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Barbie Forteza

Barbie Forteza

Barbie Forteza

Barbie Forteza

Barbie Forteza

Barbie Forteza

Barbie Forteza

Barbie Forteza

“Like every girl, excited ako at the thought of turning 18. Pero pwede bang magwish? Pwede po bang wala ng party?,” says Kapuso teen actress Barbie Forteza, who is looking forward to celebrating this important milestone in her life on July 31.

Barbie emphasized that instead of spending so much on a grand debut, she would rather use the money for other more meaningful things.

Children have always had special place in Barbie’s sweet heart, thus, in celebration of her debut, Barbie adopted a room at the Philippine Children’s Medical Center (PCMC) in Diliman, Quezon City. She has been helping PCMC in the past 4 years and plans to continue sharing her blessings to the kids in the hospital.

The “Adopt-A-Room” program of PCMC enables entities or individuals to choose and adopt a private room which they want to renovate and convert into a special private room. Once renovated and occupied, the proceeds of the room will go to “charity rooms”.

Other private institutions and brand giants have already adopted rooms from PCMC, but Barbie is the first ever celebrity to participate in this worthy cause.

The renovation for Barbie’s adopted room is currently on-going with the talented young actress actively participating in the process with the help of GMA Artist Center and Architects Jose Ricky Martinez and Richie Ongteco.

Barbie’s partners in making her dreams come to life include her generous sponsors BNY, Unisilver Time, Posh Nails, BS Mobile, Fruitas, Belladona Bags, Megawide, Happy Haus Donuts, Pizza Pedricos, Cris-Carl Stuffed Toys, Megasoft Diapers, Muebles De Cristina Furniture, Fernando’s Bakeshop, Chocovron, Ritz Biscuits, Jao Ming Glutathione, Rotary Club of Makati and Flawless.

Barbie stars as the other half in the highly successful GMA drama The Half Sisters, which airs worldwide on GMA Pinoy TV. She will also be part of the new Sunday noontime show, PinaSaya.

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Julie Ann San Jose

Julie Ann San Jose

At the young age of 21, Asia’s Pop Sweetheart Julie Anne San Jose has already hit the high notes when it comes to her career.

 

The Kapuso star has her hands full with three regular shows – Sunday All Stars, Pepito Manaloto, and GMA News TV’s Day Off – plus an upcoming afternoon soap Buena Familia, which is set to premiere this July.

 

Julie Anne will play the role of 19-year-old Darling Buena in the forthcoming series opposite Jake Vargas.  “’Yung story pong Buena Familia, nasa upper class ‘yung family naming tapos maghihirap kami,” she said during a recent interview.

 

Asked to share a bit more about her role, Julie Anne said: “Hindi siyasobrang mahinhin. Hindi siya pa-cute. Mahilig siyang lumabas at mag-shopping. Tapos very artistic din siya. Mahilig siyang kumanta at mag-play ng instruments.”

 

With a successful career under her belt, how does Julie Anne juggle her time? “Time management lang. Kasi for me, as long as you love what you’re doing and as long as you’re passionate about your craft, hinding-hindi ka mapapagod. Hindi ko po iniisip ‘yun kasi happy naman po ako sa mga ginagawako, love ko ‘yung ginagawa ko, love ko ‘yung trabaho ko,” she explained.

 

Meanwhile, one more thing that will surely take up most of her time come August is her studies. An AB Communication Arts student of Angelicum College in Quezon City, Julie Anne plans to take up a full course load and wishes to graduate next year so as to make her parents proud.

 

“Kailangan mataas ‘yung grades kasi last semester, Dean’s lister ako. So sabi ko, masarap sa feeling. Saka siyempre, sa mga magulang mo, masarap ‘yung feeling na ibabalita mo sa kanila na ‘okay naman po ako sa school,’” she shared.

 

Catch more of Julie Anne in Buena Familia premiering soon on GMA’s flagship international channel, GMA Pinoy TV.

GMA Network Chairman and CEO Felipe L. Gozon at the Company’s Annual Stockholders’ Meeting held today, May 20, at the GMA Network Studios in Quezon City. Above photo also shows GMA directors Michael John R. Duavit and Anna Teresa Gozon-Abrogar.

GMA Network Chairman and CEO Felipe L. Gozon at the Company’s Annual Stockholders’ Meeting held today, May 20, at the GMA Network Studios in Quezon City. Above photo also shows GMA directors Michael John R. Duavit and Anna Teresa Gozon-Abrogar.

 

(Quezon City, Philippines) – GMA Network is pulling all stops to secure its dominant position in the broadcast industry, according to the Company’s Chairman and CEO Felipe L. Gozon.

 

In his report during the company’s annual stockholders’ meeting on May 20 (Wednesday), Gozon announced that, despite strategic efforts to manage costs last year, they remained committed in ensuring their competitiveness.

 

“Thanks to a thorough review of our business needs vis-a-vis our capabilities, and the industry situation as a whole, all transmitter and other upgrades that were already in the pipeline were still implemented despite our belt-tightening,” he said.

 

Moreover, the Network continued to enhance its capacity to produce content in high definition in relation to the eventual shift from analog to digital TV.

 

“Our bigger studios in our Quezon City headquarters were also upgraded to high definition. Likewise, all our OB van facilities have been wired with new broadcast peripherals and are now capable of multi-format including HD recording,” Gozon said.

 

In relation to the Network’s financial performance, Gozon assured stockholders that the company’s fundamentals remain “sound and good.”

 

GMA ended 2014 with an EBITDA of P2.925 billion while consolidated net income settled at P1.010 billion primarily due to the absence of political ads.

 

Meanwhile, other business units and subsidiaries of the Network posted positive results, recording total revenues of P1.304 billion or 7 percent higher compared to 2013.

 

For 2015, Gozon affirmed that the company is focused on growing and strengthening the business. “We are ready to move forward, armed with our plans to further expand or improve all areas of our business,” he said noting on strong indications that 2015 will be a much better year for the company.

 

“To be sure, our net income for the first quarter of 2015 was already 25 percent more than our net income in the first quarter of 2014,” announced Gozon.

 

The Network previously reported that revenues for the first three months improved by 5 percent to P3.006 billion mainly on higher airtime sales from Channel 7, GMA News TV and GMA Radio.

 

Operating expenses slightly went up by 3 percent to P2.432 billion while EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) settled at P986 million, up 20 percent from last year.

 

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Award winning GMA News personality Kara David

Award winning GMA News personality Kara David

GMA Artist Center star Phytos Ramirez

GMA Artist Center star Phytos Ramirez

GMA's resident meteorologist Mang Tani

GMA’s resident meteorologist Mang Tani

Kapuso bloodletting turnover

Kapuso bloodletting turnover

Regional bloodletting in Cagayan de Oro

Regional bloodletting in Cagayan de Oro

Regional bloodletting in Ilocos

Regional bloodletting in Ilocos

Regional bloodletting in Iloilo

Regional bloodletting in Iloilo

This February, the station with a heart continues to make a difference in the lives of Filipinos with the annual Kapuso Bloodletting Day held in key areas across the Philippines.

 

Now on its 7th year, the Kapuso Bloodletting Day is a project of GMA Network’s Corporate Affairs Division in cooperation with the Network’s socio-civic arm, GMA Kapuso Foundation and GMA Regional TV, in partnership with the Philippine Red Cross.

 

The event, which encouraged the entire Kapuso workforce to take part in saving lives by donating blood, was held last February 11 at GMA Network Center in Quezon City. The whole day affair saw employees, officers, artists and even their family and friends taking time out from their daily work activities to participate in the worthy cause.

 

The initiative was also extended nationwide with bloodletting drives held in the regions, namely, Ilocos, Dagupan, Bicol, Cebu, Iloilo, Bacolod, Cagayan de Oro, Davao and GenSan, on February 14.

 

The Kapuso Bloodletting Day yielded a total of 1, 783 blood bags (799, 550 cc) with the event in Quezon City producing 333 blood bags (147, 050 cc) and the regional bloodletting drives producing 1, 450 blood bags (652, 500 cc).

 

“This event was a success, not only because the donations this year surpassed the prior year but also because this huge turnout and continued support is a testament to our solidarity with the Network’s commitment to uplift the lives of our fellow Filipinos,” says GMA Kapuso Foundation EVP and COO Mel C. Tiangco.

 

“None of this would be possible without the generosity and bravery of each Kapuso donor who believe in and donated to our cause,” she furthers.

 

GMA Corporate Affairs AVP Teresa L. Pacis, meanwhile, says this activity is a concrete means by which employees can engage in the Network’s corporate social responsibility efforts. “The annual bloodletting program is an integral part of our CSR platform. We look after the welfare of our employees by encouraging them to mine the health benefits of donating blood. At the same time, we get our employees to actively take part in enriching the lives of our fellow 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.”

To place a donation, interested parties may visit http://www.gmanetwork.com/kapusofoundation.

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