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Monday, May 31, 2010

Q11 may bagong ID, kumpleto

Ito ang Buhay Q, Kumpleto. Ito ang tagline ng bagong station ID ng Q Channel 11 na nag­pa­pakita ng mas pinalawak na programming ng chan­nel na para sa lahat – mapa-lalaki man o babae, matanda o bata, mayaman o mahirap.

“Nagdagdag kami ng mga show mula sa iba’t ibang genre na siguradong mapupusuan ng lahat ng viewers. ‘Yan ang Buhay Q – kumpleto kasi lahat, may magugustuhan at mapupulot na kaa­la­man dito,” kuwento ni Ma. Lourdes Topacio, ang AVP/Creative Director for Creative Services ng Q Channel 11.

Mapapanood sa bagong station ID ang stars ng Q Channel 11 na sina Lucy Torres-Gomez, Wilma Doesnt, Christine Jacob-Sandejas, Suzi Entrata-Abrera, Zoren Legaspi, Issa Litton, Chef Sau del Rosario, Chef Rosebud Benitez, Sam Oh, Tim Yap, Mr. Fu, Sam YG, Paolo Paraiso, Archie Alemania, Jana Dominguez, Gee Canlas, Jan Manual, Alfred Marquez, Sexbomb Jolan, at German Moreno.

Kasama rin nila ang personalities at hosts ng news and public affairs programs ng channel na sina Jessica Soho, Arnold Clavio, Susan Enriquez, Carmina Villaroel, Mike “Pekto” Nacua, Drew Arellano, Ryan Eigenmann, Rovilson Fernandez, Raffy Tima, Pia Arcangel, Mariz Umali, Jun Veneracion, Ivan Mayrina, Connie Sison, Steph Henares, at Gino dela Peña.

Kabilang sa mas pinasayang programming lineup ng Q Chan­nel 11 ang I Laugh Sabado, ang pinaka-bagong comedy va­riety show sa telebisyon. Mas pinasarap din ang kainan dahil sa Kitchen Battles, ang bagong dagdag sa listahan ng mga cooking show ng channel na kinabibilangan ng True Confections, Quick Fire, Sarap at Home, at My Favorite Recipes.

Hindi rin mawawala ang kuwentuhan dahil nan­diyan ang shows na The Sweet Life, Full Time Moms, at TweetBiz.

Sigurado ring may mapupulot na saya at aral ang mga chikiting dahil sa programang Tropang Potchi at Q Lets & Co. kung saan sila ang bida.

Sa Q Channel 11 din napapanood ang American Idol.

Para naman sa mga movie fanatics, nandiyan ang Pinoy Silver Screen at Pinoy Cine Klasika (na pinangungunahan ni German Moreno).

Samantala, ang public affairs block ng channel ay pinangu­ngunahan na ngayon ng tatlo sa mga pina­karespetadong pangalan sa broadcast jour­nalism – ang GMA News and Public Affairs pillars na sina Jessica Soho (Reunions), Arnold Clavio (Tonight with Arnold Clavio), at Vicky Morales (True Stories). Napapanood na rin sa Q Channel 11 si Susan Enriquez, host ng public ser­vice program na Sus Naman.

Ang mga Q News and Public Affairs programs na Ang Pinaka, Day Off, Misteryo, The Beat, Tara Let’s Eat, Balik-Bayan, News On Q, Balitanghali na madaragdagan pa ng bagong show na X-Life kung saan hosts ang Survivor winner at actor na si JC Tiu­seco, at TV personalities at models na sina Steph Henares at Gino dela Peña.

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Sunday, May 30, 2010

Party Pilipinas Opening Number on May 23, 2010

GMA 7 Party Pilipinas Opening Number on May 23, 2010

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Saturday, May 29, 2010

GMA files case against Mo Twister

GMA Network has filed a civil case against Mo Twister for alleged breach of contract, and competitor station TV5, for hiring the host as its talent.

In a 16-page complaint, GMA also asked the Quezon City Regional Trial Court to issue a temporary restraining order to stop the host (Mohan Gumatay in real life) from appearing on the talk show Paparazzi and prevent TV5 from letting him appear in their shows.

According to GMA, it has an existing exclusive talent agreement with Gumatay.

“In utter disregard of, and in open defiance to this negative covenant, defendant Gumatay rendered services to defendant ABC TV5 as talent and initially appeared on ABC TV5 TV show Paparazzi as host on May 15, 2010,” the complaint said.

The case was raffled off to the QCRTC Branch 217 under Presiding Judge Santiago Arenas.

GMA Network claimed the agreement is from May 4, 2009 to May 3, 2010, but that it had the exclusive and irrevocable option to renew the contract.

GMA’s head of talent division Wilma Galvante purportedly wrote Gumatay before the expiration of the contract, informing him of its renewal. But Gumatay allegedly wrote back on May 8 and said he was not renewing the agreement and that he was resigning as host of the Sunday show Showbiz Central.

As early as March, Gumatay wrote GMA, saying he did not want to renew his talent agreement but the network refused to let him go. The network wrote TV5 on March 26 about GMA’s talent agreement with Gumatay.

“Despite receipt of this letter, defendant ABC TV5 engaged the services of defendant Gumatay as talent/host and allowed him to appear as host on its program Paparazzi last May 15, 2010,” the complaint stated.

GMA also asked the court for a writ of preliminary injunction and to order Gumatay to comply with his agreement with the network and stop from being a talent of TV-5.

The network said Gumatay should be ordered to pay P1,040,000 — the amount equal to double his total compensation for one year — and P1-M in exemplary damages. GMA also asked that an order be issued for the host and TV5 to pay P1-M in attorney’s fees and P1-M as litigation expenses.

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Friday, May 28, 2010

Cogie Domingo Returns as Gay

COGIE Domingo is back from the U.S. to do another comeback in the indie gay film, "Muli." He and Sid Lucero will play secret lovers whose relationship will last for 40 years. They'll just meet in Baguio every summer. Written by Jerry Gracio (also of "Emir"), the project was conceived with Noel Ferrer as an answer to the so many gay films shown lately that capitalize only on frontal nudity.

"We want a different take, para maiba naman," says Jerry. "'Muli' will answer the question: May gay relationship ba talagang nagtatagal? It shows the greatest arbiter in a relationship is really time. The love story here starts in the 60s. Sid is a seminarian who got involved with the Communist Party so ipapakita rin dito ang nag-ibang pananaw ng society at ng leftist sa gays. Kasi noon, bawal na bawal, pero ngayon, may pro-gay na, may Ladlad, may same sex marriage na. Sid inherits an inn in Baguio from his mom and Cogie becomes a guest there at doon nag-start ang affair nila. Sid becomes a teacher and Cogie becomes a lawyer who is a spokesman for the Supreme Court. Cogie gets married to the daughter of a Marcos crony, but every year, nagkikita pa rin sila. Sid also has a regular partner, first si Rocky Salumbides, a mining engineer, then his student, Ardie Bascara.

Ang bookmark ng stories dito, 'yung beauty pageants, kasi ang mga bading mahilig sa beauty contest. So we start with Gloria Diaz winning as Miss Universe in 1969."

Jerry did extensive research on this and we heard one of the characters is based on the life of a national artist. "Muli" is produced by Edgar Mangahas, who co-produced the hits "Caregiver" and "Kimmy Dora" and the flop, "Manila" with Piolo Pascual, and directed by Adolf Alix. It will premiere at the Cinemalaya Filmfest in July.

Why did Cogie consent to do a gay movie for his comeback? "The role is good and I find it very challenging. I also believe in the project. This is not really new to me kasi in 'Deathrow,' I was raped in prison. Isa pa, I really missed my work and I'm excited and reading-ready na to act again."

He'll have plenty of kissing scenes with Sid. "Yes, I'm sure iga-guide naman ako nina Direk on how to do it. Pero mas matindi si Sid dito kasi he'll do love scenes with various other guys."

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Marian Rivera at Dingdong Dantes Updates

Natsika sa amin na successful ang shows nina Marian Rivera at Dingdong Dantes sa abroad at halatang sabik na sabik daw ang mga kababayan nating Pinoy na makita sila nang personal kasama sina Regine Velasquez at Ogie Alcasid.

Nakipagsabayan daw sa pagpapakuwela ang hottest loveteam sa pagpe-perform on stage.

Inaabangan na rin ng kanilang fans ang pagbabalik nila sa bansa para sa teleseryeng Endless Love.

Bago umalis ng bansa si Marian, wala itong sina-yang na araw dahil nagawa pa niyang makapag-advance taping ng Show Me Da Manny nila ni Manny Pacquiao na napapanood every Sunday pagkatapos ng Showbiz Central sa GMA7.

Tamang-tama naman dahil habang wala si Marian sa sitcom ay puwede nang mag-taping si Manny Pacquio kasama ang SMDM barkada na sina Lovi Poe, Benjie Paraz, Paolo Contis, Onyok Velasco at iba pa.

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Saturday, May 22, 2010

Julia Clarete umaming hinipuan ng puwet ni Baron

Kasama si Julia Clarete sa pelikulang Emir, considered the biggest original Filipino musical na co-produced ng Cultural Center of the Philip­pines, Film Development Council of the Phi­lippines at sup­ported ng President’s Social Fund. Mula sa direction ni Chito Roño at showing sa June 9.

Ginagampanan ni Julia ang role ng malanding yaya sa pelikula at kakanta rin siya rito at tinukso ng press kung paano niya binigyang buhay ang kanyang role. Karamihan sa mga eksena niya’y kasama sina Beverly Vergel at Frencheska Farr na naka-bonding niya ng husto.

Bukod sa partisipasyon sa Emir, ang nangyari sa kanila ni Baron Geisler ang inalam ng press kay Julia. Nabalita kasing si Julia ang pinakahuling ‘biktima’ ni Baron Geisler at hindi itinanggi ni Julia na hinipuan siya sa puwit ng aktor sa isang party after manalo ng aktor sa Bebot contest ng Eat Bulaga.

Si Julia ang tumayong manager ni Baron sa con­test ng Eat Bulaga kaya pumunta siya nang im­bitahan sa party. Hindi lang nito inaasahang pati siya ay tata­lunin ni Baron na noo’y lasing.

“Ayoko na sanang pag-usapan ‘pa ‘yun, I chose to be quite at ayokong gawing big issue, pero sinipa ko siya at inisip ko the whole night ang ginawa niya. Inisip ko na baka publicity slunt niya ‘yun dahil may bago siyang movie. Nag-sorry siya sa TV at nag-text sa akin the next day ng “sorry ‘tol”, hindi ko na sinagot. Mabilis naman akong magpatawad,” sabi ni Julia.

Hindi pa nagkikita uli sina Julia at Baron after that incident at sabi ni Julia, ‘pag naunang bumati si Baron, babatiin din niya at ‘di niya masabi kung ginamit siya nito for his movie.

Any message for Baron?

“Good luck na lang sa movie mo.”

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Friday, May 21, 2010

‘You to Me are Everything’ Hits P82.5 Million in 2 Weeks

GMA Films and Regal Films scored their first blockbuster movie this year as ‘You to Me are Everything’ grossed P82.5 million in 2 weeks.

“You to Me are Everything” is Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera‘s second movie together. They surpassed the box office haul of their first movie team-up, One True Love, which earned P62.42 million in 2008. It’s interesting to note that they clashed with the monster hit movie “Twilight” at that time. This time around, they clashed with Iron Man 2.

“You to Me are Everything” had a debut weekend gross of P48.84 million for the period of May 5 to 9, 2010. It placed second to the Hollywood film Iron Man 2 which garnered P71.65 million that time.

With “You to Me are Everything” current gross of P82.5 million according to third party tabulator Box Office Mojo, can it surpass the P100 million mark in the weeks to come?

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Iza Calzado lalayasan na rin ang GMA7

HINDI na napigilan ni Iza Calzado ang amang si Direk Lito Calzado na magsalita ng kanyang tampo sa GMA7 about his daughter’s showbiz career.

Nagtataka kasi si Direk Lito kung bakit anim na buwan nang walang regular project si Iza sa Siyete samantalang GMA Artist talent ito. Nagpahayag tuloy ito na within six months at wala pa ring project ang anak, baka mag-ala “Superman” na raw siya.

Hindi naman itinanggi ni Iza na gusto niyang magkaroon ng regular program sa home studio at sana raw ay mabigyan siya. Although kaliwa’t kanan ang guesting niya sa Kapuso Network, iba pa rin daw ‘yung may regular program ka sa sari-ling network. Hindi man tuwiran, sa himig ng panana-lita ng aktres ay baka makapag-iisip na rin siyang mag-over da bakod kung hindi pa rin siya mabibig-yan ng regular program.

May project sanang pagsasamahin sila ni Sunshine Dizon, ang Encantadia, pero tila malabong matuloy ito dahil hanggang ngayon ay may “samaan” pa rin ng loob ang dalawa.

At may tsikang ayaw daw magsama ng dalawa sa isang project.

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Richard Gomez magiging 'Kapatid' na?

Walang big news sa showbiz dahil katatapos pa lamang ng eleksiyon. Pahinga muna ang mga artista na natalo at nanalo sa ha­lalan.

’Yung mga nag-win, nagpaplano na magbakasyon sa ibang bansa at ang mga talunan, stay put na lang sa kanilang mga tahanan para hindi na madagdagan pa ang mga gastos nila.

Hindi puwedeng sabihin na talunan si Richard Gomez dahil siya talaga ang ibinoto ng mga residente ng 4th District ng Leyte. Ma­buti na lang, naisip ni Richard at ng kanyang kampo na gawing substitute si Lucy Torres.

Hindi ko alam kung babalik pa si Richard sa GMA 7 dahil mai­ngay ang balita na lilipat siya sa TV5. Bago kumandidato si Richard, siya ang host ng Family Feud at in fairness, mataas ang rating ng kanyang show.

Malalaman natin ang career plan ni Richard dahil siguradong ipapaalam niya sa kanyang mga supporters kung magiging Kapuso pa rin siya o pipiliin na niya na maging Kapatid.

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Sunday, May 16, 2010

Lovi gustong ligawan ni Rocco

MUKHANG hindi lang sina Jennylyn Mercado at Kris Bernal ang crush ngayon ni Rocco Nacino, StarStruck 5 second prince. Balita namin sa set ng Party Pilipinas sa last rehearsal nito ay may inabot na bouquet of flowers si Rocco kay Lovi.

At nang magkita ang dalawa sa isang pang rehearsal ng show, agad tinanong ni Rocco si Lovi kung nagustuhan ng dalaga ang flowers.

Natawa naman si Lovi at sinabing very much appreciated ang ipinadalang bulaklak ng binata.

Nanunuyo na ba si Rocco kay Lovi o nagpapalipad-hangin lang kay Lovi? Dahil kaya ito sa tsikang sila ang bagong pasisikating loveteam sa GMA7?

Ngayong gabi, mapapanood si Lovi sa Show Me Da Manny, na Santacruzan ang episode.

Guests nila sina Kris Bernal, Diego Llorico at si Janno Gibbs na papalit muna kay Manny Pacquiao, na lalabas bilang half-brother ng Pambansang Kamao.

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Saturday, May 15, 2010

Gerald Santos: Back on Track (A Birthday Concert)

GERALD Santos is really back on track! After more than two years of absence in the concert scene, Pinoy Pop Superstar 2 grand champion, Gerald is back with a major concert via his birthday show titled Gerald Santos: Back on Track (A Birthday Concert) slated on May 15, Saturday at Cinema 6, SM North EDSA.

Sa naturang concert, Ge-rald will showcase his evol-ving maturity both as a singer and performer. With him are the country’s topnotch singers that include R&B Princess Kyla, trendsetter Jolina Magdangal, along with Benj and Dance Squad Dancers.

Blessed with cool, soo-thing voice, his moving interpretation of songs and his matinee idol looks are a testament to Gerald’s emer-ging reputation as a true Prince of Ballad. 2010 is yet the banner year for this boyish-looking crooner.

Maliban sa kanyang concert, Gerald is looking forward sa release ng repackaged version ng kanyang ikalawang album aptly titled Gerald Santos: Pinakahihintay under Prinstar Music Philippines.

Gerald Santos: Back on Track is to be directed by Rommel Ramilo. Tickets are priced at P200 and P300 on-ly, and is being sponsored by Prinstar Music Philippines, Afficionado and Joel Cruz Signatures, Dr. Joel Mendez and Mendez Medical Group, Dr. Mark Gan, Plato Bar and Restaurant, Studio B. Astila Salon and media partners People’s Journal, People’s Taliba, People’s Tonight and Moviestars.

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Party Pilipinas in Baguio

Hindi lang pala si Direk Rico Gutierrez ang bagong director ng Party Pilipinas dahil mag-a-alternate sila ni Direk Mark Reyes at sa May 30 na raw hahawakan ng dalawa ang Sunday show ng GMA 7 na iniwan ni Direk Louie Ignacio.

Ang sabi sa amin, ibinigay lahat nina Atty. Feli­pe Gozon at Jimmy Duavit ang mga hininging conditions ni Direk Rico, kaya no choice ito kundi tang­gapin ang offer. Conflicting lang ang naba­lita­an naming pagsisimula ni direk Rico sa Party Pilipinas dahil ang unang nakarating sa amin, sa June pa ito magsisimulang idirek ang show, pero ang latest, sa May 30 na sila magsisimula ni Direk Mark.

Kundi kami nagkakamali, sa Baguio ang tele­cast ng Party Pilipinas sa May 30 at tiyak na aaba­ngan ito ng detractors at loyal viewers ng show. Si Rommel Gacho pa ang magdidirek ng Party Pilipinas bukas na gagawin sa CamSur Water­sports Complex.

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Friday, May 14, 2010

Rachelle Ann Go admits verbal abuse from former bf

RACHELLE Ann Go guested in the Behind the Wall segment of “Showbiz Central.” She said she's happy to be a Kapuso. "I'm really thankful as I felt the warm welcome of everyone in GMA, from the bosses to my co-stars."

As usual, there were three disguised informants to grill Rachelle. The first one asked if Mark Bautista is wooing her now that they're both on GMA7. "Ano ba? Lahat na lang nanliligaw sa'kin," she laughed. "Mark is a close friend. Barkada, hindi nanliligaw sa'kin."

The second informant asked her if someone special inspires her now. "Maraming special na tao for me, but no particular person, my friends, my family na kahit ano mangyari, nariyan lang sa likod ko. Marami akong lalaking kaibigan pero 'yung boyfriend, wala. Hindi ko hinihintay. Darating na lang 'yan."

The third informant asked her who hurt her the most among her past boyfriends (Christian Bautista or Gab Valenciano)? "It cannot be compared kasi magkaiba sila. First BF ko si Christian. Mga bata pa kami kaya 'yung sakit na naramdaman ko nu’n, iba rin. Kay Gab, nag-mature na ako, kaya iba rin, pero pareho akong nasaktan."

Rachelle was made to guess who the three informants are but she only got one right, singer Jimmy Marquez. She failed to identify her friend Jon Dalusong and her own mom, so she was made to answer the ultimate question: Did she really experience verbal abuse from her last boyfriend? "Do I need to answer this. Siguro... my God... yes, but not naman to the highest level. Kapag nag-aaway kasi ang dalawang tao, it comes to a point na di napipigilan ang sarili. Siguro konti lang, pero pinalampas ko na lang, hindi ko na dinibdib. Mahirap kasing ipasok 'yun sa puso at nakakababa ng pagkatao. Wala na 'yun, tapos na. I've moved on."

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Aljur Abrenica - Sayang Sayang Video

“Sayang Sayang” is Aljur Abrenica’s carrier single off his debut album called “Aljur”. The music video was shot entirely at the luxury Thunderbird Resorts
in Rizal. It premiered on MYX earlier this week where he is currently the music channel’s celebrity veejay of the month.

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Bringing Kapuso warmth to Pinoys worldwide

GMA Network’s top-rating shows go global as GMA Pinoy TV and GMA Life TV air the broadcast giant’s top-rating shows that captured the hearts of millions of Filipino homes in the country.

From classics to adaptations to originals brought to life by some of the industry’s geniuses, these well-loved Kapuso shows are among the top picks of Filipinos abroad who subscribe to GMA Pinoy TV, the network’s flagship international channel, and second Kapuso international channel GMA Life TV.

“It’s really hard to be away from home, to be on your own in a place where you only have yourself to lean on. It’s not like what we usually see on TV and movies. Thank goodness there’s GMA Pinoy TV. Watching Filipino shows keeps me sane in this urban jungle,” says medical professional Judith, a single Filipina based in New York who also includes 24 Oras, Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho and Eat, Bulaga! among her favorite GMA Pinoy TV shows.

“And of course there’s Dingdong Dantes as the Pinoy Sergio who completely stole my heart in Marimar. I’m watching out for their next project, as well as other offerings from GMA Pinoy TV,” says Judith.

Judith is just one of the Filipinos in the US and other parts of the globe who subscribe to, fell in love with, and make the flagship international channel of GMA Network part of their daily lives.

Launched in 2005, GMA Pinoy TV is continuously making waves in the international scene. It is available in all US states and territories including Hawaii, Guam and Saipan, Canada, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, the British Indian Ocean Territory of Diego Garcia, Middle East, North Africa and Europe. It was recently introduced by the MTS Allstream, Inc. in Canada.

GMA Life TV, in turn, was launched in 2008 and features a different brand of programming that ably complements that of GMA Pinoy TV. It is available in the US, Canada, Japan, Guam, Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, the Middle East, North Africa and Europe.

Subscribers are currently at 250,000 for GMA Pinoy TV and some 120,000 for GMA Life TV, as of the First Quarter of 2010. This is quite an impressive increase since GMA Pinoy TV and GMA Life TV were just launched in five years and three years ago, respectively. This number will soon increase as both channels will be available in more areas in the coming quarters of 2010.

Both channels are now carried by Time Warner Cable and Brighthouse Systems in California, in all Comcast systems in Northern California, by Entouch systems in Texas, and by Brighthouse systems in Florida.

The successful launch rollout was recently capped off with a concert-cum-fashion show at the jam-packed Santa Clara Convention in Santa Clara, California.

Dubbed Celebrate Life, the grand event that had everybody going home with fond memories featured Kyla and Jay-R, Dennis Trillo, Mark Herras, Wilma Doesnt, Nonito Donaire Jr. and Steven Silva.

Aside from that, GMA Pinoy TV joined the Sinulog celebrations in New Zealand. The crowd of 7,000 had a chance to meet and greet German “Kuya Germs” Moreno.

In Australia, Rhian Ramos had Filipinos screaming when she joined the largest gathering of Filipinos in Blacktown, while Allan K. made everybody go gaga at the Premium Philippine Fiesta, the biggest and grandest annual gathering of Filipinos in Tokyo.

Still in the spirit of being every Filipino’s Kapuso, GMA Pinoy TV also sponsored several projects, and contributed to the success of Filipinos who brought the flag abroad.

GMA Pinoy TV provided extensive media coverage as the RP Gilas team played against different teams in the Middle East, and produced a TV special that chronicled the team’s triumph in the games. It was once more a partner in the Australian and US legs of the national team’s series of trainings abroad.

The flagship international channel also supported Ana “The Hurricane” Julaton’s bid to win the WBA junior featherweight belt.

It raffled off a free round-trip ticket to a lucky subscriber in the Middle East, and also turned over a TV set at the customer lounge of the Philippine Embassy in Singapore. On the other hand, some Access TV call center agents spent time with Sheena Halili and Rainier Castillo, and some won a trip for two to Bohol, Boracay, Palawan and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Lucky Pinoys in Qatar and Guam, meanwhile, underwent free call center training, and had the opportunity of meeting Rainier and Sheena.

Of late, GMA Pinoy TV launched Pinoy Inbox, a community billboard for subscribers to post their announcements, plug events, place pre and post-event details, send information, invitations, for free.

Outside of the network’s two international channels, GMA programs are also seen in various parts of the world via GMA Worldwide, Inc., a subsidiary that focuses on foreign program acquisitions and international distribution of GMA-produced shows.

It handles worldwide distribution of various GMA TV series, dubbed in foreign languages, which are now being aired in Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Hawaii, Canada, US, Singapore, Vietnam, Korea, New Zealand, Middle East, Brunei, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, as well as in the in-flight movie choices of Saudia Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, Emirates and Gulf Air.

GMA Worldwide has also inked a deal with an Internet Protocol TV company that carries over 1,500 hours of archived GMA programs available to worldwide subscribers, and is in the final stages of contract execution with Nigeria and China, and under negotiations with Ghana, Namibia, Gambia and Zambia.

Such events and projects only show that GMA Pinoy TV and GMA Life TV go beyond simply providing news and entertainment. They truly echo GMA Network’s battle cry of being a Kapuso in word and deed by giving warmth to Filipinos all over the world.

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Marian Rivera in Super Inday

SA May 14 na ang deadline for submission of notarized application form and screenplays ng entries sa Metro Manila Film Festival.

Sa May 17-27 ang pagbabasa sa lahat ng scripts at selection ng eight winning scripts at sa May 28 ang big announcement of official entries.

Ang Regal Entertainment, tatlong pelikula pa rin ang entries at kabilang dito ang Shake, Rattle & Roll XII, Super Inday ni Marian Rivera and to be directed by Mike Tuviera at isang dramedy to be directed by Joel Lamangan.

Sa three episodes ng SR&RXII, si Don Michael Perez pa lang ang siguradong magdidirek sa isang episode at pinipili pa ni Mother Lily Monteverde ang dalawang directors.

Sabi ng supervising producer na si Manny Valera, “the best of the best” ang SR&RXII.

Super Inday and the Magic Bebe ang original title ng movie ni Marian na ginawa na lang Super Inday at reunion nila ni Direk Mike.

Ang nasabing pelikula ang next na gagawin ni Marian after You to Me Are Everything nila ni Dingdong Dantes. Excited na si Marian na gawin ang movie dahil idol niya si Maricel Soriano at favorite niya ang Super Inday series ng aktres.

“Gusto ko siya, bakla lang at masaya. Natatakot din ako siyempre, pero gagawin kong dahilan ’yon para magawa nang tama ang movie,” ani Marian.

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Sunday, May 09, 2010

GMA maintains Mega Manila TV ratings lead in April

BACKED by a strong line-up of afternoon and primetime programs, GMA Network kept its lead in viewer-rich Mega Manila in April, according to survey results from the more widely recognized TV ratings data supplier AGB Nielsen Philippines.

GMA Network posted an average audience share of 34.6 percent, 0.9 percentage points higher than competition’s 33.7 percent (data from April 25-30 are based on overnight ratings).

During the month, GMA had 6 entries in the list of overall top 10 programs. The fantasy series “The Last Prince,” starred by young heartthrobs Aljur Abrenica and Kris Bernal, and the first “kantaserye” in the country, “Diva,” figured strongly in the top five.

Other programs that made it to the top 10 include the primetime Koreanovela “Queen Seon Deok,” banner newscast “24 Oras,” the action-packed “Panday Kids” led by child actor Buboy Villar, and weekend primetime public affairs show “Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho.”

The longest running noontime show, “Eat Bulaga,” shared the top spot with competition's “Showtime” among daytime programs, while the series, “First Time,” featuring young stars Joshua Dionisio, Barbie Forteza, and Jhake Vargas was also among the top five daytime shows.

GMA’s afternoon drama soaps including “Gumapang Ka Sa Lusak,” led by Dennis Trillo and Jennylyn Mercado, as well as “Ina, Kasusuklaman Ba Kita?” starred by real-life mother and daughter Jean and Jennica Garcia, likewise made it to the top ten list of daytime programs.

Meanwhile, GMA Network’s News and Public Affairs programs remained the viewers’ choice in Mega Manila, with “24 Oras” topping the list, followed by “Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho” and “Imbestigador” in the 3rd and 4th spots. GMA News and Public Affairs is set to deliver the biggest, most comprehensive 2010 election coverage dubbed, Eleksyon 2010.

The Network also increased its lead in another key area in April - Urban North/Central Luzon -- where GMA posted an average audience share of 40.6 percent, higher by 8.4 percentage points than ABS-CBN’s 32.2 percent (data up to April 24 only). The gap was higher than GMA’s lead of 7 percentage points over ABS-CBN in Urban North/Central Luzon in March.

GMA Network Chairman, President and CEO Felipe L. Gozon expects that the Network’s lead in TV ratings will increase with the launch of new programs in the coming months.

“We are launching new programs that our viewers will surely enjoy watching. With these new shows, we are hopeful that the gap in TV ratings will once again widen,” Gozon said.

Among the programs set to launch on GMA Network in the coming months include the Barbie Forteza-starrer “Pilyang Kerubin,” “Survivor Philippines: Celebrity Edition” with host Richard Gutierrez, Heart Evangelista’s “Langit sa Piling Mo,” “Endless Love” with Marian Rivera and Dingdong Dantes, and a whole lot more.

Based on AGB Nielsen’s 2010 TV household population projections, Mega Manila TV households now comprise 55% of the National Urban Philippines TV population and are generated from a bigger panel of 800 TV households. Urban North/Central Luzon, on the other hand, accounts for 21% of the National Urban Philippines TV population.

AGB Nielsen supplies TV ratings data to 21 companies in the Philippines. GMA Network and two other media companies (ABS-CBN not included), plus twelve (12) major advertising agencies and four (4) regional clients subscribe to AGB Nielsen.

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Jopay Paguia nilayasan na ang grupo

Nagpaalam na ang isa sa pinakasikat na Sexbomb member na si Jopay Paguia sa grupo.

Kaya pala hindi na siya nakikitang kasamang sumasayaw at umaarte ang Sexbomb girls.

Bukod kay Jopay, lima pang miyembro ng Sexbomb na wala na rin sa grupo.

Ayon sa kaibigan naming si Joy Cancio, CEO/president ng Focus E na humahawak sa Sexbomb Girls, kusang nagpa-release daw sina Daniel , Jopay at Yvette at pumayag naman si Joy.

Hindi na rin daw niya ni-renew ang kontrata nina Jacky, Cynthia at Shane at ayaw niyang idetalye ang kung ano ang dahilan.

Kaya isang nationwide audition ang kanilang gagawin para kumuha ng kapalit sa mga nawalang Sexbomb girls.

Magsisimula silang maglibot sa Batangas sa May 23, Pampanga sa May 29. Bacoor sa June 18 at sa Tarlac sa June 27.

Kaya kung gusto mong maging miyembro ng Sexbomb at ikaw naman ay maganda, magaling suma-yaw at 16-20 years-old, go na sa nasabing venue para mag-audition.

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Saturday, May 08, 2010

Rhian Ramos super-excited na kay Aljur

Excited na si Rhian Ramos sa nalalapit na pagtatambal nila ni Aljur Abrenica. Interesting daw para sa kanya na makasama sa trabaho ang aktor.

“Aljur to me... He’s young, he’s fresh at saka ’yun na nga parang interesting because for the first time in my life, he’s probably like the closest person to my age. I feel like a teenager again,” say ni Rhian.

Rhian is 19-years-old while Aljur is 20-years-old, kaya super-excited na ang young actress sa bagong makaka-partner.

Hindi rin muna ma-kapagbigay ng detalye si Rhian kung anong klaseng project ang pagsasamahan nila. May pagbabago pa raw at maging ang istorya ay inaayos pa rin.

Basta ang sigurado, tuloy ang pagtatambal nila ni Aljur.

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Friday, May 07, 2010

Bong Revilla di lilipat sa ABS-CBN

Senator Bong Revilla denied speculations na mag-o-over-the-bakod siya from GMA-7 to ABS-CBN.

While he doesn’t deny that he is in friendly relations with ABS-CBN, he would still consider himself a Kapuso in heart and soul.

What he admitted is that he is considering an offer na gumawa ng movie with Star Cinema, film arm ng ABS-CBN.

Sen. Bong mentioned din na grateful siya sa break na ibinibigay ng ABS-CBN sa kanyang anak na si Jolo Revilla, bida sa Pepeng Agimat na parte ng Agimat series ng Kapamilya Network.

He also said na he heard that ABS-CBN is preparing another project for Jolo.

Over at GMA-7, patuloy namang umeere ang programang dati niyang hinu-host, ang Kap’s Amazing Stories.

This time, his son Ram, his youngest by wife Lani Mercado, along with a girl na kasing-edad niya, ang naghu-host ng programa.

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Bilang senatoriable, patuloy ang pamamayagpag ni Sen. Bong bilang No. 1.

Ang cute ng commercial niya sa tv reminding voters na he is no. 8 sa balota.

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“I miss acting,” ani Sen. Bong. “Kaya, pagkatapos ng elections, baka magsimula agad akong gumawa ng movie.

“I’d resume my tv work, too, although of course, uunahin ko ang mga nabinbin kong trabaho bilang senador dahil sa pangangampanya.

“Lahat tayo’y manalangin na sana’y maging mapayapa at malinis ang eleksiyon sa Lunes.”

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Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Dingdong, Marian movie mobbed

THE SM theatre where the premiere of "You to Me Are Everything" was held Dingdongpiccouldn't accommodate the huge crowd that came to watch. So many people weren't able to get in, but those who did weren't disappointed as it's a feel good movie aimed to please viewers. The story is tailor made for the Dingdong Dantes-Marian Rivera love team and their fans were shrieking with delight during the film's various "kilig" moments.

Marian is Iska, a mountain maiden in the strawberry fields of Benguet who inherits a huge fortune in Manila from her wealthy father. She lives by herself in this huge mansion formerly owned by the family of Rafael (Dingdong), whose congressman dad is jailed due to corruption making Rafael a pauper. The drunken Rafael goes home to their old house one night and Marian is shocked to see him inside her room. But she listens to his drunken monologue and takes pity on him, even taking him to his new humbler residence the next morning. Iska is like a fish out of water in her new affluent surroundings and she needs a business manager to guide her. Guess who she picks to do this? Rafael, of course. He takes the job only because he intends to borrow a huge amount from her later on to start his own business. But you know how these stories go, one thing leads to another for the obligatory happily ever after kind of ending.

The story is another take on the age old Cinderella story, with Iska having two scheming stepsisters (Krista Sullivan and Andrea Torres), but the difference is that her stepmom (Pinky Amador) is not evil. As usual, there's this big ballroom scene where the wicked stepsisters are expecting Iska to make a fool of herself in a tacky "sagala" gown. Unknown to them, Rafael has taken her to a stylist and she arrives looking resplendent and gorgeous in a stunning red gown.

There's really no big conflict in the movie. Both Rafael and Iska are already committed to someone else (Dingdong to Isabel Oli and Marian to AJ Dee), but even these hindrances are quickly taken out of the way. In the end, we realize that the conflict is not really provided by some external forces, as is usually the case in love stories like this. The conflicts here are more of an internal nature, emanating from within the core of the lead characters themselves. Will Rafael ever find some mercy in his heart to forgive his erring dad and realize what a positive influence Iska is in his life? Will Iska be willing to give up all the luxuries she has tasted in the city for a simpler life in the mountains where she grew up, including the city boy who has captured her heart?

Director Mark Reyes makes sure his leads are both sympathetic characters and he's served well by Dingdong and Marian who both give very endearing performances. Dingdong is really one of the most dashing leading men we have these days. As for Marian, we're just uncomfortable at times with the way Iska's jologs ways are laid on too thick. She has such a heart of gold she'll even go out of her way to help a kitten that can't get down from a tree and, instead of punishing her mean stepsisters, she even rewards them with a huge part of her inheritance. But it's to Marian's credit that she's able to credibly carry all the ridiculous things she was made to do in the movie, including a scene where she suddenly sings and dances in a serious boardroom conference. Technical credits are fine and the rustic beauty of Benguet is captured vividly on the big screen.

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Richard Gutierrez wagi ng bronze medal sa New York Festivals International Television & Film Awards

Pinakinggan ni Richard Gutierrez ang mga nag-suggest na Barong Tagalog ang isuot niya sa awards night ng New York Festivals International Television & Film Awards dahil ’yun ang nakita naming suot niya sa picture na in-email ni Jun Lalin.

Nanalo ng Bronze World Medal ang Planet Philippines for Environment and Ecology category, kaya sulit ang pagdalo ni Richard sa awards night kahit ngarag siya sa kanyang toxic schedule.

Sabi ni Richard sa kanyang acceptance speech, “Planet Philippines is indeed a labor of love for nature and a celebration of wisdom for future generations.”

Isa si Jewel Mische sa nag-congratulate kay Richard sa pagkapanalo ng Planet Philippines documentary na napanood sa GMA-7. Sabi nito sa kanyang Twitter account: “Congratulations to Chard and the whole team for bagging the award! Weeeeee!!! Planet Philippines is a celebration of wisdom and a piece of art that Richard and the whole team work hard for.”

Bago umuwi, may Meet & Greet muna si Richard sa fans and friends niya sa New York at sa kanyang pagbabalik, more work ang kanyang haharapin.

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Monday, May 03, 2010

Claudine titigbakin na sa ere?

Parang a matter of life and death ang frantic call na natanggap ko mula sa isang staff ng ABS-CBN. Tanong kasi nito : Totoo nga raw bang sisi­bakin na sa ere ang soap ni Claudine Barretto?

Literal ngang a matter of life and death. Kelan lang isinilang ang show ni Claudine, heto’t maugong na tsismis tungkol sa pagkamatay nito. Pero tugon ko, wala naman akong nababalitaan tungkol sa cancellation ng Claudine, na nakaka-tatlong episode pa lang as of last Saturday.

Oo nga’t dehado ito sa katapat na Maalaala Mo Kaya, pero napakaaga namang pagsuko sa parte ng GMA 7 kung mawawala ito agad. Besi­des, it would not seem fair sa talent na sinalo ng network mula sa ABS-CBN.

Pero naalala ko tuloy ang usap-usapan sa ba­kuran ng GMA bago ini-launch ang show ni Claudine : Isang malaking good luck. At nagka­totoo nga.

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Sexy talk with Alfred Vargas

Politics is not alien territory to Alfred Vargas, one of the four actors (the others are Ara Mina, Roderick Paulate and Glenda Garcia) in a field of 45 candidates for the five council seats in the second district of Quezon City.

“I had my first taste of politics when I was in Grade 3 in Ateneo where I studied from prep to college,” revealed Alfred who’s running with the SB (Sonny Belmonte) Team, with incumbent Q.C. Vice Mayor Herbert Bautista as mayoral bet and Joy Belmonte as running mate, on the local level and supporting Presidentiable Gibo Teodoro of the administration’s Lakas-Kampi-CDM. “I ran for sergeant-at-arms. From grade school until college, I was an official in the student government,” added Alfred who graduated with a degree in Management & Economics.

That answers questions from those not-in-the-know why Alfred willingly put on hold showbiz work in favor of a shot at an elective office.

In the two months that he has been on the campaign trail, gaining not just pounds (15 so far) but more followers, Alfred said that he has learned one thing — “The simplest folks are the happiest folks. I envy them.”

He also found out what the two most pressing problems in Q.C.’s second district are: “informal” settlers (yes, squatters) and unemployment.

After the elections, Alfred plans to take up a private (meaning one-on-one) crash course in Public Administration and start shooting the indie film Ang Paglilitis ni Bonifacio, to be directed by Mario O’Hara for Boy Abunda’s company. Also starring Coco Martin as Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo, the film will be shown in this year’s Cinemalaya in which Boy’s company’s first venture, Astig, won for GB Sampedro the Best Director Award.

Taking time out from the back-breaking campaign, Alfred sat over lunch last Saturday at 8 Spices with some movie reporters.

Instead of further talking politics, Funfare did “sexy talk” with Alfred so his fans will not forget that, besides being a politico, he’s first and foremost a sexy drama actor.

“When do I feel sexy?” asked Alfred. “When I am confident. If smart is sexy, so is confidence.”

• Sexiest Musical Instrument: Saxophone or violin.

• Sexiest Song: Sexual Healing by Marvin Gaye.

• Sexiest Book: Eleven Minutes by Paulo Coelho, which is about a prostitute and her experiences.

• Sexiest Movie: Bridal Shower (which he did for Seiko Films, playing a macho dancer).

• Sexiest Part of His Body: Chest (“It protects my heart”).

• Sexiest Part of a Woman’s Body: The buttocks.

• Sexiest Billboard: The Walker Underwear featuring...who else?...Alfred Vargas (“Did I wear padding? No, I did not”).

• Sexiest Face: Marian Rivera (“In Darna costume”).

• Sexiest Dress: Bodyfit jeans, tight-fitting denims.

• Sexiest Perfume: Creed.

• Sexiest Food: Chocolate.

• Sexiest Time of Day: Sunset (“Not only sexy but romantic”).

• Sexiest Movie Scene He Has Ever Seen: “Sharon Stone parting her legs in Basic Instinct.”

• Sexiest Scene He Has Ever Done: “My love scene with Cherry Pie Picache in Bridal Shower.”

• Sexiest Magazine: FHM.

• Sexiest Part of the House: Bedroom.

• Sexiest TV Show: Sex and The City.

• Sexiest Flower: Rose.

• Sexiest Fantasy: “Making it 37,000 feet above sea level — up in the air!”

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Sunday, May 02, 2010

Regine dahilan ng paglayas ni Direk Louie sa Party Pilipinas?

MARIING pinabulaanan ni Direk Louie Ignacio ang kumakalat na balitang si Regine Velasquez ang rason kung bakit siya nag-resign sa Party Pilipinas.

Si Regine daw kasi ang tinutukoy ni Direk Louie na hindi nagre-rehearse nu’ng lumabas ang balitang isa sa mga reason kaya tuluyan nang nilayasan ni Direk ang GMA7 Sunday show dahil sa mga artistang very unprofessional at hindi nagre-rehearse bago mag-perform sa Party Pilipinas.

Pero ayon kay Direk nang makausap namin sa taping ng Tropang Potchi, hindi raw si Regine ang tinutukoy niya dahil napaka-professional daw na ka-trabaho ang Asia’s Songbird at laging maaga ito sa set para mag-ensayo muna bago mag-perform.

Pahaging niya kung sino pa nga raw ang mga hindi kasikatang mga artista ay siya pang feeling big stars at dumarating na lang sa set nang hindi man lang nag-rehearse.

“Iba naman ’yung intriga kay Jaya na umano ay sinabi niya. Sabi raw ni Jaya, powerful daw talaga ang Songbird at ma-impluwensya sa mga big boss ng GMA7. At siya raw ang nag-udyok na ipasipa ako sa Party Pilipinas.

“In the first place, hindi po ako sinipa sa GMA Network. Nag-resign lang ako sa Party Pilipinas, pero I still do Mel and Joey and Tropang Potchi,” mariing pahayag ni Direk Louie.
Nang lumabas ang issue na ‘yun, nag-usap na ba kayo ni Regine, tanong ulit namin kay Direk Louie?

“Hindi pa kami nag-uusap ni Regine. Ang nakausap ko lang ay ang kapatid niyang si Cacai at si Ogie Alcasid.”

Samantala, tsikang ma-lakas ang loob ni Direk Louie na mag-resign dahil lilipat na siya ng ibang network.

May offer na ba?

“Mahal ko pa rin ang GMA7. Dito ako lumaki at very supportive sa akin ang mga bosing dito.”

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Saturday, May 01, 2010

Startalk, Showbiz Central top surveys

It’s double celebration for the League of Intrigues, composed of the combined forces of the undisputed showbiz authority, Startalk and the Intriga Capital of the Philippines, Showbiz Central, as both shows captured high ratings and received praises from viewers.

Based on the data of AGB Nielsen, among viewer-rich Mega Manila households last April 24 and 25, Startalk totally outclassed its competitor with an average audience share of 11.2 percent, 4.3 percent higher than competing showbiz talk show’s 7 percent. Showbiz Central also secured victory with a 9.1 percent rating while its competitor only had an 8.6 percent audience share.

For 14 years, Startalk has remained at the top of its game, going from strength to strength through fearless delivery of the latest entertainment news and by offering an engaging format that features the talk show hosts at their best.

Audiences admire how entertainment editor Ricky Lo could bring them exclusive interviews of both top and international celebrities. They appreciate how film critic Butch Francisco can be in two places at once just to give viewers a raw picture of the paths taken by a showbiz personality involved in the controversies of the week. Entertainment guru Joey de Leon — who always has everyone laughing with his jokes especially those thrown at co-host Lolit Solis — combines his signature humor with his intelligent analysis of showbiz issues. There is top showbiz manager Lolit, the only woman in the formidable Startalk team who never fails to shock with her off-the-cuff comments.

At Showbiz Central, viewers can now do the talking. The segment Opinion Central just got bigger and better as it officially names the viewers as the “other host” of the show. This means that audiences can participate, react and enjoy Showbiz Central in real time — live and on-line. Viewer reaction is nothing short of ecstatic. In fact, thousands of messages comprised of raging opinions, unheard-of scoops and hard-hitting questions flooded the show. Showbiz Central has 5,000 Facebook fan page friends, and counting.

The interactive experience and the wild and upbeat segments hosted by John Lapus, Pia Guanio, Rufa Mae Quinto, Raymond Gutierrez and Mo Twister make Showbiz Central a favorite tambayan for unguarded showbiz discussions.

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