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Joseph T Francia - First VP and Head of International Operations, GMA Network

Joseph T Francia – First VP and Head of International Operations, GMA Network

GMA Pinoy TV

GMA Pinoy TV

GMA Life TV

GMA Life TV

GMA News TV International

GMA News TV International

GMA International, which manages the operations and distribution of GMA Network’s international channels abroad, continues to expand its presence further across the globe.

 

“As we celebrate our 10th anniversary, we continue to uphold our commitment to bring quality Kapuso programming to a wider audience,” expresses GMA First Vice President and Head of International Operations Joseph T. Francia.

 

For the first time since the launch of first two flagship international channels GMA Pinoy TV and GMA Life TV, GMA News TV International is now within reach of Filipinos in the United States.

 

Since July 1, subscribers of Charter Spectrum TV all over the United States have been able to watch and enjoy their favorite Kapuso entertainment and news programs through GMA’s three international channels.

 

Charter Spectrum TV is a leading broadband communications company and the fourth largest cable operator in the US, which provides a full range of advanced broadband services all throughout the country.

 

While GMA Pinoy TV and GMA Life TV have been available in the US since 2005 and 2007, respectively, this year marks the first time that GMA News TV International will be available for all Kapuso fans in the United States.

 

According to Allan Singer, Charter Communications Senior Vice President for Programming, “Spectrum TV offers a wide array of diverse, quality content that touches many cultures, and we are pleased to bring GMA Pinoy TV, GMA Life TV, and GMA News TV International to our customers in these communities, and more will follow.”

 

GMA’s international channels offer a diverse menu of Kapuso programs which Filipinos abroad will surely enjoy. Regular Kapuso shows in the Philippines can be watched from GMA Pinoy TV, and lifestyle programs can be followed through GMA Life TV. Meanwhile, GMA News TV International serves up the latest news straight from the Philippines and delivered to the viewers without much delay.

 

Aside from the US launch, GMA’s flagship international channels have already been widely available in other parts of the world.

 

PCCW recently carried GMA News TV International and brought it to Filipino viewers in Hong Kong beginning June 2, 2015.

 

GMA Pinoy TV, GMA Life TV, and GMA News TV International will also soon be available on LycaTV to cater to Kapuso fans in Europe.

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Ai-Ai delas Alas

Ai-Ai delas Alas

Ai-Ai delas Alas

Ai-Ai delas Alas

Philippine Comedy Queen Ai-Ai Delas Alas celebrated her 25th year in the industry by doing what she does best—generating laughter and garnering applause.

With her timeless wit and funny antics, the Comedy Queen remains unstoppable in bringing smiles to Filipinos locally and abroad.

On Sunday, July 5, GMA Pinoy TV will provide its viewers an all-access pass to her successful concert, Ai Am Who Ai Am, where she playfully looked back at her career and celebrated the life she continues to live in show business.

Her spectacular concert also featured performances of fellow Kapuso artists Aljur Abrenica, Alden Richards, Ruru Madrid, and Gabbi Garcia. Her closest friends in showbiz also shared the stage with her to exchange banters and playfully recall the years they have spent together.

Tune in and be entertained this Sunday on GMA’s flagship international channel, GMA Pinoy TV.

Kapwa Ko, Mahal Ko conducted 118 medical missions nationwide in 2014

Kapwa Ko, Mahal Ko conducted 118 medical missions nationwide in 2014

KKMK’s Batang K program also boosts the morale of children diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia through fun group activities such as the BK Christmas Party.

KKMK’s Batang K program also boosts the morale of children diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia through fun group activities such as the BK Christmas Party.

Connie Angeles

Connie Angeles

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GMA Logo

Orly Mercado

Orly Mercado

New Kapwa Logo

New Kapwa Logo

Thirty nine years on the air and counting, the Philippines’ longest running public service program Kapwa Ko, Mahal Ko (KKMK) shows no signs of slowing down as it remains committed to its mission of improving the welfare of indigent Filipinos across the country, especially children afflicted with cancer.

 

Since 1975, the program has served as a bridge between patients in need of financial assistance and the generous donors who wish to make a difference in other people’s lives. Subsequently, the Kapwa Ko, Mahal Ko Foundation, Inc. was established to further the program’s dedication to public service.

 

With KKMK Foundation President Dr. Orly Mercado and KKMK Foundation, Inc. Board Director Connie Angeles, who also serve as the program’s hosts, the Foundation continues to promote its health advocacies and extend medical assistance to Filipinos.

 

In 2014, the Foundation came to the aid of residents affected by the earthquake in Bohol through a medical mission conducted in the area. Along with partners in the private sector, KKMK also took part in the restoration of the Tacloban City Hospital which was turned over to the local government in August of that year.

 

Continuing its advocacy of raising the standards of public health, the Foundation also conducted 118 medical missions nationwide, which benefited a total of 105,936 patients last year. With the help of the private sector, other non-government organizations and the local government units, KKMK was able to provide free check-ups and laboratory procedures to the beneficiaries.

 

Also in the same year, Kapwa Ko, Mahal Ko’s long-standing project “Batang Kapwa” or “Batang K” saw 13 of its beneficiaries graduate from the program. “Batang K” helps children afflicted with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL) and their families find financial assistance for the patient’s chemotherapy. The program also boosts the children’s morale through support group activities.

 

Moreover, the Foundation has heeded the call of over 800 patients who came to their office in the form of medicines and financial assistance for laboratory procedures and surgical needs, while 592 patients were referred to hospitals and medical institutions.

 

With 39 years of unwavering commitment to public service to its name, Kapwa Ko, Mahal Ko moves closer towards its vision of raising the quality of life of Filipinos in need.

I remembered when I was high school, studying in Manila.  On my everyday commute, I always pass by big factories, on my way to school.  Now it seems, that all those factories are gone.

Nowadays, I noticed that the Philippines has fewer and fewer factories, that churn out products for the mass market.  I have noticed in the labels of commodities, even the locally branded ones, it is made in another country, such as Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Germany, and Singapore.  Our locally branded milk is manufactured either in Thailand, New Zealand, or Germany.  Our locally branded shampoo is manufactured in Indonesia, Vietnam, or Thailand.  Our locally branded coffee is manufactured either in Indonesia or Singapore.  I am fearing that the time comes, that all of our locally branded commodities will be manufactured abroad, and not locally here in the Philippines.

We used to have multinational companies, manufacturing locally branded commodities here in the Philippines.  We used to be a major export of finished products, now it’s manpower that we are majorly exporting.  Where have all these factories gone? Why has the government done nothing, to encourage multinational companies to set up shop here, and do the manufacturing here? Why has our government not clamored for jobs, goods, and factories, to be created locally, as what America is doing now.

America has asked its multinational companies to bring back manufacturing into the United States, thereby creating jobs, goods, and factories.  They are offering tax concessions to those multinational companies, who do heed their call.  One such example of a company that heeded their call is Apple Inc.  Why can’t our government do something to attract these multinational to bring back their operations, and their factories back in the Philippines? If they are able to convince these multinational companies, then this would create jobs for thousand, if not millions of Filipinos.  We would not be too dependent on exporting our manpower, as we will need them here as well.

Sending manpower overseas to work and earn dollars for the country, at the expense of having their family torn apart, is too much to ask of the Filipinos.  Majority of these t who work overseas, have had the tragic experience of having their family broken.  They work overseas to provide for their family, in turn either taking care of someone else’s family.  They can send monetary and material needs to their family, but sometimes these monetary and material needs are not enough, as their family clamor for their presence, and love.  The Filipino is one of the few races on this planet to have close family relations.  We care for our elderly at home, we celebrate any occasion with our family.

I am imploring our government to make steps into convincing these companies to bring back their production, and their factories back in the Philippines, in order to create jobs, and opportunities for the Filipino people.  We, the Filipino should be proud and patronize Philippine made goods/products/services.  We should bring back the “Proudly Philippine Made” movement.  We should be nationalistic, like our neighbors such as Japan, and Thailand to name a few.  It’s okay to indulge in imported items from time to time, but we should make it a point to support our locally made products and services.  “Mahalin natin ang sariling atin, atin ito! Kung hindi natin ito mamahalin, sino ang magmamahal dito?” “Maging makibayan! Huwag maging dayuhan sa sariling bansa!” That is my parting message to the readers of this blog.

The Great Disparity!

February 19, 2013 — Leave a comment

I have noticed in everyday life, that there is great disparity between the rich and the poor.  I see street children, begging, peddling, and windshield washing, as the expensive vehicles stop at the traffic light junction.

You will see in Makati rows and rows of expensive restaurants, and you will see along the street, food stalls selling affordable eats to working class Filipinos.

You will also notice in some places, exclusive villages, subdivisions, town houses, and apartments, while only a stones throw away are shanties occupied by squatters.

But in my opinion, I seldom pity the rich, instead of the middle class or the poor.

The middle class or the poor families, have children, sometimes a lot of children, which brings happiness and joy to the household.  While some rich people either have one or none at all.

The middle class or the poor families, are simple.  They eat what is being served in their dining table, may it be fish, sardines, or  vegetables, while the rich have a banquet of food, some of which are not touched, and goes to waste.

The middle class or the poor families, are contented.  They make the most of what they have, while the rich, want to have more than they have.

The middle class or poor families, are happy of their earnings, of which sometimes is not enough, while the rich are grouchy, always thinking of how to earn more money, even if they have enough money to last them a lifetime.

I am happy that I am a Filipino, and I am of the middle class.  I am happy to have a job, and eagerly await payday.  I am happy to have a son, and be able to send him to school.  I am happy with whats on the dinning table, and I am content with my earnings, and in what I have.  I am thankful to God, for giving me all those I mentioned.

Even a former American professor, and assistant dean Dr. David Harwell, is enthralled by the behavior of the Filipino.  Read the following blog to further understand his sentiments.  http://inataywrites.blogspot.com/2013/02/repost-love-letter-to-filipinos-by-dr.html