Archives For June 2014

Tom Rodriguez - Carla Abellana

Tom Rodriguez – Carla Abellana

Beginning July 1, GMA Network captivates viewers with a sweeping love story for all generations entitled My Destiny. The series resonates the great love we have for the people we have dedicated our life’s sacrifices. It is a heartwarming drama that nurtures every viewer’s identity as a selfless lover.

 

Lorna Tolentino

Lorna Tolentino

After their successful team-up in the phenomenal drama series My Husband’s Lover, Kapuso prime artists Carla Abellana and Tom Rodriguez once again charm TV audiences through a great love story that features their addicting chemistry and how it is made even more exciting by the presence of Rhian RamosSid Lucero and Ms. Lorna Tolentino in the ensemble.

 

Rhian Ramos

Rhian Ramos

Showing off Carla’s versatility in acting is her portrayal of Grace Dela Rosa, a woman who’s willing to sacrifice everything, even her romantic aspiration, for her family. Grace decides to work abroad and walk away from her own family to give way to her sister’s happiness.

 

Sid Lucero

Sid Lucero

Saddened by Grace’s decision to work abroad is Lucas Matthew Andrada portrayed by Kapuso leading man Tom Rodriguez. Trying to mend his broken heart, Matthew continues his medical studies. Matthew then meets Joy at medical school.

 

Kuh Ledesma

Kuh Ledesma

Joy is the younger sister of Grace who suffers from leukemia. She is losing her will to live until she meets Matthew. Will Joy’s illness lead her to fulfilling her heart’s desires? Portraying this challenging role is Kapuso leading lady Rhian Ramos.

 

Dennis Roldan

Dennis Roldan

Hoping to earn the love and attention of Grace is Jacob Perez whom she will meet abroad. Being Grace’s only companion, Jacob will eventually develop feelings for her. Will he win the heart of Grace? Joining the cast as Jacob is award-winning actor Sid Lucero.

 

Ayen Munji-Laurel

Ayen Munji-Laurel

Over this intertwined love is the caring mother Agnes Dela Rosa, which will be given depth by the industry’s grand-slam best actress Lorna Tolentino, trying to balance her attention towards her daughters–Grace and Joy. Despite her tendency to focus on Joy, Agnes still tries to be there for Grace. But when she knew about her daughters’ affection on one man, can she be able to give a fair advice?

 

Al Tantay

Al Tantay

Playing equally important and exceptional roles in the program are some of the industry’s respected artists: Al Tantay as Arnold Dela Rosa, the father of Grace and Joy; Dennis Roldan as Mateo Andrada, a cardiac surgeon and father of Matthew; Ayen Munji-Laurel as Ruth Perez, the devoted mother of Jacob; and the Asia’s Pop Diva Ms. Kuh Ledesma as Selena Andrada, an in-demand cosmetic surgeon of celebrities and a mother to Matthew.

 

Ruru Madrid

Ruru Madrid

Set to add romance in the series is the tandem of Ruru Madrid and Ashley Ortega. Ruru plays the role of GabPaul Andrada, the adventurous younger brother of Matthew and boyfriend of Nikka (Gabrielle Garcia). Due to her closeness to the couple, Alex (Ashley) bestfriend of Nikka, becomes Paul’s confidant when Nikka fails to comfort him. Will there be a chance for Paul and Alex to be together?

 

Ashley Ortega

Ashley Ortega

From making the hit TV series MarimarDyesebelAng Babaeng Hinugot sa Aking TadyangStairway to Heaven, and I Heart You, Pare!, to name a few, Bb. Joyce Bernal once again takes pride to helm this primetime series.

 

My Destiny offers the story of love and sacrifice between man and woman, siblings, and child and parent. Witness how much every character would be willing to sacrifice for the one they love.

 

Can Grace and Matthew fight for their love when they know that Joy’s life is on the line? Will Joy learn to sacrifice for her sister’s happiness? Can Agnes sacrifice the happiness of Grace to keep her dying daughter Joy happy?

 

My Destiny is created by the GMA Drama group headed by Lilybeth G. Rasonable, Senior Vice President for Entertainment TV; Redgie A. Magno, Vice President for Drama; Cheryl Ching-Sy, Assistant Vice President for Drama; Program Manager, Nini S. Matilac and Rebya Upalda, Executive Producer.

 

The creative team is composed of Creative Director, Jun Lana; Creative Head for Primetime, RJ Nuevas; Creative Consultant and Headwriter, Aloy Adlawan; Writers, Marlon Miguel, and Glaiza Ramirez; Brainstormers, Homer NovicioJihan Condecido, and Michelle Amog; and Concept by Glaiza Ramirez.

 

My Destiny airs worldwide on GMA’s flagship international channel, GMA Pinoy TV. For updates on GMA Network’s programs, artists and events, visit www.gmanetwork.com/international, Facebook pageswww.facebook.com/GMAPinoyTVwww.facebook.com/GMALifeTV and www.facebook.com/GMANewsInternational, and Twitter pages @GMAPinoyTV and @GMA_LiveTV.

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Ryan Agoncillo

Ryan Agoncillo

Sundays will be more exciting and enjoyable for the whole family as GMA Network brings to light a funny, new sitcom on weekend primetime with ISMOL FAMILY, premiering on June 29 on the Network’s flagship international channel, GMA Pinoy TV.

 

Carla Abellana

Carla Abellana

Ismol Family mirrors every person’s aspiration to keep the whole family happy throughout life’s everyday challenges. It takes the viewers on a fun and inspiring family adventure that both parents and their kids can enjoy.

 

Carmi Martin

Carmi Martin

Its relatable storyline likewise encourages the viewers to advocate the belief that money doesn’t define your family’s happiness.

 

Mikael Daez

Mikael Daez

Leading the cast of Ismol Family are Kapuso ace TV host and celebrity dad Ryan Agoncillo and versatile dramatic actress Carla Abellana. Ryan and Carla, who have briefly partnered in My Husband’s Lover, reunite in the program as Jingo, a responsible and loving husband and his pretty and strong-willed wifeMajay.

 

Kevin Santos

Kevin Santos

Joining Ryan and Carla are Carmi Martin as Mama A, Majay’s mother; Mikael Daez as Bernie, Jingo’s bestfriendMike “Pekto” Nacua as Bobong, Majay’s older brother; Kevin Santos as Lance, Mama A’s young boyfriend; Miguel Tanfelix as Tan-tan, Yumi’s classmate; Bianca Umali as Yumi, Bobong’s daughter; Marc Justine Alvarez as PJ, Jingo and Majay’s only son; Natalia Moon as Natalia, Jingo and Majay’s techie house help.

 

Miguel Tanfelix

Miguel Tanfelix

At the helm of Ismol Family is no less than Director Dominic Zapata who has previously handled the comedy programs of the Network Beh Bote NgaNuts Entertainment, Jejemom and Comedy Bar. He is very excited to direct his first family sitcom in the Kapuso Network, “It’s a viewing that you don’t have to be worried about and where families can be able to relate to the show’s characters. It’s a very typical Filipino family [which looks at the] lighter side of things, a new perspective on typical Filipino life.“

 

Bianca Umali

Bianca Umali

Director Dominic adds that Ismol Family is very relatable to families, “It’s very wholesome. The comedy is very now. It’s both a comedy and a drama [because it is very heartwarming]. A lot of things here are very relatable. Every episode [has a lesson which will be shown in a way that isn’t typical]. [We packaged the lessons through a heartwarming comedy], with a  family that you could all relate to, and that you could love and think [of] as your own.”

 

Meanwhile, Director Dominic shares that he is very happy to be working again with Ryan and Carla after My Husband’s Lover. He says that the viewers will witness the different sides of these artists in Ismol Family where they will showcase their talent in comedy.

 

“I’m glad [to have worked with] Ryan and Carla. We are very familiar with each other. They are very seasoned actors. They could go the full spectrum from doing really heavy drama to doing something very light, even comedy. [Carla is very different here]. You’ll see the bubblier side of Carla. And I think it helps [that] Ryan understands the dynamics of husband and wife.”

 

Get the latest updates about Ismol Family from its official facebook page www.facebook.com/IsmolFamilyGMA, twitter account @IsmolFamilyGMA. To know more about Kapuso programs, artists and events, visit the GMA International website www.gmanetwork.com/international, Facebook pageswww.facebook.com/gmalifetv and www.facebook.com/gmanewsinternational, Twitter pages @GMAPinoyTV and @GMA_LifeTV, and Instagram page, @GMAPinoyTV.

Adding to its recent string of victories in international competitions, GMA Network gained eight recognitions in the 2014 US International Film and Video Festival (USIFVF) based in Los Angeles, California.

GMA’s latest win consists of two Gold Camera and five Silver Screen awards for its News and Public Affairs shows, and a Certificate of Creative Excellence for one of its Entertainment programs.

Taking home golds (first place) are GMA News TV shows in the Documentary production category, namely Wagas: Mga Kuwento ng Totoong Pag-Ibig, for Docudrama programs; and Brigada, for Social Issues programs.

Wagas has also been included in the shortlist of documentaries nominated for the Best of Festival (Grand Prix) Award, reserved only for the most outstanding Gold Camera recipients. Winners will be announced on June 16.

Sid Lucero and Gwen Zamora in Wagas: Mga Kwento ng Totoong Pag-Ibig Episode Cerebral Palsy

Sid Lucero and Gwen Zamora in Wagas: Mga Kwento ng Totoong Pag-Ibig Episode Cerebral Palsy

The show’s entry was its “Cerebral Palsy” episode, which featured the inspiring love story of an ailing Ron Saniposo (played by Sid Lucero) and his wife Grace (portrayed by GMA Artist Center talent Gwen Zamora).

Brigada’s “Gintong Krudo” episode, meanwhile, exposed the hazards faced by impoverished children at the Navotas Fish Port, who swim in filthy waters to collect spilled crude oil.

The same episode also won the Silver World Medal in the 2014 New York Festival, where GMA bagged one gold, two more silvers, and three bronze world medals.

More honors

State of the Nation Host Jessica Soho

State of the Nation Host Jessica Soho

Earning one of five Silver Screen awards (second place) for the network was GMA News TV’s primetime newscast, State of the Nation with Jessica Soho, in the TV News category for Continuing News Stories.

The newscast was cited for its coverage of Super Typhoon Yolanda (international code name: Haiyan) last November. It was also part of GMA News and Public Affairs’ gold medal triumph at the George Foster Peabody Awards, considered the equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize for electronic media.

This is the third consecutive year that State of the Nation was recognized by the USIFVF. Last year, it won the Silver Screen Award for “The Wrath of the Monsoon,” its coverage of the disastrous habagat rains that swamped Metro Manila and nearby provinces.

In 2012, State of the Nation received a Certificate for Creative Excellence (third place) for its episode on the aftermath of Typhoon Sendong (international code name: Washi).

Silver streak

Reporter's Notebook Maki Pulido and Jiggy Manicad

Reporter’s Notebook Maki Pulido and Jiggy Manicad

For its part, Reporter’s Notebook earned a Silver Screen Award in the Documentary Programs: Current Affairs category for its “Bakas ng Trahedya” episode. Anchored by Maki Pulido and Jiggy Manicad, the episode shed light on the plight of Yolanda survivors and the government’s response in the wake of the tragedy.

Reality documentary program Reel Time won two silvers for “Silang Wala sa Mapa” in the Documentary Programs: Health, Medical category, and “Dungkoy” in the Documentary Programs: Biography category.

“Silang Wala sa Mapa” showed how the B’laan indigenous people of Mindanao survived for generations without modern medicine. It was also a Silver World Medal recipient in the 2014 New York Festival.

“Dungkoy,” on the other hand, told the story of a nine-year-old boy who takes care of his paralyzed grandmother. Both characters share similar fates of being forsaken by their own families.

GMA-7’s Front Row received a Silver Screen Award in the Documentary Programs: Social Issues category. Its winning episode, “Ulilang Lubos,” featured the plight of abandoned children who are forced to fend for themselves.

Picture! Picture! Host Ryan Agoncillo

Picture! Picture! Host Ryan Agoncillo

Finally, family-oriented quiz show Picture! Picture! earned a Certificate for Creative Excellence for the Entertainment Program & Specials: Game Show category. Hosted by Ryan Agoncillo, Picture! Picture is an original creation of the GMA Entertainment TV group.

Founded in 1967, the US International Film and Video Festival recognizes outstanding corporate, education, entertainment, documentary, and student productions.

Filipinos abroad may catch Reporter’s Notebook, Wagas and Picture! Picture! on GMA Pinoy TV, while Front Row, Reel Time, State of the Nation, and Brigada airs internationally on GMA News TV International. For more details, visit http://www.gmanetwork.com/international.

From left to right: (seated) GMA VP and Head of International Operations Joseph T. Francia, POEA Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac, and DOLE Undersecretary Ciriaco A. Lagunzad III, (standing) GMA Network AVP & Marketing Head for GMA International Robert Scott P. Dolina, POEA Deputy Administrator Atty. Amuerfina Reyes, and GMA International Marketing Manager Patricia B. Gutierrez

From left to right: (seated) GMA VP and Head of International Operations Joseph T. Francia, POEA Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac, and DOLE Undersecretary Ciriaco A. Lagunzad III, (standing) GMA Network AVP & Marketing Head for GMA International Robert Scott P. Dolina, POEA Deputy Administrator Atty. Amuerfina Reyes, and GMA International Marketing Manager Patricia B. Gutierrez

GMA Network, through its international business unit GMA International, supported the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) in its celebration of Migrant Workers’ Day at the POEA office in Mandaluyong City on June 6.

“GMA International salutes all overseas Filipino workers who continue to bring pride to our country and we support POEA’s advocacy of extending much-needed services to our kababayans abroad,” expressed GMA Network VP and Head of International Operations Joseph T. Francia. “We look forward to further strengthening our partnership with the POEA.”

With the theme, “Magkasangga Para sa Kapakanan, Kabuhayan at Kalusugan ng OFW”, overseas Filipino workers who visited the POEA office were treated to welfare and health services as well as livelihood assistance from various government agencies and private stakeholders.

 

“GMA Network has been one of our active partners in advancing the interests of OFWs. It has likewise been a big help in disseminating information to the public about our services and programs and in our campaign against illegal recruitment and trafficking in person,” says POEA Deputy Administrator Atty. Amuerfina Reyes.

 

Through its existing partnership with the POEA, GMA Network donated television sets to POEA offices all over the country in order to provide comfort and relaxation to visiting OFWs and give them access to quality entertainment and responsible news delivery through GMA programs.

 

Visitors were able to avail of free polio vaccination, medical consultations, as well as medicines and vitamins, courtesy of the Department of Health, the Associated Marine Officers’ and Seamen’s Union of the Philippines (AMOSUP) and POEA’s medical clinic association partners. Government agencies such as SSS, Philhealth, Pag-IBIG Fund and the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) also provided information on their respective programs and services while POEA lawyers offered free legal assistance.

 

Moreover, the Overseas Workers’ Welfare Association (OWWA) catered to concerns on the many programs and benefits that it offers its members around the world. Through the National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO), Filipinos returning permanently to the Philippines were presented with livelihood and entrepreneurship programs. Meanwhile, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) had a demonstration of the different skill sets offered by its accredited technical vocational institutions. Interested individuals who visited the different booths availed of free haircuts and massages. POEA’s partners from the private sector also donated raffle prizes, conducted fun games and provided snacks and other souvenir items.

 

The day’s program also included the unveiling of a mural along the POEA perimeter wall, which forms part of POEA’s anti-illegal recruitment campaign. The mural was designed and painted by member artists of the Teach Peace, Build Peace Movement, an organization which advocates peace-building among the youth through innovative and creative strategies.

Bar by Blacksheep

Bar by Blacksheep

It is rarely that I write a blog about a restaurant.  I often write about places I have visited, occasionally mentioning a restaurant, but not writing a whole blog about it.  But the dining experience which I experienced here is incomprehensible, which dictates that I write a blog about it.

Menu

Menu

Bar by Blacksheep is located at 32nd Street and 5th Avenue, at the Penthouse of the W Fifth Avenue, in Bonifacio Global City.  It is open Monday to Saturday from 7:00 pm until late, they accept guest until 10:00 pm or 10:30 pm.  They are only open for dinner.  I have been at the W before for a Globe Community event at the Skye Bar about a year ago.  The lobby is simple yet elegant, which does not prepare you, once you step out the lift, and enter Bar by Blacksheep.

Black Sheep Dining Area

Black Sheep Dining Area

The dining area is opulent, and welcoming.  It also exudes class and sophistication.  It also provides you an ample view of the BGC skyline, perfect for dates especially this coming Father’s Day.  The restaurant floor is spacious, and the design is contemporary.  The lighting is perfect, making the room not too bright, and not too dark, offering a perfect ambiance for casual get togethers, romantic dinners, and hang out with the boys!

Black Sheep 100 Single Malts

Black Sheep 100 Single Malts

And if you are like me, who loves to collect whiskies, and other spirits, the sight of their 100 Single Malts Selection simply makes you feel like a child, who happens to stumble upon a room full of his favorite toys.  I was in awe of the various selection of single malt whiskies they had, some of which I have not even heard or tasted before.

Amuse Bouche

Amuse Bouche

Bar by Blacksheep does not offer a la carte, they have but a single menu, thereby not offering any choices for the diners, but their menu offers an adventurous experience, especially for the first time diners.  We were first treated to Amuse Bouche, which simply looks like an egg in a bowl, but as they say looks can be deceiving.  This dish offers an explosion of flavours in your mouth.  This dish will surely make a lasting impression.

Kitayama Wagyu Striploin

Kitayama Wagyu Striploin

Their Kitayama Wagyu Striploin is simply delicious.  It is succulent, juicy, and cooked just right.  It may seem that they have a small serving, but the small serving is enough to whet your appetite for more.  The experience was simply Amazing! Plus you get to choose a whisky of your fancy.  What else can you ask for? Nada!

Resdiary.ph

Resdiary.ph

I made my reservation through the ResDiary Philippines (www.resdiary.ph/resdiary.com), the latest in online  restaurant reservation and table management system.  It was a breeze in choosing where I wanted to eat.  You only but need to register once.  You can also download the app through iTunes for iOS devices or Google Play for Android devices.  Once downloaded in your devices, it makes reservation/booking a breeze, with a few clicks and you’re done.  You will also get an e-mail confirmation or SMS confirmation, regarding your reservation/booking.

BookToEat.ph

BookToEat.ph

Also you can check out the reviews in a variety of restaurants in Book To Eat Philippines.  It shows the reviews and number of stars a restaurant has garnered from its customers.

Marian

Marian

Beginning June 21 (Saturday), make way for the Kapuso Network’s Primetime Queen Marian Rivera as she unleashes a different side of her in the newest Saturday primetime musical,MARIAN.

 

She has captivated the people locally and abroad with her undeniable acting ability, charmed audiences with her striking beauty and presence, and inspired them with her advocacies. And yet, there’s no stopping the Kapuso Primetime Queen as she grooves to the beat of being the most beautiful Dance Diva in her self-titled show.

 

Through her mass-oriented personality, spectators get the chance to celebrate with Marian as a performing artist in the show. Marian heats up the stage through her contagious energetic vibe, as she will absolutely be a feast for the eyes with her show-stopping costumes, make-up and hairstyles.

 

“Sobrang excited ako dahil isa ‘to sa mga pangarap kong gawin. Ibang side naman ni Marian Rivera ang makikita ng mga manonood at siyempre kaabang-abang din ang mga makakasama namin sa show, mula sa mga magagaling na choreographers, dance crews, hanggang sa mga celebrity artists,” says Marian.

 

Aside from Marian’s special production numbers every week, viewers will also witness the high-powered, face-to-face battle of dance crews together with celebrity dancers. Meanwhile, Marian reveals her playful side as Yan-Yan in the segment Playlist when she grooves to the top three dance hits of different genres every week.

 

Sharing the stage with Marian is one of Eat Bulaga hosts Paolo Ballesteros. Known for his animated charm, Paolo will be engaging himself in an insightful banter with Marian and the show’s guests. Adding musical beat to the show is Kapuso Pop Superstar Julie Anne San Jose.

 

Captivating, grand and ever-surprising, every Kapuso will see Marian Rivera like never before as she pushes herself to the limits. The show is directed by Louie Ignacio with head writer Rommel Gacho.

 

Let’s make Saturday nights Marian Nights as MARIAN premieres June 21 on GMA’s flagship international channel, GMA Pinoy TV. Get the latest updates about MARIAN from its official facebook page www.facebook.com/GMAMarianShow, twitter account @GMAMarianShow and the GMA Network website www.GMANetwork.com.

Barbie and Thea

Barbie and Thea

Is it possible for a woman to conceive “twins” with different fathers?

This is the attention-grabbing premise of The Half Sisters, GMA Network’s newest drama series currently airing on the Network’s flagship international channel, GMA Pinoy TV.

The Half Sisters explores the phenomenon of hetero-paternal superfecundation, which is the successive fertilization of two or more ova from the same ovulation cycle by different sires. This is made possible by separate successive acts of sexual intercourse resulting to one woman bearing “twins” with different fathers.

This controversial soap opera stars Kapuso teen actresses Barbie Forteza as the kind, diligent and obedient Diana Alcantara, and Thea Tolentino as the spoiled, conceited and manipulative Ashley Alcantara.

The series also features seasoned actress Jean Garcia as Rina Mercado-Alcantara, the doting mother of Diana and Ashley; multi-talented actor Jomari Yllana as Benjamin/Benjie Valdicañas, the ex-boyfriend of Rina and the biological father of Diana; and versatile actor Ryan Eigenmann as Alfred Alcantara, the hardworking biological father of Ashley and the husband of Rina.

Playing opposite the teen actresses are the Kapuso Network’s up and coming leading men, Derrick Monasterio as Baste Torres, a working student who will be Diana’s close friend; and Andrei Paras as Bradley Castillo, the rich, good-looking school jock.

In the series, Rina (Jean) becomes pregnant with “twins,” one sired through copulation with her husband Alfred (Ryan) and the other one sired when she was raped by her former boyfriend Benjie (Jomari).

Benjie is sent to prison for his crime, while Rina remains a loving wife to Alfred. Rina eventually gives birth to twins Diana (Barbie) and Ashley (Thea).

Meanwhile, Alfred is having doubts on the paternity of the children and demands Rina to undergo DNA testing. The results confirm the occurrence of hetero-paternal superfecundation, wherein Rina’s twins have different fathers – Diana by Benjie and Ashley by Alfred.

After Benjie is released from prison, he begins managing their family business which eventually becomes successful. On the other hand, Alfred’s business has failed. Prompted by financial woes and obligations, Alfred asks his daughter Ashley to pretend to be the biological daughter of Benjie so that his daughter can live a more comfortable life, thus, robbing Diana of her birthright as the rightful heiress.

How will the uncommon situation affect Alfred and Rina’s marriage? Until when can Alfred and Ashley keep their deception? Will Benjie and Diana ever know the truth about their father-daughter relationship?

Directed by Mark Reyes, find out how the intertwined lives of Diana and Ashley unfold in The Half Sisters only on GMA Pinoy TV.