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About ABS-CBN International 
ABS-CBN International was created 15 years ago to be of service to all Filipinos. With the launch of The Filipino Channel(TFC), the company became the first and most successful Filipino broadcaster in the U.S. The company offers telecommunication, retail, theatricals, money remittance and cargo services, online audio and video streaming along with philanthropic support for Filipinos and the communities they now call home.  Based in Redwood City, Calif., ABS-CBN International is a wholly-owned subsidiary of ABS-CBN Broadcasting, the Philippines’ largest entertainment and broadcasting company. For more information, visit www.abs-cbnglobal.com. 


TFC's Adobo Nation, ABS-CBN Foundation International PSA nab Emmy NorCal nominations

The 43th Annual Northern California Area EMMY® Award Nominations were announced  Wednesday, May 7th at noon on the internet. The EMMY® award is presented for outstanding achievement in television by The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS). 

ABS-CBN The Filipino Channel (TFC) garnered two nominations in this year's NorCal Emmys: 

Historic/Cultural-Program Feature/Segment 
* “Mother honors request of young landmine victim,” KGO ABC 7 
CHERYL JENNINGS, Producer/Reporter/Writer; STEVE KUSHMAN, Editor 
* “State of Change,” KTXL FOX 40 
BEN DECI, Reporter; DARREN MCQUADE, Photographer 
( “Man who rescued JFK reflects on 50th Anniversary,” KXTV 10 
DALE SCHORNACK, Reporter/Photographer/Editor 
*  “Adobo Nation - Sari-Sari Etc: 7 Mile House,” The Filipino Channel (ABS-CBN International) 
AGERICO PUGEDA, Executive Producer; TROY ESPERA, Producer; 

Watch the video: http://bit.ly/1g9hnV4 

Spot Announcments: Community/Public Service (PSA)-Single Spot or Campaign 
* “Batkid-Make a Wish,” sfgate.com/San Francisco Chronicle 
LUANNE DIETZ, MIKE KEPKA, Producer/Photographers 
* “Fighting for Survival,” The Filipino Channel (ABS-CBN International) 
JEREMIAH YSIP, Director/Photographer; EUGENE LIBADIA, Lighting Director; 
MICHAEL ANGELO CARRION, Motion Graphics Artist 

Rounding up the team behind this PSA are: Danny Manansala, Editor; Danie Sedilla-Cruz (of CCM Manila), Producer -- Manila unit; and Paolo Ramos (of CCM Manila), Director/Photographer -- Manila Unit. 

Watch the video: http://bit.ly/1uCAvEl 

Both teams have won NorCal Emmys for TFC since 2012. 

San Francisco/ Northern California is one of the twenty chapters awarding regional Emmy®  statuettes. Northern California is composed of media companies and individuals from Visalia to the  Oregon border and includes Hawaii and Reno, Nevada. Entries were aired during the 2013 calendar  year. 

This year 659 English and 101 Spanish entries were received in 63 categories. English and Spanish  language entries were judged and scored separately. A minimum of five peer judges from other NATAS  chapters scored each entry on a scale from 1 to 10 on Content, Creativity and Execution. (Craft categories were judged on Creativity and Execution only). The total score is divided by the number of  judges. The mean score is sorted from highest to lowest in each category. The Chapter Awards Committee looks at blind scores (not knowing the category) and decides on the cut off number for nominations and recipients. The results are tabulated by our accounting firm Spalding and Company. 

The Emmy® statuettes will be presented at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square on Saturday,  June 14, 2014. The black tie event is sponsored by Steve Padis Jewelry and Forevermark. The dual webcast of the live ceremony and red carpet interviews is sponsored by Anvato. Tickets for the gala are $150. 

Tickets may be purchased online at www.emmysf.tv For more information e-mailemmy@emmysf.tv  or call (415) 777-0212. 

ABS-CBN’s newest ‘kilig-serye’ to air this January 2013…
This January, ABS-CBN will launch its newest romantic-comedy series titled “Kahit Konting Pagtingin,” which stars Queen of Teleserye Theme Songs Angeline Quinto together with her two dashing leading men Breakthrough Actor of 2012 Paulo Avelino and Romantic-Comedy Heartthrob Sam Milby.
According to Angeline, she is overjoyed with the blessing of having her first ever teleserye. “I am really happy because I didn’t expect that this will happen ” shared the singer-actress. “If before I’m only part of teleseryes as the singer of the theme songs, now TV viewers can watch me everyday as an actress.”
In the series, Angeline will portray the role of Aurora, a highly-spirited and hardworking lady who will do everything for the sake of her loved ones. And amid her funny adventures, Aurora will meet two guys—Lance (Paulo) and Adam (Sam)—who are bound to win her heart.
“Kahit Konting Pagtingin’ is very light. It’s a heartwarming tale of a woman who works hard for her family,” said Angeline, who is truly proud of her first team-up with Paulo and Sam. “Of course, we will also discover in the story how Aurora finds her one true love.”
Aside from Angeline, Paulo and Sam, the newest Kapamilya kilig-serye will also star Snooky Serna, John Lapus, Mylene Dizon, James Blanco, Jordan Herrera, Ahron Villena, Joonee Gamboa, Denise Joaquin, and introducing Alexandra Macanan and Aljhon Lucas. Angeline's first-ever teleserye is directed by Darnel Villaflor.
Watch out for the beginning of a heartwarming tale that will bring smiles and love to TV viewers everyday, "Kahit Konting Pagtingin" this January 2013 on ABS-CBN. For more updates, log on to www.abs-cbn.com or follow abscbndotcom on Twitter.


Check out the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sd4zzf967Ts 


Mario Maurer, Erich Gonzales explore culture clash and chemistry 
in "Suddenly It's Magic" 
RP's hottest romantic comedy with Thai superstar and Filipina leading lady to screen in U.S. theaters starting November 9 

REDWOOD CITY, CA, November 5, 2012 – After releasing overseas a horror-suspense film in “The Healing”, a mature romantic drama in “The Mistress”, and a wacky comedy in “This Guy’s In Love With U, Mare!” – all box-office hits – ABS-CBN’s Star Cinema returns to the screen with one its strongest genres: feel-good romantic comedy via Suddenly It’s Magic which will hit select U.S. theatres starting November 9.

Giving rom-com a fresh take, the film outfit experimented with an international pairing, matching Thai superstar actor-singer-model Mario Maurer and Filipina actress Erich Gonzales in a youthful, upbeat love story that captures the delicate flavors of a modern fairy tale. 

Maurer plays Marcus Hanson, a Thai matinee idol who has everything… good looks, fame and fortune. Well, almost everything.  While his movies make people believe in happy endings, Marcus is facing personal and professional burnout: his onscreen and real girlfriend just dumped him for someone else.  Unlucky in love, Marcus begins to lose faith in what he has been doing and escapes to another country to find himself.  With the help of a nifty magical plot device called Deus ex machina, the ubiquitous tourism slogan, “It’s More Fun in the Philippines” reaches his consciousness and he decides to fly to the breathtaking province of Ilocos Norte to flee from the media frenzy surrounding his chaotic lovelife. 

He ends up in said province’s picturesque capital of Laoag where he chanced upon Joey Hermosa (Gonzales) in a hotel.  Pretty Joey is actually nursing a broken heart: she is a spurned bride. So, she compensates internally by weaving her own happy endings through baking, creating wedding cakes and other sweet delights and treats. 

Marcus finds himself drawn to Joey’s passion for baking, which reignites his love for his own craft, acting.  He also can’t shake his fast-growing feelings of attraction towards her. But not so fast! He has to learn how to court a Filipina properly or else he and Joey would not be able to get past the I-hate-you stage of cutely and lovably annoying each other to death.  Yes, the two adorable characters struggle for the right recipe that gives them a crack at their own happily-ever-after. 

Just when the ingredients are falling into place with a romantic trip to Thailand, here come the fans who want Marcus back with his onscreen love mate, compounded by his overprotective mother and Joey’s own responsibilities back in the Philippines. 

Is their love just a rebound affair, a holiday romance, a fantasy bubble that is about to burst or is it true, solid and strong enough to face life’s realities? Is the chemistry for real? 

Catch Mario and Erich in Suddenly It’s Magic, directed by Rory Quintos, in the following cities and theatres: 
Century Great Mall 
1010 Great Mall Drive 
Milpitas, CA 95035 

Century at Tanforan 
1188 El Camino Real 
San Bruno, CA 94066 

Century 25 
32100 Union Landing 
Union City, CA 94587 

Century Laguna 16 
9349 Big Horn Blvd. 
Elk Grove, CA 95758 

Edwards Cerritos Stadium 
12761 Towne Center Drive 
Cerritos, CA 90701 

Orange Stadium Promenade 
1701 W. Katella Avenue 
Orange, CA 92867 

Century 8 Theaters 
12806 Victory Boulevard 
North Hollywood, CA 91606 

UA Horton Plaza 
475 Horton Plaza 
San Diego, CA 92101 

Regal Village Square Stadium 
9400 W. Sahara Avenue 
Las Vegas, NV 89058 

For more information, please visit www.abs-cbnglobalmovies.com.  Check also the trailer at  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sd4zzf967Ts 


ABS-CBN Foundation International issues urgent appeal for donations to Hurricane Sandy victims 
Call made by AFI as thousands of Filipinos in Northeast U.S. reel from impact

REDWOOD CITY, CA, November 2, 2012 – ABS CBN Foundation International (AFI) makes an official plea today for donations to assist Filipinos in the Northeast United States who were impacted by the devastation wrought by Hurricane Sandy.

Earlier this week, powerful winds and rains brought by Sandy pummeled said region, resulting in a current death toll of 75, a number that is expected to rise as more bodies are recovered from the wreckage, per U.S. News and World Report and Fox News. Forecasting firm Eqecat also estimated a cost of $20 to $50 billion in economic losses, including property damage, lost business and extra living expenses. 

Staring out as a hurricane that turned into a super storm, Sandy cut a path of destruction that ranks second only to Hurricane Katrina in terms of damage. Filipinos in New York and New Jersey were among those who fled their homes due to floodwaters brought about by the hurricane. A number of them had to be evacuated especially those affected by the floodwaters in Atlantic City, Jersey City, Keansburg, and New Milford in New Jersey as well as Inwood, Long Island, New York. Thousands of Filipinos are among the 1.5 million people who are now without power in Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Maine and Ohio. An estimated 460,000 Filipinos live in 13 states across the eastern seaboard of the United States. 

Urgent donations may be sent to ABS-CBN Foundation International today through the following means: 

1.        Send a check 
Send a check payable to ABS CBN Foundation International.  Write "Hurricane Sandy" on the memo section of the check and mail to: 
ABS CBN Foundation International 
150 Shoreline Dr 
Redwood City CA 94065 
Attn: Hurricane Sandy Donations 

2.        Direct Deposit 
Pls deposit donation to any Wells Fargo bank, scan a copy of deposit slip and email to  analiza_gelasio@abs-cbn.com for proper acknowledgement of donation. 
Bank: Wells Fargo 
Account Name: ABS CBN Foundation International 
Routing Number 121042882 
Account Number 3036186462 

3.        Donate online 
Visit www.abscbnfoundation.org, click on "Donate Now " button and choose "Hurricane Sandy" from the homepage. 

For questions or additional information, please call the ABS CBN Foundation Disaster Team at (650) 508-6118. 

Source: http://www.abscbnfoundation.org/



TFC, Six Flags Magic Mountain team up 
for TFC Kapamilya Fun Day on April 1 
Erik, Vina, Yeng & Jovit concert among event’s exciting family offerings 

REDWOOD CITY, CA, March 6, 2012 – Let the fun and screams begin as ABS-CBN’s The Filipino Channel (TFC), the largest 24/7 in-language multi-platform television network serving Filipinos all over the world, and Six Flags Magic Mountain Los Angeles, the Thrill Capital of the World, join hands for a historic team-up to bring to all,TFC Kapamilya Fun Day at Six Flags Magic Mountain, on Sunday, April 1,from 10:30am to 8:00pm. 

For the first time, Filipinos will experience a smorgasbord of family-friendly fare and top-notch live TFC entertainment but set in the extreme thrill ride haven of world-class roller coasters and over 100 rides, games and attractions of the landmark theme park located in Valencia, California. 

For just $55, the special-ticket event covers the following: entrance and access to Six Flags Magic Mountain attractions; entrance to the free movie screening at Magic Moments Theatre (limited seating); choice of one of two TFC shows (3:00pm and 6:00pm) at the Golden Bear Theatre inside the park; and choice of one of the available scheduled “buffet meals” at The Grand Oak Picnic area where the TFC Pavilion and all its exciting activities will be located. 

Headlining the TFC shows at the Golden Bear Theatre are no less than RP’s Prince of Pop Erik Santos, Rock Princess Yeng Constantino, Golden Voice Jovit Baldivino and Ultimate Performer Vina Morales – award-winning entertainers known for their impactful presence and unforgettable performances in live shows.  At TFC Kapamilya Fun Day at Six Flags Magic Mountain, expect intimate and highly engaging numbers from these artists who will surely touch the hearts of their fans. 

“Just last February, TFC launched its newest station ID called, ‘Da Best ng Pilipino Saan Man sa Mundo’,” said TFC Kapamilya Fun Day at Six Flags Magic Mountain Event Project Head Ricky Resurreccion. “What the SID highlighted – Filipino excellence in family, love and caring, talent and even heroism – comprise the collective sentiment and experience that we want to achieve for this event. We want everyone to enjoy and feel genuine camaraderie as if going to a picnic in a park with an extended family.  It’s that kind of atmosphere that we hope would pervade the whole park.” 

As for Six Flags Magic Mountain, 2012 is a big year for the park, too. Operated by Six Flags Entertainment Corporation, the world’s largest regional theme park company with 19 parks across the U.S., Mexico and Canada, their own team is excited to offer the park’s new attractions which include thrill rides named after the iconic brands of DC Comics and Warner Bros.  There will be entertainment for the intrepid at heart and for the pint-sized who go for gentler adventures. 

“There is so much for the Filipino to celebrate in this Year of the Dragon,” said TFC North America Managing Director Olivia De Jesus.  “With TFC Kapamilya Fun Day at Six Flags Magic Mountain, TFC partners with a leading theme park company to offer quality fun and entertainment to other locales in keeping with our mission to serve the Filipino wherever he or she may be.” 

The Best of The Filipino Anywhere In The World: "Da Best ng Pilipino, Saan Man sa Mundo"


TFC extols Filipino excellence in 2012 Station ID 
“Da Best ng Pilipino, Saan Man sa Mundo” kicks off on ASAP 2012 

REDWOOD CITY, CA, February 21, 2012 – ABS-CBN’s The Filipino Channel (TFC), the largest 24/7 in-language multi-platform television network serving Filipinos all over the world, kicked off on February 19 a new station identity (SID) during the top-rated musical variety show ASAP 2012 on ABS-CBN in the Philippines and on TFC in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Middle East, Asia-Pacific, Japan and Australia. 

Called, “Da Best ng Pilipino, Saan Man sa Mundo” (literally, “The Best of the Filipino Anywhere in the World”), the SID delivers lilting music, a powerful blend of choral and solo rock vocals, a glossy production, a stylized execution and a strong message on five areas of Filipino excellence: Pamilya (family), Kasayahan(exultation or joyful festivities), Talento (talent), Pagmamahalan (love or romance), and Kabayanihan (heroism). 

Hot on the heels of last year’s phenomenal global SID, “Tayo Ang TFC” (“We are TFC”), the creative lead tandem of ABS-CBN Head of Creative Communication Management Robert G. Labayen and TFC’s Global Customer Engagement Head John-D Lazatin thought that celebrating Filipino excellence was the logical message for the SID that would follow “Tayo Ang TFC”. 

“In 2011, our global affinity campaign highlighted the common ground that TFC shared with Filipinos who migrated to other countries,” said Lazatin. “The experiences began with tears and struggles. But with hope, innate abilities, resilience and hard work, these eventually transformed into stories of joy, pride, and triumph. Through it all, TFC was with them in their journey and has become part and parcel of the lives of Filipinos overseas.  TFC saluted the Filipino community worldwide via that SID.” 

Lazatin continued: “In 2012, Robert and I with our team decided to focus on singling out the qualities that made Filipinos rise above all the challenges they faced, especially in 2011. We were one in thinking that we should highlight the exceptional qualities.” 

The result is a progression in messaging, but a radically different execution. “If ‘Tayo Ang TFC’ had a raw, emotional, semi-documentary feel to it, with actual Filipino migrants telling their stories, there is no one talking on ‘Da Best ng Pilipino, Saan Man sa Mundo’. We let the images and the music do all the talking,” said Labayen, who also wrote the lyrics to the SID song. 

“TFC’s 2012 SID ‘Da Best ng Pilipino, Saan Man sa Mundo’ is an affirmation that when you talk about the Filipino, it’s just no longer about those living in the Philippines, but Filipinos residing and excelling all over the world,” said ABS-CBN Global COO Raffy Lopez. “TFC salutes and supports the Filipino Community worldwide, people who bring the light of hope, joy and triumph wherever they may be through excellence in all that they do.” 

As the SID lyrics go, “Sa isip, sa puso, kalinga’t talino, ipagmamalaki mo, da best ng Pilipino!” (“In thought, in loving, in caring and through our talent, let’s take pride in the best of the Filipino!”) 

View the 2012 TFC Station ID “Da Best ng Pilipino, Saan Man sa Mundo” on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gnMptNL_Q8o 

About ABS-CBN Global 
ABS-CBN Global Hungary Kft is a wholly owned subsidiary of ABS-CBN Corporation, the Philippines’ largest entertainment and broadcasting company.  It was created over 15 years ago to be in service to all Filipinos.  Its global flagship product is The Filipino Channel (TFC), the leading and largest 24/7 in-language multi-platform television network serving Filipinos all over the world. For more information, visit www.abs-cbnglobal.com. 

TAMBALANG COCO-JULIA MAS TINUTUKAN. Nanatiling panalo sa national TV ratings ang Primetime Bida teleseryeng pinagbibidahan nina Susan Roces, Helen Gamboa, Richard Gomez, Dawn Zulueta, Julia Montes, at Coco Martin na "Walang Hanggan." Base sa pinakahuling tala ng Kantar Media, nakakuha ang "Walang Hanggan" ng 26.7% national TV rating, kumpara sa 22.2% ng katapat nitong bagong teleserye ng GMA na "My Beloved." At dahil sa mainit na suporta ng mga manonood, patuloy ang personal na pasasalamat ng cast ng "Walang Hanggan" sa kanilang mall tour ngayong Sabado (Pebrero 18), 5pm, sa Gaisano Capital Island Mall, Mactan, Cebu. Abangan ang lalong umiinit at makapigil-hiningang eksena sa “Walang Hanggan” gabi-gabi sa TFC sa buong mundo. Para sa karagdagang updates, mag-log on sa http://walanghanggan.abs-cbn.com/, i-‘like’ ang http://facebook.com/abs.walanghanggan, o sundan ang @walanghanggan_ sa Twitter.


 ABS-CBN Primetime Bida drama series "Walang Hanggan" remained unbeatable as it won in the national TV ratings based on Kantar Media. The teleserye topbilled by Susan Roces, Helen Gamboa, Richard Gomez, Dawn Zulueta, Julia Montes, and Coco Martin garnered a 26.7% national TV rating, compared to its newest rival program from GMA, "My Beloved" which only got 22.2%. With their success, "Walang Hanggan" cast continues to thank their fans for the warm support through a series of mall shows. Get to know them up close and personal this Saturday (February 18), 5pm, in Gaisano Capital Island Mall, Mactan Cebu. Don’t miss “Walang Hanggan,” weeknights, on TFC worldwide. For more updates, log-on to 
http://walanghanggan.abs-cbn.com/, ‘like’ http://facebook.com/abs.walanghanggan, or follow @walanghanggan_ on Twitter. ( Aaron Domingo, ABS-CBN PR Manager, Manila)

“It’s Showtime” tops Twitter trending topics



ABS-CBN’s new noontime program “It’s Showtime” has just started serving up unparalleled fun to the madlang people with its amusing games and exciting prizes but it already became the most talked-about local topics on Twitter during its much-awaited pilot last Monday (Feb 6).

The pilot elicited delight and thrill among Filipino netizens, prompting the hashtag ‘#ItsShowtime’ to top Twitter’s trending topics. Also trending on the micro-blogging site was ‘Baliwag U,’ a term popularized by host Anne Curtis, and the impromptu comical skit segment ‘Sine Mo ‘To.’

True to their promise to make Filipinos happy, the hosts continue to bring their own brand of entertainment through ‘Sine Mo ‘To’ by thriving on spontaneity and giving the spotlight to the randomly selected studio audience members.

After it trended on Twitter, the highly engaging segment captured the hearts of viewers who have since followed the story narrated by Vhong Navarro and Billy Crawford and acted out by the selected madlang people and hosts Anne, ‘Kuya’ Kim Atienza, Karylle, Vice Ganda, Teddy Corpuz, Jugs Jugueta, Jhong Hilario, Ryan Bang, Coleen Garcia, at Eric ‘Eruption’ Tai.

Aside from the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform on-stage with the hosts, the audience participants also get to win cash prizes depending on their performance in ‘Akting Mo, Premyo Mo.’

The program continues to discover the most entertaining acts from all over the country via the Classic Showtime talent search portion, while the hosts get to unleash their wacky side in “Arte Mo!” where the remaining contestant advances to Kuya Kim’s thrilling “Rock Clock” round and could win as much as P500,000.

Meanwhile, people who can’t sing in tune don’t need to worry in the ‘Singing V’ game, hosted by Vice, that challenges participants’ knowledge of song lyrics.

‘Party-party’ with the ‘unkabogable’ barkada of “It’s Showtime” weekdays and Saturdays at 11:30 a.m on ABS-CBN and TFC worldwide. (Kane Errol Choa, ABS-CBN Corporate Affairs & PR Director, Manila )


Gawad Geny Lopez Jr. Bayaning Pilipino Awards goes global 
Worldwide search for Filipino organizations doing extraordinary service kicks off this month 

REDWOOD CITY, CA, February 10, 2012 – Where there are Filipinos, there are heroes, and it’s time to honor them.” 

With this campaign line, firm belief and an international network of regional teams in place to make it happen, the Gawad Geny Lopez Jr. Bayaning Pilipino Awards is going global this year, the first time since its inception in 1994. 
“It is a huge and momentous initiative to reach out to Filipinos all over the world and recognize their collective efforts in serving their less fortunate Filipino brothers and sisters wherever they may be. We are truly excited by this development,” said Fr. Nilo Tanalega, SJ who heads Ugnayan at Tulong para sa Maralitang Pamilya (UGAT) Foundation (translated literally as Relations and Assistance for Poor Families).  UGAT, a non-profit organization based in the Philippines, oversees the screening of nominations and selection of winners. 

“My father would be smiling right now,” said Raffy Lopez, COO of ABS-CBN Global which oversees the promotion and production of the distinguished award ceremonies.  “He started Bayaning Pilipino (Filipino Heroes) with Father Nilo. It would warm his heart to know that ABS-CBN in Manila, TFC globally and UGAT, have expanded their long-running partnership to search around the world for ordinary folks doing extraordinary work in the service of the Filipino people.  This is true to his vision and mission.” 

The “father” is Don Eugenio “Geny” Lopez Jr., founder of ABS-CBN Corporation, the largest entertainment and broadcasting company in the Philippines. He is known in the industry as the “Father of Philippine Broadcasting”. The award, which was named after him, began after he learned of a Filipina maid in Hong Kong who got run over by a car in pursuit of saving a child. The award gives recognition to Filipinos (now as organizations) who in the face of challenges and difficulties manage to rise and emerge as role models of service in their communities.   

“We have honored so many Filipinos, but taking the search to a worldwide level posed major logistical requirements.  We are so enthused by the energy and commitment of TFC teams in all regions in taking part in the project.  It shows their involvement and love for the Filipino communities that they serve,” said Chit Guerrero, vice president for ABS-CBN Corporation’s Special Projects which works directly with UGAT in Manila for this project. 

Gawad Geny Lopez Jr Global Bayaning Pilipino has kicked off this month. The search is open to all Filipino organizations in the U.S., Canada, Asia-Pacific (covering Singapore and Hong Kong), Europe (covering Italy and U.K.), Middle East, Australia and Japan. The criteria are as follows:  (1) Measurable impact: scope and number of beneficiaries with known effective results; (2) Highlight the value of unity/PAGKAKAISA (effective elimination of selosan (jealousy), inggitan (envy), siraan (negative criticism), etc. or has effectively dealt with these either through interventions or through innovative methods); (3) Focused on service and/or an issue (poverty, health, education, etc) as felt either in your respective country or in the Philippines; (4) Transcend regionalism/parochialism; (5) Participatory/people-oriented leadership (as shown in the manner of how they choose their leaders and their acceptance thereof); (6) Promote Filipino values and culture and Filipino heritage. 

Deadline of submission of nominations is on March 15, 2012.  Regional winners will be announced late May 2012 after a period of tight screenings and validation.  The winners will be flown to Manila, Philippines for the national awarding ceremony to be held in June 2012. 

For nomination forms and more information, visit www.globalbayaningpilipino.com. 


The newest noontime show to conquer television’s afternoon block kicked off with a big bang as mentions on the much-anticipated pilot of “It’s Showtime” flooded the micro-blogging site Twitter yesterday (Feb 6). 

The opening dance and song number of hosts Vhong Navarro, Anne Curtis, Billy Crawford, ‘Kuya’ Kim Atienza, Karylle, Vice Ganda, Teddy Corpuz, Jugs Jugueta, Jhong Hilario, Ryan Bang, Coleen Garcia, and Eric ‘Eruption’ Tai elicited delight and thrill among Filipino netizens, prompting the hashtag ‘#ItsShowtime’ to top the trending topics on Twitter Philippines. 

Also trending were "Baliwag U," a term popularized by Anne, and the "Sine Mo ‘To" segment wherein the hosts perform in a comical skit and audience members win cash prizes for participating. 

The madlang people also saw the return of the classic talent search portion and the “Arte Mo!” hosted by Anne at Vhong where the remaining contestant advanced to Kuya Kim’s “Rock Clock” round and could win as much as P500,000. 

Meanwhile, Vice’s "Singing V" challenges participants’ musical knowledge, while teams go against each other in answering trivia questions in the "Pitik Bulag". 
Before the much-anticipated pilot of “It’s Showtime,” a ‘Countdown Party Party’ for the network’s employees and the hosts’ fans was mounted at the ABS-CBN compound Sunday night (Feb 5). 

Aside from the “It’s Showtime” hosts, ABS-CBN’s brightest talents also turned up at the event to show their support for the new show, including Erik Santos, Jovit Baldivino, Bugoy Drilon, Marcelito Pomoy, Ejay Falcon, Empress Schuck, Gab Valenciano. Entertaining the crowd were bands Sponge Cola, Itchyworms, Rocksteddy, and “Showtime” Season 1 grand champion XB Gensan and child wonder Bugoy Carino.

Party-party with the unkabogable barkada of “It’s Showtime” weekdays and Saturdays at 11:30 a.m on ABS-CBN in the Philippines and onTFC worldwide. (Kane Errol Choa, ABS-CBN Corporate Affairs & PR Director )

Praybeyt Benjamin

Vice Ganda as “Praybeyt Benjamin” invades U.S. theatres 
RP’s highest grossing film of all time finally showing in 9 U.S. cities this December 

After two years of being a morning kapamilya favorite, "It's Showtime" will be ABS-CBN's newest noontime program effective Monday, February 6, 2012.
The new show will be hosted by Vhong Navarro, Anne Curtis, Billy Crawford, Karylle, ‘Kuya’ Kim Atienza, Teddy Corpuz, Jugs Jugueta and Vice Ganda, whose camaraderie, spontaneity, talents, and shared sense of humor have brought joy to kapamilyas.  Joining them in "It's Showtime" are dance master Jhong Hilario, and favorite "ex hurados" Ryan Bang, and Coleen Garcia.
Together, they will be bringing a new and  more exciting show filled with surprises and engaging segments that will  make viewers experience MORE FUN IN SHOWTIME.  
ABS-CBN thanks the "madlang people, " here in the Philippines and in The Filipino Channel (TFC) markets worldwide, for being with Showtime and its hosts in their journey of bringing joy and hope every morning the past two years. ABS-CBN  invites the viewers to continue their unwavering support for Showtime as it moves to noontime, from Monday to Saturday starting February 6.                                                    

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One Kapamilya Go! 2010 at California's Great America

Star Magic World Tour 
held Saturday, June 27, 2009 at the Citizens Business Park Arena in Ontario, Southern California

Star Magic World Tour

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A Mother's Story receives “A” grade from RP’s Cinema Evaluation Board 
TFC’s first film venture to premiere on January 8 in Manila, followed by January 12 theatrical run nationwide

MANILA, Philippines - Comedienne Pokwang's first solo movie, A Mother's Story, was graded "A" by the Cinema Evaluation Board (CEB). 
        Films graded “A” and “B” by the Board are entitled to amusement tax reward that commensurate with the amusement tax levied on and collected from the films by Metro Manila cities and municipalities, and by other highly urbanized and independent component cities in the Philippines, pursuant to Sections 141 and 150 of Republic Act No. 7160. 
        Grade “A” films qualify for 100 percent of the amusement tax collected while Grade “B” films are eligible for 65 percent of the amusement tax collected, where the remaining 35 shall accrue to the funds of the Film Development Council of the Philippines under which the CEB serves as the film evaluating body. 
        A Mother's Story is ABS-CBN The Filipino Channel’s (TFC) latest movie offering to overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) around the world. 
        The film revolves around the story of Medy, played by Pokwang, a make-up artist who dares to make a life in the United States as an illegal immigrant in exchange for saving the life of her infant daughter. 
        It focuses on the everyday sacrifices that millions of Filipino parents make as they leave their homes to find jobs overseas. 
        In an earlier report, Pokwang said she is a former OFW herself and can relate to the hardships and challenges experienced by Filipinos who decided to try their luck overseas in order to provide a bright future for their families. 
        “Totoong-totoo ‘yung emotions na naibigay ko talaga. Kasi alam ko ‘yung naramdaman ng mga nanay, especially yung mga magulang na nawalay sa mga anak (The emotions I felt were real because I know what mothers feel, especially those parents who were forced to separate from their children to work abroad),” she said. 
         “For TFC’s initial offering, we dedicate A Mother’s Story to all the Filipino parents and children who continue to live and love apart,” explained John-D Lazatin, the director of A Mother’s Story. 
        The movie also showcases both the travails and triumphs of illegal immigrant Filipinos. 
        TFC chose host and comedienne Pokwang to play Medy because her own personal life epitomizes the struggles of an overseas Filipino worker (OFW). 
        “Pokwang has lived the story. She has a full grasp of what sacrifice means to the overseas Filipino,” Lazatin pointed out.The successful comedienne once worked as an OFW in the Middle East and in Japan. 
        While A Mother’s Story will premiere on January 8 at Cinema 5 of Trinoma Mall in Quezon City, Philippines, it has already screened successfully abroad, namely in some areas in the US, Canada, London and Milan.  It will also hit Philippine theaters nationwide on the same day.  (abs-cbnnews.com, ABS-CBN Europe News Bureau, Balitang America, ABS-CBN International) 

Vice Ganda as “Praybeyt Benjamin” invades U.S. theatres 
RP’s highest grossing film of all time finally showing in 9 U.S. cities this December 

Versatile actress and beauty Angel Locsin with the wacky production team of ABS-CBN's top-rating sitcom, "TODA Max" (Jojit Lorenzo)



With her effective portrayal as Isabel Padausdos, Justin’s (Vhong Navarro) girlfriend, in the first few episodes of Kapamilya Comedy flagship sitcom “TODA Max,” Angel Locsin has proven that her gift in acting is not only limited to primetime teleseryes and romantic movies. She can also shine in comedy

At first, Angel was just a guest star in the sitcom. But after showing her innate hilarity, there was no more reason for her to leave the Beverly Gil’s strip. “TODA Max” proudly launches Angel Locsin as its newest member, whose humor is sure to add loads of laughter and bring happiness to every Filipino family.

It can be recalled that recently, Angel made a mark when she did a serious wolf role in ABS-CBN’s hit primetime series “Imortal” with John Lloyd Cruz. Now in “TODA Max,” she’s ready to bring out the comedienne in her. Angel will join other big stars such as action superstar Robin Padilla, Prince of Comedy Vhong Navarro and Pokwang.

In an interview, the actress said that besides the acting awards she wants to bag in the future, she also dreamt of starring in family-oriented sitcoms like “TODA Max.”

“I grew up watching sitcoms, especially those filled with moral values. I also believe that a family’s relationship can be strengthened by watching television together,” said Angel.

Meanwhile, “TODA Max” was hailed as the country’s most watched comedy program for the month of November. According to Kantar Media, the sitcom garnered 23% TV rating, alongside with other top-rating shows of the Kapamilya network.

With this triumph, the spirit of the undisputed Kapamilya Comedy has definitely been revived. Catch “TODA Max” Saturdays, on TFC.

For more updates, stay tune on the Kapamilya network. Follow “TODA Max” on http://www.facebook.com/pages/Toda-Max-ABS-CBN. (Katherine Solis, ABS-CBN PR Manager, Manila)

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"No Other Woman" (Anne Curtis, Derek Ramsey & Cristine Reyes)

Melai and Jason bring their brand of wacky humor
to “The Adventures of Pureza: Queen of the Riles” 
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Aga-Angel-Jake starrer, “In the Name of Love”, to premiere in LA, San Francisco last May, 2011. 
Angel Locsin and Jake Cuenca to grace screenings of Star Cinema’s latest blockbuster 

Vic SottoBea Alonzo team up in the summer laugh trip, 
“Pak! Pak! My Dr. Kwak!” 
RP’s latest top grossing comedy to be screened in San Francisco, LA-Cerritos and San Diego 

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Sarah-Gerald’s new team-up in “Catch Me… I’m in Love” 
an instant box-office hit 
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Vhong, Angelica deliver laughs, swoons and scares 
in “Bulong”, Star Cinema’s Valentine 2011 offer 
Chito Roño-helmed romantic horror comedy screen in 6 U.S. cities on Feb 11, 2011. 

37th MMFF’s biggest winner, Ang Tanging Ina Mo 
(Last Na ‘To), screen in 8 U.S. cities on January 2011  

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Gabby, KC star in father-daughter drama, “I’ll Be There” 
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RP’s indie king Coco Martin makes U.S. theatrical debut via “Noy” on June 2010

RP’s indie king Coco Martin makes U.S. theatrical debut via “Noy” this June 
Critically acclaimed film to be screened in San Francisco, Milpitas, San Diego and LA-Cerritos 

“Paano Na Kaya”starring Kim, Gerald screened 
in 8 U.S. cities on February 2010 
Long-awaited “Kimerald” starrer is ABS-CBN International’s pre-Valentine film offering 

SECRET LOVE:  Mae (Kim Chiu) has always been in love with her best friend, Bogs (Gerald Anderson).  But Bogs, on the other hand, is madly in love with his girlfriend, Anna (Melissa Ricks).  Can these best friends ever become a romantic couple? (Star Cinema) 

'The Heartthrobs and Friends' are coming to the San Jose Civic Auditorium on April 10th, 2010.

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ABS-CBN’s Starry Starry Store released DVD 
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