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Philippine version of Korean reality show ‘Running Man’ to start airing in 2021

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GMA Network announced that it is bringing to the Philippines the international hit reality show “Running Man” after it signed a co-production deal with South Korea’s SBS TV Network.

To be known as “Running Man Philippines”, the local version of the race-plus-missions reality program is targeted to start airing in 2021.

The Philippines, thus, will become the fourth country outside of South Korea to run the weekly program, which was first aired by SBS on July 11, 2010 as part of its “Good Sunday” lineup.

Also having their own versions of “Running Man” are China, Vietnam and Indonesia.

The signing of the co-production contract was attended by GMA Network Chairman and CEO Felipe Gozon, GMA Network President and COO Gilberto R. Duavit, EVP, CFO Felipe S. Yalong, SBS Korea Chief Global Contents Officer SBS Korea Kim Yong Jae and Global Production & Business Team Director Kim Soo Hwan.

In an interview with GMA News, Yong Jae said this is SBS’s first co-production with a Philippine network. “We experienced the success in Vietnam and China and we’re expecting a lot in the Philippines also.”

Gozon said he is thrilled to be partnering with a well-known network in South Korea and is hoping to make it a top rating show in the Philippines.

“We are also very delighted to partner with a great institution in content and we know that this “Running Man” is a top rating program not only in South Korea  but in other countries and we hope to make it also a top rater her in the Philippines,” Gozon said.

As part of the promotions for “Running Man Philippines”, the cast of “Running Man Korea” Yoo Jae Suk, Ji Suk Jin, Kim Jong Kook, Haha, Lee Kwang Soo, Song Ji Hyo, Yang Se Chan, and Jeon So Min will be having a fan meet at the Mall of Asia Arena on June 21.

GMA Network gives ‘Centerstage’ to child singers in new reality show hosted by Alden Richards

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The Kapuso network is giving child singers the opportunity to be discovered right at their early years with the launch of a new weekly reality show and singing competition titled “Centerstage”, which will be hosted by phenomenal actor and singer Alden Richards.


The contest, to be aired over Channel 7 every Sunday starting February 16, is targeting children aged 7 to 12.

Alden said by taking GMA 7’s centerstage, kids will get the chance to show their talent and begin their journey as singers. “We want them to be inspired and motivated na even though hindi sila makuha sa contest na to this will not be the end, but the start of their journey as singers.”

The Philippines’ “Concert Queen” Pops Fernandez will lead the panel of judges, which also includes Aicelle Santos and Mel Villlena.

Alden said they will make sure the “Centerstage” will be fun and inspirational for the child contestants.

Alden’s own life and career can be a source of inspiration for children as well, as he rose from playing small roles to being the lead actor in the country’s highest grossing film of all time “Hello, Love, Goodbye”, opposite Kapamilya actress Kathryn Bernardo. 


ABS-CBN announced that Alden and Kathryn have been named “Phenomenal Stars of Philippine Cinema” by the Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Scholarship Foundation on Friday (February 7) due to the success of their 2019 film.

Alden has also become one of the country’s top recording artists, with his award-winning Album “Wish I May” landing in the Top 32 of the Philippines Pop Chart and Top 58 of the Philippines All Genre Chart as of Friday.

He has also become one of the most sought-after models and product endorsers in the country, with his face all over the billboards and TV.

Alden said GMA’s musical reality show will also bring out the older brother in him. “Mas mahuhubog nila ‘yung pagiging kuya ko kasi mga bata ‘yung mga contestant natin.”

Kapuso network claims leadership in national TV ratings for January based on Nielsen data

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Using data from Nielsen, GMA Network again claimed leadership in national TV ratings for January 2020, beating rival ABS-CBN from the morning to the evening time slots.

In a statement, the Kapuso network said its average total day people audience share reached 34.7% in the National Urban Television Audience Measurement (NUTAM) compared to only 31.7% for ABS-CBN.

GMA’s shows in the morning block narrowly edged ABS-CBN’s programs 28.8% to 27.4%. For the afternoon shows, GMA had a big lead versus ABS-CBN at 37.7% to 31.4%. In the evening block, GMA had slim edge 34.8% to 33.6%. This includes the primetime slots.

These numbers, of course, will be disputed by the Kapamilya network, which is using the polls of Kantar Media. The ratings released by Kantar for January 28, 2020, for instance, showed ABS-CBN having 8 of the Top 12 shows in the evening block, with FPJ’S Ang Probinsyano leading the pack with 33.2 percent audience share.

According to GMA, Nielsen TV Audience Measurement’s client pool covers a total of 37 clients/subscribers consisting of local TV networks, regional clients, blocktimers, advertisers and agencies.

It said: “The Kapuso Network likewise ruled in all time blocks with wider margins in both Urban Luzon and Mega Manila, which respectively account for 72 and 57% of all urban viewers in the country. GMA registered an average of 36.7% total day people audience share in Urban Luzon; beating ABS-CBN’s 29.1%. With official data from January 1 to 25, the Kapuso Network kept its winning streak in Mega Manila with 37.1%, which was way ahead of ABS’ 27%.” 

Its ratings drivers for January are Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho, Magpakailanman, 24 Oras, Pepito Manaloto, Daig Kayo ng Lola Ko, Daddy’s Gurl, The Gift, Beautiful Justice, Amazing Earth, One of the Baes, Prima Donnas, Eat Bulaga, Kapuso Movie Night, 24 Oras Weekend, Magkaagaw, Wowowin, Bubble Gang, Madrasta, Tadhana and Imbestigador.

GMA said this is a good start for the Kapuso Network’s 70th year in the industry.

DOH, EcoWaste insist total ban on fireworks only way to prevent injuries during revelries

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The Department of Health (DOH) is still pushing for a total ban on firecrackers and fireworks despite the huge 35-percent drop in the number of related injuries during the 2019 holiday season revelries.

This was seconded by environmental advocate EcoWaste Coalition, which insisted that the only way to prevent injuries is to totally ban the traditional use of fireworks in greeting the start of a new year.

Health Undersecretary Eric Domingo, in an interview with GMA News on Thursday (January 2), said the problem with a selective or partial ban is people are still getting hurt by legal types of firecrackers.

This was evident in the last revelries, where the majority of injuries were due to the use of legal fireworks, like those commonly called by Filipinos as kwitis, luces and fountain.

“Ang stand po ng Department of Health sana magkaroon natayo ng batas na talagang maging illegal na lang lahat ng fireworks, lalong-lalo na po kung gagamitin sa bahay or for personal use,” Domingo said in the interview.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III reported on Wednesday that only 164 firecracker-related injuries were recorded by the DOH from December 1 to January 1, 35 percent lower than the 251 cases in the previous same period.

The DOH chief attributed the considerable drop in injuries to the implementation of Executive Order 28, which limits the use of firecrackers in the country, as well as the department’s information campaign “IwasPaputok”.

Still, EcoWaste said in a statement that to achieve zero injury and zero pollution during the New Year revelry, “we need to seriously look at banning firecrackers and fireworks altogether.”

“We are saddened and dismayed by the bodily injuries inflicted by firecrackers and fireworks, especially on young victims. One injury is one too many and our society has to do more to discontinue the bloody and polluting tradition of ringing in the New Year with firecrackers and fireworks, legal or not,” said Thony Dizon, chemical safety campaigner at EcoWaste.

The government, the group added, should look for alternative livelihood for the sectors that will be affected by a total ban on fireworks.

Domingo said the use of fireworks should only be allowed during “well-controlled and organized” events.

‘Wowowin’ to welcome bigger live audience with construction of new studio

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Comedian and TV host Willie Revillame announced via video that a new and bigger studio is now being constructed for his “Wowowin” game show in the Kapuso network.

Willie, in the video posted on YouTube, said this will allow “Wowowin” to accommodate a bigger live audience, who are also the contestants in the different games of the show. It often attracts foreign tourists and balikbayans who want to experience firsthand what they are watching in their cable channels abroad. They usually take the front seats.

“Ito po ang regalo natin sa buong mundo, para po sa mga Pilipino, kakababayan natin, mahal nating mga Kapuso, ito po ay ginawa para sa inyo,” Willie said as he ended the video tour of the studio being constructed.

Its completion is being rushed in time for the start of what he promised as a revitalized game show at the end of the month. “Spetember 30 po ang bagong ‘Wowowin’,” Willie said.

The studio, he added, is on a par with world standards: “Pudeng ipanlaban sa buong mudo!” 

He commented that the new studio is bigger, more spacious and more comfortable.

“Wowowin” is being aired from Monday to Friday at 5 p.m. It is under Willie’s WBR Entertainment Productions, Inc., which is a blocktimer on GMA Network.

The program premiered as a Sunday game show on GMA after Willie left rival network ABS-CBN in 2015. Less than a year later, it moved to the primetime afternoon slot of the Kapuso network.

Fans get first glimpse of #MaineMendoza movie ‘Isa Pa With Feelings’

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Fans finally got a glimpse of the much-hyped movie of Kapuso’s Maine Mendoza with Kapamilya’s Carlo Aquino titled “Isa Pa With Feelings”, with Black Sheep Productions releasing the first official teaser of the flick.

The 1 minute and 32 seconds teaser gave the viewing public a good idea of the character of Carlo, who plays the role Gali, a deaf sign language teacher.

Image Credit: Black Sheep / Isa Pa With Feelings

One of the scenes showed Carlo teaching Maine (named Mara in the movie) how to communicate the word “Sorry!” in sign language multiple times so she could deliver it with feelings.

There was also a scene where the two characters met for the first time inside an elevator, with Gali already thinking of communicating with Mara, but opted not to, prompting him to tell himself,” Ang torpe ko talaga”. Mara actually tried to talk to Gali, but she thought she was ignored, as she didn’t know yet that Gali was deaf. The next scene showed Gali seeing Mara dancing at the balcony of the same condo where he also lives, making him happy that they are actually neighbors. Another scene showed the two dancing together.

“Isa Pa With Feelings” is Maine’s first starrer sans Alden Richards. The two rose to stardom as the Eat Bulaga love team AlDub. 

Alden just became the Philippines’ new box office king after his movie “Hello, Love, Goodbye” opposite Kathryn Bernardo raked in about P1 billion in revenues to bag the title as the highest grossing Philippine movie of all time.

Maine has been a consistent top trending topic on social media, with her fandom tweeting a lot about their excitement over her forthcoming movie with Carlo. #MaineMendoza and #AldenRichards are often the Philippine top trending topics on Twitter.

Alden’s newest series with GMA Network, “The Gift”, had its first airing on Monday.

“Isa Pa With Feelings” will hit the cinemas on October 16. There will also be several block screenings scheduled for the flick. The movie is directed by Prime Cruz. It is under Black Sheep Production, which belongs to ABS-CBN Films group.

Alden Richards back on primetime TV with start of his Kapuso series ‘The Gift’ tonight

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Alden Richards, now the certified box office king in the Philippines, is back on primetime TV with the airing of the first episode of his newest Kapuso series “The Gift” today (September 16).

His fandom’s excitement over the showing of the series opener is all over the social media, placing the hashtag #AldenRichards again at the top of the Trending in Philippines topics on Twitter.

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As of 9 a.m. on September 16, #AldenRichards already had more than 73.5K tweets, way more than the Filipinos’ rants on the decision of some city mayors in Metro Manila not to suspend classes despite the heavy rains due to Habagat (monsoon). 

#MaineMendoza, the hashtag of Maine, who is Alden’s other half in the TV love team AlDub, was actually the second most tweeted topic of day, with already more than 56.8K tweets and counting. Fans are tweeting a lot about Maine’s forthcoming movie with Carlo Aquino titled “Isa Pa With Feelings”.

Maine’s movie with Carlo follows the highly successful crossover film “Hello, Love, Goodbye” of Alden with Star Cinema opposite  Kapamilya’s Kathryin Bernardo. The flick, which was filmed in Hong Kong, just became the highest-grossing Filipino movie of all time with about P1 billion in revenues.

The GMA Network said the inspirational soap “The Gift” tells the story of Sep (Alden) as a street-smart, high-spirited and visually impaired vendor in Divisoria who will be blessed with the gift to perceive past and future events. 

Alden even undergone blind immersion training “to be able to fully understand the culture of the visually impaired people, shared his realizations upon accepting the challenging role,” according to the Kapuso network.

“Sometimes we take things for granted, normal lang na nakakakita tayo but once na mawala siya, parang that really got me. Actually, nalungkot ako ng ma-experience ko kasi ang hirap mawalan ng paningin. After that immersion, I interviewed people who can see before sila nabulag and na-inspire ako sa kanila na tipong ‘what can be my contributions to society now that I’m blind? Iyon ‘yung gusto kong mabaon ng mga manonood sa The Gift – bibigyan natin sila ng peak sa mundo ng mga taong hindi nakakakita para mas maintindihan natin sila,” GMA quoted Alden as saying.

According to GMA’s teaser on the series, playing important roles in the life of Sep are the members of the Marcelino family: Christian Vasquez as Javier, Nadia’s unfaithful second husband who is a shrewd businessman and a controlling father to his son whom he aspires to be a politician; Martin del Rosario as Jared, son of Nadia and Javier who is always out to please his father and will make use of Sep’s gift for his personal interests as a young politician; Ysabel Ortega as Sabina, brat but good-natured daughter of Nadia and Javier; Betong Sumaya as Asi, the trusted assistant and driver of Javier and Jared; Tetay as Tonya, Nadia’s best friend and Javier’s wealthy cousin; Rochelle Pangilinan as Francine, Javier’s feisty and entitled executive assistant and mistress; Luz Valdez as Puring, Javier’s doting grandmother who took care of him when his parents passed away.

Giving life and meaning into Sep’s journey are: Elizabeth Oropesa as Lola Char, Sep’s adoptive grandmother who saved him from an attempted kidnapping in Quiapo when he got lost as a kid; Victor Anastacio as Andoy, comical leader of young delinquents in Divisoria who adores Amor; Mikoy Morales as Bistek, outgoing friend of Sep and Amor who sells anything under the sun in Divisoria; Thia Thomalla as Faith, fancied by Sep and dubbed as the ‘Princess of Divisoria’ for her beauty and for being the daughter of a wealthy fabric store owner; Mikee Quintos as Amor, a spunky vendor who secretly admires Sep; Jo Berry as Strawberry, Sep’s adoptive and overprotective mother who doesn’t let her disability get in the way of providing for her family; and Ms. Jean Garcia as Nadia, Sep’s biological mother who loses her faith in God after the death of her first husband and the disappearance of her son. 

The Gift also features the special participation of TJ Trinidad as Gener.

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