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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.

GMA & Miss World Philippines

GMA & Miss World Philippines

Philippine broadcast industry giant GMA Network is the official media partner of Miss World Philippines 2014.

 

The contract signing was held on July 4 at the GMA Network Center and attended by the top officers of the Network.

 

Just like the pageants held in 2011 and 2013, Miss World Philippines partners with GMA Network again this year to stage and broadcast this prestigious event. Last year, the Philippines made a significant milestone as Megan Young was the first Filipino to be awarded the Miss World title.

 

“We’ve been partners with GMA from the beginning since 2011 and we feel that there’s no better or stronger home for us than GMA,” says Miss World Philippines National Director Cory Quirino on having GMA as a media partner. “In 2011, we successfully launched the brand Miss World Philippines wherein we placed first runner-up. This 2014, Megan comes home to crown our queen. This will be the first time she will walk the Philippine stage as our very first Miss World. It will be very historic for us and we would like to share that history-making moment with GMA,” she adds.

 

Meanwhile, Gozon also expressed his gladness that GMA Network was chosen as Miss World Philippines 2014’s media partner. “Our partnership with Miss World Philippines is getting stronger and longer, and we are very glad that we are chosen again to be its partner. That’s why we are entrusted by Cory. I’m sure she appreciated what we have done in the past.”

 

The Filipina who wins this coveted crown will be a shining example of the heart and soul of Filipino womanhood. The winner and her court will put her beauty to good use by caring for the marginalized women and children of the Philippines through various charities.

 

The 2014 Miss World Philippines Pageant will be held in September and viewed nationwide in the Kapuso Network and viewers all over the world may catch it through GMA Pinoy TV.

From left to right: (seated) GMA VP and Head of International Operations Joseph T. Francia, POEA Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac, and DOLE Undersecretary Ciriaco A. Lagunzad III, (standing) GMA Network AVP & Marketing Head for GMA International Robert Scott P. Dolina, POEA Deputy Administrator Atty. Amuerfina Reyes, and GMA International Marketing Manager Patricia B. Gutierrez

From left to right: (seated) GMA VP and Head of International Operations Joseph T. Francia, POEA Administrator Hans Leo J. Cacdac, and DOLE Undersecretary Ciriaco A. Lagunzad III, (standing) GMA Network AVP & Marketing Head for GMA International Robert Scott P. Dolina, POEA Deputy Administrator Atty. Amuerfina Reyes, and GMA International Marketing Manager Patricia B. Gutierrez

GMA Network, through its international business unit GMA International, supported the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) in its celebration of Migrant Workers’ Day at the POEA office in Mandaluyong City on June 6.

“GMA International salutes all overseas Filipino workers who continue to bring pride to our country and we support POEA’s advocacy of extending much-needed services to our kababayans abroad,” expressed GMA Network VP and Head of International Operations Joseph T. Francia. “We look forward to further strengthening our partnership with the POEA.”

With the theme, “Magkasangga Para sa Kapakanan, Kabuhayan at Kalusugan ng OFW”, overseas Filipino workers who visited the POEA office were treated to welfare and health services as well as livelihood assistance from various government agencies and private stakeholders.

 

“GMA Network has been one of our active partners in advancing the interests of OFWs. It has likewise been a big help in disseminating information to the public about our services and programs and in our campaign against illegal recruitment and trafficking in person,” says POEA Deputy Administrator Atty. Amuerfina Reyes.

 

Through its existing partnership with the POEA, GMA Network donated television sets to POEA offices all over the country in order to provide comfort and relaxation to visiting OFWs and give them access to quality entertainment and responsible news delivery through GMA programs.

 

Visitors were able to avail of free polio vaccination, medical consultations, as well as medicines and vitamins, courtesy of the Department of Health, the Associated Marine Officers’ and Seamen’s Union of the Philippines (AMOSUP) and POEA’s medical clinic association partners. Government agencies such as SSS, Philhealth, Pag-IBIG Fund and the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) also provided information on their respective programs and services while POEA lawyers offered free legal assistance.

 

Moreover, the Overseas Workers’ Welfare Association (OWWA) catered to concerns on the many programs and benefits that it offers its members around the world. Through the National Reintegration Center for OFWs (NRCO), Filipinos returning permanently to the Philippines were presented with livelihood and entrepreneurship programs. Meanwhile, the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) had a demonstration of the different skill sets offered by its accredited technical vocational institutions. Interested individuals who visited the different booths availed of free haircuts and massages. POEA’s partners from the private sector also donated raffle prizes, conducted fun games and provided snacks and other souvenir items.

 

The day’s program also included the unveiling of a mural along the POEA perimeter wall, which forms part of POEA’s anti-illegal recruitment campaign. The mural was designed and painted by member artists of the Teach Peace, Build Peace Movement, an organization which advocates peace-building among the youth through innovative and creative strategies.

My poor, poor dear countrymen! What is to become of us? I have this usual habit of reading the daily papers, listening to the AM radio, and watching news on television.  And all that I see bade bad news for all of us.

From the news about the elections, to the use of the AES (Automated Election System) or the PCOS (Precinct Count Optical Scan) machine of the COMELEC (Commission on Election), to the unscrupulous tactics of politician vying for position in the coming May 2013 elections, to the various fires that has hit the country, and the pounding of Tropical Depression “Crising” of the Mindanao area.  These news worries me, but not as much as what has transpired and will be transpiring soon.

Just last week, petroleum prices went up by as much as P1.50 per liter, on top of the already expensive petroleum prices.  And just this week, reports or news of an impending energy rate hike approved for this coming March, and the impending water rate hike to be approved for the month of July.  All of these hikes are taking a toll on the Filipino citizenry.  The wages of the ordinary Filipino has not increased in proportion to the increases being implemented by the petroleum, energy, and water conglomerates.  How will we cope with all these hikes coming one after the other?

The increase in petroleum prices, will definitely affect all of us one way or another.  The fares in public transport will definitely increase as well sooner or later.  The prices of basic goods such as vegetables, fish, and meats, will surely increase as well, as the cost of transporting these goods has increased.  The prices of prepared foods will surely increase as well.

The approved energy rate hike for this coming March, will surely add another burden, to the already heavy burden the typical Filipino family is already carrying.  The use of the television, which is the only form of entertainment of most typical Filipino family, will be limited.  The use of the electric fan, the air conditioner, the refrigerator, and other home appliances will also be limited, causing undue inconvenience, and discomfort to all members of the typical Filipino family.

The impending water hike due for July, is another heavy burden.  We, the Filipinos, is one of the most hygienically conscious people in the world.  We regularly take baths, some of whom take two (2) baths a day, to cool ourselves down from the extreme heat of the Philippines.  We regularly brush our teeth from two (2) to three (3) times a day.  We hand wash our clothes daily.   We wash our kitchen utensils pots, and plates, after every meal.  The use of the bathroom is common among all households, to relieve ourselves.  All of these requires the use of water.

The thing that irate me is the wages/salary of the typical Filipino, does not increase as much as the increase in the prices of these utilities.  The already tight budget of the typical Filipino household, would be even more tighter with the introduction of these price hikes.

I pity the typical Filipino family.  I pity all of us.  Only a few of us are unaffected by these price hikes.  But the majority of us, the 99%, will surely cringe, and suffer.  Why is the government doing nothing, to help alleviate the lives of the majority, the 99% of the Filipino? Are we not important enough to be given notice? Are we minuscule to be noticed? Are our sufferings too little to be significant enough? When will our government act? When shall we taste an easier, more convenient, and more relaxing life? Will we taste it when we are dead or dying?

Its time for our government to act.  Its time for us to wake up! Its time for us to choose the people, who will lead us to a more greener pasture, a more easier, a more convenient, and a more relaxing life! Wake up Filipino!

GMA Pinoy TV

Beginning April 2, GMA Pinoy TV will serve a different kind of Saturday series with its new horror-comedy show, SPOOKY NIGHTS!

In SPOOKY NIGHTS, a story runs for a number of weeks and is replaced by a new one with a different cast once it finishes. Although the stories have slightly scary themes, they are sure to be funny and wacky!

Marian Rivera in Bampirella

For its first offering, SPOOKY NIGHTS features “Bampirella” – a vampire tale that deviates from the overly dramatic or commonly freaky vampire stories these days. Bampirella is a female vampire who used to be a mere human until she was cursed to transform into a “beautiful yet undead creature” every time the clock strikes twelve midnight.

Kapuso primetime queen Marian Rivera plays the lead character of Bampirella or Cindy. Although Marian already plays comic on GMA Pinoy TV’s hit sitcomShow Me Da Manny, her portrayal in “Bampirella” is still

Gelli De Belen in Bampirella

distinct because of the conflict between her two characters – Cindy is naturally loving and generous but the curse turns her into the scary Bampirella.

Cindy works in a chocolate factory where Mitch (Gelli De Belen) is the manager. Unknown to Cindy, Mitch is a cunning witch who later curses her to be an ugly human during daytime. By nightfall, she goes back to being beautiful but also becomes a vampire.

Being cursed, Cindy has only one way to be human again – to find her true love. However, she has to suck

Isabel Nesreen in Bampirella

the blood and the life out of this man to really break Mitch’s curse.

Will Cindy ever find her true love being an ugly lady during day and a scary vampire at night? Can she take his life once she finds him? Or will she choose to live a cursed life than to kill her one true love?

See a funny take on vampire stories and witness how true love can overcome even the craziest curse!

Adding kilig and fun to Cindy’s otherwise dark world are

Marc Abaya in Bampirella

two hot Kapuso stars –Marc Abaya stars as Armand, the rocker vampire who wants to own Cindy, while Mikael Daez plays Michael, a dentist who volunteers himself to be her one true love. Another admirer in a special role as Alfonso is Dingdong Dantes, Cindy’s ex-boyfriend.

Completing the cast are Gladys Guevarra as Rosario, Cindy’s best friend; Ken De Leon as Angelina and Jervi Li as Megan Pak, Mitch’s sidekicks; and the cuteIsabel Nesreen Frial as Eya, Cindy’s sister.

Mikael Daez in Bampirella

With director Albert Langitan at the helm and Senedy Que as Head Writer,SPOOKY NIGHTS PRESENTS: BAMPIRELLA can be seen by Filipino viewers worldwide beginning April 2 (Asia Pacific and Middle East) and April 3 (U.S. and Canada) on GMA Pinoy TV.