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Alamat

GMA News and Public Affairs—the group behind the groundbreaking socio-political and historical TV series Bayan Ko, Katipunan, Ilustrado, Titser, and Sa Puso Ni Dok—is coming up with a new weekly series that hopes to revive Filipinos’ interest in folk tales.


Entitled Alamat, the series features six episodes of 2D and 3D animated renditions of Philippine legends namely, Alamat ng Bayabas, Juan Tamad, Langgam at Tipaklong, Mariang Sinukuan, Mahiwagang Singsing, and Ang Unang Bahaghari. It will air worldwide on GMA Pinoy TV beginning July 19.


Six teams of writers, directors, producers, actor-dubbers and professional animators, some of whom had prior experience in giant animation studios abroad, worked on the project.


According to Jaileen Jimeno, program manager, the primary goal of the series is to encourage the audience, especially young viewers, to appreciate the once well-loved but now almost forgotten tales of lore which were used by elders to impart good values and traditions to the youth of their time.


Each episode features the voices of various Kapuso stars and personalities who give life to the characters. The first episode, Alamat ng Bayabas, will showcase the voices of veteran actor Pen Medina and GMA Artist Center talent Harvey Almoneda.


Characters for the next five episodes are voiced by Gabby Eigenmann, Glaiza de Castro, Mike Tan, Kylie Padilla, Louise de los Reyes, Bea Binene, Jeric Gonzales, Betong Sumaya, Love Añover, Maey Bautista, Pekto, John Feir, Tonipet Gaba, and Roi Vinzon.

 

Tune in to the premiere episode of Alamat on July 19 on GMA Pinoy TV.

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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 also participated in the Hong Kong Filmart, the biggest content exhibit in Asia

GMA also participated in the Hong Kong Filmart, the biggest content exhibit in Asia

GMA Worldwide, Inc. (GWI) continues to showcase the best of what the Kapuso Network has to offer by participating in various TV content markets all over the world.

 

Over the years, GWI – being the global content distribution and acquisition arm of GMA Network – has opened doors of new opportunities for Kapuso programs and artists through content development partnerships and international distribution deals.

 

Kapuso programs received enthusiastic response from foreign buyers at the MipTV market exhibit in Cannes, France

Kapuso programs received enthusiastic response from foreign buyers at the MipTV market exhibit in Cannes, France

In April, GWI participated in the biggest gathering of entertainment industry professionals, the MipTV Market Exhibit in Cannes, France. Here, top television execs and creative talents from 100 countries had the chance to preview some of the Network’s latest programs for international licensing; among them Carmela, The Borrowed Wife, Rhodora X, Innamorata, Kambal Sirena, Paraiso Ko’y Ikaw and Magkano Ba Ang Pag-ibig.

 

Jocelyn Go, GWI Assistant Vice President for Sales and Marketing, noted on the positive response for Kapuso programs, “Buyers and other TV groups predominantly radiate positive and enthusiastic reactions when presented with GMA programs. This is an acknowledgment of the high standard and improving quality of our products.”

 

“Equally significant are the great relationships we have built with the other companies who attend these markets with us because their positive opinions are a reflection of GWI’s reputation and standing with our international partners,” she added.

 

Aside from MipTV, GWI also hosted a booth at the NATPE conference in Miami, Florida. Titles that were highlighted include Katipunan, Titser, The Politician (Bayan Ko), and Love Sonata.

 

GMA Worldwide's booth at Discop West Asia in Istanbul, Turkey

GMA Worldwide’s booth at Discop West Asia in Istanbul, Turkey

GWI likewise established a strong presence at DISCOP West Asia in Istanbul, Turkey, and at Hong Kong Filmart, the largest content exhibit in Asia. My Husband’s Lover, Rhodora X, Carmela, The Borrowed Wife, among others, were warmly received by buyers in both conferences.

 

In the first quarter alone, GWI sold over 1,000 hours of programs and movies for airing in Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore, South Korea and the US.

 

With GMA’s proven ability to create globally competitive content, GWI is gearing up to explore new territories and expand GMA’s growing international audience in the months to come.

Carl Guevarra, Lovi Poe, Agot Isidro and Mara Lopez at the pre-production meeting for GMA News TV's TITSER

Carl Guevarra, Lovi Poe, Agot Isidro and Mara Lopez at the pre-production meeting for GMA News TV’s TITSER

Following the critical and ratings success of its original series on good governance – Bayan Ko – GMA News TV International launches a groundbreaking new series entitled TITSER, which discusses issues on Philippine education.

 

Topbilled by multi-awarded character actress Lovi Poe, casting for GMA News TV International’s female-dominated series TITSER is now complete. Lovi is joined by singer-actress Agot Isidro and by indie film darling Mara Lopez.

 

Lovi plays Michelle in TITSER: a poverty stricken high school girl who dreams of becoming a teacher, but whose only option after graduation is to work as a housemaid. Mara Lopez plays Rosa — Michelle’s best friend and toughest competitor, who ends up a single mother.  The two girls struggle against fate and financial limitations to reach their goal of finishing school.  Their mentor and inspiration is Teacher Sandra, portrayed by Agot Isidro, who leads her own fight against a corrupt principal.

 

Actors Gardo Versoza, Irma Adlawan, Carl Guevarra and Rocco Nacino will also be starring in the series – which is now being shot on location in Boso Boso, Antipolo.

 

TITSER is directed by acclaimed indie filmmaker and head of the Ateneo Filipino Department Alvin Yapan and written by Bayan Ko’s creator and News TV channel head Nessa Valdellon. It is filmed on high definition and goes through the color grading process.

 

TITSER begins airing on August 24 on GMA News TV International. For more details, visit the GMA International website www.gmanetwork.com/international, Facebook pages www.facebook.com/GMAPinoyTV,www.facebook.com/gmalifetv, and, www.facebook.com/gmanewsinternational, or Twitter pages @GMAPinoyTVand @GMA_LifeTV. GMA Pinoy TV, GMA Life TV and GMA News TV International can be seen in the US, Canada and in countries in Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and Asia Pacific.