Archives For July 2012

Roderick Paulate, Regine Velasquez-Alcasid, Raymond Gutierrez, Jennylyn Mercado

In a bid to revolutionize the viewing habit of Filipinos, GMA Pinoy TV launches its newest showbiz news magazine program titled HOT TV (Hindi Ordinaryong Tsismis) bringing a fresh perspective on today’s hottest stories and controversies.


Under the direction of Rico Gutierrez, the program will feature a diverse mix of discussions of the latest trends and issues as well as segments highlighting extraordinary personalities and human interest stories every Sunday afternoon.


HOT T.V. brings together for the first time an interesting combination of hosts headlined by TV host and society editor Raymond Gutierrez, seasoned comedian Roderick Paulate, 2003 Starstruck Ultimate Female Survivor Jennylyn Mercado, and Asia’s SongbirdRegine Velasquez-Alcasid — who will display their humor and talent in tackling different topics from the most controversial to the most unbelievable human feats in the country.


After her absence for more than a year from work, Regine, who is a self-confessed ‘chismosa’, dabbles in hosting her very first magazine talk show in GMA. She feels very excited on her latest TV endeavor most especially on working with Raymond, Jennylyn and Roderick, “This is something new for me and I’m really looking forward to the new concept and segments of HOT T.V. Excited ako na marinig ang iba’t ibang opinyon naming apat.“


Raymond, who has hosted various reality, musical variety and talent searches in the Kapuso Network including Pinoy IdolStarstruck,Party Pilipinas and Showbiz Central, is very thankful that GMA entrusted him another project which is a big challenge for him as a TV host, “Lahat ng trending topics pag-uusapan dito. Another new concept and new set of hosts kaya exciting para sa akin. This show will really elevate me as a host. Panibagong pagsubok para sa akin. ”


The producers say the program’s interesting line-up of stories will not only hook viewers but also allow them to connect with the show’s uplifting and thoughtful discussions, “HOT T.V. aims to offer informative and inspirational TV experiences to viewers. With the program’s wide range of topics, it is all set to become the newest destination of intriguing interviews, extraordinary stories about ordinary people, features on supernatural events, investigative reports, etc.”


HOT T.V. will air on GMA Pinoy TV beginning August 5.


Call your preferred pay TV provider now to subscribe. For more details on the show, visit the GMA Network, facebook page and twitter account

Barbie Forteza

After taking viewers into the magical and colorful world of the mystical twin sisters Luna and Blanca during their childhood years, the Kapuso series now enters its second book with the introduction of the teen characters in GMA Pinoy TV’s first multigenerational drama,Luna Blanca.


As the characters of Jillian Ward and Mona Louise Rey in the first generation come to an end, Luna Blanca welcomes the teen personalities who will play the covered roles of Luna and Blanca in the second generation, two of the most popular Tween stars of the Kapuso Network, Barbie Forteza and Bea Binene.


Bea Binene

Bea as the dark-skinned Luna and Barbie as the fair-skinned Blanca now continue the journey of the twin sisters as they enter their adolescent years. In this generation, Luna and Blanca will not only hurdle the distance between their separate lives but also become more deeply involved in dealing with love and their relationship with family and friends.


Adding more color to Bea and Barbie’s lives in the story are the characters of Derrick Monasterio and Kristoffer Martin. Derrick plays the role of Kiko, the boy from the slum community in Payatas who will become close friends with Blanca. They will grow up together and Kiko will develop special feelings for Blanca. Though he is jealous of Blanca and Joaquin’s closeness, he will do everything to win her heart.


Kristoffer is Joaquin/Aki, a popular singer who becomes Luna’s defender and confidant. He is Divine’s brother but unlike her who despises Luna, Aki would always protect and look after her. Luna secretly loves him but his heart belongs to Blanca. Joaquin’s relationship with Luna and Blanca threatens to cause a rift between the twin sisters.


Joining the second generation are the new characters associated with Luna and Blanca including seasoned actress and TV director Gina Alajar as NidaDonya Consuelo’s helper who will adopt Luna and raise her as her own daughter; Allan Paule as Crispin, Nida’s husband and Donya Consuelo’s driver; Yassi Pressman as Kate, Joaquin’s singing partner; Ryza Cenon as Ashley, Divine and Joaquin’s sister.


Playing equally vital roles are Raymart Santiago as Luis, Camille Pratts as RowenaChynna Ortaleza as DivineMarissa Delgadoas Doña Consuelo,; and Buboy Villar as Samboy, the son of Nida and Crispin.


How will the separate lives of Luna and Blanca affect their relationship? When the time comes and their paths cross again, will the sisters be able to reconnect with each other? What will be Rowena’s reaction when she finds out that Luis already married Divine? Will Joaquin’s admiration for Blanca destroy the relationship of the twin sisters?


Under the direction of Dominic Zapata, witness how Barbie Forteza and Bea Binene begin their journey towards discovering their identities, family ties as well as their first loves and first heartbreaks in Luna Blanca on GMA Pinoy TV. Call your preferred pay TV provider now to subscribe.


To get the latest updates on your favorite Kapuso stars and programs, visit the GMA Network website, facebook and twitter account


24 Oras

Broadcast company GMA Network, Inc. (GMA) delivered a consistent streak of winning television ratings performance in the first semester of 2012.


Based on data from January to June 2012 (June 24 to 30 based on overnight data) from trusted ratings service provider Nielsen TV Audience Measurement, GMA outrated ABS-CBN and TV5 in National Urban Television Audience Measurement (NUTAM) with an average total day (6AM to 12MN) household audience share points of 35.5, five points higher than ABS-CBN’s 30.5 and 20.9 points higher than TV5’s 14.6.


Relative to the first semester of 2011, GMA was the only television station that posted improvements in total day household audience shares. GMA’s share points improved by 2.4 points while ABS-CBN and TV5 dropped respectively by 1.6 points and 0.6 point.


At the period’s closing this June, GMA maintained its number one rank in total day household audience shares with 34.4 points versus ABS-CBN’s 32.7 and TV5’s 13.7.


GMA’s lead in nationwide audience shares is mainly driven by its strong performance in the afternoon block (12NN to 6PM), where its programs averaged low to high 40s in household audience shares in NUTAM and in the strategically important areas of Urban Luzon and Mega Manila, which respectively comprise 77% and 59.5% of total urban television households nationwide.


Meanwhile, ABS-CBN’s and TV5’s programs in the afternoon block managed only 10s to mid-20s share points across all areas.


On primetime, GMA maintained its single-digit margins over ABS-CBN and low 20s margins over TV5 in Urban Luzon and Mega Manila.


GMA’s lead across all timeblocks, including the heavily watched primetime TV, in the viewer-rich areas of Urban Luzon and Mega Manila and its dominance in nationwide TV ratings bring the station to the best position of being the advertisers’ top-of-mind media partner.


This June, GMA had 19 and 20 programs in the respective lists of overall top 30 programs in Urban Luzon and Mega Manila.


GMA also dominated the lists of top 10 overall programs in both areas with seven entries in Luzon and eight entries in Mega Manila. Among the programs that made it to the top 10 in both lists were the Pacquiao-Bradley boxing match special, Legacy, The Good Daughter, Eat Bulaga, Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho, and 24 Oras. 


GMA’s dominance in television ratings rakes in more Company income. In fact, GMA finished the first quarter of 2012 as the most profitable and cost-effective broadcast company with P388 million in bottomline.


GMA subscribes to the Nielsen TV Audience Measurement along with 21 other companies including another major network, TV5; Faulkner Media; CBN Asia; 15 advertising agencies and three regional clients. On the other hand, ABS-CBN is the only local major TV network reportedly subscribing to Kantar Media, formerly known as TNS.


The Nielsen TV Audience Measurement has a sample size of 1,190 homes in Mega Manila versus Kantar Media’s 770 homes. Nielsen also has a nationwide sample size of 2,000 homes compared to the lower sample size of 1,370 utilized by Kantar Media.


GMA’s top-rating programs can be seen worldwide via GMA Pinoy TV. Call your preferred pay TV operator now to subscribe or visit


GMA News and Public Affairs

The golden harvest continues for GMA News and Public Affairs as the most trusted and most awarded broadcast news organization in the country wins a total of five Certificates for Creative Excellence at the 2012 US International Film and Video Festival (USIFVF). 


GMA Network received two Certificates for Creative Excellence: 24 Oras: Lola Aurelia story (TV News: News Features/Segments) and I-Witness: Gintong Putik (Documentary Programs: Social Issues)24 Oras and I-Witness can be seen worldwide via GMA Pinoy TV.


GMA Network’s flagship newscast 24 Oras presents the touching story of 78-year old Aurelia Matias and her search for her missing husband, Luis.  A photographer posted a heartbreaking picture of Aurelia waiting for her lost husband on social media. The post went viral and soon after, Lola Aurelia was able to find her husband. 24 Oras exclusively captured the tearful reunion of Lola Aurelia and Lolo Luis, their love warming the hearts of millions nationwide.


I-Witness’ Gintong Putik takes Peabody awardee Kara David to the town of Paracale in Camarines Norte where she meets children burrowing for gold in the rice fields.


On only its second year, GMA News TV is proving the world-class calibre of its programming with three recognitions from this year’s USIFVF: State of the Nation with Jessica Soho’s Trahedya ni Sendong Coverage (TV News: Continuing News Stories), Front Row’s Yaman Sa Basura (Documentary Programs: Social Issues), and Reel Time’s Lusong (Documentary Programs: Social Issues). SONA, Front Row and Reel Time are shown abroad on GMA News TV International.


Airing live from Cagayan de Oro, the worst hit province, State of the Nation’s special coverage provided viewers an unparalleled reportage of the devastation brought by Typhoon Sendong in Central Mindanao, particularly the provinces of Iligan, Negros Oriental and Cagayan de Oro a week before Christmas last year.


According to the USIFVF website, “True to its title State of the Nation, this particular coverage of a breaking story merits consideration as it does not only report the heart-wrenching state of the community during the tragedy, it also called the entire nation to come together and share assistance with the victims. Donations both local and international poured in days after.”


Front Row’s Yaman sa Basurawhich features children who engage in hazardous urban mining at the Smokey Mountain, and Reel Time’s Lusonga story on families who dive into the dirty waters of Manila Bay in search of trash to sell, were also winners at the 2012 New York Festivals.   


GMA Network and GMA News TV’s entries are the only USIFVF winners from the Philippines this year. 


Founded in 1967, US International Film and Video Festival recognizes outstanding business, television, documentary, educational, entertainment, industrial and informational productions. (30)

Just by the first half of 2012, GMA Network, Inc. widened its global reach with the launching of its international channels namely GMA Pinoy TV, GMA Life TV, and GMA News TV International thru key channel carriers in the regions of North America and the Middle East. 


In February, GMA News TV International – the international counterpart of the country’s number one news channel, GMA News TV – was launched in the Middle East via Etisalat. Etisalat is the first channel carrier to offer GMA News TV International in the region. GMA News TV International, first seen overseas in the third quarter of 2011, is now offered in more places with high concentration of global Pinoys.


GMA Pinoy TV – the flagship international channel of GMA Network – also further strengthened its presence in North America in March via Shaw Cablesystems G.P., reaching Filipino households in select areas of Greater Vancouver including Newton, Fleetwood, Richmond, Cloverdale, and North Shore. Shaw is one of the largest cable television providers in Canada.


GMA News TV International was also launched in Canada in the same month via MTS Allstream, the leading full-service communications provider in Winnipeg, Manitoba.


Meanwhile, Northern Canada’s communications and entertainment leader Northwestel made it possible for GMA Pinoy TV to be seen in the communities of Whitehorse, Yukon, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories (NWT), Fort Nelson, and British Columbia (BC).


With these launches, GMA Pinoy TV subscribers now total 306,000, or over two million viewers worldwide.


GMA Life TV – the second international channel of GMA Network known for its lifestyle programs with Pinoy flavor – is also now seen via Bell TV. The channel was included in Bell TV’s lineup just last June 21, and is expected to increase its worldwide viewership of one million as new subscribers are added to its current roster reaching up to 118,000.


Joseph T. Francia, Vice President and Head of Operations for GMA International, says that the launches are part of the Network’s continuous efforts to bring more and more Filipinos abroad closer to home. “We at GMA International are driven by our desire to bring the best in entertainment and news programs from the Philippines to more of our kababayans all over the globe. By extending to them the Kapuso brand of international television programming, we are certain that they will definitely feel closer to home, and are grateful to our channel carriers for partnering with us in this endeavor.”


Francia adds, “Filipinos abroad can definitely expect a wider coverage from the Network by the second half of this year as GMA International targets to reach more Pinoy subscribers, specifically those in the U.S. and the Asia Pacific.”


By September, GMA International aims to make GMA Pinoy TV, GMA Life TV and GMA News TV International available in Malaysia via ABN, and GMA Life TV and GMA News TV International in Canada via Telus. (30)