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Tom & Megan in Marimar

Tom & Megan in Marimar

Another delightful pairing is set to sizzle on screen as Kapuso prime artists Megan Young and Tom Rodriguez team up in one of GMA Network’s highly anticipated programs this 2015—Marimar.

 

In an interview, Megan reveals her excitement on portraying an iconic and well-loved character and how much she can relate in the story of a Filipina barrio lass. “This is definitely a great project to do. Dito sa Marimar talagang maipapakita ang character nating mga Filipina na handang humarap sa kahit anong pagsubok.” [This is definitely a great project to do. Marimar reflects that distinct Filipina characteristic of being able to face any challenge.]

 

Marimar is like any other Pinay who strives for the best. She’s a hard worker, gagawin niya ang lahat para makuha ang mga pangarap niya. Ganoon din ako, kahit sinabi ng iba dati na baka matalo ako sa pageant…I put that aside kasi ito ang gusto ko. Manalo, matalo at least nagawa ko. Si Marimar ganoon din na kahit mag-fail siya, in the end she’ll make sure na ‘yung failure na ‘yun ay magiging encouragement sa kanya to strive for the better,” added the multi-talented actress. [Marimar is like any other Filipina who strives for the best. She’s a hard worker, she will do anything to reach her dreams. I am the same way – even if people told me that I might lose the pageant (Miss World 2013)… I put that aside because that was what I wanted. Win or lose, at least I did it. Marimar is the same in that even if she fails, she makes sure that the failure turns into encouragement for her to strive for the better]

 

Equally excited is Megan’s leading man, Tom, who is very vocal about his preparations for the series. “I knew right away when I first heard about it that it was going to be a big project kaya wala talaga akong pinapalampas na oras for training. Right now, I started boxing and doing circuit training.” [I knew right away when I first heard about it that it was going to be a big project, which is why I didn’t waste any time and started training. Right now, I started boxing and doing circuit training.]

 

Despite being nervous, Tom is very much excited to take on the challenge of portraying the role of Sergio. “Nakaka-pressure pero at the same time I’m very excited because I know I’m going to learn a lot on this project. Plus, Megan and I have a great working relationship kaya mas nakakabawas ng kaba. It would be a great and fun challenge to breathe new life to the character.” [It’s a lot of pressure but at the same time, I’m very excited because I know I’m going to learn a lot on this project. Plus, Megan and I have a great working relationship so that lessens my nervousness. It would be a great and fun challenge to breathe new life to the character.]

 

Marimar is definitely the primetime series to watch out for as it takes pride in bringing together some of the entertainment industry’s respected actors and actresses including Ms. Jaclyn Jose, Zoren Legaspi, Lauren Young, and Ms. Alice Dixson in her comeback project as a Kapuso.

 

Joining the stellar cast are Nova Villa, Tommy Abuel, Carmi Martin, Ina Raymundo, Ricardo Cepeda, Jaya, Cris Villanueva, Dion Ignacio, Frank Magalona, Ashley Cabrera plus Boobay as the voice of Fulgoso.

 

From the original format of Ines Rodena and license granted by Televisa, S.A. de C.V., Marimar is produced by GMA Network, Inc. and to be directed by Dominic Zapata.

 

Marimar is slated to premiere this August on GMA Pinoy TV.

 

To see your favourite Kapuso shows on GMA Pinoy TV, GMA Life TV and GMA News TV International, check the airing schedules in your territory through the websitewww.gmanetwork.com/international/programguide.

In its newest drama series, GMA Network delves into the intricate beauty of love and the love of Beautiful Strangers.

 

The show premieres on August 11 on GMA Pinoy TV.

 

It is a story of two beautiful strangers who start off as friends and end up as fierce rivals. It likewise validates how powerful a woman is, to bring about joy or to cause heartbreak in every person’s life.

 

Beautiful Strangers features the country’s most talented artists in plum roles headlined by Heart Evangelista as Kristine and Lovi Poe as Joyce/Lea. Both actresses are very excited for their reunion project on GMA.

 

GMA Network is proud to present a stellar cast of the country’s most respected artists in film and television: Christopher de Leon as Ronaldo, the owner of Castillo Realty who is a philanderer; Dina Bonnevie as Alejandra, Ronaldo’s wife who cleans up her husband’s dirt for her family, especially her son, Lawrence, whom she loves dearly; Rocco Nacino as Noel, a mechanic who loves Joyce so much however he falls for Kristine; Benjamin Alves as Lawrence, the only son of Alejandra and Ronaldo Castillo, and the half-brother of Kristine.

 

Playing equally important roles in the series are Emilio Garcia as Nestor, the supportive father of Noel; Ayen Laurel as Lourdes, the mother of Kristine who loves her and Ronaldo so much; Lovely Rivero as Imelda, the mother of Joyce, who depends on her for survival; Kier Legaspi as Rigor, the Castillo family’s efficient henchman; Gab de Leon as Rex, the troublemaker Fil-Am cousin of Noel; Dyanin Cruz as Hannah, the ex-girlfriend of Lawrence; Nar Cabico as Shakira, a street wanderer and a friend of Joyce; Diane Medina as Monica, the secretary and protective best friend of Kristine; Mariel Pamintuan as Leslie, the cute and kikay but dependable cousin of Kristine; Renz Valerio as Jason, the younger brother of Joyce.

 

Beautiful Strangers presents the interconnected lives of Joyce (Lovi) and Kristine (Heart). Joyce is a woman motivated by her big dreams. She applies at the Castillo Realty, one of the biggest real estate companies in the Philippines, to establish her name in Interior Design so that she may start a family with Noel (Rocco) and provide for her family.

 

But all her dreams are shattered when Ronaldo Castillo (Christopher) rapes and accidentally pushes her down the stairs. All along, Ronaldo thinks that he killed Joyce. Fortunately, Joyce is able to survive everything but she suffers from selective amnesia. She crosses paths with Kristine and will be called Lea.

 

What will happen if Lea regains all of her memories? How will she fight back and seek revenge against the people who abused her? Can Joyce/Lea and Kristine’s friendship heal their wounds and stop them from seeking vengeance? Can they be at peace once more?

 

Under the direction of Albert Langitan, see how Heart & Lovi become sweetest friends then fiercest rivals on Beautiful Strangers premiering on GMA Pinoy TV.

 

To see your favourite Kapuso shows on GMA Pinoy TV, GMA Life TV and GMA News TV International, check the airing schedules in your territory through the website www.gmanetwork.com/international/programguide.

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Front Row executive producer Joseph Laban received the UNICEF Asia Pacific Child Rights Award in Macau last October 27

Front Row executive producer Joseph Laban received the UNICEF Asia Pacific Child Rights Award in Macau last October 27

Front Row won Grand Prize at the UNICEF Asia Pacific Child Rights Award for Television for its documentary Ulilang Lubos

Front Row won Grand Prize at the UNICEF Asia Pacific Child Rights Award for Television for its documentary Ulilang Lubos

One of GMA Network’s award-winning documentary programs, Front Row is this year’s winner of the prestigious UNICEF Asia-Pacific Child Rights Award for Television.

Its winning documentary, “Ulilang Lubos” (Orphaned) follows the daily life of 10-year-old Princess, who has had to take care of three younger siblings since their mother abandoned them. Princess washes produce at a wet market to earn money. She receives five to 20 pesos for this.

After working the entire morning, Princess then proceeds to her second job: scavenging. She has to do this every day to feed herself and her siblings.

“I haven’t seen my mom since she left us three years ago,” Princess says. “We started scavenging to get some money and asking around for food. Sometimes we don’t have anything to eat and our stomachs hurt. We sleep on cardboard boxes on the floor. I envy my friends because they go to school but I don’t.”

“Front Row: Ulilang Lubos” was praised by the jurors for reflecting the vulnerable children’s world in their own eyes. “It was very effective,” they said. “There are many heartbreaking moments in this film. The interviews were handled with sensitivity and the three children came across as everyday kids. Their interaction during bath and meal times was very naturalistic, as if the cameras weren’t there. This is a powerful story that really captured the plight of these children.”

 

The UNICEF further says, “Front Row: Orphaned is a powerful piece of television. It shows the importance of protecting and nurturing children, and the strength and resilience they possess, through the eyes of four abandoned children trying desperately to make the most of their lives,” said Christopher de Bono, Chief of Communications, UNICEF East Asia and the Pacific.

 

“It is also a testimony to the value of powerful television storytelling, by motivating all of us to meet our responsibilities and address the suffering of children in need.”   Dr Javad Mottaghi, ABU Secretary-General, said: “To know there are documentary makers of this quality working in our region, chronicling the lives of our most vulnerable children and celebrating the triumph of their young spirits over great adversity, must spur us all on to be the best media messengers we possibly can.

 

‘Front Row: Orphaned’ shows how great documentary-making not only exposes inequality and exploitation but journeys deeper into the human spirit and reminds us that each human being, however young, poor and disadvantaged, carries the light of hope in their soul.” Christopher Slaughter, CEO of CASBAA, said: “CASBAA congratulates GMA Network for their unflinching look at childhood poverty in ‘Front Row: Orphaned’. Our industry reaches hundreds of millions of people around the world daily. It is heartening to see our medium being used as a platform not just for entertainment, but in the service of such a worthy cause as alleviating the plight of children in need.”

 

Managing Producer Joseph Israel Laban accepted the prestigious UNICEF prize last October 27 at the Asia Broadcasting Union awards ceremony held in Macau. He shared the viewers’ positive response to the program. “Since the documentary aired, one of the children’s relatives has reached out to them. Viewers are now sending two of the children to school and more help is still coming in. But we are hoping for a more permanent and comprehensive solution to address the plight of Filipino orphans, perhaps with better Government facilities to take care of them and their basic needs.”

 

The UNICEF Asia-Pacific Child Rights Award was established by the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU), CASBAA and UNICEF in 2001. It recognizes the efforts of broadcasters and producers in pursuing high quality children’s television and better coverage of children’s issues, and is given each year to the best programme on children’s rights produced in the Asia-Pacific region.

Front Row’s “Ulilang Lubos” also previously won a Silver Screen Award at the 2014 United States International Film and Video Festival and received a Finalist citation at the 2014 URTI Grand Prix for Author’s Documentary in Monaco, the sole Philippine program to be honoured this year.

 

Kapuso viewers abroad can catch the multi-awarded documentary program Front Row on GMA News TV International, which is available to subscribers in the Asia Pacific, Middle East, North Africa, and Canada.