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Vallesteros Family

Vallesteros Family

Nick and Jeremy Enciso

Nick and Jeremy Enciso

Neneth Abello

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.

Aiai delas Alas

Aiai delas Alas

Aiai delas Alas

Aiai delas Alas

Alden Richards

Alden Richards

Alden Richards

Alden Richards

Barbie Forteza

Barbie Forteza

Barbie Forteza

Barbie Forteza

Jerald Napoles

Jerald Napoles

Jerald Napoles

Jerald Napoles

Joey Paras

Joey Paras

Joey Paras

Joey Paras

Jose Manalo

Jose Manalo

Jose Manalo

Jose Manalo

Julie Anne San Jose

Julie Anne San Jose

Julie Anne San Jose

Julie Anne San Jose

Marian Rivera

Marian Rivera

Marian Rivera

Marian Rivera

Valeen Montenegro

Valeen Montenegro

Valeen Montenegro

Valeen Montenegro

Wally Bayola

Wally Bayola

Wally Bayola

Wally Bayola

On August 9, GMA Network raises the bar in Philippine entertainment with the premiere of its newest comedy-musical variety program Sunday PinaSaya on its flagship international channel, GMA Pinoy TV.

 

The program redefines the usual variety show, as it offers viewers unique production numbers featuring the hottest celebrities, comedy sketches and fun-filled games. It also unites the country’s biggest names in showbiz – Philippine Comedy Queen Aiai delas Alas, well-loved comic tandem Jose Manalo andWally Bayola, and Kapuso Primetime Queen Marian Rivera.

 

Ai-Ai admits that she couldn’t wait for the show to start. “Sabi ko, parang, ‘game na ba ‘to? Kailan na ba magsisimula?’ Tapos ayan na, game na talaga. Excited ako kasi this show is comedy-based. Patatawanin muna namin kayo bago namin kayo mas lalong pasasayahin sa hatid naming mga papremyo. At marami pa rin silang dapat abangan na mga bonggang performances mula sa kanilang mga paboritong artista. [I said to myself, ‘Is this really it? When will it start?’ And then they said it was a go. I’m excited because this show is comedy-based. We’ll make you laugh first before we make you even happier with prizes. They can look forward to more great performances from their favorite artists.]

 

Meanwhile, Marian is excited for the program as it promises a new Sunday variety show experience, “Patatawanin namin sila, magbibigay kami ng papremyo, at makikita nila ang iba’t ibang klaseng talento ng mga cast dito. At ang maganda sa Sunday PinaSaya, hindi lang kami yung makakasama nila dito dahilevery Sunday ay may mga Kapuso tayo na pwedeng mag-guest sa show. So everybody’s welcome sa Sunday PinaSaya. [We’ll make them laugh, we’ll give prizes and they’ll be able to see the various talents of the cast. The great thing about Sunday PinaSaya is that it’s not just the hosts that they get to see every week, but they can also watch other Kapuso artists as guests on the show. So everybody’s welcome on Sunday PinaSaya.]”

 

Expect nothing but the best banters and funny antics from Alden Richards, Julie Anne San Jose, Barbie Forteza, Joey Paras, Valeen Montenegroand Jerald Napoles, who will also bring more fun to the show.

 

On its pilot episode, over 10 million worth of prizes are to be given away, tax free.

 

Don’t miss the much-awaited premiere of the newest and trendiest comedy-musical variety show this Sunday on GMA Pinoy TV, because Sundays are fun days with Sunday PinaSaya!

 

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.

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 Pinoy TV, the flagship international channel of GMA Network, continues to present exciting changes to make their audiences’ television experience more relevant and viewer-friendly.

 

Newly-launched primetime programs Let the Love Begin and The Rich Man’s Daughter will now be accompanied by English subtitles, adding to the list of long-running Kapuso programs with subtitles.

 

“This content enhancement, which we started in January 2014, is very much in line with GMA’s mission of bringing global Filipinos closer to home. Particularly, this services viewers of every nationality who wish to understand and appreciate GMA programs but are not familiar with the Filipino language,” says GMA Vice President and Head of International Operations, Joseph T. Francia.

 

Among the entertainment programs that are also inserted with subtitles include the country’s pioneering reality sitcom Pepito Manaloto and the top-rating weekly drama anthology Magpakailanman.

 

The most awarded documentary program on Philippine TV, I-Witness, and the country’s longest-running wish-granting program, Wish Ko Lang, are likewise presented with English subtitles since last year.

 

GMA International Assistant Vice President and Head of Programming, Cheri C. Domingo, meanwhile, notes on the enthusiastic response by GMA Pinoy TV viewers. “We were encouraged to include drama series when our weekend English sub-titled blocks started getting positive feedback. Our viewers can definitely expect more sub-titled programs to be added this year,” she says.

GMA Li

Viewers also took to social media to express their appreciation of this programming initiative. “It’s about time. You’ve got foreigners who like your programs,” comments Jetski Domalaon on Facebook. Twitter user @DaneToGo also shares the same sentiment, posting “@gmapinoytv now also putting English subs on a daily soap… Good move!”

 

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

Vicky Morales

Vicky Morales

Michael V

Michael V

The Rich Mans Daughter

The Rich Mans Daughter

iWitness

iWitness

Magpakailanman - Mel Tiangco

Magpakailanman – Mel Tiangco

Ai-Ai delas Alas

Ai-Ai delas Alas

Let the Love Begin

Let the Love Begin

Gabbi Garcia and Ruru Madrid of Let the Love Begin

Gabbi Garcia and Ruru Madrid of Let the Love Begin

Carlo Gonzales

Carlo Gonzales

Chanda Romero

Chanda Romero

David Remo

David Remo

David Remo

David Remo

Dexter Doria

Dexter Doria

Dingdong Dantes

Dingdong Dantes

Dingdong Dantes

Dingdong Dantes

Gabby Eigenmann

Gabby Eigenmann

Hiro Peralta

Hiro Peralta

JC Tiuseco

JC Tiuseco

Jeric Gonzales

Jeric Gonzales

Jillian Ward

Jillian Ward

Jojit Lorenzo

Jojit Lorenzo

Lindsay De Vera

Lindsay De Vera

Rap Fernandez

Rap Fernandez

Sunshine Dizon

Sunshine Dizon

Kapuso Primetime King Dingdong Dantes takes on a role he has never done before in GMA’s newest inspirational drama series entitled Pari Koy.

 

Dingdong, one of the country’s most sought-after leading men who is blessed not just with bountiful talents but also with the heart for pursuing his many advocacies, will portray the role of Father Kokoy Evangelista.

 

Aside from having the complete package of good looks, humor, warmth, and wisdom, Father Kokoy is also admired for his virtuous principles in life. A go-to person in times of problems, Kokoy is the kind of friend who unconditionally offers a shoulder to lean on. He is the ideal guy, a Mr. Right, and the man any woman would like to introduce to her parents. But here’s the catch: Kokoy is a priest.

 

Father Kokoy, better known as Pari Koy, is a priest who is known for his non-traditional and non-conformist ways of bringing people closer to God, doing whatever it takes to show that it is cool to believe. But his own faith will be put to the test when he is assigned in the parish of Barangay Pinagpala and starts to deal with the people of the community.

 

Set in a contemporary barangay, stellar performances will be delivered by some of the country’s respected and talented artists including Sunshine Dizon as Noemi, the secretary of the parish in Pinagpala who remains to be optimistic despite being maltreated by her husband; Chanda Romero as Martha, the self-righteous leader of the lay workers in the parish of Pinagpala who is against the unconventional ways of Father Kokoy; Luz Valdez as Esther, one of the lay workers in the parish who loves to talk about gossips and rumors; and Dexter Doria as Salome, also a lay worker who loyally serves in the parish despite being teased by Martha and Esther.

 

Father Kokoy will also be challenged to put his faith into action as he meets the people of Barangay Pinagpala – with Gabby Eigenmann as Jude, the influential and corrupt chairman of Barangay Pinagpala; Rap Fernandez as Sol, the right-hand person of Jude, who helps him with his illegal schemes; JC Tiuseco as Timo, the irresponsible brother of Noemi; and Carlo Gonzales as Simon, the abusive husband of Noemi who fails to provide for his family.

 

Completing the cast are GMA Artist Center’s homegrown talents led by Jillian Ward as Sarah, the loving daughter of Noemi; Jeric Gonzales as Eli, the son of Salome who thinks that going to the parish is uncool; Lindsay De Vera as Ava, the charming grandchild of Martha who will fall in love with Eli; Hiro Peralta as Sam, the closet homosexual brother of Father Kokoy; and David Remo as Pinggoy, the high-spirited “village’s son” of Barangay Pinagpala.

 

How will Father Kokoy bring the people of Barangay Pinagpala closer to God? Will he be successful in instigating change in the community? Or will his faith and perspectives in life be moved by the people around him?

 

At the helm of this primetime series is the award-winning director Maryo J. Delos Reyes. After the successful run of the primetime series Niño, GMA takes pride in having him as the director of Pari Koy as he is known not only for tackling social relevance but for uplifting the human spirit and evoking hope through his masterpieces.

 

Pari Koy begins airing on March 10 on GMA Network’s flagship international channel, 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.

GMA Network held on to its unbeaten record in the important areas of Urban Luzon and Mega Manila, where it continued to lead across all dayparts, in the month of February.

 

According to data from the industry’s widely-trusted ratings service provider Nielsen TV Audience Measurement, GMA outperformed rival networks from February 1 to 28 (with the dates of February 22 to 28 based on overnight data) by substantial margins.

 

In Urban Luzon, GMA recorded a total day household audience share of 36.9 percent, 6.9 points higher than ABS-CBN’s 30 percent and 28 points higher than TV5’s 8.9 percent.

 

The Kapuso Network also retained its dominance in Mega Manila with 38.7 percent average, surpassing ABS-CBN’s 26.7 percent by 12 points and TV5’s 9.2 percent by 29.5 points.

 

Urban Luzon and Mega Manila account for 77 and 59 percent, respectively, of all urban TV households in the country.

 

Meanwhile, GMA came ahead of its counterparts in NUTAM (National Urban TV Audience Measurement) in the daytime blocks. GMA’s morning audience share reached 32.8 percent, up 2.1 points from ABS-CBN’s 30.7 percent and up 22.9 points from TV5’s 9.9 percent.

 

In the afternoon block, GMA beat competition with its 35.8 percent average, ahead of ABS-CBN’s 30 percent by 5.8 points as well as TV5’s 10.3 percent by 25.5 points.

 

Internationally-recognized news magazine program Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho took the number one spot in Urban Luzon and Mega Manila, while leading the roster of Kapuso programs in NUTAM.

 

Compared to its closest competitor, more entries from GMA also made it to the list of top 30 regular programs across NUTAM, Urban Luzon and Mega Manila. Among those included in the list, besides KJMS, were Magpakailanman, 24 Oras, Ismol Family, Celebrity Bluff, The Half Sisters, Empress Ki, Pepito Manaloto, Eat Bulaga, More Than Words, and Once Upon A Kiss.

 

Catch Pusong Pinoy sa Amerika and your other favourite Kapuso shows on GMA Pinoy TV, GMA Life TV and GMA News TV International by checking the airing schedules in your territory through the website www.gmanetwork.com/international/programguide.

(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.

GMA News TV International

GMA News TV International

GMA News TV’s Brigada won the One World Award in the US International Film & Video Festival in addition to its Gold Camera Award finish at the same Festival.  Brigada’s winning entry was entitled “Gintong Krudo” (Black Gold), a documentary to raise awareness for the estimated 5.5 million Filipino children considered child laborers. This is the first time the prestigious One World Award has been given to a Philippine TV network.

 

The One World Award was established more than 25 years ago by the International Quorum of Motion Pictures Producers to honor a work that fosters international understanding.  USIFVF medalists and certificate holders are all in the running for the One World Award, one of the grand prizes given at the Festival.

 

Brigada

Brigada

Brigada’s One World Award winning documentary tells the story of 12-year old Bisaya, who goes out to sea every morning with his friends, 11-year old Christian and 13-year old Ruben, to salvage crude oil dumped on the water by ships. When they find patches of oil spill, they dive in and collect the oil with a sponge, risking their health for about a dollar per pail of oil.  Micaela Papa, who reported the story, went as far as joining the children in the murky water to collect crude oil.  Brigada is hosted by Jessica Soho, with Lee Joseph Castel as Program Manager and Harvey Bayona as Executive Producer.

 

Brigada was one of eight winning works for GMA Network at the US International Film and Video Festival – which included a Gold Award for Wagas, Silver Awards for State of the Nation with Jessica Soho, two episodes of Reel Time, Reporter’s Notebook and Front Row and a certificate for creative excellence for Picture Picture.

 

Brigada Gintong Krudo Episode

Brigada Gintong Krudo Episode

Brigada’s Gintong Krudo segment also won a Silver World Medal in the 2014 New York Festivals, and was a Finalist in the 2013 Japan Prize.

Kapuso viewers around the world may catch Brigada, bannered by multi-awarded broadcast journalist Jessica Soho, only on GMA News TV International.

Adding to its recent string of victories in international competitions, GMA Network gained eight recognitions in the 2014 US International Film and Video Festival (USIFVF) based in Los Angeles, California.

GMA’s latest win consists of two Gold Camera and five Silver Screen awards for its News and Public Affairs shows, and a Certificate of Creative Excellence for one of its Entertainment programs.

Taking home golds (first place) are GMA News TV shows in the Documentary production category, namely Wagas: Mga Kuwento ng Totoong Pag-Ibig, for Docudrama programs; and Brigada, for Social Issues programs.

Wagas has also been included in the shortlist of documentaries nominated for the Best of Festival (Grand Prix) Award, reserved only for the most outstanding Gold Camera recipients. Winners will be announced on June 16.

Sid Lucero and Gwen Zamora in Wagas: Mga Kwento ng Totoong Pag-Ibig Episode Cerebral Palsy

Sid Lucero and Gwen Zamora in Wagas: Mga Kwento ng Totoong Pag-Ibig Episode Cerebral Palsy

The show’s entry was its “Cerebral Palsy” episode, which featured the inspiring love story of an ailing Ron Saniposo (played by Sid Lucero) and his wife Grace (portrayed by GMA Artist Center talent Gwen Zamora).

Brigada’s “Gintong Krudo” episode, meanwhile, exposed the hazards faced by impoverished children at the Navotas Fish Port, who swim in filthy waters to collect spilled crude oil.

The same episode also won the Silver World Medal in the 2014 New York Festival, where GMA bagged one gold, two more silvers, and three bronze world medals.

More honors

State of the Nation Host Jessica Soho

State of the Nation Host Jessica Soho

Earning one of five Silver Screen awards (second place) for the network was GMA News TV’s primetime newscast, State of the Nation with Jessica Soho, in the TV News category for Continuing News Stories.

The newscast was cited for its coverage of Super Typhoon Yolanda (international code name: Haiyan) last November. It was also part of GMA News and Public Affairs’ gold medal triumph at the George Foster Peabody Awards, considered the equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize for electronic media.

This is the third consecutive year that State of the Nation was recognized by the USIFVF. Last year, it won the Silver Screen Award for “The Wrath of the Monsoon,” its coverage of the disastrous habagat rains that swamped Metro Manila and nearby provinces.

In 2012, State of the Nation received a Certificate for Creative Excellence (third place) for its episode on the aftermath of Typhoon Sendong (international code name: Washi).

Silver streak

Reporter's Notebook Maki Pulido and Jiggy Manicad

Reporter’s Notebook Maki Pulido and Jiggy Manicad

For its part, Reporter’s Notebook earned a Silver Screen Award in the Documentary Programs: Current Affairs category for its “Bakas ng Trahedya” episode. Anchored by Maki Pulido and Jiggy Manicad, the episode shed light on the plight of Yolanda survivors and the government’s response in the wake of the tragedy.

Reality documentary program Reel Time won two silvers for “Silang Wala sa Mapa” in the Documentary Programs: Health, Medical category, and “Dungkoy” in the Documentary Programs: Biography category.

“Silang Wala sa Mapa” showed how the B’laan indigenous people of Mindanao survived for generations without modern medicine. It was also a Silver World Medal recipient in the 2014 New York Festival.

“Dungkoy,” on the other hand, told the story of a nine-year-old boy who takes care of his paralyzed grandmother. Both characters share similar fates of being forsaken by their own families.

GMA-7’s Front Row received a Silver Screen Award in the Documentary Programs: Social Issues category. Its winning episode, “Ulilang Lubos,” featured the plight of abandoned children who are forced to fend for themselves.

Picture! Picture! Host Ryan Agoncillo

Picture! Picture! Host Ryan Agoncillo

Finally, family-oriented quiz show Picture! Picture! earned a Certificate for Creative Excellence for the Entertainment Program & Specials: Game Show category. Hosted by Ryan Agoncillo, Picture! Picture is an original creation of the GMA Entertainment TV group.

Founded in 1967, the US International Film and Video Festival recognizes outstanding corporate, education, entertainment, documentary, and student productions.

Filipinos abroad may catch Reporter’s Notebook, Wagas and Picture! Picture! on GMA Pinoy TV, while Front Row, Reel Time, State of the Nation, and Brigada airs internationally on GMA News TV International. For more details, visit http://www.gmanetwork.com/international.