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Aicelle Santos

Aicelle Santos

Angelu de Leon

Angelu de Leon

Bobby Andrews

Bobby Andrews

Buena Familia

Buena Familia

Jake Vargas

Jake Vargas

Julian Trono

Julian Trono

Julie Anne San Jose

Julie Anne San Jose

Kylie Padilla

Kylie Padilla

Martin del Rosario

Martin del Rosario

Mayton Eugenio

Mayton Eugenio

Mona Louise Rey

Mona Louise Rey

Tessie Tomas

Tessie Tomas

Another gripping drama is set to captivate viewers of all ages as GMA Network presents Buena Familia, which is set to premiere worldwide on July 28.

 

Buena Familia aims to reflect every person’s struggle to provide for his or her family and how good fortune is attained through one’s endeavor to live nobly.

 

Witness stellar performances as Buena Familia pulls off an ensemble cast beginning with the reunion of the hottest loveteam in the 90s—Bobby Andrews and Angelu de Leon. They will give life to the characters of Arthur and Bettina. People see them as a perfect couple not until Arthur got himself involved in a pyramiding scheme which turned their affluence into a misfortune.

 

Very much affected with this are their four children—Celine, Darling, Edwin, and Faye—who are unaccustomed to hardships. These interesting characters will be given depth by Kapuso artists Kylie PadillaJulie Anne San JoseJulian Trono, and Mona Louise Rey.

 

Bringing their family into a deeper dilemma is Josephine, the former assistant who used to be the mistress of Arthur. Because of her hatred towards Arthur, she will plan a retribution that will lead Arthur’s family to far-reaching consequences. Portraying this challenging role is Sheryl Cruz.

 

Set to add more twists in the story are characters of Jake Vargas and Martin del Rosario. Jake plays the role of Kevin, a composer who will get close to Darling as she tries her luck in the music industry. Meanwhile, portraying the role ofHarry is the award-winning actor Martin. Harry is a young businessman who has an ax to grind against the family of Buena who caused him pain in the past.

 

Completing the cast are exceptional portrayals by Jackie RiceRyza CenonAicelle SantosMayton EugenioMel KimuraLou Sison, and Ms. Tessie Tomas.

 

Under the helm of Gil Tejada Jr., Buena Familia is created by the GMA Drama Group headed by Lilybeth G. Rasonable, Senior Vice President for Entertainment TV; Redgie A. Magno, Vice President for Drama; Cheryl Ching-Sy, Assistant Vice President for Drama; Ali Marie Nokom-Dedicatoria, Program Manager; and Arlene D. Pilapil, Executive Producer.

 

Buena Familia airs weekdays on GMA’s flagship international channel, GMA Pinoy TV.

GMAKF Operation Bayanihan Maguindanao

GMAKF Operation Bayanihan Maguindanao

GMAKF Operation Bayanihan Maguindanao

GMAKF Operation Bayanihan Maguindanao

GMAKF’s Operation Bayanihan team handed out relief goods to over 20, 000 individuals in the conflict-stricken area of Maguindanao.

 

GMA Kapuso Foundation, GMA Network’s socio-civic arm, recently rolled out its Operation Bayanihan program in Maguindanao, effectively serving 5,000 families affected by the ongoing armed conflict.

 

In partnership with Solid Shipping Lines, ARMM Heart, Department of Health-ARMM, and Department of Public Works and Highways-ARMM, the Kapuso Foundation team handed out relief goods consisting of rice, noodles and canned goods.

 

GMAKF was among the first to provide relief operations in Maguindanao. In Mamasapano, relief goods were distributed to 3,320 families. Meanwhile, 621 families in Sharif Saydona and 1,059 families in Sharif Aguak also received support from the foundation.

 

GMAKF’s team had to travel for seven hours from General Santos City to Cotabato just to reach the communities affected by the conflict in Maguindanao. Didith Nucum, GMAKF relief operations project staff, said they were stopped several times by armed men.

 

“We talked to them and explained our intentions. We had to rush every now and then for our safety. It wasn’t easy but what pushed us to keep moving were the people waiting for us who needed our help,” says Nucum.

 

When the team finally reached the evacuation center, all of the fear they experienced on the road banished.

 

“The people greeted us with a smile and it was priceless. We could never imagine how they can still manage to smile knowing that a few kilometers from them, a war is going on,” recalls Nucum.

 

“While we continue praying for the stability of our country and the safety of its people, the Foundation is also working to create a concrete and positive impact in the lives of our fellowmen,” says GMA Kapuso Foundation EVP and COO Mel C. Tiangco. “They can rest assured knowing that, wherever there is a Filipino in need, the Foundation will also be there, because that’s what bayanihan and being a Kapuso is all about.”

Manny Pacquiao

Manny Pacquiao

Atty Felipe L Gozon - GMA Network Chairman and CEO

Atty Felipe L Gozon – GMA Network Chairman and CEO

In true Kapuso fashion, GMA Network has waived its exclusive TV airing rights for the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight happening on May 2 in Las Vegas.

 

“GMA Network recognizes the magnitude of this fight and we want every Filipino to be part of this momentous event and unifying experience,” announced GMA Chairman and CEO Felipe L. Gozon in a message delivered by the Company’s EVP and CFO Felipe S. Yalong during a press conference.

 

Meanwhile, DZBB, Barangay LS and all RGMA stations nationwide, will carry the exclusive rights on radio.

 

As in previous years, GMA offers its sincerest support for its Kapuso, Manny Pacquiao, who is about to embark on what is touted to be the biggest highlight of his illustrious boxing career.

 

“Sa pagsampa mo Manny, sa ring laban kay Mayweather sa darating na Mayo, kaisa mo ang GMA Network at ang sambayanang Pilipino sa isip, sa damdamin, at sa pangarap na makamit natin ang tagumpay,” expressed Gozon.

 

The Kapuso head honcho added that GMA will be “one with the entire nation in praying for the victory of Manny,” praising his unprecedented achievements in the boxing arena that “attest to the capability of the Filipino to excel in the global stage.”

 

The Pambansang Kamao has an ongoing show with GMA, MP Featuring Sport Science, and has starred in numerous programs on the Kapuso Network. His earlier fights were also broadcasted on free TV exclusively by GMA.

 

For his part, Mike Enriquez, GMA consultant for Radio Operations, said, “We are proud to once again be a partner of Solar [Sports] in bringing the latest Pacquiao adventure, this time against Floyd Mayweather Jr., live and real time from Las Vegas.”

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 www.gmanetwork.com/international/programguide.

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

Heart and Chiz 2 by Pat Dy (Photo from Heart's Instagram)

Heart and Chiz 2 by Pat Dy (Photo from Heart’s Instagram)

Heart and Chiz by Pat Dy (Photo from Heart's Instagram)

Heart and Chiz by Pat Dy (Photo from Heart’s Instagram)

Heart at Monique Lhuillier's atelier (Photo from Heart's Instagram)

Heart at Monique Lhuillier’s atelier (Photo from Heart’s Instagram)

Heart Bridal Shower 1

Heart Bridal Shower 1

Heart excitedly counts down the days until she becomes Mrs Escudero (Photo from Heart's Instagram)

Heart excitedly counts down the days until she becomes Mrs Escudero (Photo from Heart’s Instagram)

Heart's art exhibit in Singapore (Photo from Heart's Instagram)

Heart’s art exhibit in Singapore (Photo from Heart’s Instagram)

Heart's gown is made by Dubai based designer Ezra Santos (Photo from Heart's Instagram)

Heart’s gown is made by Dubai based designer Ezra Santos (Photo from Heart’s Instagram)

It is certainly a love-filled February for Love Marie Ongpauco, more popularly known as Heart Evangelista.

 

On February 15, the day after the Startalk host’s birthday on Valentine’s Day, she will wed Philippine Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero at Balesin Island Club, a picturesque private resort off the Eastern coast of Luzon.

 

Chiz proposed to Heart with a heart-shaped heirloom ring in front of his family and their close friends in his hometown of Sorsogon in August last year.

 

The couple has since been busy with wedding preparations for a small, private ceremony taking place in Balesin followed by a bigger reception in Manila.

 

The blushing bride-to-be has been documenting their wedding journey on her Instagram account @iamhearte, counting down the days with the hashtags #144daystoahappyheart and #ChizHeart21515.

 

Heart’s gown at the Balesin ceremony will be created especially for her by Dubai-based designer Ezra Santos, while she will be wearing a dress from world-renowned designer Monique Lhuillier at the Manila reception and a Mark Bumgarner creation for the after party.

 

Her 15 bridesmaids consists of her closest friends from high school as well as those in show business, including Kapuso actresses Carla Abellana, Jennylyn Mercado, Lovi Poe, Solenn Heussaff and Alessandra de Rossi.

 

Their upcoming wedding is certainly the highlight of a very fruitful journey for Heart who has celebrated a lot of milestones in the past year including three successful solo art exhibits locally and abroad, but it is also just the beginning of the Kapuso star’s journey to “forever.”

 

As one of GMA Network’s brightest stars, Heart is a regular on the variety show Sunday All Stars and co-hosts Startalk, the longest-running showbiz-oriented talk show which air on GMA’s flagship international channel GMA Pinoy TV. She is also the host of Weddings TV, a show that offers wedding tips and ideas for brides-to-be on GMA Life TV, the second international channel of GMA Network.

 

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

Heart and Chiz

Heart and Chiz

Heart Bridal Shower

Heart Bridal Shower

Heart and Chiz Kissing

Heart and Chiz Kissing

Heart Evangelista

Heart Evangelista

Despite being with the bride-to-be Heart Evangelista every week, her Startalk family still managed to throw her a surprise Hollywood-themed bridal shower last January 13 at Fernbrook Gardens in Las Piñas City.

 

With TV host-eventologist Tim Yap and Tessa Prieto-Valdes as hosts, the shower was attended by GMA Network executives together with Heart’s loved ones, colleagues, and  closest friends in the industry including Lovi Poe, Alessandra De Rossi, and Carla Abellana.

 

Kris Lawrence serenaded Heart with a soulful rendition of All of Me while GMA Senior Vice President for Entertainment Lilybeth G. Rasonable, Donita Rose, Iza Calzado, Kylie Padilla, and Rhian Ramos gave their gifts and well-wishes.

 

Sending their love through video messages were Heart’s closest friends, including Solenn Heussaff, Jennylyn Mercado, Sarah Lahbati, Iya Villania, Camille Prats, and GMA Kapuso Foundation EVP and COO Ms. Mel Tiangco.

 

Aside from the presence of Heart’s sister Camille Ongpauco, Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero also made the night more special by surprising his wife-to-be.

 

Heart and Chiz will be married on February 15 at Balesin Island Club, Quezon Province.

 

Catch updates on Heart’s wedding preparations and more of the latest entertainment buzz on Startalk, only on GMA Pinoy TV.

 

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

“I die without seeing dawn’s light shining on my country… You, who will see it, welcome it for me… Don’t forget those who fell during the nighttime.”
― Jose Rizal, Noli Me Tangere

 

He is widely regarded as the country’s most beloved hero. This Monday, get to know the man behind the hero as GMA News and Public Affairs brings to life the untold stories of Jose Rizal with the world premiere of the first-ever Bayaniseryeon primetime television, ILUSTRADO.

 

Ilustrado offers an educational and entertaining viewing experience as it features the life of Rizal as a young student in the Philippines to his travels in Europe as well as the major events and influences that shaped his mind and actions as a reformist. Through his letters to his family and friends, Ilustrado depicts Rizal’s struggles while living abroad. And through his love letters, the series tries to illustrate his relationship with women and why he is considered a notorious lover boy.

 

Produced by the same creative team behind the highly-acclaimed historical drama Katipunan and mini-series Bayan Ko, Ilustrado boasts of an ensemble of topnotch artists led by award-winning actor and Kapuso homegrown star Alden Richards as Jose Rizal.

 

Joining him are Kylie Padilla as Leonor Rivera, who many historians believe was Rizal’s true love, and Solenn Heussaff as Nellie Boustead, the French woman Rizal almost married.

 

Portraying the role of Rizal’s beloved parents are this year’s Cinemalaya best actress Eula Valdez (Teodora Alonzo) and Ricardo Cepeda (Francisco Mercado). Freddie Webb gives life to Rizal’s uncle, Don Jose Alberto, while Rizal’s brother Paciano Mercado is played by Marco Alcaraz. Child star Jhiz Deocareza plays the young Rizal.

 

Also incorporated in the Bayaniserye are fictional characters representing some of Rizal’s antagonists – mother and son Conchita and Venchito Monteverde (played by five-time Urian best actress Jaclyn Jose and Polo Ravales, respectively); Padre Amado (Lito Legaspi); and young Venchito (Sean Ross).

 

The cast also includes Max Collins as Consuela Ortiga, JC Tiuseco as Antonio Luna, Lucho Ayala as Jose Alejandrino, Bryan Benedict as Juan Luna, Jak Roberto as Maximo Viola, and Rhen Escano as Isidra Monteverde.

 

Under the direction of King Marc Baco, Ilustrado is filmed using the sophisticated Arri Alexa camera, along with equally high-end lenses provided by CMB Film Services Inc.  GMA Post Production, using up-to-date 3D visual effects technology, has recreated the grandeur of the European cities where Rizal lived and completed his novels Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo.

 

The series’ theme song is composed and performed by Gloc9 featuring Lirah Bermudez with additional arrangement by Simon Tan.

 

Ilustrado, the first Bayaniserye on Philippine primetime, airs beginning Monday, October 20, 9:30pm right after Hiram na Alaala.

 

It will also air simultaneously on GMA Pinoy TV.  To learn more about Ilustrado’s airing schedule, visit GMA International’s website, www.gmanetwork.com/international, Facebook page, www.facebook.com/GMAPinoyTV, and follow GMA Pinoy TV on Twitter and Instagram via @gmapinoytv.

 

For more updates, join Ilustrado in Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/ilustradosagma7) or follow its Twitter accounthttps://twitter.com/ilustradosaGMA7 .

24 Oras

24 Oras

Mel Tiangco Magpakailanman

Mel Tiangco Magpakailanman

Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho

Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho

My Destiny

My Destiny

Niño

Niño

GMA Network is closing in on ABS-CBN in nationwide TV ratings with stronger programming across all timeblocks in July, according to data from the industry’s leading ratings service provider, Nielsen TV Audience Measurement.

 

For the period July 1 to 31 (with the dates of July 27 to 31 based on overnight data), GMA significantly reduced ABS-CBN’s lead in NUTAM (National Urban Television Audience Measurement) to just 0.5 percent with its 33.4 percent total day household audience share, and outscored TV5’s 11.5 percent by 21.9 points.

 

GMA grabbed the lead in the morning timeblock as it recorded a 32.4 percent audience share, outscoring ABS-CBN’s 29.1 percent by 3.3 points and TV5’s 12.4 percent by 20 points. Moreover, GMA more than tripled its lead in the afternoon block in July with 5.6 points relative to June’s 1.6 points, with a 35.4 percent audience share as against ABS-CBN’s 29.8; it also led TV5’s 12 percent by 23.4 points. GMA likewise improved its shares in the evening block to 32.3 percent from the previous month’s 31 percent.

 

Furthermore, GMA maintained its strong performance in Urban Luzon and Mega Manila with much wider margins over rival networks across all dayparts including the much contested primetime block. Urban Luzon and Mega Manila account for 77 and 60 percent of all urban TV households in the country.

 

GMA reigned supreme in Urban Luzon with a 36.9 percent total day audience share, ahead of ABS-CBN’s 29.9 percent by 7 points, and TV5’s 10.8 percent by 26.1 points.

 

The Kapuso Network also remained unrivaled in Mega Manila with a 38 percent total day audience share, outperforming ABS-CBN’s 27.8 percent by 10.2 points and TV5’s 11.4 percent by 26.6 points.

 

GMA also ruled the overall list of top programs (including specials) in Urban Luzon and Mega Manila with 19 Kapuso programs (out of 30) making it on both lists. Among the shows that scored top ratings in the two areas are Magpakailanman, Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho, GMA Blockbusters, Niño, My Destiny and 24 Oras.

 

Magpakailanman, the weekly drama anthology hosted by esteemed broadcaster and GMA News pillar Mel Tiangco, led all Kapuso shows in the NUTAM, Urban Luzon and Mega Manila lists; while securing the top spot in Mega Manila.

 

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.

Our government cannot implement changes within each of its many departments, which is why we are lagging behind our Asian counterparts.  It is because each individual, especially those who are in the higher chain of command, has each their own agenda.  Changes that is crucial for the country to grow are being hampered, as it might prove to be a money losing option for the departments management.  Each one is in it to enrich himself/herself, no one is looking for the benefit of the country, and for the improvement of the lives of millions of Filipinos, impoverished or otherwise.

Why can’t we copy or duplicate the methods used by other countries in implementing changes that would improve the lives of its citizens? Do not think of it as not being original, or plagiarizing, but think of it as improving the lives of every Filipino.

In Hong Kong, the Mass Transit Railway is controlled by the government, and so is the payment system that it uses, the Octopus Card.  They have proven and shown that the business is sound and profitable earning the government billions of dollars in revenue, while at the same time creating a clean, convenient, and comfortable mass transport and payment system, that has been a great factor in improving the lives of its citizens.  Why can’t we adopt their system, and duplicate it here? What is stopping us?

Why are our airports dilapidated and in shambles? Where has all the money that has been invested into it go? Why do we need too many terminals? Can’t we create one mega terminal to service all of the flights? This would eliminate unnecessary employment to numerous individuals, who sometimes do nothing, and just sit around, beefing up their pockets? Why can’t we copy Hong Kong (again), and the way it runs its airport? Their airport and ours are so far apart.  The only difference I see here is because the head of the governments, compliment and continue what the previous head of government has done, unlike here, the new one undermines and destroys the good that the previous one has done.  Don’t they know that these improvements would have bettered the lives of the millions of Filipinos?

Why are our mass transport systems unstructured and in shambles? Why are there numerous buses who are old, and dilapidated that still ply the streets, which breakdown, create traffic, and causes accidents? Why are their franchises renewed time and time again, and are not revoked even if their buses have cause numerous accidents, and unnecessary deaths? Why are there so many taxis, jeeps, tricycles, and other forms of mass transport franchises that are approved, even if the streets are littered with them, who do not have passengers?

Why does the government not install solar powered lights or provide solar energy to those affected by disaster, and isolation, even if it takes years for the energy providers to repair or install light or power? Why does the government wait and see, and not help improve the plight of the Filipinos? Are they afraid that power generators/energy suppliers complain? They can remove or pull out these improvements, when they have repaired or installed light or electricity, and simply transfer or reuse them again when the need arise.

I am not one to complain, but I have seen enough suffering and not enough action, that it has left me wondering and disgruntled by the inept and inaction that our government is doing.  When can we be proud? When can we say that our lives have improved? When will our descendants see the day that our beloved Philippines, is at par with the rest of the world, or at least with its Asian neighbors?