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Filipinos abroad can now have access not only to national newscasts but also news programs from the different regions as GMA News TV International – the international news channel of GMA Network – strengthens its commitment of bringing the latest, most credible and most comprehensive news from home.   Complementing the channel’s flagship newscast State of the Nation with Jessica Soho, which recently won a Silver Screen Award from the esteemed US International Film and Video Festival, Balitang Amianan of GMA North Central Luzon, Balitang Bisdak of GMA Central Visayas, and Testigo of GMA Southern Mindanao are now part of GMA News TV International’s interesting line-up of programs.   According to GMA Vice President and Head of International Operations Joseph T. Francia, these programs are meant “to provide Filipinos overseas, specifically those who come from the provinces, a stronger and deeper connection with what’s happening back home.”   News from Northern Luzon will be broadcasted straight from Dagupan to different parts of the world via Balitang Amianan. Trademarked in GMA News and Public Affairs’ fair and responsible reportage, Balitang Amianan is anchored by veteran journalist and former radio commentator Jorge Guerrero. Guerrero is backed by the program’s pool of correspondents as they strive to meet the viewers’ need for truthful and credible news from the region.   Meanwhile, Cebuanos living outside the Philippines may now watch the latest local news from the Visayas Region via Balitang Bisdak. Anchored by popular tri-media personality Bobby “Super Bob” Nalzaro and co-anchored by women/children’s right and media advocate Atty. Rose Versoza, Balitang Bisdak covers both national and local issues relevant not only to Cebuanos, but also neighboring provinces such as Bohol and some parts of Negros Oriental and Eastern Visayas.   Last but certainly not least, Testigo Davao brings to worldwide viewers the freshest and most relevant news from Davao City and other key areas in Southern Mindanao. Anchored by former national correspondent Tek Ocampo together with hard-hitting commentator Jun Digamon, the program aims to empower its audience by delivering relevant information on the latest news, hottest social issues and human interest stories.   Balitang Amianan, Balitang Bisdak, and Testigo are now available via GMA News TV International in Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, Guam, Australia, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Canada. To get the complete programming schedule, visit www.gmanetwork.com/international or Facebook page www.facebook.com/gmanewsinternational. Call your preferred pay TV operator to subscribe.

iWitness

iWitness

Jessica Soho

Jessica Soho

Kusina Master

Kusina Master

The US International Film and Video Festival (USIFVF) recently conferred top awards on television giant GMA Network, citing a total of 11 programs from GMA-7 and GMA News TV Channel 11. Led by GMA News TV’s State of the Nation with Jessica Soho (SONA), GMA Network’s entries are the only festival winners from the Philippines this year.

GMA News TV’s flagship primetime newscast State of the Nation with Jessica Soho, bannered by GMA Network’s Vice President for News Programs Jessica Soho, received a Silver Screen Award for its special coverage of last year’s disastrous monsoon rains entitled “The Wrath of the Monsoon”. In 2012, SONA also received a documentary accolade from the USIFVF for its episode on the aftermath of Typhoon Sendong.

“This is a big honor not only for us in SONA, but for the entire GMA News and Public Affairs group. We would also like to share this award with our viewers locally and abroad for being our true inspiration in creating and continuously improving this newscast,” said Soho, who was recently named by Reader’s Digest Asia as the Most Trusted News Presenter for the third consecutive year and is widely regarded as the country’s most awarded broadcast journalist.

Soho’s multi-awarded and top-rating public affairs program Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho, in turn, was also one of the programs cited from GMA Network.

Receiving a Certificate for Creative Excellence were Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho (“Photographs of Typhoon Pablo”) for the News Magazine Format; primetime newscast 24 Oras bannered by Mike Enriquez and Mel Tiangco (“Sendong Tragedy”) for Newscasts; late-night newscast Saksi anchored by Arnold Clavio and Vicky Morales (“Wrath of the Monsoon”) also for Newscasts; and a documentary by Howie Severino for the program I-Witness (“Santo at Sikreto”) for Documentary: Religion.

Also receiving Certificates for Creative Excellence were GMA-7 entertainment programs––local infotainment show iBilib bannered by basketball icon Chris Tiu with Moymoy Palaboy and Isabelle Daza for Children’s Entertainment; cooking show Kusina Master hosted by celebrity chef Boy Logro for Cooking; and drama series Pahiram ng Sandali topbilled by Dingdong Dantes, Christopher de Leon, Max Collins, and Lorna Tolentino for Telenovelas.

The festival similarly awarded certificates to GMA News TV programs––news commentary and analysis show Bawal Ang Pasaway Kay Mareng Winnie headlined by Prof. Solita Monsod (“One on One with Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile”) for Interview/Talk, Filipino cultural show I Juander hosted by GMA reporters Cesar Apolinario and Susan Enriquez (“Why is the Lechon the Centerpiece of Every Filipino Celebration”) for Education: Professional Development & Continuing Education; and GMA News TV special San Pedro Calungsod for Documentary: Religion.

Founded in 1967, USIFVF recognizes outstanding corporate, education, entertainment, documentary and student productions.

These award-winning programs can be seen on the Network’s international channels, GMA Pinoy TV, GMA Life TV and GMA News TV International.

GMA Pinoy TV, GMA Life TV and GMA News TV International can be seen in the US and in countries in Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and Asia Pacific. For more details, visit the GMA International website www.gmanetwork.com/international, Facebook pageswww.facebook.com/GMAPinoyTVwww.facebook.com/gmalifetv, and, www.facebook.com/gmanewsinternational, or Twitter pages @GMAPinoyTV and @GMA_LifeTV.

GMA News App 2 (2)Filipino mobile news consumers from all parts of the world can now catch the latest news from GMA Network while they’re on the go.

 

An updated version of the GMA News mobile application for iOS now offers video clips from GMA News programs. The app is available for free download on the Apple App Store.

 

GMA News Online v 2.0 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod enables users to customize its content by choosing which sections of the website will appear on the app. It also features an option to display 10 or 15 articles from each section.

 

“We just want to be where news consumers are going. Our improved app combines two exploding trends – mobile and online video,” GMA News Online editor-in-chief and GMA Network VP for Multimedia Journalism Howie Severino said.

 

He explained that only selected GMA news videos will be viewable on mobile initially, but the volume of video content will eventually increase.

 

Developed by New Media Inc., the updated app has a new action bar that lets users go directly to his or her favorite section and manage customization settings. It also includes links to the YouScoop app on iTunes, as well as to the GMA News mobile site, Twitter profile, and Facebook page.

In an effort to make GMA News content available in more social media platforms, articles on the new app may now be shared not just on Facebook, but also through email and on Twitter. 

The app lets users experience smooth, paper-like scrolling within the articles. A single swipe enables readers to move from one section to another or from one article to the next story on the same section.

Each story on the app also includes a link on that gives users the option to read the story on the GMA News Online mobile site.

My poor, poor dear countrymen! What is to become of us? I have this usual habit of reading the daily papers, listening to the AM radio, and watching news on television.  And all that I see bade bad news for all of us.

From the news about the elections, to the use of the AES (Automated Election System) or the PCOS (Precinct Count Optical Scan) machine of the COMELEC (Commission on Election), to the unscrupulous tactics of politician vying for position in the coming May 2013 elections, to the various fires that has hit the country, and the pounding of Tropical Depression “Crising” of the Mindanao area.  These news worries me, but not as much as what has transpired and will be transpiring soon.

Just last week, petroleum prices went up by as much as P1.50 per liter, on top of the already expensive petroleum prices.  And just this week, reports or news of an impending energy rate hike approved for this coming March, and the impending water rate hike to be approved for the month of July.  All of these hikes are taking a toll on the Filipino citizenry.  The wages of the ordinary Filipino has not increased in proportion to the increases being implemented by the petroleum, energy, and water conglomerates.  How will we cope with all these hikes coming one after the other?

The increase in petroleum prices, will definitely affect all of us one way or another.  The fares in public transport will definitely increase as well sooner or later.  The prices of basic goods such as vegetables, fish, and meats, will surely increase as well, as the cost of transporting these goods has increased.  The prices of prepared foods will surely increase as well.

The approved energy rate hike for this coming March, will surely add another burden, to the already heavy burden the typical Filipino family is already carrying.  The use of the television, which is the only form of entertainment of most typical Filipino family, will be limited.  The use of the electric fan, the air conditioner, the refrigerator, and other home appliances will also be limited, causing undue inconvenience, and discomfort to all members of the typical Filipino family.

The impending water hike due for July, is another heavy burden.  We, the Filipinos, is one of the most hygienically conscious people in the world.  We regularly take baths, some of whom take two (2) baths a day, to cool ourselves down from the extreme heat of the Philippines.  We regularly brush our teeth from two (2) to three (3) times a day.  We hand wash our clothes daily.   We wash our kitchen utensils pots, and plates, after every meal.  The use of the bathroom is common among all households, to relieve ourselves.  All of these requires the use of water.

The thing that irate me is the wages/salary of the typical Filipino, does not increase as much as the increase in the prices of these utilities.  The already tight budget of the typical Filipino household, would be even more tighter with the introduction of these price hikes.

I pity the typical Filipino family.  I pity all of us.  Only a few of us are unaffected by these price hikes.  But the majority of us, the 99%, will surely cringe, and suffer.  Why is the government doing nothing, to help alleviate the lives of the majority, the 99% of the Filipino? Are we not important enough to be given notice? Are we minuscule to be noticed? Are our sufferings too little to be significant enough? When will our government act? When shall we taste an easier, more convenient, and more relaxing life? Will we taste it when we are dead or dying?

Its time for our government to act.  Its time for us to wake up! Its time for us to choose the people, who will lead us to a more greener pasture, a more easier, a more convenient, and a more relaxing life! Wake up Filipino!

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February 14, 2012 — Leave a comment

Today is Valentines Day, and GMA Pinoy TV, GMA Life, and GMA News  TV has a surprise for all the fans and Global Pinoys out there.

Happy Valentine's Day!

GMA International would first like to greet all of the fans and Global Pinoys out there, a Happy Valentines Day to all of you! May you and all of your love ones feel  the spirit of Valentines.  GMA International wishes to share the joys, the drama, and the excitement of the season, with its drama, comedy, reality, and news shows.

Also GMA News TV would like to bring some good news to our Global Pinoys in the Middle East! GMA News TV is now available in the Middle East, in collaboration with Etisalat.

GNTV-I in Middle East

GNTV in ME via Etisalat