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Heart & Chiz

Heart & Chiz

Heart & Chiz

Heart & Chiz

Heart & Chiz

Heart & Chiz

Heart & Chiz

Heart & Chiz

Feel the romance as GMA Network grants its viewers an all-access pass to the beautiful and breathtaking wedding of Senator Francis ‘Chiz’ Escudero and Heart Evangelista. A two-part special of the couple’s fairytale union will be aired on GMA Pinoy TV on March 7 and 14.


The Kapuso actress has always been a princess looking for her prince. Finally, the long wait is over as she and the senator receive the most blessed Sacrament of Matrimony before God and their loved ones. Their story greatly attests that love conquers all, if only you believe in it. And that in the end, love will always find you no matter what the circumstance.


On March 7, get a preview of the moments of nuptial bliss in the first part of the wedding special dubbed as“Chiz & Heart Love, finally. The Beginning of Forever.” It will feature the very intimate and picture-perfect wedding ceremony attended by the couple’s family members, loved ones and closest friends at Balesin Island Club, a private island resort off the coast of the Quezon province.


Viewers must watch out for the selfie video diaries of the couple talking about their feelings prior their wedding. It will also feature the video diaries of Heart’s bridesmaids from the day of their arrival at Balesin, Heart’s 30thbirthday celebration and despedida de soltera, to the intimate moments of their dream wedding and reception.


Catch the most awaited highlights of the ceremony: the stunning bride walking down the aisle in her timeless and elegant wedding dress, the romantic and heartfelt profession of vows, and their first ever kiss as husband and wife.


Meanwhile, on March 14 comes the second part of the special dubbed as “Chiz & Heart Love, finally. The Wedding Concert.” It will feature the their Manila reception at Blue Leaf Filipinas in Parañaque City, a dinner concert that was attended not only by their respective families and friends but also some of the biggest names in showbiz, business and politics.


So as to bring the Balesin experience closer to home, and to more of their friends, relatives and guests, the venue was decorated with flowers and crystals mirroring the set-up in Balesin. The newlyweds also had another cake cutting and wine toast ceremony. For the first time, Chiz and Heart did the traditional garter/bouquet toss participated in by their closest friends.


The second part will also show on-site videos and never-before released interviews of the couple and their friends.


The program was hosted by Tim Yap and Christian Bautista with performances by Ogie Alcasid, Jaya, Christian, Kris Lawrence, Julie Anne San Jose, Aicelle Santos, Maricris Garcia, Jonalyn Viray, Frencheska Farr and Asia’s Songbird Regine Velasquez-Alcasid, among others.


Do not miss this romantic event in the lives of Chiz and Heart with the two-part wedding special on March 7 and 14 on GMA Pinoy TV.


Catch your favourite shows on GMA Pinoy TV, GMA Life TV and GMA News TV International by checking the airing schedules in your territory through the website

Chiz and Heart with his children

Chiz and Heart with his children

Chiz and Heart with their female sponsors

Chiz and Heart with their female sponsors

Chiz and Heart with their male sponsors

Chiz and Heart with their male sponsors

Chiz leans in to kiss his bride

Chiz leans in to kiss his bride

The newlyweds Chiz and Heart

The newlyweds Chiz and Heart


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BAYAN KO photoAre the Filipinos ready for a drama that tackles issues such as corruption, bureaucracy, malnutrition, illegal logging and political dynasties? Find out this April, when GMA News TV International launches its 1st original series and most ambitious project to date – BAYAN KO.


Inspired by the social realist films of director Lino Brocka, Bayan Ko tells the story of newly elected Mayor Joseph Santiago, who sets out to make a difference in the fictional town of Lagros.


The idealistic Mayor faces roadblocks at every turn.  He must learn to lead lazy and uncooperative municipal employees, change the mindset of a mendicant populace and stand up to a powerful dynasty led by patriarch Governor Antonio Rubio.


Actor Rocco Nacino plays Mayor Joseph, veteran Pen Medina plays the corrupt Governor, Ping Medina is the Congressman, indie film princess Mercedes Cabral the powerful contractor, LJ Reyes the Mayor’s Chief of Staff, while Betong Sumaya and Love Anover take on roles as slacker municipal employees.


Bayan Ko tackles serious matters with a touch of comedy – and an unexpected romance – but its primary goal is to bring political and social issues closer to the heart of viewers locally and abroad.


“We hope that through Bayan Ko, voters realize that good governance is not only possible but crucial to our progress and start to demand better performance from the officials they elect,” says News TV channel head and Bayan Ko creator Nessa Valdellon.


Bayan Ko, a groundbreaking television project and GMA News TV International’s 1st original series, is shot entirely on high definition and unlike most television dramas, goes through the color grading process. It is directed by Adolfo Alix Jr., produced by Eliza Zamora Solis, and written by Rodolfo Vera.


BAYAN KO launches this April 6 on GMA News TV International. Call your preferred pay TV operator to subscribe or visit for more details.

I do not know, if most of you noticed, that the incidence of fires in Metro Manila, and other provinces has been steadily increasing.  This past week alone, there were reported to have been around 10 incidence of fires in Metro Manila alone.  Isn’t it quite coincidental, and convenient?

Some people died in the fires, while hundred of families were left homeless, and left around P5 million in damages per fire, as the fires were mostly in shanties or squatter areas.  And after the fires were put out, here comes the gallant, and honorable politicians, promising to help all of the families affected by the fires.  And they keep saying, that they are not campaigning, but merely helping out the distressed, and just being kind hearted.  But isn’t it convenient that after the elections, these so called gallant, and honorable politicians could not be seen anywhere after the fires have died down? Where is their drive to help the distressed after the election? Has it flown away, like their promises, and propaganda? Or are they too busy filling their own pockets, with the money from government coffers, budgets, or pork barrels, to care anymore?

Plus the cause of these fires, are most of the times, suspicious.  Were they caused intentionally? If they were caused intentionally, what was the motive or objective of the arsonist in question? Were the arsonist hired by these politicians to cause the fire, in order for them to look gallant, and  honorable, in the eyes of the voting public? If this is true, don’t they have any conscience? What if the fire they caused claimed lives, as what happened to one fire in Tondo.  Are our politicians heartless? Or are they just willing to do what has to be done, to look good with the voting public?

I really love the Philippines.  It is the country of my birth.  But sometimes, incidents, and events makes me think.  Am I safe? Is my family safe? Are my relatives safe? Can any politician just kill someone, and get away with it?

I also want to point out, the supposed shootout incident in Quezon province.  Even the Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, doesn’t believe it was a shootout, but a rubout, as per her statement.  From this incident alone, came evidence of similar incidents, perpetrated by the same man.  How come this man, is free despite the numerous questionable cases against him? Is he being protected by someone higher up in the government? Someone in the Senate? Office of the Vice President? Office of the President? Department of the Local and Interior Government? There has been rumors circulating among chat rooms in hushed voices, that the person in question is a hit man of the main controller of the illegal numbers game, Jueteng.  Jueteng is an illegal numbers game, mostly patronized by the poor.  But the income from these illegal number game is not paltry.  It is estimated to run in the hundred of millions per day alone.  You compound that, and it is in the billions of Philippine Pesos in a month.  A sum worthy of killing people over, and over, and pay to cover up the story, so that the general public will hopefully forget about it.

My poor, poor dear countrymen! What is to become of us? I have this usual habit of reading the daily papers, listening to the AM radio, and watching news on television.  And all that I see bade bad news for all of us.

From the news about the elections, to the use of the AES (Automated Election System) or the PCOS (Precinct Count Optical Scan) machine of the COMELEC (Commission on Election), to the unscrupulous tactics of politician vying for position in the coming May 2013 elections, to the various fires that has hit the country, and the pounding of Tropical Depression “Crising” of the Mindanao area.  These news worries me, but not as much as what has transpired and will be transpiring soon.

Just last week, petroleum prices went up by as much as P1.50 per liter, on top of the already expensive petroleum prices.  And just this week, reports or news of an impending energy rate hike approved for this coming March, and the impending water rate hike to be approved for the month of July.  All of these hikes are taking a toll on the Filipino citizenry.  The wages of the ordinary Filipino has not increased in proportion to the increases being implemented by the petroleum, energy, and water conglomerates.  How will we cope with all these hikes coming one after the other?

The increase in petroleum prices, will definitely affect all of us one way or another.  The fares in public transport will definitely increase as well sooner or later.  The prices of basic goods such as vegetables, fish, and meats, will surely increase as well, as the cost of transporting these goods has increased.  The prices of prepared foods will surely increase as well.

The approved energy rate hike for this coming March, will surely add another burden, to the already heavy burden the typical Filipino family is already carrying.  The use of the television, which is the only form of entertainment of most typical Filipino family, will be limited.  The use of the electric fan, the air conditioner, the refrigerator, and other home appliances will also be limited, causing undue inconvenience, and discomfort to all members of the typical Filipino family.

The impending water hike due for July, is another heavy burden.  We, the Filipinos, is one of the most hygienically conscious people in the world.  We regularly take baths, some of whom take two (2) baths a day, to cool ourselves down from the extreme heat of the Philippines.  We regularly brush our teeth from two (2) to three (3) times a day.  We hand wash our clothes daily.   We wash our kitchen utensils pots, and plates, after every meal.  The use of the bathroom is common among all households, to relieve ourselves.  All of these requires the use of water.

The thing that irate me is the wages/salary of the typical Filipino, does not increase as much as the increase in the prices of these utilities.  The already tight budget of the typical Filipino household, would be even more tighter with the introduction of these price hikes.

I pity the typical Filipino family.  I pity all of us.  Only a few of us are unaffected by these price hikes.  But the majority of us, the 99%, will surely cringe, and suffer.  Why is the government doing nothing, to help alleviate the lives of the majority, the 99% of the Filipino? Are we not important enough to be given notice? Are we minuscule to be noticed? Are our sufferings too little to be significant enough? When will our government act? When shall we taste an easier, more convenient, and more relaxing life? Will we taste it when we are dead or dying?

Its time for our government to act.  Its time for us to wake up! Its time for us to choose the people, who will lead us to a more greener pasture, a more easier, a more convenient, and a more relaxing life! Wake up Filipino!

I have traveled a lot, to different countries/cities, and I have notice that there is great disparity between us, and some of our closest neighbors.

We are being left behind by our neighbors. Let me sight some examples. In Hong Kong, there are free wi-fi connections in public areas, such as public parks, and public libraries. Even buses have free wi-fi connection, although you have to accept the terms and conditions to access the free wi-fi connection. In Hong Kong and Singapore, the public transportation system is impeccable. The trains are clean, on time, and well ventilated. There is seldom traffic congestions in the roads. Safety, and cleanliness, are perfect. You can walk around in the wee hours of the morning, and you would not be scared of getting mugged or hold up.

We shouldn’t allow ourself to be left behind. We should accept technology, and the advancement it provides us.

We should have had an internet capable government offices, if the ZTE broadband deal was to have been completed, but due to the discrepancies, and the uncovered corruption of the Arroyo administration, the deal was dropped.

We should have quality roads and infrastructures, due to the donations and assistance of our neighbors such as Japan, but due to corruption, and self enrichment, we are left with dilapidated roads and infrastructures.

We should as a people, be wary of the people who govern us. We should be wary of the mistakes they have committed in the past, and not forget it. We should not vote for those who should not be voted. We should as a people guard our freedom, our future, and our country from enemies not only foreign, but also domestic. We should vote for what is right! We should vote for politicians, who will bring about positive changes to our country, bring advancement in technology, mass transportation, health care, and other fields. We should vote for politicians, who will give us jobs, food for our table, shelter for our families, and education for our children.

Make the change you want want to be! Start it with you!

Since the May 2013 elections are in a few months from now, there has been chatter on the internet, radio, and television, about political dynasties.

Some of are split with political dynasties.  Some are for it, and some are against it.  For me, I say it depends on the political dynasties agenda.  If a political dynasties agenda, is to stay in power, enrich themselves through corruption, or protect their business interest, them I am against it.  But if the political dynasties agenda is to continue the good work of the predecessor, to enrich the lives of the people it serves, and to improve the stability and integrity of its constituency, them I am for it.

Political dynasties are old news.  In the United States, political dynasties are common, run of the mill subjects.  To name a few famous political dynasties, such as the Kennedy’s, and the Bush’s.  People in the United States doesn’t have anything against these political dynasties, because they know these political dynasties, are there to be of service to the people, and not to serve themselves.

I say that we should leave it to the people, to choose either to vote for or against political dynasties, in the coming May 2013 elections.  The constituents knows better, as the outcome of the elections, and their support or their dismay with political dynasties, as it would surely affect their lives.

I say we are old enough, wise enough to think of the outcome, and how the outcome could turn for the better or worse.  I just want to call on all of us to vote.  Vote this coming May 2013 elections, and choose your votes wisely.

In my previous blogs, I have pointed out the benefits of technology in our daily lives.  Now with this blog I am pointing out how technology can affect, the stability of the country, and also the lives of its citizen.  The advent of technology has made our lives easier.  From smartphones, which we depend not only to make calls but also to take picture and upload them to our Facebook or Instagram, to smart TV’s, which not only shows us TV shows but also allows us to surf the web, to smart appliances, such as smart fridge which not only keeps our food fresh but also informs you by sending you an SMS, when you are running low on eggs, milk, or orange juice for your next grocery shopping.

Now I am blogging about how technology can adversely affect the stability of the country, and affect our lives as well.  The 2013 election is coming.  This election is where we vote for Congressmen, Senator, and local officials, who would be the ones coming up with laws, and pass bills, which would either make our lives easier or harder.  The COMELEC (Commission on Election) said they would be using AES (Automated Election System), to make the elections automated, easier, and safer.  But there has been news circulating that the AES is not yet perfected, and has flaws/bugs.  It is also touted to be hack free, but that information also seems to be false as well.  Will we be relying the future of our country, our children, our lives on this untested technology? Don’t get me wrong, I am not against the advancement of technology, and it’s benefits, but if the technology has not been tested and would affect all of our lives, then I am against it.

GOVT Watch 1That is why, I firmly believe in the advocacies of, Mr. Raul T. Concepcion, which is the GOVT Watch.  Would the use of the AES bring about clean and honest elections in the coming May 13, 2013 elections? I am asking you, readers of my blog, to send your views and comments to the details provided above.

Take your stand and show that you care! Care for yourself, your children, your future, and the country! Let us show the government, that we want to be part of the change of this country! A change for the better!