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Moy Ortiz of The Company

Moy Ortiz of The Company

OJ Mariano of The Company

OJ Mariano of The Company

Online Host Julian Trono

Online Host Julian Trono

Prince Paltu-ob of D'Crew

Prince Paltu-ob of D’Crew

Ryan Cayabyab

Ryan Cayabyab

Sweet Plantado of The Company

Sweet Plantado of The Company

Tony V of Sound Squad

Tony V of Sound Squad

GMA Network launches the Philippines’ first-ever multi-platform boy band competition – To The Top.

 

Produced by GMA Public Affairs, To The Top is a twice-a-week reality-based, talent development program featuring 18 young and gifted male vocals who are all vying to be part of the Kapuso Network’s newest boy band.

 

Unlike other reality programs which held open auditions, To The Top scoured the country and invited the best male vocals from different schools and organizations to join the auditions.

 

The show documents the journey of these young men from being solo artists or being members of their respective singing groups to ultimately becoming part of the country’s newest boy band.

 

All these experiences were seen by the public when GMA made the competition initially available online via www.gmanetwork.com/tothetop. Serving as host of the program’s webisodes is Kapuso homegrown artist Julian Trono, who recently underwent intensive training under the Kpop system.

 

After a series of rigorous auditions, the program announced its 25 finalists, which were later trimmed down to 14. Adding a twist to the competition, netizens were then asked to vote for their favorites who were earlier eliminated in the series to become the competition’s wildcards.  Thus, a total of 18 finalists will now work their way to the top.

 

The 18 TO THE TOP artists are AJ Ajrouche, Lance Busa, Ken Carpena, Mico Cruz, Cholo dela Cruz, Martin de Vera, Luis Gragera, Joshua Jacobe, MJ Magno, Miko Manguba, Seph Manlapaz, Bryan Olano, JP Palanca, Adrian Pascual, Louie Pedroso, Lharby Policarpio, Edric Ulang and Chris Yumang.

 

Throughout the season, the artists – who will be divided into three groups – will be housed together and will undergo more intensive vocal and dance trainings for their upcoming performances and evaluations.

 

Helping the program achieve this are some of the country’s top music icons led by no less than Maestro Ryan Cayabyab serving as the competition’s main judge.

 

Joining The Maestro in this project are vocal coaches Moy Ortiz, Sweet Plantado and OJ Mariano of the Philippines’ premier vocal ensemble The Company; dance coaches and 2-time World Hip Hop Champions Philippine All-stars alumni Madelle and Prince Paltu-ob, as well as international breakdancing champion Jesse “Reflex” Gotangco; and the Sound Squad of musical arrangers and sound engineers led by Jonathan Ong and his team from Sonic State Audio — Chino David, Chrisanthony Vinzons and Brian Lotho.

 

Also lending his expertise in the early part of the competition is celebrity ace photographer Mark Nicdao.

 

Who among them will make it to the top? Find out as the showdown begins July 20 in ASPAC and July 19 in the US, Canada and the Middle East.

 

For the latest updates, follow TO THE TOP on Facebook www.facebook.com/GMAToTheTop, Twitter twitter.com/GMAToTheTop, and on Instagram instagram.com/GMAToTheTop.

Dennis Trillo

Dennis Trillo

GMAAC - Jonalyn Viray

GMAAC – Jonalyn Viray

Betong

Betong

KPSG EBLAST

KPSG EBLAST

GMA Pinoy TV brings its highly anticipated Kapusong Pinoy Concert series to Singapore with Kapuso artists Dennis Trillo, Jonalyn Viray and Betong Sumaya gearing up to delight Pinoy fans in the country on November 30.

 

On the heels of its highly successful previous installments in Los Angeles last September and Dubai this November, the concert titled Kapusong Pinoy sa Singapore will be held at the Kallang Theater, 1 Stadium Walk in Singapore.

 

The much-awaited concert is headlined by Drama King Dennis Trillo, Fearless Diva Jonalyn Viray and features actor-comedian Betong Sumaya as his beloved character Antonietta from the Philippine’s longest running comedy program Bubble Gang.

 

Dennis, whose “TomDen” album with fellow Kapuso actor and My Husband’s Lover star Tom Rodriguez has garnered a Platinum Record Award, will delight the audience with his vocal prowess and charm.

 

Cementing the international success of his groundbreaking role in the critically-acclaimed series My Husband’s Lover, the Kapuso leading man has also gained recognition in the region with his nomination for the Best Actor category in the upcoming Asian Television Awards. The awarding ceremony will take place this December in Singapore.

 

Following a successful concert titled Fearless: The Repeat, Kapuso singer Jonalyn Viray will take the stage once more in a powerful display of her vocal talents that have earned her the title, Fearless Diva. The crowd can look forward to highly entertaining numbers that will showcase her wide vocal range and exceptional talent.

 

Adding a fun element to the concert is Betong Sumaya as Antonietta. After entertaining a sold-out crowd in the Kapusong Pinoy sa L.A. concert, Betong will surely keep the audience laughing as they witness his comedic character live on stage.

 

Kapusong Pinoy sa Singapore is sponsored by Camella, Pag Ibig Fund, Cebuana Lhuillier, Thunderbird, Debt Aid Consulting, The Generics Pharmacy, Jollibee Padala, Everest Aircondition, and Shakey’s.

 

Gates open at 1:30PM. Admission to the concert is FREE. Tickets are available on a first come, first serve basis with a no ticket, no entry policy. For ticket reservations, please call +65 92778256 or email:kapusongpinoysg@gmail.com.

 

Kapuso fans abroad may join in the fun and excitement by sharing their photos, tweets and status messages with the hashtag #KapusongPinoySG.

 

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

24 Oras

24 Oras

GMA Network continued to lead in its stronghold areas of Urban Luzon and Mega Manila in May, according to data from the broadcast industry’s most trusted ratings service provider, Nielsen TV Audience Measurement.

 

Urban Luzon and Mega Manila account for 77% and 60%, respectively, of the total urban TV household population in the entire country.

 

For the period May 1 to 31 (with the dates of May 25 to 31 based on overnight data), GMA led competition in total day ratings in Urban Luzon with a 35% household audience share, besting ABS-CBN’s 33% by 2 points, and TV5’s 11.9% by 23.1 points.

 

GMA also kept its total day ratings advantage in Mega Manila, registering a 36.5% household audience share, ahead of ABS-CBN’s 30.6% by 5.9 points and TV5’s 12.9% by 23.6 points. GMA led across all day parts in the area including the hotly contested primetime block.

 

Compared to its key competitor, more GMA programs (18 out of 30) registered in the list of top-performing programs in both Urban Luzon and Mega Manila. Multi-awarded news magazine programKapuso Mo, Jessica Soho led all Kapuso shows in both the Urban Luzon and Mega Manila lists; while grabbing the number one spot over-all in Mega Manila once again.

 

Other ratings drivers for the month were Magpakailanman, Celebrity Bluff, Pepito Manaloto: Ang Tunay na Kuwento, 24 Oras, and the newly launched primetime drama, Niño.

 

Nationwide, GMA continued to beat rival networks in the morning block with its 33.1% average, up 4.5 points from ABS-CBN’s 28.6% and up 17.9 points from TV5’s 15.2%.

 

This June, GMA further strengthens its programming by launching several new shows, namely Ang Dalawang Mrs. Real starring Dingdong Dantes, Lovi Poe, and Ms. Maricel Soriano on GMA Telebabad; The Half Sisters featuring Barbie Forteza and Thea Tolentino on GMA Afternoon Prime; Ismol Family a weekend sitcom with Ryan Agoncillo, Carla Abellana, Mark Justine Alvarez, Miguel Tanfelix, Bianca Umali, Mikael Daez, and Carmi Martin; and Marian, a dance-variety program top-billed by Marian Rivera.

 

The Network is also set to launch My BFF, a family drama which stars Janno Gibbs, Manilyn Reynes, Mona Louise Rey, and Jillian Ward; Dading, a weekday soap with Gabby Eigenmann, Glaiza de Castro, and Benjamin Alves; and My Destiny, a forthcoming drama on GMA Telebabad starring Rhian Ramos, Tom Rodriguez, Sid Lucero, and Carla Abellana in the latter part of the month.

 

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.

 

To know more about GMA International channels, please visit www.gmanetwork.com/international.

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!

Marina Bay Sands

This post has been my first in a long time.  I do hope that everyone who reads it, would love it.  I just want to share my joy and experience for traveling.  Me, and my family went on a Pre-Christmas Family Vacation to Singapore.  We left Chep Lak Kok International Airport in Hong Kong, early in the morning of December 19, 2011, taking Cathay Pacific Airways, and arrived Changi International Airport before noon.

Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore

Upon passing Immigration, and getting our luggage, we headed to the Ground Transportation Section, where we got a Mercedes Benz taxi, which cost S$45, to bring us to our hotel.  We were also informed that there was free wifi at the airport, all you need to do is go to information desk, to ask for the username and password.  We were billeted at the Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore.  When we arrived at our hotel, we were courteously

View from our lift lobby

greeted by one of their Guest Relations, Miss. Jaslyn, who was kind enough to inform us of the amenities, facilities, restaurants, and shops in and around the hotel.  Upon clearing check in, we were told to proceed to our room, and that they would send our luggage up.  Our room was big, and it was impeccable.  Everything was automatic, from the day blinds, night blinds, bathroom blinds, lights, etc.  All you need to do is touch a switch, and

Titanic The Artifact Exhibition

presto.  Our hotel was a stones throw from The Marina Bay Sands, and The Singapore Flyer.  The only thing, which we did not like was the fact that it was raining on and off, and we were told that it would last for a couple of days.  During the afternoon, we decided to go to Orchard Road by taking the MRT (Mass Railway Transit).  After window shopping in Orchard Road, we decided to go to The Marina Bay Sands, so we took the MRT

The Art Science Museum

again, but this time going to The Marina station.  We were able to reach The Marina Bay Sands, where we had our dinner, and we even visited the Art Science Museum, but unfortunately it was already closed.  We decided to walk to our hotel, which was quite near.  We walked by the Helix Bridge.

Toast Box @ Resorts World Sentosa

On our second day, we decided to go to Universal Studios Singapore, which is located at Resorts World Sentosa.  The place was magnificent.  We had breakfast first at Toast Box, and my son loved their Peanut Thick Toast, and Iced Milo.  After breakfast we proceeded to the escalator, which would bring us to Universal Studios Singapore.  When we reached the main entrance, and showed the staff our tickets, we excitedly went in.  We were like a

Universal Studios Singapore

bunch of adults, who became big kids.  We first hit the Universal Store, to see what souvenirs we could buy.  There were a lot of choices to choose from, from shirts, to watches, to stuff toys, to jewelry, and many more.  I bought a started pin set; my son bought a shirt, souvenir coin holder, and a water bottle.  There were lots of rides, and attractions to see, and feel.  We first went to the Madagascar Zone, then Water World, then Jurassic

Madagascar Crate Adventure

Park, then Far Far Away Land, then The Mummy Zone, then The Battlestar Galactica Zone, then The Transformer Zone, and last but not the least the Hollywood Zone.  We rode the rides, and soaked in the attractions.  We especially liked The Transformer The Ride, Shrek 4D Movie, Jurrasic Flyer, Crate Adverntures (Madagascar), and The Treasure Hunt (The Mummy).  What we did not like about the experience, were

Jurassic Park

the long queues for those rides, and attractions.  There were lots of people, from all parts of the world.  We had a blast spending the whole day at Universal Studios Singapore.  After our theme park experience, we met up with an old friend, who was based in Singapore, lets call her Mayette.  She told us to meet her at Sentosa Station @VivoCity of the Monorail, which is a free service, by the way.  There we had dinner at an Italian Restaurant.  We had Pizza, Rissotto, Salad, some stories, and juicy comments.  Which is of course part of every dinner conversation among friends.  After dinner, we decided it was still early, so we decided to do some shopping.  It was a good thing that our friend was there, and that she brought her MPV with her, otherwise we would have to carry all of our groceries to the hotel.

The Singapore Flyer

On our last day, we decided to visit The Singapore Flyer, which was a short walk away from our hotel.  It was a nice experience, and it lasted around 30 minutes.  While at The Singapore Flyer, we were able to see much of Singapore.  We even saw The Merlion, The Esplanade a.k.a. The Durian Centre, The Marina Bay Sands, and The Fullerton Hotel.  After our ride, we decided to have our lunch in the area as well.  After lunch, we decided to

Inside The Singapore Flyer

head back to the hotel, for our trip back home.  We packed our things, ask the concierge to pick up the luggage, and call us a MaxiCab.  We thanked the staff for taking good care of us at The Ritz Carlton Millenia Singapore.  When we arrived at the Changi Airport, everything was smooth, until the check in counter.  The check in staff at Cathay Pacific in Changi Airport seems to be inexperienced, and seems to have a hard time

The Merlion and The Fullerton Hotel

accommodating us.  After the initial hassle, we passed the Immigration Check, we headed directly to the GST Rebate Centre to ask for payment of our GST Refund.  After that we strolled around the airport as there was still time.  So far we have enjoyed our Pre-Christmas Family Vacation in Singapore.  It was a fun filled three (3) days, even though it was raining on and off.

New Year Countdown!

December 29, 2010 — Leave a comment

Mga Kapuso na nasa Abroad! Be part of the New Year Countdown!!!! I-Videocam or Webcam lang ang masigabong “happy new year” greeting niyo. Share with us the video link at bongga! Makikita ang greeting niyo worldwide sa GMA!!!!! Visit gmapinoytv.com and click on the NEW YEAR COUNTDOWN for more details!!! Sali na, Kapuso!!!

YEAR-ROUND GIVING

December 1, 2010 — Leave a comment

Margie T Logarta

Margie T Logarta, managing editor, Asia, Panacea Publishing Asia and Business Traveller magazine, has observed the travel and hospitality industry long enough to be constantly asked for her opinion on issues affecting service and burning industry concerns.

Here’s her take on the world of business travel. She welcomes your comments, arguments and other musings.

‘Tis the season when our thoughts turn to giving.

But why should it take us just this time of the year to think of others less fortunate? Because of the pile of charity mailers reminding us that we’ve been too consumed by work to reach out? Because the tinsel and trimmings and bright paper packages remind us that there are so many, many people who have little, if anything to celebrate?

But we are luckier to have our jobs that come with the exhilarating perk of travel, our talents, our families, our health (hopefully), our friends and the luxury of being able to buy the latest tech gadgets and go on holidays to somewhere nice. If we don’t have exactly all of these, at least a combination, I hope.

Countless others, who have experienced war, famine, natural disasters, human abuse and prejudice, do not even dare to dream anymore. Such are the depths of misery they have sunk to, and they continue to stare into the gates of hell.

Edmund Burke, the Irish political philosopher, said it best when he declared all that was needed for evil to triumph was for “good men to do nothing”. I agree – what is the use of being good at your job, at being a partner, at being a parent, at being a colleague, but do nothing for the wider community?

There are many ways to do this. The important thing is to start – and never stop.

Margie T Logarta

Managing Editor, Asia

Business Traveller Asia-Pacific