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Rocco Nacino

Rocco Nacino

Rocco Nacino

Rocco Nacino

Kapuso leading man Rocco Nacino feels lucky that he is given another big project by his home network. GMA7.

He is part of the upcoming primetime series, Beautiful Strangers, which is slated to air next month.

In a recent interview, Rocco said it makes him even more motivated to excel and never stop studying his craft and be a role model for other aspiring actors.

“To know that GMA is taking really, really good care of me by giving me good projects, nakakataba ng puso. It makes me even more humbled and motivated na magtrabaho, kasi naiisip ko na for someone as simple as me can make it, it gives me that responsibility to other people especially the younger ones na nag-aaspire na maging actor din, na kung nagawa ko, kaya rin nila.”

Being a home-grown talent of GMA 7, Rocco is happy with how his career is going right now. In fact, aside from working anew with Kapuso Premier Actress Lovi Poe in Beautiful Strangers, he just ticked off one of the items in his bucket list – finally working with Heart Evangelista in a series.

“Nakakatuwa na gusto ng mga bosses na makatambal ko silang dalawa (Heart and Lovi). So napakaswerte ko. Finally, makakatrabaho ko na si Heart. First time ko to work with her and I’m really, really excited.”

He also considers it a privilege to be working with seasoned Christopher de Leon, Ayen Laurel and Dina Bonnevie that is why he makes sure not to be intimidated by their presence.

“I make it a point not to be intimidated by anyone. It’s my personality. Kahit sino ang kaharap ko, kakausapin ko siya professionally on and off cam. Hindi ako nagpapapressure or nagpapasindak. I always maintain respect pero hindi ko hahayaan na ma-intimidate ako kasi mawawala talaga ako sa game ko.”

Beautiful Strangers premieres this August on GMA’s flagship international channel, GMA Pinoy TV.

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Benjamin Alves

Benjamin Alves

Benjamin Alves

Benjamin Alves

Benjamin Alves

Benjamin Alves

Kapuso star Benjamin Alves says bagging a role in the upcoming primetime series Beautiful Strangers as Lawrence Castillo, the son of the characters portrayed by well-lauded actors Christopher de Leon and Dina Bonnevie, is a dream come true.

 

In an interview with Benjamin during his contract signing with GMA Network, he reveals that this is something he wished would happen. “I’ve seen these guys act and I look up to these guys since I was young. It’s cliché but when you’re a kid you want to work with them and then you are [working with them].”

 

Still, Benjamin admits feeling overwhelmed whenever he films scenes with Christopher and Dina. “When I’m working with Tito Boyet and Miss D, the hardest part is to just stay relaxed. You know you just do diligence naman, memorizing the lines and everything, but it’s just to not be in awe, because you’re working with these people,” he says.

 

Benjamin also shares what Christopher once told him in the set. “He pointed it out to me that he’s already worked with my uncle (Piolo Pascual), as a son. Sabi niya, ‘I’m working with you now, I hope I see something different.’ That’s where the challenge is, I think, to make sure that he sees something different; and also because I want to make sure everybody sees something different from me here, as far as acting.”

 

In Beautiful Strangers, Benjamin’s character, Lawrence is a son who constantly fights with his dad simply because he doesn’t like him. “There are reasons naman, and I’m very much like my dad in the sense na pareho kaming babaero. He’s not bad naman but he’s not clean. He’s more on the dirtier side or the rougher side.”

 

Under the direction of Albert Langitan, Beautiful Strangers which also stars Heart Evangelista, Lovi Poe, and Rocco Nacino, will soon air on GMA Pinoy TV.

Dina Bonnevie

Dina Bonnevie

Seasoned actress Dina Bonnevie finds her role in GMA Network’s upcoming primetime series Beautiful Strangers a challenging one.

 

Dina, who is back as a Kapuso, plays the role of Alejandra Castillo, wife of Ronaldo (Christopher de Leon) and a doting mother to Lawrence (Benjamin Alves). Alejandra is a strong woman in the outside, but weak in the inside.

 

“I don’t want to do the typical kontrabida na pasigaw-sigaw na nagtataray. I’m trying a different attack now. No loud voices. Parang meek as a lamb. Parang for me, I always make what I do my truth. Every scene I do, iyon ang truth in Alejandra. If you make every scene your own truth which is not the truth the audience knows, then you are not the typical kontrabida, we are gonna make it a little different. Alejandra is just fighting what is hers,” explained Dina in an interview.

 

Aside from being reunited with Heart Evangelista, Dina also revealed that she really wanted to work with Lovi Poe that’s why she accepted this project.

 

“I really wanted to work with Lovi because I haven’t worked with her. I like her. Nagagandahan ako sa kanya. She is dusky, olive skin, na really beautiful, doe eyes. Ang ganda ganda ng mata niya.  And I really wanted to reunite with Heart.”

 

She is very excited for this show which she hopes will pique the interest of viewers since “there are a lot of scenes that imitate life. Very real yung mga eksena. The scenes are so real.”

Alamat

Alamat

GMA News and Public Affairs—the group behind the groundbreaking socio-political and historical TV series Bayan Ko, Katipunan, Ilustrado, Titser, and Sa Puso Ni Dok—is coming up with a new weekly series that hopes to revive Filipinos’ interest in folk tales.


Entitled Alamat, the series features six episodes of 2D and 3D animated renditions of Philippine legends namely, Alamat ng Bayabas, Juan Tamad, Langgam at Tipaklong, Mariang Sinukuan, Mahiwagang Singsing, and Ang Unang Bahaghari. It will air worldwide on GMA Pinoy TV beginning July 19.


Six teams of writers, directors, producers, actor-dubbers and professional animators, some of whom had prior experience in giant animation studios abroad, worked on the project.


According to Jaileen Jimeno, program manager, the primary goal of the series is to encourage the audience, especially young viewers, to appreciate the once well-loved but now almost forgotten tales of lore which were used by elders to impart good values and traditions to the youth of their time.


Each episode features the voices of various Kapuso stars and personalities who give life to the characters. The first episode, Alamat ng Bayabas, will showcase the voices of veteran actor Pen Medina and GMA Artist Center talent Harvey Almoneda.


Characters for the next five episodes are voiced by Gabby Eigenmann, Glaiza de Castro, Mike Tan, Kylie Padilla, Louise de los Reyes, Bea Binene, Jeric Gonzales, Betong Sumaya, Love Añover, Maey Bautista, Pekto, John Feir, Tonipet Gaba, and Roi Vinzon.

 

Tune in to the premiere episode of Alamat on July 19 on GMA Pinoy TV.

Dennis & Jennylyn in My Faithful Husband

Dennis & Jennylyn in My Faithful Husband

This August, Jennylyn Mercado and Dennis Trillo return to primetime TV and reunite in GMA Network’s upcoming series My Faithful Husband.

 

Both Jennylyn and Dennis are excited to work together again and assure their fans and viewers that they will love the intriguing and interesting story of My Faithful Husband.

 

Sana magustuhan niyo kasi maganda yung istorya nito. Kakaiba siya sa mga dati naming ginawa kaya interesting. Excited akong maka-trabaho siya [Dennis] kasi matagal din kaming hindi nagkasama. Titingnan ko kung paano ang magiging atake namin sa bawat eksena pero I think, comfortable na naman kami sa isa’t isa,” says Jennylyn.

 

Dennis, on the other hand, shares, “Maganda tong show na gagawin namin. Maganda yung kwento niya, magaling yung mga kasama naming artista, at magaling yung director. Atsaka pinaghandaan talaga namin ng husto para buuin tong show naming.”

 

Emman (Dennis) is a devoted and doting husband to Mel and father to their children. He is willing to do anything for his family. Meanwhile, Mel (Jennylyn) is a kind, loving, hardworking and ambitious woman. She is married to Emman but after seeing her former boyfriend again, she suddenly gets confused about her feelings.

 

My Faithful Husband also stars Mikael Daez, Louise delos Reyes, Kevin Santos, Jade Lopez, Gerald Napoles, Aaron Yanga, Rexy Evert, Timmy Cruz, Snooky Serna, Noni Buencamino and Rio Locsin.

 

My Faithful Husband, created by the GMA Drama group, is supervised by the Executive-in-Charge of Production Lilybeth G. Rasonable; VP for Drama Redgie A. Magno; AVP for Drama Cheryl Ching-Sy; Program Manager Helen Rose S. Sese; and Executive Producer Rebya Upalda.

 

Under the helm of Bb. Joyce Bernal, with the help of creative director Roy Iglesias, creative consultant RJ Nuevas, and head writer Suzette Doctolero, My Faithful Husband is set to premiere this August on GMA’s flagship international channel, GMA Pinoy TV.

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.

Gabbi and Ruru

Gabbi and Ruru

Gabbi and Ruru

Gabbi and Ruru

Gabbi and Ruru

Gabbi and Ruru

Ai-Ai delas Alas

Ai-Ai delas Alas

Ai-Ai delas Alas

Ai-Ai delas Alas

Philippine Comedy Queen Ai-Ai delas Alas hopes only the best for Kapuso love team Gabbi Garcia and Ruru Madrid, whom she gets to work with regularly in the primetime series Let The Love Begin.

Ai-Ai is confident that the on-screen pair will make it big in the showbiz industry and until that time comes, she only has one piece of advice for them.

“Ang wish ko sa kanila na kapag dumating ‘yung panahon na sikat na sikat na sila, is to always be humble and thankful. The more na sumikat sila, the more na maging humble pa sila and magpasalamat sa lahat ng meron sila,” she said in an interview.

Ai-Ai revealed that Gabbi and Ruru are undeniably close to each other—be it on or off camera.

In a separate dialogue, Ruru admitted taking Gabbi once for a ride to work via his newly-purchased car which he considers as one of his biggest investments. “Opo, pinag-drive ko na po siya [Gabbi] papunta sa taping niya ng Mars,” he said. For her part, Gabbi couldn’t help but feel overwhelmed by Ruru’s sweet gesture.

Ai-Ai has nothing but praises for the two young stars and said, “Si Ruru [ay] napakahusay na bata at malayo ang mararating niya sa showbiz. Si Gabbi, ganun din at napakagandang bata,” she shared.

Meanwhile, the veteran actress also shared that she feels completely satisfied with the way her career is going. Apart from her present primetime soap, she mentioned that she will be having other TV shows on GMA this year, launching a magazine next month, and producing a fund-raising concert come September.

As she marks her 25th year in the industry this year, A-Ai held a concert dubbed Ai Am Who Ai Am earlier this year. Her concert featured performances of fellow Kapuso artists including Ruru and Gabbi. Catch it this Sunday on GMA’s flagship international channel, GMA Pinoy TV.