Archives For April 2014

David Remo as Sto. Niño

David Remo as Sto. Niño

Anchored on its goal of providing wholesome and child-friendly programs, GMA Network brings to international television screens an original and heartwarming story of a boy who will inspire other people to remain hopeful in the midst of life’s challenges via the drama series NIÑO.

 

Kapuso viewers abroad may look forward to the premiere of this series on May 27 through GMA Network’s flagship international channel, GMA Pinoy TV.

 

The program is filled with good values and positive messages about love, faith and hope that will encourage and inspire viewers, most especially the kids, to become loving and optimistic at all times.

 

Miguel Tanfelix as Niño/Miguel

Miguel Tanfelix as Niño/Miguel

Tasked to play the role of Niño/Miguel is one of the Kapuso Network’s talented teen stars Miguel Tanfelix, a 15-year old boy with mental incapacities who will become a beacon of hope and inspiration to his town mates and prove that miracles exist with the help of his“Tukayo”, a Sto. Niño incarnate to be played by child star David Remo.

 

Bianca Umali

Bianca Umali

Completing the star-studded cast are Tom Rodriguez as Jonathan, Niño’s hardworking father; Katrina Halili as Hannah, Jonathan’s wife and Niño’s kind-hearted mother; Lotlot De Leon as Leny and Neil Ryan Sese as David, adoptive parents of Niño; German “Kuya Germs” Moreno as Kapitan Pete, the Barangay Captain of the community; Bianca Umalias Angelica, Niño’s bestfriend; and Ms Gloria Romero as Lola V, Niño’s carefree grandmother.

 

Niño will definitely appeal to the family as it introduces the “Naynay Commandments”, a set of values and good manners that will teach everyone the importance of being responsible and honest individuals and how these commandments can be applied in everyday life. These Naynay Commandments will also inspire parents to raise their children to be hopeful and loving like Niño at all times.

 

Under the helm of award-winning director Maryo J. delos Reyes, Niño will be a certified hit among Kapuso viewers and their families. Catch it soon on GMA Pinoy TV.

 

GMA Pinoy TV

GMA Pinoy TV

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[EB Live in Toronto] 3000 fill Sony Center for the Performing Arts

[EB Live in Toronto] 3000 fill Sony Center for the Performing Arts

[EB Live in Toronto] Dabarkads

[EB Live in Toronto] Dabarkads

[EB Live in Toronto] Fans pose at the Sony Center for the Performing Arts

[EB Live in Toronto] Fans pose at the Sony Center for the Performing Arts

[EB Live in Toronto] Ryzza Mae Dizon

[EB Live in Toronto] Ryzza Mae Dizon

[EB Live in Toronto] Wally Bayola, Paolo Ballesteros, Jose Manalo

[EB Live in Toronto] Wally Bayola, Paolo Ballesteros, Jose Manalo

The Philippines’ longest running noon time show Eat Bulaga, which airs worldwide on GMA Network’s flagship international channel, GMA Pinoy TV, once again delighted its international fanbase in Canada with the much-awaited concert, Eat Bulaga Live In Toronto, at the Sony Center for the Performing Arts last April 12.

 

The Dabarkads, led by the noontime show’s renowned trio, Tito Sotto, Vic Sotto and Joey de Leon, entertained the crowd of over 3000 Filipino-Canadians who came to see the TV hosts as they brought “isang libo’t isang tuwa” to their kababayans in Canada. Completing the show’s highly entertaining cast were Pauleen Luna, Ruby Rodriguez, Jimmy Santos, Allan K., Julia Clarete, Keempee de Leon, and the “Sugod Bahay Gang” Jose Manalo, Wally Bayola, and Paolo Ballesteros, with the show’s well-loved Aleng Maliit, Ryzza Mae Dizon, joining the Dabarkads for a show abroad for the first time.

 

Presented by GMA Network’s international channels, GMA Pinoy TV, GMA Life TV and GMA News TV International, Kapuso viewers in Canada were brought closer to home through a night of fun, laughter and entertainment.

 

Aside from the freebies and prizes given away during the concert, Canadian communications provider, Rogers, which carries GMA’s international channels, gave those who attended a chance to avail a free Eat Bulaga Toronto shirt and a My Husband’s Lover DVD box set.

 

After more than 3 decades of entertaining Filipinos worldwide, the Eat Bulaga Dabarkads continue to bring smiles and laughter into the lives of Kapuso viewers.

 

Eat Bulaga Live in Toronto will be aired on GMA Pinoy TV on April 27 through its carriers in Asia Pacific, the Middle East, the United States and Canada.

It's More Fun in the Philippines!

It’s More Fun in the Philippines!

Me and my family spent the recent Holy Week in Boracay.  We all had a terrific time, trying all sorts of adventures.  We have also tried the restaurants littered all along the beach.

Our Boracay adventure started last April 17, 2014.  We were at NAIA 3 at 9:30 am to check in for our flight to Caticlan via Philippine Airlines.  Our flight was scheduled at 11:55 am, but was delayed by a few minutes.  While waiting for our flight we strolled around, looking at shops selling souvenirs, coffee shops, and restaurants that littered the airport terminal.  Some of us decided to have some coffee, while the others decided to look around the shops.  We also decided to have lunch, before our flight, as the children in our group might be hungry before we reach our destination.  We had lunch at Kenny Roger’s Roasters as the kids prefer this over the other restaurants.  Our flight was overbooked and we were able to fly by around 12:30 pm.  We arrive at Caticlan Airport at around 1:30 pm.

Upon finishing with the arrival procedures we were greeted by our transfer service from South West Transport.  They were courteous and guided us to our coaster, which would take us to the Jetty Port for our boat/bangka transfer to Boracay.  The trip from the airport to the Jetty Port took only about 15 minutes.  Upon arrival at the Jetty Port, we saw that it was packed with tourist, buying tickets for the boat/bangka transfer.  The good thing was that our transfer service had their own counter for the payment of the P100 terminal fee and P75 environmental fee.  We all paid the terminal fee and environmental fee, and was whisked into the waiting/holding area.  While at the waiting/holding area, they gave us the tickets for our boat/bangka transfer, which incidentally was their own boat/bangka.  We waited for a short while, before the boat/bangka was reeady, and were told to board it.

Sunning Boracay Sunset

Sunning Boracay Sunset

The travel time from the Caticlan Jetty Port to Boracay Jetty Port took around 20-25 minutes.  When we arrived there, we were greeted by the driver of the van that would bring us to Astoria Boracay, the hotel where we will be staying for 4 days and 3 nights.  The ride took around 10-15 minutes.  When we arrived at our hotel we were welcomed by the hotel staff.  We finished with the booking formalities, we were escorted to our room, and given complimentary welcome drinks.  The welcome drinks was okay, not great but it was able to do its task of quenching our thirst from the heat.

Our resort rooms was quite big, able to sleep 3-4 people.  It was well appointed.  We booked 4 individual rooms for each family.  There was a big screen TV, an inverter type airconditioner, microwave oven, in room safe, utensils, plates, and other amenities.  The bathroom was also quite big, has a bath tub, wash basin, and was well stocked with amenities from dental hygiene kits, shampoos, conditioners, lotions, combs, cotton buds, etc.  It was also sound proofed to keep the outside noise at a tolerable level.  The key was an RFID key that you need to insert for the lights, electronics, and electricity to work.

The resort has an acceptable adult and children pool.  The had wooden floors on the pool area so as not to slippery and hot if you decide to walk barefooted.  It also has a restaurant called, White Cafe, where we will be having our buffet breakfast for the past 4 days.  The restaurant also has outside seating for those who want to eat with the beach view.  And just beyond the restaurant is the pristine white sand beach.

We decided to roam around and look for convenience stores, where we would be able to buy bottled water, and bread.  We were able to find Budget Mart, and Julie’s Bakeshop just besides it at D’ Mall area.

Since we arrived there in the afternoon, we decided to rest in our rooms, before embarking on our adventure during the coming days.  We decided to have buffet dinner at the Astoria Boracay restaurant, but opted for outside seating so we would be by the beach.  There was a nightly performance, such as fire dancers, and a band after every session.  This continued on until late in the evening.  The buffet selection was okay.  There were roasting/barbecue corner located outside the restaurant, and the rest of the food was located indoors.  They also have a second floor, for those who want a little personal time.

Astoria Boracay Resort Frontage Facing the Beach

Astoria Boracay Resort Frontage Facing the Beach

The next day, we had a hearty buffet breakfast.  Then waited for the guys from Fun Philippines/JALS, for our Helmet Diving and Parasailing Adventure.  The guide informed me that he would meet up with us just outside the resort.  While waiting there were a lot of people passing and going, some selling items/food/drinks, while others were giving away free trial.  I got a sample of the Pepsi Slush, which comes in either Orange (Mirinda), and Green (Mountain Dew), and also got some for my nieces, and my son.  My son liked the Orange sample, that he asked me to buy the 12 oz. cup for him.  This would entail my nieces to follow suit.  At least this took their minds of the heat, and the waiting.

Finally the guide arrived, and escorted us to the registration counter.  He informed me that me and Mark, would be trying the Helmet Diving adventure first, then the Parasailing adventure later.  A motorized boat/bangka brought us out to further to the seas to a floating hut, which is where we would be given instructions about Helmet Diving, also known as Helmet Diving 101.  We were informed that the helmet would weight at around 25-35 kilograms on land, and would become lighter, about 1-2 kilograms, when we go down.  We were told to climb down to a ladder until shoulder deep, then the helmet was lowered down on us.  We went down the ladder.  The current was a bit strong, moving us back and forth.  They took pictures and videos of us, while helmet diving, and feeding the fishes with bread.  We were under the water for around 20-30 minutes.  We went up the ladder again to ascend.  We were told to wait for a motorized boat/bangka which would bring us to our next adventure.

Helmet Diving Adventure

Helmet Diving Adventure

The motorized boat/bangka finally arrived after 10-15 minutes.  We waited until the passengers were able to disembark first. Then we embarked into the boat/bangka.  There were around 4 of us, who would be taken to another area of the sea, for our parasailing adventure.  Upon arriving another floating hut, we disembarked, and were told to wait for the speed boat that would be our ride, for the parasailing adventure.  Me and Mark were the first pair to be suited with safety harness, and other safety gears.  We were told to seat down, and relax.  When the speed boat sped up, we were slowly being lifted up the air.  As the speed boat sped up, we went higher up in the air.  I assume that we reached the height of around 100-150 feet in the air.  It was a thrilling yet refreshing experience.  We saw the sea, the shore, and the other islands while we were up in the air.  We were up there for around 20-30 minutes as well.  After us a Mainland Chinese couple followed soon.  The man was able to speak a little English, and the woman mostly in Mandarin.  They did the same thing we did.  As soon as they were slowly being lifted into the air, the woman kept shouting/panicking.  The man, after about 1 minute up in the air, signaled the operator that they wanted to be reeled in, as the woman kept shouting/panicking.

Parasailing Adventure

Parasailing Adventure

We came back at around lunch time, and we all decided to roam around and look for some place to eat.  We chanced upon Paradiso Grill, which served “Grilled” seafood, chicken, and other non grilled food.  We had a hearty lunch, and decided to rest a bit, before swimming in the sea.  On our way back to the resort, my son Mark saw Crazy Crepes, and he decided that he wanted to try it out.

After swimming in the sea for a while, we showered and had change of clothes for Dinner.  We roamed again, but this time took to the opposite side.  We chanced upon Obama Grill Bar & Restaurant.  AS the name implies it served “Grilled” food, but also served pasta, chicken, Bistek Tagalog (Beef Steak Filipino Style), soups, etc.  We discussed about our activities for the next day, which would have been Zip Line, Glass Bottom Boat, and Banana Boat Ride.  We walked back to our resort, and called it a day.

The next morning, we met up with the same guide at the same place.  We were led to the registration booth for formalities, of which after we were escorted to our Banana Boat Ride.  Me, Mark, Vivian, and Vicky were the only ones who wanted to try the Boracay version of the Banana Boat Ride.  Initially it rained, which delayed our adventure, as the visibility would be poor.  After the rained stopped, the speed boat slowly sped up.  We held on tightly, even though we wore life jackets.  The speed boat sped up faster and faster.  Some of us barely was able to hold on.  Some of us lost their balance, such as me and Vicky.  But we were able to finish the ride, without anyone of us being thrown off the Banana Boat Ride.

Banana Boat Ride Adventure

Banana Boat Ride Adventure

After the Banana Boat Ride, I took a shower by the beach, while Mark dipped into the pool.  Me and Mark again waited for our next adventure, the Superman Zip Line.  Our guide informed us that the Zip Line would be at the other side of the island, and that a van would be picking and driving us to the location.  We were picked up and driven to the mountainous area of the island.  It took us about 20 minutes to get there from the resort.  We were told to go up one floor, and register/sign a waiver, before we would be allowed up to the Zip Line platform.  They suited us up, and tied us up for safety.  The initial few meters was a bit exciting, but the further you go, and the faster you go, the feeling changed to that of being like a free bird, able to fly.  We saw golf courses below us, and ATV’s.  We were told to take the Cable Car back to the platform four our ride back to our resort.  We took the van back, and met up with the rest of the family for lunch.

Superman Zip Line Adventure

Superman Zip Line Adventure

Since we liked the food of Obama Grill so much, the night before.  We decided to have lunch there as well.  Bad idea! During dinner, there were not too many people, and the servers were able to serve the food immediately.  While during lunch time, there were more people, and the servers had a difficult time serving all of the orders.  We finished at almost 2 pm.  We proceeded back to the resort, and rest, while waiting for our 3 pm Glass Bottom Boat adventure.  The guide texted/SMS me that the Glass Bottom Boat was out of order, and that it was the only one on the island.  So we decided to have an Island Hopping adventure instead.  The guide told me that the Island Hopping adventure would last for about 3 hours.  We were promptly picked up at around 3 pm.  And we were off! We stopped by after a few minutes to go see some fishes, and snorkeling.  We spent around 15 minutes there, after we went to the other side of the island.  The sand there was a bit rough, the waves/tides were a bit strong, and the water was more than waist deep after a few meters, unlike the beach in Station 1, were in a few meters, and the water is still below the knee.  We spent a few minutes there, and then proceeded to see the Shangrila Boracay Resort, which the guide told us commanded a P25,000 a night price.  And also we were shown the famous Boracay West Cove, which was the news item for a few weeks, and according to the guide, was co owned by Congressman Manny Pacquiao.   Almost 3 hours had past, and we were back to the starting point.

Island Hopping Adventure

Island Hopping Adventure

The Expensive and Luxurious Shangrila Boracay Resort

The Expensive and Luxurious Shangrila Boracay Resort

The Infamous Boracay West Cove

The Infamous Boracay West Cove

We took a shower, and some rest.  Me and my family decided to eat in, as they were very tired from the days activities.  So I went out, and bought Four Cheese Pizza from Yellow Cab Pizza for Emily and Mark, which was just besides our resort.  I decided to buy from The Original Hawaiian Barbecue.  I ordered their half chicken, which was juicy, sweet, and big.  We also prepared everything as tomorrow, we would be picked up by the transfer from South West Transport, at 8 am.  Then we called it a night.

Early the next day, we ate breakfast at around 7 am, and after we finished, did a final sweep of our resort rooms, to check if we might have left something in the room.  As usual, the transfer was punctual, even early.  The trip lasted for about 15 minutes.  We arrived the Boracay Jetty Port at around 8:25 am, and was escorted to the terminal fee counter of South West Transport, which we politely paid.  After payment we were escorted into the waiting/holding area, to wait for our ferry service to Caticlan.  Arriving in Caticlan we were asked to follow the guide, who led us to a coaster, which bought us to the Caticlan Airport in 15 minutes.  We checked in at around 9 am.  After finishing with all the check in formalities, we waited to go into the boarding area.  We saw, Mr. Kim Atienza, a famous news casters/weatherman, with his family.  We paid our terminal fee and went into the boarding area.  Our flight was a bit delayed.

While Waiting For Our Flight Back To Manila

While Waiting For Our Flight Back To Manila

New York Festival 2014 - GMA awardees (Left photo) Reel Time's Silang Wala sa Mapa Executive Producer: Jayson Bernard B. Santos, Brigada's Sipa ng Pag-asa Reporter: Steve F. Dailisan, Brigada's Gintong Krudo Reporter: Micaela P. Papa, Brigada's Program Manager: Lee Joseph M. Castel, Tunay na Buhay's Program Manager: Lloyd V. Navera, News TV QRT Anchor: Rodrigo "Jiggy" D. Manicad, Jr., Front Row's Lusong Dunong Executive Producer: Joseph Conrad P. Rubio, Front Row's Lusong Dunong Segment Producer:  Nica Cellini Catanes, Senior AVP for Public Affairs: Leogarda S. Matias,  AVP for Public Affairs: Neil B. Gumban New York Festival 2014 - GMA awardees (right photo) Senior AVP for Entertainment Gigi Santiago-Lara, Ms Elvira Go of Columbia International Food Products, Inc (makers of Potchi candy) and Louie Ignacio, director of Tropang Potchi

New York Festival 2014 – GMA awardees
(Left photo) Reel Time’s Silang Wala sa Mapa Executive Producer: Jayson Bernard B. Santos, Brigada’s Sipa ng Pag-asa Reporter: Steve F. Dailisan, Brigada’s Gintong Krudo Reporter: Micaela P. Papa, Brigada’s Program Manager: Lee Joseph M. Castel, Tunay na Buhay’s Program Manager: Lloyd V. Navera, News TV QRT Anchor: Rodrigo “Jiggy” D. Manicad, Jr., Front Row’s Lusong Dunong Executive Producer: Joseph Conrad P. Rubio, Front Row’s Lusong Dunong Segment Producer: Nica Cellini Catanes, Senior AVP for Public Affairs: Leogarda S. Matias, AVP for Public Affairs: Neil B. Gumban
New York Festival 2014 – GMA awardees
(right photo) Senior AVP for Entertainment Gigi Santiago-Lara, Ms Elvira Go of Columbia International Food Products, Inc (makers of Potchi candy) and Louie Ignacio, director of Tropang Potchi

GMA Network once again brought honor to the country by clinching seven world medals at the recently concluded 2014 New York Festivals International TV & Film Awards.

 

Among the Filipino awardees, the Kapuso Network went home with the most number of awards—eleven in total, including four finalist certificates—and sent the biggest contingent to the recognition ceremonies held last April 8 at the 2014 NAB Show in Las Vegas.

 

Weekday news magazine program Tunay na Buhay led GMA Network’s esteemed list of winners with its Gold World Medal in the Community Portraits category. The winning entry “Mga Sanggol at Langaw” episode featured the sub-human conditions in the slums of Tondo, Manila where majority of the residents barely make a living out of scavenging among mountains of trash.

 

Meanwhile, its high regard for culture and history made the children’s show Tropang Potchi a big winner in the Children/Youth Program category, bringing home a Silver World Medal for the episode “Talaandig Tribe,” which brought forth to public consciousness the customs and traditions of the Talaandig Tribe of Bukidnon.

 

GMA News TV’s Reel Time triumphed with its documentary titled “Silang Wala sa Mapa,” a story on how the B’laan indigenous people of Mindanao survived generations without modern medicine, giving the program a Silver World Medal in the Community Service Program category. Also a Peabody awardee, Reel Time has been a constant contender in the New York Festivals, winning a Silver World Medal for its “Salat” episode in 2013 and receiving Finalist Certificates for its “Lusong” and “Tira” episodes in 2012.

 

News magazine program Brigada, in turn, took home the Silver World Medal in the Community Portraits category for its “Gintong Krudo at Sipa ng Pag-asa” stories. Reporter Micaela Papa showed the story of impoverished children who swim through the filthy waters of the Navotas Fish Port to collect and sell spilled petroleum oil in “Gintong Krudo”; while Steve Dailisan’s “Sipa ng Pag-asa” told of an inspiring report on the lives of young garbage collectors in Payatas who dream to rise from poverty through football.

 

News TV Quick Response Team won the Bronze World Medal in the Best Coverage of Breaking News category for its live on-the-ground reportage, led by anchor Jiggy Manicad, of the Zamboanga siege.

 

Front Row, likewise, was presented the Bronze World Medal in the Community Portraits category for the episode “Lusong Dunong,” a story on the pupils and teachers of San Esteban Elementary School in Pampanga who hold classes in flooded rooms.

 

GMA News’ advocacy campaign for a well-informed 2013 elections dubbed “Dapat Tama,” meanwhile, was given the Bronze World Medal in the Music Video Category.

 

GMA News pillar Jessica Soho, widely regarded as the country’s most awarded broadcast news journalist, received the Finalist Certificate for the Best News Reporter/Correspondent category for her “Photographs of Typhoon Pablo” special report aired in Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho, which captured the pain and suffering in the wake of Typhoon Pablo.

 

Also awarded the Finalist Certificate were I-Witness’ “Ganito Tayo Noong Martial Law” documentary in the History & Society category; GMA News & Public Affairs’ election project Camera Juan in the Social Issues category; and GMA Program Support Department’s advocacy campaign Diploma in the Station/Image Promotion category.

 

Now on its 57th year of honoring programming in all lengths and forms and naming them as the world’s best in TV and films, the New York Festivals selected the winners from thousands of entries received from over 50 countries.

 

These prize-winning Kapuso programs can be seen on its flagship international channel, GMA Pinoy TV, its lifestyle channel, GMA Life TV, and international news channel, GMA News TV International.

 

To subscribe, visit the GMA International website www.gmanetwork.com/international, Facebook pageswww.facebook.com/GMAPinoyTVwww.facebook.com/gmalifetv, and, www.facebook.com/gmanewsinternational, and Twitter pages @GMAPinoyTV and @GMA_LifeTV.

Peabody Medal

Peabody Medal

GMA Network

GMA Network

GMA News earned its fourth George Foster Peabody Award for the Network and the country for its special coverage on the assault and aftermath of super typhoon Yolanda.

The GMA News coverage of typhoon Yolanda was broadcast overseas via GMA Network’s flagship international channel, GMA Pinoy TV and the international news channel, GMA News TV International.

GMA news teams were reporting from all over the Visayas region on the 8th of November 2013, when the super typhoon, and the powerful storm surge that followed, took the lives of thousands in just a few minutes.  In the aftermath, families were in search of the missing and surrounded by the dead.  There was no food or water and no communication with the outside world.  News teams were documenting the victims of the disaster even as they faced the same conditions.

“Facing logistical challenges and sharing in the national shock in the face of what may have been the most powerful typhoon in history, GMA news teams provided desperately needed spot news coverage and information, gaining strength and perspective as they worked, and followed up with solid reporting on the aftermath, heroic acts and relief efforts,” cited the Peabody Awards Board.

GMA News won the Peabody for its overall Typhoon Yolanda coverage which was composed of entries from the newscasts 24 Oras, 24 Oras Weekend, Saksi, State of the Nation and the public affairs magazine show Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho.  It is a precious win that the network shares with the Yolanda survivors who continue to struggle to rebuild their communities.

The George Foster Peabody Awards, the broadcast and electronic media equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize, aims to recognize the stories that matter.  Winning requires a unanimous vote from the 16 member board.   Besides GMA News, this year’s list of winners include the series Breaking Bad, House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, three HBO documentaries, twelve programs by the broadcaster PBS and a personal award for journalist Tom Brokaw.

GMA Network was first recognized by the Peabody Awards in 1999 for the I-Witness documentaries “Kidneys for Sale” and “Kamao” by Jessica Soho and Jay Taruc’s child labor story on “Brigada Siete.” Kara David’s I-Witness episode “Ambulansya de Paa” was awarded in 2010 followed by Reel Time’s “Salat” in 2013.

GMA is the only news and public affairs organization in the country to have received this prestigious award for excellence in broadcast journalism.  The 73rd Annual Peabody Awards ceremony will be held onMay 19 at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City.

For more news on the Kapuso Network’s programs visit the website www.gmanetwork.com/international, Facebook pages www.facebook.com/GMAPinoyTVwww.facebook.com/gmalifetv, andwww.facebook.com/gmanewsinternational, and Twitter pages @GMAPinoyTV and @GMA_LifeTV.

Allan K, Gladys Reyes and Julia Clarete in Ilaw ng Kahapon

Allan K, Gladys Reyes and Julia Clarete in Ilaw ng Kahapon

Marian Rivera in Panalangin

Marian Rivera in Panalangin

Maricel Soriano in Kulungang Kanlungan

Maricel Soriano in Kulungang Kanlungan

Pauleen Luna in Anyo ng Pag-ibig

Pauleen Luna in Anyo ng Pag-ibig

GMA International, through its flagship international channel, GMA Pinoy TV, commemorates Lent with a series of special drama features and movies that capture the essence of the season.

 

Beginning Holy Monday (April 14), the EB Dabarkads draw inspiration from true to life stories in Eat Bulaga’s Lenten Drama specials starting with Karugtong ng Puso featuring Tito Sotto, Paolo Ballesteros, Susan Roces and Ehra Madrigal, followed by Ilaw ng Kahapon starring Julia Clarete, Dennis Trillo, Gladys Reyes, Allan K, Perla Bautista, Sandy Talag and Rez Cortez.

 

On Holy Tuesday (April 15), Joey De Leon, Michael V., Wally Bayola, Joyce Pring, Assunta de Rossi, and Bea Binene are featured in Hakbang sa Pangarap, while Diamond Star Maricel Soriano is joined by Pia Guanio, Isabelle Daza, Keempee de Leon and BJ Forbes as they display their acting prowess in Kulungang Kanlungan.

 

The heartwarming stories continue on Holy Wednesday (April 16) with Pauleen Luna, Ryan Agoncillo, Ruby Rodriguez, Jimmy Santos, and Valerie Weigmann topbilling Anyo ng Pag-ibig, and Vic Sotto, Anjo Yllana, Jose Manalo, Erika Padilla and Ryzza Mae Dizon delivering heart-wrenching performances in Pangalawang Bukas.

 

From Maundy Thursday (April 17) to Black Saturday (April 19), GMA Pinoy TV will showcase some of the best Filipino film titles on GMA Pinoy Blockbuster.

 

On Maundy Thursday, witness a modern-day Magdalene story with Santa Santita, whose lead characters struggle with their faith in light of their promiscuous occupations.

 

In Mourning Girls, featuring Glydel Mercado, Ricky Davao and Chin-chin Guttierez, the life of Lupita (Mercado) takes an unexpected turn upon the death of her husband (Davao) as three other women show up to his funeral claiming inheritance rights.

 

The third movie offering for Maundy Thursday is a tale of true love that transcends different lifetimes as shown in Eternity, starring Dingdong Dantes, Iza Calzado, Jennylyn Mercado and Mark Herras.

 

Meanwhile, the classic films Mga Mata ni Anghelita, starring the late Julie Vega with an all-star cast, and God’s Little Children, featuring Sunshine Dizon, Strawberry, and Daria Ramirez will be shown on Good Friday (April 18).

 

Then, three close friends, who started as DJs in the 60s, realize their dream of visiting the holy land and retracing the steps of Jesus Christ in Banal na Lakbay Sa Yakap ni Hesukristo. Multi-awarded TV and radio anchor and GMA Network Consultant for Radio Operations Mike Enriquez, TV host and actor Joey de Leon and radio DJ and concert promoter Danee Samonte a.k.a Steve O’ Neal take Kapuso viewers along on their journey to Bethlehem, Nazareth, Cana, and Jerusalem as they participate in religious rituals. Alternately, all 3 friends will carry a cross as they retrace Jesus’ journey in the Stations of the Cross. This will be followed by the Siyete Palabras (Seven Last Words).

 

On Black Saturday, distinguished industry veterans will deliver meaningful performances in Ano Ang Kulay ng Mukha ng Diyos, topbilled by veteran actors Gina Alajar, Michael de Mesa and Edu Manzano, and Umiyak Pati Langit starring Helen Gamboa, Janice de Belen and Dante Rivero.

 

And lastly, GMA Pinoy TV presents the GMA Lenten Drama Special Panalangin, starring Kapuso Primetime Queen Marian Rivera on Easter Sunday (April 20). The story is centered on Lauren, whose life is derailed by a typhoon that ends the life of her family and her lover. When all hope is lost, she meets a dying girl with a bucket list who makes her realize that life is worth living.

 

Experience a truly enriching Lenten season this Holy Week only on GMA Pinoy TV.

 

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Eugene Domingo CELEBRITY BLUFF

GMA Network

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JESSICA SOHO S.O.N.A.

JESSICA SOHO S.O.N.A.

Kambal Sirena

Kambal Sirena

Marian Rivera and Alden Richards

Marian Rivera and Alden Richards

Mel Tiangco

Mel Tiangco

Michael V

Michael V

GMA Network (GMA) widened its lead in TV ratings in the viewer-rich areas of Urban Luzon and Mega Manila in March, according to data from the industry’s leading ratings service provider Nielsen TV Audience Measurement.

 

Urban Luzon and Mega Manila account for 77 and 60 percent, respectively, of the total urban TV household population in the entire country.

 

For the period March 1 to 31 (March 23 to 31 based on overnight data), GMA’s total day audience share in Urban Luzon reached 35.7 percent, up 4.1 points from ABS-CBN’s 31.6 percent, and up 24.7 points from TV5’s 11 percent.

 

In comparison with the previous month, GMA increased its total day margin over ABS-CBN and TV5 in Urban Luzon, from 2.4 to 4.1 points, and from 22.1 to 24.7 points, respectively.

 

Furthermore, majority of the top programs in Urban Luzon belonged to GMA (17 out of 30) with multi-awarded news magazine program Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho leading all Kapuso shows in the top 30 list.

 

GMA’s top-rating weekend shows Magpakailanman, Celebrity Bluff and Pepito Manaloto: Ang Tunay na Kuwento also made the list in Urban Luzon, as well as Kapuso drama Carmela, and the newly launched primetime series Kambal Sirena.

 

Completing the list were investigative public affairs program Imbestigador, Saturday night sitcom Vampire Ang Daddy Ko, the country’s longest running noontime show Eat Bulaga, telefantasya Adarna, GMA’s flagship newscast 24 Oras, GMA Telebabad’s Rhodora X, the longest running gag show on Philippine TVBubble Gang, widely followed Koreanovela A 100-Year Legacy, weekend game show Picture! Picture!, anime program Slam Dunk, and GMA’s flagship documentary program I-Witness.

 

GMA also kept its stronghold in Mega Manila with a 37 percent total day average, higher than ABS-CBN’s 29.1 percent by 7.9 points, and TV5’s 11.8 percent by 25.2 points.

 

Similarly, GMA’s lead over rivals ABS-CBN and TV5 in Mega Manila grew from 6.3 to 7.9 points and from 22.3 to 25.2 points, respectively, versus February.

 

Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho also led all GMA shows in the list for Mega Manila, which was likewise dominated by the Kapuso Network scoring 18 out of the top 30 shows. Also in the top 10 were Celebrity Bluff, Magpakailanman, Kambal Sirena, Pepito Manaloto, Carmela, and Imbestigador.

 

Vampire Ang Daddy Ko, Rhodora X, Adarna, 24 Oras, Bubble Gang, Eat Bulaga, A 100-Year Legacy, Picture! Picture!, I-Witness, Slam Dunk, and Fairy Tail likewise drove GMA’s ratings in Mega Manila.

 

GMA was notably ahead of ABS-CBN and TV5 across all day parts in Urban Luzon and Mega Manila including the hotly contested primetime block.

 

Meanwhile, GMA dominated the morning block in National Urban TV Audience Measurement (NUTAM) ratings by virtue of its 33.2 percent audience share, outscoring ABS-CBN’s 30.2 percent by 3 points. GMA was ahead of TV5 across all timeblocks in NUTAM.

 

GMA and TV5 subscribe to Nielsen TV Audience Measurement while ABS-CBN is the lone local major TV network that reportedly subscribes to Kantar Media, formerly known as TNS.

 

In Mega Manila, Nielsen TV Audience Measurement gathers data based on a sample size of 1,190 homes as compared to Kantar Media’s 770 homes. Meanwhile, Nielsen has a nationwide urban sample size of 2,000 homes, which is statistically higher than Kantar’s sample size of 1,370.

 

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