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GMA Network Keeps Urban Luzon and Mega Manila Ratings Lead in June AWARDS

Yahoo OMG! Awards 2013 Winners Other Honors Kusina Master Wins at NAMIC Vision Awards Alessandra de Rossi and Jean Garcia Remain Kapuso GMA News TV International Airs Regional Newscasts

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GMA’s New Early Primetime Offering


GMA Artist Center Goes Digital POWERHOUSE Welcomes New Season with New Host Kara David



GMA G.I.V.E.S. Members Gather with Young Cancer Patients

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Sheena Halili and David Remo

Q&A with Baretang Bikol’s

Elmer Caseles


GMA Network Keeps Urban Luzon and Mega Manila Ratings Lead in June Continues to rule in the afternoon block across all areas GMA Network remained the undisputed TV ratings leader in Urban Luzon and Mega Manila in June, according to data from Nielsen TV Audience Measurement. For the period June 1 to 30 (June 23 to 30 based on overnight data), GMA garnered an average total day audience share of 35.2 percent in Urban Luzon, higher than ABS-CBN’s 32.1 percent and TV5’s 13.3 percent.

Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho emerged as the number one program in Mega Manila. Sixteen other programs from GMA made it to the top programs list including Magpakailanman, Mundo Mo’y Akin, Anna Karenina and My Husband’s Lover. Not to be left behind were 24 Oras, Eat Bulaga, Pepito Manaloto: Ang Tunay na Kuwento, Love & Lies, Vampire Ang Daddy Ko, Celebrity Bluff, Imbestigador, The Ryzza Mae Show, Bubble Gang, Queen and I, One Day Isang Araw and Kapuso Movie Night.

Urban Luzon represents 76 percent of the total urban TV household population in the entire country.

Meanwhile, Magpakailanman, Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho and Vampire ang Daddy Ko were among the top programs in Urban Visayas.

Sixteen out of the top 30 performing programs in Urban Luzon were from GMA, with news magazine program Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho leading the roster of Kapuso shows. It was followed closely by the weekly drama anthology Magpakailanman and primetime soaps Anna Karenina and Mundo Mo’y Akin.

GMA reaffirmed its leadership in the afternoon block after increasing its audience share in National Urban Television Audience Measurement (NUTAM) ratings, as well as in Urban Luzon and Mega Manila, beating competition by significant margins.

The list also includes reality sitcom Pepito Manaloto: Ang Tunay na Kuwento, GMA’s flagship newscast 24 Oras, newly launched drama My Husband’s Lover, noontime show Eat Bulaga, Saturday night comedy program Vampire Ang Daddy Ko, recently concluded series Love & Lies and comedy game show Celebrity Bluff. Nielsen data also showed that hard-hitting public affairs program Imbestigador, early noontime talk show The Ryzza Mae Show, comedy show Bubble Gang, afternoon family drama One Day Isang Araw and the Koreanovela Queen and I were popular among audiences in Urban Luzon. In its bailiwick Mega Manila, where 59 percent of the total urban television households nationwide are, GMA continues to edge out competition as it posted a 36.4 percent total day audience share average. The Kapuso Network led ABS-CBN’s 30.4 percent and TV5’s 14.5 percent.




Congratulations, mga Kapuso! Best Noontime Show


Best Radio Station of the Year


Comedienne of the Year


Favorite Male Host of the Year



Male Performer of the Year

ELMO MAGALONA Child Star of the Year


Celebrity of the Year


Female Performer of the Year

JULIE ANNE SAN JOSE Fan Club of the Year


Other Honors

Rocco Nacino Chosen by director Francis Villacorta to portray San Pedro Calungsod in the indie biopic, “Pedro Calungsod: Batang Martir,” an entry to the 2013 Metro Manila Film Festival


Alden Richards

Proclaimed spokesperson for “Pilipinas Go 4 Health,” an information campaign of the Department of Health


Alessandra De Rossi

Won the Best Supporting Actress award at the 36th Gawad Urian held on June 18 at the NBC Tent in Bonifacio Global City


Kusina Master Wins at NAMIC Vision Awards the first ever winner from GMA and the country in the said competition. GMA Pinoy TV’s co-production Pusong Pinoy Sa Amerika, on the other hand, bagged a nomination in the Foreign Language Category.

GMA International Marketing Consultant Jush Andowitt and immigration lawyer Atty. Lou Tancinco (host and producer of Pusong Pinoy sa Amerika) received the award on behalf of GMA International.

GMA-7’s Kusina Master won as Best Lifestyle Program at the prestigious 19th Annual NAMIC Vision Awards. Chef Boy Logro’s well-loved cooking show, which was submitted as an entry for GMA Life TV, the first Filipino lifestyle channel abroad, also made history as

According to GMA Vice President and Head of International Operations Joseph T. Francia, the award is an important milestone for GMA Life TV, which recently marked its fifth anniversary. “This award is truly an honor for both GMA Life TV and the excellent team behind Kusina Master, confirming its world class standards for the second time this year,” he said. Kusina Master bested entries from Scripps, one of the biggest TV networks in the US. This award comes right on the heels of the program’s recent victory at the 2013 US International Film and Video Festival, wherein it earned a Certificate for Creative Excellence. GMA OIC for Entertainment TV Lilybeth G. Rasonable expressed her thanks for

all the recognition and praise that Kusina Master has been receiving not only in the Philippines, but also internationally. “We sincerely thank the NAMIC Vision Awards for this honor and we commit to continue delivering superior information and entertainment to our audience here and abroad,” she enthused. The NAMIC Vision Awards is “one of the few national (US-wide) competitions that salute original television or digital content that reflects the depth and breadth of experience and contributions of people of color.” The likes of CNN, HBO, Disney, ESPN, Nickelodeon and other mainstream US networks usually dominate the Vision Awards. GMA Pinoy TV, GMA Life TV and GMA News TV International can be seen in Canada and the US and in countries in Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and Asia Pacific. For more details, visit the GMA International website www., Facebook pages,, and, www., or Twitter pages @GMAPinoyTV,@GMA_LifeTV and @GMANewsTVIntl.


GMA News TV International Airs Regional Newscasts Filipinos abroad now have access to both national and regional newscasts via GMA News TV International.

Alessandra de Rossi and Jean Garcia Remain Kapuso Alessandra de Rossi and Jean Garcia renewed their exclusive contracts with GMA Network. Alessandra and Jean were joined in the contract signing by GMA Entertainment TV’s OIC Lilybeth G. Rasonable, GMA Chairman and CEO Atty. Felipe L. Gozon, GMA President and Chief Operating Officer Gilberto R. Duavit, Jr., Manny Valera (Alessandra and Jean’s manager) and GMA Vice President for Drama Redgie AcuñaMagno.

In addition to the channel’s flagship newscast State of the Nation with Jessica Soho, GMA News TV International now includes Balitang Amianan of GMA North Central Luzon, Balitang Bisdak of GMA Central Visayas, and Testigo of GMA Southern Mindanao in its 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, anchored by veteran journalist and former radio commentator CJ Torrida. Meanwhile, Cebuanos living outside the Philippines may now watch the latest local news from the Visayas Region via Balitang GMA KAPUSO MAGAZINE |JULY 2013 ISSUE

Bisdak, anchored by popular tri-media personality Bobby “Super Bob” Nalzaro and co-anchored by women/children’s rights 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 not least, Testigo Davao brings to worldwide viewers the freshest and most relevant news from Davao City and other key areas in Southern Mindanao. It is anchored by former national correspondent Tek Ocampo together with hard-hitting commentator Jun Digamon. 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 or Facebook page gmanewsinternational. Call your preferred pay TV operator to subscribe.



n o i t a r i p s n I s g n i Br e v o L d n a

GMA’s new series Binoy Henyo is the story of a genius boy with a big heart despite living in poverty and without a father. The program takes viewers of all ages to a captivating and inspiring adventure. Binoy Henyo stars Sheena Halili, new Kapuso discovery David Remo, Luis Alandy, Gwen Zamora, Nova Villa, Rich Asuncion, Lorenzo “Tata” Mara, Frencheska Farr, Gene Padilla, Lucho Ayala, Ervic Vijandre, Angel Satsumi and Zyrel Jestre. Albert Langitan directs the series which premieres July 22 before 24 Oras.



GMA Artist Center Goes

DIGITAL In celebration of its 11th anniversary, GMA Artist Center - the Network’s talent management and development arm – launched its website (www.gmanetwork. com/artistcenter) and social media accounts (Facebook - www.facebook. com/OfficialGMAArtistCenter; Twitter - @ArtistCenter and artistcenter) on July 2 in Aracama. The new website features all the artists categorized into different groups. It has other sections including Press News, Upcoming Events and Photo and Video Galleries. The articles in the website can likewise be shared in various social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter.

Presents New Season with New Host POWERHOUSE opened its 3rd year with new host Kara David. David replaced Mel Tiangco, the multiawarded GMA News Pillar and Executive Vice President and COO of GMA Kapuso Foundation. POWERHOUSE airs Tuesday nights on GMA News TV, giving the Kapuso televiewers virtual access to the private lives of the country’s prominent, powerful and iconic figures. “I feel really honored to host Powerhouse. Malaking karangalan ang magmana o humalili sa programa ng isa sa aking mga iniidolo. Tita Mel is a big inspiration, a friend and a mentor. I feel excited pero at the same time nervous kasi big shoes to fill talaga ito,” David said.

(L-R) Artist Center AVP for Imaging and Branding Simoun Ferrer, Arvi Lopez and Lucho Ayala

(L-R) Vice President for ETV Marivin Arayata, OIC for ETV Lilybeth Rasonable and VP for Drama Redgie Magno

GMA News TV Channel Head Nessa Valdellon said, “It would not be possible to find anyone who can completely fill Mel Tiangco’s shoes. But we know Kara will bring sharp interviewing skills and her insightful writing to the show. We’re looking forward to the new Powerhouse!” David is a host of GMA’s flagship documentary program I-Witness, where she has earned various accolades from local and international award-giving institutions including the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award, the Oscars of broadcast journalism. She has likewise received recognitions from the Asian Television Awards, US International Film and Video Festival, and New York Festivals. Apart from her daily work as a journalist for GMA News, David co-anchors GMA News TV’s weekday morning news program News to Go with Howie Severino.

KARA DAVID (L-R) Lexi Fernandez, Vice President for Program Management Joey Abacan, Sef Cadayona and Diva Montelaba GMA KAPUSO MAGAZINE |JULY 2013 ISSUE


Q&A with Baretang Bikol’s

Elmer Caseles Veteran and award-winning news producer and anchor Elmer Caseles is at the forefront of GMA Bicol’s local newscast, Baretang Bikol.

Kapuso Magazine chats with Caseles about his job, local issues and more. Kapuso Magazine (KM): How’s it been so far being Baretang Bikol’s anchor? Elmer Caseles (EC): It has been an exhilarating ride coming up with a new news program and going against a giant network with a local newscast that has been there for more than a decade. What makes things more exciting is the very good feedback we’re getting that, hopefully, would turn out in our favor come survey time (ratings). I’ve been telling my team of the challenges of our Baretang Bikol – that we’re not just going against the very established local news of the other network, but against the almost traditionlike watching habit of the local viewers who have been accustomed for decades now to the entire day-long programming of the competition. Defying that, slicing through that habit and bit by bit getting the advantage is exciting. KM: What are the most challenging parts of your job as anchor? Why? EC: To be the face of the program and, in our case in the region where our Baretang Bikol is the only program, to be the face of the station is quite challenging. Fortunately I still look good (hehe!). But to be, sort of a local personality who’s on TV every day, anchors should also live the kind of life consistent with their on-air persona. Another fortunate thing is that, at this point in my life, I am already past the carefree years of the young and is



quite in the thick of raising a family. At this point, there’s not much time to be out of bounds. Another constant challenge of being an anchor, not reader, is to be well aware of the latest issues and stories not just in the local community we’re in but in the national and global scene as well. One regular feature of our news program is the live report where I banter with the reporter out in the field. There are occasions when news sources happen to be there and have to be interviewed. In situations like this, anchors have to be spontaneous and have to come out with the right and intelligent questions. One feature of our newscast where I also feel challenged and excited about is the live interviews with studio guests. This is usually unscripted, although there is somewhat a brief time when I can prepare questions. But for the interviews to come out not boring for the viewers, I have to keep the conversations as natural and as spontaneous and intelligent as they should. In my own way, I think I’m doing OK. I am not only an anchor but a team leader here in GMA Bicol (as Supervising Producer). To be a leader especially for a considerably young team is always a challenge. If I can inspire them as we go forward, it would be good. KM: Why is it important for GMA to have a local newscast in Bicol? EC: When it comes to news, few would probably argue with the advantage of GMA News, content-wise, and the credibility that it stresses which is appropriately encapsulated in the “walang kinikilingan, walang pinoprotektahan, walang kasinugalingan, serbisyong totoo lang” slogan. Bicol, as any other region in the country, should have the opportunity to savour, enjoy and benefit from this.

KM: What memorable issues/coverage have been aired by your program so far? EC: In less than a year, Baretang Bikol has produced a good number of stories. Among them was our story on the road widening project in Naga City which the DPWH admitted would result to the cutting of more than 600 big and old trees along the main highway. We’re the first to break that story. That created uproar among the residents and the city government issued a statement opposing it. This was followed by public consultations where groups of students and other advocates strongly opposed the cutting of trees. A movement called Save651 was formed by local environmentalists getting support from Naguenyos and Bicolanos from overseas through online campaigns. It feels good that we were the first to air that and became a significant part of a story that moved the community. The running stories we aired during Sec. Robredo’s tragic demise just a year ago were memorable. Our stories that brought in the open the illegal numbers game Jai-alai that was supposed to run in place of the notorious jueteng was also an issue that we laid out first. There have also been many stories of complaints from our viewers which we have aired and have been acted on by local authorities. Our election time “Isyu Ngonian: Hiritan” was also memorable because of the exchanges that were made there by

local politicians who dared to attend, which we hoped contributed to the decisions made by the local voters. It was also memorable because of the numerous requests from viewers to guest certain p oliticians and the encouraging feedback we got from our fellow journalists here in the region. KM: What would you tell aspiring journalists in Bicol who dream of becoming a news reporter/anchor someday? EC: In the number of times I have been invited by schools to share some experiences and ‘wisdom’ to their students, there are a few things I often tell them. First, is to develop the habit of reading, which could very well be the foundation of being an effective news personality. Second, is for them to also include in their long-term plans to work as journalists in the locality where they came from in the regions. It would be bad for the community, to lose all their competent journalists and writers to Metro Manila and leave local news “sa mga pinabili lang ng suka, brodkaster na.” Third, do not forget their local dialects. With the advent of TV, everybody in the regions especially here in Bicol, is bent on speaking Tagalog or English para sosyal. It’s been my experience here, since part of my job before and now is to help in the recruitment of local journalists. Many Bicolano graduates from universities in Metro Manila have forgotten Bikol.

Bicol has always been an active community for local news. Before TV news, reporters of local newspapers and radio personalities were celebrities here. People here are intelligent and are voracious readers and listeners. Especially with political leaders like the late Sen. Raul Roco and Sec. Jessie Robredo having their roots here, and with voters here traditionally tagged as always leaning towards the opposition, responsible and in-depth news stories have always been a basic need. GMA News fits well here. GMA KAPUSO MAGAZINE |JULY 2013 ISSUE



JULY 2013


GMA G.I.V.E.S. Members Gather with Young Cancer Patients

Benjamin Alves spends time with the “Batang K”

Atty. Felipe Gozon and Orly Mercado with “Batang K”

GMA G.I.V.E.S. volunteers with Kapuso stars Andrea, Ryza, Steven, Benjamin and Mikael

Steven Silva serenades the guests

Andrea Torres inspires kids

GMA Network’s pool of employee-volunteers, GMA GIVES (Guide, Interact, Volunteer, Educate, Serve), welcomed Kapwa Ko Mahal Ko’s “Batang K” (kids battling cancer) during its gathering, Salu-Salo Together, at the Network’s QC headquarters on June 28. Salu-Salo Together is GMA GIVES’ quarterly event aimed at promoting volunteerism and camaraderie among members.

Ryza Cenon enjoys her time with the kids



The young cancer patients were treated to lunch and entertainment and received school supplies and snacks donated by GMA GIVES. Among the event’s highlights was when GMA Chairman and CEO Atty. Felipe L. Gozon received a sketched portrait of him done by a Batang K. Kapuso celebrities present at the SaluSalo included Andrea Torres, Benjamin Alves, Steven Silva, Mikael Daez, Ryza Cenon.





2013 July Kapuso Magazine  

On the cover of the July issue is GMA's new early primetime offering Binoy Henyo. Also featured are the 2013 Yahoo OMG and NAMIC Vision Awar...

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