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Tommy Abuel

Tommy Abuel

Zoren Legaspi

Zoren Legaspi

Tom and Megan

Tom and Megan

Tom and Megan

Tom and Megan

Tom and Megan

Tom and Megan

Tom Rodriguez

Tom Rodriguez

Tom and Megan

Tom and Megan

Tom and Megan

Tom and Megan

Tom Rodriguez

Tom Rodriguez

Ricardo Cepeda

Ricardo Cepeda

Megan Young

Megan Young

Megan Young

Megan Young

Lauren Young

Lauren Young

Nova Villa

Nova Villa

Jaya

Jaya

Jaclyn Jose

Jaclyn Jose

Ina Raymundo

Ina Raymundo

Frank Magalona

Frank Magalona

Dion Ignacio

Dion Ignacio

Carmi Martin

Carmi Martin

Candy Pangilinan

Candy Pangilinan

Alice Dixson

Alice Dixson

One of the highly-anticipated programs this 2015, GMA Network reimagines television history’s most successful telenovela, Marimar, with the sizzling team up of Kapuso prime artists Tom Rodriguez and Megan Young. The primetime series begins August 25 on GMA Pinoy TV.

Giving a fresh take on the role of Sergio Santibañez is Kapuso Prime leading man, Tom. With his devilishly good looks and compelling charisma, there is no doubt that the Kapuso prime leading man will have viewers swooning.

Coming from the wealthy Santibañez family, Sergio is a spoiled trust fund kid who loves extreme sports and adventure. One day, he meets Marimar and decides to use her to get his inheritance from his father. Little did he know that he will soon fall for the girl who he once used for his selfish plan.

Bringing life anew to the iconic character that exemplifies the best traits of the Filipina barrio lass is Kapuso multi-talented actress, Megan. She is definitely a fitting choice for the character as she represents a woman who is brave with her sense of purpose and has conquered the world with her countenance.

Despite being separated from her real parents at a young age, Marimar was raised filled with love by a couple who found her. Modest and carefree as she’s known to be, Marimar makes money out of being a pearl diver. To sell her pearls in the island, she dances her signature moves to get people’s attention. It is through this instance that Marimar will be noticed by Sergio.

Witness another dimension of acting prowess as Marimar brings together a roster of A-list actors and actresses including Ms. Jaclyn Jose as Señora Angelika Santibañez, the outrageously extravagant and flamboyantly dressed second wife of Renato who likes attention and loves being the center of it all; Zoren Legaspi as Gustavo Aldama, the biological father of Marimar who chooses to fight his love for Mia despite his family’s objection; Lauren Young as Antonia, the pretentious socialite daughter of Angelika who will join her mother in depriving Marimar of everything that was rightfully hers; and the returning Kapuso, Ms. Alice Dixson, as Mia Aldama, the biological mother of Marimar who becomes determined in life after having a whirlwind romance with Gustavo.

Marimar also takes pride in bringing to life once again colorful characters to be portrayed by Nova Villa as Lola Cruz, the woman who gives shelter to Marimar and treats her as her own child; Tommy Abuel as Lola Pancho, the husband of Lola Cruz who will teach Marimar how to dive for pearls; Carmi Martin as Esperanza Aldama, the fabulous business-minded cousin of Gustavo; Ina Raymundo as Brenda, a social and sophisticated woman who will try her best to win Gustavo back; Dion Ignacio as Nicandro, the crooked and dishonest staff officer on the Santibañez Island who is envious of Sergio; Ricardo Cepeda as Renato Santibañez, the kind-hearted and responsible father of Sergio; Jaya as Corazon, the trustworthy chambermaid of the Santibañez family; Cris Villanueva as Padresito Porres, the witty and kind-hearted priest on the island who always encourages Marimar to pursue her dreams; Candy Pangilinan as Perfecta, the personal assistant of Angelika and the greatest rival of Corazon in the mansion; Frank Magalona as Franco, the outspoken companion of Sergio; Ashley Cabrera as Cruzita Santibañez, the charming sister of Sergio who will get close to Marimar; plus Boobay who will give voice to the adorable dog, Fulgoso.

From making the hit TV series, The Rich Man’s Daughter, My Husband’s Lover, Darna, Mulawin, My Beloved, and Temptation of Wife, just to name a few, Dominic Zapata is more than ready to offer viewers a refreshing take on this riveting primetime series.

Aiming to inspire every Filipina to become the best version of herself while fulfilling her dreams, witness the journey of Marimar beginning August 25 on GMA Pinoy TV.

AlDub has viewers all over the world glued to Eat Bulaga, which airs worldwide on GMA Pinoy TV (photo courtesy of Maine Mendoza's instagram account)

AlDub has viewers all over the world glued to Eat Bulaga, which airs worldwide on GMA Pinoy TV (photo courtesy of Maine Mendoza’s instagram account)

Jose Manalo's character Frankie Arenolli with Yaya Dub (photo courtesy of Maine Mendoza's instagram account)

Jose Manalo’s character Frankie Arenolli with Yaya Dub (photo courtesy of Maine Mendoza’s instagram account)

Alden Richards tweeted Yaya Dub after the incident last Saturday 'Akala ko eto na yung tamang panahon. Get well soon.' (photo courtesy of Alden Richards' instagram account)

Alden Richards tweeted Yaya Dub after the incident last Saturday ‘Akala ko eto na yung tamang panahon. Get well soon.’ (photo courtesy of Alden Richards’ instagram account)

Filipinos across the globe enjoy and experience intense kilig with Alden Richards and Yaya Dub (Maine Mendoza) in the first ever kalyeserye on the longest-runningnoon time show in the Philippines, Eat Bulaga.

 

Their record-breaking tandem, widely known as “AlDub”, started to gain popularity during an episode last July, when Yaya Dub got distracted with Alden who was focused on the split screen. It was not long after that AlDub’s story progressed, and became the talk on social media, not to mention bringing Eat Bulaga to even greater heights in terms of nationwide ratings.

 

During AlDub’s segment last Saturday, August 8, Yaya Dub passed out due to fatigue while supposedly about to get married to Jose Manalo’s character Frankie Arenolli. Jose, together with Wally and the whole production staff, took hold of the situation in a professional manner and kept the show going, while making sure to aide Maine. She was rushed to the hospital and the show continued without her.

 

Later during the day, Maine posted on her Instagram a photo of her with the caption saying that she was not feeling well since the morning. “We’re too busy preparing for the segment that I forgot to take my meds. That’s probably the reason why I passed out during our cue. None of it was scripted. I was immediately rushed to the hospital so I can have myself checked. But nothing to worry, they said it’s all because of over fatigue. Super appreciate all the love and concern from everyone! Rampa na ulit si Yaya Dub!”

 

Meanwhile, Alden was supposed to rush to the wedding to meet Yaya Dub. He tweeted Yaya Dub and said, “Akala ko eto na yung tamang panahon. Get well soon.”

 

AlDub trended all over social media because of this event, and viewers have never been more excited for the love team’s long awaited meeting.

 

GMA’s international flagship channel, GMA Pinoy TV, opens doors for AlDub fans overseas to watch Eat Bulaga and fully experience the fun and excitement of Alden and Yaya Dub’s entertainment.

 

GMA Pinoy TV is currently available in various continents and countries all over the world, making sure to serve Filipinos abroad and bring them closer to home with their favorite GMA programming.

Willie Revillame

Willie Revillame

Willie Revillame - Presscon Photos

Willie Revillame – Presscon Photos

Willie Revillame - Presscon Photos

Willie Revillame – Presscon Photos

Wowowin Girls

Wowowin Girls

Wowowin

Wowowin

Viewers of the undisputed variety-game show Wowowin will get to experience more fun as the program airs on an extended timeslot beginning August 9.

 

Kapuso host Willie Revillame combines the fun, suspense, and excitement every Sunday. In the program, there will be two main games and each game will have an elimination and a jackpot round.

 

The first game Bigyan ng Jacket Yan is for the studio audience wherein five of them will be chosen to participate. They will be asked several questions and the player who gets the wrong answer will be eliminated. The last player standing will proceed to the jackpot round Jacket Jackpot and have the chance to win bigger prizes.

 

Meanwhile, his staple segment Willie of Fortune is considered to be the program’s heart and soul. In the game, three teams which will be asked several trivia questions from different categories or guess the title of the song. The first team who earns five points will proceed to the jackpot round called The Wil to Win. The winning team will have the chance to win 1 million pesos, a brand new car or a house and lot.

 

With an extended timeslot, Willie expresses his sincerest gratitude to the people who never fail to support him. Noon pa man ay handog ko na ang Wowowin sa mga taong walang tigil na sumusuporta sa atin, kaya para sa kanila ay wala rin tayong tigil sa pagtulong at sa pagbibigay kasiyahan. Nakakatuwa na mapapanood na nila kami sa mas maaga at mas mahabang timeslot dahil paniguradong mas marami pang kasiyahan at papremyong hatid ang programa.”

 

Enjoy all the surprises and don’t miss Wowowin every Sunday on GMA Pinoy TV.

Aiai delas Alas

Aiai delas Alas

Aiai delas Alas

Aiai delas Alas

Alden Richards

Alden Richards

Alden Richards

Alden Richards

Barbie Forteza

Barbie Forteza

Barbie Forteza

Barbie Forteza

Jerald Napoles

Jerald Napoles

Jerald Napoles

Jerald Napoles

Joey Paras

Joey Paras

Joey Paras

Joey Paras

Jose Manalo

Jose Manalo

Jose Manalo

Jose Manalo

Julie Anne San Jose

Julie Anne San Jose

Julie Anne San Jose

Julie Anne San Jose

Marian Rivera

Marian Rivera

Marian Rivera

Marian Rivera

Valeen Montenegro

Valeen Montenegro

Valeen Montenegro

Valeen Montenegro

Wally Bayola

Wally Bayola

Wally Bayola

Wally Bayola

On August 9, GMA Network raises the bar in Philippine entertainment with the premiere of its newest comedy-musical variety program Sunday PinaSaya on its flagship international channel, GMA Pinoy TV.

 

The program redefines the usual variety show, as it offers viewers unique production numbers featuring the hottest celebrities, comedy sketches and fun-filled games. It also unites the country’s biggest names in showbiz – Philippine Comedy Queen Aiai delas Alas, well-loved comic tandem Jose Manalo andWally Bayola, and Kapuso Primetime Queen Marian Rivera.

 

Ai-Ai admits that she couldn’t wait for the show to start. “Sabi ko, parang, ‘game na ba ‘to? Kailan na ba magsisimula?’ Tapos ayan na, game na talaga. Excited ako kasi this show is comedy-based. Patatawanin muna namin kayo bago namin kayo mas lalong pasasayahin sa hatid naming mga papremyo. At marami pa rin silang dapat abangan na mga bonggang performances mula sa kanilang mga paboritong artista. [I said to myself, ‘Is this really it? When will it start?’ And then they said it was a go. I’m excited because this show is comedy-based. We’ll make you laugh first before we make you even happier with prizes. They can look forward to more great performances from their favorite artists.]

 

Meanwhile, Marian is excited for the program as it promises a new Sunday variety show experience, “Patatawanin namin sila, magbibigay kami ng papremyo, at makikita nila ang iba’t ibang klaseng talento ng mga cast dito. At ang maganda sa Sunday PinaSaya, hindi lang kami yung makakasama nila dito dahilevery Sunday ay may mga Kapuso tayo na pwedeng mag-guest sa show. So everybody’s welcome sa Sunday PinaSaya. [We’ll make them laugh, we’ll give prizes and they’ll be able to see the various talents of the cast. The great thing about Sunday PinaSaya is that it’s not just the hosts that they get to see every week, but they can also watch other Kapuso artists as guests on the show. So everybody’s welcome on Sunday PinaSaya.]”

 

Expect nothing but the best banters and funny antics from Alden Richards, Julie Anne San Jose, Barbie Forteza, Joey Paras, Valeen Montenegroand Jerald Napoles, who will also bring more fun to the show.

 

On its pilot episode, over 10 million worth of prizes are to be given away, tax free.

 

Don’t miss the much-awaited premiere of the newest and trendiest comedy-musical variety show this Sunday on GMA Pinoy TV, because Sundays are fun days with Sunday PinaSaya!

 

To see your favourite Kapuso shows on GMA Pinoy TV, GMA Life TV and GMA News TV International, check the airing schedules in your territory through the website www.gmanetwork.com/international/programguide.

Julie Ann San Jose

Julie Ann San Jose

At the young age of 21, Asia’s Pop Sweetheart Julie Anne San Jose has already hit the high notes when it comes to her career.

 

The Kapuso star has her hands full with three regular shows – Sunday All Stars, Pepito Manaloto, and GMA News TV’s Day Off – plus an upcoming afternoon soap Buena Familia, which is set to premiere this July.

 

Julie Anne will play the role of 19-year-old Darling Buena in the forthcoming series opposite Jake Vargas.  “’Yung story pong Buena Familia, nasa upper class ‘yung family naming tapos maghihirap kami,” she said during a recent interview.

 

Asked to share a bit more about her role, Julie Anne said: “Hindi siyasobrang mahinhin. Hindi siya pa-cute. Mahilig siyang lumabas at mag-shopping. Tapos very artistic din siya. Mahilig siyang kumanta at mag-play ng instruments.”

 

With a successful career under her belt, how does Julie Anne juggle her time? “Time management lang. Kasi for me, as long as you love what you’re doing and as long as you’re passionate about your craft, hinding-hindi ka mapapagod. Hindi ko po iniisip ‘yun kasi happy naman po ako sa mga ginagawako, love ko ‘yung ginagawa ko, love ko ‘yung trabaho ko,” she explained.

 

Meanwhile, one more thing that will surely take up most of her time come August is her studies. An AB Communication Arts student of Angelicum College in Quezon City, Julie Anne plans to take up a full course load and wishes to graduate next year so as to make her parents proud.

 

“Kailangan mataas ‘yung grades kasi last semester, Dean’s lister ako. So sabi ko, masarap sa feeling. Saka siyempre, sa mga magulang mo, masarap ‘yung feeling na ibabalita mo sa kanila na ‘okay naman po ako sa school,’” she shared.

 

Catch more of Julie Anne in Buena Familia premiering soon on GMA’s flagship international channel, GMA Pinoy TV.

Alden Richards with the PIDC Carson crowd 1

Alden Richards with the PIDC Carson crowd 1

Alden Richards with the PIDC Carson crowd 2

Alden Richards with the PIDC Carson crowd 2

Alden was presented with certificates from the US Congress, State of California Senate, and City of Carson

Alden was presented with certificates from the US Congress, State of California Senate, and City of Carson

Alden with his kababayans at the Pagdiriwang 2015 in Seattle 1

Alden with his kababayans at the Pagdiriwang 2015 in Seattle 1

Alden with his kababayans at the Pagdiriwang 2015 in Seattle 2

Alden with his kababayans at the Pagdiriwang 2015 in Seattle 2

Betong Sumaya Jr. performs onstage

Betong Sumaya Jr. performs onstage

Betong Sumaya Jr. takes selfie with PIDC Dubai crowd

Betong Sumaya Jr. takes selfie with PIDC Dubai crowd

GMA Pinoy TV booth at the Mabuhay Festival 2015

GMA Pinoy TV booth at the Mabuhay Festival 2015

Heart Evangelista was given a warm welcome by Filipino-Canadians at the Pinoy Fiesta and Trade Show sa Toronto

Heart Evangelista was given a warm welcome by Filipino-Canadians at the Pinoy Fiesta and Trade Show sa Toronto

Heart performs a song number for her kababayans

Heart performs a song number for her kababayans

Heart poses with the winners of Miss Teen Philippines Canada

Heart poses with the winners of Miss Teen Philippines Canada

Heart takes a selfie with her kababayans at the Pinoy Fiesta and Trade Show sa Toronto

Heart takes a selfie with her kababayans at the Pinoy Fiesta and Trade Show sa Toronto

Heart together with the hosts of the Pinoy Fiesta and Trade Show sa Toronto

Heart together with the hosts of the Pinoy Fiesta and Trade Show sa Toronto

Lovi Poe at the Philippine Embassy in Hateen

Lovi Poe at the Philippine Embassy in Hateen

Lovi Poe onstage 2

Rochelle Pangilinan performs onstage

Rochelle Pangilinan performs onstage

Rochelle Pangilinan with Rose Garreth

Rochelle Pangilinan with Rose Garreth

Following the success of Kapusong Pinoy concerts in Vancouver and Anaheim recently, GMA International continues to ignite the Filipino spirit around the world through its participation in various events celebrating the Philippines’ 117th Independence Day this June.

 

“It has been ten fruitful years of bringing Filipinos abroad closer to home through our flagship international channel GMA Pinoy TV and we look forward to many more years of serving our kababayans abroad,” expresses GMA Vice President and Head of International Operations Joseph T. Francia. “We will continue to instill and nurture a sense of pride and love for country among our fellow Filipinos abroad through our programs on GMA Pinoy TV, GMA Life TV and GMA News TV-International and on-ground events,” he adds.

 

The series of patriotic events opened with the Philippine Independence Day celebration in Carson City, California on June 6, graced by one of GMA’s top leading men Alden Richards. The event was organized by the Philippine Independence Day Foundation (PIDF, Inc.) of Carson in cooperation with the Cities of Carson and Los Angeles.

 

Alden, who was also one of the featured artists in the recent Kapusong Pinoy events in North America, once again charmed the audience and was presented three certificates of recognition by the Mayor Pro Tem and Grand Marshall Elito Santarino.

 

Simultaneously, Pagdiriwang 2015 spearheaded by the Filipino Cultural Heritage Society of Washington (FCHSW) was held in Seattle, Washington on June 6 and 7. Alden also joined the celebration and interacted with our kababayans during the meet-and-greet session on the second day.

 

Sa lahat po ng mga Kapuso nating nakisaya sa Carson at Seattle, thank you very much from the bottom of my heart, and in line with the celebration of 10thanniversary of GMA Pinoy TV, maraming, maraming salamat po, sana napaligaya namin kayo, and we hope to see all of you again next year! God bless you, mga Kapuso!” says Alden.

 

Meanwhile, Mabuhay Festival 2015 organized by the Mabuhay Foundation was held in San Diego, California on June 13. The event was a family affair and GMA Pinoy TV’s photo booth became a hit among them. Photos from these events can be shared and downloaded at GMA Pinoy TV’s Facebook page,www.facebook.com/GMAPinoyTV.

 

Apart from the celebrations in the US, the Pinoy Fiesta and Trade Show in Toronto held its successful 5th year anniversary celebration last June 27. And just like the past 4 years, thousands of Kapuso in Canada joined the celebration.

 

Kapuso actress Heart Evangelista graced the event, and received a warm welcome from the crowd who came despite heavy rains. “Miss na kayo ng Pinas mga kapuso! Maraming salamat! Sana po nag enjoy kayo. Sa uulitin,” posted Heart on her Instagram account.

 

Organized by the Philippine Canadian Charitable Foundation (PCCF), the event was attended by thousands of event-goers including dignitaries – ministers, senators and members of Parliament, Philippine Ambassador to Canada Petronila P. Garcia, and Toronto Mayor John Tory.

 

 

From North America to the Middle East

 

Aside from the festivities in North America, GMA International also participated in celebrations in UAE and Kuwait.

 

On June 12, dance diva Rochelle Pangilinan and Survivor Philippines: Celebrity Doubles Showdown Winner Betong Sumaya joined the celebrations in Dubai, UAE organized by the Philippine Independence Day Organizing Committee led by the Office of the Philippine Consulate General. The event was jam-packed with 4,000 of our kababayans, who enjoyed performances by Rochelle, Betong and our very talented Dubai-based Filipino artists. The GMA Pinoy TV booth also stood out as games like Pinoy Henyo, Dice, and GPTV Q&A’s drew in crowds of Kapuso fans.

 

After the show, Rochelle got a chance to meet one of her Dubai-based fans, Mrs. Rose Garreth, who was in tears upon meeting her idol. It was such a heart-warming moment which Rochelle was also able to share with her followers on Instagram. “Maishare ko lang po ang napakasayang karanasan, nung makita ko siya, naiyak siya nung makita ako, natulala ako sa kanya, nung niyakap ko siya, tuwang tuwa siya at ako naman ang naiyak. Ang nasabi ko na lang sa sarili [ko], thank you God sa talentong ibinigay mo, nakakapagpasaya pala ako ng tao katulad ni ate Rose!” she relates.

 

Betong, on the other hand recalls the “amazing” journey he had in Dubai. “Performing and seeing our kababayans in Dubai up close and personal is an experience I’ll never forget,” he says.

 

On the same day, another celebration in the UAE took place as Musika at Tawanan 5, mounted by the Alliance of Filipino Organizations in Kuwait (ALLFILL-OK) in cooperation with the Philippine Embassy, kicked off in Kuwait. Kapuso Premier actress Lovi Poe was present and performed song numbers much to the delight of the audience. She was able to visit the Philippine Consular and Overseas Labor Offices, gamely took pictures with our kababayans and even had impromptu performances. In one particular venue, our kababayans were in tears as Lovi sang “Habang May Buhay.”

“My trip to Kuwait was truly an eye-opening experience. I got to spend time with all of these wonderful people who are unfortunately going through a tough time.Sana lahat tayo ay ipagdasal sila dahil isa lang ang hangad nila ngayon – ang maka uwi na sila sa kanilang mga pamilya,” shares Lovi with her Instagram followers.

 

 

More Pinoy celebrations are underway

 

GMA International’s support of Pinoy fiestas abroad will continue throughout the year.

 

The 6th Annual Tribute to the Philippines will be held the this month from July 17 to 19 at the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace, Ocean City, New Jersey, USA. This event will feature a trade fair where Philippine products, foods, services, and tourism information are sold and displayed.

 

Come August 1 and 2, the 10th Annual Adobo Festival will be held at the Kennedy Park in Union City, California. This event is expected to draw in Filipino families at the Bay Area and participate in the much-awaited adobo cook-off contest, various activity booths and live entertainment.

 

Indeed, GMA International does not only bring Filipinos abroad closer to their home country, but also continues to uphold national pride and patriotism across the world.

 

For updates on GMA Network’s artists, programs, international channels and events, visit the website www.gmanetwork.com/international, Facebook pageswww.facebook.com/GMAPinoyTV, www.facebook.com/gmalifetv, and www.facebook.com/gmanewsinternational, Twitter pages @gmapinoytv, @gma_lifetv, and @gmanewstvintl and Instagram account @gmapinoytv.

Barbie and Thea

Barbie and Thea

Michael V

Michael V

Gabbi and Ruru

Gabbi and Ruru

Dingdong Dantes

Dingdong Dantes

Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho

Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho

24 Oras

24 Oras

GMA Network kept its winning streak in the viewer-rich areas of Urban Luzon and Mega Manila in June, according to data from the industry’s widely trusted ratings service provider Nielsen TV Audience Measurement.

 

Urban Luzon and Mega Manila, represent 77 and 59 percent, respectively, of all urban TV households in the country.

 

During the covered period (with the dates of June 21 to 30 based on overnight data), GMA continued to dominate the ratings in Urban Luzon as it registered a 35.3 percent total day household audience share, beating ABS-CBN’s 33.5 percent by 1.8 points and TV5’s 8.1 percent by 27.2 points.

 

The trend continued in Mega Manila, where in GMA registered 37.1 percent, ahead of ABS-CBN’s 29.8 percent by 7.3 points and of TV5’s 8.7 percent by 28.4 points. GMA was ahead of competition across all dayparts in Mega Manila.

 

In NUTAM (National Urban Television Audience Measurement) ratings, GMA maintained its lead in the afternoon block with 35.6 percent versus ABS-CBN’s 34.1 percent and TV5’s 7.8 percent.

 

Compared to its closest rival, more programs from GMA occupied the list of top programs in Urban Luzon and Mega Manila (without specials) with Magpakailanman leading the roster of Kapuso shows in both areas. The weekly drama anthology hosted by Mel Tiangco was also highest-rating Kapuso program in NUTAM in June.

 

Aside from Magpakailanman, other GMA programs that registered high ratings for the month were Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho, Pepito Manaloto, Kapuso Movie Festival, Pari ‘Koy, The Half Sisters, Celebrity Bluff, 24 Oras, Ismol Family, Eat Bulaga, and Let the Love Begin. 

 

GMA likewise continued to add to its string of awards as it bagged top honors from various local and international award-giving bodies such as the 2015 US International Film and Video Festival, AIBD World TV Awards, PANAta Marketing Effectiveness Awards, Asia-Pacific Tambuli Awards, 38th Gawad Urian, PEP List Year 2, and most recently the Reader’s Digest Trusted Brand Awards.