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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.

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Alden Richards with the PIDC Carson crowd 1

Alden Richards with the PIDC Carson crowd 1

Alden Richards with the PIDC Carson crowd 2

Alden Richards with the PIDC Carson crowd 2

Alden was presented with certificates from the US Congress, State of California Senate, and City of Carson

Alden was presented with certificates from the US Congress, State of California Senate, and City of Carson

Alden with his kababayans at the Pagdiriwang 2015 in Seattle 1

Alden with his kababayans at the Pagdiriwang 2015 in Seattle 1

Alden with his kababayans at the Pagdiriwang 2015 in Seattle 2

Alden with his kababayans at the Pagdiriwang 2015 in Seattle 2

Betong Sumaya Jr. performs onstage

Betong Sumaya Jr. performs onstage

Betong Sumaya Jr. takes selfie with PIDC Dubai crowd

Betong Sumaya Jr. takes selfie with PIDC Dubai crowd

GMA Pinoy TV booth at the Mabuhay Festival 2015

GMA Pinoy TV booth at the Mabuhay Festival 2015

Heart Evangelista was given a warm welcome by Filipino-Canadians at the Pinoy Fiesta and Trade Show sa Toronto

Heart Evangelista was given a warm welcome by Filipino-Canadians at the Pinoy Fiesta and Trade Show sa Toronto

Heart performs a song number for her kababayans

Heart performs a song number for her kababayans

Heart poses with the winners of Miss Teen Philippines Canada

Heart poses with the winners of Miss Teen Philippines Canada

Heart takes a selfie with her kababayans at the Pinoy Fiesta and Trade Show sa Toronto

Heart takes a selfie with her kababayans at the Pinoy Fiesta and Trade Show sa Toronto

Heart together with the hosts of the Pinoy Fiesta and Trade Show sa Toronto

Heart together with the hosts of the Pinoy Fiesta and Trade Show sa Toronto

Lovi Poe at the Philippine Embassy in Hateen

Lovi Poe at the Philippine Embassy in Hateen

Lovi Poe onstage 2

Rochelle Pangilinan performs onstage

Rochelle Pangilinan performs onstage

Rochelle Pangilinan with Rose Garreth

Rochelle Pangilinan with Rose Garreth

Following the success of Kapusong Pinoy concerts in Vancouver and Anaheim recently, GMA International continues to ignite the Filipino spirit around the world through its participation in various events celebrating the Philippines’ 117th Independence Day this June.

 

“It has been ten fruitful years of bringing Filipinos abroad closer to home through our flagship international channel GMA Pinoy TV and we look forward to many more years of serving our kababayans abroad,” expresses GMA Vice President and Head of International Operations Joseph T. Francia. “We will continue to instill and nurture a sense of pride and love for country among our fellow Filipinos abroad through our programs on GMA Pinoy TV, GMA Life TV and GMA News TV-International and on-ground events,” he adds.

 

The series of patriotic events opened with the Philippine Independence Day celebration in Carson City, California on June 6, graced by one of GMA’s top leading men Alden Richards. The event was organized by the Philippine Independence Day Foundation (PIDF, Inc.) of Carson in cooperation with the Cities of Carson and Los Angeles.

 

Alden, who was also one of the featured artists in the recent Kapusong Pinoy events in North America, once again charmed the audience and was presented three certificates of recognition by the Mayor Pro Tem and Grand Marshall Elito Santarino.

 

Simultaneously, Pagdiriwang 2015 spearheaded by the Filipino Cultural Heritage Society of Washington (FCHSW) was held in Seattle, Washington on June 6 and 7. Alden also joined the celebration and interacted with our kababayans during the meet-and-greet session on the second day.

 

Sa lahat po ng mga Kapuso nating nakisaya sa Carson at Seattle, thank you very much from the bottom of my heart, and in line with the celebration of 10thanniversary of GMA Pinoy TV, maraming, maraming salamat po, sana napaligaya namin kayo, and we hope to see all of you again next year! God bless you, mga Kapuso!” says Alden.

 

Meanwhile, Mabuhay Festival 2015 organized by the Mabuhay Foundation was held in San Diego, California on June 13. The event was a family affair and GMA Pinoy TV’s photo booth became a hit among them. Photos from these events can be shared and downloaded at GMA Pinoy TV’s Facebook page,www.facebook.com/GMAPinoyTV.

 

Apart from the celebrations in the US, the Pinoy Fiesta and Trade Show in Toronto held its successful 5th year anniversary celebration last June 27. And just like the past 4 years, thousands of Kapuso in Canada joined the celebration.

 

Kapuso actress Heart Evangelista graced the event, and received a warm welcome from the crowd who came despite heavy rains. “Miss na kayo ng Pinas mga kapuso! Maraming salamat! Sana po nag enjoy kayo. Sa uulitin,” posted Heart on her Instagram account.

 

Organized by the Philippine Canadian Charitable Foundation (PCCF), the event was attended by thousands of event-goers including dignitaries – ministers, senators and members of Parliament, Philippine Ambassador to Canada Petronila P. Garcia, and Toronto Mayor John Tory.

 

 

From North America to the Middle East

 

Aside from the festivities in North America, GMA International also participated in celebrations in UAE and Kuwait.

 

On June 12, dance diva Rochelle Pangilinan and Survivor Philippines: Celebrity Doubles Showdown Winner Betong Sumaya joined the celebrations in Dubai, UAE organized by the Philippine Independence Day Organizing Committee led by the Office of the Philippine Consulate General. The event was jam-packed with 4,000 of our kababayans, who enjoyed performances by Rochelle, Betong and our very talented Dubai-based Filipino artists. The GMA Pinoy TV booth also stood out as games like Pinoy Henyo, Dice, and GPTV Q&A’s drew in crowds of Kapuso fans.

 

After the show, Rochelle got a chance to meet one of her Dubai-based fans, Mrs. Rose Garreth, who was in tears upon meeting her idol. It was such a heart-warming moment which Rochelle was also able to share with her followers on Instagram. “Maishare ko lang po ang napakasayang karanasan, nung makita ko siya, naiyak siya nung makita ako, natulala ako sa kanya, nung niyakap ko siya, tuwang tuwa siya at ako naman ang naiyak. Ang nasabi ko na lang sa sarili [ko], thank you God sa talentong ibinigay mo, nakakapagpasaya pala ako ng tao katulad ni ate Rose!” she relates.

 

Betong, on the other hand recalls the “amazing” journey he had in Dubai. “Performing and seeing our kababayans in Dubai up close and personal is an experience I’ll never forget,” he says.

 

On the same day, another celebration in the UAE took place as Musika at Tawanan 5, mounted by the Alliance of Filipino Organizations in Kuwait (ALLFILL-OK) in cooperation with the Philippine Embassy, kicked off in Kuwait. Kapuso Premier actress Lovi Poe was present and performed song numbers much to the delight of the audience. She was able to visit the Philippine Consular and Overseas Labor Offices, gamely took pictures with our kababayans and even had impromptu performances. In one particular venue, our kababayans were in tears as Lovi sang “Habang May Buhay.”

“My trip to Kuwait was truly an eye-opening experience. I got to spend time with all of these wonderful people who are unfortunately going through a tough time.Sana lahat tayo ay ipagdasal sila dahil isa lang ang hangad nila ngayon – ang maka uwi na sila sa kanilang mga pamilya,” shares Lovi with her Instagram followers.

 

 

More Pinoy celebrations are underway

 

GMA International’s support of Pinoy fiestas abroad will continue throughout the year.

 

The 6th Annual Tribute to the Philippines will be held the this month from July 17 to 19 at the Music Pier, Moorlyn Terrace, Ocean City, New Jersey, USA. This event will feature a trade fair where Philippine products, foods, services, and tourism information are sold and displayed.

 

Come August 1 and 2, the 10th Annual Adobo Festival will be held at the Kennedy Park in Union City, California. This event is expected to draw in Filipino families at the Bay Area and participate in the much-awaited adobo cook-off contest, various activity booths and live entertainment.

 

Indeed, GMA International does not only bring Filipinos abroad closer to their home country, but also continues to uphold national pride and patriotism across the world.

 

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

Ivan Mayrina anchors #GMAnewsfeed on Facebook

Ivan Mayrina anchors #GMAnewsfeed on Facebook

What happens when traditional newscast merges with today’s technology?  The result will be a very convenient news program for people on the go. Enter GMA News’ #GMAnewsfeed—the first-ever Facebook-only newscast in the Philippines.

 

Anchored by broadcast journalist Ivan Mayrina, #GMAnewsfeed is a two-minute newscast that offers a quick recap of the day’s most important news and trending stories. #GMAnewsfeed was launched last May 11, at 9 p.m. on the GMA News Facebook page (facebook.com/gmanews).

 

Produced by GMA News, the same team that created original Facebook contents like Ask Away and Sparring Session during the Pacquiao-Mayweather fight, #GMAnewsfeed is designed specifically for the country’s more than 32 million mobile Facebook users.

 

#GMAnewsfeed is part of GMA Network’s efforts to adapt to the constantly changing media landscape. It aims to reach not only the millenials and yuppies, but also viewers across age groups.

 

GMA News, which inspired Filipino netizens to “Think Before You Click” and be #IMReady, remains a social media leader in the Philippines. It is the country’s most-followed news organization on Twitter (twitter.com/gmanews) with 2.93 million followers.

 

Its Facebook page, with 4.8 million likes, is also among the top pages in the country. With 120 thousand users following GMA News’ public chat, it is also the top Philippine news organization on Viber. GMA News is also on Instagram (instagram.com/gmanews) and FireChat (firech.at/gmanews).

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Allan K, Gladys Reyes and Julia Clarete in Ilaw ng Kahapon

Allan K, Gladys Reyes and Julia Clarete in Ilaw ng Kahapon

Marian Rivera in Panalangin

Marian Rivera in Panalangin

Maricel Soriano in Kulungang Kanlungan

Maricel Soriano in Kulungang Kanlungan

Pauleen Luna in Anyo ng Pag-ibig

Pauleen Luna in Anyo ng Pag-ibig

GMA International, through its flagship international channel, GMA Pinoy TV, commemorates Lent with a series of special drama features and movies that capture the essence of the season.

 

Beginning Holy Monday (April 14), the EB Dabarkads draw inspiration from true to life stories in Eat Bulaga’s Lenten Drama specials starting with Karugtong ng Puso featuring Tito Sotto, Paolo Ballesteros, Susan Roces and Ehra Madrigal, followed by Ilaw ng Kahapon starring Julia Clarete, Dennis Trillo, Gladys Reyes, Allan K, Perla Bautista, Sandy Talag and Rez Cortez.

 

On Holy Tuesday (April 15), Joey De Leon, Michael V., Wally Bayola, Joyce Pring, Assunta de Rossi, and Bea Binene are featured in Hakbang sa Pangarap, while Diamond Star Maricel Soriano is joined by Pia Guanio, Isabelle Daza, Keempee de Leon and BJ Forbes as they display their acting prowess in Kulungang Kanlungan.

 

The heartwarming stories continue on Holy Wednesday (April 16) with Pauleen Luna, Ryan Agoncillo, Ruby Rodriguez, Jimmy Santos, and Valerie Weigmann topbilling Anyo ng Pag-ibig, and Vic Sotto, Anjo Yllana, Jose Manalo, Erika Padilla and Ryzza Mae Dizon delivering heart-wrenching performances in Pangalawang Bukas.

 

From Maundy Thursday (April 17) to Black Saturday (April 19), GMA Pinoy TV will showcase some of the best Filipino film titles on GMA Pinoy Blockbuster.

 

On Maundy Thursday, witness a modern-day Magdalene story with Santa Santita, whose lead characters struggle with their faith in light of their promiscuous occupations.

 

In Mourning Girls, featuring Glydel Mercado, Ricky Davao and Chin-chin Guttierez, the life of Lupita (Mercado) takes an unexpected turn upon the death of her husband (Davao) as three other women show up to his funeral claiming inheritance rights.

 

The third movie offering for Maundy Thursday is a tale of true love that transcends different lifetimes as shown in Eternity, starring Dingdong Dantes, Iza Calzado, Jennylyn Mercado and Mark Herras.

 

Meanwhile, the classic films Mga Mata ni Anghelita, starring the late Julie Vega with an all-star cast, and God’s Little Children, featuring Sunshine Dizon, Strawberry, and Daria Ramirez will be shown on Good Friday (April 18).

 

Then, three close friends, who started as DJs in the 60s, realize their dream of visiting the holy land and retracing the steps of Jesus Christ in Banal na Lakbay Sa Yakap ni Hesukristo. Multi-awarded TV and radio anchor and GMA Network Consultant for Radio Operations Mike Enriquez, TV host and actor Joey de Leon and radio DJ and concert promoter Danee Samonte a.k.a Steve O’ Neal take Kapuso viewers along on their journey to Bethlehem, Nazareth, Cana, and Jerusalem as they participate in religious rituals. Alternately, all 3 friends will carry a cross as they retrace Jesus’ journey in the Stations of the Cross. This will be followed by the Siyete Palabras (Seven Last Words).

 

On Black Saturday, distinguished industry veterans will deliver meaningful performances in Ano Ang Kulay ng Mukha ng Diyos, topbilled by veteran actors Gina Alajar, Michael de Mesa and Edu Manzano, and Umiyak Pati Langit starring Helen Gamboa, Janice de Belen and Dante Rivero.

 

And lastly, GMA Pinoy TV presents the GMA Lenten Drama Special Panalangin, starring Kapuso Primetime Queen Marian Rivera on Easter Sunday (April 20). The story is centered on Lauren, whose life is derailed by a typhoon that ends the life of her family and her lover. When all hope is lost, she meets a dying girl with a bucket list who makes her realize that life is worth living.

 

Experience a truly enriching Lenten season this Holy Week only on GMA Pinoy TV.

 

To know more about Kapuso artists, events and programs, visit the website www.gmanetwork.com/international, Facebook pages www.facebook.com/GMAPinoyTVwww.facebook.com/gmalifetv,www.facebook.com/gmanewsinternational, and follow the Twitter accounts @GMAPinoyTV and @GMA_LifeTV.

Chicken Charlie's 3rd Anniversary iPad Mini Give Away!

Chicken Charlie’s 3rd Anniversary iPad Mini Give Away!

Remember Chicken Charlie? Their Soul Satisfying, Crunchy Chickens? Their signature Soy Garlic Chicken? Or their Hot Sweet Chicken? Their equally appetizing food? Guess what? 

Chicken Charlie just turned 3.  And to thank their loyal patrons, they are giving away an iPad Mini.  It’s so easy to join! Just visit their Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/chickencharliephilippines, like their Facebook page, and fill in the details.  It’s a plus if you could tweet about the promotion as well, http://www.twitter.com/ChickenCharlie_.  It’s so easy! You can come back to their Facebook page daily for more chances of winning! Also don’t forget to visit their branches nationwide, and while at their branches, check in via Four Square (if you don’t have you can download it from the App Store for your iOS devices or from the Google Play for your Android devices)! So what are you waiting for!!!

You can also visit, http://chickencharlie.com.ph/, for the location of their branches, list of their deliciously appetizing food, and for franchising enquiries!

So what are you all waiting for? Tara na! Let’s go to Chicken Charlie!!!