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Show business may seem to be all about glitz and glamour. But what is often unknown to many is that life in the showbiz industry is tough. The long work hours, sometimes crazy schedule, and the hard work needed to pull off a good performance can really take up an artist’s time and energy.

 

However, despite the demands of the industry, a number of GMA Artist Center stars still manage to prioritize their education. Meet these Kapuso artists who recently celebrated their graduation, and get to know their thoughts on how taking the extra mile to finish school while juggling with work is worth it.

 

For teen idol Ruru Madrid, he considers education as the primary thing he should be focusing on. He devotes his time on studying, and it helps him develop a sense of self-discipline. This has become useful to him at work since he knows how to manage his time wisely. He shares, “Para ka ring nag-aaral kasi ‘pag nasa work.  You have to memorize your lines and dapat maintindihan mo talaga yung instructions and yung gusto ninyong ma-achieve sa eksena.  In a way, may similarity yung discipline ng acting and studying.”

 

School also taught Ruru a sense of achievement. He believes that dreams can only be achieved if one works hard for it. “Lahat naman siguro kami ito ang pangarap, yung pumasa at maka-graduate. Pero hindi mo makukuha ‘yun ng basta-basta. Kaya ang sarap pala ng feeling na nakamit mo yung goal mo sa buhay because of hard work and perseverance.  It makes your achievement sweeter kasi alam mong pinaghirapan mo.  Kaya, ito rin yung gagamitin kong motivation sa work ko as an artist.  I really have to work hard and develop my craft para maging isang mahusay na actor.”

 

Ruru’s on-screen partner Gabbi Garcia also finished high school recently. Gabbi, who has been a consistent member of her school’s student council, wants to continue with her studies and to fulfil her dream of being a pilot.

 

She admits that time management can be a bit challenging for her, but her parents are always there to guide her.  She shares how they appreciate all of her achievements and at the same time, keep her feet on the ground, and she wants to impart something with her fellow celebrities who are studying and working at the same time.

 

“I was taught that it is important to respect each and every one, as well as to be God-fearing. Being in the industry isn’t forever. Iba pa rin ‘pag nakapag-aral. If you really want to study while working, there will always be a way. You just have to be focused and determined in reaching your goal, and that is to graduate,” affirms the Kapuso actress.

 

Miguel Tanfelix, who also finished high school this year, shares his secret in maintaining balance between work and school.

“You have to plan your schedule for the week para alam mo kung kelan ka nasa work at ano yung time mo para mag-aral.  Marami ka ring sacrifice na dapat gawin. Walang imposible pag ginusto mo, so you got to have to the right motivation to make it work.  Pag nasa taping naman ako, I focus myself dun sa mga eksena ko and the way I act.  I guess the key is, you have to focus on what you do,” the Kapuso actor recommends.

 

It is a big help for Miguel that he didn’t get special treatment in school. He takes pride in having a normal life in school, and he feels glad to have a set of friends who supports him in both school work and celebrity-related commitments. He claims that having this set-up in school taught him how to deal with different people and develop self-discipline.

 

Both Derrick Monasterio and Miggy Jimenez take their modules to work as they study in between takes. And their hard work finally paid off as they are now ready to take the next step.

 

Derrick is planning to take up Law at San Beda College. And since he is busy with work, he knows that this will not be easy, “Nothing worth having comes easy, so if you want to achieve something, you have to work hard for it.”

 

Miggy, who was recognized in school as the most talented and most behaved, believes that celebrities should still know the value of education. “This is something you cannot exchange for anything, and you should never give up on your dreams. Strive hard so you can make it,” the teen actor shares.

 

Renz Valerio did not only graduate, he was even given a special academic citation and academic excellence awards. On learning one significant lesson from school, he shares that it is only ourselves who can lead our way to success. He claims, “Success starts with you. I had to struggle my way to finishing high school because there were lots of trials, but I am thankful to have had them because they have given me the opportunity to know who my true friends are. It revealed people who will always be there for me, such as my family. With these challenges, I managed to strive harder and finish high school with flying colors.”

 

Renz also shares that priorities should be well thought of, and education should always be on top of the list, “While your career may be something great, education will always be the greatest thing you will ever have. Always remember to have faith in yourself, because no one else will make the move for you. Lastly, have faith in God, because He always got good plans for each of us. It is just up to us on how we will reach the finish line.”

 

Finally, Charee Pineda shares her joy and pride after finishing her bachelor’s degree in Political Science. Aside from several showbiz commitments, Charee keeps herself busy in public service as she is currently a councilor in Valenzuela City.

 

For the Kapuso actress, being able to finish college amidst work difficulties is already an achievement and considers herself lucky to have supportive people in her life. “Communicating well and having an efficient support system, which are my family and staff, were and will always be best for me in dealing with work and school,” Charee closes.

 

The importance that these Kapuso artists give to having a good education serves as a much needed breath of fresh air to the industry. May they serve as an inspiration not only to their fellow celebrities but also to the rest of the young people to always keep their eyes on the prize.

 

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Celebrities work hard making and promoting TV shows and movies. They spend most of the year shooting, but just like many, they too, need time to rest. But where do they fly to take a break from the glaring lights?

 

With summer just around the corner, fans are surely more than curious to know what’s on their favorite artist’s travel itinerary. Here’s looking back at some of the Kapuso stars’ most memorable escapes inside and outside of the country.

 

Kris Bernal (Hiram na Alaala)

Favorite travel destination in the Philippines:

“Cebu—Because aside from being the home of the tastiest lechon, it is also the home of white beaches.  Not to mention the night market, the night life, secret caves, virgin forests, and kayaking sites.  There are just so many random things to do in Cebu.”

Most memorable travel destination outside the country:

“Europe—I spent a month in Europe with my family. We travelled from one country to another.  Everything, every moment, was like being in a fairytale.  We went to famous tourist spots that I had just seen in the movies.”

 

Aljur Abrenica (Sunday All Stars)

Favorite travel destination in the Philippines:

“Davao—I love their lifestyle, the way they eat, and the things they eat.  I love durian. I am also a fan of durian coffee. I feel closest to nature when I’m there.”

Most memorable travel destination outside the country:

“Singapore and Malaysia—‘Yun ang pinuntahan namin ng entire family ko and we got to bond more and we got closer to each other in that trip.” [“Singapore and Malaysia – That’s where I went with my entire family and we got to bond more, and we got closer to each other in that trip.”]

 

Sef Cadayona (Sabado-badoo)

Favorite travel destination in the Philippines:

“Vigan—The vintage scenery in Vigan is so relaxing and it makes you have a glimpse on what the country looks like before.”

Most memorable travel destination outside the country:

“Singapore—It’s all because of the food and a family vacation well spent.”

 

Enzo Pineda (More Than Words)

Favorite travel destination in the Philippines:

“Baguio—I love cold the weather. Running is also so refreshing in Baguio because of the fresh air.”

Most memorable travel destination outside the country:

“San Francisco—It was memorable for me because I left my favorite pillow at the hotel we stayed in. We were about to fly to Philadelphia when I noticed it. So my Tita from San Francisco had to ship my pillow to Philadelphia. I was 7 years old that time and I couldn’t sleep without it.”

 

Gwen Zamora (Bubble Gang)

Favorite travel destination in the Philippines:

“Coron, Palawan—Because of its beauty and all the activities you can do there, from island hopping, hiking, rock-climbing, kayaking, rafting, diving, spelunking, and safari trip. Plus the view, it’s simply breathtaking.”

Most memorable travel destination outside the country:

“Amsterdam—One of the most beautiful cities I’ve had the honor to visit.  The food is simply divine and the shopping experience is insane.  I had a blast going thrift-shopping in all their vintage stores.  And the art galleries there are super cool and chic. Pure love.”

 

Kristoffer Martin (Healing Hearts)

Favorite travel destination in the Philippines:

“Boracay—For the place answers my need for party and chill vibe.”

Most memorable travel destination outside the country:

“Sadly, I have never travelled outside the country. But I look forward to it in the future.”

 

Kim Rodriguez (Strawberry Lane)

Favorite travel destination in the Philippines:

“Bicol—Kasi there are many places to visit in Bicol, pagbaba mo ng plane kita mo agad ‘yung Mayon volcano. Pwede rin mag-visit sa old churches doon and explore the caves. Kung gusto mo mag-beach, meron din saCaramoan.” [“Bicol – Because there are so many places to visit in Bicol; when you get off the plane, you see Mayon volcano immediately. You can also visit old churches there and explore the caves. If you want to go to the beach, you can go to Caramoan.”]

Most memorable travel destination outside the country:

“Never been outside the Philippines.”

 

Ruru Madrid (Let The Love Begin)

Favorite travel destination in the Philippines:

“Mt Pulag—I spent months in Pulag to shoot our film Above the Clouds. I love the feeling of being literally above the clouds.”

Most memorable travel destination outside the country:

“Japan—I love the weather and the people. I was there for the Japan Filmfest and I have experienced their hospitality, their culture and I love their food!”

 

Andre Paras (The Half Sisters)

Favorite travel destination in the Philippines:

“I love going to The Fort because it’s very peaceful there and you can eat a lot there too.”

Most memorable travel destination outside the country:

“Most memorable will be in the US because I was able to train and play basketball there and also because of the weather.”

 

Miguel Tanfelix (Once Upon A Kiss)

Favorite travel destination in the Philippines:

“Palawan—There are many places to visit in Palawan and many activities to enjoy like snorkeling and cliff diving.”

Most memorable travel destination outside the country:

“Los Angeles—It was my first time to go out of the country and I had the chance to meet our Kapuso abroad.”

 

Albert “Betong” Sumaya (Sabado-badoo)

Favorite travel destination in the Philippines:

“Boracay—Nothing beats Boracay’s pristine white sand. Marami ring pwedeng gawing activities aside sa pagpunta sa beach at iba ang feeling kapag nandoon ka, turistang-turista ka talaga.” [“Boracay – Nothing beats Boracay’s pristine white sand. There are also a lot of activities aside from going to the beach; and it feels really different there, like you’re a tourist.”]

Most memorable travel destination outside the country:

“Los Angeles—Last year, naging part ako ng Kapusong Pinoy sa LA at ‘yun ang first time kong makapunta roon. First time kong bumiyahe ng 14 hours straight, humalik talaga ako sa lupa pagdating namin sa airportFirst time ko ring makakain sa “In & Out,” isang sikat na burger chain sa US. First time makarating ni Antonietta roon para makapag-performAt ang pinaka-memorable ay nakita ko ang relatives ko sa LA na matagal ko nang hindi nakasama.” [“Los Angeles – Last year, I was part of Kapusong Pinoy sa LA and it was my first time to go there. It was my first time to travel 14 hours straight, and I even kissed the ground when I got to the airport. It was also my first time to eat at “In & Out,” a popular burger chain in the US. It’s Antonietta’s first time to perform there, too (Antonietta is the popular character Betong portrays in Bubble Gang). The most memorable thing for me was that I was able to see my relatives in LA whom I haven’t seen in a long time.]

 

Juancho Trivino (InstaDad)

Favorite travel destination in the Philippines:

“I recently visited Coron, Palawan. Napaka-peaceful doonNagiging emotional ako sa Coron dahil napakaganda ng beach.” [“I recently visited Coron, Palawan. It was really peaceful there. I became emotional after Coron because the beaches are so beautiful.”]

Most memorable travel destination outside the country:

Tumira ako sa States before for one year. It was memorable kasi siyempre, nakaapak na ako sa StatesMalamig at medyo nahasa ako sa pagi-English doon.” [I lived in the States for a year. Being able to visit the country is memorable. It’s cold and I was also able to improve my English.”]

 

Ash Ortega (InstaDad)

Favorite travel destination in the Philippines:

“Bohol—First time kong pumunta doon three years ago noong nag-shoot ako for an indie film. Nalibot ko ‘yung lugar at sobrang ganda talagaSobrang na-amaze ako sa Chocolate Hills and the tarsiers. That’s why kahit magpabalik-balik ako doon, hindi ako magsasawa.” [“Bohol – My first time to visit was three years ago when I shot an indie film. I was able to see the Chocolate Hills and the tarsiers. That’s why I won’t tire of going back.”]

Most memorable travel destination outside the country:

“When I represented the country for an ice skating competition in Malaysia, I won eight medals kaya ‘yun ang pinaka-memorable travel destination ko.” [“When I represented the country for an ice skating competition in Malaysia, I won eight medals which is why that’s my most memorable travel destination.”]

 

James Wright (GMA Records)

Favorite travel destination in the Philippines:

“Baguio—First time I performed out of Manila and first time I was shivering while singing on stage.”

Most memorable travel destination outside the country:

“Hong Kong—It’s my home.”

 

Matet de Leon (InstaDad)

Favorite travel destination in the Philippines:

“Bukidnon—Na-in love ako sa lugar na ‘yun noong nagpunta ako last 2011. Talagang maganda sa Bukidnon,sobraNagustuhan ko rin ‘yung white water rafting sa Cagayan de Oro.” [Bukidnon – I fell in love with the place when I went there in 2011. It’s really beautiful there! I also liked the white water rafting in Cagayan de Oro.”]

Most memorable travel destination outside the country:

“Well, hindi pa ako ulit lumalabas ng bansa pero I’m happy nakapunta na ako sa Japan.” [“Well, I haven’t been out of the country lately but I’m happy that I’ve been able to go to Japan.”]

 

To get the latest updates about various Kapuso personalities and programs, visit www.gmanetwork.com/international.

Kailan Ba Tama Ang Mali stars (L-R) Dion Ignacio Max Collins Empress Schuck and Geoff Eigenmann pose for a selfie with their fans in Iloilo

Kailan Ba Tama Ang Mali stars (L-R) Dion Ignacio Max Collins Empress Schuck and Geoff Eigenmann pose for a selfie with their fans in Iloilo

Once Upon A Kiss stars Betong Sumaya Bianca Umali Miguel Tanfelix and Pekto Nacua (partly hidden) participate in the Dinagyang Festival

Once Upon A Kiss stars Betong Sumaya Bianca Umali Miguel Tanfelix and Pekto Nacua (partly hidden) participate in the Dinagyang Festival

Second Chances lead stars Jennylyn Mercado Raymart Santiago Camille Prats and Rafael Rosell with a Cebu audience for Sinulog Festival

Second Chances lead stars Jennylyn Mercado Raymart Santiago Camille Prats and Rafael Rosell with a Cebu audience for Sinulog Festival

Regine Velasquez-Alcasid in Sinulog Festival

Regine Velasquez-Alcasid in Sinulog Festival

Once Upon a Kiss' Pekto Bianca Miguel and Betong strike a pose with the audience for Sinulog Festival in Cebu

Once Upon a Kiss’ Pekto Bianca Miguel and Betong strike a pose with the audience for Sinulog Festival in Cebu

Philippines – GMA Network was recently at the heart of two of the Philippines’ biggest regional festivals, the Sinulog Festival in Cebu and Dinagyang Festival in Iloilo.

 

Before trooping to the streets of downtown Cebu City to witness the annual Sinulog Festival revelry, thousands of Cebuano Kapuso fans congregated in three of the city’s biggest malls to meet GMA’s premier artists led by Regine Velasquez-Alcasid and lead stars of drama series Healing Hearts, Second Chances and Once Upon a Kiss.

 

Regine was joined by Angelika de la Cruz, Joyce Ching and Kristoffer Martin, stars of the upcoming series Healing Hearts as they delivered outstanding performances before a delighted crowd.

 

Another set of Kapuso artists starred in back-to-back mall shows with the lead stars of the recently launched primetime series Second Chances—Jennylyn Mercado, Raymart Santiago, Camille Prats and Rafael Rosell—sharing the stage with the freshest love team of Miguel Tanfelix and Bianca Umali from the primetime series Once Upon a Kiss. Comedians Albert “Betong” Sumaya and Mike “Pekto” Nacua, who also star in the said series, added more fun to both shows.

 

Meanwhile, a delightful blend of feel-good shows and upbeat performances from GMA stars also spiced up this year’s Dinagyang Festival in Iloilo, the so-called City of Love.

 

This time, Once Upon A Kiss stars Miguel, Bianca, Pekto, and Betong once again ventured outside Manila to personally touch base with fans and went around from one stop to another via the Dinagyang Festival Corporate Parade.

 

Kapuso home-grown talent Ruru Madrid, who was a guest performer at the Iloilo Festival Queen and Hiyas Sang Iloilo beauty pageant served up a musical treat, which was very well received by a large audience.

 

Real-life sweethearts Lovi Poe and Rocco Nacino set the stage on fire as they regaled their supporters with a mesmerizing production number during a Kapuso Mall Show.

 

Moreover, Ang Lihim ni Annasandra’s Mikael Daez delivered a live coverage on the Ati Tribe Competition for GMA TV Western Visayas, to amuse the Ilonggo audience.

 

Furthermore, the lead stars of the newest GMA soap Kailan Ba Tama Ang Mali?—Geoff Eigenmann, Empress Schuck, Dion Ignacio, and Max Collins—drew in their share of huge followers during a Kapuso Mall Show in the region.

 

Geoff, Empress, and Dion, meanwhile, proceeded to the Freedom Grandstand right after the mall show to take part in the Dinagyang Festival Awarding Ceremonies.

 

In endeavoring to be one at heart with its viewers, GMA Network continues to celebrate the many customs and traditions that make up a truly unique Pinoy culture.

 

For more updates on your favorite Kapuso stars and programs, visit the website www.gmanetwork.com/international.

Bianca Umali 3 Cris Villanueva 1 Gabby Eigenmann 1 image001 Keempee De Leon 1 Manilyn Reynes 1 Maricar de Mesa 1 Michael de Mesa 1 Miguel and Bianca 3 Miguel and Bianca 8 Miguel and Bianca 10 Miguel Tanfelix 1 Mylene Dizon 1 Nova Villa 1 Tessie Tomas 1GMA Network rings in the New Year with the launch of its newest primetime series that will captivate the hearts of Filipinos – Once Upon A Kiss. It is a retelling of a classic fairytale with a modern twist. The program premieres on January 6 on GMA Pinoy TV.

 

Once Upon A Kiss is the story of a boy in coma who is awakened after being kissed by his childhood friend and how they fought for their love amidst the squabble between their families.

 

Set to portray the lead roles in the romantic drama series is the youngest loveteam of the Kapuso Network:Miguel Tanfelix as Prince Pelaez and Bianca Umali as Ella Rodrigo. Armed with their excellent onscreen chemistry and natural acting skills, Miguel and Bianca will make us believe once more how love can bridge gap between people, rich and poor, the powerful and the needy.

 

GMA Network is proud to present a stellar cast of the country’s most respected artists in film and television including Michael De Mesa, Cris Villanueva, Mariel Pamintuan, and Tessie Tomas.

 

This also marks Mylene Dizon’s comeback to the Kapuso Network as she portrays the character of Giselle Pelaez Almario, Prince’s mother and the main antagonist in the series.

 

Playing equally vital roles are Manilyn Reynes, Kempee de Leon, and Miss Nova Villa.

 

Adding star power to the program are Al Tantay, Maricar de Mesa, Frank Magalona, Betong Sumaya,Sabrina Man, Eunice Lagusad, Miggy Jimenez, Cai Cortez, and Gabby Eigenmann.

 

Both coming from poor families, Aurora (Manilyn) and Eric (Cris) used to dream of having a better life together. However, for material gain, Eric gives up his love for Aurora and pursues Giselle (Mylene), the daughter of the family that owns the rest house where Aurora’s parents work.

 

Later on, Aurora marries Jimmy (Keempee), Eric’s friend. Eric, on the other hand, regrets marrying Giselle because her family just treats him like a puppet in their company.

 

Prince (Miguel) is the son of Eric with Giselle, while Ella (Bianca) is the daughter of Aurora with Jimmy. Although their families are mortal enemies, they become childhood friends. But, they become separated when Prince leaves for the city.

 

They cross paths once again when Prince returns to their town as a teenager. However, the once kind and humble Prince is now an arrogant and egotistical kid. Will Prince and Ella be able to rekindle their friendship and relationship? Will their love story have a happy ending despite the complications and interventions of their respective parents?

 

Under the helm of acclaimed TV director Bb. Joyce Bernal, Once Upon A Kiss premieres January 6 at 4:15PM on GMA Pinoy TV.

 

Get the latest updates on Once Upon A Kiss from its official Facebook page www.facebook.com/7OnceUponAKiss and Twitter account @7OnceUponAKiss. For more information on GMA International events and updates, visit the website, www.GMANetwork.com/international.

GMAKF’s Operation Bayanihan quickly responded to the needs of those affected by typhoon Yolanda in 2013.

GMAKF’s Operation Bayanihan quickly responded to the needs of those affected by typhoon Yolanda in 2013.

The Kapuso Village Tacloban is the first permanent housing project in the area for survivors of typhoon Yolanda.

The Kapuso Village Tacloban is the first permanent housing project in the area for survivors of typhoon Yolanda.

It was an emotional turnover ceremony as 120 concrete houses were turned over to the beneficiaries of the Kapuso Village in Tacloban.

It was an emotional turnover ceremony as 120 concrete houses were turned over to the beneficiaries of the Kapuso Village in Tacloban.

City Councilor Cristina Gonzales-Romualdez representing the City Government of Tacloban receives the ceremonial key to the Kapuso Village Tacloban from GMAKF EVP and COO Mel C. Tiangco.

City Councilor Cristina Gonzales-Romualdez representing the City Government of Tacloban receives the ceremonial key to the Kapuso Village Tacloban from GMAKF EVP and COO Mel C. Tiangco.

Kapuso stars Bianca Umali, Miguel Tanfelix, Kris Bernal, Barbie Forteza, Marian Rivera, Dingdong Dantes and Julie Anne San Jose joined GMAKF EVP and COO Mel C. Tiangco in giving the residents an early Christmas gift.

Kapuso stars Bianca Umali, Miguel Tanfelix, Kris Bernal, Barbie Forteza, Marian Rivera, Dingdong Dantes and Julie Anne San Jose joined GMAKF EVP and COO Mel C. Tiangco in giving the residents an early Christmas gift.

A year after Yolanda hit the Philippines, the survivors’ stories of resilience continue as they rebuild from the ruins of their storm-ravaged homes.

 

Since the typhoon’s landfall in 2013, GMA Kapuso Foundation (GMAKF) – with its long-standing commitment to Serbisyong Totoo – has been a steadfast advocate in turning these stories of loss into stories of hope through its quick response in times of need and its extensive disaster relief programs.

 

On the anniversary of Yolanda, GMAKF officially turned over 120 permanent concrete houses of Phase II and III of its Kapuso Village in Tacloban City to select families displaced by the super typhoon.

 

GMAKF is the first NGO to turn over permanent concrete housing to Yolanda survivors in Tacloban City.

 

A total of 172 houses were turned over since July 2014. An additional 231 houses will be ready for occupancy in the coming months, fulfilling in part the Foundations’ 403-unit concrete housing project in the area.

 

“For the Yolanda survivors, a year definitely will not suffice to alleviate the pain from the loss of family members and ruined homes. However, our commitment in rebuilding lives through this long term project will help regain the hope of many displaced residents,” shares GMAKF EVP and COO Mel C. Tiangco.

 

The beneficiaries were emotional during the turnover as they recalled the height of the storm and what they went through. Even so, they were grateful for the outpouring of assistance they received from GMAKF and its partners.

 

Through the generosity of numerous citizens all over the world, the project was able to come to fruition. Furthermore, GMA Network and its roster of stars showed the true meaning of the Kapuso spirit by participating in GMAKF’s Yolanda rehabilitation efforts.

 

Just this month, GMA launched its 2014 “Share the Love” Christmas campaign reminding its viewers that rebuilding lives entails a collaborative effort from generous hearts and passionate spirits.

 

GMA unveiled the campaign with an event plug featuring Mel Tiangco joined by Kapuso stars as they shared an early Christmas with the residents of the Kapuso Village in Tacloban.

 

The plug garnered positive reviews on Facebook with users commenting on the wonderful message of the campaign and GMAKF’s tireless efforts in helping those in need. Facebook user Gerolou says, “That’s why kind-hearted people trusted GMA Kapuso Foundation because they can see where their donations go… hope to fulfill 400 or more houses for Yolanda victims onward!”

 

Meanwhile, Facebook user Khryss, a Yolanda survivor, praises the video saying, “It makes my heart smile upon seeing this video and the song has really moved me. Thanks for motivating a lot of people in doing humanitarian missions. We are still blessed to have people like you.”

 

Since its launch, over 100 Kapuso celebrities and News and Public Affairs personalities have shared the love by sponsoring food, toys, medical treatments and medicines for the Kapuso Foundation’s beneficiaries in the country, including other Yolanda-affected areas.

 

In addition to the housing project in Tacloban, GMAKF also pledged the construction of 24 new classrooms under its Kapuso School Development project within the Kapuso Village. Meanwhile, another Kapuso Village will soon rise in Palo, which includes 169 concrete houses and 10 classrooms.

 

GMAKF has also turned over 15 classrooms in Barangay Sulangan, Guiuan, Eastern Samar. Moreover, construction and rehabilitation is underway for 40 classrooms in Quinapondan, Eastern Samar and in Villaba and Kananga in Leyte.

 

Going beyond immediate disaster relief efforts, GMAKF is committed to utilizing its resources to create a lasting impact on the lives of their beneficiaries.

Julie Anne San Jose, Miguel Tanfelix, Tom Rodriguez, Carla Abellana, and Betong Sumaya are all smiles upon arriving in LA for the Kapusong Pinoy sa L.A. concert (photo courtesy of Sthanlee B. Mirador)

Julie Anne San Jose, Miguel Tanfelix, Tom Rodriguez, Carla Abellana, and Betong Sumaya are all smiles upon arriving in LA for the Kapusong Pinoy sa L.A. concert (photo courtesy of Sthanlee B. Mirador)

Kapuso leading man Tom Rodriguez and his onscreen partner Carla Abellana gave the crowd an exhilarating show. (photo courtesy of Sthanlee B. Mirador)

Kapuso leading man Tom Rodriguez and his onscreen partner Carla Abellana gave the crowd an exhilarating show. (photo courtesy of Sthanlee B. Mirador)

(photo courtesy of Sthanlee B. Mirador)

(photo courtesy of Sthanlee B. Mirador)

Laughter, excitement and pure entertainment filled the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center as scores of loyal Kapuso fans trooped to GMA Pinoy TV’s successful sold-out concert, “Kapusong Pinoy sa L.A.” last September 27.

 

Featuring one of the hottest love teams on television – Carla Abellana and Tom Rodriguez, the show was an exciting Kapuso experience from beginning to end as the audience was treated to exhilarating performances and entertaining segments from their favorite GMA stars.

 

Carla and Tom, who were first paired in the internationally-acclaimed series My Husband’s Lover, exuded undeniable chemistry as they serenaded the crowd. Attesting to the popularity of their onscreen pairing currently seen in the romantic-drama My Destiny, their fans eagerly cheered on the pair all throughout their production number. They did not disappoint their fans as they performed thrilling duets and engaged in endearing banter.

 

“We had a great time performing in L.A.,” says Carla. “The crowd was very appreciative and it was nice to be able to put up a good show and bring a piece of ‘home’ to our fellow Filipinos in the US.”

 

It was also a homecoming of sorts for Tom as he was reunited with his family who came all the way from Arizona to support the Kapuso leading man. “Performing in this show was heartwarming for me because, not only was I able to share the experience with our kababayans abroad, I was also able to share it with my family,” he expresses.

 

Tom also gave the crowd a preview of his newest game show on GMA, Don’t Lose The Money, in a segment where two couples were called to participate in the game.

 

Carla and Tom were also joined on stage by some of GMA’s most versatile performers.

 

Actor-comedian Betong Sumaya portrayed his popular character Antonietta from the country’s longest running comedy show Bubble Gang. Betong elicited endless laughter from the audience with his comedic segment. Like Tom, Betong was also able to meet with family members whom he had not seen in a long time.

 

Nakakataba ng puso ang mainit na pagtanggap sa amin dito sa L.A. [We are happy with the warm reception we received here in L.A.],” says Betong. “Unang pagkakataon kong makarating sa Amerika kaya hinalikan ko talaga ang lupa pagdating ko ng airport. Masaya rin kasi after the longest time, nagkita-kita kami ng mga kamag-anak namin sa L.A. so parang reunion na rin. [It was my first time to visit America so I really kissed the ground upon arriving at the airport. I’m also happy because, after the longest time, I was reunited with my family here in L.A.]”

 

The crowd was also amazed with Asia’s Pop Sweetheart Julie Anne San Jose’s powerful vocals which were showcased in her lively song and dance numbers. Julie Anne has been one of the most requested performers in GMA’s international shows.

 

“The energy of the crowd was contagious,” declares the Kapuso singing sensation and Sunday All Stars mainstay. “It was definitely a lot of fun performing for the Filipino community in L.A.”

 

Meanwhile, fast-rising teen star Miguel Tanfelix, who starred in GMA’s top-rating primetime series Niño, also impressed the crowd with his dancing skills. In his first visit to the United States, Miguel was overwhelmed with the support from their fans abroad. “It was my first time to be part of a GMA Pinoy TV event,” said the Kapuso teen artist. “It was a great experience and I look forward to entertaining more Kapuso fans abroad in the future.”

 

The show culminated in a meet and greet with the Kapuso stars that had fans lining up for hours just to meet and take photos with their favorite artists. Following the hugely successful event, more Kapuso fans in different parts of the world have expressed their desire to see the GMA’s artists perform in their own countries.

 

Kapusong Pinoy sa L.A. was sponsored by Camella, Cerritos Mitsubishi, Vonage, Xoom.com, Vista Residences, Debt Aid Consulting, Moneygram, Thunderbird Platinum, Pag Ibig Fund, Financial Rescue, The Generics Pharmacy, Smart World Mobile, Everest Cooling Systems and Direct TV.

 

Learn more about GMA’s international events through the website, www.gmanetwork.com/international, Facebook page, www.facebook.com/GMAPinoyTV and follow GMA Pinoy TV on Twitter and Instagram via @gmapinoytv.

Miguel Tanfelix Birthday

Miguel Tanfelix Birthday

Miguel Tanfelix, who played the lead character of the recently concluded top-rating family drama series Niño, continues to inspire and bring joy to his supporters. Last September 18, the GMA Artist Center star celebrated his birthday in advance with persons with disabilities of Dr. Jose P. Rizal Elementary School in Dasmariñas, Cavite.

 

Loud cheers and applause welcomed Miguel, who brought along his Niño co-star and good friend Renz Valerio. The special event got even livelier with Tess Bomb as the host. Also present was Miguel’s family who came in full force.

 

Miguel made every moment count, making sure his fans enjoyed the afternoon celebration. The birthday celebrant presented a dance and song number which delighted the audience. He even joined the games while being in character as Niño.

 

The 16-year-old was a darling to his fans as he approached the kids, took selfies with them, and signed autographs.

 

The kids for their part surprised Miguel with a dance number and both Miguel and Renz joined their performance.

 

Just as Miguel was about to distribute snacks, he received a phone call from Bianca Umali that brought kilig to their fans because they heard the conversation of both tween stars.

 

“Hi, Miguel! Nami-miss ko na ‘yung araw-araw kitang nakakasama. I’ll see you very soon,” said Bianca. Miguel and Bianca’s loveteam in Niño endeared them to their fans. Both Bianca and Miguel could still be seen on Ismol Family and Sunday All Stars.

 

Before Bianca said goodbye to Miguel, she took time to greet and thank the supporters of their team-up. Miguel later admitted that he was touched with Bianca’s effort to call him despite the latter’s busy schedule.

 

Miguel also shared that he couldn’t be more grateful for the chance he’d been given to bond with some of his fans. According to the StarStruck Kids alum, he personally picked to celebrate his birthday with the special kids of Dr. Jose P. Rizal Elementary School. It was made possible with the help of GMA Artist Center, his family, and sponsors.

 

Dahil po sa ginampanan kong role ni Niño, naintindihan ko ‘yung kalagayan nila, na kailangan nila ng atensyon, na ‘yung treatment sa kanila dapat parang normal na tao din kasi mayroon din silangfeelings na pwedeng masaktan,” shared Miguel.

 

The school administrators expressed their gratitude for having been chosen by Miguel. According to them, the fun-filled celebration was a first—and will go down as one of the most memorable events held in the school.

 

Miguel will be part of the “Kapusong Pinoy sa L.A.” concert, organized by GMA Pinoy TV, the flagship international channel of GMA Network, in cooperation with Polaris Media and Marketing. It will be held on September 27 at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center in Redondo Beach, California. The show starts at 6:30 PM. For ticket reservationsthe number to call is 310-989-4523.