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Vallesteros Family

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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 on GMA Network’s YouTube Channel

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 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.

Basta Everyday Happy hosts - Alessandra de Rossi, Gladys Reyes, Chef Boy Logro and Donita Rose

Basta Everyday Happy hosts – Alessandra de Rossi, Gladys Reyes, Chef Boy Logro and Donita Rose

GMA Life TV logo

GMA Life TV logo

I-Bilib with Chris Tiu as its main host will debut on GMA Life TV

I-Bilib with Chris Tiu as its main host will debut on GMA Life TV

Julie Anne San Jose sang the theme song of GMA Life TV's new station ID

Julie Anne San Jose sang the theme song of GMA Life TV’s new station ID

Sarap Diva hosted by Asia's Songbird Regine Velasquez-Alcasid combines great food and great music

Sarap Diva hosted by Asia’s Songbird Regine Velasquez-Alcasid combines great food and great music

Beginning this October, GMA Life TV, the second international channel of GMA Network, reflects the vibrance of life in its new line-up of programs, catering to the ever-changing preferences of Filipino audiences abroad.


Indeed, “There’s More to Life,” as the channel’s new tagline goes, with its premium mix of Filipino programming – from drama to infotainment, news to sports, reality to fashion, and essentially everything in between – appealing to every member of the household.


Now on its 6th year, GMA Life TV combines both new and well-loved Kapuso programs that feature some of the Network’s biggest Entertainment stars like Regine Velasquez, Heart Evangelista, Jean Garcia, Camille Prats, Chris Tiu, Chef Boy Logro, Donita Rose, Alessandra de Rossi, Gladys Reyes, Isabelle Daza, and Solenn Heussaff, as well as News and Public Affairs personalities such as Raffy Tima, Pia Archangel, Mariz Umali, Jun Veneracion, Connie Sison, Suzi Entrata, Drew Arellano and Doc Ferds, to name a few.


“We want to touch and inspire as many viewers as possible to enjoy, embrace and celebrate life to the fullest,” says GMA VP and head of international operations Joseph T. Francia on the new and exciting mix of Filipino programs available on the channel. “GMA Life TV is the channel for Filipinos abroad who feel that they can’t have enough of their favourite Pinoy programming.  So we are giving our viewers another generous serving of the programs they miss. Apart from being a source of the latest news, trends or gossip, we are presenting GMA Life TV as every viewer’s companion in finding ways to enjoy his or her day-to-day activities.”


Among the new shows on GMA Life TV are Weddings TV, a visual feast of wedding ideas; Pinay Beauty Queen Academy, a reality show on the dramas, challenges, and intrigues in becoming a beauty queen; Nang Magising si Juan, which tackles money issues and financial management; and Young Minds Inspired, a program that puts the spotlight on inspiring and talented teens. I-Bilib, Byahe ni Drew and Born Impact are also new additions in the channel.


Besides theseexisting programs such as Taste Buddies, Mars, Sarap Diva, Aha!, Ang Pinaka, Day-Off, Reel Life, Love Hotline, and Let’s Fiesta, to name a few, will likewise continue to captivate Kapuso viewers across the globe.


They must also look forward to the “There’s More To Life” music video with its theme song sung by no less than Asia’s Pop Sweetheart, Julie Anne San Jose. The song echoes GMA Life TV’s reinforced vision of inspiring viewers to live each day to the fullest, “It’s a brand new day, a brand new life/ More to love, more to share, more to celebrate/ There’s more to life with GMA Life TV.”


GMA Life TV is available in the U.S, Canada, the Middle East, North Africa, Hong Kong, Guam, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, and Madagascar with an estimated one million viewers from all over the world.


Learn more about GMA Life TV and other GMA International channels and events, Facebook page, and follow GMA Pinoy TV on Twitter and Instagram via @gmapinoytv.

The maiden launch of the Alex Esclamado Memorial Award for Community Service in the Filipino-American community successfully culminated during the 11th NaFFAA National Empowerment Conference on August 9, 2014 at the Town & Country Resort and Convention Center in San Diego, California.


The award was presented by the National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) and GMA International, the global arm of Filipino broadcast giant GMA Network, and was borne out of their shared vision to honor the memory of Alex Esclamado, NaFFAA founding chairman and the moving spirit of the FilAm community in its struggle for unity and empowerment.


The award recipients in the open category were Council for Filipino American Organizations of Central Florida, West Bay Pilipino Multi-Service, Inc. and Philippine American Chamber of Commerce of Texas. Pilipino American Unity for Progress, Inc. won in the youth category. The four organizations emerged among a diverse roster of nominees for having rendered outstanding community service in their respective fields.


GMA International is proud to have partnered with NaFFAA and looks forward to continuing this tradition in the years to come. “We are grateful to NaFFAA for providing us with this golden opportunity to join them in honoring the contributions of Filipino-American organizations to the Filipino and mainstream American communities as well as to the Philippines,” said GMA Vice President and Head of International Operations, Joseph Francia. He stood as GMA International’s representative together with Josh Andowitt, GMA Marketing Consultant and Greg Macabenta, former NaFFAA national chairman and head of the Awards Committee.


Gloria Caoile, founding NaFFAA national vice-chair and board member, and Rodel Rodis, NaFFAA co-founder, legal counsel and board member, acted as emcees of the awards ceremony. Loida Nicolas-Lewis, chair of the Panel of Jurors and NaFFAA national chair emeritus; Lourdes Esclamado, widow of Alex Esclamado; and Joseph Francia presented the loving cups which were especially designed by GMA.


NaFFAA members and awardees only have positive words for GMA International for sponsoring the awards and honoring Alex Esclamado and the FilAm community organizations. “Thanks to GMA International for their support of the Fil-Am community in the US. [They] are making a huge difference and we look forward to our partnership with them,” shared Brendan Flores, NaFFAA national treasurer. Likewise, Loida Nicolas-Lewis expressed her gratitude to GMA International particularly Joseph Francia and Greg Macabenta “for the brilliant execution of the GMA-sponsored Alex Esclamado Community Awards.”


The program was highlighted by a short message by Francia as well as special video greeting by GMA News Pillar and multi-awarded broadcast journalist Jessica Soho.


Specials features on the features will also air on GMA Pinoy TV, the flagship international channel of GMA Network, this September. For more details and program information, visit the GMA International, Facebook pages,, and,, and Twitter pages @GMAPinoyTV and @GMA_LifeTV.

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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

Musika at Tawanan 4

Musika at Tawanan 4

The Alliance of Filipino Organizations in Kuwait (ALLFIL-OK), together with GMA International and My-HD, presents Musika at Tawanan 4 featuring Asia’s Pop Sweetheart Julie Anne San Jose and singer-comedienne Gladys Guevarra.


As part of the local Philippine Independence Day festivities, Musika at Tawanan is the biggest and most-anticipated annual event in Kuwait, with over 5 000 Filipinos gathering each year in a celebration of music and laughter. The event will be held on June 13, 2014 at the Al Arabi Sports Gym, Mansouriya, Kuwait.


GMA International, the business unit that manages the operation and distribution of GMA Network’s international channels– GMA Pinoy TV, GMA Life TV, and GMA News TV International– is looking forward to bringing the Kapuso experience to the Filipino community in Kuwait.


“GMA International recognizes that Kuwait has been an underserved region in the past years,” says Joseph T. Francia, GMA Vice-President and Head of International Operations. “This event is a great opportunity for us to reach out to our fellow Filipinos in Kuwait and, together with My-HD, we look forward to providing quality programming and services to more of our kababayans in the years to come.”


The event is spearheaded by ALLFIL-OK, which is composed of the Filipino Badminton Committee, the Filipino Cultural Club, Makulay, The Sandigan in Kuwait, the Filipino Association of Secretaries Employment Agencies in Kuwait, the Philippine Society of Marketing Specialists in Kuwait (PHILSOCMSK), Filipinos in Kuwait, Pilipino sa Kuwait, and the Filipino Zumba Association in Kuwait.


“We are very pleased and honored to partner with GMA International and My-HD in bringing world-class Filipino talents to Kuwait. We promise to give our kababayans in Kuwait a fun-filled show,” stated ALLFIL-OK Over-all Coordinator Dr. Chie Umandap.


ALL-FIL OK Finance Director and President of PHILSOCMSK Ana Del Mundo adds, “With Musika at Tawanan, we want to bring Filipinos in Kuwait closer to home, fostering camaraderie as we all celebrate the Philippine Independence Day and pay tribute to all OFWs across the globe.”


Aside from performing at the event, Julie Anne and Gladys will also visit distressed OFWs at the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in Kuwait.


This will be Julie Anne’s second visit to the Middle East, the first being her concert in Dubai presented by GMA International and My-HD where she was warmly welcomed by the Filipino community. Owing to the success of her concert in Dubai, Filipinos in Kuwait are also eager to see the Kapuso singer and actress perform in the country. Julie Anne, whose self-titled album recently won a 9-time Platinum Record Award, is a regular cast member on GMA Network’s Sunday noontime variety show Sunday All-Stars and is currently working on her second solo studio album to be released this June.


On the other hand, this event marks the first time that Gladys will perform on stage for Kapuso fans in the Middle East. She is a frequent guest on GMA’s highest-rating comedy game show Celebrity Bluff and has co-hosted many GMA programs in the past, such as Manny Many Prizes and the longest-running noontime show, Eat Bulaga.


The organizers will also be bringing in the dynamic comic duo Iya and Tekla, along with guest host Rey Pumaloy. The show is directed by GMA’s Kuwait correspondent Ricky Laxa.


Gates will open at 1:00 PM and the event proper will run from 4:00 – 9:30 PM.


Tickets are available at Jollibee branches in Kuwait, Manyaman Restaurant in the Salmiya area, Mario’s Restaurant-Fahaheel, or contact Ms. Mildred Lacson at 66915361 or Dr. Chie Umandap at 97197268.


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