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Vallesteros Family

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Nick and Jeremy Enciso

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Neneth Abello

Lontoc Family

Lontoc Family

Gorospe Family

Gorospe Family

Edith Andres

Edith AndresGMA Pinoy TV,

Anaheim, California, says she has been a GMA Pinoy TV subscriber for 10 years already. “I have three kids, they were born in the Philippines but raised here, and GMA particularly helped me connect them to our culture,” she shares. “When I’m at home, I’m in the Philippines, thanks to GMA,” she adds.

 

GMA Pinoy TV, GMA Network’s flagship international channel, serves comprehensive and up-to-date news and public affairs programs and pure quality entertainment shows. The second international channel of GMA, GMA Life TV, reflects the vibrance of life to cater to the ever-changing preferences of Filipino audiences abroad. GMA News TV International provides the latest news straight from the Philippines and delivered to the viewers without delay.

 

Meanwhile, the Vallesteros family, from Vancouver, Canada, relays their love for GMA and its programs, and admits that even though they have watched an episode of their favorite program, they patiently wait for the replay to be able to watch it again.  Lola Ester and Lolo Simeon particularly love watching GMA News TV International. “Nagpapasalamat ako sa GMA dahil updated kami sa mga balita, alam naming kung anu-ano ang nangyayari sa ating bayan,” shares Lolo Simeon.

 

Abello, Gorospe and Lontoc families also shared their favorite Kapuso programs and artists, and admitted that they feel the heart in every show. “Nakakatanggal ng pagod paguwi galing ng trabaho, nakakamiss ang Pilipinas,” said the Gorospe family. “Hangga’t mayroong show yung Kapuso, hangga’t nandyaan ang GMA, solid kami.”

 

Father and son Nick and Jeremy Enciso from Anaheim, California spend quality time together watching the latest news about the Philippines on GMA. Nick said GMA made it easier for him to instill Filipino tradition and culture within Jeremy while he was growing up. “Congratulations on your 10th year, when I have kids I will definitely have them watch GMA as well,” admits Jeremy.

 

“It’s been a great 10 years of providing quality news and entertainment to our Kapuso subscribers abroad and we are grateful for their never ending support for GMA,” expresses GMA First Vice President and Head of International Operations Joseph T. Francia. “They can rest assured that GMA International will remain committed as we continue to nurture our relationship with Kapuso supporters abroad,” he adds.

 

Watch these #Sampuso stories and more on the newly launched GMA International playlist http://bit.do/GMAPinoyTV on GMA Network’s YouTube Channelhttp://bit.do/GMANetwork.

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AlDub has viewers all over the world glued to Eat Bulaga, which airs worldwide on GMA Pinoy TV (photo courtesy of Maine Mendoza's instagram account)

AlDub has viewers all over the world glued to Eat Bulaga, which airs worldwide on GMA Pinoy TV (photo courtesy of Maine Mendoza’s instagram account)

Jose Manalo's character Frankie Arenolli with Yaya Dub (photo courtesy of Maine Mendoza's instagram account)

Jose Manalo’s character Frankie Arenolli with Yaya Dub (photo courtesy of Maine Mendoza’s instagram account)

Alden Richards tweeted Yaya Dub after the incident last Saturday 'Akala ko eto na yung tamang panahon. Get well soon.' (photo courtesy of Alden Richards' instagram account)

Alden Richards tweeted Yaya Dub after the incident last Saturday ‘Akala ko eto na yung tamang panahon. Get well soon.’ (photo courtesy of Alden Richards’ instagram account)

Filipinos across the globe enjoy and experience intense kilig with Alden Richards and Yaya Dub (Maine Mendoza) in the first ever kalyeserye on the longest-runningnoon time show in the Philippines, Eat Bulaga.

 

Their record-breaking tandem, widely known as “AlDub”, started to gain popularity during an episode last July, when Yaya Dub got distracted with Alden who was focused on the split screen. It was not long after that AlDub’s story progressed, and became the talk on social media, not to mention bringing Eat Bulaga to even greater heights in terms of nationwide ratings.

 

During AlDub’s segment last Saturday, August 8, Yaya Dub passed out due to fatigue while supposedly about to get married to Jose Manalo’s character Frankie Arenolli. Jose, together with Wally and the whole production staff, took hold of the situation in a professional manner and kept the show going, while making sure to aide Maine. She was rushed to the hospital and the show continued without her.

 

Later during the day, Maine posted on her Instagram a photo of her with the caption saying that she was not feeling well since the morning. “We’re too busy preparing for the segment that I forgot to take my meds. That’s probably the reason why I passed out during our cue. None of it was scripted. I was immediately rushed to the hospital so I can have myself checked. But nothing to worry, they said it’s all because of over fatigue. Super appreciate all the love and concern from everyone! Rampa na ulit si Yaya Dub!”

 

Meanwhile, Alden was supposed to rush to the wedding to meet Yaya Dub. He tweeted Yaya Dub and said, “Akala ko eto na yung tamang panahon. Get well soon.”

 

AlDub trended all over social media because of this event, and viewers have never been more excited for the love team’s long awaited meeting.

 

GMA’s international flagship channel, GMA Pinoy TV, opens doors for AlDub fans overseas to watch Eat Bulaga and fully experience the fun and excitement of Alden and Yaya Dub’s entertainment.

 

GMA Pinoy TV is currently available in various continents and countries all over the world, making sure to serve Filipinos abroad and bring them closer to home with their favorite GMA programming.

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.

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.

Jessica Soho

Jessica Soho

Award winning GMA News personality Kara David

Award winning GMA News personality Kara David

I JUANDER Susan Enriquez

I JUANDER Susan Enriquez

I JUANDER Cesar Apolinario

I JUANDER Cesar Apolinario

Philippine broadcast giant GMA Network delivers the latest news and information from the country straight to Hong Kong with the launch of its international news and public affairs channel, GMA News TV International, through the carrier now TV beginning June 2.

 

“This year marks GMA International’s 10th year of bringing Filipinos abroad closer to home,” says GMA Vice President and Head of International Operations Joseph T. Francia. “As we celebrate this milestone, we continue to uphold our commitment to bring quality Kapuso programming to a wider audience,” he adds.

 

Powered by the Philippines’ most trusted news and public affairs team, GMA News TV International is the top choice to meet the Filipinos’ demand for complete, accurate, and credible news from home, provided by the Network’s multi-awarded news personalities and top-rated programs.

 

Among these are its flagship newscast State of the Nation with Jessica Soho, hosted by Peabody award winner and highly regarded broadcast journalist Jessica Soho, which features in-depth analyses on current issues.

 

The only show of its kind currently on Philippine TV – Investigative Documentaries, hosted by Malou Mangahas solidly follows the paper trail behind issues every week. Investigative Documentaries assesses the performance of political clans, studies the impact of government policies and investigates corruption.

 

Powerhouse, hosted by award-winning journalist Kara David, gives the public never before seen access into the private lives – and homes – of the country’s most powerful individuals.

 

I Juander led by Susan Enriquez and Cesar Apolinario, has captured viewers’ hearts with its unforgettable social experiments and its entertaining discussion of Filipino culture, food, traditions and superstitions.

 

Game-changing weekend documentary programs Reel Time and Front Row tackle poverty and social ills, telling the raw stories of the subjects themselves, using no hosts or voice-overs.

 

Moreover, GMA News TV International offers live telecasts of the latest news coverage and breaking news from the Philippines.

 

With this new launch, GMA International, the business unit that manages the operation and distribution of GMA’s international channels, strengthens its partnership with now TV and distributes GMA Pinoy TV, GMA’s flagship international channel, and GMA Life TV, GMA’s international lifestyle channel, in Hong Kong.

 

Ms. Loke Kheng Tham, PCCW’s Executive Vice President of Pay TV, said: “We are delighted to provide Pinoys in Hong Kong with their favorite home country channels exclusively on now TV, as part of the Filipino Pack.” She added: “Now TV is Hong Kong’s largest pay-TV provider, offering more than 190 top-class channels to 1.2 million customers. Adding GMA News TV International to our lineup further demonstrates now TV’s commitment to providing all customers with a wide range of content choices. On this occasion, we are very pleased to serve Hong Kong’s Pinoy community with comprehensive Filipino programming.”

 

The GMA channels are included in The Filipino Pack, which is priced at priced at HKD 108 per month. GMA Pinoy TV and GMA Life TV are also available for individual subscription. To subscribe, interested parties may call 2888 0008 and press 2 or visit www.nowtv.now.com

 

Kapuso viewers abroad can catch the latest updates from GMA International channels by visiting the website www.gmanetwork.com/international, Facebook pageswww.facebook.com/GMAPinoyTV, www.facebook.com/gmalifetv, and, www.facebook.com/gmanewsinternational, and Twitter pages @GMAPinoyTV and @GMA_LifeTV.

GMA Network Chairman and CEO Felipe L. Gozon at the Company’s Annual Stockholders’ Meeting held today, May 20, at the GMA Network Studios in Quezon City. Above photo also shows GMA directors Michael John R. Duavit and Anna Teresa Gozon-Abrogar.

GMA Network Chairman and CEO Felipe L. Gozon at the Company’s Annual Stockholders’ Meeting held today, May 20, at the GMA Network Studios in Quezon City. Above photo also shows GMA directors Michael John R. Duavit and Anna Teresa Gozon-Abrogar.

 

(Quezon City, Philippines) – GMA Network is pulling all stops to secure its dominant position in the broadcast industry, according to the Company’s Chairman and CEO Felipe L. Gozon.

 

In his report during the company’s annual stockholders’ meeting on May 20 (Wednesday), Gozon announced that, despite strategic efforts to manage costs last year, they remained committed in ensuring their competitiveness.

 

“Thanks to a thorough review of our business needs vis-a-vis our capabilities, and the industry situation as a whole, all transmitter and other upgrades that were already in the pipeline were still implemented despite our belt-tightening,” he said.

 

Moreover, the Network continued to enhance its capacity to produce content in high definition in relation to the eventual shift from analog to digital TV.

 

“Our bigger studios in our Quezon City headquarters were also upgraded to high definition. Likewise, all our OB van facilities have been wired with new broadcast peripherals and are now capable of multi-format including HD recording,” Gozon said.

 

In relation to the Network’s financial performance, Gozon assured stockholders that the company’s fundamentals remain “sound and good.”

 

GMA ended 2014 with an EBITDA of P2.925 billion while consolidated net income settled at P1.010 billion primarily due to the absence of political ads.

 

Meanwhile, other business units and subsidiaries of the Network posted positive results, recording total revenues of P1.304 billion or 7 percent higher compared to 2013.

 

For 2015, Gozon affirmed that the company is focused on growing and strengthening the business. “We are ready to move forward, armed with our plans to further expand or improve all areas of our business,” he said noting on strong indications that 2015 will be a much better year for the company.

 

“To be sure, our net income for the first quarter of 2015 was already 25 percent more than our net income in the first quarter of 2014,” announced Gozon.

 

The Network previously reported that revenues for the first three months improved by 5 percent to P3.006 billion mainly on higher airtime sales from Channel 7, GMA News TV and GMA Radio.

 

Operating expenses slightly went up by 3 percent to P2.432 billion while EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) settled at P986 million, up 20 percent from last year.

 

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.

(from left) GMA EVP and CFO Felipe S. Yalong, GMA President and COO Gilberto R. Duavit, Jr, GMA Chairman and CEO Felipe L. Gozon, and GMA Marketing and Productions, Inc. President and COO Lizelle G. Maralag at the GMA Network Q3 Performance Briefing on November 14 at the GMA Network headquarters in Quezon City

(from left) GMA EVP and CFO Felipe S. Yalong, GMA President and COO Gilberto R. Duavit, Jr, GMA Chairman and CEO Felipe L. Gozon, and GMA Marketing and Productions, Inc. President and COO Lizelle G. Maralag at the GMA Network Q3 Performance Briefing on November 14 at the GMA Network headquarters in Quezon City

(Quezon City, Philippines – November 14, 2014) – Leading broadcast company GMA Network (GMA) reported a net income of P422 million in Q3 2014, up 66% versus the previous quarter.

Consolidated revenues for Q3 2014 stood at P3.141 billion, representing an 8% improvement over the P2.915 billion generated in Q2. Both airtime revenues and gross earnings from other businesses posted positive results and contributed to the increase in the topline.

Ratings leader GMA Channel 7 grew its sales by 7%, while GMA News TV, the country’s number one news channel, hiked up its earnings by 12%. GMA Radio likewise registered a 15% increase in sales on account of its stronger listenership.

Meanwhile, revenues from other businesses led by GMA International, the business unit that manages the operations and distribution of the Network’s three international channels, rose 12% compared to Q2 2014.

Total operating expenses slightly increased by 2% to P2.590 billion, as both production cost and General Administrative Expenses (GAEX) climbed 2% and 1%, respectively, in between quarters. Personnel cost was higher mostly from salary adjustments and the amortization of signing and appreciation bonuses in September as part of the Network’s Collective Bargaining Agreement.

The Network ended the third quarter with an EBITDA (Earnings before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization) of P972 million, surpassing the previous quarter’s figure by 31%.

“The third quarter was a promising period for GMA with both our revenues and ratings on the uptrend. We are hoping to sustain this performance until the end of the year as we remain committed to offering superior programs across all genres and platforms,” said GMA Network Chairman and CEO Felipe L. Gozon.

Business Developments

GMA International recorded higher subscriber figures in Q3 2014 compared to the previous quarter as it continues to reach out to more Filipino households abroad. Subscribers for GMA’s international channels GMA Pinoy TV, GMA Life TV and GMA News TV International grew by 2%, 1% and 8%, respectively.

GMA Worldwide, a wholly owned subsidiary that acquires foreign programs for GMA and syndicates Kapuso programs to the international market, sold 718 worth of program hours from 17 titles in the third quarter for telecast in Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore, Cambodia and Nigeria.

GMA New Media, Inc. (NMI) substantially grew its revenues from online advertising by 10% quarter-on-quarter as readership and audience reach of the GMA Network Portal (www.GMANetwork.com) soared in the covered period.

GMA News Online, the official news website of GMA News and Public Affairs, performed exceptionally well in the third quarter as it showed a significant increase in both pageviews and unique browsers, according to data from Effective Measure. The website surpassed the 86.4 million total pageviews generated in Q2 as figures jumped to 153.1 million in Q3. Monthly average unique browsers also increased from 5.6 million to 11.6 million in between quarters. The growth can be attributed in large part to better, more aggressive social media initiatives, which ultimately boosted sales from online advertising.

Furthermore, Digify, a subsidiary of NMI, remained at the forefront of new media initiatives as it engineered groundbreaking techno-based solutions for major brands, with some even gaining recognition from local and international award-giving bodies.

GMA artist Julie Anne San Jose’s album, Deeper, under GMA Records, debut strongly with over 11,000 digital and physical units sold (according to sales from June 1, 2014 to September 20, 2014), earning it a Gold Record Award.

On the regional front, the Network continued to improve and expand its regional coverage with several transmitter upgrades. The signal outcome of the completed restoration and upgrade of the TV relay facilities of TV-8 Coron, which was damaged by Supertyphoon Yolanda in November last year, showed remarkable increases from the signal levels recorded in 2010. Its estimated coverage grew by 45% brought about by the increase in transmitter power (from 100W to 500W) and the installation of a new antenna system.

The site relocation of TV-11 Iligan in September 2014 not only expanded the station’s coverage in the provinces of Lanao del Norte and Misamis Occidental, but also resulted in improved signal strength and quality and more importantly enabled the carriage of the Northern Mindanao programs originating from GMA Cagayan de Oro.

Ratings

The third quarter saw GMA grabbing the nationwide lead in TV ratings from its closest competitor, according to data from Nielsen TV Audience Measurement.

During the covered period, GMA registered a 34.2% total day household audience share in NUTAM, higher than ABS-CBN’s 34.1% and TV5’s 9.9%.

GMA also kept its lead in its stronghold areas of Urban Luzon and Mega Manila, where it was ahead of competition by substantial margins. Urban Luzon and Mega Manila account for 77% and 60%, respectively, of the total urban TV households in the entire country.

In Urban Luzon, GMA scored 37.8% in total day household audience shares versus ABS-CBN’s 30% and TV5’s 9.2%; while in Mega Manila, GMA posted 38.8%, ahead of ABS-CBN’s 27.7% and TV5’s 9.8%.

Meanwhile, GMA’s flagship AM station DZBB became number one in Mega Manila based on Nielsen data from June to September, driven by its aggressive programming efforts.

Beyond the numbers, GMA continued to reap awards and recognition from prominent local and international institutions as a testament to its unwavering commitment to merit and excellence.