After Claudine Barretto, Carlo Guevarra and Bayani Agbayani, the 2009 PMPC Star Awards for TV Best Single Performance by an Actor awardee--Joross Gamboa--is the latest kapamilyat to become a kapuso.
Joross is the third Star Circle Quest talent to transfer to GMA after Michelle Madrigal and season 1 winner Hero Angeles. He asked to be released from manager Becky Aguila and he also bid farewell to his ABS-CBN bosses. His new manager is now Noel Ferrer now that he's in GMA-7.
Even before becoming a kapuso, Joross already appeared in two GMA programs. The first one was in a comedy segment in "Kaya Mo Ba 'To?" in 2005 and the second one was in "Maynila" in 2007. It started the rumors about his plans to transfer but not until now that he officially became a kapuso.
Joross Gamboa's first project on GMA is the upcoming primetime soap "First Luv" co-starring him with child stars Joshua Dionisio and Barbie Forteza.
Claudine Barretto expressed her disappointment after her ex-BF Mark Anthony Fernandez was a no-show in the briefing of their upcoming movie.
According to Claudine, she and the whole production team of their Viva/Unitel movie waited for hours but the Darna star did not appear or at least send a text message that he will not make it to the meeting.
“I did not call for this meeting, he called for this meeting...naging 2 pm, naging 4, and then naging...walang Mark…so ‘yon….wala rin kaming plano na hintayin siya," Claudine said in an interview by Chika Minute.
After Claudine signed a contract with GMA, one of the plans the network has for her was to revive her loveteam with Mark Anthony Fernandez. The network even pulled out Mark Anthony from Darna to make way for the said project. Because of this, the reunion movie of Claudine and Mark Anthony might not push through.
“Two months kaming nag-antay, at two months maraming walang trabaho…Yung crew, mga staff because lang nag-aantay kami sa wala...Yong mga kasama ko doon [Star Magic, ABS-CBN's talent arm], kahit sobrang sikat na sila, they were all very humble and very considerate of others," she added.
As of this writing, there's still no word regarding the matter from Mark Anthony's camp. The actor seems to prioritize his upcoming primetime series with Regine Velasquez entitled "Diva" than his reunion movie with his ex-flame.
By Night Owl on 9:31 AM
Sa pagtatapos ng unang dekada ng milenyo, isang makasaysayang paglalakbay ang tatahakin ng GMA News and Public Affairs bilang paghahanda sa parating na eleksyon sa taong 2010. Sabay-sabay tayong mag-round trip pabalik sa masalimuot, pasikot-sikot at malubak na rutang dinaanan ng ating bansa sa taong 2009 at ating pag-usapan kung dire-diretso na ba ang ating biyahe o baku-bako pa rin ang daang ating haharapin sa susunod na taon nang dahil sa Eleksyon 2010. Kasama ang mga premyadong broadcast journalists na sina Jessica Soho at Arnold Clavio, sumakay na at bagtasin ang “Biyaheng 2010: The GMA News and Public Affairs Yearend Special.”
Naging mapait ang singil ng kalikasan sa pagharurot nina Ondoy, Pepeng at marami pang bagyong kumitil at sumira sa buhay ng libu-libong Pilipino. Hindi rin nawala ang kaliwa’t kanang krimen tulad ng kidnapping, murder, robbery, gaya ng pagpatay sa mahigit limampu’t pitong inosenteng sibilyan, na kinabibilangan ng maraming mamahayag, sa karumal-dumal na masaker sa Maguindanao. Sa pulitika, buhol-buhol ang mga isyu at kontrobersiyang pumutakti sa pamahalaan at sa papalapit na Eleksyon 2010. Ilang malalaking personalidad din ang sumakabilang buhay, gaya ng democracy icon na si dating Pangulong Cory Aquino, ang Master Rapper na si Francis Magalona, ang King of Pop na si Michael Jackson at ang haligi ng Iglesya ni Kristo na si Ka Erdy Manalo.
Ilan lamang ang mga pangyayaring ito sa mga bahagyang nagpatirik sa ating tibay at katatagan bilang isang bayan ngayong 2009. Pero sa kabila ng lahat ng ito, may mga bagay pa ring muling nagpaarangkada sa ating bansa at nagbigay ng mga karangalan at panibagong pag-asa.
Ang hindi matatawarang kabayanihan ng mga Pilipinong tumulong sa gitna ng matitinding unos, ang pagkahirang kay Efren Penaflorida bilang CNN Hero of the Year at ang pagsungkit ng Pambansang Kamao na si Manny Pacquiao ng kanyang ikapitong titulo, kasabay ng pagkapanalo rin ng marami pang boksingero ang ilan sa napakaraming tagumpay na nakamit natin. Isang dahilan para sabihing sa gitna ng mga hindi kanais-nais na nangyari ngayong 2009, masarap pa rin sabihing ikinararangal pa rin nating maging Pilipino.
Pero sa kabila ng mga tagumpay at problemang kinaharap natin, may magagawa kaya ang Eleksyon 2010 para magdala ng pagbabago sa bansa nating tila naghihingalo?
Mag-U-turn sa nakaraan at humarurot patungo sa ating hinaharap kasama sina Jessica Soho at Arnold Clavio sa “Biyaheng 2010: The GMA News and Public Affairs Special,” ngayong Disyembre 27, 2009, sa SNBO, 10:45PM sa GMA-7.
The undying love story of Cholo and Jodi in GMA Networks Stairway to Heaven comes to its bittersweet finale this Friday, December 11.
Stairway to Heaven, which became the network’s No. 1 traditional drama on primetime, brought laughter and tears to the televiewers and managed to pull off a victory in the ratings game, consistently registering high in the charts.
Dingdong Dantes and Rhian Ramos along with the rest of the cast and production team gave an exceptional and laudable performance that earned the positive reviews and remarks of Filipino viewers and critics here and abroad.
This Friday, the yearning to be bonded forever with the only woman he ever loved intertwines in the heartbreaking drama and touching conclusion of Cholo and Jodi’s enduring romance. The ending will definitely leave everyone’s heart torn into pieces as Cholo vows to stay with Jodi until the very end.
After weathering all the storms and hurdles in their relationship, can Cholo reverse the fate of his dearest love Jodi through the power of his never-ending love? Will their love story and commitment to be together last till eternity?
The heart-wrenching finale of Stairway to Heaven’s unconditional story of endless love should not be missed this Friday, December 11 right after Full House on GMA Telebabad.
By Night Owl on 7:54 PM
Filed Under: SNBO
This December, GMA Network leads the Filipinos in bringing a meaningful Christmas to the victims of the recent typhoons that hit the country with the telecast of a special musical documentary concert featuring the Asia’s Songbird Regine Velasquez – After the Rain: A Hopeful Christmas with Regine.
Set to premiere on December 13 on Sunday Night Box-Office (SNBO), this year’s GMA Christmas special pays homage to the Filipino spirit that has remained resilient despite the seemingly unending odds brought by typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng, which tremendously shattered lives and properties of many Filipinos.
After The Rain: A Hopeful Christmas with Regine, is a two-hour musical-documentary featuring three heartwarming and inspiring stories of Ondoy victims namely Jessie Aranez, Elly and KY Pablo and orphans from the House of Refuge . The concert was attended by almost 800 victims from the typhoon-devastated cities and provinces such as Rizal, Laguna, Pasig, Marikina and Pangasinan. They were fetched from evacuation centers and transported to GMA Network’s Studio 7 for a special dinner party before the show.
Inspiring words and admiration for their courage and resilience will be shared by GMA Network’s award-winning primetime news anchors Mel Tiangco and Mike Enriquez together with Kapuso primetime royalties Richard Gutierrez, Dingdong Dantes, Marian Rivera.
The audience were surely in for a heartwarming treat when the country’s premiere artists led by Regine together with Jaya, Kuh Ledesma, Pops Fernandez, JayR, Kyla and La Diva perform as they unfold heartbreaking stories about losing loved ones, inspiring stories of unsung heroes and stories of love, survival, hope, happy endings and gratitude.
Completing the performers in this Christmas special are Eva Castillo, Frenchesca Farr, Julie Ann San Jose, Mae Flores, Moymoy Palaboy, Jude Matthew Sevilla, Shane Velasco, Yassi, Kris Angelica dela Cruz, Kiddiewockees, University of the Philippines Concert Chorus, Mandaluyong Children’s Choir and IIAF Development Group.
And at the end of the show, the audience received their special Christmas presents with the help of some sponsors and the GMA Kapuso Foundation.
Don’t miss the telecast of this special musical-documentary concert filled with hope and love. After The Rain: A Hopeful Christmas with Regine will air this Sunday, December 13 on GMA Network’s Sunday Night Box Office (SNBO) after Show Me Da Manny.
By Night Owl on 7:13 PM
Filed Under: Moymoy Palaboy
By Night Owl on 11:22 PM
Filed Under: Aljur Abrenica
The tradition of exchanging gifts not only brings cheer to everybody’s heart but also spells irresistible magic and wonder in their lives. But if Santa goes overboard on gift giving, would you still accept his present or swap it for something else?
Beginning December 10, SRO Cinemaserye greets the holiday season with an inspiring story that teaches the lessons of love, modesty and acceptance between two different individuals in “Exchange Gift.”
This Christmas offering is topbilled by one of GMA’s most sought after leading men, Dennis Trillo as Miguel and one of the network’s talented child actors, Francis Magundayao as EJ.
Miguel is such a workaholic and doesn't want to make a commitment to anything other than work. His easygoing life is suddenly turned upside down when his nephew EJ starts to live with him.
They don’t get along perfectly and end up arguing most of the time. When EJ’s father dies unexpectedly, Miguel is left with no choice but be stuck forever with the little boy. His structured life makes a 360-degree-turn when he becomes the guardian of EJ.
But he will not let the circumstances turn him into an instant daddy. Miguel plans to bring EJ to an orphanage. As they make their way to the shelter, the two constantly fight and bicker and they accidentally shove Santa Claus.
Because of their bad behavior, Santa gives them a gift that changes their lives forever. He magically switched their bodies to give them a lesson. Miguel ends up inside EJ’s body while EJ is locked up inside Miguel’s body!
Will Miguel and EJ get their bodies back? How will they deal with the awkward situations that arise as a result of their switched bodies as Miguel enters the orphanage while EJ embraces the life inside the office? As they try to comprehend the bizarre happening in their lives, will Miguel and EJ finally realize their shortcomings and learn their lessons?
The many hilarious and enlightening moments of SRO Cinemaserye’s new season is led by Director Mac Alejandre together with Jun Lana as headwriter. Rounding up the cast are Nadine Samonte as Sharon, Ryza Cenon as Veronique and Gene Padilla as Santa.
SRO Cinemaserye presents “Exchange Gift” begins December 10 right after Shining Inheritance on GMA Telebabad.
By Night Owl on 9:18 PM
Filed Under: Manny Pacquiao
GMA Network and Solar Entertainment will continue to air Manny Pacquiao’s future fights on free TV and cable --- this includes any future fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. or any other opponent to be faced by the world's pound for pound king.
The Kapuso Network and Solar Sports have a long-term deal in airing the Pinoy boxing sensation’s fights, and this partnership will continue as the Pacman has signed a new contract with Solar, which gives the latter the rights to broadcast his fights until 2013.
In an exclusive interview with GMA sports correspondent Chino Trinidad, Solar Entertainment President Wilson Tieng confirmed Pacquiao’s signing of a renewal contract with their company. “A few months ago, (Manny) renewed his contract. So, Solar's contract with Pacquiao is up to 2013. Hindi lang ito na-publicize,” Tieng said.
Tieng's announcement comes at the heels of speculation that Pacquiao's fights may be aired over another channel , after reports on the arrival of Top Rank President Bob Arum in Manila. Arum is in the Philippines to personally talk to Pacquiao regarding his possible bout with Mayweather, Jr.
“I am here to meet with Manny. I wanna see what is possible and what is not possible. But in the end I am confident we can come up with something,” Arum said in an exclusive interview with GMA sports correspondent Chino Trinidad.
With Pacquiao set to run for a congressional seat, Top Rank’s CEO admitted that the boxing superstar has his hands full as of the moment. But the Pacquiao-Mayweather Fight is something that refuses to be sidelined, as clamor for the bout reached unprecedented heights after Pacquiao gave Puerto Rican boxing superstar Miguel Cotto a 12-round beating last November.
“I think it is the fight everyone is talking about. It goes back to the days when Ali fought Frazier for the first time in Madison Square. I want to talk to Manny and will proceed from there,” Arum further intimated.
Should the Pacquiao-Mayweather Fight, which experts have been calling the "Fight of the Century", push through, viewers will be able to watch it for free on GMA Network and Solar Sports.
“We are tied up with Manny until 2013. Whether against Mayweather or whoever else, Solar will still have the airing rights for the Philippines. With our partnership, we’ll still air the fights on GMA and Solar TV”, said Solar Entertainment COO Peter Chanliong.
Pacquiao likewise remains to be an exclusive talent of GMA Network. He is currently seen in the weekly comedy sitcom Show Me Da Manny starring opposite primetime queen Marian Rivera. Pacquiao is also set to star in another program which will include comebacking Kapuso comedian Bayani Agbayani and his own mother, Dionisia Pacquiao, now more popularly known as Mommy D.
By Night Owl on 8:54 PM
Filed Under: Atty. Felipe Gozon
GMA Network Chairman, President and CEO Atty. Felipe L. Gozon added another feather in his cap when he was recently named one of the 2009 Business Excellence Awardees by leading business magazine BizNews Asia (BNA).
Gozon, among the first to receive the said honor, was cited for his overall management excellence, after transforming GMA Network into the “largest television station in the country.” Gozon was responsible for increasing the Network’s net income by more than ten-fold since assuming office in late 2000.
The GMA Network CEO was also cited for “enriching the lives of Filipinos everywhere with innovative programming, quality entertainment, responsible delivery of news and information, and unfailing commitment to public service.”
The 2009 BNA Business Excellence Awards were given to companies “in recognition of the excellence of their products or service and business model.” President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who was the guest of honor during the event, presented the award to Gozon and the other winners.
“GMA Network’s success as a company is the result of our continuing effort to live by our corporate mission, vision and core values. I am glad that our efforts to serve the public are being recognized by prestigious organizations here and abroad, including BizNews Asia,” Gozon said.
The year when Fidel Castro assumed power, Soviet premier Nikita Krushchev toured the US, Tibet’s dalai lama escaped to India and the USSR’s Lunik III photographed the dark side of the moon for the first time.
It was a year of new beginnings.
It was then that GMA News was established.
Flashforward to 2009.
GMA News is now known as the most respected Philippine news organization garnering local and international awards not only for its newscasts but also for its anchors.
It has set trends as to how news is produced and delivered.
What happened in the past 50 years? What led to GMA News being the leader in its field?
Join the Philippines’ most awarded broadcast journalist Jessica Soho as she traces the roots of GMA News and shares how the stories it produced impacted on the public. By tracking items involved in news events, Jessica revisits some of the stories GMA News did in the past half century.
As Jessica views the yellow dress Cory Aquino wore in her oath-taking as President of the Republic of the Philippines, reminisce about the bloodless People Power Revolution of 1986.
Set eyes once again on the “Pope Mobile”, the vehicle Pope John Paul II rode when he visited the country, and witness one of GMA News’ landmark coverages.
Check out the equipment used to mount GMA News Live, the first news bulletins in the country aired throughout the day, produced to keep the public aware of the latest updates on the Persian Gulf War in 1991.
Learn about important stories produced with the two electronic news gathering vans first used by Jessica and Arnold Clavio for their coverages as remote reporters of the 15-minute afternoon newscast Saksi back in 1995.
Travel back in time and learn about how GMA News put 50 years of history on air. Don’t miss “Limang Dekada” hosted by Jessica Soho on December 6 airing on SNBO.
Bayani Agbayani signed a two year exclusive contract with GMA Network. He returns as a Kapuso where he started his showbiz life as a production staff for the noontime show “Lunch Date”.
Present in the contract signing were from left: Noel Ferrer, Bayani’s manager; GMA Assistant Vice President for Magazines/ Musicals/ Variety and Specials Darling de Jesus; Bayani Agbayani and Senior Vice President for Entertainment Wilma V. Galvante.
Darna, the country’s original Pinay superhero, faces another set of super villains that will put all her strength and powers to the test as the program enters its newest season this December on GMA Telebabad.
Starring Primetime Queen Marian Rivera as Darna, the country’s number one telefantasya continues to cater to all viewers of all ages with its remarkable stunts and adventures laced with touching storyline plus state-of-the-art effects.
After repossessing all her powers from her previous supervillains, Darna’s adventures will be more engaging as four more terrifying super creatures are about to wreak havoc every night – Serpina, Babaeng Manananggal, Babaeng Demonyita and Electra, the Queen of Planet Women.
Serpina, portrayed by Katrina Halili, is the daughter of Kobra and Babaeng Impakta. After her half-sister Valentina disappeared, Serpina has no choice but to fulfill her father’s wish – that is to multiply their race. Just like her half-sister, Serpina will also fall for Darna’s first love Eduardo (Mark Anthony Fernandez). She will do everything to get the man’s attention and get rid of Narda, the alter-ego of Darna.
Sexbomb Rochelle Pangilinan, meanwhile, will play the role of ferocious Babaeng Manananggal. She will disguise as Dr. Deborrah during the day to easily spot pregnant women and other possible victims in town then transforms as an ugly winged monster at night. Deborrah holds a secret that is the key to unveil the past of Ding, the only person who knows the real identity of Darna.
Starstruck Batch 3 Ultimate survivor Jackie Rice, on the other hand, plays the character of Helga, a young woman who holds the most beautiful and angelic face in town. Unfortunately, she will be possessed by a powerful evil spirit with extreme wrath and fury that will make her the supervillain called Babaeng Demonyita.
A handsome foreigner will suddenly appear in the small town of San Martin. His name is Vladimir played by Celebrity Duets 3 finalist Akihiro Sato. But behind his godlike features is a wicked and vicious vampire who is out to kill innocent people.
The battle between good and evil continues with the arrival of the most powerful nemesis Darna could ever have – Electra, the Queen of Planet Women. Portrayed no less than by the Asia’s Songbird Regine Velasquez, Electra is a queen from a different planet who has an incredible strength and power out to conquer the earth with the help of her stalwart female legions.
Aside from Darna, two people close to the Pinay superhero’s heart are exerting their efforts to keep peace and order in the society - Pancho (Dennis Trillo), the lighthearted and principled policeman, and Black Rider (Mark Anthony Fernandez), the mysterious vigilant. Both young men will pursue the same woman – Narda.
Get ready for a more action-packed Darna as new foes arrive and new season start this December. Darna airs Monday to Friday on GMA Network’s primetime Telebabad block.
From thousands who auditioned, Meet the Top 7 girls vying to become the ultimate female survivor of Starstruck V.
DIVA MONTELABA, 18, Cebu
FIANCA CRUZ, 18, Pasig
NINA KODAKA, 20, Japan
PRINCESS SNELL, 17, Laguna
ROX MONTEALEGRE, 19, Quezon City
SARAH LABAHTI, 18, Switzerland
ZERYL LIM, 18, Bahrain