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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

“I die without seeing dawn’s light shining on my country… You, who will see it, welcome it for me… Don’t forget those who fell during the nighttime.”
― Jose Rizal, Noli Me Tangere


He is widely regarded as the country’s most beloved hero. This Monday, get to know the man behind the hero as GMA News and Public Affairs brings to life the untold stories of Jose Rizal with the world premiere of the first-ever Bayaniseryeon primetime television, ILUSTRADO.


Ilustrado offers an educational and entertaining viewing experience as it features the life of Rizal as a young student in the Philippines to his travels in Europe as well as the major events and influences that shaped his mind and actions as a reformist. Through his letters to his family and friends, Ilustrado depicts Rizal’s struggles while living abroad. And through his love letters, the series tries to illustrate his relationship with women and why he is considered a notorious lover boy.


Produced by the same creative team behind the highly-acclaimed historical drama Katipunan and mini-series Bayan Ko, Ilustrado boasts of an ensemble of topnotch artists led by award-winning actor and Kapuso homegrown star Alden Richards as Jose Rizal.


Joining him are Kylie Padilla as Leonor Rivera, who many historians believe was Rizal’s true love, and Solenn Heussaff as Nellie Boustead, the French woman Rizal almost married.


Portraying the role of Rizal’s beloved parents are this year’s Cinemalaya best actress Eula Valdez (Teodora Alonzo) and Ricardo Cepeda (Francisco Mercado). Freddie Webb gives life to Rizal’s uncle, Don Jose Alberto, while Rizal’s brother Paciano Mercado is played by Marco Alcaraz. Child star Jhiz Deocareza plays the young Rizal.


Also incorporated in the Bayaniserye are fictional characters representing some of Rizal’s antagonists – mother and son Conchita and Venchito Monteverde (played by five-time Urian best actress Jaclyn Jose and Polo Ravales, respectively); Padre Amado (Lito Legaspi); and young Venchito (Sean Ross).


The cast also includes Max Collins as Consuela Ortiga, JC Tiuseco as Antonio Luna, Lucho Ayala as Jose Alejandrino, Bryan Benedict as Juan Luna, Jak Roberto as Maximo Viola, and Rhen Escano as Isidra Monteverde.


Under the direction of King Marc Baco, Ilustrado is filmed using the sophisticated Arri Alexa camera, along with equally high-end lenses provided by CMB Film Services Inc.  GMA Post Production, using up-to-date 3D visual effects technology, has recreated the grandeur of the European cities where Rizal lived and completed his novels Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo.


The series’ theme song is composed and performed by Gloc9 featuring Lirah Bermudez with additional arrangement by Simon Tan.


Ilustrado, the first Bayaniserye on Philippine primetime, airs beginning Monday, October 20, 9:30pm right after Hiram na Alaala.


It will also air simultaneously on GMA Pinoy TV.  To learn more about Ilustrado’s airing schedule, visit GMA International’s website,, Facebook page,, and follow GMA Pinoy TV on Twitter and Instagram via @gmapinoytv.


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