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GMA Network Renews Partnership with MMDA Bea Binene, Thea Tolentino Ink Exclusive Contracts with GMA

(L-R) GMA Vice President for Professional Development and I M Ready Head Howie Severino, MMDA OIC/General Manager Jose Arturo Garcia, MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim, GMA Chairman and CEO Felipe L. Gozon, GMA President and COO Gilberto R. Duavit, Jr., GMA Senior Vice President for News & Public Affairs Marissa L. Flores, MMDA Spokesperson Celine Pialago, and RGMA President Mike Enriquez

GMA Network Renews Partnership with MMDA Leading broadcast company GMA Network and the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) recently renewed their partnership in providing the public up-to-date traffic reports. GMA Chairman and CEO Felipe L. Gozon and GMA President and COO Gilberto R. Duavit, Jr. signed the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the Network, while MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim signed on behalf of the government agency.

Bea Binene, Thea Tolentino Ink Exclusive C0ntracts with GMA

The agreement enables GMA Network to air live video of traffic choke points as well as ongoing news incidents such as accident scenes, flooding, fires, and public events such as parades and celebrity convoys. GMA will also be able to stream the same video content over the Internet on its web portal and its Facebook Live platform, so users can see the same on their mobile devices while traveling. The MMDA operates nearly 300 CCTV cameras, many of which are in high definition, in key locations all over the National Capital Region. GMA’s new MOA with the MMDA is a renewal of an agreement that was first forged in 2012. Bea Binene and Thea Tolentino are happy to share their passion with GMA-7 as they inked exclusive network contracts recently. Starting her showbiz career in GMA at the age of 6, Bea has developed the drive to deliver beyond what is expected of her. “The Network has always been supportive of the things I want to try and the things I need to learn kaya happy ako kasi nandito pa rin ako sa GMA.”

Bea Binene

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Thea Tolentino

Meanwhile, Thea, the grand female winner of GMA’s talent search Protégé: The Battle for the Big Artista Break, feels fulfilled to have learned the different dynamics of being an actress. “I’m thankful that GMA gives me a chance to grow dahil every year may natututunan akong bago especially with the workshops na binibigay sa amin,” she said.

GMA Kapuso Magazine (Electronic) is a monthly publication of GMA Network, Inc. published by ON THE COVER: the Corporate Affairs Division, 16th Floor, GMA 2018 GMA Station ID Tagline Network Center, EDSA cor. Timog, Ave., Diliman, MAGAZINE | MARCH 2018 ISSUE Q.C. Trunkline No. (632) 982-7777.

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RATINGS

GMA Continues to Lead in NUTAM AWARDS

5th Paragala: Central Luzon Media Awards

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Batarisan Awards The Bulacan Media Awards Iligan Youth Choice Awards

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4th Student’s Choice Mass Media Awards GEMS Awards GMA CMO Joins 2018 Asia Pacific (APAC) Effie Awards Jury NEW PROGRAM

Contessa NEW PROGRAM

Ang Forever Ko’y Ikaw NEW PROGRAM

Hindi Ko Kayang Iwan Ka NEW PROGRAM

GMA Launches New Digital Shows

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GMA Network Pays Homage To Roots, Embraces Future in New Kapuso Station ID Kapuso Dramas, Stars Take Center Stage in Thailand Bianca Umali Sets More Goals As She Enters Womanhood Panagbenga Festival

Back-to-back US, Canada shows for GMA Pinoy TV’s ‘Sikat Ka, Kapuso!’ Carla, Aicelle, and Andrea share unforgettable Valentine’s in Dubai

15 GMA Kapuso Foundation Partners with AirAsia Philippines anew Alden Richards, Ken Chan join GMA Kapuso Foundation’s blood drive


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GMA Continues to Lead in NUTAM GMA Network continued its winning streak in nationwide television ratings based on the latest data from the industry’s widely-trusted ratings service provider, Nielsen TV Audience Measurement. For the full month of February (with February 18 to 28 based on overnight data), GMA remained the most watched TV station in the National Urban Television Audience Measurement (NUTAM) with an average of 43.6 percent total day people audience share, toppling ABS-CBN’s 37.9 percent. The Kapuso Network registered a solid 42.5 percent people audience share versus ABS-CBN’s 33.7 percent in the morning block in NUTAM, while GMA posted an even bigger lead in the afternoon block with 48.4 percent versus competition’s 35.3 percent. GMA won across all day parts with steadily increasing margins in both Urban Luzon and Mega Manila, which

NUTAM (PEOPLE) 2018

18 GMA programs in the top 30

respectively account for 76 and 59 percent of all urban viewers in the country. In Urban Luzon, GMA posted a total day people audience share of 49.1 percent as against its rival network’s 31.4 percent. Likewise, in Mega Manila (with official data from February 1 to 24), the Kapuso Network remained undefeated with a 52.1 percent total day people audience share while ABS-CBN managed to get only 27.6 percent. Meanwhile, viewers can now enjoy a more colorful, more vibrant, and clearer viewing experience as GMA Network’s digital TV signal now covers all parts of Metro Manila as well as nearby provinces of Cavite, Laguna, Rizal, Bulacan, Bataan, Nueva Ecija, and Pampanga. GMA-7 and GMA News TV’s digital broadcast can be accessed by simply rescanning the channels through their digital TV boxes.

URBAN LUZON (PEOPLE) 2018 21 GMA programs in the top 30

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Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho

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Magpakailanman

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Kambal Karibal

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Pepito Manaloto Ang Tunay Na Kuwento

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Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho

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Sherlock, Jr.

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Magpakailanman

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24 Oras

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Kambal Karibal Pepito Manaloto Ang Tunay Na Kuwento

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All-Star Videoke

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Ika-6 Na Utos

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24 Oras

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Daig Kayo ng Lola Ko

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Sherlock Jr.

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The One That Got Away

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All-Star Videoke

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Eat Bulaga

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Daig Kayo ng Lola Ko

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Sirkus

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Ika-6 Na Utos

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The Stepdaughters

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Sirkus

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24 Oras Weekend

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The One That Got Away

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Sunday Pinasaya

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The Stepdaughter 24 Oras Weekend

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Impostora

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Eat Bulaga

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Tadhana

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Tadhana

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Wowowin

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Impostora

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Celebrity Bluff

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Sunday Pinasay

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Haplos

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Haplos

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ImbesXgador

Kambal Karibal stars Miguel Tanfelix and Bianca Umali

Nielsen TV

Audience Measurement Nielsen data is gathered through a greater number of sampled homes nationwide in comparison to Kantar Media. With approximately 900 more homes surveyed in Total Urban and Rural Philippines compared to Kantar, Nielsen data is statistically considered more representative of the total TV population. In 2017, Nielsen TV Audience Measurement increased its client pool to a total of 41 clients/subscribers consisting of 12 local TV networks including TV5, Aksyon TV, CNN Philippines, Net 25, Solar Entertainment Corporation, Viva Communications Inc., among others; 5 regional clients; 2 blocktimers; 21 agencies (18 media agencies, 2 consulting agencies, 1 digital agency); and 1 advertiser.

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AWARDS

5th Paragala:

Batarisan Awards:

The Awards recognizes the best media personalities, shows and TV stations in the country as voted by students in Central Luzon.

The Awards honors personalities and programs that have contributed to the promotion of Philippine culture.

Central Luzon Media Awards

Pepito Manaloto Archbishop Pedro Santos Award

Pepito Manaloto Best Sitcom

Unang Hirit

Best Morning Show

24 Oras

Best News Program

Steve Dailisan

Best Male Field Reporter

The Bulacan Media Awards

Eugene Domingo (Celebrity Bluff)

Best Game Show Host

Arnold Clavio (Unang Hirit)

Best Morning Show Host

Mike Enriquez (24 Oras)

Best Male News Anchor

Jessica Soho (State of the Nation)

Best Female News Presenter

Paolo Ballesteros (for Die Beautiful) Best Actor

Jessica Soho

Batarisan ng Katapatan Best TV News Personality Batarisan ni Maria Rodrigo Best Female News Anchor

Arnold Clavio

Iligan Youth Choice Awards

Batarisan ni Blas Ople Best Male News Anchor

Outstanding personalities and programs are selected by representatives from various youth organizations/ sectors in Iligan City.

Kara David

Mel Tiangco

Best Female News Anchor

Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho

Wish Ko Lang

Best Public Service Program

Vicky Morales

Best TV Magazine News Program Best Public Service Program Host

Jessica Soho

Best TV Magazine News Program Host

Bubble Gang

Batarisan ng Dalit ni Dolores Manapat Best Documentary

Biyahe ni Drew

Batarisang Panturismo (Ang programang nagtataglay nang mahusay na pagpapamalas nang mayamang turismo at kultura ng Pilipinas)

Best Gag Show

Jun Veneracion

I-Witness

Batarisan ni Plaridel Best Field Reporter

Best Documentary Program

I Juander

Imbestigador

Batarisang Pangkultura Best Educational Program (Ang programang nagtataglay ng mahusay na pagbabahagi ng kultura ng Pilipinas)

24 Oras

Best Public Affairs Program

I Juander

Best Educational Program

Arnold Clavio Best AM Radio Personality

Batarisan ni Tandang Celo Best News Program

Unang Hirit

Best Morning Program

Kapuso mo, Jessica Soho

Best Magazine Program Batarisan ni Balagtas

4th Student’s Choice Mass Media Award Eastern Visayas State University

The Award celebrates and gives honor to TV personalities and programs.

Mike Enriquez

Most Influential Male TV News Personality

Jessica Soho

Most Influential Female TV News Personality

I-Witness

Best Documentary TV Series

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Born To Be Wild

Best Animal TV Program

Imbestigador

Best Public Service TV Program

Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho

Best Infotainment TV Program


AWARDS

Northwest Samar State University Students’ Choice Awards The Awards recognizes notable excellence in arts, entertainment and acknowledge outstanding achievements in social media as well as outstanding personalities in the community.

Unang Hirit

Magpakailanman

Jessica Soho

Eat Bulaga

Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho

Jessica Soho

Best Morning Show

Best Noontime Variety Show

Wowowin

Best Game Show

Bubble Gang

Best Comedy Program

Imbestigador

Best Investigative Journalism Program

24 Oras

Best News and Public Affairs Program

Best Drama Anthology

Best Magazine Program

Wish Ko Lang

Best Public Service Program

Reporter’s Notebook

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GEMS Awards

GEMS is an academe-based award giving body composed of academicians from different schools, professional from private institutions and sectors and students from prestigious colleges and universities. The Awards aims to recognize and award those who exemplify excellence in Print, Stage/Theater Arts, Radio, Television and Film.

Best Magazine Program Host

Best News and Public Affairs Female Anchor

Mike Enriquez

Best Investigative Journalism Program Host

Mike Enriquez

Best Documentary Program

Best News and Public Affairs Male Anchor

Raffy Tima

Kara David

Best TV News Field Reporter

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24 Oras

Pia Guanio (Eat Bulaga)

Best News Program

Best Television Program Host –

Wowowin: The Marawi Tribute Best TV Special

Jessica Soho (State of the Nation) Best Female News Program Anchor

Atom Araullo (Philippine Seas) Best Television Program Host

Willie Revillame

Natatanging Hiyas ng Sining sa Telebisyon

Best Documentary Program Host

GMA Network CMO Joins 2018 Asia Pacific (APAC) Effie Awards Jury

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MA Network Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) Lizelle G. Maralag was again named as one of the jury members in the 2018 APAC Effie Awards. Already on her third consecutive year as judge, Maralag is the lone Philippine TV network representative to this year’s line-up of judges consisting of senior level executives with rich knowledge and expertise on various marketing disciplines from across the region.

The Effie Awards is a prominent award-giving body widely recognized in the industry as the global standard of marketing effectiveness excellence and is organized by the Confederation of Asian Advertising Agency Associations (CAAAA) and Tenasia Group. Maralag, who joined GMA in 2010, has been responsible for driving growth and marketing innovation for the network leading it to become the Philippine network with the most number of local and global marketing awards to date.

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n i e c n a e g n e V s k e e S Woman

The gripping story of a woman seeking justice unfolds as Contessa premieres on GMA’s Afternoon Prime block on March 19. Multi-talented actress Glaiza De Castro headlines the new series as Contessa/ Beatrice “Bea” Resureccion. Bea is determined to seek revenge after being accused and imprisoned for a crime she did not commit. Witness her redemption and thirst for justice as she rises from the ground—stronger than ever—and claims a new identity as Contessa. Playing very important roles in the series are Contessa’s leading men: Geoff Eigenmann as Gabriel Caballero, a selfmade man and a successful OFW who returns to the country when his brother, Marco, gets murdered; Jak Roberto as Santiago “Jong” Generoso, Jr., Bea’s closest and most reliable friend who is secretly in love with her. Adding star power to this series are Gabby Eigenmann as Vito Imperial, a powerful and influential man with illegal business activities; Lauren Young as Daniella Imperial, the self-entitled,

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sophisticated head of Empire Publishing Group; and portraying a very special role is Mark Herras as Marco Caballero, a handsome and intelligent writer who is the long-time boyfriend of Bea. Contessa also features two of the industry’s seasoned and respected actresses: Chanda Romero as Charito CastilloImperial, the manipulative mother of Daniella and Vito; and Tetchie Agbayani as Guada Venganza, a mysterious and rich prisoner whom Bea meets in jail. Completing the all-star cast are: Leandro Baldemor as SPO2 Santiago “Tiago” Generoso, Sr., Jong’s loving and supportive father; Dominic Roco as Atty. Oliver Sta. Ana, Gabriel’s close friend and an ambitious lawyer; Bernadette Allyson as Sarah Imperial, Vito’s trophy wife; Melissa Mendez as Helen Caballero, the mother of Gabriel and Marco; Tanya Gomez as Linda

Resureccion, the thoughtful and kindhearted mother of Contessa/Bea; Karel Marquez as Gigi, Contessa/Bea’s friend inside the correctional; Phytos Ramirez as Winston Mallari, Vitos’ right hand man; Denise Barbacena as Miadora, Daniella’s loyal and dependable executive assistant; Will Ashley as Ely Resureccion, Bea’s smart, caring, and cheerful younger brother. Contessa is under the helm of Albert Langitan. Kapuso viewers from across the globe can also catch their favorite Kapuso shows via GMA’s international channels GMA Pinoy TV, GMA Life TV, and GMA News TV International. For the program guide, visit www.gmapinoytv.com.


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Weekday mornings will be more exciting as GMA Network brings to light a romanticcomedy series that the whole family can enjoy. Ang Forever Ko’y Ikaw is headlined by Camille Prats-Yambao and Neil Ryan Sese together with Ayra Mariano and Bruno Gabriel. The series revolves around the lives of Ginny played by Camille and Lance portrayed by Neil: two single parents who are still both attached to their past

but are hoping to somehow get a new chance at love. Their lives are almost intertwined since they live in the same condo; have the same taste in coffee; and even follow each other’s ‘alter-ego’ accounts online.

mother-in-law; Jude Paolo Diangson as Gino, Ginny’s youngest child.

Joining them in this series are Cai Cortez as Doc Issa, Ginny’s best friend; Archie Alemania as Maoy, Lance’s naughty friend; 34th PMPC Star Awards Movie Supporting Actress of the Year Ms. Odette Khan as Taneneng, Ginny’s

Kapuso viewers from across the globe can also catch their favorite Kapuso shows via GMA’s international channels GMA Pinoy TV, GMA Life TV, and GMA News TV International. For the program guide, visit www.gmapinoytv.com.

This newest Kapuso series is under the helm of Creative Director Caesar Cosme with Joseph Balboa as the Headwriter, directed by Tata Betita and Jojo Nones.

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GMA Unveils First “Advoca-Serye” GMA Network unveiled its firstever “advoca-serye” in Hindi Ko Kayang Iwan Ka, topbilled by Yasmien Kurdi, Martin del Rosario, Jackie Rice, and Mike Tan. This Afternoon Prime soap brings to light the struggles of a woman who is HIV positive and how she battles her own frailties and demons in life. Yasmien plays Thea Balagtas, a simple provincial girl with a promising career as a public accountant. She falls in love with Marco and marries him. They are blessed with fraternal twins whom they love very much. Martin is Lawrence De Leon, Thea’s college friend from a well-off family. He is secretly in love with her even though he dates a lot of women. His lifestyle causes him to acquire HIV. Jackie is Ava Imperial, Marco’s beautiful and socialite ex-girlfriend. She goes to and from the United States for pleasure

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and business. Even though she flirts around, she is still bent on settling with Marco. Mike plays Marco Angeles, a handsome and charming lad who falls in love with Thea and marries her despite his mother’s refusal. He remains independent and grounded even though he was born rich. After marrying Marco and raising their fraternal twins together, Thea’s blissful life shatters when she tests positive for HIV. Without knowing who she got it from, Marco is led to believe that she cheated on him and files for legal separation, taking their kids with him. Her disease worsens and she loses her will to live. But when she unexpectedly meets her daughter a few years later, she finds it in herself to fight more than just HIV—her greatest opponent, herself. Joining them in this ground-breaking project are multi-talented and versatile artists: award-winning film actress and TV director Gina Alajar as Adelaida Angeles, Marco’s elitist and scheming mother;

Shamaine Buencamino as Magda Balagtas, Thea’s superstitious mother; Charee Pineda as Anna Balagtas, Thea’s older sister; Ina Feleo as Sofia Angeles, Marco’s older and principled sister; Mike “Pekto” Nacuaas Tantoy Cruz, Thea’s cousin; Catherine Rem as Olga Cruz, Thea’s feisty cousin; Caprice Cayetano as Angela Angeles, the daughter of Thea and Marco; Seth Dela Cruz as Maurice Angeles, Thea and Marco’s son. The series aims to raise HIV awareness and educate viewers on its effects upon a person’s life. Neal del Rosario directs. Kapuso viewers from across the globe can also catch their favorite Kapuso shows via GMA’s international channels GMA Pinoy TV, GMA Life TV, and GMA News TV International. For the program guide, visit www.gmapinoytv.com.


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GMA Launches New Digital Shows

GMA Network launched four new exciting digital programs—The Boobay and Tekla Show, All Access, Thousanaire, and Taste MNL— available for streaming exclusively on GMANetwork.com and GMA Network’s Youtube channel (www.youtube.com/gmanetwork).

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Catch The Boobay and Tekla show with new episodes every Tuesday and Thursday at 5PM.

Join Joyce in All Access every Wednesday beginning at 5PM.

apuso comedians Boobay and Tekla showcase their quick wits and comical flairs in The Boobay and Tekla Show, an online comedy program which features riotous discussions and interviews with fascinating personalities about a variety of topics in pop culture—may it be movies, cyber culture, showbiz, current events, and many more.

ought-after TV/radio host and vlogger Joyce Pring takes viewers with her to raid sets of various GMA programs in All Access. Viewers will get an up close and exclusive look at what exactly goes on behind-the-scenes of featured shows. They will also certainly be entertained as the stars of that program undergo different challenges, debates, and tutorials with a showbiz spin.

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n her first solo-led show, StarStruck alumna and Bubble Gang cast member Arra San Agustin takes netizens on a gastronomic adventure in Taste MNL, the first spin-off from Taste Buddies on GMA NewsTV. Through Taste MNL, Taste Babe Discover how you can make the most out of that thousand Arra brings viewers to the most popular and buzzed-about peso bill with Reese every restaurants around the Metro. Friday at 5PM. In each Taste MNL episode, Arra will ask fellow customers to give 3 reasons why they would recommend the episode’s featured restaurant. illennials are in for a superb treat as Kapuso artist Reese Tuazon reveals how to get the most out of their P1,000 in each episode of Thousanaire.

Explore and delight in the Metro’s delectable food scene with Arra in Taste MNL every Saturday at 5PM. GMA KAPUSO MAGAZINE | MARCH 2018 ISSUE

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GMA Network Pays Homage to Roots, Embraces Future in New Kapuso Station ID

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s a tribute to its beloved viewers, GMA proudly presents its new station ID (SID) dubbed, “Buong Puso para sa Kapuso,” featuring moments in GMA Network’s history and personalities past and present that have touched Filipinos’ lives fort decades. The SID shows the Network’s journey from a small radio station founded by Robert “Uncle Bob” Stewart to the country’s most respected, most trusted, and recognized media network.

The official 2018 Station ID Tagline

whole heart into everything you do for the people you love because they deserve nothing less. “We celebrate our success story and our shared values with our viewers who have been with us through the years. I hope our story serves as an inspiration to every Filipino striving to succeed in life and provide a better future for the people they love,” said GMA Network Chairman and CEO Felipe L. Gozon.

Kapuso Primetime King Dingdong Dantes shared why he does everything for the viewers. “Yun talaga ‘yung essence ng pagiging Kapuso eh, ‘yung pagpapakita ng warmth sa isa’t isa. Minsan lang mangyari ito at ginagawa namin lahat ng ito para sa mga manonood,” Dingdong said. Primetime Queen Marian Rivera,

Also making the SID more colorful are the biggest Kapuso celebrities

Moreover, it highlights what being a Kapuso truly means – pouring your (L-R) Pancho Magno, Max Collins, Jaclyn Jose, Solenn Heussaff, Andrea Torres, Sunshine Dizon, Janine Gutierrez, Gabby Eigenmann, and Christian Bautista.

Gil Cuerva, Bea Binene, Derrick Monasterio, Kristoffer Martin, and Ashley Ortega during a story conference shoot.

GMA Network officers and employees come together to express their gratitude to the Kapuso viewers.

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Rocco Nacino, Mark Herras, Sef Cadayona, and TOP in one of the SID scenes.


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Mike Enriquez and Jennylyn Mercado host the 1st 2018 GMA General Assembly.

The brightest Kapuso stars wholeheartedly sing the GMA jingle.

and the Network’s employees who came together and took part in the production of the SID, wearing vibrant outfits and beaming with smiles.

Chairman and CEO Felipe L. Gozon delivers his speech during the 1st General Assembly where the Station ID was launched to GMA employees.

Internationally acclaimed broadcast journalist and GMA News Pillar Jessica Soho takes to heart the true essence of being a Kapuso. “Bilang Kapuso, isinasabuhay namin ang aming panatang magbigay ng tapat na balita at impormasyon sa ngalan ng Serbisyong Totoo,” said Jessica, who is a homegrown Kapuso.

on the other hand, showed appreciation for the time she spent together with her fellow artists. “Ang saya na makita ko muli ang mga kapwa ko artista na nagsama-sama para sa mga Kapuso natin,” Marian said. Asia’s Songbird Regine Velasquez shared her experience in recording the SID jingle with new Kapuso talents. “I am always excited to sing with other artists. I am flattered how these young talents look up to me,” Regine said.

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Kapuso Dramas, Stars Take Center Stage in Thailand (Left to right) GMA Assistant VP and Head for Talent Imaging and Marketing Simoun Ferrer, GMA Worldwide, Inc. (GWI) VP Roxanne J. Barcelona, GWI and GMA Films President Anna Teresa Gozon, GMA Senior VP for Entertainment Content Group Lilybeth Rasonable, JKN CEO Anne Jakrajutatip, JKN Senior Content Development Director Kritini Silpi, GMA Senior AVP for Alternative Productions Gigi Santiago-Lara, and GWI Senior Sales Manager Manuel Paolo Laurena.

GMA Network will charm the hearts of Thai viewers as toprating Kapuso drama series are slated to launch in Thailand. Thai company JKN Global Media acquired over 1,000 hours of GMA dramas through GMA Worldwide including Ang Dalawang Mrs. Real (The Other Mrs. Real), My Faithful Husband, and Beautiful Strangers which will air via Bright TV. Kapuso leading men bannered by primetime king Dingdong Dantes, Mikael Daez, and Benjamin Alves graced JKN and Bright TV’s event dubbed, “Have a Bright Day” held in Centralworld, Bangkok last February 20. The actors serenaded their Thai fans, who welcomed them with loud cheers, as their way of thanking them for their support. Dingdong thanked JKN CEO Anne Jakrajutatip in an Instagram post for the warm welcome and for bringing Thailand and the Philippines closer via GMA dramas. “It was such a pleasure to

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be part of GMA Network’s delegation and to personally witness how much our Thai neighbors appreciate the work that we’ve done.” He also extended his gratitude to the cast and crew behind the success of his drama,The Other Mrs. Real. “It was indeed heartwarming to meet our supporters in Thailand. I’m very much thankful to the Thai viewers for supporting our programs,” said Mikael who starred in My Faithful Husband. In an Instagram post, Benjamin also sent his gratitude to Ms. Jakrajutatip for inviting them to the grand event of Bright TV. “I am excited for the Thai fans who will be able to watch and enjoy Beautiful Strangers which is set to premiere in March,” Benjamin said. Jakrajutatip, who visited Manila prior to the promotional tour, said that they are grateful for the strong partnership they have with GMA Worldwide. “We love GMA because of the great collaboration that we have with them, their programs are well-produced with good casting and compelling stories that are relatable

(Left to right) Kapuso leading men Benjamin Alves, Dingdong Dantes, and Mikael Daez with JKN’s CEO Anne Jakrajutatip.

to the Thai audience. Most importantly, they have a good content sales team and they also have excellent after sales service,” Jakrajutatip said. Other acquired GMA dramas set to air in Thailand are My Husband’s Lover, Carmela, Rhodora X, My Destiny, Pahiram ng Alaala (Memories of Love), Because of You, Juan Happy Love Story, Meant To Be, I Heart Davao (My Sweet Heart), My Love From The Star, Destined To Be Yours, and Ika-6 na Utos (A Woman Scorned).


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Bianca Umali Sets Womanhood Goals Gracefully blooming into a fine young woman is GMA Artist Center star Bianca Umali who celebrated her 18th birthday last March 2. At a young age, she has established a beautiful career and she now looks forward to more challenges and growth as an artist. Looking at Bianca, it is easy to get mesmerized with her face. But what really draws you in and captivates you is her heart that is nurtured by her love for learning. Bianca currently topbills Kambal, Karibal with her perennial partner Miguel Tanfelix and they enjoy telling the story of the thrilling series. But apart from being a talented actress, the Kapuso star takes pride in being an advocate for education. In 2016, she participated in an advocacy together with on-screen partner Miguel Tanfelix dubbed as ‘Pass A Book Ni Biguel” project. They invited their followers to donate pre-loved books, which will be given to chosen public schools in the Philippines.

Meanwhile in 2017, she was hailed as the World Vision Youth Ambassador for Education. Starting early in the business never drove Bianca to set aside knowledge, and she continued to acquire skills that add more to her charm and appeal as an it girl. Now that she enters adulthood, Bianca promises to do more of what is expected of her. “I am entering the adult life and that is a bit intimidating, but if I keep learning and getting support from the people I love, I don’t have to worry. I have goals I want to achieve and I’m excited to discover more of myself as I accomplish each of them.” The Kapuso star celebrated her debut party at EDSA Shangri-la, with dresses made by Dubai-based Filipino designer Fay Reyes, styling by JP Dizon, and glamming up by Ting Duque and Aries Manal. Bianca also thanks Nikki Duque & Roy Cervantes, Niceprint Photography, The Events Studio of Gideon Hermosa, C&L Decor, Arteegram Manila, M.A.C. Cosmetics, Events

Embassy, Honeyglaze Cakes, Luce Acustico, Print Divas, The Addlib, The Concept Room Studio, The Sweet Couple Bakery, Bum, Zanea, Calayan, Converse, Technomarine, Ellips, McDonalds, and GMA Network.

Kapuso Stars celebrate Panagbenga Festival GMA Network took part in Baguio City’s famous flower festival—the Panagbenga—with Asia’s Songbird Regine Velasquez-Alcasid joining the stars of hit teleseryes Sherlock Jr., and The Stepdaughters together with the upcoming afternoon prime soap Contessa.

Regine Velasquez-Alcasid and Sef Cadayona

Through GMA Regional TV, the Kapuso Network brought to the City of Pines last February 24 (Saturday) the second public auditions for the newest singing competition, The Clash. The Clash is set to feature hopefuls who will compete against each other to be the country’s next solo singing superstar. Just recently, hundreds of hopefuls invaded the program’s Cebu-leg auditions where Regine was also present. GMA KAPUSO MAGAZINE | MARCH 2018 ISSUE

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Back-to-back US, Canada shows for GMA Pinoy TV’s ‘Sikat Ka, Kapuso!’ Following the huge success from last year’s event in California, the Kapuso abroad can once again get the chance to see their idols perform live on April 7 at the Newark Symphony Hall in New Jersey, USA and on April 8 at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto, Canada.

GMA Pinoy TV is gearing up for the most star-studded event of the year as the hottest Kapuso royalties grace the muchawaited return of ‘Sikat Ka, Kapuso!’ this April.

Leading the ensemble of the brightest stars is none other than Kapuso Primetime King Dingdong Dantes who returns to the US after his successful shows in 2017. Dingdong, who top billed the recently-concluded Alyas Robin Hood 2, will entertain the Kapuso abroad with pop-rock songs that they can surely sing along with. Returning to the Sikat Ka, Kapuso! cast is real-life couple Kapuso Drama King Dennis Trillo and Ultimate Star Jennylyn Mercado who will bring kilig as their fans watch out for their duet performance.

Kapuso Premier Drama Actress Lovi Poe, who co-stars Dennis Trillo in the sexy romantic comedy series The One That Got Away, is also returning to the show together with Kapuso comedian Betong Sumaya. Last, but definitely not the least, GMA Pinoy TV is once again bringing the Kapuso abroad’s most requested artist – no less than Pambansang Bae Alden Richards. With today’s hottest Kapuso stars performing in New Jersey and Toronto, the Kapuso abroad can expect nothing but pure fun and entertainment. Sikat Ka, Kapuso! is a GMA-produced event which aims to bring Filipinos abroad closer to home via its international channels GMA Pinoy TV, GMA Life TV, and GMA News TV International. Stay informed by following GMA Pinoy TV on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For ticket inquiries, contact (917) 8582356 for Sikat Ka, Kapuso! New Jersey and 1-866-7KAPUSO for Sikat Ka, Kapuso! Toronto.

Carla, Aicelle, and Andrea share unforgettable Valentine’s in Dubai Love Month in the UAE reached the peak of sweetness as GMA stars Carla Abellana, Aicelle Santos, and Andrea Torres shared the love with Pinoys the Kapuso way during the “Pusong Pinoy sa Dubai”. The three talented ladies regaled the Overseas Filipino Workers and other members of the audience with an exquisite celebration of love and beauty last February 15 at the Sheikh Rashid Auditorium in Dubai.

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GMA Kapuso Foundation Partners with AirAsia Philippines anew personnel who will man the foundation’s relief operations and rehabilitation efforts in the regions. “We are thankful for having a reliable airline partner to help us continue in implementing GMAKF’s projects,” said Escudero-Catibog. Tiangco, on the other hand, extended her gratitude to the company for being one with GMAKF in their passion for public service. “We cannot continue servicing Filipinos without organizations like AirAsia,” she acknowledged.

AirAsia Philippines Chief Executive Officer Capt. Dexter Comendador (center) together with GMAKF EVP and COO Rikki Escudero-Catibog (inner left) and GMAKF Founder and Ambassador Mel Tiangco (inner right).

GMA Kapuso Foundation (GMAKF) renewed its partnership with local airline AirAsia Philippines, ensuring the timely delivery of services to communities in need across the country.

The signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was led by GMAKF Founder and Ambassador Mel Tiangco and GMAKF Executive Vice President and COO Rikki Escudero-Catibog together with AirAsia Philippines Chief Executive Officer Capt. Dexter Comendador. Under the partnership, AirAsia will provide free domestic flights to GMAKF

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Comendador, for his part, said that this union brought so much pride to AirAsia. “I am grateful that we are again signifying our commitment. Let’s continue to work together and help our country move forward.” Comendador also shared that AirAsia is recognized by the Philippine Air Force as an airline affiliate of PAF Reserved Command in which its pilots and staff may be tapped for humanitarian missions including flights for emergency and disaster management.

Alden Richards, Ken Chan join GMA Kapuso Foundation’s blood drive Pambansang Bae Alden Richards and Kapuso heartthrob Ken Chan donated blood during separate bloodletting events of GMA Kapuso Foundation (GMAKF). Alden joined GMA Network employees at the nationwide Kapuso Bloodletting Day, held simultaneously last February 9

at the Network’s headquarters in Quezon City and in GMA’s various Regional TV stations. Meanwhile, Ken Chan donated blood for the first time at GMAKF’s bi-annual Sagip Dugtong Buhay project last February 10 at the Ever Gotesco Mall in Quezon City which produced 1,902 (855,900 cc) blood bags.

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March 2018 Kapuso Magazine  

"Buong Puso, Para Sa Kapuso," GMA's 2018 Station ID tagline, is on the cover of our March 2018 issue. Also featured are new programs Hindi K...

March 2018 Kapuso Magazine  

"Buong Puso, Para Sa Kapuso," GMA's 2018 Station ID tagline, is on the cover of our March 2018 issue. Also featured are new programs Hindi K...

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