Pandesal Forum : Topic On ” Who is the next Senate President?”

Sen. Win Gatchalian, just arrived for the Pandesal Forum @ Kamuning Bakery Cafe, to discuss w/ media friends about the Speakership in the new Congress, the Senate Presidency, the Sin Tax, & other related topics.

Pusong Pinoy sa Amerika Returns for its 15th Season on GMA Pinoy TV

The 15th season of Pusong Pinoy sa Amerika (Into the Hearts of the Filipinos in America) is set to unveil more informative and fun-filled segments to its loyal viewers beginning June 9, 4:30 p.m. (PST) on GMA Pinoy TV.

This season’s theme “Truth, Resilience, and Family Unity: Filipinos’ Resolve to Attain Family Reunification Amidst Tightening Immigration Policies” is prompted by the current US administration’s stricter immigration policies and changes in guidelines in the immigration system which makes reunification of families even more challenging. It is hosted by immigration lawyer Atty. Lou Tancinco and Filipino actor Eric Quizon.

The 30-minute talk show will explain the ins, outs, and in-betweens of immigration law. It will also discuss the “invisible wall” that impacts immigrants from obtaining their visas, delays in processing of visa petitions, children adoptions, child status protection act, marriages and report updates on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), temporary working visa, and path to naturalization, among others. It will utilize dramatizations, animations, graphics, and engaging discussion to keep viewers informed as well as entertained.

“Since we launched in 2006, we were able to educate Filipino immigrants with the right way of processing their visas. Now, we are actually seeing empowerment among them and we aim to continue that this season. The theme is for Filipinos who recently migrated to the US because of family and how to address the challenges that come with that. We also have to do our job well in trying to impart to the viewers what is real news as opposed to fake news,” says Atty. Tancinco.

“I actually learn a lot from the show. I have siblings and family in the United States, natutulungan sila ng program. Andako, marami rin akong natutunan, not just terminologies but international laws and immigration laws. Lalo na ngayon na palaging may bagong law na kailangang i-implement and our Kapuso abroad should know what’s happening,” adds Quizon.

Through its decade and a half on air, Pusong Pinoy sa Amerika has been honored with several awards including the Best Television Journalism Award from the Migration Advocacy in Media Award, and the Telly Awards for Information for the episode about DACA both in 2013. It was also given the New America Media’s Award for Outstanding Reporting on Civil Liberties Issues in Ethic Communities and the 2014 Telly Award for Documentary for the episode devoted to Typhoon Haiyan and the immigration benefits available to its victims and for its segment on photojournalist Rick Rocamora’s coverage. In 2018, the show was also nominated for NAMIC Vision Award in the foreign language category for its segment “Iba Ang Pinoy” featuring the sad and triumphant story of a Filipino deportee.

Itong pagpirma natin ulit with Atty. Lou ay parang renewal of vows. Noong kami ay nag-uusap noong 2005, bagonglaunch pa lang ang GMA Pinoy TV, ay nagpakita na ng tiwala sa atin si Atty. Lou. Ang Pusong Pinoy sa Amerika ay napakahalagang programa para sa ating mga Kapuso abroad na nangangailangan ng gabay, impormasyon, at minsan ay kakwentuhan lamang tungkol sa kanilang mga tanong at concerns sa kanilang pagtira sa Amerika. So over the years,nakita namin kung gaano minahal at sinuportahan ng ating mga Kapuso na nanunuod sa GMA Pinoy TV itong programa,” shares GMA’s First Vice President and Head of International Operations Joseph T. Francia.

Host Atty. Lou Tancinco is a San Francisco-based immigration lawyer who had successfully represented thousands of Filipinos with their immigration cases for over 27 years now. An advocate for immigrants’ rights for the underserved population, she also co-founded and led the 20-year-old non-profit organization Bayanihan Equity Center a.k.a. San Francisco Veterans Equity Center that advocated, served, and continues to honor Filipino World War II veterans while writing weekly immigration columns.

Meanwhile, co-host Eric Quizon is a Filipino television and movie actor, director, producer, and writer. He has been with the show for eight seasons already.

Pusong Pinoy sa Amerika Season 15 will premiere on June 9, 2019, at 4:30 p.m. (PST) and every Sunday thereafter on GMA Pinoy TV.

(L-R) Pusong Pinoy sa Amerika hosts Eric Quizon and Atty. Lou Tancinco with GMA International FVP and Head Joseph Francia and GMAI AVP for Programming Cheri Domingo (2)

Pusong Pinoy sa Amerika host Atty. Lou Tancinco (2nd from left) and GMA International First VP and Head Joseph Francia (2nd from right) with program co-host Eric Quizon (left) and GMA International AVP & Programming Head Cheri Domingo (right).

(L-R) Pusong Pinoy sa Amerika hosts Eric Quizon and Atty. Lou Tancinco

Pusong Pinoy sa Amerika hosts Atty. Lou Tancinco (right) and Eric Quizon.

GMA Network keeps TV ratings dominance in Urban Luzon

GMA Network remained to be the viewers’ preferred channel in Urban Luzon according to the latest data from ratings service provider Nielsen TV Audience Measurement.

For the month of May (with May 26 to 31 based on overnight data), GMA registered an average total day people audience share of 36.3 percent, beating ABS-CBN’s 30.7 percent in Urban Luzon, whichaccounts for 72 percent of all urban TV viewers in the country.

Per day part, GMA posted 29.3 percent audience share in the morning block while its rival network only got 23.8 percent. 

The Kapuso Network continued to lead in the afternoon block with 36.2 percent audience share, versus ABS-CBN’s 32.7 percent.

GMA Network won in the evening block as well with 39.5 percent as against competition’s 32.2 percent.

Kapuso shows likewise ruled the list of top-rating programs in Urban Luzon for the month of May with Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho (KMJS) again securing the number one spot. The award-winning magazine show similarly remained as the most watched program in National Urban Philippines.

KMJS was followed by Sahaya, Magpakailanman, 24 Oras, Kara MiaDaddy’s Gurl, Pepito ManalotoLove You TwoStudio 7, and Daig Kayo ng Lola Ko.

Completing the list were Eat Bulaga, Amazing Earth, The Crown Princess, The Boobay and Tekla Show, Dragon Lady, Bubble Gang, Wowowin, Bihag, Are You Human? and 24 Oras Weekend.

GMA Network also maintained its dominance in Mega Manila, which accounts for 60 percent of all urban viewers in the country.

Based on official data from May 1 to 25, GMA registered an average total day people audience share of 38 percent outscoring ABS-CBN’s 27.8 percent. In the list of top-rating programs in Mega Manila, 22 out of the top 30 shows were from GMA.

Meanwhile, GMA Network’s “Eleksyon 2019: The GMA News and Public Affairs Special Coverage” was the top news source during the 2019 Midterm Elections. Overall, the Kapuso Network’s special coverage from May 13 to 14 recorded an average people rating of 3.2 percent in the National Urban Television Audience Measurement (NUTAM), winning against ABS-CBN’s Halalan 2019, which only got 2.8 percent.

Nielsen TV Audience Measurement’s client pool covers a total of 32 clients/subscribers consisting of 6 local TV networks including ABS-CBN, TV5, Aksyon TV and CNN Philippines, among others; 3 regional clients; 2 blocktimers; and 21 agencies (17 media agencies, 3 consulting agencies, and 1 digital agency). (30)DISCLAIMER: This Message may contain confidential information intended only for the use of the addressee named above. If you are not the intended recipient of this message you are hereby notified that any use, dissemination, distribution or reproduction of this message is prohibited. If you received this message in error please notify your Mail Administrator and delete this message immediately. Any views expressed in this message are those of the individual sender and may not necessarily reflect the views of GMA Network, Inc.

Dobol B sa News TV now airs Mondays to Sundays

Beginning Monday (June 3), expect a bigger and better Dobol B sa News TV as it now airs every day from 6 a.m. to 12 noon with new programs and an exciting line-up anchored by the country’s most trusted radio broadcasters.

Jumpstarting weekday mornings is veteran anchorman Melo del Prado with the freshest news of the day on Melo Del Prado sa Super Radyo at 6 a.m. GMA News Pillar Mike Enriquez and Joel Reyes Zobel deliver the biggest news stories and latest news updates onSuper Balita sa Umaga Nationwide at 7 a.m.

Mike later on provides the public with more information about the issues at hand through interviews with key personalities on Saksi sa Dobol B at 8 a.m. while Joel returns at 9 to 9:30 a.m. with Anong Say N’yo?

At 9:30 a.m., fellow GMA News Pillar Arnold Clavio together with Ali Sotto tickle the viewers and listeners’ minds through their juicy blind items in Sino?.Later on at 10 a.m., the tandem further dissects the issues that made it to the news that day on Dobol A Sa Dobol B. For the final slot at 11 a.m., Kay Susan Tayo! Sa Radyo, anchored by Susan Enriquez, returns to the small screen.

On Saturdays, Melo del Prado hosts Super Radyo Nationwide at 6 a.m. followed by Super Balita sa Umaga with Sam Nielsen and Rowena Salvacion at 7 a.m. In the next hour, Rowena also hosts Isyu Atbp. while I M Ready sa Dobol B,hosted by Kapuso resident meteorologist Nathaniel ‘Mang Tani’ Cruz, comes next at 9 a.m.

Meanwhile, one of the newest additions to DZBB is the well-loved health program hosted by Connie Sison –Pinoy M.D. sa Dobol B—which airs at10 a.m. It is followed by DZBB Super Serbisyo: Buhay, Trabaho at Negosyo at 11 a.m. with Norilyn Temblor, Tootie, and Lala Roque.

On Sundays, Orly Trinidad opens the morning line-up with Buena Manong Balita at 6 a.m., followed by Super Balita sa Umaga, hosted by Sam Nielsen and Nimfa Ravelo, at 7 a.m. Nimfa also hosts Dobol B: Bantay Balita (Bantay sa Senado) at 8 a.m.

At 9 a.m., GMA News TV viewers can catch Benjie Liwanag’s Liwanag sa Balita followed by Divine Reyes’ Dobol B: Bantay Balita (Bantay sa Kamara). From 11 a.m. until 12 noon, Orly returns with MMDA sa GMA, which is in cooperation with the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA). 

Catch the successful collaboration of GMA Network’s flagship AM radio station Super Radyo DZBB 594 kHz and the country’s leading local news channel GMA News TVvia Dobol B Sa News TV airing Mondays to Sundays at 6 a.m. to 12 noon.

GMA News TV will now be seen on free TV via Channel 27 beginning June 4; while viewers abroad can also catch Dobol B Sa News TVon GMA News TV International

GMA Network hauls 3 Golds and 7 Silvers at 2019 USIFVF

GMA Network, the most internationally-awarded broadcast network in the Philippines, continues its winning streak this year as it earns for the country 10 medals and 6 certificates at the 2019 U.S. International Film & Video Festival—including three gold medals and two “Best of Festival” nominations.

Leading the roster of Kapuso awardees anew are the Network’s News and Public Affairs programs.

Earning not just one, but two Gold Camera Awards this year is the monthly documentary program The Atom Araullo Specials hosted by Atom Araullo. “The Atom Araullo Specials: BABIES FOR SALE.PH” bested all other entries in the Documentary: Investigative/Special Reports category. The documentary investigated the alarming baby transactions prevalent in social media. “The Atom Araullo Specials: BABIES FOR SALE.PH” is also a nominee in the prestigious “Best of Festival” Awards-Documentary category.

“The Atom Araullo Specials: No Leftovers” won a second Gold Camera Award this time in the Documentary: Social Issues category. The winning piece showed that food wastage remains a big problem in the Philippines by tracing how food is wasted from production to consumption.

Giving the country its third Gold Camera Award is “Bawal ang Pasaway kay Mareng Winnie: Nadenggoy ng Dengvaxia?” which won in the Documentary: Interview category. The episode featured program host Winnie Monsod probing Department of Health (DOH) Usec. Rolando Enrique Domingo and former DOH USec. Dr. Teodoro Herbosa about the dengue vaccination campaign amid the rising deaths of dengue patients and doubts on Dengvaxia’s safety. “Bawal ang Pasaway kay Mareng Winnie: Nadenggoy ng Dengvaxia?” also secured a nomination for “Best of Festival” Awards-Documentary category.

Meanwhile, late-night newscast Saksi earned a Silver Screen Award, this time for Breaking News Stories for its “Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut) Coverage”. Saksi provided live-reports from eight towns and cities in the seven provinces that would be greatly affected by typhoon Ompong—the strongest to hit the country since Yolanda (Haiyan). GMA resident meteorologist Nathaniel Cruz also provided weather analyses specific to five of those areas, which were directly in the storm path.

Also taking home a Silver Screen Award is top-rating and award-winning news magazine program Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho (KMJS) hosted by Jessica Soho. Its “Salay” feature, which won in the Documentary: Social Issues category, showed how students and teachers from Caraga, Davao Oriental risk their lives as they cross the river using an improvised cable car made from rattan called ‘salay’ so that they could go to school and buy basic needs.

Winning another Silver Screen Award is the country’s longest-running documentary program I-Witness.Its“Ang Islang Walang Lupa” documentary by Howie Severino was recognized in the Documentary: Environment, Ecology category. Howie and team went to the ruins of Sitio Pariahan in Bulacan where a once thriving village has now become a water world—reflecting what is happening to coastal villages throughout the Philippines.

Also earning for the country a Silver Screen Award is Front Row’s “Pasan”, which won in the Documentary: Biography category. Pasan featured the story of Daniel and Kyle Paculanan who are determined to remain in school and get an education even if they have to do it one difficult step at a time. Despite his gangly and awkward frame, eight-year-old Daniel carries his 10-year-old brother Kyle, to school every day. Kyle is unable to walk because he has polio and their mother cannot take him to school since she has to attend to two of their other siblings who were stricken with polio when they were younger as well.

Meanwhile, “Debate 2019: The Senatorial Face-off” took home a Silver Screen Award in the Documentary: Political Campaigns category. The debate aimed to empower Filipino voters in the 2019 Philippine midterm elections. Leading senatorial hopefuls faced one another to discuss their positions on various national issues and crucial government policies, as well as to test their knowledge on key issues affecting Filipinos.

GMA’s Entertainment Group took home a Silver Screen award for its weekly infotainment show I-Bilib.  Hosted by Chris Tiu, I-Bilib won in the Entertainment: Children’s category. The show not only entertains but inspires and educates Filipino children by featuring scientific experiments, exploring different scientific facts and theories surrounding everyday events, challenges, life hacks, illusions, and trivia presented in a fun, wacky and magical manner.

Rounding off the list of Silver Screen Awardees is GMA News TV’s Investigative Documentaries. Its “Piitan”series won in the Documentary: Social Issues category. Investigative Documentaries documented the struggle of people who live their days in cramped, windowless detention facilities. These inmates are mere suspects in crimes that have yet to be tried.

Aside from 10 medals, GMA Network also received six “Certificate for Creative Excellence” for the following: 24 Oras’ “Natonin Landslide Coverage” (Documentary: Continuing News Stories); Front Row’s “Nebulizer”(Documentary: Social Issues category); “Onanay” (Entertainment: Drama category); Reel Time’s “Fearless”(Documentary: Biography category); Idol sa Kusina (Entertainment: Cooking category); and GMA News and Public Affairs’ Eleksyon 2019 advocacy campaign, “Pusuan ang Totoo (Corporate: Public Relations category). (30)DISCLAIMER: This Message may contain confidential information intended only for the use of the addressee named above. If you are not the intended recipient of this message you are hereby notified that any use, dissemination, distribution or reproduction of this message is prohibited. If you received this message in error please notify your Mail Administrator and delete this message immediately. Any views expressed in this message are those of the individual sender and may not necessarily reflect the views of GMA Network, Inc.

MAFBEX 2019 Opens its Doors to a Fusion of Flavors and Business Opportunities

Now on its 13th year, the Manila Food and Beverage Expo has officially opened its doors once again to a whole new world of tastes, flavors, and opportunities. Living up to its reputation as the country’s “Ultimate Foodventure”, this year’s MAFBEX is occupying a total of 12,500sqm of exhibit space as it houses 500 booths and 300 companies from all over the Philippines and countries such as Australia, Japan, Taiwan, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Italy and Vietnam

As has been the tradition, a grand opening launch was held last June 12 at the lobby of the show venue. Present during the program and the ceremonial ribbon-cutting were Worldbex Services International’s key executive officers, Joseph Ang, Levi Ang, Archt. Francisco Flameño, Jill Ang, Rene Ramos, and Tessie Roque along with VIP guests including Senator Cynthia Villar and Secretary Emmanuel Piñol.

Inspired by the idea of opening up the F&B industry to new and novel perspectives, the key objective of this year’s show is to let everyone “Experience the Fusion” of gastronomic wonders and robust business opportunities. MAFBEX draws this idea from the realization that excellence and ingenuity thrive hardestwhere there is openness to change and diversity in perspectives.

With this key objective in mind, taking center stage at this year’s MAFBEX are not only a substantial array of F&B products and services that represent the future of food but also ones that will help F&B businesses refine and enhance their processes. This is evidenced by the product lines of this year’s exhibitors which will include POS systems, franchises, food equipment, packaging, and raw materials.

But more than just about the products and services, distinct to MAFBEX are other show components that focus on nurturing development and knowledge-building among its community of professionals, enthusiasts, and aspiring players alike. As such, visitors of this year’s MAFBEX can expect the return of the show’s signature event highlights that all aim to provide attendees with an immersive food show experience.

Among these highlights are live cook-offs and products demonstrations, the all-new Brew District, organic products and regional homegrown goods, and the Chefs of the World. Meanwhile, also making a highly-anticipated comeback are the MAFBEX Competitions such as the YHE Culinary Competition, MAFBEX Culinary Cup: Home Chef Edition, and the Flair Competition.

Very much in line with the show’s theme of fueling innovation, visitors are also encouraged to watch out for MAFBEX Seminars. Free of charge and open to all, the topics to be presented at this year’s seminars include “Kitchen Innovation through Diversity and Inclusion’’ by Chef Jester Arellano, “Evolution of Fusion Cuisine: A Breakthrough In Nutrition Trends for Millennials”, and “How to Open a Coffee Shop” by Ms. Ros Juan.

As MAFBEX sets the stage for promising B2B connections marked by the fusion of various forces and bold new concepts and ideas, MAFBEX’s commitment to cultivate the potential of the Philippine F&B industry is at once undeniable and impressive. More than just a food show, MAFBEX is truly the country’s most significant annual F&B event.

Organized by Worldbex Services International for the benefit of the ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation, the 13th Manila Food and Beverage Expo or MAFBEX 2019 will run until June 16, from 10am to 8pm at the World Trade Center Manila. Tickets are priced at P100. For more information, visit or follow @mafbex on Facebook and on Instagram.