Archives For April 2013

Chicken Charlie's 3rd Anniversary iPad Mini Give Away!

Chicken Charlie’s 3rd Anniversary iPad Mini Give Away!

Remember Chicken Charlie? Their Soul Satisfying, Crunchy Chickens? Their signature Soy Garlic Chicken? Or their Hot Sweet Chicken? Their equally appetizing food? Guess what? 

Chicken Charlie just turned 3.  And to thank their loyal patrons, they are giving away an iPad Mini.  It’s so easy to join! Just visit their Facebook page,, like their Facebook page, and fill in the details.  It’s a plus if you could tweet about the promotion as well,  It’s so easy! You can come back to their Facebook page daily for more chances of winning! Also don’t forget to visit their branches nationwide, and while at their branches, check in via Four Square (if you don’t have you can download it from the App Store for your iOS devices or from the Google Play for your Android devices)! So what are you waiting for!!!

You can also visit,, for the location of their branches, list of their deliciously appetizing food, and for franchising enquiries!

So what are you all waiting for? Tara na! Let’s go to Chicken Charlie!!!

Dreaming of a summer trip to Venice to explore Murano’s famous glass workshops? Wait no more by participating in our exclusive Murano Glass giveaway. Valued at 900 euros, this green and aquamarine Murano vase is adorned with 24k gold leaf trimming and is embellished with three delicately crafted dark blue flowers. Approximately 30 cm in height, this unique vase is a timeless piece of art.


Murano Glass



How can we guarantee that this magnificent vase was indeed crafted in Murano and not in a far away factory? Because this vase is endorsed with a Vetro Artistico® Murano trademark, a proof of origin that also guarantees that the piece was made using traditional artistic methods born and developed over a thousand years ago on the island of Murano.


Murano Glass



To authenticate a Murano glass vase before purchase, you must simply look for the stick-on trademark logo applied to a glass part of the object. The logo is displayed in red and gold colors or blue and gold colors according to the different kind of glass making techniques. The Vetro Artistico® Murano trademark is exclusively granted to about 50 small and large glass manufacturers on Murano, based on a series of criteria’s of excellence.


Murano Glass


Since LuxeInACity is all about uniqueness, good taste and refinement, we wanted to share the Vetro Artistico® Murano trademark knowledge, helping you make better informed decisions when shopping for Murano glass. Our friends at the Consorzio Promovetro Murano, who manage the Vetro Artistico® Murano trademark, wanted to share their “Made in Italy” art pieces by sponsoring this exclusive giveaway.


Murano Glass

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Chef Boy Logro KusinaMaster Pusong Pinoy Sa Amerika host Atty Lou Tancinco and its director Eric QuizonGMA International – the business unit that manages the operations and distribution of GMA Network’s international channels GMA Pinoy TV, GMA Life TV and GMA News TV International – bagged two nominations in the 2013 NAMIC Vision Awards alongside some of the biggest names in the US television industry.


GMA Pinoy TV’s long-running immigration program Pusong Pinoy Sa Amerika (Into the Hearts of Filipinos in America) was nominated in the Foreign Language category while the 30-minute cooking show Kusina Master, which is seen worldwide via GMA Life TV, earned a nomination in the Lifestyle category.


Hosted by immigration lawyer Atty. Lou Tancinco, Pusong Pinoy Sa Amerika is now on its 8th season of informing the Filipino-American community on immigration law. This time around, the show tackles immigrant issues and stories that are affected by new immigration policies. To unravel the complexities of the immigration system, the show is bringing its audience back to the basics with its episodes exclusively focused on the most common questions and challenges that people face in the immigration system.


Meanwhile, Chef Boy Logro’s Kusina Master has become a popular source of entertainment and recipes among Filipinos abroad ever since it started airing on GMA Life TV, the first and only Filipino lifestyle channel abroad, in March 2012. With each episode, Filipino Americans are introduced to new and exciting dishes that remind them of the exceptional flavor and qualities of Pinoy cooking.


“We welcome these nominations from NAMIC and are grateful for their continuous appreciation for our programs,” said GMA Vice President and Head of International Operations Joseph T. Francia.


This is the second time that GMA International was nominated in the NAMIC Vision Awards. The first time was for multi-awarded broadcaster Mike Enriquez’s Review Philippines, which aired on GMA Pinoy TV in 2007.


The NAMIC Vision Awards is described in the NAMIC website as “one of the few national competitions that salutes original television or digital content that reflects the depth and breadth of experience, and contributions of people of color.” It is founded in 1994 by NAMIC Southern California and is presented this year by the NAMIC National office in partnership with NAMIC-Southern California.


The announcement of the NAMIC Vision Awards nominees was held during New Bay Media’s Multiethnic TV Summit and Leadership Awards on April 17, 2013 at the Hilton New York, while the winners will be awarded in Los Angeles, California in May.

GMA News TV International brings the 10th Season of the widely followed inter-collegiate women’s volleyball tournament in the Philippines Shakey’s V League to viewers all over the world beginningApril 20.


This is the first time that the tournament will be aired on the third international channel of leading Filipino broadcast company GMA Network, while previous seasons of the tournament were telecast on the GMA’s flagship international channel, GMA Pinoy TV and its Filipino lifestyle channel abroad, GMA Life TV.


“We want to let our viewers know that more and more Filipinos are developing appreciation for this emerging sport,” said GMA Vice President and Head of International Operations Joseph T. Francia. “This is going to be an exciting season as Sports Vision Management announced that they are also organizing an All-star Weekend, where in past and present star players will engage in a friendly competition.”


The Network renewed its ties with Shakey’s V League in a contract signing on April 11 at GMA Network Center in Quezon City. Leading the contract signing were GMA Chairman & CEO Atty. Felipe L. Gozon, President & COO Gilberto R. Duavit, Jr., Sports Vision Management Group President Richard “Ricky” N. Palou, and Sports Vision Management Group Chairman Moying Martelino.


Also present were GMA Vice President and Head of International Operations Joseph T. Francia, GMA Vice President for Regional TV/Expansion & Production Services Rikki O. Escudero, GMA Sports and Special Projects Manager Marivic D. Araneta, GMA International Programming Head Cheri Domingo, Sports Vision Management Group Director Chito Loyzaga and Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) players, Alyssa Valdez, Fille Cainglet, and Rachel Anne Daquis.


Aside from ADMU, other participating teams in this landmark 10th Season are Adamson University, Arellano University, De La Salle-Dasmariñas, Letran College, National University, San Sebastian College, University of Perpetual Help, University of San Carlos Cebu and University of Santo Tomas.

GMA Contract Signing

GMA Contract Signing

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Dressing up just got more interactive as we invite you to enter our exclusive giveaway for a chance to win one of three ‘seven fold Italian ties with hand-embroidered initials’ by Crunaties. What makes this giveaway unique? Well, winners will get to customize their tie by choosing the perfect color, pattern, fabric, model, lining, size and by customizing it with their initials. You win a tie, you choose its style.

What is a seven fold tie? Orginally ties were all made from a single70 x 70 cm piece of fabric named carrĂŠ or square that was folded diagonally seven times (four folds on one side and three folds on the other) to obtain an unequalled consistency and refinement. Nowadays, ties are mostly three folds but the sevenfold will always rightly be considered the Queen of the Ties.

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BAYAN KO photoAre the Filipinos ready for a drama that tackles issues such as corruption, bureaucracy, malnutrition, illegal logging and political dynasties? Find out this April, when GMA News TV International launches its 1st original series and most ambitious project to date – BAYAN KO.


Inspired by the social realist films of director Lino Brocka, Bayan Ko tells the story of newly elected Mayor Joseph Santiago, who sets out to make a difference in the fictional town of Lagros.


The idealistic Mayor faces roadblocks at every turn.  He must learn to lead lazy and uncooperative municipal employees, change the mindset of a mendicant populace and stand up to a powerful dynasty led by patriarch Governor Antonio Rubio.


Actor Rocco Nacino plays Mayor Joseph, veteran Pen Medina plays the corrupt Governor, Ping Medina is the Congressman, indie film princess Mercedes Cabral the powerful contractor, LJ Reyes the Mayor’s Chief of Staff, while Betong Sumaya and Love Anover take on roles as slacker municipal employees.


Bayan Ko tackles serious matters with a touch of comedy – and an unexpected romance – but its primary goal is to bring political and social issues closer to the heart of viewers locally and abroad.


“We hope that through Bayan Ko, voters realize that good governance is not only possible but crucial to our progress and start to demand better performance from the officials they elect,” says News TV channel head and Bayan Ko creator Nessa Valdellon.


Bayan Ko, a groundbreaking television project and GMA News TV International’s 1st original series, is shot entirely on high definition and unlike most television dramas, goes through the color grading process. It is directed by Adolfo Alix Jr., produced by Eliza Zamora Solis, and written by Rodolfo Vera.


BAYAN KO launches this April 6 on GMA News TV International. Call your preferred pay TV operator to subscribe or visit for more details.

Bela Padilla 02 Richard Gutierrez 03 Michelle Madrigal 01Richard Gutierrez shows how far a man will go just to rescue the girl he loves as he takes on his newest role as a Philippine Navy officer in GMA Pinoy TV’s firstsuspenserye Love & Lies.


Playing the character of Edward in this fast-paced action-romance series, Richard returns to drama after appearing in the successful series Makapiling Kang Muli.  His leading ladies are Michelle Madrigal as Cathy and Bela Padilla as Denise.


The series also stars Sid Lucero, Paolo Contis, Neil Ryan Sese, Miguel Tanfelix, Jeric Gonzales and Thea Tolentino. Completing the star-studded cast areBobby Andrews, Melissa De Leon, Lloyd Samartino and Luz Valdez.


In its 9-week run, Love & Lies promises its audience with unpredictable and breathtaking twists and turns. The series tells the story of Edward (Richard) and the challenges that he has to overcome for his wife Cathy (Michelle). As Cathy belonged to a wealthy family, her parents were against her having a relationship with a mere soldier. However, because of Edward’s perseverance, Cathy’s parents eventually accepted him as their son-in-law.


He is content living a simple yet peaceful life with his wife and friends. However, everything changes when he gets assigned to spearhead a naval operation and it suffers a casualty. Since he is the leader of the operation, Edward takes full responsibility of the tragedy. Because of what happened, the lover of the victim, Ricardo (Neil Ryan) vows to make life difficult for Edward.


While contemplating on leaving the service, Edward’s wife gets kidnapped. Believing that Ricardo is the mastermind behind the kidnapping, Edward, with the help of the police and his best friend Gabby (Sid), will try to look for Ricardo so they can get a lead on where Cathy is. In the process of looking for Ricardo, Edward crosses paths with Ricardo’s sister, Denise (Bela), who is also looking for her brother.


As Edward becomes more and more determined in finding his wife to prove that he has nothing to do with the kidnapping, he finds a friend and confidante in Denise. Denise never leaves his side and starts to fall for Edward.


Who kidnapped Cathy? Will Edward still find his wife? Who is the mastermind of all the things that is happening to Edward? What further mysteries will Edward uncover while in the process of searching for his wife?


Love & Lies is directed by Mark Reyes and was borne out of the original concept of RJ Nuevas.


The creative team is composed of Creative Director, Jun Lana; Creative Head, Jake Tordesillas; Creative Consultant, Denoy Navarro-Punio; Headwriter, Richard “Dode” Cruz; writers,­­­ Jules Katanyag, Christine Novicio, Luningning Ribay; and Brainstormers, RJ Nuevas, Liberty Trinidad, Lobert Vallela.


Love & Lies, created by the GMA Drama Group, is supervised by the Officer-In-charge for Entertainment, Lilybeth G. Rasonable; AVP for Drama, Redgie Acuña Magno; AVP for Drama, Cheryl Ching-Sy;  Program Manager, Helen Rose S. Sese with Executive Producer, Leilani Feliciano-Sandoval.


Love & Lies premieres April 9 on GMA Pinoy TV, the flagship international channel of GMA Network. To get the latest updates on your favourite Kapuso programs and stars, visit the GMA International website (, facebook page (, and twitter profile (