Archives For July 2014

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There’s a love triangle brewing in GMA Pinoy TV’s My Destiny involving characters portrayed by GMA Artist Center talents Ruru Madrid, Ashley Ortega, and Gabrielle Garcia, making the drama series all the more exciting.

Ruru Madrid

Ruru Madrid

Paul Andrada (Ruru Madrid) finds himself rebelling due to his parents’ looming separation. More conflicts arise as his girlfriend Nicole Perez (Gabrielle Garcia) and Nicole’s best friend Alex Martinez (Ashley Ortega) are dragged in Paul’s occasional snafus.

The love triangle begins when Nicole falls short as a girlfriend to Paul, failing to comfort him. Paul then confides to Alex, and they inevitably grow closer to each other.

When the cameras are not rolling, it’s a completely different story for the three. But if there’s one thing they share in common, it’s how much they enjoy honing their craft.

Ashley Ortega

Ashley Ortega

Ruru Madrid rose to fame in GMA’s reality TV series Protégé: The Battle For the Big Artista Break, where he finished as a runner-up. Shortly after, he landed roles in a string of television series, appeared in drama anthologies, and performed in variety shows, proving that he can sing, dance, and act.

“I’ve learned a lot but I’m still eager to learn more because this is really my passion,” shares Ruru.

In just two years, Ruru has matured from a shy teenager to a more confident 16-year-old matinee idol gaining followers every day.

Ruru’s also slated to make hearts swoon together with his love team with Ashley Ortega. Their tandem is fondly called AshRu.

Gabrielle Garcia

Gabrielle Garcia

“I’ve worked with Ash before in Dormitoryo and the movie Bamboo Flowers directed by Direk Maryo J. We develop our friendship every time we get the chance to work together which is why I’m more excited for our team-up to grow,” shares Ruru.l

Ashley echoes the same sentiments. “There’s never a dull moment with Ruru. He is fun to be with and he’s nice so I was really comfortable with our team-up from the beginning,” says Ashley.

According to Ashley, her love team with Ruru, or her budding career, in general, is not to be taken for granted. Playing parts in teleseryes entailed her to put some of her passion like figure skating on hold. However, Ashley is keen to finish her studies.

For Gabrielle Garcia, working alongside some of the most loved and respected figures in the industry is an absolute privilege. Being a newcomer, Gabrielle treats every taping day as a chance to learn about the nitty-gritty of acting.

“My experience made me a lot better in many ways, from getting to know myself more, to acting and dealing with my co-actors. It made me more committed to be part of acting workshops, and it made me eager and inspired to perfect my craft,” says Gabrielle.

Catch Ruru Madrid, Ashley Ortega, and Gabrielle Garcia in My Destiny, on GMA’s flagship international channel, GMA Pinoy TV.

True to its credo of Serbisyong Totoo, GMA Kapuso Foundation, the socio-civic arm of GMA Network, quickly responded to the call for disaster relief in the wake of typhoon Glenda.

 

In its ongoing nationwide relief efforts, the Kapuso Foundation has since served over 15,800 victims within two days after the storm entered the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR).

 

On July 14, a day prior typhoon Glenda entered PAR, the Foundation dispatched its initial team towards the province of Albay. By July 15, hours before typhoon Glenda’s landfall, relief operations began with the distribution of relief goods to individuals in evacuation sites in Pulangi, Albay. A total of 4,000 individuals have since been given assistance. On the day typhoon Glenda crossed southern Luzon and South of Metro Manila, 550 people were served by the Foundation’s soup kitchen in Bulelak Gym, Malanday, Marikina and an additional 250 individuals in Bangkulasi, Navotas were served with hot meals and relief goods for 100 families. By nightfall, close to 4,000 evacuees from Orion, Bataan were given relief goods by another Kapuso team dispatched in the area.

 

Large-scale relief operations were also carried out in Atimonan, Quezon, another of the hardest hit areas, serving at least 7,000 individuals. The Foundation’s disaster relief operations will be abetted with planned medical missions in the provinces of Quezon and Bicol, two of the identified hardest hit provinces by typhoon Glenda.

 

GMA Kapuso Foundation continues to accept donations in the form of rice, noodles, canned goods, ready-to-eat food packs, and blankets at the GMA Kapuso Foundation Office, GMA Network Drive cor. Samar st., Diliman, Quezon City or at the GMA Kapuso Foundation warehouse, 366 GMA Compound, Tandang Sora Avenue, Barangay Culiat, Quezon City from Monday to Friday, 9:00 am until 6:00 pm.

 

Cash donations may also be deposited without service fee deduction to peso and dollar savings accounts of Kapuso Foundation in all branches of Metrobank, UCPB, PNB and Cebuana Lhuillier. All donations are tax-deductible. For more information, please log on to www.gmanetwork.com/kapusofoundation.

GMA & Miss World Philippines

GMA & Miss World Philippines

Philippine broadcast industry giant GMA Network is the official media partner of Miss World Philippines 2014.

 

The contract signing was held on July 4 at the GMA Network Center and attended by the top officers of the Network.

 

Just like the pageants held in 2011 and 2013, Miss World Philippines partners with GMA Network again this year to stage and broadcast this prestigious event. Last year, the Philippines made a significant milestone as Megan Young was the first Filipino to be awarded the Miss World title.

 

“We’ve been partners with GMA from the beginning since 2011 and we feel that there’s no better or stronger home for us than GMA,” says Miss World Philippines National Director Cory Quirino on having GMA as a media partner. “In 2011, we successfully launched the brand Miss World Philippines wherein we placed first runner-up. This 2014, Megan comes home to crown our queen. This will be the first time she will walk the Philippine stage as our very first Miss World. It will be very historic for us and we would like to share that history-making moment with GMA,” she adds.

 

Meanwhile, Gozon also expressed his gladness that GMA Network was chosen as Miss World Philippines 2014’s media partner. “Our partnership with Miss World Philippines is getting stronger and longer, and we are very glad that we are chosen again to be its partner. That’s why we are entrusted by Cory. I’m sure she appreciated what we have done in the past.”

 

The Filipina who wins this coveted crown will be a shining example of the heart and soul of Filipino womanhood. The winner and her court will put her beauty to good use by caring for the marginalized women and children of the Philippines through various charities.

 

The 2014 Miss World Philippines Pageant will be held in September and viewed nationwide in the Kapuso Network and viewers all over the world may catch it through GMA Pinoy TV.

GMA News TV International

GMA News TV International

GMA News TV’s Brigada won the One World Award in the US International Film & Video Festival in addition to its Gold Camera Award finish at the same Festival.  Brigada’s winning entry was entitled “Gintong Krudo” (Black Gold), a documentary to raise awareness for the estimated 5.5 million Filipino children considered child laborers. This is the first time the prestigious One World Award has been given to a Philippine TV network.

 

The One World Award was established more than 25 years ago by the International Quorum of Motion Pictures Producers to honor a work that fosters international understanding.  USIFVF medalists and certificate holders are all in the running for the One World Award, one of the grand prizes given at the Festival.

 

Brigada

Brigada

Brigada’s One World Award winning documentary tells the story of 12-year old Bisaya, who goes out to sea every morning with his friends, 11-year old Christian and 13-year old Ruben, to salvage crude oil dumped on the water by ships. When they find patches of oil spill, they dive in and collect the oil with a sponge, risking their health for about a dollar per pail of oil.  Micaela Papa, who reported the story, went as far as joining the children in the murky water to collect crude oil.  Brigada is hosted by Jessica Soho, with Lee Joseph Castel as Program Manager and Harvey Bayona as Executive Producer.

 

Brigada was one of eight winning works for GMA Network at the US International Film and Video Festival – which included a Gold Award for Wagas, Silver Awards for State of the Nation with Jessica Soho, two episodes of Reel Time, Reporter’s Notebook and Front Row and a certificate for creative excellence for Picture Picture.

 

Brigada Gintong Krudo Episode

Brigada Gintong Krudo Episode

Brigada’s Gintong Krudo segment also won a Silver World Medal in the 2014 New York Festivals, and was a Finalist in the 2013 Japan Prize.

Kapuso viewers around the world may catch Brigada, bannered by multi-awarded broadcast journalist Jessica Soho, only on GMA News TV International.

Marian 2 Marian 3 Marian 5 Marian 7 Marian 11There’s no denying that Kapuso Network’s Primetime Queen Marian Rivera is having the time of her life. Her stellar career continues to pan out with successful TV projects, major endorsement deals, and awards.

 

She recently earned an incredible feat, being hailed as Media Magnet of the Year at the launch of this year’s Yahoo! Celebrity Awards. The accolade distinguishes Marian as the most popular and most talked about figure in the entertainment industry.

 

Also, for the second straight year, Marian reigned supreme as she bagged FHM’s Sexiest Woman in the Philippines title. This makes Marian the first one to win the coveted award three times. She snagged her first title in 2008. For this year, Marian earned more than 1.5 million votes – almost twice the number she got from last year.

 

“I feel so blessed sa mga recognition na ito, pero tulad ng lagi kong sinasabi noon, hindi ko makakamit ang lahat ng ito kung hindi dahil sa mga bumoto at patuloy na sumusuporta sa akin. Thank you sa Yahoo!at FHM dahil magsisilbing inspirasyon ang awards na ito na lalo kong pagbutihin ang aking trabaho, [I feel so blessed for having this kind of recognition, but as I always say, none of these would be possible without my loyal fans and supporters. I wish to thank Yahoo! and FHM for giving me the inspiration to continuously shine and persevere as an artist.]” shares Marian.

 

As if these are not enough, Her Royal Beauty’s legion of fans also keeps growing as she continues to dazzle on and off-cam. These days, Marian’s on-screen pursuits involve joining Jose Manalo, Paolo Ballesteros, and Wally Bayola in Eat Bulaga’s “Juan for All, All for Juan” segment, where she enjoys the privilege of visiting and helping some of the noontime show’s avid viewers.

 

Marian also keeps herself busy by flexing her choreography muscles in her primetime dance show. She ignites every Saturday night with her dancing prowess along with other renowned performers. Joining her are Christian BautistaPaolo Ballesteros and Asia’s Pop Sweetheart Julie Anne San Jose.

 

Marian’s fans abroad can catch her on her self-titled show every Saturday on GMA’s flagship international channel, GMA Pinoy TV. To get the latest news about her and other Kapuso stars, visit the GMA Network website www.gmanetwork.com/international, Facebook pages, www.facebook.com/GMAPinoyTV,www.facebook.com/gmalifetv and www.facebook.com/gmanewsinternational, Twitter pages @GMAPinoyTV and @GMA_LifeTV, and Instagram page, @GMAPinoyTV.

Dingdong Dantes in Bolingbrook, Illinois - Meet and greet

Dingdong Dantes in Bolingbrook, Illinois – Meet and greet

Dingdong Dantes in Bolingbrook, Illinois 2

Dingdong Dantes in Bolingbrook, Illinois 2

Dingdong Dantes in Bolingbrook, Illinois

Dingdong Dantes in Bolingbrook, Illinois

Geoff Eigenmann in Carson City, California - GMA booth

Geoff Eigenmann in Carson City, California – GMA booth

Geoff Eigenmann in Carson City, California - performing onstage

Geoff Eigenmann in Carson City, California – performing onstage

Heart Evangelista and Tom Rodriguez in NY - with fans at the GMA booth

Heart Evangelista and Tom Rodriguez in NY – with fans at the GMA booth

Heart Evangelista and Tom Rodriguez in NY

Heart Evangelista and Tom Rodriguez in NY

Julie Anne San Jose, Kuwait

Julie Anne San Jose, Kuwait

Julie Anne San Jose, Kuwait

Julie Anne San Jose, Kuwait

Lovi Poe in Toronto - Giving out GMA Pinoy TV and GMA Life TV merchandise

Lovi Poe in Toronto – Giving out GMA Pinoy TV and GMA Life TV merchandise

Lovi Poe in Toronto

Lovi Poe in Toronto

Lovi Poe with Ms Philippines Canada winners

Lovi Poe with Ms Philippines Canada winners

Steven Silva and Benjamin Alves, Flores De Mayo

Steven Silva and Benjamin Alves, Flores De Mayo

Steven Silva and Benjamin Alves, Flores De Mayo

Steven Silva and Benjamin Alves, Flores De Mayo

GMA Network, through its international business unit, GMA International, was at the heart of several key celebrations around the world in commemoration of the Philippines’ 116th Independence Day this June.

 

“Through GMA’s participation in the annual celebration of Philippine Independence, we strive to keep the Filipino spirit alive all around the globe and instill a sense of nationalism across all generations,” says GMA Vice-President and Head of International Operations Joseph T. Francia. “GMA hopes to create a sense of home wherever there is a Filipino,” he adds.

 

The festivities began in New York City with Kapuso prime artists Tom Rodriguez and Heart Evangelista gracing the GMA International booth at the Philippine Independence Day celebration on Madison Avenue last June 1. To the delight of their fans, Tom and Heart readily posed for photographs with the stream of people at the GMA booth, which was one of the busiest in the area.

 

On June 7, the city of Carson welcomed Kapuso leading man Geoff Eigenmann in the Philippine Independence Day parade led by Carson City Mayor Pro Tempore Elito Santarina as Grand Marshall. Geoff entertained an enthusiastic crowd during the GMA variety show and ended the day interacting with his fans at the meet and greet activity.  The celebration was a showcase of Filipino culture with local Filipino performers and booths that served Filipino delicacies and products. The event is an annual activity sponsored by the city and the Philippine Independence Day Foundation, with the support of various Filipino-American organizations in Carson, Los Angeles and Long Beach.

 

Meanwhile, Kapuso fans in Kuwait were serenaded by Asia’s Pop Sweetheart and 9-time Platinum Record Award holder Julie Anne San Jose and singer-comedienne Gladys Guevarra at Musika at Tawanan 4 last June 13. The event, which is part of the local Philippine Independence day festivities, gathered more than 3000 overseas workers in the region for a night of fun, entertainment, and Filipino flavor. The large audience was awed by Julie Anne’s powerful performance of hit songs while Gladys captured the crowd with her comedic act.

 

On June 14, GMA International also participated in the Mabuhay Festival in California, an event which drew in over 7000 individuals. The GMA booth showcased the Network’s three international channels- GMA Pinoy TV, its flagship international channel; GMA Life TV, the first international Filipino lifestyle channel; and GMA News TV International, an international news channel powered by the Philippines’ most trusted news and public affairs team.

 

Completing the series of events were visits from two of GMA primetime’s biggest stars, Kapuso Primetime King Dingdong Dantes and Kapuso Premier Actress Lovi Poe, who are currently seen on GMA Pinoy TV via the enthralling drama, Ang Dalawang Mrs. Real.

 

Dingdong joined his kababayans abroad at Bolingbrook in Chicago on June 21 for the Philippine Fest Piyesta Pinoy 2014 which included vibrant cultural performances by Filipino-American artists and native dance numbers by young Filipino-Americans dressed in traditional attire. The audience was not disappointed as their favorite Kapuso leading man entertained them with a song number and mingled with his fans all throughout the event.

 

Lovi, on the other hand, livened up the crowd at the “Pinoy Fiesta and Trade Show sa Toronto” last June 28. With a repertoire of local and foreign songs, she serenaded over 7000 Filipino-Canadians who attended the Independence Day celebration. Lovi proved to be a hit with the audience as fans lined up at the GMA booth to meet and take photos with the actress. Those who visited the booth were also treated to GMA Pinoy TV and GMA Life TV merchandise. During her visit, Lovi was also invited to participate in the Ms. Philippines Canada coronation ceremony.

 

Apart from the Independence Day events, GMA International also celebrated the traditional Flores de Mayo festival in Hawaii last May. Kapuso stars Steven Silva and Benjamin Alves participated in the festivities which highlighted the colorful Filipino culture.

 

Through its continued presence overseas, GMA International remains instrumental in cultivating the Filipino spirit wherever a Filipino may be, keeping our kababayans both here and abroad “proudly Pinoy, proudly Kapuso.”

 

For more information on GMA International’s events, artists and programs, visit the website,www.gmanetwork.com/international.

Ang Dalawang Mrs. Real

Ang Dalawang Mrs. Real

Marian Rivera

Marian Rivera

Tom Rodriguez - Carla Abellana

Tom Rodriguez – Carla Abellana

GMA Network sealed the month of June on a positive note as it held on to its lead in Urban Luzon and Mega Manila, citing data from the industry’s most trusted ratings service provider, Nielsen TV Audience Measurement.

 

Urban Luzon and Mega Manila represent 77% and 60%, respectively, of all urban TV households in the country.

 

For the period June 1 to 30 (with the dates of June 26 to 30 based on overnight data), GMA ruled in Urban Luzon with a 34.5% total day household audience share, surpassing ABS-CBN’s 32.7% by 1.8 points, and TV5’s 11.6% by 22.9 points.

 

GMA similarly maintained its lead in total day ratings in Mega Manila with a 35.9% household audience share, up 5.9 points from ABS-CBN’s 30% and up 23.2 points from TV5’s 12.7%. GMA bested ABS across all time blocks in Mega Manila.

 

Furthermore, GMA outnumbered ABS-CBN in the list of the most watched programs (including specials) in both Urban Luzon and Mega Manila, totalling 18 and 20 (out of 30), respectively. Kapuso programs that figured prominently in both the Urban Luzon and Mega Manila lists include Magpakailanman, Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho, 24 Oras, My Love from the Star, Celebrity Bluff and Niño.

 

Likewise making it to both lists are newly launched programs My Destiny, Marian, Ang Dalawang Mrs. Real, and Ismol Family.

 

In over-all NUTAM, GMA grabbed the afternoon block lead from ABS-CBN with a 33.5% household audience share compared to the latter’s 31.9%.

 

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

 

Nielsen data is gathered through a greater number of sampled homes nationwide in comparison to Kantar Media.

 

For more information on GMA International’s events, artists and programs, visit the GMA Network websitewww.gmanetwork.com/international, Facebook pages, www.facebook.com/GMAPinoyTV,www.facebook.com/gmalifetv and www.facebook.com/gmanewsinternational, Twitter pages @GMAPinoyTV and @GMA_LifeTV, and Instagram page, @GMAPinoyTV.