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Jessica Soho

Jessica Soho

Award winning GMA News personality Kara David

Award winning GMA News personality Kara David

I JUANDER Susan Enriquez

I JUANDER Susan Enriquez

I JUANDER Cesar Apolinario

I JUANDER Cesar Apolinario

Philippine broadcast giant GMA Network delivers the latest news and information from the country straight to Hong Kong with the launch of its international news and public affairs channel, GMA News TV International, through the carrier now TV beginning June 2.

 

“This year marks GMA International’s 10th year of bringing Filipinos abroad closer to home,” says GMA Vice President and Head of International Operations Joseph T. Francia. “As we celebrate this milestone, we continue to uphold our commitment to bring quality Kapuso programming to a wider audience,” he adds.

 

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, provided by the Network’s multi-awarded news personalities and top-rated programs.

 

Among these are its flagship newscast State of the Nation with Jessica Soho, hosted by Peabody award winner and highly regarded broadcast journalist Jessica Soho, which features in-depth analyses on current issues.

 

The only show of its kind currently on Philippine TV – Investigative Documentaries, hosted by Malou Mangahas solidly follows the paper trail behind issues every week. Investigative Documentaries assesses the performance of political clans, studies the impact of government policies and investigates corruption.

 

Powerhouse, hosted by award-winning journalist Kara David, gives the public never before seen access into the private lives – and homes – of the country’s most powerful individuals.

 

I Juander led by Susan Enriquez and Cesar Apolinario, has captured viewers’ hearts with its unforgettable social experiments and its entertaining discussion of Filipino culture, food, traditions and superstitions.

 

Game-changing weekend documentary programs Reel Time and Front Row tackle poverty and social ills, telling the raw stories of the subjects themselves, using no hosts or voice-overs.

 

Moreover, GMA News TV International offers live telecasts of the latest news coverage and breaking news from the Philippines.

 

With this new launch, GMA International, the business unit that manages the operation and distribution of GMA’s international channels, strengthens its partnership with now TV and distributes GMA Pinoy TV, GMA’s flagship international channel, and GMA Life TV, GMA’s international lifestyle channel, in Hong Kong.

 

Ms. Loke Kheng Tham, PCCW’s Executive Vice President of Pay TV, said: “We are delighted to provide Pinoys in Hong Kong with their favorite home country channels exclusively on now TV, as part of the Filipino Pack.” She added: “Now TV is Hong Kong’s largest pay-TV provider, offering more than 190 top-class channels to 1.2 million customers. Adding GMA News TV International to our lineup further demonstrates now TV’s commitment to providing all customers with a wide range of content choices. On this occasion, we are very pleased to serve Hong Kong’s Pinoy community with comprehensive Filipino programming.”

 

The GMA channels are included in The Filipino Pack, which is priced at priced at HKD 108 per month. GMA Pinoy TV and GMA Life TV are also available for individual subscription. To subscribe, interested parties may call 2888 0008 and press 2 or visit www.nowtv.now.com

 

Kapuso viewers abroad can catch the latest updates from GMA International channels by visiting the website www.gmanetwork.com/international, Facebook pageswww.facebook.com/GMAPinoyTV, www.facebook.com/gmalifetv, and, www.facebook.com/gmanewsinternational, and Twitter pages @GMAPinoyTV and @GMA_LifeTV.

Ivan Mayrina anchors #GMAnewsfeed on Facebook

Ivan Mayrina anchors #GMAnewsfeed on Facebook

What happens when traditional newscast merges with today’s technology?  The result will be a very convenient news program for people on the go. Enter GMA News’ #GMAnewsfeed—the first-ever Facebook-only newscast in the Philippines.

 

Anchored by broadcast journalist Ivan Mayrina, #GMAnewsfeed is a two-minute newscast that offers a quick recap of the day’s most important news and trending stories. #GMAnewsfeed was launched last May 11, at 9 p.m. on the GMA News Facebook page (facebook.com/gmanews).

 

Produced by GMA News, the same team that created original Facebook contents like Ask Away and Sparring Session during the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight, #GMAnewsfeed is designed specifically for the country’s more than 32 million mobile Facebook users.

 

#GMAnewsfeed is part of GMA Network’s efforts to adapt to the constantly changing media landscape. It aims to reach not only the millenials and yuppies, but also viewers across age groups.

 

GMA News, which inspired Filipino netizens to “Think Before You Click” and be #IMReady, remains a social media leader in the Philippines. It is the country’s most-followed news organization on Twitter (twitter.com/gmanews) with 2.93 million followers.

 

Its Facebook page, with 4.8 million likes, is also among the top pages in the country. With 120 thousand users following GMA News’ public chat, it is also the top Philippine news organization on Viber. GMA News is also on Instagram (instagram.com/gmanews) and FireChat (firech.at/gmanews).

GMA Network Chairman and CEO Felipe L. Gozon at the Company’s Annual Stockholders’ Meeting held today, May 20, at the GMA Network Studios in Quezon City. Above photo also shows GMA directors Michael John R. Duavit and Anna Teresa Gozon-Abrogar.

GMA Network Chairman and CEO Felipe L. Gozon at the Company’s Annual Stockholders’ Meeting held today, May 20, at the GMA Network Studios in Quezon City. Above photo also shows GMA directors Michael John R. Duavit and Anna Teresa Gozon-Abrogar.

 

(Quezon City, Philippines) – GMA Network is pulling all stops to secure its dominant position in the broadcast industry, according to the Company’s Chairman and CEO Felipe L. Gozon.

 

In his report during the company’s annual stockholders’ meeting on May 20 (Wednesday), Gozon announced that, despite strategic efforts to manage costs last year, they remained committed in ensuring their competitiveness.

 

“Thanks to a thorough review of our business needs vis-a-vis our capabilities, and the industry situation as a whole, all transmitter and other upgrades that were already in the pipeline were still implemented despite our belt-tightening,” he said.

 

Moreover, the Network continued to enhance its capacity to produce content in high definition in relation to the eventual shift from analog to digital TV.

 

“Our bigger studios in our Quezon City headquarters were also upgraded to high definition. Likewise, all our OB van facilities have been wired with new broadcast peripherals and are now capable of multi-format including HD recording,” Gozon said.

 

In relation to the Network’s financial performance, Gozon assured stockholders that the company’s fundamentals remain “sound and good.”

 

GMA ended 2014 with an EBITDA of P2.925 billion while consolidated net income settled at P1.010 billion primarily due to the absence of political ads.

 

Meanwhile, other business units and subsidiaries of the Network posted positive results, recording total revenues of P1.304 billion or 7 percent higher compared to 2013.

 

For 2015, Gozon affirmed that the company is focused on growing and strengthening the business. “We are ready to move forward, armed with our plans to further expand or improve all areas of our business,” he said noting on strong indications that 2015 will be a much better year for the company.

 

“To be sure, our net income for the first quarter of 2015 was already 25 percent more than our net income in the first quarter of 2014,” announced Gozon.

 

The Network previously reported that revenues for the first three months improved by 5 percent to P3.006 billion mainly on higher airtime sales from Channel 7, GMA News TV and GMA Radio.

 

Operating expenses slightly went up by 3 percent to P2.432 billion while EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) settled at P986 million, up 20 percent from last year.

 

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.

Engr. Elvis B. Ancheta, Senior Vice President and Head of the Engineering Group

Engr. Elvis B. Ancheta, Senior Vice President and Head of the Engineering Group

Broadcast giant GMA Network led in an independent study measuring digital TV presence in the country, affirming the robust coverage of the Network’s digital TV signal.

 

The study, which was conducted by local smartphone and tablet manufacturer Starmobile, revealed that GMA 1SEG and GMA News TV were available in 10 out of the 14 test locations in Metro Manila.

 

Other channels surveyed were ABS-CBN, ABS-CBN Sports, TV5, and AKSYON TV, among others.

 

“The results of the study confirm our readiness for the eventual shift to Digital TV,” says Engr. Elvis B. Ancheta, GMA Senior Vice President for Engineering.

 

In compliance with the directive of the National Telecommunications Commission, GMA has started to adapt the Japanese DTV standard or ISDB-T.

 

“Moreover, it manifests the level of importance the Network has placed in being able to reach as many viewers as possible as this ultimately determines our audience size,” Ancheta adds.

 

The Network takes pride in its commitment to signal superiority as evidenced by its excellent signal across the country, an advantage over competitors exhibited consistently by its analog footprint which it commits to carry over to digital.

 

Based on claimed household reception findings in the 2014 TV Establishment Survey of Nielsen Philippines, GMA is received by 99 percent of all TV households in Total Urban Philippines, leading other local free-to-air channels.

 

As it continues to improve and expand its coverage in the regions, GMA completed numerous transmission upgrades in 2014. The Network commissioned a new 2KW TV relay station in Daet, Camarines Norte and re-located its transmitting station in Iligan City to enable the re-broadcast of Northern Mindanao programs from Cagayan de Oro.

 

GMA is set to commission a new 5KW TV relay station in Butuan City this May.

Kapuso Milyonaryo mobile app

Kapuso Milyonaryo mobile app

Mob-Ex 2015 Asia Pacific

Mob-Ex Awards 2015 South-East Asia

Certifying its consistent pursuit of creativity and innovation, GMA Marketing and Productions, Inc. (GMPI) was a big winner at the Mob-Ex Awards 2015 South-East Asia, garnering three (3) Gold and two (2) Bronze trophies. The awarding was held last February 5 at the Mandarin Orchard Hotel in Singapore.

 

Now on its third year, the Mob-Ex Awards is the premier award-giving body in Southeast Asia which recognizes excellence in the mobile marketing platform and honors organizations with sound and innovative mobile marketing strategies.

 

Winning a Gold award in the Best Use of Incentives/Rewards category and two Bronze awards for the Best In-App Advertising and Best App/Content by a Media Owner categories is GMA’s Kapuso Milyonaryo mobile app, the digital version of the Network’s popular Kapuso Milyonaryo promo. Now spanning six seasons, the Kapuso Milyonaryo promo continues to inspire Filipinos by giving them the chance to become instant millionaires through the submission of proof-of-purchase entries.

 

Kapuso Milyonaryo extended this endeavor in the digital arena via an endless runner mobile game app centered on the lovable character, Tobz. Set in a grocery, players must help Tobz collect digital entries while avoiding obstacles. Players get a chance to win cash prizes, smartphones and a grand prize of Php300,000, tax-free.

 

Del Monte Kitchenomics Branded Content & Companion Mobile App received the Gold prize in both the Best In-App Advertising and Best App/Content by a Media Owner categories. Finding new ways to reach their market and to encourage more moms to try their recipes, the innovative app was launched to revitalize Del Monte Kitchenomics, an established Filipino culinary club which has been providing Filipino moms with recipes in quick and easy steps for over three decades.

 

The Del Monte Kitchenomics mobile app, the first of its kind on local television, makes the recipes instantly accessible to viewers watching the cooking show. Just by scanning any Del Monte logo, users are able to download the recipes featured in the program. Among other tools and features, it also includes a Meal Planner and allows users to automatically add the recipes’ ingredients into the in-app shopping list, making the app a convenient tool for mothers on the go.

 

Both apps were made available for Android and Apple iOS devices for free.

 

GMA bagged 5 awards from a pool of 145 finalists and had the most awards from the Philippines.

IM READY APP

IM READY APP

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 (Facebook.com/imreadyph), Twitter (twitter.com/imreadyph), Instagram (@imreadyph), and the official IM Ready Waze Group through the downloadable Waze mobile app.

 

BookToEat.ph

BookToEat.ph

                 

We have been used to the traditional methods of making a reservation, which is  through phone calls and sometimes e-mail.  But isn’t it frustrating that when we arrive at our favorite digs, restaurants or hangouts, and check with the reservations desk, that our reservation could not be found! Who among you have experienced this? I bet most of you have experienced this kind of situation.

For this reason the management of ResDiary.ph and BookToEat.ph, is introducing the latest in reservation system technology.  You can make a booking/reservation with just a click! You can use different avenues such as Facebook, the restaurants website, and your mobile apps.  You can do this anywhere you are, in the office, at home, or on the go! And the best part of this is you get a confirmation code for your booking/reservation, which means that it cannot be lost as it is in the system.  Also you will be notified of Specials and Promotions that the restaurant is offering, all with the touch of a finger.

ResDiary and BookToEat are worldwide brands/services which is present in the U.S.A., U.K., Ireland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, The Netherlands, Portugal, Italy, UA.E., Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Hong Kong, etc.  They are both now in the Philippines to service select individuals, who have the flair for delicious food, great ambience, and classy yet comfortable interiors.

There are various restaurants, that are members of the ResDiary.ph and BookToEat.ph family, which are serving different cuisines, flavors, and specialties.  You can choose which one you prefer through our reservation system.

Watch out in ResDiary.ph and BookToEat.ph for your favorite digs, restaurants, or hangouts nearest you!

We are also accepting applications from restaurants, who wish to become a part of our ResDiary.ph and BookToEat.ph family.  It’s so easy to join.  Visit us at ResDiary.ph or BookToEat.ph in Facebook and drop us an e-mail inquiry, and we will get back to you, or visit us at www.ResDiary.com.

Resdiary.ph

Resdiary.ph

4000 Restaurants Cannot Be Wrong!

Would it not be great, as a restaurateurs, to know how many diners will be coming, what time, and what will they be having? No more surprised and terrified kitchen staff and only satisfied diners.

ResDiary provides a web-based reservation and table-management tool to restaurant operators in over 4,500 restaurants, in 17 countries, allowing them to take online bookings throughout their websites, Facebook pages, and through Twitter as well, as by telephone, and to process walk-in bookings. 

With ResDiary.com now available in the Philippines, restauranteurs now have and efficient system that allows them to allocate reservations in a way to make the most effective use of the tables available and capture customers contact details and other data of the customer.

The system offers restaurant executives the ability to manage table reservations using laptop, iPad or even a smartphone or to even e-mail or text to confirm customers’ reservations, remind them 24-hours before and request a review afterwards on a responsive micro-website.

Since its launch in September 2006, ResDiary is widely employed in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, The Netherlands, Portugal, Italy, United Arab Emirates, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, and United States.

ResDiary is charged for on a flat monthly fee basis, with no additional charges for bookings taken through the restaurant’s website, Facebook page, Twitter account or through www.booktoeat.com the portal operated for ResDiary customers by ResDiary.

For more information on our restaurant reservation system please give us a call at 0925.5002659 or visit www.ResDiary.com.

I read in a news article about this pedicab driver, who was in a traffic accident along Taft Avenue in Manila.  It is already a tragic news, but the saddest part was that no one tried to help him.  Not even one soul tried to give him a helping hand! There were a lot of passing cars, curious on lookers, and law enforcement officials, but no one tried to help him.  There was a nearby hospital not far from the site of the accident.  It was alleged that he was still alive for an hour or two, would he have been brought to the hospital swiftly, he could have survived.  But it took five hours before even help came, but by that time it was already too late.  No one showed compassion, care, or decency! With this tragic accident a life could have been saved, a wife lost her husband, children lost their father, a mother lost her son, a father lost his son, or a sibling lost a sibling.

Also in a similar case, but this time in China.  This was recorded in CCTV, and the video was uploaded in  You Tube a year or two ago.  A toddler got run over by a truck in a busy Chinese market.  The driver who ran over the toddler, did not even bother to look at the toddler he ran over.  Minutes have passed, passersby and vehicles passed and saw the toddler, but no one tried to help the toddler.  One kind old woman saw the toddler, and helped the toddler to get to the side, and then the mother comes.  Although we are not blaming the mother for the accident, but I am just saying that she could have better taken care of her child.  The truck driver who ran over the toddler, and immediately left the site, could have stopped and brought the kid to the hospital, and surrendered himself to the authorities.  The toddler died after a few days in the hospital, from the massive internal injuries she received from the accident.  Another sad incident where a life was lost.  Another incident that could have been prevented.

My question is this! Are we still human? Are we not better than lowly animals? Is modernization, technology, and distrust pushing our emotions aside? Where is the compassion? The care? The human decency of helping someone who direly needs it? How can we say that humanity or the human race has advanced by leaps and bounds, if some of us have reverted back to their animalistic behaviors? We can truly say that we have advanced, if we can still show compassion, care and human decency, coinciding with advancement.

Please remember people are human beings! They are not androids, robots, or inanimate objects.  They have a father, a mother, siblings, wife, or children.  Please do not revert back to your primitive selves.  Remember the world needs heroes! Heroes not of the likes of Superman, Batman, Iron Man, Thor, Hawk Eye, Green Lantern, etc., but heroes just like you! Ordinary people who do extraordinary things, helping others, not thinking about their own safety or well being.  Those are the real heroes we need.  Be a hero today!

Fly High@5GMA Life TV, the first international Filipino lifestyle channel by GMA International, is commemorating five years of celebrating the best in Pinoy lifestyle this Maythrough a colorful and vibrant television campaign representing all the wonderful things that the channel is known for.

 

For five years already, GMA Life TV – one of GMA’s overseas channels alongside its flagship channel GMA Pinoy TV and international news channel GMA News TV International – has been a leading source of not only informative and entertaining, but also inspiring and meaningful Filipino lifestyle shows among Filipinos outside of the country.

 

To celebrate this important milestone, GMA Life TV has tapped six of the Network’s most sought after stars – Alden Richards, Mikael Daez, Rocco Nacino, Maxene Magalona, Bela Padilla and Louise Delos Reyes – to be the faces of the channel for its GMA Life TV: Fly High @ Five anniversary campaign. As the GMA Life TV VJs, they will take turns in introducing each program lending the channel their unique and colorful personalities.

 

“Highlighting the distinct and exceptional traits of the Pinoy lifestyle has ever been the primary goal of GMA Life TV,” said GMA Vice President and Head of International Operations Joseph T. Francia. “This year, we want to make things even more exciting as we present the GMA Life TV VJs, who equally embody the best traits of the channel – being fun, hip, original and inspirational.”

 

GMA Life TV prides itself in being the first and only Filipino lifestyle channel abroad to air English-dubbed Filipino drama series and the only Filipino channel offering classic black and white Pinoy films. In the coming months, viewers must especially await new movie titles (both mainstream and independent) as well as the premiere of GMA Life TV’s first documentary series “Home is Where the Heart Is,” which will take a peek into the homes of Filipinos living abroad.

 

The channel is set to even further diversify and enrich its content through the launch of new programs created by the country’s pioneer publisher of glossy magazines, One Mega Group. Such programs include a new fashion/reality program, a cooking show and also a home design show that fit right into the channel’s diverse mix of program genres focusing on home, fashion, food, travel, drama and reality.

 

GMA Life TV is available in the U.S, Canada, the Middle East, North Africa, Europe, Hong Kong, Guam, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, and Madagascar with an estimated one million viewers from all over the world. It will also be launched in additional pay-TV systems in North Africa and the Asia Pacific Region this year.

 

For more information on the channel, interested parties may visit www.gmanetwork.com/international.

GMA News App 2 (2)Filipino mobile news consumers from all parts of the world can now catch the latest news from GMA Network while they’re on the go.

 

An updated version of the GMA News mobile application for iOS now offers video clips from GMA News programs. The app is available for free download on the Apple App Store.

 

GMA News Online v 2.0 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod enables users to customize its content by choosing which sections of the website will appear on the app. It also features an option to display 10 or 15 articles from each section.

 

“We just want to be where news consumers are going. Our improved app combines two exploding trends – mobile and online video,” GMA News Online editor-in-chief and GMA Network VP for Multimedia Journalism Howie Severino said.

 

He explained that only selected GMA news videos will be viewable on mobile initially, but the volume of video content will eventually increase.

 

Developed by New Media Inc., the updated app has a new action bar that lets users go directly to his or her favorite section and manage customization settings. It also includes links to the YouScoop app on iTunes, as well as to the GMA News mobile site, Twitter profile, and Facebook page.

In an effort to make GMA News content available in more social media platforms, articles on the new app may now be shared not just on Facebook, but also through email and on Twitter. 

The app lets users experience smooth, paper-like scrolling within the articles. A single swipe enables readers to move from one section to another or from one article to the next story on the same section.

Each story on the app also includes a link on that gives users the option to read the story on the GMA News Online mobile site.