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Karelasyon

Karelasyon

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Carla Abellana Karelasyon

Carla Abellana Karelasyon

GMA News and Public Affairs proudly presents Karelasyon—the newest drama anthology set to reveal the real nature of relationships based on true-to-life experiences of people who have faced different ordeals in the hopes of keeping the love of their lives.

 

What sets Karelasyon apart from programs of the same genre is that it underscores the fact that with every relationship comes pain, sacrifice, and grief; and that loving someone does not always guarantee a ticket to a happy ending.  

 

The drama anthology will premiere worldwide on GMA Network’s flagship international channel GMA Pinoy TV on April 19, Sunday.

 

For its pilot episode, Karelasyon features the story of “Minda,” portrayed by Mylene Dizon: a woman who, in her desperation to be with someone, easily falls for “Daniel,” played by Mark Herras. An account of heartache and betrayal, witness how the man Minda loves instantly turns into her worst nightmare once her gay son “Ryan” (Martin del Rosario) enters the picture.   

 

Written and directed by acclaimed independent film director Adolf Alix, Jr., Karelasyon is hosted by no less than Kapuso premier leading lady and TV host Carla Abellana. Take a closer look at love and relationships this Sunday, on GMA Pinoy TV.

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.

Julie Anne San Jose, Miguel Tanfelix, Tom Rodriguez, Carla Abellana, and Betong Sumaya are all smiles upon arriving in LA for the Kapusong Pinoy sa L.A. concert (photo courtesy of Sthanlee B. Mirador)

Julie Anne San Jose, Miguel Tanfelix, Tom Rodriguez, Carla Abellana, and Betong Sumaya are all smiles upon arriving in LA for the Kapusong Pinoy sa L.A. concert (photo courtesy of Sthanlee B. Mirador)

Kapuso leading man Tom Rodriguez and his onscreen partner Carla Abellana gave the crowd an exhilarating show. (photo courtesy of Sthanlee B. Mirador)

Kapuso leading man Tom Rodriguez and his onscreen partner Carla Abellana gave the crowd an exhilarating show. (photo courtesy of Sthanlee B. Mirador)

(photo courtesy of Sthanlee B. Mirador)

(photo courtesy of Sthanlee B. Mirador)

Laughter, excitement and pure entertainment filled the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center as scores of loyal Kapuso fans trooped to GMA Pinoy TV’s successful sold-out concert, “Kapusong Pinoy sa L.A.” last September 27.

 

Featuring one of the hottest love teams on television – Carla Abellana and Tom Rodriguez, the show was an exciting Kapuso experience from beginning to end as the audience was treated to exhilarating performances and entertaining segments from their favorite GMA stars.

 

Carla and Tom, who were first paired in the internationally-acclaimed series My Husband’s Lover, exuded undeniable chemistry as they serenaded the crowd. Attesting to the popularity of their onscreen pairing currently seen in the romantic-drama My Destiny, their fans eagerly cheered on the pair all throughout their production number. They did not disappoint their fans as they performed thrilling duets and engaged in endearing banter.

 

“We had a great time performing in L.A.,” says Carla. “The crowd was very appreciative and it was nice to be able to put up a good show and bring a piece of ‘home’ to our fellow Filipinos in the US.”

 

It was also a homecoming of sorts for Tom as he was reunited with his family who came all the way from Arizona to support the Kapuso leading man. “Performing in this show was heartwarming for me because, not only was I able to share the experience with our kababayans abroad, I was also able to share it with my family,” he expresses.

 

Tom also gave the crowd a preview of his newest game show on GMA, Don’t Lose The Money, in a segment where two couples were called to participate in the game.

 

Carla and Tom were also joined on stage by some of GMA’s most versatile performers.

 

Actor-comedian Betong Sumaya portrayed his popular character Antonietta from the country’s longest running comedy show Bubble Gang. Betong elicited endless laughter from the audience with his comedic segment. Like Tom, Betong was also able to meet with family members whom he had not seen in a long time.

 

Nakakataba ng puso ang mainit na pagtanggap sa amin dito sa L.A. [We are happy with the warm reception we received here in L.A.],” says Betong. “Unang pagkakataon kong makarating sa Amerika kaya hinalikan ko talaga ang lupa pagdating ko ng airport. Masaya rin kasi after the longest time, nagkita-kita kami ng mga kamag-anak namin sa L.A. so parang reunion na rin. [It was my first time to visit America so I really kissed the ground upon arriving at the airport. I’m also happy because, after the longest time, I was reunited with my family here in L.A.]”

 

The crowd was also amazed with Asia’s Pop Sweetheart Julie Anne San Jose’s powerful vocals which were showcased in her lively song and dance numbers. Julie Anne has been one of the most requested performers in GMA’s international shows.

 

“The energy of the crowd was contagious,” declares the Kapuso singing sensation and Sunday All Stars mainstay. “It was definitely a lot of fun performing for the Filipino community in L.A.”

 

Meanwhile, fast-rising teen star Miguel Tanfelix, who starred in GMA’s top-rating primetime series Niño, also impressed the crowd with his dancing skills. In his first visit to the United States, Miguel was overwhelmed with the support from their fans abroad. “It was my first time to be part of a GMA Pinoy TV event,” said the Kapuso teen artist. “It was a great experience and I look forward to entertaining more Kapuso fans abroad in the future.”

 

The show culminated in a meet and greet with the Kapuso stars that had fans lining up for hours just to meet and take photos with their favorite artists. Following the hugely successful event, more Kapuso fans in different parts of the world have expressed their desire to see the GMA’s artists perform in their own countries.

 

Kapusong Pinoy sa L.A. was sponsored by Camella, Cerritos Mitsubishi, Vonage, Xoom.com, Vista Residences, Debt Aid Consulting, Moneygram, Thunderbird Platinum, Pag Ibig Fund, Financial Rescue, The Generics Pharmacy, Smart World Mobile, Everest Cooling Systems and Direct TV.

 

Learn more about GMA’s international events through the website, www.gmanetwork.com/international, Facebook page, www.facebook.com/GMAPinoyTV and follow GMA Pinoy TV on Twitter and Instagram via @gmapinoytv.

Ang Dalawang Mrs. Real

Ang Dalawang Mrs. Real

Marian Rivera

Marian Rivera

Tom Rodriguez - Carla Abellana

Tom Rodriguez – Carla Abellana

GMA Network sealed the month of June on a positive note as it held on to its lead in Urban Luzon and Mega Manila, citing data from the industry’s most trusted ratings service provider, Nielsen TV Audience Measurement.

 

Urban Luzon and Mega Manila represent 77% and 60%, respectively, of all urban TV households in the country.

 

For the period June 1 to 30 (with the dates of June 26 to 30 based on overnight data), GMA ruled in Urban Luzon with a 34.5% total day household audience share, surpassing ABS-CBN’s 32.7% by 1.8 points, and TV5’s 11.6% by 22.9 points.

 

GMA similarly maintained its lead in total day ratings in Mega Manila with a 35.9% household audience share, up 5.9 points from ABS-CBN’s 30% and up 23.2 points from TV5’s 12.7%. GMA bested ABS across all time blocks in Mega Manila.

 

Furthermore, GMA outnumbered ABS-CBN in the list of the most watched programs (including specials) in both Urban Luzon and Mega Manila, totalling 18 and 20 (out of 30), respectively. Kapuso programs that figured prominently in both the Urban Luzon and Mega Manila lists include Magpakailanman, Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho, 24 Oras, My Love from the Star, Celebrity Bluff and Niño.

 

Likewise making it to both lists are newly launched programs My Destiny, Marian, Ang Dalawang Mrs. Real, and Ismol Family.

 

In over-all NUTAM, GMA grabbed the afternoon block lead from ABS-CBN with a 33.5% household audience share compared to the latter’s 31.9%.

 

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.

Tom Rodriguez - Carla Abellana

Tom Rodriguez – Carla Abellana

Beginning July 1, GMA Network captivates viewers with a sweeping love story for all generations entitled My Destiny. The series resonates the great love we have for the people we have dedicated our life’s sacrifices. It is a heartwarming drama that nurtures every viewer’s identity as a selfless lover.

 

Lorna Tolentino

Lorna Tolentino

After their successful team-up in the phenomenal drama series My Husband’s Lover, Kapuso prime artists Carla Abellana and Tom Rodriguez once again charm TV audiences through a great love story that features their addicting chemistry and how it is made even more exciting by the presence of Rhian RamosSid Lucero and Ms. Lorna Tolentino in the ensemble.

 

Rhian Ramos

Rhian Ramos

Showing off Carla’s versatility in acting is her portrayal of Grace Dela Rosa, a woman who’s willing to sacrifice everything, even her romantic aspiration, for her family. Grace decides to work abroad and walk away from her own family to give way to her sister’s happiness.

 

Sid Lucero

Sid Lucero

Saddened by Grace’s decision to work abroad is Lucas Matthew Andrada portrayed by Kapuso leading man Tom Rodriguez. Trying to mend his broken heart, Matthew continues his medical studies. Matthew then meets Joy at medical school.

 

Kuh Ledesma

Kuh Ledesma

Joy is the younger sister of Grace who suffers from leukemia. She is losing her will to live until she meets Matthew. Will Joy’s illness lead her to fulfilling her heart’s desires? Portraying this challenging role is Kapuso leading lady Rhian Ramos.

 

Dennis Roldan

Dennis Roldan

Hoping to earn the love and attention of Grace is Jacob Perez whom she will meet abroad. Being Grace’s only companion, Jacob will eventually develop feelings for her. Will he win the heart of Grace? Joining the cast as Jacob is award-winning actor Sid Lucero.

 

Ayen Munji-Laurel

Ayen Munji-Laurel

Over this intertwined love is the caring mother Agnes Dela Rosa, which will be given depth by the industry’s grand-slam best actress Lorna Tolentino, trying to balance her attention towards her daughters–Grace and Joy. Despite her tendency to focus on Joy, Agnes still tries to be there for Grace. But when she knew about her daughters’ affection on one man, can she be able to give a fair advice?

 

Al Tantay

Al Tantay

Playing equally important and exceptional roles in the program are some of the industry’s respected artists: Al Tantay as Arnold Dela Rosa, the father of Grace and Joy; Dennis Roldan as Mateo Andrada, a cardiac surgeon and father of Matthew; Ayen Munji-Laurel as Ruth Perez, the devoted mother of Jacob; and the Asia’s Pop Diva Ms. Kuh Ledesma as Selena Andrada, an in-demand cosmetic surgeon of celebrities and a mother to Matthew.

 

Ruru Madrid

Ruru Madrid

Set to add romance in the series is the tandem of Ruru Madrid and Ashley Ortega. Ruru plays the role of GabPaul Andrada, the adventurous younger brother of Matthew and boyfriend of Nikka (Gabrielle Garcia). Due to her closeness to the couple, Alex (Ashley) bestfriend of Nikka, becomes Paul’s confidant when Nikka fails to comfort him. Will there be a chance for Paul and Alex to be together?

 

Ashley Ortega

Ashley Ortega

From making the hit TV series MarimarDyesebelAng Babaeng Hinugot sa Aking TadyangStairway to Heaven, and I Heart You, Pare!, to name a few, Bb. Joyce Bernal once again takes pride to helm this primetime series.

 

My Destiny offers the story of love and sacrifice between man and woman, siblings, and child and parent. Witness how much every character would be willing to sacrifice for the one they love.

 

Can Grace and Matthew fight for their love when they know that Joy’s life is on the line? Will Joy learn to sacrifice for her sister’s happiness? Can Agnes sacrifice the happiness of Grace to keep her dying daughter Joy happy?

 

My Destiny 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; Program Manager, Nini S. Matilac and Rebya Upalda, Executive Producer.

 

The creative team is composed of Creative Director, Jun Lana; Creative Head for Primetime, RJ Nuevas; Creative Consultant and Headwriter, Aloy Adlawan; Writers, Marlon Miguel, and Glaiza Ramirez; Brainstormers, Homer NovicioJihan Condecido, and Michelle Amog; and Concept by Glaiza Ramirez.

 

My Destiny airs worldwide on GMA’s flagship international channel, GMA Pinoy TV. For updates on GMA Network’s programs, artists and events, visit www.gmanetwork.com/international, Facebook pageswww.facebook.com/GMAPinoyTVwww.facebook.com/GMALifeTV and www.facebook.com/GMANewsInternational, and Twitter pages @GMAPinoyTV and @GMA_LiveTV.

Ryan Agoncillo

Ryan Agoncillo

Sundays will be more exciting and enjoyable for the whole family as GMA Network brings to light a funny, new sitcom on weekend primetime with ISMOL FAMILY, premiering on June 29 on the Network’s flagship international channel, GMA Pinoy TV.

 

Carla Abellana

Carla Abellana

Ismol Family mirrors every person’s aspiration to keep the whole family happy throughout life’s everyday challenges. It takes the viewers on a fun and inspiring family adventure that both parents and their kids can enjoy.

 

Carmi Martin

Carmi Martin

Its relatable storyline likewise encourages the viewers to advocate the belief that money doesn’t define your family’s happiness.

 

Mikael Daez

Mikael Daez

Leading the cast of Ismol Family are Kapuso ace TV host and celebrity dad Ryan Agoncillo and versatile dramatic actress Carla Abellana. Ryan and Carla, who have briefly partnered in My Husband’s Lover, reunite in the program as Jingo, a responsible and loving husband and his pretty and strong-willed wifeMajay.

 

Kevin Santos

Kevin Santos

Joining Ryan and Carla are Carmi Martin as Mama A, Majay’s mother; Mikael Daez as Bernie, Jingo’s bestfriendMike “Pekto” Nacua as Bobong, Majay’s older brother; Kevin Santos as Lance, Mama A’s young boyfriend; Miguel Tanfelix as Tan-tan, Yumi’s classmate; Bianca Umali as Yumi, Bobong’s daughter; Marc Justine Alvarez as PJ, Jingo and Majay’s only son; Natalia Moon as Natalia, Jingo and Majay’s techie house help.

 

Miguel Tanfelix

Miguel Tanfelix

At the helm of Ismol Family is no less than Director Dominic Zapata who has previously handled the comedy programs of the Network Beh Bote NgaNuts Entertainment, Jejemom and Comedy Bar. He is very excited to direct his first family sitcom in the Kapuso Network, “It’s a viewing that you don’t have to be worried about and where families can be able to relate to the show’s characters. It’s a very typical Filipino family [which looks at the] lighter side of things, a new perspective on typical Filipino life.“

 

Bianca Umali

Bianca Umali

Director Dominic adds that Ismol Family is very relatable to families, “It’s very wholesome. The comedy is very now. It’s both a comedy and a drama [because it is very heartwarming]. A lot of things here are very relatable. Every episode [has a lesson which will be shown in a way that isn’t typical]. [We packaged the lessons through a heartwarming comedy], with a  family that you could all relate to, and that you could love and think [of] as your own.”

 

Meanwhile, Director Dominic shares that he is very happy to be working again with Ryan and Carla after My Husband’s Lover. He says that the viewers will witness the different sides of these artists in Ismol Family where they will showcase their talent in comedy.

 

“I’m glad [to have worked with] Ryan and Carla. We are very familiar with each other. They are very seasoned actors. They could go the full spectrum from doing really heavy drama to doing something very light, even comedy. [Carla is very different here]. You’ll see the bubblier side of Carla. And I think it helps [that] Ryan understands the dynamics of husband and wife.”

 

Get the latest updates about Ismol Family from its official facebook page www.facebook.com/IsmolFamilyGMA, twitter account @IsmolFamilyGMA. To know more about Kapuso programs, artists and events, visit the GMA International website www.gmanetwork.com/international, Facebook pageswww.facebook.com/gmalifetv and www.facebook.com/gmanewsinternational, Twitter pages @GMAPinoyTV and @GMA_LifeTV, and Instagram page, @GMAPinoyTV.

Carla and Tom US tour MHL

Carla and Tom US tour MHL

Dennis and Glaiza PIDC Vallejo

Dennis and Glaiza PIDC Vallejo

GMAI PIDC parade Vallejo

GMAI PIDC parade Vallejo

Kapusong Pinoy sa Dubai Meet and Greet

Kapusong Pinoy sa Dubai Meet and Greet

Kuh and Jonalyn US tour MHL

Kuh and Jonalyn US tour MHL

Rachelle Ann and Christian Kapusong Pinoy sa Dubai

Rachelle Ann and Christian Kapusong Pinoy sa Dubai

GMA International, the business unit that manages the operation and distribution of GMA Network’s international channels, marks another year of success as it continues to strengthen its presence abroad.

 

The year 2013 saw GMA Pinoy TV, GMA Life TV and GMA News TV International reaching more Filipino households abroad with Palau and Malaysia being the latest addition to over a hundred countries and territories where the channels are available.

In an effort to provide its viewers with better services, the channels were also launched on new carriers in Singapore, Canada, and, most notably, in the Middle East which has the second largest Filipino population next to North America.

 

Consistent with the Network’s purpose of providing superior news and entertainment, GMA Pinoy TV and GMA Life TV presented its subscribers with new original shows such as The Balikbayan Project, the first original series produced by GMA Pinoy TV, which follows the Basco family as they rediscover their roots in the Philippines, and Home Away From Home, a docu-series that features the homes of noteworthy Filipinos from all over the world. Furthermore, GMA News TV International has included regional newscasts in its programming lineup, in order to connect ourkababayans overseas with their home provinces.

 

As a testament to its successful endeavors throughout the year, GMA International has also been recognized by various award-giving bodies for their business practices and original programs. GMA won a record of eight NAMIC Excellence in Multicultural Marketing Awards (EMMA), a prestigious global marketing competition, which is the most the Network has received in its history of inclusion in the said competition.

 

GMA Pinoy TV’s longest running program on immigration law, Pusong Pinoy sa Amerika, garnered a bronze Telly Award in the Information Category and won for Best TV Show in the Migration Advocacy and Media Awards. Moreover, the program was cited for its Outstanding Reporting on Civil Liberties Ethnic Communities in the NAM Ethnic Media Awards.

 

Furthermore, Power ng Pinoy, a program that showcases success stories of Filipinos abroad, also accumulated major wins in three prestigious competitions, receiving two gold Hermes Awards, two bronze Tellys, and an Honorable Mention in the Plaridel Awards.

 

Continuously upholding its promise of bringing Filipinos closer to home, the Network’s international operations unit goes beyond developing original and relevant programming for its Filipino subscribers by also initiating on-ground events for the Filipino community abroad.

 

To celebrate its eighth year, GMA International, with My-HD, its new partner in the Middle East, brought Christian Bautista, Rachelle Ann Go, Julie Ann San Jose and Marian Rivera to Dubai for a concert entitled Kapusong Pinoy sa Dubai which attracted scores of supporters from the Middle East.

 

Likewise, Kapuso artists were on hand to join their fellow Pinoys in the different celebrations of Philippine Independence Day outside the country. Apart from these festivities, GMA International also took part in the OPM Festival and Pista sa Nayon event in Canada, which highlighted the best of Filipino Music; Battle of the Barrios, a talent competition for the Fil-Am youth in New York; and the eagerly anticipated My Husband’s Lover US Tour that solidified the show’s status as a groundbreaking success.

 

Owing to recent events, some carriers of GMA International broadcast the channels free of charge, effectively keeping our overseas countrymen updated on the developments since the Yolanda tragedy. GMA International also showed solidarity with the Filipino community abroad in the fundraising initiatives for the victims of the typhoon.

 

“GMA International remains one at heart with Filipinos abroad,” expressed GMA VP and Head of International Operations, Joseph Francia. “We look forward to continuing our efforts of sharing the Kapuso experience to our kababayans in the years to come.”

My Husband's Lover staring Tom Rodriguez, Dennis Trillo, and Carla Abellana.

My Husband’s Lover staring Tom Rodriguez, Dennis Trillo, and Carla Abellana.

When actor Tom Rodriguez accepted the offer to play closeted homosexual Vincent in the GMA 7 drama series “My Husband’s Lover,” he knew the role would be the biggest challenge in his career so far. What he didn’t expect was that he’d become the talk of the town via his very nuanced portrayal of a conflicted married man torn between his wife Lally (played by Carla Abellana) and his lover Eric (played by Dennis Trillo).

 

“When I heard about the audition, I had that apprehension, that fear. Nung nakwento sa akin yung theme or the type of show that it was gonna be, I froze. Namutla ako, to be honest,” he said.

 

“But naisip ko na this is going to be the most challenging thing I’ve ever done. I don’t know if this is going to be the most challenging thing I’ll ever do, because I want to challenge myself pa more in the future. But this is the most challenging role to date that I’ve done.”

 

Actually, Tom became more than just a local sensation. The Kapuso actor is now being watched all over the globe through GMA Pinoy TV. Even non-Pinoys try to follow the unusual love triangle of Vincent, Lally, and Eric—despite not knowing a single word of Tagalog. “My Husband’s Lover” and its numerous hashtags are constant trending topics on Twitter Philippines, and the show continues to be the subject of Philippine—and even international—media.

 

“Puro mixed emotions pa rin hanggang ngayon, e. Andoon yung pressure. Pressure to continue giving quality product or quality show for the viewers. And at the same time, I’d very happy for the buzz that has been created and we’re so thankful for the fans who are responsible for it,” Tom said regarding the success of “My Husband’s Lover.”

 

A native of Samar, Tom migrated to the United States when he was 12 years old. Born to an American father and Filipina mother, the actor (real name: Bartolome Mott) got his start in showbiz via a rival network’s reality show. He appeared in a number of critically and financially successful shows, including 2011’s “Temptation Island” produced by GMA Films and Regal Entertainment with Kapuso stars Marian Rivera, Solenn Heussaff, Lovi Poe, and Heart Evangelista. He also played the title character in the Philippine stage adaptation of the musical “Aladdin.” But “My Husband’s Lover” has proved to be his tipping point as an actor, the breakthrough of his career.

 

He credits Carla and Dennis as the best possible co-actors for this kind of show.

 

“I get to work with a multi-awarded actor. It’s always a bonus because you get to learn so much na you wouldn’t otherwise get,” Tom said. “Same with Carla, because she is a natural, very talented actress.”

 

As expected, “My Husband’s Lover” received a bit of scrutiny from religious and conservative sectors. But Tom isn’t concerned about this.

 

“For me, I always make it a point to stress na everyone is free to have their own opinion. But you still need to have that level of respect with each other. Each of us may not agree with the same opinon, but we’re free to express them. So with that, I have qualms because we’re secure with what we’re doing,” he said.

 

The Kapuso actor added, “As long as GMA and the people are happy with what we’re doing, that’s the only thing that matters to us because we’re only here to entertain the viewers.”

 

“My Husband’s Lover” can be seen worldwide on GMA Pinoy TV, the flagship international channel of GMA.

 

For more details, visit the GMA International website www.gmanetwork.com/international, Facebook pageswww.facebook.com/GMAPinoyTVwww.facebook.com/GMALifeTV, and, www.facebook.com/GMANewsInternational, or Twitter pages @GMAPinoyTV,@GMA_LifeTV and @GMANewsTVIntl.

 

My Husband's Lover stars Dennis Trillo, Carla Abellana, and Tom Rodriguez.

My Husband’s Lover stars Dennis Trillo, Carla Abellana, and Tom Rodriguez.

Dennis Trillo’s breakthrough as an actor came when he won a Best Actor award from the Metro Manila Film Festival for his role as a cross-dressing gay spy in the period film “Aishite Imasu 1945.” After that, Dennis thought way past doing gay onscreen. But the role of Eric, the gay third party in the GMA drama series “My Husband’s Lover,” was too good to pass up.

 

The long-time Kapuso actor first had apprehensions about the role. He already played the role of an unfaithful husband in “Temptation of Wife,” which just finished airing a few months prior “My Husband’s Lover” premiere. Yet, the project was a challenge an artist of Dennis’ caliber simply could not—and should not—ignore.

 

“Awa ng Diyos e nagustuhan naman ng mga tao yung trabaho ko, kahit papaano bumagay naman,” he said of his role in “My Husband’s Lover.”

 

Dennis even quipped, “Suwerte siguro talaga ako pag nagbabading-bading!”

 

He actually need not worry; Dennis and co-stars Tom Rodriguez (as his lover Vincent) and Carla Abellana (as Vincent’s wife Lally) have received raved reviews for their performances that are layered and subtle, way above the usual melodramatic ways usually expected in Philippine primetime soap opera.

 

And it’s not like anything less is expected of Dennis. A Kapuso artist since 2001, he has shown great promise in his early shows such as “Mulawin” and has since lead numerous shows for the network.

 

One of the perks of doing a show like “My Husband’s Lover” for Dennis is how it made his fan base grow. Besides the local fans, Dennis now has a horde of foreign fans thanks to viewers who caught wind of the “My Husband’s Lover” phenomenon. A lot of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender forums and sites on the internet will reveal viewers all around the world begging others to translate the Filipino dialogue to English. The show even received international media attention from popular entertainment blogs such as Queerty and PerezHilton.

 

“Hindi namin inaasahan na ganito yung pagtanggap ng mga tao, ng mga manonood. Hindi lang yung mga bading ang nakaka-appreciate, hindi lang sila yung nakaka-relate kundi pati mga lalaki, babae, kaya masarap ang pakiramdam,” he said.

 

“Para sa lahat naman itong ginagawa namin. Hindi lang ito para sa mga bading or tomboy kundi para sa lahat, dahil ginagawa naming disente ‘tsaka maganda yung presentation,” Dennis added.

 

Of course, with an edgy show comes the criticism—and Dennis welcomes it. He’s confident what they’re doing is a decent show, an honest portrayal of sincere human emotion presented in a package that’s unusual and edgy for Philippine television. But Dennis supports the LGBT community; in fact, he said he wouldn’t even consider the show if he has conservative views about sexuality.

 

“Ipinapakita lang naman namin yung totoong nararamdaman ng isang tao, lalaki man o babae, kapag umiibig siya. Iyon lang, dito sa amin, lalaki sa lalaki,” Dennis said.

 

“My Husband’s Lover” can be seen worldwide on GMA Pinoy TV, the flagship international channel of GMA.

 

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