Archives For December 2013

Filipinos had their share of tragedies and controversies this 2013. Who can forget the 7.2-magnitude earthquake that destroyed communities and national heritage sites in Cebu and Bohol, or the super typhoon Yolanda, which claimed the lives of thousands in Visayas? While both calamities have passed, there is no denying that they have left scars in the history of the nation.


Nature wasn’t the only force that the Filipinos had to contend with. The nation was in an uproar over the pork barrel scam, which made Janet Lim-Napoles a household name and placed several other politicians in the hot seat. The issue hit the Filipinos right where it hurts, leading millions of them to come together and fight for their rights in Luneta.


On top of all these crises, the Filipinos in Cotabato and Zamboanga remained trapped in a war between the government and the leftists. The Philippines’ refusal to yield rights over Sabah even led to bloodshed in Malaysia.


With 2013 nearing its end, ”Imbestigador” Mike Enriquez and ”Aling Maliit” Ryzza Mae Dizon are teaming up to look back at the year that was, drive away the bad vibes, and welcome the coming year in high spirits with ”LOOK UP, LOOK UP! The GMA News and Public Affairs 2013 Yearend Review”.


LOOK UP, LOOK UP!” will delve into the possible ways Filipinos will take to rise above 2013’s series of unfortunate events. Mike and Ryzza Mae will be joined by experts to determine the lessons imparted by the year’s tragic events and political issues. They will tackle how to better prepare for unforeseen natural disasters, ensure that the masterminds behind the pork barrel scam will be apprehended, protect the people’s money, and maintain and restore peace and order across the country.


Get ready for the new year with ”LOOK UP, LOOK UP! The GMA News and Public Affairs 2013 Yearend Review”, coming this December 29 on GMA Pinoy TV.

Filipinos in NY

Filipinos in NY

In the wake of super typhoon Yolanda, Filipinos abroad fervently monitored the developments in the rescue and relief operations hoping to gain news of their kababayans in the Visayas Region.


As a way of helping these Filipinos outside the country, some of GMA Pinoy TV, GMA News TV International, and GMA Life TV carriers agreed to broadcast a free preview of the said channels.


“We support the efforts of the international community in helping the victims of Yolanda,” says Joseph T. Francia, GMA Network Vice-President and Head of International Operations. “Through our international channels, we hope to bring our Kapuso viewers closer to home by providing them with up-to-date information on the developments since the tragedy and details on how they could help in the relief operations.”


Filipinos worldwide, despite being separated by land and sea, are once again united with a sense ofbayanihan as they endeavor to rebuild their home country together.  Motivated by a common purpose, our fellow Filipinos overseas have made significant contributions to the relief efforts for the victims of the recent typhoon.


In the US, a variety of fundraising events were organized for the benefit of those affected by Yolanda. Among them, a benefit concert called “Malama” (which means “care” in Hawaii) by the University of Hawaii and the Philippine Consulate in Honolulu, Hawaii; clothing sales such as the “Philippines Fashion Relief” by the Filipino American Legal Defense and Education Fund and the Philippine Consulate General of New York; a lunch fundraiser at the Sunda New Asian Restaurant  in Chicago organized by the Philippine Consulate General where Sunda co-owner and Fil-Am Bill Dec, Consul General Leo Herrera-Lim, and other members of the Filipino community in Chicago discussed the current state of the Philippines ;  and, gatherings like “Friends of FilCom: Giving Together to Rebuild Lives” by The Filipino American Communities of Northeast US. Special masses and prayers are also being offered for the victims.


Along with the outpouring of aid from different institutions and foreign governments, there is no shortage of support from various Filipino communities around the world. Filipinos in Contra Costa County and Vallejo, California are continuously raising funds and donations.


In Europe, the Samahang Pilipina Bern held a cake sale which garnered thousands of dollars with passersby donating money even without buying  pastries. Meanwhile, in Singapore, officials and staff of Pinoy Star Magazine, Filipino Association of Singapore, Kultura Performing Arts, and Afreight Cargo, in collaboration with the Philippine Embassy in Singapore, came together to gather donations for the survivors.


The support from the international community continues as more initiatives have been planned by various groups in an effort to hasten the rehabilitation. Benefit concerts, auctions, a film festival, and a benefit dance by Power ng Pinoy and the Cheryl Burke Dance Studio were scheduled for the latter part of November until the first week of December.


The Philippine Consulate General in Dubai, UAE will organize “Brunch for a Cause and Relief Operations” while Xpress Money, in association with UAExchange, has waived fees among UAE exchange branches in the UAE, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, and Bahrain until December 8, 2013.


For details on how you can help, you may visit GMA Kapuso Foundation’s website,

Filipinos in NY

Filipinos in NY

Ryan AgoncilloSundays with the whole family will be more fun and exciting as GMA Network presents its newest game show – PICTURE! PICTURE! The program premieres December 8 on GMA’s flagship international channel, GMA Pinoy TV. 


This one-hour game show will be hosted by returning Kapuso, ace TV host and celebrity dad Ryan Agoncillo. Ryan has certainly proved his calibre in hosting various programs over the years; and as he tries his hand at being the game master of Picture! Picture, he will surely amuse, charm and conquer the hearts of Filipino families locally and abroad.


Picture! Picture! will show viewers how photos can be emotionally engaging, eliciting wide range of emotions. The experience is made more fun as four contestants play as a team and take their chance to win as much as half a million pesos by correctly answering 10 picture-aided-questions with only 30 seconds to come up with an answer.


After a set of three questions, the team must eliminate one member. The first person to buzz in and give the correct answer will have the power to kick out a player. In answering a kick out question, the player’s first answer will be considered his/her last answer.


Making Picture! Picture! extra thrilling is the “Back Ups” option which will help the team survive the game. First is Twin Picks where the team is allowed to choose two answers from the three choices. They can use this only once anytime during the game except in the last question. The Save Pic, on the other hand, is the team’s extra life. If they give the wrong answer, they will be automatically saved and will be allowed to continue playing.


The game is over when the remaining players either make a mistake or reach the final question. For the jackpot question, the player must give his/her answers to the five pictures shown within the 60 seconds time limit. If the game ends and there’s still time, a new team will play.


Picture! Picture!’s interactive and unique elements that are culturally relevant across all ages and gender make it more fun, relatable and educational for viewers to watch.


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