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Moy Ortiz of The Company

Moy Ortiz of The Company

OJ Mariano of The Company

OJ Mariano of The Company

Online Host Julian Trono

Online Host Julian Trono

Prince Paltu-ob of D'Crew

Prince Paltu-ob of D’Crew

Ryan Cayabyab

Ryan Cayabyab

Sweet Plantado of The Company

Sweet Plantado of The Company

Tony V of Sound Squad

Tony V of Sound Squad

GMA Network launches the Philippines’ first-ever multi-platform boy band competition – To The Top.

 

Produced by GMA Public Affairs, To The Top is a twice-a-week reality-based, talent development program featuring 18 young and gifted male vocals who are all vying to be part of the Kapuso Network’s newest boy band.

 

Unlike other reality programs which held open auditions, To The Top scoured the country and invited the best male vocals from different schools and organizations to join the auditions.

 

The show documents the journey of these young men from being solo artists or being members of their respective singing groups to ultimately becoming part of the country’s newest boy band.

 

All these experiences were seen by the public when GMA made the competition initially available online via www.gmanetwork.com/tothetop. Serving as host of the program’s webisodes is Kapuso homegrown artist Julian Trono, who recently underwent intensive training under the Kpop system.

 

After a series of rigorous auditions, the program announced its 25 finalists, which were later trimmed down to 14. Adding a twist to the competition, netizens were then asked to vote for their favorites who were earlier eliminated in the series to become the competition’s wildcards.  Thus, a total of 18 finalists will now work their way to the top.

 

The 18 TO THE TOP artists are AJ Ajrouche, Lance Busa, Ken Carpena, Mico Cruz, Cholo dela Cruz, Martin de Vera, Luis Gragera, Joshua Jacobe, MJ Magno, Miko Manguba, Seph Manlapaz, Bryan Olano, JP Palanca, Adrian Pascual, Louie Pedroso, Lharby Policarpio, Edric Ulang and Chris Yumang.

 

Throughout the season, the artists – who will be divided into three groups – will be housed together and will undergo more intensive vocal and dance trainings for their upcoming performances and evaluations.

 

Helping the program achieve this are some of the country’s top music icons led by no less than Maestro Ryan Cayabyab serving as the competition’s main judge.

 

Joining The Maestro in this project are vocal coaches Moy Ortiz, Sweet Plantado and OJ Mariano of the Philippines’ premier vocal ensemble The Company; dance coaches and 2-time World Hip Hop Champions Philippine All-stars alumni Madelle and Prince Paltu-ob, as well as international breakdancing champion Jesse “Reflex” Gotangco; and the Sound Squad of musical arrangers and sound engineers led by Jonathan Ong and his team from Sonic State Audio — Chino David, Chrisanthony Vinzons and Brian Lotho.

 

Also lending his expertise in the early part of the competition is celebrity ace photographer Mark Nicdao.

 

Who among them will make it to the top? Find out as the showdown begins July 20 in ASPAC and July 19 in the US, Canada and the Middle East.

 

For the latest updates, follow TO THE TOP on Facebook www.facebook.com/GMAToTheTop, Twitter twitter.com/GMAToTheTop, and on Instagram instagram.com/GMAToTheTop.

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Marian Rivera

Marian Rivera

Kapuso Primetime Queen Marian Rivera has withdrawn from her upcoming program “The Rich Man’s Daughter” and her GMA Pinoy TV guestings abroad due to her delicate condition. GMA Network fully supports Marian’s decision and strongly believes that Marian and her baby’s safety is first and foremost. We would like to assure her supporters that Marian will still be seen in various shows in the Kapuso Network. We pray for a healthy and happy pregnancy for our dear Marian.

Ai-Ai delas Alas' Contract Signing

Ai-Ai delas Alas’ Contract Signing

The long wait is over. Philippine Comedy Queen Ai-Ai delas Alas returns to her home network as she signed an exclusive contract with GMA Network today, April 16.

 

Present during the contract signing were GMA Chairman and CEO Atty. Felipe L. Gozon; GMA President and COO Gilberto R. Duavit,  Jr.; GMA Entertainment TV’s Senior Vice President Lilybeth G. Rasonable; GMA Vice President for Entertainment TV Marivin T. Arayata; GMA Vice President for Drama Productions Redgie Acuña-Magno; and GMA Vice President for Corporate Communications Angela Javier Cruz.

 

Ai-Ai started her showbiz career in GMA 7 as one of the hosts of the noontime shows, Lunch Date and Salo-Salo Together. She became even more popular as Cheenie La Chika in her show, R.S.V.P.

 

And after 14 years, she is back in her home network. “I have returned… Ngayon po ay babalik na ako sa totoo kong bahay…Ang GMA, hindi ako kinalimutan…Maraming maraming salamat po sa mainit ninyong pagtanggap sa akin,” says Ai-Ai.

 

The multitalented actress/comedienne/TV host became emotional when the network executives delivered their welcome remarks.

 

Atty. Gozon not only expressed his excitement on Ai-Ai’s homecoming, but he also admitted that she is one of his favorite TV personalities, “Masaya akong nagbalik si Ai-Ai sa kanyang pinanggalingan. Hindi ko nakakalimutang Kapuso natin si Ai-Ai. Medyo nagbakasyon lang siya at nagpunta sa ibang istasyon. Pero higit sa lahat, kaya ako natutuwa, hindi lamang magaling na comedienne si Ai-Ai, magaling na artista at saka talagang professional, well, sasabihin ko na rin, si Ai-Ai ay paborito kong personal.”

 

Mr. Duavit, in turn, revealed that the whole Kapuso Network family is very excited with her comeback, “Noong ako ay paakyat sa elevator at nagmamadali, tinanong sa akin kung sa 17th Floor ako pupunta, may balita raw na may signing. Noong nalaman na si Ai-Ai ay darating para i-formalize ang kanyang pagbalik, ay nagpalakpakan sa elevator. Talagang lahat ng mga Kapuso, natutuwa. Ai-Ai, kaming lahat ay bukod sa nagagalak, ay nasisiyahan sa iyong pagbalik and we look forward with great anticipation to working with you again. You make us all proud to be a Kapuso.”

 

Meanwhile, Rasonable said that she is grateful to Ai-Ai for trusting GMA and she hopes for more productive years with her as a Kapuso, “Galak na galak kami na ngayong nagbalik siya kung saan siya nagsimula.  Si Cheenie La Chicka, tandang-tanda ko ang character niya na hanggang ngayon ay memorable pa rin sa atin na nagtrabaho din sa GMA and we are very very excited and looking forward na hindi ka lang maging ka-trabaho, kundi maging masaya ang pagsasama natin in the next years.”

 

Aside from the other shows being lined up for Ai-Ai, her initial project in GMA is the upcoming primetime series Let the Love Begin which is slated to air this May./

Let the Love Begin - Ruru Madrid and Gabbi Garcia

Let the Love Begin – Ruru Madrid and Gabbi Garcia

Let the Love Begin - Ruru Madrid and Gabbi Garcia

Let the Love Begin – Ruru Madrid and Gabbi Garcia

Pari Koy - Dingdong Dantes with David Remo (back turned)

Pari Koy – Dingdong Dantes with David Remo (back turned)

Pari Koy clip

Pari Koy clip

The Rich Mans Daughter - Mike Tan, Sheena Halili, Glaiza de Castro, Marian Rivera and Luis Alandy

The Rich Mans Daughter – Mike Tan, Sheena Halili, Glaiza de Castro, Marian Rivera and Luis Alandy

The Rich Mans Daughter - Mike Tan, Sheena Halili, Glaiza de Castro, Marian Rivera and Luis Alandy

The Rich Mans Daughter – Mike Tan, Sheena Halili, Glaiza de Castro, Marian Rivera and Luis Alandy

GMA Network kicks off the summer season as it presents an exciting line-up of new programs – among which are the faith serye Pari ‘Koy, the romantic drama Let The Love Begin and the intriguing soap opera The Rich Man’s Daughter.

 

First on the list is the family-friendly series Pari ‘Koy starring Primetime King Dingdong Dantes in his first-time portrayal of an unconventional priest known for his non-traditional ways of bringing the people closer to God. Dingdong as Father Kokoy made his international debut this March on GMA Pinoy TV, GMA Network’s flagship international channel. Also in the cast are Sunshine Dizon, Gabby Eigenmann, Chanda Romero, Jillian Ward, Luz Valdez, Dexter Doria, Rap Fernandez, JC Tiuseco, Carlo Gonzales, Jeric Gonzales, Hiro Peralta, Jojit Lorenzo, Lindsay de Vera, among others.  Also, GMA Network’s newest child prodigy David Remo stars as Pinggoy, the high-spirited “village’s son” of Barangay Pinagpala who will put Fr. Kokoy to the ultimate test of faith.

 

The Kapuso Network’s fast-rising love team Ruru Madrid and Gabbi Garcia topbill the romantic drama Let the Love Begin. The program is all set to make audiences laugh, cry and fall in love as it presents the beautiful story of two individuals who will share a special friendship that withstands the test of time.

 

Last but certainly not least, the premiere of the compelling drama series The Rich Man’s Daughter with Primetime Queen Marian Rivera in the title role. Marian takes on the challenging character of Jade Tanchingco, an heiress from a very wealthy family. In the story, Jade’s father is looking for a suitor for her and is willing to pay millions to any man who can make her fall in love with him. She will be joined by Glaiza de Castro, Katrina Halili and Luis Alandy. The series also stars Paolo Contis, Mike Tan, Pauleen Luna, TJ Trinidad, Sheena Halili, Charee Pineda together with Al Tantay, Glydel Mercado, Tony Mabesa and Ms. Gloria Romero.

 

Without a doubt, primetime viewing will never be the same as GMA-7 continues to chart new grounds this year. Catch a preview of GMA’s newest offerings in the summer launches plug currently airing 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.

GMA Network Chairman and CEO Felipe L. Gozon received the prestigious Global Leadership Award for Excellence in Media Sector on March 5 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Joining him in the photo are (from left) Chris Wong - CEO of the Leaders International; Arthur Carmazzi - Global Top 10 Most Influential Leadership Guru, Secretary General of ALDA; Tengku Suleiman Shah Alhaj Ibni - The Royal Chief Major of Selangor; and HE Abdulrahim Hassan Naqi - Secretary General of the Federation of GCC chambers (FGCCC).

GMA Network Chairman and CEO Felipe L. Gozon received the prestigious Global Leadership Award for Excellence in Media Sector on March 5 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Joining him in the photo are (from left) Chris Wong – CEO of the Leaders International; Arthur Carmazzi – Global Top 10 Most Influential Leadership Guru, Secretary General of ALDA; Tengku Suleiman Shah Alhaj Ibni – The Royal Chief Major of Selangor; and HE Abdulrahim Hassan Naqi – Secretary General of the Federation of GCC chambers (FGCCC).

GMA Network Chairman and CEO Atty. Felipe L. Gozon bagged the prestigious Global Leadership Award for Excellence in Media Sector, reaching another milestone in his distinguished career as a broadcast executive. The awards’ ceremonies were held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on March 5.

 

Gozon made history by being the first Filipino recipient of this international award, which recognized his excellent management of the Kapuso Network and the Company’s contributions to the local broadcast industry.

 

“This award is significant to me not only because I did not apply for it, but more importantly, I am told that I am the first Filipino to be given this award,” Gozon said.

 

Considered as the man who turned GMA Network around to become the leading local broadcast company today, Gozon believes that the Network is headed towards a greater future.

 

“My vision for GMA Network is for its programs to enrich the lives of all Filipinos everywhere in the world and for the Network to become the number one TV station in Asia,” he said.

 

The Global Leadership Awards cited Gozon for his “keen involvement in spearheading the corporate business and community development, and for the continued effort and contributions done towards steering [GMA] to greater heights.”

 

Moreover, Gozon was honored for “the leadership values that he had consistently imparted to move forward and transform according to times and needs.”

 

Described as the “[ASEAN] Region’s most impactful event,” the Global Leadership Awards is organized by The Leaders International together with the American Leadership Development Association (ALDA). It aims “to convene and showcase the highest levels of Global Leaders representing the diplomatic, business, government, philanthropic, media, celebrity, and social sectors.”

GMA SAVP for Alternative Productions Gigi Santiago – Lara, GMA SVP for Entertainment Lilybeth G. Rasonable, LJ Reyes, Perry P. Lansigan

GMA SAVP for Alternative Productions Gigi Santiago – Lara, GMA SVP for Entertainment Lilybeth G. Rasonable, LJ Reyes, Perry P. Lansigan

Lilybeth G. Rasonable, Chynna Ortaleza, Gigi Santiago – Lara

Lilybeth G. Rasonable, Chynna Ortaleza, Gigi Santiago – Lara

Lilybeth G. Rasonable,  Ervic Vijandre, Gigi Santiago – Lara

Lilybeth G. Rasonable, Ervic Vijandre, Gigi Santiago – Lara

Kapuso artists Chynna Ortaleza and LJ Reyes renewed their exclusive contracts with GMA Network and its talent management and development arm, GMA Artist Center.

 

Ervic Vijandre on the other hand, is the newest addition to the GMA Artist Center family.

 

Present at the contract-signing were GMA Senior Vice President for Entertainment Lilybeth G. Rasonable, GMA Senior Assistant Vice President for Alternative Productions Gigi Santiago-Lara and GMA Artist Center Assistant Vice President and Head for Talent Imaging and Marketing Unit Simoun Ferrer.

 

Chynna has been with Artist Center for 14 years now, and she is filled with gratitude and high spirits as she remains to be part of the GMA family. “Mahirap iwanan yung kung saan ka nagsimula nung bata ka pa. Yung ganong klaseng bonding, ganung klaseng pamilya [It is difficult to leave the place where you started from. That kind of bonding, that kind of family],” she shares.

 

New to the Artist Center family is Ervic who is very excited for his upcoming project, Kailan Ba Tama Ang Mali. During the contract signing, he expressed that he’s happy to sign up with GMAAC. “Kapuso talaga ako. Wala akong balak na pumunta kahit saan kung hindi doon sa pinaka the best na station, GMA Network[I truly consider myself a Kapuso. I have no intention of going anywhere else but the best station, GMA Network].”

 

And LJ, who has also been a faithful Kapuso, treats GMA Network as her second home. “Ang sarap kasi siyempre, parang pamilya ko talaga ‘tong GMA. Feeling ko dito na ‘ko tatanda. Parang yung signing, celebration lang ng new chapter ulit ng career ko, ng relationship ko with the Network [It feels good, of course, because GMA is already like family to me. I think I will grow old here. This signing is a celebration of a new chapter in my career and with my relationship with the Network],” she reveals.

 

Lilybeth Rasonable feels happy for this set of artists who continues to improve their craft and build stronger ties with the network. She has high hopes and full support for the three Kapuso stars who signed with GMA.

 

“Ervic is just starting out. But we want to train him more, give him acting workshops, although he is doing very well. He’s very willing to attend the workshops so we want to do it for him so that he can be better at his craft,” confirms the GMA Executive.

 

“For Chynna and LJ, mga established actresses na ‘yan. They’ve proven themselves to be very good at what they do, so tuloy-tuloy lang ang support ng network at Artist Center sa kanila, para mas mag-grow pa sila sa kanilang career [For Chynna and LJ, they are already established actresses. They’ve proven themselves to be very good at what they do, so the Network and Artist Center will continue to support them so that their career will grow more],” she adds.

Julie Anne San Jose

Julie Anne San Jose

GMA Network is set to bring excitement to fans of Asia’s Pop Sweetheart Julie Anne San Jose with the launch of ‘Sing with MyJAPS’ music video promo, which will run until August 22.

 

Following the successful release of Julie Anne’s second album, “Deeper,” GMA Network opens this opportunity to all Kapuso fans who love her bright pop and R&B music. This promo gives them a chance to be featured in the music video of Julie Anne’s hit carrier single, “Right Where You Belong” from her latest album, which will be shown in various GMA Network programs.

 

Kapuso fans, music lovers, and netizens alike are invited to take a video of themselves or someone else, singing the chorus of Julie Anne’s “Right Where You Belong” using a video camera or a smart phone. The minus one of the said single’s chorus part can be downloaded from the video-sharing website, YouTube, at http://youtu.be/SIZ81WWyu0I.

 

The entries must be submitted in MP4 format to singwithmyjaps@gmanetwork.com together with the sender’s name and address. It must also have the hashtag SingWithMyJaps as the subject of the email.

 

The final “Right Where You Belong” music video will be uploaded on GMA Records’ YouTube channel (GMARecordsOfficial) and viewed nationwide in the Kapuso Network. Viewers all over the world may catch it through GMA Pinoy TV and GMA Life TV.