A CELEBRATION OF LIFE AND HOPE

MORE than just a thanksgiving for GMA Network’s valued local clients and advertisers, the recently held GMA TV Bacolod Local Sales Partner’s Night was a celebration of life and hope recognizing the resilience of every Filipino. Held on Nov. 22 side by side GMA Network’s continuous relief efforts of extending help in the rebuilding of homes and augmenting the daily food needs of the typhoon victims, with the help of GMA TV Central and Eastern Visayas and GMA TV Iloilo, the scheduled trade events in those places have been cancelled to pave way for the Operation Bayanihan. True enough, the GMA TV Bacolod Local Sales Partners’ Night did not fail to elicit smiles among the guests especially when some of the most sought-after Kapuso stars, like Alden Richards, Julie Anne San Jose, Andrea Torres, and Kyla made their most awaited appearance. Comedians Pekto and Boobay were the hosts.

ALSO: What to watch on Christmas Day and beyond

They are 1.) 10,000 Hours, (a movie inspired by former senator Panfilo Lacson’s more than a year of evading arrest and incarceration at the time of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in Malacañang) starring Robin Padilla and directed by Bb. Joyce Bernal. 2.) Pedro Calungsod: Batang Martir, inspired by the life of a saint. It stars GMA Network’s Rocco Nacino in the title role; 3.) Pagpag, (a horror-thriller inspired by the age-old practice of shaking the negative vibes when going to a wake of a departed relative or friend) directed by Edgar Mortiz’s son Frasco and starring ABS-CBN’s hot teen stars Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo with Paulo Avelino and Shaina Magdayao; 4.) Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy. The title speaks for itself. According to Wenn Deramas it’s a comedy with Vice Ganda. 5.) Kimmy Dora: Ang Kiyemeng Prequel, (the title is self explanatory and you know it has two previous films before. 6.) My Little Bossings—oh, this is Kris Aquino’s favorite as her son Bimby stars along with the tiny Ryzza Mae and the comedian for all times Vic Sotto.  7.) Kaleidoscope World, not much has been heard of this movie, I wonder how it would fare at the box office. Insiders say the festival has already a film at the bottom; 8.) Boy Golden, the Johnny-come-lately among the entries, no thanks to Bong Revilla who backed out at the early months of the preparations. The film stars ER Ejercito and KC Concepcion, and guess who’s directing? Chito Roño that’s who.

ALSO: OPM artists’ prayer for Yolanda victim

On Nov. 8, Typhoon Yolanda, the most powerful tropical cyclone of the year the provinces of Samar, Leyte, Cebu, Negros, and Palawan. Thousands died. Millions were left hungry, desperate and homeless. Relief efforts from the Philippines and the rest of the world are currently helping the victims survive and find temporary homes. But the bigger challenge is how to help all these people get back to their normal lives. The Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mangaawit (OPM) took the inspiration from the Loboc Children’s Choir’s performance. While the children are from Bohol, their angelic voices represent not just their home province but also earthquake-damaged Cebu, war-stricken Zamboanga, and typhoon-devastated Leyte, Samar and lloilo—where the people are praying for a miracle to allow them to rebuild their lives. YOUTUBE VIDEO BELOW.


Isah V. Red, Manila Standard Entertainment reporter


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A celebration of life and hope


Andrea Torres in a sexy dance number with Alden Richards. At right Julie Ann San Jose, Kyla

MANILA, DECEMBER 23, 2013 (MANILA STANDARD) By Isah V. Red - MORE than just a thanksgiving for GMA Network’s valued local clients and advertisers, the recently held GMA TV Bacolod Local Sales Partner’s Night was a celebration of life and hope recognizing the resilience of every Filipino.

Held on Nov. 22 side by side GMA Network’s continuous relief efforts of extending help in the rebuilding of homes and augmenting the daily food needs of the typhoon victims, with the help of GMA TV Central and Eastern Visayas and GMA TV Iloilo, the scheduled trade events in those places have been cancelled to pave way for the Operation Bayanihan.

This year’s trade events theme was fiesta, which GMA Regional TV’s Assistant Vice President for Integrated Marketing Services Oliver Amoroso regarded as “part and parcel of the Filipino culture.” Through good times and bad times, he mentioned, the so-called fiesta or time for fellowship must continue as this would most likely elicit a smile from every Filipino.

True enough, the GMA TV Bacolod Local Sales Partners’ Night did not fail to elicit smiles among the guests especially when some of the most sought-after Kapuso stars, like Alden Richards, Julie Anne San Jose, Andrea Torres, and Kyla made their most awaited appearance. Comedians Pekto and Boobay were the hosts.

Also in attendance was the team making up GMA TV Bacolod’s first news and public affairs show Isyu Subong Negrense. According to the program’s executive producer, Ashley Liza, “It has become more and more committed and passionate in producing news stories that touch (the) lives and make a difference.”

Meanwhile, in her speech, Sales and Marketing Officer of GMA TV Bacolod Tina Poblador-Magbojos recalled how 2013 has become a very busy yet productive year for the station despite the “continued birth pains and various challenges.” They still managed to reach “positive growth and great heights today.”

She went on saying that it is simply because they have a heart that sees them through any earthquake, super typhoon, or any catastrophe, as they continuously drive and push to strive for excellence and offer Serbisyong Totoo. “This is what sets our programming apart from other networks in the area.”


From left: GMA’s Oliver Amoroso with Bacolod City Tourism’s Butch Gerasmo, Cristine Mansinares, and Station manager Tina Magbojos Magbojos shared how the recent turn of events has humbled them and made them realize the significant role that responsible media plays in nation building.

“It really goes beyond bringing accurate and balanced information so our viewers could make wise and informed decisions. More importantly now than ever, it is to bring our people together, to build linkages where there are gaps, to get our hands dirty, and bring help where it is urgently needed,” she said.

Amoroso, Liza, and Magbojos led the GMA Regional TV group in the thanksgiving celebration for the regional partners in Bacolod who consistently work side by side with the Network in all its endeavors. Meanwhile, the other members of the regional group went to typhoon-stricken areas in the Visayas region to offer humanitarian aid to the victims of Yolanda.

What to watch on Christmas Day and beyond
By Isah V. Red | Dec. 18, 2013 at 06:02pm

HO HO HO! It’s Christmas time again and the Filipino movie fans are rejoicing again because they will have once again the fun of watching nothing but movies in their mother tongue (or what is imposed to them by the Constitution).

But to Filipinos not used to watching films in Filipino it’s going to be a miserable two weeks. They can only thank the availability of English language films (or other foreign language with English subtitles) on DVD or through Internet downloads. For that alone, the Christmas vacation is no longer wasted.

Still, some people who look at local movies with one eyebrow raised and lips puckered in condescension will, for once in their lives (as they always say) watch one or two titles among the eight films given the imprimatur of the omnipotent agency that runs the two-week Tagalog movie festival.

What are these eight movies?



They are 1.) 10,000 Hours, (a movie inspired by former senator Panfilo Lacson’s more than a year of evading arrest and incarceration at the time of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in Malacañang) starring Robin Padilla and directed by Bb. Joyce Bernal, should be interesting to those who don’t really watch a lot of Tagalog movies if only for its subject;

2.) Pedro Calungsod: Batang Martir, inspired by the life of a saint (I am not sure if the producers/writers/director did a thorough research on the material and if the production design can pass finicky used to Western cinema’s careful attention to detail) might be interesting as well to non-Tagalog movie audience. It stars GMA Network’s Rocco Nacino in the title role;

3.) Pagpag, (a horror-thriller inspired by the age-old practice of shaking the negative vibes when going to a wake of a departed relative or friend), can possibly stir the curiosity of the audience who normally don’t go for homegrown horror flicks) directed by Edgar Mortiz’s son Frasco and starring ABS-CBN’s hot teen stars Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo with Paulo Avelino and Shaina Magdayao;

4.) Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy. The title speaks for itself. According to Wenn Deramas it’s a comedy with Vice Ganda. Okay, unless you’re a fan of the comedian you wouldn’t want to be subjected to humor that demean human beings;

5.) Kimmy Dora: Ang Kiyemeng Prequel, (the title is self explanatory and you know it has two previous films before, so there’s no need to elaborate;

6.) My Little Bossings—oh, this is Kris Aquino’s favorite as her son Bimby stars along with the tiny Ryzza Mae and the comedian for all times Vic Sotto. Well, you’d watch if you were curious how the son of a basketball star and Presidential sister would appeal to your maternal instincts;

7.) Kaleidoscope World, not much has been heard of this movie, I wonder how it would fare at the box office. Insiders say the festival has already a film at the bottom;

8.) Boy Golden, the Johnny-come-lately among the entries, no thanks to Bong Revilla who backed out at the early months of the preparations. The film stars ER Ejercito and KC Concepcion, and guess who’s directing? Chito Roño that’s who.

Are you going to watch? A friend who is a fan and fond of Tagalog movies says, “Nah!”

Now, MMDA announced the schedule of activities for the upcoming 39th Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF).

Chairman Francis Tolentino at a press conference at the City Best Restaurant on Tomas Morato, Quezon City said stars and directors will be coming together at the annual Parade of Stars will on Dec. 22, starting at the Mall of Asia in Pasay City to the Quirino Grandstand.

The parade starts at 2 p.m. and the route will be from Seaside Boulevard, turning right at Macapagal Boulevard then to Edsa and Roxas Boulevard.

The awards night, meanwhile, is scheduled on Dec. 27, or two days after the Dec. 25 opening of the annual MMFF. The awarding ceremonies will be held at Meralco Theatre in Pasig City.

“We are calling on the public to support MMFF. We have provided quality Filipino films that will surely entertain and touch your hearts this Christmas season,” Tolentino said.

OPM artists’ prayer for Yolanda victims By Isah V. Red-Dec. 16, 2013; 06:02pm


Loboc Children’s Choir at what remains of Loboc church after the 7.5 magnitude earthquake singing
“The Prayer” in a video

ON Oct. 15, an earthquake with the energy equivalent to “32 Hiroshima bombs” devastated the Visayas, and parts of Mindanao and southern Luzon.

Two days later, the Loboc Children’s Choir sang, “The Prayer,” with the rubble of the hundred-year old Loboc Church as a backdrop.

Their performance moved so many people here and abroad. Then, tragedy struck again.

On Nov. 8, Typhoon Yolanda, the most powerful tropical cyclone of the year the provinces of Samar, Leyte, Cebu, Negros, and Palawan

Thousands died. Millions were left hungry, desperate and homeless.

Relief efforts from the Philippines and the rest of the world are currently helping the victims survive and find temporary homes.

But the bigger challenge is how to help all these people get back to their normal lives.

The Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mangaawit (OPM) took the inspiration from the Loboc Children’s Choir’s performance.

While the children are from Bohol, their angelic voices represent not just their home province but also earthquake-damaged Cebu, war-stricken Zamboanga, and typhoon-devastated Leyte, Samar and lloilo—where the people are praying for a miracle to allow them to rebuild their lives.

The Filipino musical artists lent their voices in representing the Philippines, hence showing the world that the country has one voice, one prayer and that the people are working together to rebuild the lives of the people greatly devastated by the succession of calamities that struck the country.


Rachelle Ann Go

The song will be used to raise funds through downloads. The proceeds will go to the helpPH campaign, a project by the Philippine Disaster Relief Fund (PDRF). It is a non-profit organization made up of major companies from the private sector and leading NGOs. PDRF, organized in October 2009 after Typhoons Ondoy, Pepeng, and Frank to tap resources for reconstruction efforts during emergencies brought about by calamities.

It is one of the three identified institutional conduits approved by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas to facilitate cooperation and coordination between the Philippine government and the private sector in formulating and implementing reconstruction strategies.

Its goal for Cebu, Bohol, Zamboanga and now the areas affected by Typhoon Yolanda is long-term solutions and programs that will bring businesses and jobs back to these areas. They are also planning to look into better designs for houses more suited for a country that is disaster prone. And they are focusing on rebuilding the communities, which including immediate help, housing, education by rebuilding school houses, and providing economic incentives and livelihood opportunities.


OPM artists (inset, from left) Gary Valenciano,
Martin Nievera, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Kuh Ledesma

As a way of giving thanks to all the countries that helped us, the OPM and the Loboc Children’s Choir, representing the Philippines, offer them “The “Prayer.”

Those who took part in the recording are Gary Valenciano, Martin Nievera, Kuh Ledesma, Ogie Alcasid, Regine Velasquez-Alcasid, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Lani Misalucha, Noel Cabangon, Christian Bautista, Billy Crawfod, Anne Curtis, Rachelle Ann Go, Erik Santos, Richard Poon, Yeng Constantino, Angeline Quinto, Karylle, JayR, Nikki Gil, Kris Lawrence, Iya Villania, Nyoy Volante, Sabrina, Shirley Vy (Tacloban survivor) with The Loboc Children’s Choir of Bohol.

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THE VIDEO: THE LOBOC CHOIR WITH OPM ARTISTS

 
Published on Dec 12, 2013 #ThePrayerForPH [Download The Prayer at www.spinnr.ph. All proceeds will go to the Philippine Disaster Recovery Foundation to help rebuild the lives of those in the Visayas.]

OPM ARTISTS RECORD "THE PRAYER" FOR YOLANDA VICTIMS

On October 15, 2013, an earthquake with the energy equivalent to "32 Hiroshima bombs" devastated the Visayas, and parts of Mindanao and southern Luzon.

Two days later, the Loboc Children's Choir sang, "The Prayer," with the rubble of the hundred year old Loboc Church as their backdrop.

Their performance moved so many people here and abroad. Then, tragedy struck again.

On November 8, Typhoon Yolanda, the most powerful tropical cyclone of the year hit East Samar, Samar and Leyte.

Thousands died. Millions were left hungry, desperate, and homeless.

Relief efforts from the Philippines and the rest of the world are currently helping the victims survive and find temporary homes.

But the bigger challenge is how to help all these people get back to their normal lives.

This is where we took inspiration from the Loboc Children's Choir's performance.

These children may be from Bohol, but their innocent voices represent not just their home province but also earthquake-damaged Cebu, war-stricken Zamboanga, and typhoon-devastated Leyte, Samar, and Iloilo -- all of whom are praying for a miracle to allow them to rebuild their lives.

And so we asked the help of various Filipino artists to lend their voices, to represent our country, and show the world that the Philippines has one voice, one prayer -- that we work together to help our countrymen rebuild their lives brick by brick.

The resulting song will be used to raise funds through downloads. The proceeds will go to the helpPH campaign, a project by the Philippine Disaster Recovery Foundation (PDRF). It is a non-profit organization made up of major companies from the private sector and leading NGOs. PDRF, organized in October 2009 after Typhoons Ondoy, Pepeng, and Frank to tap resources for reconstruction efforts during emergencies brought about by calamities, is one of the three identified institutional conduits approved by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas to facilitate cooperation and coordination between the Philippine government and the private sector in formulating and implementing reconstruction strategies.

Its goal for Cebu, Bohol, Zamboanga and now the areas affected by Typhoon Yolanda is long-term solutions and programs that will bring businesses and jobs back to these areas. They are also planning to look into better designs for houses more suited for a country that gets hit by typhoons and earthquakes. They are focusing on rebuilding the communities which includes: immediate help, provide housing, education by rebuilding school houses, providing economic incentives, and livelihood opportunities.

As a way of giving thanks to all the countries that helped us, we offer to them "The "Prayer".

To download "The Prayer" visit www.spinnr.ph.

Participating Artists:

• GARY VALENCIANO • MARTIN NIEVERA • KUH LEDESMA • OGIE ALCASID • REGINE VELASQUEZ-ALCASID • ZSA ZSA PADILLA • LANI MISALUCHA • NOEL CABANGON • CHRISTIAN BAUTISTA • BILLY CRAWFORD • ANNE CURTIS • RACHELLE ANN GO • ERIK SANTOS • RICHARD POON • YENG CONSTANTINO • ANGELINE QUINTO • KARYLLE • JAYR • NIKKI GIL • KRIS LAWRENCE • IYA VILLANIA • NYOY VOLANTE • SABRINA • SHIRLEY VY (TACLOBAN SURVIVOR) AND THE LOBOC CHILDREN'S CHOIR OF BOHOL Category Music License Standard YouTube License


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