Archives For October 2012

Beginning November 3, join Asia’s Songbird Regine Velasquez-Alcasid as she shows off her culinary expertise and whips up delightful dishes via her newest cooking talk show, Sarap Diva  on GMA Life TV.


While Regine displays her singing prowess in GMA Pinoy TV’s Party Pilipinas and dabbles in hosting her first magazine talk show HOT T.V., she now takes a new challenge as a homemaker and food lover thru her latest TV endeavour, Sarap Diva.


Thru cooking, Regine will form a bond with her celebrity guests and viewers — a bond among mothers, wives, daughters, sisters, and friends. She will allow her guests to engage in entertaining and interesting discussions as they share stories about their lives, careers, families, etc.


Sarap Diva is likewise Regine’s newest nest, where she will cherish and share her love for food, music, and family.


Making this program extraordinarily special is the participation of her son Nathaniel James a.k.a. Baby Nate and her dear pet dog, George. They will add spice to the weekly episodes.


Music will certainly be a part of the program and Regine will be joined by her brother-in-law and musical director Raul Mitra in piano. Sarap Diva is directed by Treb Monteras II.


Sarap Diva airs on GMA Life TV, the second international channel of GMA Network.


For more details, visit the GMA International website ( and Facebook page ( Call your preferred pay TV operator to subscribe.

Extra Challenge Richard & Marian

Extra Challenge Richard & Marian

Expect extreme excitement and adventure as the multi-awarded news organization GMA News and Public Affairs brings together two of GMA’s most prized Kapuso stars – Richard Gutierrez and Marian Rivera – in one exhilarating, challenging and exciting program – Extra Challenge!  Adding spice to the show is comedian Boobay.  Extra Challenge, one of GMA News and Public Affair’s originals, will air beginning October 28 on GMA Pinoy TV.

KAPE AT BALITA Michael Fajatin, Mariz Umali Susan Enriquez and Joel Reyes Zobel

KAPE AT BALITA Michael Fajatin, Mariz Umali Susan Enriquez and Joel Reyes Zobel

Wake up to a perfect morning combination ready to be served by the leading news channel in the Philippines as GMA News TV International launches its latest offering “Kape at Balita” this October.


Best paired with the freshly-brewed coffee one takes in the morning, “Kape at Balita” is a daily news and talk program that tackles news and current issues for one and a half hours starting October 22.


Bringing together the newest team of journalists – multi-awarded broadcast journalist Susan Enriquez together with veteran radio commentator Joel Reyes Zobel, experienced senior reporter Michael Fajatin, and seasoned news anchor Mariz Umali – that is set to deliver news in a unique style, the viewers are definitely in for a quick jumpstart to their day.


Susan and Joel will deliver the latest news and most pressing issues to date giving viewers the pros and cons of issues at hand. Meanwhile, Susan and Mariz will keep women informed as their segment features female-related topics ranging from health, diet, lifestyle, and even gadgets and trends. Michael, on the other hand, will go around the metro to know what people think on certain issues.


“Kape at Balita” will set the pace for the banner news of the day Mondays to Fridays beginning October 22, on GMA News TV International.


More details on the show can be found on the GMA International website [] and Facebook page []. Call your preferred pay TV operator to subscribe.

Miss. Mel Tiangco

Miss. Mel Tiangco

GMA Pinoy TV brings back the award-winning and high-rating drama anthologyMagpakailanman to mesmerize the hearts of the Kapuso viewers all over the globe once more. It will be hosted by multi-awarded broadcast journalist Ms. Mel Tiangco.


Magpakailanman, an original concept and creation of the GMA Entertainment TV Group, initially ran from 2002 to 2007 and has twice been awarded Best Drama Series at the Catholic Mass Media Awards. During its five-year run, the program, which was a consistent top-rater, inspired the lives of many Filipinos and promoted good family values to its viewers.


Because of the growing clamour to revive the program, GMA Pinoy TV is happy to announce the return of Magpakailanman with new elements and more in-depth investigation and dramatization of real-life inspired stories.


Aside from merely telling and narrating the story, Mel Tiangco will take a more participative role in making each story not only inspiring and uplifting but also informative and interesting. This will be about “the real story behind the story.”


Mel Tiangco, a popular and credible news and TV personality, remains to be the ideal host of the well-loved drama anthology. A multi-awarded journalist that delivers investigative and informative news and at the same time a woman with a soft spot and of substance that a lot of people can relate and look up to – a perfect combination for Magpakailanman’s new offering.


Find out what these new elements are as Magpakailanman premieres this November on GMA Pinoy TV. For more information about the show visit

GMA7 continues to showcase its high caliber entertainment programs among international audiences through the aggressive marketing efforts of its content acquisition and distribution arm, GMA Worldwide, Inc. (GWI).


Over the last ten months, GWI actively participated in various TV markets and expositions all over the globe alongside other major players in the international entertainment industry.


Last December 2011, GWI attended the Asia Television Forum 2011, Asia’s premium content market across all entertainment platforms, held in Singapore. Among the titles that were highlighted during the event were the groundbreaking epicserye Amaya, the equally successful drama Munting Heredera (Little Heiress), Daldalita, Ikaw Lang Ang Mamahalin (Only You), and the first Filipino film ever to be shown in Hollywood, The Road.


This year, in addition to Amaya and The Road, GWI also brought the Network’s originally produced drama series Legacy, and My Beloved, as well as its top-rating afternoon dramas Kung Aagawin Mo Ang Langit (Losing Heaven) and Hiram na Puso (A Change of Heart) to the Hong Kong International Film and TV Market 2012 (HK Filmart) last March. The HK Filmart is considered as one of the best locations to promote cross-media and cross-businesses partnerships among entertainment producers in Asia.


In August, GWI promoted the Kapuso brand at the Beijing International Radio and Television Expo 2012, or what is dubbed as ‘The must-attend industry exhibition in Asia.’ The Kapuso programs that were featured in the expo were Langit Sa Piling Mo (Heaven With You), the local adaptations of the well-loved Koreanovelas Stairway to Heaven, Endless Love, and Full House, and the original teledramas, My Lover, My Wife and Ngayon at Kailanman (Now and Forever).


Meanwhile, in keeping with the increasing demand for a complete in-flight experience, GWI also distributes movie titles and TV shows through video-on-demand. In the Airline Passenger Experience Expo held last September in Long Beach, California, GWI brought GMA Films’ Of All The Things, Just One Summer, My House Husband, My Kontrabida Girl, and The Road. It also showcased a number of GMA News and Public Affairs, and GMA News TV Specials including Travel: It’s More Fun in the Philippines, KMJS Summer Special 2012, Pinoy Adventures, among others.


This October, GWI is set to participate in MIPCOM in Cannes, France, the Tokyo International Film Festival 2012, and the DISCOP Africa 2012 exhibition in Johannesburg, South Africa. It will also join the Asia TV Forum 2012 in Singapore once again this December.


“The demand for GMA-produced television content has never been as high as it is today,” said GWI Vice President Roxanne J. Barcelona. “In the first nine months of 2012 we were able to sell over 50 television programs and movie titles to the USA, Kenya, Tanzania, Brunei, Cambodia, Myanmar, Singapore, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Macau, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia. We look forward to bringing more of our world-class, home-grown titles to our existing clients, and to opening new overseas territories so more international viewers will have access to GMA7’s content,” she added.

MediaQuest Holdings Inc. (Mediaquest) and the major shareholders of GMA Network, Inc. (GMA) have announced the termination of recent discussions with respect to a possible acquisition of a controlling interest in GMA by Mediaquest and its affiliate within the PLDT Group. The parties have been unable to arrive at mutually acceptable terms despite the continual discussions and efforts exerted in good faith.

MediaQuest is owned by PLDT’s retirement fund. 

Quote from Atty. Felipe L. Gozon
“The issues that the parties were not able to resolve had nothing to do with the price.”
“If there is a serious offer in the future, then we are willing to consider.”



Leading broadcast company GMA Network, Inc. (GMA) prevailed over rival stations in nationwide TV ratings last September according to the industry’s more trusted ratings provider, Nielsen TV Audience Measurement.


Based on full September data (September 23 to 30 based on overnight data), GMA posted an average total day (6 AM to 12 MN) audience share of 34.1 percent in National Urban Philippines (NUTAM), leading ABS-CBN’s 32.9 percent by 1.2 points, and TV5’s 15.7 percent by 18.4 points.


More television viewers also tuned in to GMA across all dayparts (morning, afternoon and evening inclusive of primetime) in the important areas of Urban Luzon and Mega Manila, where the bulk of urban television households are found.


In Urban Luzon, which accounts for 77 percent of the total urban TV households nationwide, GMA reigned supreme with a 38.2 percent total day audience share, 9.7 points higher than ABS-CBN’s 28.5 percent, and 23.2 points higher than TV5’s 15 percent.


GMA likewise ruled in Mega Manila, which represents 59.5 percent of rural TV households in the country, after generating a 39.2 percent total day audience share, while ABS-CBN trailed behind by 12.6 points with only 26.6 percent. TV5 lagged father behind by 23.4 points with only 15.8 percent.


Leading across all areas, GMA continues to reinforce its strong showing in the afternoon block (12NN to 6PM), scoring double-digit margins over other networks. GMA registered an afternoon audience share of 38.7 percent in NUTAM, considerably ahead of ABS-CBN’s 25.1 percent, and TV5’s 16.3 percent.


In Urban Luzon, GMA’s afternoon block scored 43.3 percent, zooming ahead of ABS-CBN’s 20.6 percent, and TV5’s 15.2 percent. Likewise, in Mega Manila, GMA registered a commanding 44.1 percent afternoon audience share, leaving ABS-CBN behind with only 19.0 percent, and TV5, which managed only 16.0 percent.


GMA dominated the top programs lists in Urban Luzon and Mega Manila with 18 and 20 Kapuso programs making it in each list, respectively.


Among the top-rating GMA programs in both lists are GMA’s banner newscast 24 Oras, the recently concluded GMA drama Makapiling Kang Muli, GMA Telebabad’s One True Love and Luna Blanca, the country’s longest running noontime show Eat Bulaga, and consistent weekend top-rater Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho (KMJS). KMJS was also the number one program in Mega Manila.


Newly-launched GMA shows Pepito Manaloto: Ang Tunay na Kuwento, the sequel to the top-rating reality sitcom starring Michael V. of the same title, and Aso ni San Roque, the latest addition to the Network’s primetime block headlined by Kapuso child star Mona Louise Rey, also made it to the top 30 highest rating programs lists in NUTAM, Urban Luzon, and Mega Manila.


GMA subscribes to Nielsen TV Audience Measurement along with 22 other paying subscribers including another local major television network, TV5, Faulkner Media, CBN Asia, 15 advertising agencies, and 4 regional clients.


Nielsen 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 Network’s top-rating programs can be seen worldwide via its flagship international channel GMA Pinoy TV. For more details, please visit and

There’s just no stopping Bela Padilla’s rise to stardom as she marks her first lead role via GMA Pinoy TV’s newest compelling drama MAGDALENA, set to air starting October 11.


Playing the character of the beautiful Lena, Bela seeks to display her versatility and acting prowess in this original series. She will star alongside three talented leading men who will become her love interests in the series: Ryan Eigenmann as Baron, a rich businessman who will force Lena into his illegal business; Dion Ignacio as Abel, Lena’s first and true love; and Pancho Magno as Jet, an aspiring model who will help Lena to get back on her feet but will fall in love with her.


Joining them are veteran actors Maria Isabel Lopez as HulingSharmaine Arnaiz as Chato;Irma Adlawan as LudingAlan Paule as Dolpo; and Deborah Sun as Celya.


Completing the cast are Pauleen Luna as CarolLexi Fernandez as FatimaCharizze Solomonas Ms RoxyBoddie Cruz as DeoPrince Stefan as IceVivo Ouano as ObetAlvin Aragon asRakiMayton Eugenio as DessaVia Antonio as Siony; Chuckie Dreyfuss as Kuya BenTess Bomb as Leandra; and Mercedes Cabral as Kim.


Magdalena tells the story of Lena, a simple girl who works hard to support her family. Aside from her pure heart, men are often smitten with Lena’s natural beauty. But Lena is already in love with her childhood friend Abel, whom she also considers as her first love.


However, Lena’s mother Luding is against her relationship with Abel. Luding wants Lena to marry Baron, a wealthy guy from Manila. Luding and her husband Dolpo think that Lena’s marriage to Baron will save them from their dire living condition.


Luding hatches a plan to destroy Lena and Abel’s romance. Left with no choice but to obey her parents’ will, Lena dumps Abel. Baron brings Lena to Manila with the promise to marry her.


But Lena’s nightmares are far from over because Baron will just use her for his illegal business. He will turn her to an escort girl. Lena’s world is shattered and her dream of a better life crumbles. Despite her desire to escape Baron, Lena is not ready to face Abel and her family.


How long can Lena tolerate Baron’s evil ways? Will she find the courage to escape from him? And what will Lena do if her secret is finally revealed? Who among Abel, Baron and Jet will win Lena’s heart in the end?


With Agnes Gagelonia-Uligan as headwriter, Magdalena is based on the Pilipino Komics“Kukulayan Ko Ang Langit” written by RJ Nuevas.


Under the helm of seasoned actress and TV director Gina Alajar, Magdalena premieres October 11 on GMA Pinoy TV. For more details on the show, visit