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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.

ANG PEOPLES POPE

ANG PEOPLES POPE

Pope Francis’ visit to the country has been a resounding success – providing an electrifying atmosphere in the five days that he was here and winning the hearts of Filipinos not only through his words and deeds but also because of his captivating smile and sincerity that communicate directly to the soul.

 

And just like in the past – during significant events that help shape the country’s history – more viewers nationwide trusted GMA Network as their primary source of news and information.

 

Pope Francis’ five-day apostolic and state visit to the Philippines, from January 15 to 19, is no exception as GMA-7 and GMA News TV’s joint special “Ang People’s Pope sa Pilipinas” emerged as the most watched coverage of the said Papal visit nationwide.

 

Based on household data from the industry’s widely-trusted ratings service provider Nielsen TV Audience Measurement, GMA-7’s “Ang People’s Pope sa Pilipinas” posted an average of 15% from January 15 to 19 (based on overnight ratings) in NUTAM (National Urban Television Audience Measurement). It led ABS-CBN’s11.7% by 3.3 rating points.

 

The Kapuso Network’s special coverage, which was bannered by GMA News pillars Mel Tiangco, Mike Enriquez, Vicky Morales, Arnold Clavio, Howie Severino and Jessica Soho, together with the full roster of GMA News and Public Affairs, registered even bigger leads in the viewer-rich areas of Urban Luzon and Mega Manila.

 

In Urban Luzon, which comprises 77% of the total urban TV households nationwide, “Ang People’s Pope sa Pilipinas” got 16.9%, very much ahead of ABS-CBN’s 10.4%. Likewise in Mega Manila, which accounts for 59% of all urban TV households in the country, the Kapuso special coverage was the most watched with18.2% versus ABS-CBN’s 9.2%.

 

“Ang People’s Pope sa Pilipinas” special coverage started with the arrival of Pope Francis on Thursday afternoon, followed by the Pope’s activities on Friday that included the state visit to Malacañan Palace, a Eucharistic celebration at the Manila Cathedral, and a special meeting with families at the Mall of Asia Arena.

 

On Saturday, various GMA News teams covered Pope Francis’ visit to Leyte, which was shortened due to typhoon Amang. Highlights of his Leyte visit included the Pope’s heart-touching impromptu homily at the Holy Mass held at the Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport in Tacloban.

 

And on Sunday, “Ang People’s Pope sa Pilipinas” continued its coverage of the historic visit as Pope Francis headed a youth gathering at the University of Santo Tomas and led the record-breaking Mass celebration at the Quirino Grandstand in Luneta, which was attended by approximately six million people.

 

“Ang People’s Pope sa Pilipinas” also joined the country as it bade farewell to Pope Francis on Monday morning.

 

GMA Pinoy TV, the Network’s flagship international channel, aired the live coverage overseas through its carriers in the US, Canada, Middle East, North Africa and Asia-Pacific region.

 

The Network’s special coverage, available online via GMA News Online’s official papal visit microsite(gmanews.tv/popefrancis), was also a big hit with web users.

 

The microsite, with its liveblog, livestream, Pope Tracker, and the #BlessedByThePope section, consistently provided breaking stories and heart-warming human interest articles including that of the girl who managed to get a selfie with the Pope, the story of the father who lost a child due to an accident after the Tacloban mass, the girl who cried during the UST event, the image of the smiling Pope in the rain, and how almost everyone was moved to tears during the Tacloban mass.

 

Moreover, GMA News’ hashtag #BlessedByThePope became a top trending topic in the Philippines and was also one of the trending topics worldwide for two consecutive days.  GMA News Online was also able to get noteworthy user-generated content, both photos and videos, through YouScoop. And its “The Filipino faith is waterproof” photo was shared by thousands.

 

The Network’s flagship AM radio station DZBB 594 kHz Super Radyo, on the other hand, also had its “Si Pope Francis sa Pilipinas” special coverage.

 

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

GMA International

GMA International

Front Row executive producer Joseph Laban received the UNICEF Asia Pacific Child Rights Award in Macau last October 27

Front Row executive producer Joseph Laban received the UNICEF Asia Pacific Child Rights Award in Macau last October 27

Front Row won Grand Prize at the UNICEF Asia Pacific Child Rights Award for Television for its documentary Ulilang Lubos

Front Row won Grand Prize at the UNICEF Asia Pacific Child Rights Award for Television for its documentary Ulilang Lubos

One of GMA Network’s award-winning documentary programs, Front Row is this year’s winner of the prestigious UNICEF Asia-Pacific Child Rights Award for Television.

Its winning documentary, “Ulilang Lubos” (Orphaned) follows the daily life of 10-year-old Princess, who has had to take care of three younger siblings since their mother abandoned them. Princess washes produce at a wet market to earn money. She receives five to 20 pesos for this.

After working the entire morning, Princess then proceeds to her second job: scavenging. She has to do this every day to feed herself and her siblings.

“I haven’t seen my mom since she left us three years ago,” Princess says. “We started scavenging to get some money and asking around for food. Sometimes we don’t have anything to eat and our stomachs hurt. We sleep on cardboard boxes on the floor. I envy my friends because they go to school but I don’t.”

“Front Row: Ulilang Lubos” was praised by the jurors for reflecting the vulnerable children’s world in their own eyes. “It was very effective,” they said. “There are many heartbreaking moments in this film. The interviews were handled with sensitivity and the three children came across as everyday kids. Their interaction during bath and meal times was very naturalistic, as if the cameras weren’t there. This is a powerful story that really captured the plight of these children.”

 

The UNICEF further says, “Front Row: Orphaned is a powerful piece of television. It shows the importance of protecting and nurturing children, and the strength and resilience they possess, through the eyes of four abandoned children trying desperately to make the most of their lives,” said Christopher de Bono, Chief of Communications, UNICEF East Asia and the Pacific.

 

“It is also a testimony to the value of powerful television storytelling, by motivating all of us to meet our responsibilities and address the suffering of children in need.”   Dr Javad Mottaghi, ABU Secretary-General, said: “To know there are documentary makers of this quality working in our region, chronicling the lives of our most vulnerable children and celebrating the triumph of their young spirits over great adversity, must spur us all on to be the best media messengers we possibly can.

 

‘Front Row: Orphaned’ shows how great documentary-making not only exposes inequality and exploitation but journeys deeper into the human spirit and reminds us that each human being, however young, poor and disadvantaged, carries the light of hope in their soul.” Christopher Slaughter, CEO of CASBAA, said: “CASBAA congratulates GMA Network for their unflinching look at childhood poverty in ‘Front Row: Orphaned’. Our industry reaches hundreds of millions of people around the world daily. It is heartening to see our medium being used as a platform not just for entertainment, but in the service of such a worthy cause as alleviating the plight of children in need.”

 

Managing Producer Joseph Israel Laban accepted the prestigious UNICEF prize last October 27 at the Asia Broadcasting Union awards ceremony held in Macau. He shared the viewers’ positive response to the program. “Since the documentary aired, one of the children’s relatives has reached out to them. Viewers are now sending two of the children to school and more help is still coming in. But we are hoping for a more permanent and comprehensive solution to address the plight of Filipino orphans, perhaps with better Government facilities to take care of them and their basic needs.”

 

The UNICEF Asia-Pacific Child Rights Award was established by the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU), CASBAA and UNICEF in 2001. It recognizes the efforts of broadcasters and producers in pursuing high quality children’s television and better coverage of children’s issues, and is given each year to the best programme on children’s rights produced in the Asia-Pacific region.

Front Row’s “Ulilang Lubos” also previously won a Silver Screen Award at the 2014 United States International Film and Video Festival and received a Finalist citation at the 2014 URTI Grand Prix for Author’s Documentary in Monaco, the sole Philippine program to be honoured this year.

 

Kapuso viewers abroad can catch the multi-awarded documentary program Front Row on GMA News TV International, which is available to subscribers in the Asia Pacific, Middle East, North Africa, and Canada.

Basta Everyday Happy hosts - Alessandra de Rossi, Gladys Reyes, Chef Boy Logro and Donita Rose

Basta Everyday Happy hosts – Alessandra de Rossi, Gladys Reyes, Chef Boy Logro and Donita Rose

GMA Life TV logo

GMA Life TV logo

I-Bilib with Chris Tiu as its main host will debut on GMA Life TV

I-Bilib with Chris Tiu as its main host will debut on GMA Life TV

Julie Anne San Jose sang the theme song of GMA Life TV's new station ID

Julie Anne San Jose sang the theme song of GMA Life TV’s new station ID

Sarap Diva hosted by Asia's Songbird Regine Velasquez-Alcasid combines great food and great music

Sarap Diva hosted by Asia’s Songbird Regine Velasquez-Alcasid combines great food and great music

Beginning this October, GMA Life TV, the second international channel of GMA Network, reflects the vibrance of life in its new line-up of programs, catering to the ever-changing preferences of Filipino audiences abroad.

 

Indeed, “There’s More to Life,” as the channel’s new tagline goes, with its premium mix of Filipino programming – from drama to infotainment, news to sports, reality to fashion, and essentially everything in between – appealing to every member of the household.

 

Now on its 6th year, GMA Life TV combines both new and well-loved Kapuso programs that feature some of the Network’s biggest Entertainment stars like Regine Velasquez, Heart Evangelista, Jean Garcia, Camille Prats, Chris Tiu, Chef Boy Logro, Donita Rose, Alessandra de Rossi, Gladys Reyes, Isabelle Daza, and Solenn Heussaff, as well as News and Public Affairs personalities such as Raffy Tima, Pia Archangel, Mariz Umali, Jun Veneracion, Connie Sison, Suzi Entrata, Drew Arellano and Doc Ferds, to name a few.

 

“We want to touch and inspire as many viewers as possible to enjoy, embrace and celebrate life to the fullest,” says GMA VP and head of international operations Joseph T. Francia on the new and exciting mix of Filipino programs available on the channel. “GMA Life TV is the channel for Filipinos abroad who feel that they can’t have enough of their favourite Pinoy programming.  So we are giving our viewers another generous serving of the programs they miss. Apart from being a source of the latest news, trends or gossip, we are presenting GMA Life TV as every viewer’s companion in finding ways to enjoy his or her day-to-day activities.”

 

Among the new shows on GMA Life TV are Weddings TV, a visual feast of wedding ideas; Pinay Beauty Queen Academy, a reality show on the dramas, challenges, and intrigues in becoming a beauty queen; Nang Magising si Juan, which tackles money issues and financial management; and Young Minds Inspired, a program that puts the spotlight on inspiring and talented teens. I-Bilib, Byahe ni Drew and Born Impact are also new additions in the channel.

 

Besides theseexisting programs such as Taste Buddies, Mars, Sarap Diva, Aha!, Ang Pinaka, Day-Off, Reel Life, Love Hotline, and Let’s Fiesta, to name a few, will likewise continue to captivate Kapuso viewers across the globe.

 

They must also look forward to the “There’s More To Life” music video with its theme song sung by no less than Asia’s Pop Sweetheart, Julie Anne San Jose. The song echoes GMA Life TV’s reinforced vision of inspiring viewers to live each day to the fullest, “It’s a brand new day, a brand new life/ More to love, more to share, more to celebrate/ There’s more to life with GMA Life TV.”

 

GMA Life TV is available in the U.S, Canada, the Middle East, North Africa, Hong Kong, Guam, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, and Madagascar with an estimated one million viewers from all over the world.

 

Learn more about GMA Life TV and other GMA International channels and events throughwww.gmanetwork.com/international, Facebook page, www.facebook.com/GMAPinoyTV and follow GMA Pinoy TV on Twitter and Instagram via @gmapinoytv.

aya and her father Rey Kagahastian whom she had not seen in almost 20 years.

aya and her father Rey Kagahastian whom she had not seen in almost 20 years.

Jaya bonds with her half-brother Joshua and her father Rey along with the organizers of the Vancouver OPM Festival in Canada.

Jaya bonds with her half-brother Joshua and her father Rey along with the organizers of the Vancouver OPM Festival in Canada.

Joshua Kagahastian, Jaya, and Rey Kagahastian are reunited in Vancouver, Canada.

Joshua Kagahastian, Jaya, and Rey Kagahastian are reunited in Vancouver, Canada.

As thousands of Filipino-Canadians flocked to the Plaza of Nations in Vancouver to see Jaya perform at the third Vancouver OPM Festival, two special guests drove 13 hours from Edmonton, Alberta just to see the Kapuso Soul Diva.

 

They were Rey Kagahastian, Jaya’s father whom she had not seen in almost 20 years, and Joshua Kagahastian, her half-brother whom she met for the first time.

 

“My father left when I was three years old, I think,” Jaya recalls. “But I can remember seeing him again in 1980 when he met up with me in Fiesta Carnival in Cubao.”

 

“That was also the day he bought me my first pair of eyeglasses,” Jaya fondly remembers of that meeting.

 

Rey, who now resides in Canada, last saw his daughter in 1997 when she was on tour with Asia’s Queen of Songs Pilita Corrales.

 

The opportunity for their long-awaited reunion came when the Kapuso singer, who is currently a main host of GMA’s variety program, Sunday All-Stars, headlined the Vancouver OPM Festival last July, which was organized by GMA Pinoy TV in partnership with the Filipino Canadian Marketing Group, Inc.

 

“My father and I talked about everything,” she shares. “From how he met my mother, to the time I was conceived and why he left. We talked about our future together.”

 

Meeting her half-brother was also a special moment for Jaya and she was grateful for the opportunity to visit Canada, through the efforts of GMA Pinoy TV, which led to this significant milestone. “I felt so happy and blessed to have had a chance to get to know him even for a short time,” she says. “I can’t wait to spend more time with him so I can get to know him further.”

 

Going beyond giving her kababayans abroad a taste of home through a night of original Pilipino music, Jaya’s trip to Vancouver proved to be a memorable one as she herself was able to find a sense of home in reuniting with her family.

Dingdong Dantes in Bolingbrook, Illinois - Meet and greet

Dingdong Dantes in Bolingbrook, Illinois – Meet and greet

Dingdong Dantes in Bolingbrook, Illinois 2

Dingdong Dantes in Bolingbrook, Illinois 2

Dingdong Dantes in Bolingbrook, Illinois

Dingdong Dantes in Bolingbrook, Illinois

Geoff Eigenmann in Carson City, California - GMA booth

Geoff Eigenmann in Carson City, California – GMA booth

Geoff Eigenmann in Carson City, California - performing onstage

Geoff Eigenmann in Carson City, California – performing onstage

Heart Evangelista and Tom Rodriguez in NY - with fans at the GMA booth

Heart Evangelista and Tom Rodriguez in NY – with fans at the GMA booth

Heart Evangelista and Tom Rodriguez in NY

Heart Evangelista and Tom Rodriguez in NY

Julie Anne San Jose, Kuwait

Julie Anne San Jose, Kuwait

Julie Anne San Jose, Kuwait

Julie Anne San Jose, Kuwait

Lovi Poe in Toronto - Giving out GMA Pinoy TV and GMA Life TV merchandise

Lovi Poe in Toronto – Giving out GMA Pinoy TV and GMA Life TV merchandise

Lovi Poe in Toronto

Lovi Poe in Toronto

Lovi Poe with Ms Philippines Canada winners

Lovi Poe with Ms Philippines Canada winners

Steven Silva and Benjamin Alves, Flores De Mayo

Steven Silva and Benjamin Alves, Flores De Mayo

Steven Silva and Benjamin Alves, Flores De Mayo

Steven Silva and Benjamin Alves, Flores De Mayo

GMA Network, through its international business unit, GMA International, was at the heart of several key celebrations around the world in commemoration of the Philippines’ 116th Independence Day this June.

 

“Through GMA’s participation in the annual celebration of Philippine Independence, we strive to keep the Filipino spirit alive all around the globe and instill a sense of nationalism across all generations,” says GMA Vice-President and Head of International Operations Joseph T. Francia. “GMA hopes to create a sense of home wherever there is a Filipino,” he adds.

 

The festivities began in New York City with Kapuso prime artists Tom Rodriguez and Heart Evangelista gracing the GMA International booth at the Philippine Independence Day celebration on Madison Avenue last June 1. To the delight of their fans, Tom and Heart readily posed for photographs with the stream of people at the GMA booth, which was one of the busiest in the area.

 

On June 7, the city of Carson welcomed Kapuso leading man Geoff Eigenmann in the Philippine Independence Day parade led by Carson City Mayor Pro Tempore Elito Santarina as Grand Marshall. Geoff entertained an enthusiastic crowd during the GMA variety show and ended the day interacting with his fans at the meet and greet activity.  The celebration was a showcase of Filipino culture with local Filipino performers and booths that served Filipino delicacies and products. The event is an annual activity sponsored by the city and the Philippine Independence Day Foundation, with the support of various Filipino-American organizations in Carson, Los Angeles and Long Beach.

 

Meanwhile, Kapuso fans in Kuwait were serenaded by Asia’s Pop Sweetheart and 9-time Platinum Record Award holder Julie Anne San Jose and singer-comedienne Gladys Guevarra at Musika at Tawanan 4 last June 13. The event, which is part of the local Philippine Independence day festivities, gathered more than 3000 overseas workers in the region for a night of fun, entertainment, and Filipino flavor. The large audience was awed by Julie Anne’s powerful performance of hit songs while Gladys captured the crowd with her comedic act.

 

On June 14, GMA International also participated in the Mabuhay Festival in California, an event which drew in over 7000 individuals. The GMA booth showcased the Network’s three international channels- GMA Pinoy TV, its flagship international channel; GMA Life TV, the first international Filipino lifestyle channel; and GMA News TV International, an international news channel powered by the Philippines’ most trusted news and public affairs team.

 

Completing the series of events were visits from two of GMA primetime’s biggest stars, Kapuso Primetime King Dingdong Dantes and Kapuso Premier Actress Lovi Poe, who are currently seen on GMA Pinoy TV via the enthralling drama, Ang Dalawang Mrs. Real.

 

Dingdong joined his kababayans abroad at Bolingbrook in Chicago on June 21 for the Philippine Fest Piyesta Pinoy 2014 which included vibrant cultural performances by Filipino-American artists and native dance numbers by young Filipino-Americans dressed in traditional attire. The audience was not disappointed as their favorite Kapuso leading man entertained them with a song number and mingled with his fans all throughout the event.

 

Lovi, on the other hand, livened up the crowd at the “Pinoy Fiesta and Trade Show sa Toronto” last June 28. With a repertoire of local and foreign songs, she serenaded over 7000 Filipino-Canadians who attended the Independence Day celebration. Lovi proved to be a hit with the audience as fans lined up at the GMA booth to meet and take photos with the actress. Those who visited the booth were also treated to GMA Pinoy TV and GMA Life TV merchandise. During her visit, Lovi was also invited to participate in the Ms. Philippines Canada coronation ceremony.

 

Apart from the Independence Day events, GMA International also celebrated the traditional Flores de Mayo festival in Hawaii last May. Kapuso stars Steven Silva and Benjamin Alves participated in the festivities which highlighted the colorful Filipino culture.

 

Through its continued presence overseas, GMA International remains instrumental in cultivating the Filipino spirit wherever a Filipino may be, keeping our kababayans both here and abroad “proudly Pinoy, proudly Kapuso.”

 

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

[EB Live in Toronto] 3000 fill Sony Center for the Performing Arts

[EB Live in Toronto] 3000 fill Sony Center for the Performing Arts

[EB Live in Toronto] Dabarkads

[EB Live in Toronto] Dabarkads

[EB Live in Toronto] Fans pose at the Sony Center for the Performing Arts

[EB Live in Toronto] Fans pose at the Sony Center for the Performing Arts

[EB Live in Toronto] Ryzza Mae Dizon

[EB Live in Toronto] Ryzza Mae Dizon

[EB Live in Toronto] Wally Bayola, Paolo Ballesteros, Jose Manalo

[EB Live in Toronto] Wally Bayola, Paolo Ballesteros, Jose Manalo

The Philippines’ longest running noon time show Eat Bulaga, which airs worldwide on GMA Network’s flagship international channel, GMA Pinoy TV, once again delighted its international fanbase in Canada with the much-awaited concert, Eat Bulaga Live In Toronto, at the Sony Center for the Performing Arts last April 12.

 

The Dabarkads, led by the noontime show’s renowned trio, Tito Sotto, Vic Sotto and Joey de Leon, entertained the crowd of over 3000 Filipino-Canadians who came to see the TV hosts as they brought “isang libo’t isang tuwa” to their kababayans in Canada. Completing the show’s highly entertaining cast were Pauleen Luna, Ruby Rodriguez, Jimmy Santos, Allan K., Julia Clarete, Keempee de Leon, and the “Sugod Bahay Gang” Jose Manalo, Wally Bayola, and Paolo Ballesteros, with the show’s well-loved Aleng Maliit, Ryzza Mae Dizon, joining the Dabarkads for a show abroad for the first time.

 

Presented by GMA Network’s international channels, GMA Pinoy TV, GMA Life TV and GMA News TV International, Kapuso viewers in Canada were brought closer to home through a night of fun, laughter and entertainment.

 

Aside from the freebies and prizes given away during the concert, Canadian communications provider, Rogers, which carries GMA’s international channels, gave those who attended a chance to avail a free Eat Bulaga Toronto shirt and a My Husband’s Lover DVD box set.

 

After more than 3 decades of entertaining Filipinos worldwide, the Eat Bulaga Dabarkads continue to bring smiles and laughter into the lives of Kapuso viewers.

 

Eat Bulaga Live in Toronto will be aired on GMA Pinoy TV on April 27 through its carriers in Asia Pacific, the Middle East, the United States and Canada.

Filipinos in NY

Filipinos in NY

In the wake of super typhoon Yolanda, Filipinos abroad fervently monitored the developments in the rescue and relief operations hoping to gain news of their kababayans in the Visayas Region.

 

As a way of helping these Filipinos outside the country, some of GMA Pinoy TV, GMA News TV International, and GMA Life TV carriers agreed to broadcast a free preview of the said channels.

 

“We support the efforts of the international community in helping the victims of Yolanda,” says Joseph T. Francia, GMA Network Vice-President and Head of International Operations. “Through our international channels, we hope to bring our Kapuso viewers closer to home by providing them with up-to-date information on the developments since the tragedy and details on how they could help in the relief operations.”

 

Filipinos worldwide, despite being separated by land and sea, are once again united with a sense ofbayanihan as they endeavor to rebuild their home country together.  Motivated by a common purpose, our fellow Filipinos overseas have made significant contributions to the relief efforts for the victims of the recent typhoon.

 

In the US, a variety of fundraising events were organized for the benefit of those affected by Yolanda. Among them, a benefit concert called “Malama” (which means “care” in Hawaii) by the University of Hawaii and the Philippine Consulate in Honolulu, Hawaii; clothing sales such as the “Philippines Fashion Relief” by the Filipino American Legal Defense and Education Fund and the Philippine Consulate General of New York; a lunch fundraiser at the Sunda New Asian Restaurant  in Chicago organized by the Philippine Consulate General where Sunda co-owner and Fil-Am Bill Dec, Consul General Leo Herrera-Lim, and other members of the Filipino community in Chicago discussed the current state of the Philippines ;  and, gatherings like “Friends of FilCom: Giving Together to Rebuild Lives” by The Filipino American Communities of Northeast US. Special masses and prayers are also being offered for the victims.

 

Along with the outpouring of aid from different institutions and foreign governments, there is no shortage of support from various Filipino communities around the world. Filipinos in Contra Costa County and Vallejo, California are continuously raising funds and donations.

 

In Europe, the Samahang Pilipina Bern held a cake sale which garnered thousands of dollars with passersby donating money even without buying  pastries. Meanwhile, in Singapore, officials and staff of Pinoy Star Magazine, Filipino Association of Singapore, Kultura Performing Arts, and Afreight Cargo, in collaboration with the Philippine Embassy in Singapore, came together to gather donations for the survivors.

 

The support from the international community continues as more initiatives have been planned by various groups in an effort to hasten the rehabilitation. Benefit concerts, auctions, a film festival, and a benefit dance by Power ng Pinoy and the Cheryl Burke Dance Studio were scheduled for the latter part of November until the first week of December.

 

The Philippine Consulate General in Dubai, UAE will organize “Brunch for a Cause and Relief Operations” while Xpress Money, in association with UAExchange, has waived fees among UAE exchange branches in the UAE, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, and Bahrain until December 8, 2013.

 

For details on how you can help, you may visit GMA Kapuso Foundation’s website, www.gmanetwork.com/kapusofoundation.

Filipinos in NY

Filipinos in NY