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GMAKF’s Operation Bayanihan quickly responded to the needs of those affected by typhoon Yolanda in 2013.

GMAKF’s Operation Bayanihan quickly responded to the needs of those affected by typhoon Yolanda in 2013.

The Kapuso Village Tacloban is the first permanent housing project in the area for survivors of typhoon Yolanda.

The Kapuso Village Tacloban is the first permanent housing project in the area for survivors of typhoon Yolanda.

It was an emotional turnover ceremony as 120 concrete houses were turned over to the beneficiaries of the Kapuso Village in Tacloban.

It was an emotional turnover ceremony as 120 concrete houses were turned over to the beneficiaries of the Kapuso Village in Tacloban.

City Councilor Cristina Gonzales-Romualdez representing the City Government of Tacloban receives the ceremonial key to the Kapuso Village Tacloban from GMAKF EVP and COO Mel C. Tiangco.

City Councilor Cristina Gonzales-Romualdez representing the City Government of Tacloban receives the ceremonial key to the Kapuso Village Tacloban from GMAKF EVP and COO Mel C. Tiangco.

Kapuso stars Bianca Umali, Miguel Tanfelix, Kris Bernal, Barbie Forteza, Marian Rivera, Dingdong Dantes and Julie Anne San Jose joined GMAKF EVP and COO Mel C. Tiangco in giving the residents an early Christmas gift.

Kapuso stars Bianca Umali, Miguel Tanfelix, Kris Bernal, Barbie Forteza, Marian Rivera, Dingdong Dantes and Julie Anne San Jose joined GMAKF EVP and COO Mel C. Tiangco in giving the residents an early Christmas gift.

A year after Yolanda hit the Philippines, the survivors’ stories of resilience continue as they rebuild from the ruins of their storm-ravaged homes.


Since the typhoon’s landfall in 2013, GMA Kapuso Foundation (GMAKF) – with its long-standing commitment to Serbisyong Totoo – has been a steadfast advocate in turning these stories of loss into stories of hope through its quick response in times of need and its extensive disaster relief programs.


On the anniversary of Yolanda, GMAKF officially turned over 120 permanent concrete houses of Phase II and III of its Kapuso Village in Tacloban City to select families displaced by the super typhoon.


GMAKF is the first NGO to turn over permanent concrete housing to Yolanda survivors in Tacloban City.


A total of 172 houses were turned over since July 2014. An additional 231 houses will be ready for occupancy in the coming months, fulfilling in part the Foundations’ 403-unit concrete housing project in the area.


“For the Yolanda survivors, a year definitely will not suffice to alleviate the pain from the loss of family members and ruined homes. However, our commitment in rebuilding lives through this long term project will help regain the hope of many displaced residents,” shares GMAKF EVP and COO Mel C. Tiangco.


The beneficiaries were emotional during the turnover as they recalled the height of the storm and what they went through. Even so, they were grateful for the outpouring of assistance they received from GMAKF and its partners.


Through the generosity of numerous citizens all over the world, the project was able to come to fruition. Furthermore, GMA Network and its roster of stars showed the true meaning of the Kapuso spirit by participating in GMAKF’s Yolanda rehabilitation efforts.


Just this month, GMA launched its 2014 “Share the Love” Christmas campaign reminding its viewers that rebuilding lives entails a collaborative effort from generous hearts and passionate spirits.


GMA unveiled the campaign with an event plug featuring Mel Tiangco joined by Kapuso stars as they shared an early Christmas with the residents of the Kapuso Village in Tacloban.


The plug garnered positive reviews on Facebook with users commenting on the wonderful message of the campaign and GMAKF’s tireless efforts in helping those in need. Facebook user Gerolou says, “That’s why kind-hearted people trusted GMA Kapuso Foundation because they can see where their donations go… hope to fulfill 400 or more houses for Yolanda victims onward!”


Meanwhile, Facebook user Khryss, a Yolanda survivor, praises the video saying, “It makes my heart smile upon seeing this video and the song has really moved me. Thanks for motivating a lot of people in doing humanitarian missions. We are still blessed to have people like you.”


Since its launch, over 100 Kapuso celebrities and News and Public Affairs personalities have shared the love by sponsoring food, toys, medical treatments and medicines for the Kapuso Foundation’s beneficiaries in the country, including other Yolanda-affected areas.


In addition to the housing project in Tacloban, GMAKF also pledged the construction of 24 new classrooms under its Kapuso School Development project within the Kapuso Village. Meanwhile, another Kapuso Village will soon rise in Palo, which includes 169 concrete houses and 10 classrooms.


GMAKF has also turned over 15 classrooms in Barangay Sulangan, Guiuan, Eastern Samar. Moreover, construction and rehabilitation is underway for 40 classrooms in Quinapondan, Eastern Samar and in Villaba and Kananga in Leyte.


Going beyond immediate disaster relief efforts, GMAKF is committed to utilizing its resources to create a lasting impact on the lives of their beneficiaries.

GMA Kapuso Foundation, the socio-civic arm of GMA Network, made a lasting impact on thousands of lives through its most recent projects.

During relief operations conducted from August 29 to 30, GMAKF provided 1,247 adults and children from Macalelon and Pitogo, Quezon with free medical consultations and medicines as part of efforts for victims of typhoon Glenda. Volunteers from the East Avenue Medical Center Surgery Department also took part in the project.

The same assistance was given in the joint medical mission with Pharex Health Corporation, which serviced 850 people coming from depressed barangays. The event, which was held on August 22 in Tondo, Manila, was supported by volunteer doctors from Philippine Medical Association and Manila Medical Society and nurses from the Metropolitan Medical Center Nursing Department.

In celebration of Sight Saving month, GMAKF together with the Integrated Philippine Association of Optometrists (IPAO) as its main project partner provided free refraction and eyeglasses to 692 individuals (312 in Manila, 209 in Cebu, 181 in Davao) via the Kapuso 20/20 project. 79 doctors gave their services for free, while Essilor Vision Foundation donated all the lenses and frames. A lecture on proper eye glass and eye care was also conducted during the events.

On the other hand, the August Sagip Dugtong Buhay project held yearly at the EVER Gotesco Mall marked its 18th year on a successful note as it collected 1,871 blood bags (837,100cc) on August 8. The successful bloodletting which mobilized blood donors was done in partnership with Philippine Red Cross (6 chapters), Ever Gotesco Mall and Go Tong Foundation.

With her birthday falling on the month of August, GMAKF EVP and COO Mel C. Tiangco held a simple celebration together with the beneficiaries of the medical mission with Pharex Health Corporation. The bloodletting activity was also conducted in line with Tiangco’s special day.

Meanwhile, as Typhoon Luis crossed Northern Luzon last September 13, GMAKF distributed relief goods to evacuees in Binalonan, Pangasinan, which was flooded due to the heavy rains. A week after, the country was struck again by another tropical depression, Mario, which made landfall in northern Cagayan. GMAKF immediately gave relief goods to flooded areas near Quezon City such as Marikina, Rizal, Malabon, Navotas, Valenzuela and Pasig. Once the roads became passable, GMAKF rushed to Bulacan, Ilocos Sur and Pangasinan to conduct relief operations. A total of 59, 644 individuals were given immediate relief assistance in the wake of both typhoons.

In the same way, when the alert level for Mt. Mayon was raised from 1 to 3 last September 16, GMAKF travelled to Albay to conduct a soup kitchen and distribute relief goods to the residents, who were evacuated in Cabanaagan and Anuling Elementary School. A total of 9,150 evacuees were served through GMAKF’s efforts.

“We remain committed to providing Serbisyong Totoo to our less fortunate brothers and sisters,” said Tiangco. “We credit the success of our projects to our partners, volunteers, and donors, who help us bring our plans to fruition.”

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GMAKF Operation Bayanihan (relief operations), Typhoon Mario and Habagat, Malabon

GMAKF Operation Bayanihan (relief operations), Typhoon Mario and Habagat, Malabon

GMAKF, Kalusugan Karavan (medical mission), Tondo Manila

GMAKF, Kalusugan Karavan (medical mission), Tondo Manila

GMAKF, Kapuso 20 20 Eye Project 2014

GMAKF, Kapuso 20 20 Eye Project 2014

GMAKF, Sagip Dugtong Buhay bloodletting project, August 2014

GMAKF, Sagip Dugtong Buhay bloodletting project, August 2014

24 Oras

24 Oras

Mel Tiangco Magpakailanman

Mel Tiangco Magpakailanman

Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho

Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho

My Destiny

My Destiny



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, Facebook pages,, and, Twitter pages @GMAPinoyTV and @GMA_LifeTV, and Instagram page, @GMAPinoyTV.



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

Tom Rodriguez Rocco Nacio and Max Collins Mark Herras Marian Rivera.jpg Kris Bernal Aljur Abrenica and Julie Anne San Jose Jestoni Alarcon Dennis Trillo Arnold Clavio, Marian Rivera, Dingdong DantesThere is nothing more unique than the heart of a Filipino—soft enough to care for the weak, strong enough to rise up to the challenge. GMA Network knocks on this very heart as the country faces another great challenge—the nation’s survival and recovery from typhoon Yolanda.


With the joint efforts of GMA Kapuso Foundation and YES Pinoy Foundation, last November 17, the Kapuso Network invited everyone to take part in a one time television special aptly entitled, “TIBAY NG PUSONG PILIPINO, A GMA Telethon for the benefit of the victims of typhoon Yolanda.


This special featured a powerhouse cast of respectable names in the music and showbiz industry, headlined by the biggest and brightest Kapuso stars, with the special participation of News and Public Affairs personalities.


Viewers got to see various Kapuso artists in heartwarming production numbers, live updates in the affected areas, and special activities (such as live telethon, and repacking of goods) all for the survival and recovery of the victims of typhoon Yolanda.


As of November 26, GMA Kapuso Foundation has received a total of Php166,083,570.95 in cash andPhp26,244,191.88 worth of in-kind donations. Total amount of donations is Php192,327,762.83.  Those who wish to extend financial aid to GMAKF may visit the GMA Kapuso Foundation website at


Meanwhile, to know the details on how to subscribe to GMA International channels – GMA Pinoy TV, GMA Life TV and GMA News TV International, please visit the GMA International, Facebook pages,, and,, or Twitter pages@GMAPinoyTV and @GMA_LifeTV.

Water World starring Kevin Costner!

Water World starring Kevin Costner!

Have you seen the movie “Water World,” starring Kevin Costner? In the movie most of the earth was covered in water, and people had to adapt to living in a watery world.  The hero played by Costner was able to adapt to the changes in their environment, by growing gills like a fish.  Denoting living most of their lives amphibiously, part water, part air/land.  If you haven’t seen it, I suggest you do.  It’s a nice movie.

My question is this! Are we doomed to live a life similar to the one lived by Costner in the movie? Are we doomed to experience this flooding year after year? Do we need to purchase amphibious vehicles? Do we need to buy boats? What is the government doing to address this problem?

Are we going to adapt by having gills, like fishes? Problems like flooding is not only prevalent in the Philippines.  Thailand experienced one of its worst flood a few years back.  China and India has experienced flooding as well.

Are we experiencing the effects of Climate Change? Of Global Warming? Do we need to build another Noah’s Ark? Will we be experiencing rains for 40 day, and 40 nights?

What should we do? What is our part in the effort to address this problem? We need to conserve our resources, protect our forest, mountains, hills, etc., we need 3R (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle), we should not wantonly dispose of our garbage just anywhere, we should learn to segregate our wastes.  These are but some of the things that we need to do.  But we should diligently do it, if we don’t start with ourselves, then who do we expect to do it? We should lead by example!

0001YOThere are entrepreneurs that become so successful, they become known as Taipans.  And when these taipans carry on business transactions, or take any action, the people, and the country pay close attention, as their actions affect the stability of the economy, and the country as well.  Usually taipans are reclusive, and keep to themselves, but there are some who know how to give back to the community, the people, and the country, through their foundations, charitable works, and through their advocacies.

One such taipan is, Mr. Raul T. Concepcion, wants to bring about positive change to the community, the people, and the country.  To those who don’t know, Mr. Raul T. Concepcion, he has many business interest including Concepcion Industries, Condura, Concepcion Durables Inc., Go Negosyo, and RFM, just to name a few.  Most of his companies employ hundreds, if not thousand of Filipinos, and believes in the Pro Philippine Made products/goods, and services.  His advocacy group was known initially as Consumer & Oil Price Watch (COPW), which is now known as GOVT Watch or

0001p6The move was made in keeping with the times. GOVT Watch chairman Raul T. Concepcion believes that as the whole nation look forward to the fulfillment of the campaign promises of President Benigno Aquino III, COPW must evolve as GOVT Watch to expand its advocacy and work as an independent oversight in support of the new administration.

COPW, for over 20 years, has championed the cause of the Filipino consumer especially in the areas of power, fuel and the prices of prime commodities.

In the pursuit of this advocacy, it has become clear that REPRESSIVE GOVERNMENT POLICIES AND A LACK OF GOOD GOVERNANCE have been the greatest cause of the Filipino consumers’ plight.

GOVT Watch, and Raul T. Concepcion’s advocacies range from Power and Energy, Fuel, Oil Prices & LPG, Transport Sector, and Basic Commodities.

His advocacies are in place to put multinational companies, government agencies, and the government itself in check.  Advocacies targeting the check on petroleum prices, energy prices, water distribution charges, transportation fares, toll fees, and election/voting systems, just to name a few.  All of of which affects the lives of millions and millions of Filipinos.  And therefore cemented Raul T. Concepcion’s desire to continue his advocacies, to help alleviate the lives of the Filipinos.

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.

It’s winter woollies weather, with the mercury expected to drop to 14 degrees Celsius this morning, weathermen say.A winter monsoon will be bringing lower temperatures to Hong Kong over the next few days, the observatory said.

The minimum temperature is also forecast to be 14 degrees tomorrow, before rising slightly to 16 degrees on Friday and Saturday. It will be a couple of degrees lower in the New Territories – Ta Kwu Ling is expected to experience a chilly 11 degrees.

It will be cool during the night because of northerly winds, and temperatures will rise to 18 to 21 degrees on Sunday in what has been a generally warmer December so far.

“Mutton and beef are the most popular foods. And more people order spicy hotpot and beer,” Au said.Food stall owners welcomed the cooler weather as it will be good for business. Au Shuk-chee, who owns a stall in Fo Tan, expects an increase of at least 10 percent in business, with demand for barbecued meat and hotpot.

The Centre for Health Protection urged the elderly and chronically ill to take precautions against the cold by wearing warm clothing and eating high calorie food.

“Some people think that drinking alcohol will keep them warm, but this is wrong. In fact, alcohol causes the blood vessels to dilate, and the body actually loses heat,” a spokesman said.

He also urges the public not to use raw egg as dipping sauce for hotpot as it may be contaminated by salmonella. REBECCA YU