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Heart and Chiz 2 by Pat Dy (Photo from Heart's Instagram)

Heart and Chiz 2 by Pat Dy (Photo from Heart’s Instagram)

Heart and Chiz by Pat Dy (Photo from Heart's Instagram)

Heart and Chiz by Pat Dy (Photo from Heart’s Instagram)

Heart at Monique Lhuillier's atelier (Photo from Heart's Instagram)

Heart at Monique Lhuillier’s atelier (Photo from Heart’s Instagram)

Heart Bridal Shower 1

Heart Bridal Shower 1

Heart excitedly counts down the days until she becomes Mrs Escudero (Photo from Heart's Instagram)

Heart excitedly counts down the days until she becomes Mrs Escudero (Photo from Heart’s Instagram)

Heart's art exhibit in Singapore (Photo from Heart's Instagram)

Heart’s art exhibit in Singapore (Photo from Heart’s Instagram)

Heart's gown is made by Dubai based designer Ezra Santos (Photo from Heart's Instagram)

Heart’s gown is made by Dubai based designer Ezra Santos (Photo from Heart’s Instagram)

It is certainly a love-filled February for Love Marie Ongpauco, more popularly known as Heart Evangelista.


On February 15, the day after the Startalk host’s birthday on Valentine’s Day, she will wed Philippine Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero at Balesin Island Club, a picturesque private resort off the Eastern coast of Luzon.


Chiz proposed to Heart with a heart-shaped heirloom ring in front of his family and their close friends in his hometown of Sorsogon in August last year.


The couple has since been busy with wedding preparations for a small, private ceremony taking place in Balesin followed by a bigger reception in Manila.


The blushing bride-to-be has been documenting their wedding journey on her Instagram account @iamhearte, counting down the days with the hashtags #144daystoahappyheart and #ChizHeart21515.


Heart’s gown at the Balesin ceremony will be created especially for her by Dubai-based designer Ezra Santos, while she will be wearing a dress from world-renowned designer Monique Lhuillier at the Manila reception and a Mark Bumgarner creation for the after party.


Her 15 bridesmaids consists of her closest friends from high school as well as those in show business, including Kapuso actresses Carla Abellana, Jennylyn Mercado, Lovi Poe, Solenn Heussaff and Alessandra de Rossi.


Their upcoming wedding is certainly the highlight of a very fruitful journey for Heart who has celebrated a lot of milestones in the past year including three successful solo art exhibits locally and abroad, but it is also just the beginning of the Kapuso star’s journey to “forever.”


As one of GMA Network’s brightest stars, Heart is a regular on the variety show Sunday All Stars and co-hosts Startalk, the longest-running showbiz-oriented talk show which air on GMA’s flagship international channel GMA Pinoy TV. She is also the host of Weddings TV, a show that offers wedding tips and ideas for brides-to-be on GMA Life TV, the second international channel of GMA Network.


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Philippine broadcast industry giant GMA Network received multiple honors for its value-laden programs and special projects at the 36th Catholic Mass Media Awards held last October 29 in Manila.


The big winners in the television category were GMA-7’s weekend primetime newscast 24 Oras Weekend (Best News Program) for its Yolanda Coverage and family sitcom Pepito Manaloto: Ang Tunay na Kuwento (Best Comedy Program); GMA News TV’s original series on education Titser (Best Drama Series/Program) and pioneering documentary program Reel Time (Best Public Service Program); and GMA News’ comprehensive coverage of the first-ever joint papal canonization St. John Paul II: We Love You (Best Special Event Coverage).


Receiving special citations for television, meanwhile, were GMA-7’s multi-awarded documentary program I-Witness, the Philippines’ first and only nature and wildlife series Born To Be Wild (Best Adult Educational/Cultural Program), and the youth-oriented programs Tropang Potchi and Binoy Henyo (Best Children and Youth Program). Also cited were GMA News TV’s highly-acclaimed flagship newscast State of the Nation with Jessica Soho (Best News Program) and weekly news magazine program Brigada (Best News Magazine); GMA News’ Bantay Kaban ng Bayan, which traced the anatomy of the pork barrel scam (Best TV Special); and GMA Cebu’s Visita Iglesia (Best Religious Program).


As an affirmation of their commitment to Serbisyong Totoo, GMA’s flagship AM radio station Super Radyo DZBB also took home awards for the radio programs Imbestigador sa DZBB (Best Public Service Program) and Bangon Na Bayan (Best News Commentary).


Furthermore, GMA Marketing and Productions, Inc., the Network’s sales and marketing arm, bested entries from other creative agencies by gaining the top prize for KFC’s “Munting Sakripisyo” (Best TV Ad – Branded) while So Lucky’s “Kahati ng Kahapon” received a special citation in the same category. Both winners were among GMA’s Christmas short films for 2013 and were created in partnership with KFC and Columbia International Food Products, Inc., respectively.


Also recognized in the Music Category was “Pagbangon” (Best Secular Song) – an initiative of GMA News, produced by the Program Support Department, written by Joseph Saguid, composed by Edward Mitra, and sung by Asia’s Pop Sweetheart Julie Anne San Jose. “Pagbangon” tells of the resilience of the Filipino people and reminds everyone to help his fellowmen in times of crisis.


Since 1978, the prestigious Catholic Mass Media Awards (CMMA) has been giving out recognition to students, professionals, and organizations that made use of mass communication in promoting Christian values among Filipinos.

GMA Kapuso Foundation, the socio-civic arm of GMA Network, made a lasting impact on thousands of lives through its most recent projects.

During relief operations conducted from August 29 to 30, GMAKF provided 1,247 adults and children from Macalelon and Pitogo, Quezon with free medical consultations and medicines as part of efforts for victims of typhoon Glenda. Volunteers from the East Avenue Medical Center Surgery Department also took part in the project.

The same assistance was given in the joint medical mission with Pharex Health Corporation, which serviced 850 people coming from depressed barangays. The event, which was held on August 22 in Tondo, Manila, was supported by volunteer doctors from Philippine Medical Association and Manila Medical Society and nurses from the Metropolitan Medical Center Nursing Department.

In celebration of Sight Saving month, GMAKF together with the Integrated Philippine Association of Optometrists (IPAO) as its main project partner provided free refraction and eyeglasses to 692 individuals (312 in Manila, 209 in Cebu, 181 in Davao) via the Kapuso 20/20 project. 79 doctors gave their services for free, while Essilor Vision Foundation donated all the lenses and frames. A lecture on proper eye glass and eye care was also conducted during the events.

On the other hand, the August Sagip Dugtong Buhay project held yearly at the EVER Gotesco Mall marked its 18th year on a successful note as it collected 1,871 blood bags (837,100cc) on August 8. The successful bloodletting which mobilized blood donors was done in partnership with Philippine Red Cross (6 chapters), Ever Gotesco Mall and Go Tong Foundation.

With her birthday falling on the month of August, GMAKF EVP and COO Mel C. Tiangco held a simple celebration together with the beneficiaries of the medical mission with Pharex Health Corporation. The bloodletting activity was also conducted in line with Tiangco’s special day.

Meanwhile, as Typhoon Luis crossed Northern Luzon last September 13, GMAKF distributed relief goods to evacuees in Binalonan, Pangasinan, which was flooded due to the heavy rains. A week after, the country was struck again by another tropical depression, Mario, which made landfall in northern Cagayan. GMAKF immediately gave relief goods to flooded areas near Quezon City such as Marikina, Rizal, Malabon, Navotas, Valenzuela and Pasig. Once the roads became passable, GMAKF rushed to Bulacan, Ilocos Sur and Pangasinan to conduct relief operations. A total of 59, 644 individuals were given immediate relief assistance in the wake of both typhoons.

In the same way, when the alert level for Mt. Mayon was raised from 1 to 3 last September 16, GMAKF travelled to Albay to conduct a soup kitchen and distribute relief goods to the residents, who were evacuated in Cabanaagan and Anuling Elementary School. A total of 9,150 evacuees were served through GMAKF’s efforts.

“We remain committed to providing Serbisyong Totoo to our less fortunate brothers and sisters,” said Tiangco. “We credit the success of our projects to our partners, volunteers, and donors, who help us bring our plans to fruition.”

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GMAKF Operation Bayanihan (relief operations), Typhoon Mario and Habagat, Malabon

GMAKF Operation Bayanihan (relief operations), Typhoon Mario and Habagat, Malabon

GMAKF, Kalusugan Karavan (medical mission), Tondo Manila

GMAKF, Kalusugan Karavan (medical mission), Tondo Manila

GMAKF, Kapuso 20 20 Eye Project 2014

GMAKF, Kapuso 20 20 Eye Project 2014

GMAKF, Sagip Dugtong Buhay bloodletting project, August 2014

GMAKF, Sagip Dugtong Buhay bloodletting project, August 2014