to make their lives complete and fulfilling?

Under the helm of Director Joel Lamangan, together with Kit Villanueva-Langit as head writer, MAGIC PALAYOK will not only generate interest among younger viewers but also give a more extensive and fun-loving TV experience to all Filipino viewers abroad. It also boasts of the finest production values with production design created by Egay Littaua and exceptional visual effects by Fahrenheit Inc.

MAGIC PALAYOK premieres in North America, Asia Pacific, and Middle East on March 2 via GMA Pinoy TV. Call your preferred pay TV operator now to subscribe.


Sister Aida Velasquez

Guido Santos

It has been 25 years since Filipinos first poured into that famous stretch of road called EDSA to rally for peace and unity in the country. Now, GMA News and Public Affairs asks “Where were you 25 years ago?” in commemoration of the People Power Revolution’s 25th anniversary – EDSA 25: DAHIL TAYO’Y PILIPINO.

EDSA 25: DAHIL TAYO’Y PILIPINO presents four vignettes featuring four interesting personalities – Guido Santos, Sister Aida Velasquez, Norma Liongoren, and Sonny Camarillo – and their nostalgic account of the People Power Revolution. Each one recalls how it felt witnessing a significant part of Philippine history unfold before their very eyes.

Guido Santos

Unlike other kids of his generation, Guido Santos did not get the chance to celebrate his 10th birthday like he normally would. It turned out that he would be celebrating in the streets together with strangers who would eventually become like family to him.

Sister Aida Velasquez shares how she and the other nuns faced a platoon of soldiers in 1986 with prayer as their only weapon. Now, she prays that the spirit of EDSA revolution profoundly inspires the generation of today.

Norma Liongoren, near Camp Aguinaldo

A NAMFREL volunteer 25 years ago, Norma Liongoren is teary eyed as she remembers a takatak boy who offered the candies he was selling to the people in EDSA for free. “’Libre, libre!’ the boy shouted. I hope to see that same spirit in our people today,” says Norma.

Photojournalist Sonny Camarillo can’t seem to erase from his memory a scene where a soldier asks his mother and his wife to look after his children. Sonny remains hopeful that today’s young people will carry out what the people of EDSA fought for 25 years ago.

Photojournalist Sonny Camarillo poses for a picture with the defenders of Camp Crame

Be inspired by the stories of Guido, Sister Aida, Norma, and Sonny on GMA Pinoy TV’s EDSA 25: DAHIL TAYO’Y PILIPINO.


Claire Delfin SEAMEO

GMA 60 Years. Touching Hearts. Enriching Lives

GMA News reporter Claire Delfin was honored recently at the the 2010 SEAMEO-Australia Press Award from the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization (SEAMEO) for the article she wrote called “Palengskwela: Bringing the school to the market.”

Published on GMA News Online, the article about the Department of Education project which aims to help children and adults who work at the market bested other entries from the region. Delfin’s piece was partly based on the report by Segment Producer Sophia Balod and Researcher Natanya Nono, which first aired on News on Q.

Delfin, who thanked Balod and Nono during the award ceremonies held in Jerudong, Brunei Darussalam, said,“Education is a potent force in fighting poverty. And I hope we all come together so that education will be accessible to all, especially the marginalized and the disadvantaged.”

The SEAMEO Council President and Minister of Education, Brunei Darussalam, Pehin Abu Bakar Apong presented the plaques of recognition. Officials from Brunei and from other Southeast Asian countries were also in attendance.

According to its website, the SEAMO, was established in 1965 “as a chartered international organization whose purpose is to promote cooperation in education, science and culture in the Southeast Asian region.” The organization gives “recognition to outstanding accomplishments and work on education issues through journalism, research, and music.”

The award includes the opportunity for Delfin to travel to Melbourne, Australia this year for a three-week study visit and internship at the Melbourne Age Newspaper. Above photo shows Delfin (middle) together with her husband, Atty. Janice Ian Delfin, (left) and Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Daud bin Haji Mahmud, Permanent Secretary – Ministry of Education, Brunei Darussalam (right).


Lexi Fernandez, Joshua Dionisio, and Barbie Forteza in Nenita Negrita

GMA Pinoy TV

Beginning February 18, GMA Pinoy TV introduces Kapuso viewers all over the world to the heartwarming and inspiring story ofNITA NEGRITA – an original drama depicting the struggles and triumphs of a young Filipino-African American.

Played by 2010 PMPC Best New Actress and tween sensation Barbie Forteza, Antoinette/Nita Negrita was raised at an orphanage after being separated from her birth mother at an early age. Having been born to a

Bubbles Paraiso

Filipina mother and a Black American father, the kind-hearted Nita was often taunted because of her complexion but was quick to overcome this obstacle with the help of her Nana Ima (Nova Villa).

She meets her fiercest rival in Misty (Lexi Fernandez), a pretty but obnoxious girl who was physically abused as a child. Nita and Misty grow up side-by-side with Misty constantly jealous of Nita’s achievements, particularly her talent in gymnastics.

Meanwhile, Nita’s biological mother, Mirasol (Lotlot de Leon), who has always believed that Nita had already died when a tragedy struck their hometown while she was making a living in the city, is now married to a wealthy businessman, Arturo (Zoren Legaspi).

Diana Zubiri

Having a hard time conceiving a child, Mirasol and Arturo settle on adoption and end up in the exact orphanage where Nita grew up. But while Mirasol is inexplicably drawn to the dark-skinned Nita, she is forced to go by her husband’s decision and that is to adopt Misty.

Several years later, as Arturo’s wealthy family pursues their philanthropic work, Mirasol, together with her husband and Misty, returns to the orphanage and finds Nita there. Having a strong feeling that a special bond still exists between her and Nita, Marisol then convinces Arturo to also take Nita into their home. This makes way to an inevitable rivalry between Nita and Misty as they compete not just for the love and attention of Mirasol, but also for the friendship of the handsome Prince (Joshua Dionisio).

Lollie Mara

After years of living an incomplete life, what will it take for Mirasol to realize that the daughter she’s been yearning for is right in front of her? Will Nita overcome the challenges that await her in this new chapter in her life? Will she find comfort and acceptance in the arms of her newfound family away from Nana Ima?

From having to portray a relatable teenager in First Time and Reel Love Presents Tween Hearts to a playful cherub in Pilyang Kerubin, Barbie lands a role in a drama which allows her to further hone her acting skills.

Lot Lot de Leon

Joshua Dionisio, who has grown more handsome and capable as a young actor, once again shares the screen with Barbie as they star in what could be their most dramatic project so far. Fellow tween star Lexi Fernandez, meanwhile, receives her biggest break as the kontra bida in Nita’s colorful life.

Forming the cast of NITA NEGRITA are Lotlot de Leon as Mirasol, Nita’s mother; Zoren Legaspi as Arturo, Misty’s adoptive father; Diana Zubiri, making her comeback in the Kapuso drama block as Danica, Arturo’s obsessive ex-girlfriend; Rachelle Anne Go, in her first full-length role in a drama series as

Nova Villa

Amada, Arturo’s submissive sister; Lollie Mara as Doña Andrea, Arturo’s affluent and condescending mother; Bubbles Paraiso as Alexandra, Arturo’s arrogant sister; and in a very special role, one of the country’s highly-commended veteran

actresses in her first teledrama with the KapusoNetwork, Ms. Nova Villa as the motherly and kind Nana Ima, a volunteer at the orphanage.

Aside from inspiring viewers to embrace their natural beauty and to be comfortable in their own skin,NITA NEGRITA also imparts valuable insights on the true

Rachel Anne Go

Zoren Legaspi

essence of coming together as a family – one that is not limited by blood. The program digs deep on the different relationships that Nita is able to form as she moves toward embracing her beauty and true identity, which viewers are sure to relate with.

Helmed by Gil Tejada Jr. and written by Agnes Gagelonia-Uligan, the inspiring tale of NITA NEGRITA begins on February 18 on GMA Pinoy TV. Call your preferred pay TV operator now to subscribe.


GMA Pinoy TV

On February 13, GMA Pinoy TV brings to Kapuso viewers abroad an inspiring Valentine offering with international singing sensation Charice Pempengco – Charice: Home for Valentine’s.

Internationally known as “Charice”, the world-class Pinay finds her first project with GMA Network to be her first ever Philippine TV concert special.

Charice gets personal in the show as she talks about her journey from rags to riches – from being an ordinary Filipino dreamer to one of Hollywood’s most promising young superstars.


Woven into a repertoire of her favorite songs, Charice shows off her prowess while singing about moments and stories in her life. Joining her on the stage as special guests are Kapuso artists Michael V., Ogie Alcasid, Rachelle Anne Go, and Elmo Magalona.

Get to know more about our Pinay achiever and how she triumphed with her music. Be the first to hear about her future plans in this two-hour television special under the musical direction of Homer Flores and TV direction of Louie Ignacio.

Charice: Home for Valentine’s airs on GMA Pinoy TV on Feb. 13, with replay on Feb. 14. Call your preferred pay TV operator now to subscribe.

Charice and Elmo Magalona

Charice and Michael V

Charice and Ogie

Charice and Rachelle Anne Go

Smart Gilas Pilipinas 22nd Dubai Tournament

Fans and supporters of Smart Gilas Pilipinas can now watch how the Philippine national basketball team battled through the tough competition to reach the finals of the 22nd Dubai International Basketball Tournament as GMA Pinoy TV airs the competition worldwide beginning February 12.

Smart Gilas Pilipinas 22nd Dubai Tournament

Supported passionately by Dubai-based GMA Pinoy TV subscribers, Smart Gilas Pilipinas improved on its third place finish last year by finishing second behind tournament champion Al Etihad of Egypt. The basketball tournament, which was organized by the UAE Basketball Association, was held at the Al Ahli Club, Dubai from January 20 to 29.

The opening of the Dubai tournament saw a strong Pilipinas team defeating Lebanon’s Anibal Zahle by 27 points (70-57). But their next opponent, team Al Etihad of Egypt, got the better of the national team, winning over Smart Gilas, 85-72.

Smart Gilas was all fired up when it stepped out the court in its next game as it dominated Sharjah Club-United Arab Emirates, 92-67. But Smart Gilas faced a tough lost when it went up against the Syrian team, Al Wahda, who beat the team by only 2 points (91-89).

In order to make it to the semi-finals of the Dubai caging, Smart Gilas trounced Lebanon’s Hoops by 17 points, 86-69. And it was Smart Gilas against Al Wahda again. This time though, in the semi-final battle, the Pilipinas team overcame the Syrian club with an 11 point lead, 77-66.

Smart Gilas started strong in the finals against Al Etihad, posting an 11 point advantage in the first half. But in the last quarter, the Egyptian squad bombarded the Pilipinas team with a series of three-pointers. At the sound of the final buzzer, the final score was pinned at 84-75 and Al Etihad was named champion of the 22nd Dubai International Basketball Tournament.

Smart Gilas Pilipinas 22nd Dubai Tournament

The Smart Gilas team, led by Serbian Head Coach Rajko Toroman, has Chris Tiu and Mark Barroca at the forefront as team captains. They are joined by former Pinoy collegiate basketball superstars Dylan Ababou, Jason Ballesteros, Mac Baracael, JV Casio, and Aldrech Ramos, Fil-Am players Marcus Douthit, Marcio Lassiter, and Chris Lutz, and PBA player Asi Taulava.

GMA Pinoy TV has partnered with Smart Gilas Pilipinas in sharing their triumphs with Filipinos all over the world. These include their participation in seven international tournaments (in Dubai, U.S.A, Australia, Taipei, Beirut, and Manila) as part of the team’s preparations toward this year’s Fiba Asia Championship. The 2011 Fiba Asia Championship will serve as a qualifying tournament for the 2012 London Olympics.

Filipino viewers worldwide can catch the exciting games of Smart Gilas Pilipinas at the 22nd Dubai International Basketball Tournament on GMA Pinoy TV on these dates – Feb. 12 (Games 1-3), Feb. 19 (Games 4-5), and Feb. 26 (Games 6-7). Call your preferred pay TV operator now to subscribe.


GNTV head Nessa Valdellon, Pia Arcanghel, Arnold Clavio, Prof Winnie Monsod GMPI Pres Lizelle Maralag

It was a night of celebration as industry leader GMA Network introduced recently to its industry partners the biggest news on Philippine television – GMA NEWS TV on Channel 11.

From GMA News and Public Affairs – the only broadcast news organization in the Philippines that has won the George Foster Peabody Award, the most prestigious honor in electronic media – GMA News TV is a free to air news and public affairs channel. It will begin airing on February 28.

Industry partners, GMA News TV program hosts and personalities, the press, and GMA Network officers, led by Chairman and CEO Atty. Felipe L. Gozon, President and COO Gilberto R. Duavit Jr., GMA

GMA7 SVP M.Enriquez, Mon Santiago of San Miguel Corp,Chair &CEO F.Gozon, Pres & COO G.Duavit Jr & VP J. Soho

Marketing and Productions, Inc. President and COO Lizelle  Maralag, Senior Vice-President for News and Public Affairs Marissa Flores, Senior Vice-President for Entertainment TV Wilma Galvante, and GMA News TV Head Nessa Valdellon were present at the event held at A. Venue in Makati City .

Some of the biggest and most respected names in broadcast journalism were on hand to introduce their respective programs on GMA News TV. GMA News pillar Jessica Soho – the anchor of GMA News TV’s flagship primetime newscast STATE OF THE NATION WITH JESSICA SOHO, and of the news magazine program BRIGADA – was the evening’s main host.

GNTV's Raffy Tima, Rhian Ramos, Patrcia Hizon and Pia Arcanghel

Joining Jessica were fellow GMA News pillars Mike Enriquez (DOBOL B SA NEWS TV), Vicky Morales (GOOD NEWS), Arnold Clavio (BALITA PILIPINAS), and Howie Severino (NEWS TO GO). Mel Tiangco, in turn, is at the forefront of the public affairs program POWERHOUSE.

The much-admired political analyst Prof. Winnie Monsod (BAWAL ANG PASAWAY KAY MARENG WINNIE!) and top-notch investigative journalist and Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) Executive Director Malou Mangahas (INVESTIGATIVE DOCUMENTARIES), also graced the event.

GMA-7 Chair & CEO Felipe Gozon with GMA News TV anchors and hosts

Also present during the trade launch were Kara David (NEWS TO GO), Ivan Mayrina and Connie Sison (ON CALL), Jun Veneracion, RJ Ledesma, and Jace Flores (BEST MEN), Susan Enriquez and Cesar Apolinario (I JUANDER), Tonipet Gaba (POP TALK), Solenn Heusaff (FASHBOOK), Drew Arellano (WEEKEND GETAWAY), Chino Trinidad and Patricia Hizon (GAME!), and Rhian Ramos (SPOTLIGHT: THE SHOWBIZ NEWSCAST).

Rock icon Pepe Smith, with his children, rocked the house as he introduced the reality program THE SMITHS.

GMA News SVP Marissa Flores with PCIJ Exec Director & GNTV host Malou Mangahas

Also part of the formidable GMA News TV lineup are Ramon Bautista’s (MAY) TAMANG BALITA, which marks the return of the mock newscast; THE MAIN EVENT, which features the most exciting lineup of both current and classic sporting events; and the shows FRONT ROW and REEL TIME, which will be providing cinematic and family-friendly documentaries every weekend.

The evening’s program also underscored the fact that GMA News TV is the viewer’s station; one that recognizes the growing and insistent public clamor for relevant and credible news reportage that only GMA News and Public Affairs can deliver. “We are

GMPI Pres & COO Lizelle Maralag with Arnold Clavio and Pia Arcanghel

responding to viewers’ requests for timely news updates in Filipino and for public affairs shows in primetime with this groundbreaking news channel,” says GMA News TV Head Nessa Valdellon.

With newscasts and public affairs programs from morning to night, GMA News TV steps up to the challenge of delivering worthwhile content which provides viewers with the knowledge that could perhaps effect change in their lives, families, and communities.

“We are excited that GMA News TV gives us the opportunity to expand the delivery of serbisyong totoo– with more airtime for

GNTV hosts Chino Trinidad, GMA7 VP Jessica Soho and Patricia Hizon with husband Vince

news and with public affairs programming now on early primetime. We hope to make a difference through quality programs and fair, balanced, responsible reporting – which have long been the trademark of GMA News and Public Affairs,” says GMA Network’s Senior Vice-President for News and Public Affairs Marissa Flores.

GMA News TV airs in the Philippines this February. It will soon be available for Filipino viewers worldwide, joining GMA Pinoy TV and GMA Life TV as the third international channel of GMA Network.

GNTV showbiz newscast host Rhian Ramos

GNTV's Good News host Vicky Morales

GNTV's makeover host Solenn Heussaff

GMA7 Pres & COO with GNTV hosts Howie Severino, Pia Arcanghel and Raffy Tima

GMA7 execs AVP G. Lara, VP B. Raquel, GMPI Pres L. Maralag, VP M. Arayata, SVP W. Galvante

GMA7 President & COO Gilberto Duavit Jr with GNTV hosts