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Moy Ortiz of The Company

Moy Ortiz of The Company

OJ Mariano of The Company

OJ Mariano of The Company

Online Host Julian Trono

Online Host Julian Trono

Prince Paltu-ob of D'Crew

Prince Paltu-ob of D’Crew

Ryan Cayabyab

Ryan Cayabyab

Sweet Plantado of The Company

Sweet Plantado of The Company

Tony V of Sound Squad

Tony V of Sound Squad

GMA Network launches the Philippines’ first-ever multi-platform boy band competition – To The Top.


Produced by GMA Public Affairs, To The Top is a twice-a-week reality-based, talent development program featuring 18 young and gifted male vocals who are all vying to be part of the Kapuso Network’s newest boy band.


Unlike other reality programs which held open auditions, To The Top scoured the country and invited the best male vocals from different schools and organizations to join the auditions.


The show documents the journey of these young men from being solo artists or being members of their respective singing groups to ultimately becoming part of the country’s newest boy band.


All these experiences were seen by the public when GMA made the competition initially available online via Serving as host of the program’s webisodes is Kapuso homegrown artist Julian Trono, who recently underwent intensive training under the Kpop system.


After a series of rigorous auditions, the program announced its 25 finalists, which were later trimmed down to 14. Adding a twist to the competition, netizens were then asked to vote for their favorites who were earlier eliminated in the series to become the competition’s wildcards.  Thus, a total of 18 finalists will now work their way to the top.


The 18 TO THE TOP artists are AJ Ajrouche, Lance Busa, Ken Carpena, Mico Cruz, Cholo dela Cruz, Martin de Vera, Luis Gragera, Joshua Jacobe, MJ Magno, Miko Manguba, Seph Manlapaz, Bryan Olano, JP Palanca, Adrian Pascual, Louie Pedroso, Lharby Policarpio, Edric Ulang and Chris Yumang.


Throughout the season, the artists – who will be divided into three groups – will be housed together and will undergo more intensive vocal and dance trainings for their upcoming performances and evaluations.


Helping the program achieve this are some of the country’s top music icons led by no less than Maestro Ryan Cayabyab serving as the competition’s main judge.


Joining The Maestro in this project are vocal coaches Moy Ortiz, Sweet Plantado and OJ Mariano of the Philippines’ premier vocal ensemble The Company; dance coaches and 2-time World Hip Hop Champions Philippine All-stars alumni Madelle and Prince Paltu-ob, as well as international breakdancing champion Jesse “Reflex” Gotangco; and the Sound Squad of musical arrangers and sound engineers led by Jonathan Ong and his team from Sonic State Audio — Chino David, Chrisanthony Vinzons and Brian Lotho.


Also lending his expertise in the early part of the competition is celebrity ace photographer Mark Nicdao.


Who among them will make it to the top? Find out as the showdown begins July 20 in ASPAC and July 19 in the US, Canada and the Middle East.


For the latest updates, follow TO THE TOP on Facebook, Twitter, and on Instagram

New York—GMA Network formally accepted the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award in New York City on Monday, May 19, for its coverage of SuperTyphoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in November 2013.

GMA News and Public Affairs Senior Vice President Marissa L. Flores received the Peabody Award on behalf of the network at a ceremony at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York. Also in attendance were First Vice President for News Programs Jessica A. Soho and news anchor/reporter Jiggy Manicad, who represented the GMA News teams who covered Yolanda.

GMA News and Public Affairs Senior Vice President Marissa L. Flores, First Vice President for News Programs Jessica A. Soho and news anchor/reporter Jiggy Manicad, who represented the GMA News teams who covered Yolanda.

GMA News and Public Affairs Senior Vice President Marissa L. Flores, First Vice President for News Programs Jessica A. Soho and news anchor/reporter Jiggy Manicad, who represented the GMA News teams who covered Yolanda.

“This is for the survivors, the Filipinos and our unsinkable spirit. Philippines, Mabuhay!” Flores said after accepting the award. “Receiving this award is bittersweet for us at GMA Network because it is on the account of the suffering of Filipinos from Typhoon Haiyan or Yolanda, the strongest typhoon to have made landfall,” she added.

The Peabody Award is considered the broadcast equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize for print media, and the Oscar Awards for film.

On its website, the Peabody Awards cited GMA Network for “overcoming the challenges posed by a historic storm to provide coverage that was thorough, candid and compassionate.”

“Faced with daunting logistical challenges and sharing in the national shock and grief, GMA reporters and crews from State of the Nation with Jessica Soho, 24 Oras (24 Hours), Saksi (Eyewitness), 24 Oras Weekend and Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho (One at Heart, Jessica Soho) provided desperately needed spot news coverage and information, gaining strength and perspective as they worked. They followed up with solid reporting and public-service broadcasts about the aftermath, heroic acts and relief efforts. The coverage includes footage of storm-surge rapids ripping through streets and apocalyptic winds decapitating houses that’s so close-up and intense that it’s a wonder the videographers survived.” it said.

The winning programs chronicled the GMA News teams’ detailed reportage of the typhoon from before it hit the Philippine area of responsibility to its unforgiving blows to the Visayas region and its painful aftermath.
“We accept this with immense gratitude on behalf of the people of GMA News and Public Affairs who risked their lives to tell the story,” added Flores.

This is the fourth Peabody Award that GMA Network received on behalf of the Philippines. The network earned its first Peabody in 1999 for the I-Witness documentaries “Kidneys for Sale” and “Kamao” by Soho and for Jay Taruc’s child labor story on Brigada Siete. Kara David’s I-Witness episode “Ambulansyang de Paa” succeeded in 2010 followed by Reel Time’s “Salat” in 2013.

GMA is the only news and public affairs organization in the country to have received this prestigious award for excellence in broadcast journalism. Along with GMA News in this year’s roster of winners are the series Breaking Bad, House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, three HBO documentaries, and twelve programs by the broadcaster PBS. Personalities present in the awarding ceremony included NBC anchor and special correspondent Tom Brokaw who received a personal award and Anthony Bourdain of CNN’s Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown.


We have been used to the traditional methods of making a reservation, which is  through phone calls and sometimes e-mail.  But isn’t it frustrating that when we arrive at our favorite digs, restaurants or hangouts, and check with the reservations desk, that our reservation could not be found! Who among you have experienced this? I bet most of you have experienced this kind of situation.

For this reason the management of and, is introducing the latest in reservation system technology.  You can make a booking/reservation with just a click! You can use different avenues such as Facebook, the restaurants website, and your mobile apps.  You can do this anywhere you are, in the office, at home, or on the go! And the best part of this is you get a confirmation code for your booking/reservation, which means that it cannot be lost as it is in the system.  Also you will be notified of Specials and Promotions that the restaurant is offering, all with the touch of a finger.

ResDiary and BookToEat are worldwide brands/services which is present in the U.S.A., U.K., Ireland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, The Netherlands, Portugal, Italy, UA.E., Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Hong Kong, etc.  They are both now in the Philippines to service select individuals, who have the flair for delicious food, great ambience, and classy yet comfortable interiors.

There are various restaurants, that are members of the and family, which are serving different cuisines, flavors, and specialties.  You can choose which one you prefer through our reservation system.

Watch out in and for your favorite digs, restaurants, or hangouts nearest you!

We are also accepting applications from restaurants, who wish to become a part of our and family.  It’s so easy to join.  Visit us at or in Facebook and drop us an e-mail inquiry, and we will get back to you, or visit us at

4000 Restaurants Cannot Be Wrong!

Would it not be great, as a restaurateurs, to know how many diners will be coming, what time, and what will they be having? No more surprised and terrified kitchen staff and only satisfied diners.

ResDiary provides a web-based reservation and table-management tool to restaurant operators in over 4,500 restaurants, in 17 countries, allowing them to take online bookings throughout their websites, Facebook pages, and through Twitter as well, as by telephone, and to process walk-in bookings. 

With now available in the Philippines, restauranteurs now have and efficient system that allows them to allocate reservations in a way to make the most effective use of the tables available and capture customers contact details and other data of the customer.

The system offers restaurant executives the ability to manage table reservations using laptop, iPad or even a smartphone or to even e-mail or text to confirm customers’ reservations, remind them 24-hours before and request a review afterwards on a responsive micro-website.

Since its launch in September 2006, ResDiary is widely employed in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, The Netherlands, Portugal, Italy, United Arab Emirates, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, and United States.

ResDiary is charged for on a flat monthly fee basis, with no additional charges for bookings taken through the restaurant’s website, Facebook page, Twitter account or through the portal operated for ResDiary customers by ResDiary.

For more information on our restaurant reservation system please give us a call at 0925.5002659 or visit

GMA Kapuso Foundation accepts donation from Carson City

GMA Kapuso Foundation accepts donation from Carson City

GMA Kapuso Foundation (GMAKF) – the socio-civic arm of GMA Network – was presented with a check for $15, 000 by the City of Carson in California intended for the victims of typhoon Yolanda.


Present during the turnover are (from left): GMAKF Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer Mel C. Tiangco, the City of Carson’s Mayor Pro Tempore Elito Santarina, and his wife, Anita Santarina, an officer of the Filipino community in Carson.


In addition to the said amount, another $2, 500 was donated by the Philippine Independence Day Foundation. The foundation organizes the yearly local celebration of Philippine Independence Day for the Filipino Community which is annually participated in by GMA International. The City of Carson has the highest number of Filipinos than any other community abroad.


Donations for the Yolanda calamity will be used to fund GMAKF’s ongoing rehabilitation efforts in Leyte. At present, construction has commenced for two Kapuso Villages, with 400 houses and 20 classrooms in Tacloban city and another 200 houses and 10 classrooms in the municipality of Palo.

Pepito Manaloto Meet and Greet

Pepito Manaloto Meet and Greet

GMA milestones shirt

GMA milestones shirt

GMA International triumphantly celebrates its 8th anniversary with eight NAMIC Excellence in Multicultural Marketing Awards (EMMA) – the most number of awards won by GMA so far in this prestigious global marketing competition, which recognizes excellence in marketing efforts designed to attract and retain culturally diverse audiences and customers among African American, Asian, Hispanic and other market segments in North America.


GMA won alongside some of the world’s biggest pay-television distributors such as Comcast, Rogers and Time Warner Cable and also Network/Industry suppliers like HBO, The Oprah Winfrey Network and Univision.


The meet and greet with the cast of award-winning situational comedy Pepito Manaloto starring three-time Asian TV Awards best comedy actor, Michael V. won first place in the Grassroots category. Drawing a combined crowd of over 1,700 Filipino-Americans in Seafood City Cerritos and Carson, California, the event was conceptualized particularly for Filipino-Americans, who yearn for the classic Filipino brand of comedy.


The Bayani Tour, which gave a group of second-generation Filipino-Americans including YouTube celebrities AJ Rafael, Joseph Vincent, and Jeremy Passion a historical and cultural immersion tour of the Philippines, also received a first place award in the Social Media category. Educating second-generation Fil-Ams about their Filipino heritage, the tour extended its objective not only to the participants but also to AJ, Joseph and Jeremy’s nearly 1.4 million combined numbers of subscribers. It is worthy to note that the Bayani Tour also bagged a second place award for Diversity Awareness.


As part of promoting GMA News TV International, GMA International distributed information kits to highlight the 11 million Filipinos overseas’ need to be connected to home though the Philippines’ number one news channel. This marketing effort won second place in the All Other Media category for it was proven most effective among major carriers in Canada adding GMA News TV to their channel offerings.


GMA’s 2013 rendition of the Philippine National Anthem also won second place in the Television category for creatively presenting the Filipino spirit of heroism to Filipinos across the globe and to the rest of the world.  The music video echoes in more ways than one GMA International’s promise of “Bringing Filipinos Closer To Home.”


Winning third place in the Premium Category is the GMA International 6th anniversary milestone shirt, which depicted GMA International as a fast-growing source of superior entertainment and the most credible news from home. The shirts were distributed during the Philippine Independence Day celebrations and among GMA International affiliates all over the world.


Likewise bagging a third place recognition in the Print category is the GMA International 7th anniversary print ad. GMA Pinoy TV first started airing in the United States in August 2005 via COMCAST north California, and to commemorate this milestone GMA International implemented a print campaign as a way of thanking their viewers for their continued patronage over the years. A total of 67,000 copies of the 7th year anniversary ad were printed and circulated in north California.


Rounding off GMA International’s success in this year’s NAMIC (EMMA) Awards is the Proud to be Pinoy 2012 TV Special that scored third place in the Television Category. The TV special was recognized for re-affirming GMA International’s strong presence during the various Philippine Independence Day celebrations that had a record-breaking number of participants reaching 140,000 worldwide. GMA’s international business unit successfully celebrated the 114th Philippine Independence day by making it not just a celebration of freedom but also a reminder of their pivotal role in shaping the Filipino people’s future.


GMA International has been recognized by NAMIC for almost every year since the launch of GMA Pinoy TV in 2005. Last year, GMA International emerged as one of the most awarded companies in the competition with six awards in total including two first place finishes for its “Support Manny Pacquiao” online marketing campaign (Digital category) and for its international magazine “Kapuso Abroad” (Grassroots category).


“We are honored that GMA International is recognized again, and in a big way, at this year’s Excellence in Multicultural Marketing Awards,” says GMA International Vice President and Head of Operations, Joseph T. Francia. “It is noteworthy that our awards this year cover a wide range of our tactics using both emerging and traditional media. This will inspire us to continue to innovate in creating effective marketing tactics to reach our various audiences abroad,” he adds.


NAMIC is an international organization that recognizes superior multicultural marketing practices in the cable industry. Established as non-profit trade organization in 1980, it has over 2,700 professionals from a network of 16 chapters worldwide.


The awarding of winners will be held on October 9 during the US Cable Diversity Week in New York City.

Chef Boy Logro KusinaMaster Pusong Pinoy Sa Amerika host Atty Lou Tancinco and its director Eric QuizonGMA International – the business unit that manages the operations and distribution of GMA Network’s international channels GMA Pinoy TV, GMA Life TV and GMA News TV International – bagged two nominations in the 2013 NAMIC Vision Awards alongside some of the biggest names in the US television industry.


GMA Pinoy TV’s long-running immigration program Pusong Pinoy Sa Amerika (Into the Hearts of Filipinos in America) was nominated in the Foreign Language category while the 30-minute cooking show Kusina Master, which is seen worldwide via GMA Life TV, earned a nomination in the Lifestyle category.


Hosted by immigration lawyer Atty. Lou Tancinco, Pusong Pinoy Sa Amerika is now on its 8th season of informing the Filipino-American community on immigration law. This time around, the show tackles immigrant issues and stories that are affected by new immigration policies. To unravel the complexities of the immigration system, the show is bringing its audience back to the basics with its episodes exclusively focused on the most common questions and challenges that people face in the immigration system.


Meanwhile, Chef Boy Logro’s Kusina Master has become a popular source of entertainment and recipes among Filipinos abroad ever since it started airing on GMA Life TV, the first and only Filipino lifestyle channel abroad, in March 2012. With each episode, Filipino Americans are introduced to new and exciting dishes that remind them of the exceptional flavor and qualities of Pinoy cooking.


“We welcome these nominations from NAMIC and are grateful for their continuous appreciation for our programs,” said GMA Vice President and Head of International Operations Joseph T. Francia.


This is the second time that GMA International was nominated in the NAMIC Vision Awards. The first time was for multi-awarded broadcaster Mike Enriquez’s Review Philippines, which aired on GMA Pinoy TV in 2007.


The NAMIC Vision Awards is described in the NAMIC website as “one of the few national competitions that salutes original television or digital content that reflects the depth and breadth of experience, and contributions of people of color.” It is founded in 1994 by NAMIC Southern California and is presented this year by the NAMIC National office in partnership with NAMIC-Southern California.


The announcement of the NAMIC Vision Awards nominees was held during New Bay Media’s Multiethnic TV Summit and Leadership Awards on April 17, 2013 at the Hilton New York, while the winners will be awarded in Los Angeles, California in May.