Archives For January 2014

GMA Kapuso Foundation accepts donation from Carson City

GMA Kapuso Foundation accepts donation from Carson City

GMA Kapuso Foundation (GMAKF) – the socio-civic arm of GMA Network – was presented with a check for $15, 000 by the City of Carson in California intended for the victims of typhoon Yolanda.

 

Present during the turnover are (from left): GMAKF Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer Mel C. Tiangco, the City of Carson’s Mayor Pro Tempore Elito Santarina, and his wife, Anita Santarina, an officer of the Filipino community in Carson.

 

In addition to the said amount, another $2, 500 was donated by the Philippine Independence Day Foundation. The foundation organizes the yearly local celebration of Philippine Independence Day for the Filipino Community which is annually participated in by GMA International. The City of Carson has the highest number of Filipinos than any other community abroad.

 

Donations for the Yolanda calamity will be used to fund GMAKF’s ongoing rehabilitation efforts in Leyte. At present, construction has commenced for two Kapuso Villages, with 400 houses and 20 classrooms in Tacloban city and another 200 houses and 10 classrooms in the municipality of Palo.

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Rhodora X

Rhodora X

Jennylyn Mercado

Jennylyn Mercado

Jennylyn Mercado

Jennylyn Mercado

Mark Anthony Fernandez

Mark Anthony Fernandez

Mark Herras

Mark Herras

Yasmien Kurdi

Yasmien Kurdi

GMA Network is once again innovating content as it showcases an edgy theme never been tackled on Philippine TV, that of living with someone who has Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID).

Beginning January 28, another compelling series will captivate the hearts of the Kapuso viewers as GMA Pinoy TV presents a highly-stimulating and thought-provoking drama through Rhodora X.

Rhodora X challenges us to review how deeply we know our loved ones. It is an invitation so difficult to refuse as it ushers us to discover the nuances of our own personal relationships.

The show stars Jennlyn Mercado, Mark Anthony Fernandez, Mark Herras and Yasmien Kurdi,

Jennylyn takes on a new and challenging role as Rhodora/Roxanne. Rhodora, as a young girl, experienced extremephysical and emotional abuse when she was abducted and taken away from her family. This experience eventually led her to develop another persona inside of her. When she was saved and gets reunited with her family, her Dissociative Identity Disorder (more commonly known as split personality) starts to manifest. Rhodora’s alter ego, Roxanne starts to emerge.

Roxanne is a confident and smart woman but also scheming and manipulative. She hates her sister Angela so much to the point that she will do everything to get what Angela has – the affection of their mother and Angela’s love, Joaquin.

Meanwhile, Yasmien plays the role of Angela. She blames herself for Rhodora’s kidnapping. But when Rhodora finally gets reunited with them, Angela becomes all the more happy and content because her family is once again complete and she is also set to marry Joaquin.

However, everything changes when Angela was framed and put to jail. When she sees an opportunity to escape, she ends up in an ancestral house where she will later find out that it was Rhodora who framed her. She did not know that it was really Rhodora’s alter ego Roxanne who did it. Although she went back to prison, she vows revenge against Rhodora.

Playing the leading men in the series are Mark Herras and Mark Anthony Fernandez.

Mark Herras plays the role of Joaquin, Angela’s fiancé. He is shocked when Angela allegedly kills his secretary out of jealousy. Thus, their wedding is cancelled. It is only Rhodora who is there for him in this trying time and because of her presence, he falls for Rhodora and marries her. Little does Joaquin know, Rhodora has a split personality and that alter ego Roxanne is the one who framed Angela for murder.

On the other hand, Mark Anthony’s character is Nico. He owns the ancestral home Angela ends up in. He feels for Angela since he also has a grudge against Joaquin’s family and eventually he falls in love with her. When Angela is finally free, he is the one who will help get her life back on track and both of them plan revenge against Rhodora and Joaquin.

Will Rhodora overcome her illness or will Roxanne, her alter ego, take over? Will Rhodora still be loved and accepted by her family in spite of her DID? Will she and Angela be able to forgive each other?

Directed by Albert LangitanRhodora X also stars Gardo Versoza as Derick, the doting father of Rhodora and Angela; Glydel Mercado as Lourdes, the loving and affectionate mother of Rhodora and Angela; Irma Adlawan asDr. Vivian, the doctor who diagnosed Rhodora’s illness; Lollie Mara as Donya Cita, the owner of a big shipyard company and grandmother of Joaquin; Frank Magalona as Santi, the cousin and best friend of Joaquin; Vaness del Moral as Pia, the cousin of Angela and Rhodora, she is also Angela’s best friend; and with the special participation of Ms. Boots Anson-Roa as Panchang, the grandmother of Rhodora and Angela and the one who has doubts about Rhodora’s return.

The creative team is composed of Creative Director ­­­­RJ Nuevas; Creative Consultant Denoy Navarro – Punio; Headwriter Des Garbes-Severino; Writers Onay SalesKen de Leon, and Jules Katanyag; and Brainstormers Rey Leoncito, Borj Danao and Dode Cruz.

Rhodora X, created by the GMA Drama Group, is supervised by the SVP for Entertainment TV Lilybeth G. Rasonable; VP for Drama Redgie Acuña Magno, AVP for Drama Cheryl Ching-Sy, Program Managers Nini S. Matilac and Hazel F. Abonita and Executive Producers Rebya Upalda and Arlene Pilapil.

Find out how this intriguing story of Rhodora X unfolds starting January 28 only on GMA Pinoy TV.

 

For more details and program information, visit the GMA International website www.gmanetwork.com/international, Facebook pages www.facebook.com/GMAPinoyTVwww.facebook.com/gmalifetv, and,www.facebook.com/gmanewsinternational, and Twitter pages @GMAPinoyTV and @GMA_LifeTV.

Kusina Master Chef Boy

Kusina Master Chef Boy

SARAP DIVA  Regine

SARAP DIVA Regine

Sinner or Saint Dennis and Bianca

Sinner or Saint Dennis and Bianca

With a rich and vibrant mix of program genres, GMA Life TV continues to celebrate the best in Filipino lifestyle as it unveils its latest lineup for 2014.

Fashion and reality television enthusiasts alike will be delighted as GMA Life TV, in partnership with One Mega Publishing Group, brings the second season of MEGA Young Designers Competition to Filipino homes abroad. The competition heats up as viewers tune in to see which of the country’s talented aspiring fashion designers will make the cut.

GMA Life TV also spices up its culinary offerings with the premiere of the Appetite Wars hosted by Victor Aliwalas and Victor Basa. This cooking competition produced by One Mega Publishing Group features chefs from all walks of life battling in the kitchen to impress their celebrity dinner guests. Furthermore, the channel continues to please its viewers’ palates with the latest episodes of Sarap Diva hosted by Asia’s Songbird Regine Velasquez-Alcasid and the multi-awarded cooking program, Kusina Master hosted by celebrity Chef Pablo “Boy” Logro.

Moreover, the country’s first international lifestyle channel amps up its first quarter with a double serving of drama as it begins airing English-dubbed versions of two well-loved GMA series – Little Star and Sinner or Saint.

Diego, a young singing sensation portrayed by promising child actor Nicky Castro, is the pivotal character in the heartwarming family drama Little Star. This fascinating story focuses on how he touches the lives of the people around him – a famous female singer, her personal assistant, a photographer and an opportunist. It also stars the multi-talented Kapuso artists Mark Anthony Fernandez, Jennylyn Mercado, Paolo Contis and Lovi Poe.

The enthralling series Sinner or Saint is a tale of love, deceit and betrayal featuring award-winning actor Dennis Trillo as Raul, an aspiring law student, and Bianca King as his childhood friend-turned-lover. Things turn awry as a tragic incident drives the two apart, testing their love.

Adding more fun and entertainment to late night viewing is the The Medyo Late Night Show with Jojo A. hosted by Jojo Alejar. The show is a lively mixture of comedy skits with the addition of live guestings and a performance by an up-and-coming band.

Furthermore, GMA Life TV boosts its weekend movie offerings this February with Indie Fest, showcasing some of the finest local independent films. Airing on February 2, Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa, featuring Rocco Nacino and Jean Garcia, combines dance and poetry in a social exploration of feminist and gay issues. Mayohan, a coming of age story set amidst the religious festivities in May starring Lovi Poe, will reach television screens on February 9. In Biyaheng Lupa airing on February 16, Eugene Domingo joins a motley cast of characters on a particularly revealing journey onboard a bus bound for Bicol. And on February 23, I-libings tackles the subject of life and death as it focuses on Isabel, played by Glaiza de Castro, interning as a funeral videographer.

In celebration of International Women’s Month this March, the channel presents five classic films featuring several of Philippine cinema’s premier dramatic actresses – Nora Aunor in Dash A Lotsa Nonsents! on March 2, Judy Ann Santos and Gladys Reyes in Kasal-kasalan… Sakalan on March 9, Vilma Santos in Pakawalan Mo Ako on March 16, Sharon Cuneta, Hilda Koronel and Angel Aquino in Crying Ladies on March 23, and Lorna Tolentino in Gaano Kita Kamahal on March 30.

Completing their first quarter line up, GMA Life TV offers Koreanovela aficionados a chance to watch the tagalog-dubbed series such as Full House and My Rosy Life that were big hits back home.

For more details and program information, visit the GMA International website http://www.gmanetwork.com/international, Facebook pages http://www.facebook.com/GMAPinoyTV, http://www.facebook.com/gmalifetv, and, http://www.facebook.com/gmanewsinternational, and Twitter pages @GMAPinoyTV and @GMA_LifeTV.

Last December 26, 2013, me and my family were bound for Hong Kong to spend our week long Christmas vacation there. We perused our American Express Cards issued by BDO, so we can use the Club Manila airport lounge located in Ninoy Aquino International Airport, while waiting for our boarding announcement. The lounge was full as it was Christmas and a a lot of people were taking advantage of the Christmas vacation from school. Since the lounge was full, we were escorted to another airport lounge, which is part of the same company, although on the second floor. We relaxed, ate some light meals, had coffee, a few drinks, and check our e-mails. We had an 11 am flight, which would bring us to Hong Kong at around 1 pm. At around 10:35 am, we heard our boarding announcements and proceeded to the departure gate.

We took Cathay Pacific Airways as we converted our Asiamiles points in exchange for flights. We were five passengers, namely me, my son, my wife, my sister in law, and my mother in law. When we landed in Hong Kong, we proceeded to the immigration counters, afterwards the luggage claim counter. Upon our exit, we saw a man carrying a placard with my name. So I approached him, and he told me that a limousine was arranged to bring us to our hotel. He was surprised that there were 5 people in our group, as he was notified that there were only 2 people. So instead of 1 car takings us to our hotel, we rode in two separate Mercedes Benzes.

We arrived at our hotel in a little over 30 minutes from the airport. We were billeted at the Renaissance Harbour View Hong Kong Hotel, for 6 nights. We also perused my Marriott Rewards to redeem our hotel stay in exchange of my Marriott Rewards Points. Our room was rather spacious. My son’s first instinct was to turn on the TV and check if there were any channels featuring animation, which there was, which pleasantly surprised him. We rest for the duration of the afternoon. My son informed me that he wanted to go to Hong Kong Disneyland the very next day, to which I said yes.

The very next day, me and my son proceeded to the Wanchai MTR Station, to go to Central MTR Station/Hong Kong Station. Upon reaching Central/Hong Kong Station, we proceeded to the interchange, in order for us to take the MTR from Central/Hong Kong Station to Sunny Bay MTR Station. Upon reaching Sunny Bay MTR Station, we disembarked and waited for the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort Train, which would ultimately bring us to Hong Kong Disneyland. Since it was the Christmas holidays, there were may people. We visited some of my son’s favorite attractions, such as Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blaster, Philharmagic, Mystic Point, Enchanted Gardens, Toy Story Land, Grizzly Gulch, etc. The Mystic Point Manor was closed when we passed by in the morning, so we decided to proceed to Grizzly Gulch. We had a bite at the Grizzly Gulch Salon. We took some pictures at the Gold Nugget, etc. Afterwards we went pass Toy Story Land, which had long lines, so we opted to go to watch the Philharmagic show. We were treated to a feast in Beast Enchanted Castle, safari trip in Simba’s African Kingdom, flew in a magic carpet in Alladin’s Dessert Palace, and got wet and swam in Ariel’s Underwater Kingdom. Afterwards we proceeded to Buzz Lightyear’s Astro Blaster. We had tons of fun blasting Emperor Zurg and his nasty space minions. We came back to Mystic Manor, but the lines then was too long. It stated that we needed to wait in line for an hour. So my son decided to head back to forego the attraction. We proceeded back to our hotel.

Taken near Food Street in Causeway Bay

Taken near Food Street in Causeway Bay


That night we decided to eat at our favorite restaurant, Delicious Kitchen, which was located in Food Street in Causeway Bay. When we arrived there were not too many customers yet, so we were able to get seats immediately. We ordered their specialty Double Pork Rib with Vegetable Rice, plus I ordered an additional deep fried pigs intestine. We had a sumptuous dinner.

The next day me and my wife, ran some personal errands. We jumped from place to place the whole day. We were tired from all day of walking and commuting, that we decided to retire to our hotel early, and rest.

The next day, me and my son went to the Apple IFC Hong Kong Store, to have a cousins iPhone 4S checked and repaired. While in IFC we decided to watch the movie Frozen in 3D at the IFC Cinema. Afterwards we decided to have dinner in Crystal Jade Restaurant. We were stuffed, and decided to take home additional food for my wife, my sister in law, and my mother in law.

My son wanted to visit Windsor House to check out what’s new in Toys R Us. He saw something he liked, but we opted not to buy it as we were carrying a lot of things already. We just decided to buy Pork Coin and Pork Jerky from Bee Cheng Hiang.

Mark, the Christmas Tree, and Central Plaza

Mark, the Christmas Tree, and Central Plaza


We also went to Worldwide Plaza to check on things. On the way there we passed by Central Plaza, and decided to take some pictures.

Disney Character Christmas Tree in Harbour City

Disney Character Christmas Tree in Harbour City


Second to the last night, we decided to go to Tsimshatsui, and do some shopping. We weren’t able to find anything we liked, but my son was able to get 2 Power Rangers Megazords. He was ecstatic with his haul.

Taken at Harbour City in Tsim Sha Tsui

Taken at Harbour City in Tsim Sha Tsui

On the day of our flight, after checking out, we waited for our transportation to the airport. We were pleasantly surprised that our service was a Toyota Alphard, which is the luxury version of an MPV/Van. Our flight was at 5:55 pm, so we were supposed to arrive in Manila at approximately 8 pm of December 31, 2013. We also perused the benefits of our credit cards, which was complimentary lounge access at the Traveler’s Hong Kong Airport Lounge. We had some meals, drinks, coffee, read newspaper, browsed the net, etc.

Simply to put our Christmas Family Vacation in Hong Kong, it’s “Spectacular!”

Agot Isidro

Agot Isidro

Laurice Guillen

Laurice Guillen

Marian Rivera and Alden Richards

Marian Rivera and Alden Richards

Marian Rivera and Alden Richards

Marian Rivera and Alden Richards

Beginning January 28, primetime viewing will never be the same as GMA Network brings to light another timeless and original drama series that promises to steal the televiewers’ hearts via the soap opera – CARMELA: ANG PINAKAMAGANDANG BABAE SA MUNDONG IBABAW.

CARMELA: ANG PINAKAMAGANDANG BABAE SA MUNDONG IBABAW premieres on January 28 on GMA Pinoy TV.

This program validates every woman’s aspiration to be understood through a beautiful story of love that can never be.

All set to deliver a powerful and compelling portrayal of the complex character of Carmela is no less than Primetime Queen Marian Rivera. In the series, Carmela is a very beautiful woman who had gone through a lot in life. With her beauty, she is judged not only by other people but also by people close to her. When Carmela falls in love with a man who despises her mother, she is forced to make heart-wrenching decisions.

The multifaceted actress is very excited with her latest TV endeavor which she says will be another unforgettable character that will surprise her fans and supporters.

“Kakaibang Marian Rivera ang mapapanood ng viewers bilang si Carmela. Very excited ako sa role ko rito dahil masasabi ko na isa ito sa pinakamahirap na dramas na gagawin ko. Siguradong mapapamahal sa viewers si Carmela. Kaya nagpapasalamat ako sa GMA dahil ipinagkaloob nila sa akin ang magandang proyektong ito,” says Marian.

Viewers should also look forward to another new and interesting tandem in Carmela as Marian shares the screen for the very first time with Ang Crush ng Bayan and Kapuso Network’s leading man Alden Richards. Alden plays the role of Yago, the handsome and smart grandson of Fernando (Roi Vinzon) and Fides (Ms Laurice Guillen). Yago’s only wish is to find someone who will love and accept him for who he is despite his flaws and insecurities in life. His perspective in life will completely change when he meets Carmela who will show him a different view about life and love.

GMA Network is proud to present a stellar cast of the country’s most respected artists in film and television: Agot Isidro as Amanda, the beautiful and strong willed mother of Carmela, Raymond Bagatsing as Dante, the brother of Fides who will fall in love with Carmela, Jennica Garcia as Alliyah, Carmela’s trusted friend, Rochelle Pangilinan as Yolly, Dante’s scheming girlfriend with Roi Vinzon as Fernando, Dante’s politically ambitious father who is a womanizer, Freddie Webb as Ramon, the chief of Police in Santa Maria and Fernando’s closest aide, Eva Darren as Lola Wagay, an old lady who will adopt and raise Carmela when she sets off to Manila, Krystal Reyes as Janine, Fides’ adopted daughter, Ana Feleo as Nida, Fernando’s cousin who will be the protector of Amanda and Carmela, RJ Padilla as JP, Yago’s close friend and Ms. Laurice Guillen as Fides, the uptight and religious wife of Fernando.

And to helm this heart-wrenching and heavy drama is renowned TV director Dominic Zapata who is the man behind the trending primetime series of GMA Network, My Husband’s Lover.

Director Dominic says viewers will see something fresh and interesting in the new tandem of Marian and Alden since they will be playing characters that are so different to the various roles they’ve done in the past, “I like it that they are being paired together for the first time because as artists they are forced to bring something new to the table. And being the consummate professionals that they are, I am sure they welcome both the opportunity to showcase their acting dexterity in the challenge to help create new characters na mamahalin ng viewers.”

In the series, viewers will witness how Carmela will fight back and seek revenge against the people who abuse, discriminate and hurt her family. She will learn how to take matters into her own hands, even sacrificing her love for Yago in order to seek justice.

In Carmela, viewers can identify with the journey of the different characters and their drama and the challenges they have to face. The programs’ relatable characters and intriguing plot make it even more appealing to the viewers, making them realize that everyone deserves equal rights for genuine and real love.

Carmela is created by the GMA Drama group under the supervision of Senior Vice President for Entertainment TV Lilybeth G. Rasonable; Vice President for Drama Redgie A. Magno; Assistant Vice President for Drama Cheryl Ching-Sy; Program Manager Helen Rose S. Sese, and Executive Producer Carol Galve.

The creative team is composed of Creative Director for Drama, Jun Lana; Creative Head for Primetime Block, RJ Nuevas; Creative Consultant, Dode Cruz; and Suzette Doctolero as the concept creator and creative writer.

Get the latest updates about Carmela from its official facebook page http://www.facebook.com/CarmelaGMAOfficial , and twitter account @CarmelaGMA . For more details and program information, visit the GMA International website http://www.gmanetwork.com/international, Facebook pages http://www.facebook.com/GMAPinoyTV, http://www.facebook.com/gmalifetv, and, http://www.facebook.com/gmanewsinternational, and Twitter pages @GMAPinoyTV and @GMA_LifeTV.

Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera

Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera

The massive popularity of Kapuso Network’s Primetime King Dingdong Dantes and Primetime Queen Marian Rivera continues to spread across Vietnam after the two prime celebrities topped the list of the most favorite foreign actor and actress in Today TV’s Face of the Year Awards 2014.

Dingdong received the largest number of votes in the top foreign actor category while Marian topped the list in the foreign actress category. Overall, Marian, who got the highest number of online votes, bagged the Most Favourite Foreign Actress recognition from Today TV.

Two local Vietnamese actor and actress also competed alongside Dingdong and Marian for the most favourite foreign actor/actress recognition but Dingdong and Marian were the frontrunners in the online votes.

Dingdong and Marian’s primetime shows Marimar and Dyesebel were a hit among the Vietnamese audience and made the royal couple household names in the South East Asian country.

This year, they will continue to charm their Vietnamese fans as Ang Babaeng Hinugot Sa Akin Tadyang (Dangerous Love) will be aired on Today TV.

THE BORROWED WIFE 1

THE BORROWED WIFE

Rhodora X Yasmien Kurdi

Rhodora X Yasmien Kurdi

Rhodora X Mark Herras

Rhodora X Mark Herras

Rhodora X Mark Anthony Fernandez

Rhodora X Mark Anthony Fernandez

Rhodora X Jennylyn Mercado

Rhodora X Jennylyn Mercado

PARAISO KO'Y IKAW Kristoffer Martin

PARAISO KO’Y IKAW Kristoffer Martin

PARAISO KO'Y IKAW Kim Rodriguez

PARAISO KO’Y IKAW Kim Rodriguez

KAMBAL SIRENA Aljur

KAMBAL SIRENA Aljur

KAMBAL SIRENA

KAMBAL SIRENA

INNAMORATA Max Collins

INNAMORATA Max Collins

INNAMORATA LUIS ALANDY

INNAMORATA LUIS ALANDY

INNAMORATA Jackie Rice

INNAMORATA Jackie Rice

CARMELA

CARMELA


GMA Pinoy TV welcomes the new year with a fresh lineup of programs that are sure to excite Filipino audiences overseas.

A story of love and obsession will be brought to international television screens this January 21 with the premiere of The Borrowed Wife starring Camille Prats, TJ Trinidad, Rafael Rosell and Pauleen Luna. Focusing on the question, “Is there reason enough for a spouse to become someone else’s lover?” the series takes viewers into the lives of four characters bound together by a secret that will set them onto an interconnected path towards love and redemption.

On January 28, three more shows will be launched on GMA’s flagship international channel. The first of these will see Primetime Queen Marian Rivera paired for the very first time with GMA Artist Center’s prime leading man Alden Richards in the new and absorbing drama series, Carmela. The story will see its title character forced to make heart-wrenching decisions as she struggles with being judged because of her beauty and with a love that can never be.

GMA Pinoy TV subscribers will also see a compelling new drama that will challenge viewers to discover the nuances of personal relationships and encourage them to examine how deeply they know their loved ones. Jennylyn Mercado, Yasmien Kurdi, Mark Herras, and Mark Anthony Fernandez star in this new series entitled Rhodora X, which will also premiere on January 28.

Rounding out this year’s January lineup is Paraiso Ko’y Ikaw, a beautiful tale of true love that defies all odds. The series, which features sought-after Kapuso teen stars Kristoffer Martin and Kim Rodriguez and introducing Phytos Ramirez, will begin airing on January 28.

This February 18, Max Collins and Luis Alandy will engage viewers in Innamorata, an intriguing story of the dangers of losing one’s self in wanting someone or something so much.

Furthermore, GMA Pinoy TV continues to bring even more fun, laughter and entertainment to Pinoys abroad with the latest episodes of the comedy game show Celebrity Bluff hosted by the award-winning comedienne/actress Eugene Domingo with Jose Manalo, GMA’s original creation Picture! Picture! with Ryan Agoncillo as game master, the musical variety show Sunday All Stars, the longest-running showbiz-oriented talk show Startalk, and the first ever reality-sitcom Pepito Manaloto, an original concept from award-winning comedian/actor Michael V.

For more details and program information, visit the GMA International website http://www.gmanetwork.com/international, Facebook pages http://www.facebook.com/GMAPinoyTV, http://www.facebook.com/gmalifetv, and, http://www.facebook.com/gmanewsinternational, and Twitter pages @GMAPinoyTV and @GMA_LifeTV.