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Musika at Tawanan 4

Musika at Tawanan 4

The Alliance of Filipino Organizations in Kuwait (ALLFIL-OK), together with GMA International and My-HD, presents Musika at Tawanan 4 featuring Asia’s Pop Sweetheart Julie Anne San Jose and singer-comedienne Gladys Guevarra.


As part of the local Philippine Independence Day festivities, Musika at Tawanan is the biggest and most-anticipated annual event in Kuwait, with over 5 000 Filipinos gathering each year in a celebration of music and laughter. The event will be held on June 13, 2014 at the Al Arabi Sports Gym, Mansouriya, Kuwait.


GMA International, the business unit that manages the operation and distribution of GMA Network’s international channels– GMA Pinoy TV, GMA Life TV, and GMA News TV International– is looking forward to bringing the Kapuso experience to the Filipino community in Kuwait.


“GMA International recognizes that Kuwait has been an underserved region in the past years,” says Joseph T. Francia, GMA Vice-President and Head of International Operations. “This event is a great opportunity for us to reach out to our fellow Filipinos in Kuwait and, together with My-HD, we look forward to providing quality programming and services to more of our kababayans in the years to come.”


The event is spearheaded by ALLFIL-OK, which is composed of the Filipino Badminton Committee, the Filipino Cultural Club, Makulay, The Sandigan in Kuwait, the Filipino Association of Secretaries Employment Agencies in Kuwait, the Philippine Society of Marketing Specialists in Kuwait (PHILSOCMSK), Filipinos in Kuwait, Pilipino sa Kuwait, and the Filipino Zumba Association in Kuwait.


“We are very pleased and honored to partner with GMA International and My-HD in bringing world-class Filipino talents to Kuwait. We promise to give our kababayans in Kuwait a fun-filled show,” stated ALLFIL-OK Over-all Coordinator Dr. Chie Umandap.


ALL-FIL OK Finance Director and President of PHILSOCMSK Ana Del Mundo adds, “With Musika at Tawanan, we want to bring Filipinos in Kuwait closer to home, fostering camaraderie as we all celebrate the Philippine Independence Day and pay tribute to all OFWs across the globe.”


Aside from performing at the event, Julie Anne and Gladys will also visit distressed OFWs at the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Kuwait.


This will be Julie Anne’s second visit to the Middle East, the first being her concert in Dubai presented by GMA International and My-HD where she was warmly welcomed by the Filipino community. Owing to the success of her concert in Dubai, Filipinos in Kuwait are also eager to see the Kapuso singer and actress perform in the country. Julie Anne, whose self-titled album recently won a 9-time Platinum Record Award, is a regular cast member on GMA Network’s Sunday noontime variety show Sunday All-Stars and is currently working on her second solo studio album to be released this June.


On the other hand, this event marks the first time that Gladys will perform on stage for Kapuso fans in the Middle East. She is a frequent guest on GMA’s highest-rating comedy game show Celebrity Bluff and has co-hosted many GMA programs in the past, such as Manny Many Prizes and the longest-running noontime show, Eat Bulaga.


The organizers will also be bringing in the dynamic comic duo Iya and Tekla, along with guest host Rey Pumaloy. The show is directed by GMA’s Kuwait correspondent Ricky Laxa.


Gates will open at 1:00 PM and the event proper will run from 4:00 – 9:30 PM.


Tickets are available at Jollibee branches in Kuwait, Manyaman Restaurant in the Salmiya area, Mario’s Restaurant-Fahaheel, or contact Ms. Mildred Lacson at 66915361 or Dr. Chie Umandap at 97197268.


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(Quezon City, Philippines) – GMA Network is setting the pace as the industry marches towards the future, according to the Company’s Chairman and CEO Felipe L. Gozon.


In his report during the company’s annual stockholders’ meeting on May 21 (Wednesday) in Quezon City, Gozon talked about the Network’s preparations for digitization in the country. “With the recent decision to adopt the Japanese standard in Digital TV transmission, the advent of digitization in our country may be just around the corner. The good news is that we have long been preparing for this eventuality,” Gozon said.


In preparation for the shift, Gozon said that the Network is in the “process of exploring business models to maximize both the technological and economic potentials of the digitization of our broadcasting services.”


Moreover, he assured stockholders that GMA is up to speed with the technological advancements, saying that they can be confident that the Network “will not lag behind these technological developments as [GMA] continues to build [the] brand with strong values, principles and purpose.”


Meanwhile, Gozon said that, despite challenging times, the company was still able to achieve modest gains in its top and bottom line for the full year of 2013.


GMA’s consolidated gross revenues for 2013 settled at P12.95 billion pesos, 7 percent higher than 2012.


The company’s operating expenses grew 8 percent to P10.57 billion due to the increase in production cost from initiating programming changes and producing groundbreaking content throughout the year.


GMA closed 2013 with an EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) of P3.7 billion, while net income rose by 3 percent to P1.67 billion over the previous year.


Gozon also mentioned several noteworthy projects that the Network undertook during the year including the opening of GMA’s Cagayan de Oro originating station (GMA Northern Mindanao) and a number of transmission upgrade projects in Puerto Princesa, Sorsogon, Mountain Province, Romblon, Ilocos Norte and Pagadian City, where GMA Network now “broadcasts loud and clear.”


Moving forward, the Kapuso Network remains focused on two things: developing quality programs, and continuing its expansion and transmission upgrades, as well as its delivery of programs abroad. “While content remains as the king, the challenge is increasingly shifting to how we deliver quality content across a wide array of available platforms,” stated Gozon.


“The focus now is serving the needs of our audiences by providing products and services that are tailor-fit to their unique lifestyles and wants. Indeed, it is tough to synergize diversity with uniqueness but that is what the broadcast landscape requires us to do now, and, I believe more so in the future,” he said.

GMA International, the business unit that manages the operations and distribution of GMA Network’s international channels, garnered four Silver Awards of Distinction at the 20th Communicator Awards.


The Communicator Awards is the leading international awards program that recognizes creative excellence in advertising, corporate communications, public relations and identity work in print, video, audio and interactive formats.


“We are honored to have been recognized by this prestigious award-giving body,” says GMA Network Vice President and Head of International Operations Joseph T. Francia. “This distinction validates GMA International’s purpose of bringing quality programming and services to Filipinos all over the world.”


GPTV Home Away From Home

GPTV Home Away From Home

Home Away from Home, which was launched in 2013 on the Network’s flagship international channel GMA Pinoy TV, won in the Video (Programs/News Documentary) category. The show invites viewers into the homes of Filipinos overseas who have become important parts of their communities and have shown success in their respective fields.


Proud to be Pinoy PIDC Celebration 2013

Proud to be Pinoy PIDC Celebration 2013

Likewise, GMA International’s television special titled, Proud to be Pinoy: Philippine Independence Day Celebration 2013 was recognized in the Video (Programs/News Documentary) category. In commemoration of the Philippines’ 115th Independence Day, event highlights from the different Independence Day celebrations across the United States and Canada participated in by GMA International were shown on GMA Pinoy TV.


GMA News TV International Info Kit

GMA News TV International Info Kit

The GMA News TV International Info Kit received the Silver Award for the Print category. Powered by the Philippines’ most trusted news and public affairs team, GMA News TV International is the top choice to meet the Filipinos’ demand for complete, accurate, and credible news from home. The info kit showcases the channel’s achievements and its multi-awarded news personalities and top-rated programs.


MyHD Campaign with Marian Rivera

MyHD Campaign with Marian Rivera

Furthermore, GMA International’s Middle East MyHD Campaign clinched another Silver Award of Distinction for the Integrated Campaign (Promotional/Branding) category. Featuring Kapuso Primetime Queen Marian Rivera, the campaign highlights the best promo offers for GMA’s international channels through its new carrier in the Middle East, MyHD.


Among the notable winners of the Communicator Awards are some of the biggest players in the international television industry such as Verizon, Comcast Spotlight, Warner Bros. Digital Media, Hub Television Network, MacLaren McCann and Mercedes Benz USA.


The Communicator Awards is judged and overseen by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts (AIVA). The AIVA is an organization of over 600 members who are “leading professionals from various disciplines of the visual arts dedicated to embracing progress and the evolving nature of traditional and interactive media.” Its members are comprised of distinguished individuals from top media, advertising and marketing firms, including Disney, MTV, Yahoo, rabble+rouser, and Time, Inc.


For more information on GMA Network and its international channels, visit the website, Facebook pages, Twitter pages @GMAPinoyTV and @GMA_LifeTV, and Instagram page, @GMAPinoyTV.

GMA also participated in the Hong Kong Filmart, the biggest content exhibit in Asia

GMA also participated in the Hong Kong Filmart, the biggest content exhibit in Asia

GMA Worldwide, Inc. (GWI) continues to showcase the best of what the Kapuso Network has to offer by participating in various TV content markets all over the world.


Over the years, GWI – being the global content distribution and acquisition arm of GMA Network – has opened doors of new opportunities for Kapuso programs and artists through content development partnerships and international distribution deals.


Kapuso programs received enthusiastic response from foreign buyers at the MipTV market exhibit in Cannes, France

Kapuso programs received enthusiastic response from foreign buyers at the MipTV market exhibit in Cannes, France

In April, GWI participated in the biggest gathering of entertainment industry professionals, the MipTV Market Exhibit in Cannes, France. Here, top television execs and creative talents from 100 countries had the chance to preview some of the Network’s latest programs for international licensing; among them Carmela, The Borrowed Wife, Rhodora X, Innamorata, Kambal Sirena, Paraiso Ko’y Ikaw and Magkano Ba Ang Pag-ibig.


Jocelyn Go, GWI Assistant Vice President for Sales and Marketing, noted on the positive response for Kapuso programs, “Buyers and other TV groups predominantly radiate positive and enthusiastic reactions when presented with GMA programs. This is an acknowledgment of the high standard and improving quality of our products.”


“Equally significant are the great relationships we have built with the other companies who attend these markets with us because their positive opinions are a reflection of GWI’s reputation and standing with our international partners,” she added.


Aside from MipTV, GWI also hosted a booth at the NATPE conference in Miami, Florida. Titles that were highlighted include Katipunan, Titser, The Politician (Bayan Ko), and Love Sonata.


GMA Worldwide's booth at Discop West Asia in Istanbul, Turkey

GMA Worldwide’s booth at Discop West Asia in Istanbul, Turkey

GWI likewise established a strong presence at DISCOP West Asia in Istanbul, Turkey, and at Hong Kong Filmart, the largest content exhibit in Asia. My Husband’s Lover, Rhodora X, Carmela, The Borrowed Wife, among others, were warmly received by buyers in both conferences.


In the first quarter alone, GWI sold over 1,000 hours of programs and movies for airing in Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore, South Korea and the US.


With GMA’s proven ability to create globally competitive content, GWI is gearing up to explore new territories and expand GMA’s growing international audience in the months to come.



The mobile version of GMA Network’s IMReady portal – the only one-stop shop online for disaster and emergency preparedness – is now ready for free download for all Android and Apple devices.


Similar to its online version, the IMReady mobile application also provides real-time information and updates including weather, traffic situations, and news alerts. To download, mobile users simply need to go to Google Play Store for Android phones or Apple App Store for Apple devices, search for the IMReady logo and click “Install.”  The application is optimized for ICS (version 4.0.3) and up for Android and iOS 6 and above for Apple.


Launched in February, GMA Network’s IMReady public safety portal is in partnership with Google, leading traffic navigation app Waze, and key Philippine government agencies namely the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC), Metro Rail Transit Authority (MRTA), Philippine National Railways (PNR), and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).


Mobile users can also join the growing online community of IMReady through Facebook (, Twitter (, Instagram (@imreadyph), and the official IM Ready Waze Group through the downloadable Waze mobile app.



Starting Monday (May 12), throw away all the negatives vibes as GMA Life TV, the Philippines’ first international lifestyle channel, makes happiness contagious with its newest talk/variety program Basta Every Day Happy.


Alessandra De Rossi, Gladys Reyes, Chef Boy Logro, and Donita Rose

Alessandra De Rossi, Gladys Reyes, Chef Boy Logro, and Donita Rose

The show brings Donita Rose, Gladys Reyes, Alessandra De Rossi, and Chef Boy Logro together for the first time on television, creating a vibrant atmosphere through a mixture of their witty personalities. They will share their happy experiences in various fun segments, projects, and challenges that will certainly draw smiles and laughter from the viewers.


In its desire to make more Filipinos joyful and inspired every day, this show will encourage everyone to take an active step in making one’s self happy through the simple pleasures in life, such as stumbling upon a hilarious social media post, an amazing food discovery, completing one’s wish list, or a deed of paying it forward, which consequently affects someone else’s happiness.


Alessandra De Rossi, Gladys Reyes, Chef Boy Logro, and Donita Rose

Alessandra De Rossi, Gladys Reyes, Chef Boy Logro, and Donita Rose

Knowing that Filipinos possess the unique characteristic of being naturally cheerful despite adversities, Basta Every Day Happy will feature guest celebrities and even ordinary people who will share fun-filled conversations with the hosts.


Kapuso viewers locally and abroad will certainly have something to look forward to every day as each episode contains a collection of happy moments of everything under the sun, such as parenting, family, relationships, home care, beauty, fashion, technology, travel, among others.


Directed by Louie Ignacio, Basta Every Day Happy is set to change the Filipino viewers’ weekday viewing habits.


Catch your daily dose of happiness in Basta Every Day Happy only on GMA Life TV.


For updates on the Kapuso Network’s programs visit the website, Facebook pages,, and Twitter pages @GMAPinoyTV and @GMA_LifeTV.

(Quezon City, Philippines – May 5, 2014) – GMA Network, Inc. (GMA) recorded recurring revenues of P2.851 billion in the first quarter of 2014, down 4 percent versus the same period last year, sans the impact of election-related advertisements.


The political ads from last year’s midterm elections boosted the Network’s earnings in 2013. Thus, consolidated revenues during the first quarter of this year dropped 12 percent versus a year ago.


Effective management helped the Network reduce its operating expenses by less than one percent toP2.363 billion in between periods.


The company’s EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) decreased by 31 percent to P823 million, while net income settled at P325 million or P276 million lower than 2013.


GMA International, which manages the operations and distribution of the Network’s international channels, and GMA News TV, the country’s number one news channel, posted positive results, while local regional sales proved to be an emerging revenue source.


Despite its performance in the first quarter, the Network’s management remains optimistic in reaching its targets for the year. “We expect better numbers in the next few months as our top advertisers have already committed their placements,” said GMA Chairman and CEO Felipe L. Gozon.


“Moreover, we are confident that our diverse line-up of upcoming shows will help us regain our lead in nationwide ratings and boost our earnings for the coming months,” Gozon added.


Meanwhile, GMA will pay out cash dividends to its shareholders worth P1.312 billion at 27 centavos per share on May 19, 2014.


Since its July 2007 IPO launch, the Network has released P14.239 billion cash dividends, consistently paying out at a high percentage compared to its net income. Each GMA common share has already earned P2.93 or an average of 5 percent per year based on the IPO price of P8.50.



Business Developments


In keeping with its thrust of bringing Filipinos abroad closer to home, GMA International reinforced its broadcast services in Texas and Georgia in the US, as well as in the cities of Canberra, Sydney and Gold Coast in Australia during the quarter. In June, Filipinos based in the states of Alabama and Louisiana will likewise have wider access to GMA Pinoy TV.


It is also better serving the needs of Filipinos in Qatar with the launch of GMA’s international channels GMA Pinoy TV, GMA Life TV and GMA News TV International in a new carrier in May.


On the other hand, GMA Worldwide, Inc., the Network’s global syndication and distribution arm, sold over 1,095 hours of programs and movies for airing in Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore, South Korea and the US in the quarter.


GMA Records kept its winning streak via Julie Anne San Jose’s self-titled album’s 9-time Platinum Record Award from its sales of over 135,700 units from August 15, 2012 to February 28, 2014.


The album of My Husband’s Lover male lead stars Tom Rodriguez and Dennis Trillo dubbed TomDen likewise clinched a Gold Record Award from its sales of over 14,000 units from October 12, 2013 to February 28, 2014.


The Network finished various transmission upgrades in the regions during the quarter as it continues to expand its reach across urban and rural areas. On March 12, GMA commissioned a new relay station in Daet, Camarines Norte and has ongoing transmission projects in Lanao del Norte, Tuguegarao and Butuan.



TV Ratings


Data from the industry’s leading ratings service provider Nielsen TV Audience Measurement showed GMA dominating competition in Urban Luzon and Mega Manila in the first quarter of 2014.


In Urban Luzon, which accounts for 77 percent of the total urban TV households in the country, GMA scored a 35.2 percent average total day household audience share, higher by 3.3 points over ABS-CBN’s 31.9 percent and by 23.8 share points over TV5’s 11.4 percent.


GMA also continued to lead in its bailiwick Mega Manila, scoring an average total day household audience share of 36.3 percent, ahead of ABS-CBN’s 29.2 percent by 7.1 share points, and of TV5’s 12.3 percent by 24 share points. Mega Manila represents 60 percent of the nationwide urban TV household population.



International Awards


2014 is shaping up to be another historic year for GMA as it won its fourth George Foster Peabody Award for its special coverage on typhoon Yolanda. GMA is the only news and public affairs organization in the country to have received this prestigious award for excellence in broadcast journalism.


GMA also brought home seven world medals and four finalist certificates from the 2014 New York Festivals International TV & Film Awards. The Kapuso Network had the most number of awards among Filipino organizations totaling 11.


Furthermore, GMA International garnered four Silver Awards of Distinction at the 20th Communicator Awards, the leading international creative awards program that recognizes creative excellence in marketing and communications. The winning entries include the GMA News TV International Info kit for the Print Category, the Middle East MyHD Campaign for the Integrated Campaign category, the Philippine Independence Day TV Special 2013 for the Video Category, and GMA Pinoy TV’s Home Away from Home for the Video Category.


GMA International has won alongside some of the biggest players in the international television industry such as Verizon, Comcast Spotlight, Warner Bros Digital Media, Hub Television Network, MacLaren McCann and Mercedes Benz USA.


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GMA Network (GMA) continued to pull away from competition in the viewer-rich areas of Urban Luzon and Mega Manila in April, according to data from the industry’s leading ratings service provider Nielsen TV Audience Measurement.

The Pacquiao-Bradley match (Pacquiao-Bradley II: Vindication), which aired on GMA Channel 7, ruled the charts in NUTAM (National Urban Television Audience Measurement), Urban Luzon and Mega Manila.

For the period April 1 to 30 (April 20 to 30 based on overnight data), GMA recorded a total day audience share of 37 percent, ahead of ABS-CBN’s 32.2 percent by 4.8 points, and ahead of TV5’s 10.5 percent by 26.5 points. Urban Luzon makes up 77 percent of the total urban television households in the country.

Relative to the previous month, GMA’s total day margin over ABS-CBN and TV5 grew from 4 to 4.8 points, and from 24.7 to 26.5 points, respectively.

More Kapuso shows figured in the list of top programs (including specials) in Urban Luzon, totalling 19 out of 30. Joining Pacquiao-Bradley II: Vindication in the top 10 were weekly drama anthology Magpakailanman, multi-awarded news magazine program Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho (KMJS), Inang Yaya (Holy Week special), weekend game show Celebrity Bluff, and reality sitcom Pepito Manaloto: Ang Tunay na Kuwento.

Completing the list are Marley & Me (Holy Week special), primetime drama Carmela, Eat Bulaga’s Lenten special Hulog ng Langit, Saturday night comedy Vampire Ang Daddy Ko, Panalangin (Holy Week special), telefantasya Kambal Sirena, GMA’s flagship newscast 24 Oras, hard-hitting investigative program Imbestigador, the country’s longest running gag show Bubble Gang, Kapuso drama Rhodora X, and Holy Week specials A Walk to Remember, KMJS, and Slam Dunk.

In Mega Manila, which accounts for 60 percent of the urban TV household population in the country, GMA registered a 38.5 percent total day household average, up 8.6 points from ABS-CBN’s 29.9 percent, and up 27.1 points from TV5’s 11.4 percent.

GMA’s lead over ABS-CBN and TV5 also increased from 7.8 to 8.6 points, and from 25.2 to 27.1 points, respectively, compared to last month.

Majority (21 out of 30) of the top-rating shows in Mega Manila were from GMA. In the top 10 with the Pacquiao-Bradley match were Magpakailanman, KMJS, Inang Yaya (Holy Week special), Celebrity Bluff, Eat Bulaga’s Lenten special Hulog ng Langit, Carmela, Marley & Me, and Pepito Manaloto Ang Tunay na Kuwento.

Likewise scoring high ratings in Mega Manila were Vampire Ang Daddy Ko, Bubble Gang, Kambal Sirena, Panalangin (Holy Week special), Imbestigador, Rhodora X, 24 Oras, Holy Week specials A Walk to Remember, KMJS, Banal na Paglalakbay, Koreanovela 100-Year Old Legacy, and the country’s longest running noontime show Eat Bulaga.

GMA’s lead in both Urban Luzon and Mega Manila was driven by its strong performance in the morning block. It also continued to dominate rival networks in the afternoon and evening blocks in the said areas.

GMA, meanwhile, closes the gap with ABS-CBN in NUTAM as a result of its significant lead in the morning block, scoring 38.3 percent compared to ABS-CBN’s 27.5 percent and TV5’s 12.3 percent.

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.