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Strong support and positive feedback power 2 sitcoms

With their relatable content and morally strengthening storyline, the weekend family sitcoms of GMA 7, namely Pepito Manaloto and Ismol Family continue to be the primetime habit of the Filipinos all around the world. The combination of hard work and chemistry among the cast and crew build the strong foundation for the Network’s commitment to provide only the best to its audience.

GMA Entertainment TV’s Senior Program Manager Bang Arespacochaga says the the shows are successful because viewers find the issues tackled by the episodes relevant, issues they themselves face.  Take it from the creative director and the main actor of Pepito Manaloto, no less than Kapuso ace comedian and Asian TV Awards three-time Best Comedy Actor Michael V., who improved his life through sheer hard-work and dedication to family, like most Filipinos today. 

Pepito Manaloto

Michael V’s ideas as the overall head of the show’s creative team come from his own experiences. “Michael V knows what the viewers want and he has the feel of the ’masa’ as he came from the same bracket 20 or more years ago before he became popular, and he remained in touch with his roots!” says Arespacochaga.

Pepito Manaloto, which ranks as one of the network’s well-loved and top-rating comedy programs, is a first of its kind. Arespacochaga shares that the positive feedback in the social media, even from friends and family has been a source of inspiration to all of them. “Comments like they really had a good laugh watching the episodes at the same time Pepito Manaloto manages to inject good moral values within the story. The objective to entertain the whole family and deliver positive values to viewers is quite an achievement to the creative team.”

Ismol Family

Ismol Family’s program manager Cecille de Guzman also believes that focusing on what the viewers are looking for—such as good vibes, tips on how to solve household issues, and making time for your family keep them on top of their game. They make sure that the feedbacks they get from social media are acknowledged, and this drives them to keep the story inspirational and realistic. “We give the audience what they want and surprise them with unexpected funny twists,” explains de Guzman.

Creating and producing these shows was a job that turned itself into a relationship with the viewers. Ismol Family’s director Dominic Zapata shares, “I never forget that I have a personal responsibility to the viewers to do something worthwhile for them that can also be a source of insight while being able to put a smile on their faces.” Zapata further says that the cast members’ love for their craft and their viewers fuel both their energy and confidence to make work fun on and off screen. 

Meanwhile, Ismol Family’s creative director Joseph Balboa also maintains that the show will keep on creating what makes the families all over the country and even across the globe feel fulfilled, as they promise to bring more delightful episodes in the coming weeks. “Our inspiration for each episode comes from current events. Events na nangyayari sa environment and even in TV shows, like the AlDub phenomenon and the unbelievable traffic in EDSA. We aim for a hundred percent relatability from our show.”

Bert de Leon, director of Pepito Manaloto, says that they are truly a family on and off cam. The friendship and chemistry among cast members has been a huge factor for the natural, relaxed acting that makes their scripts come alive. “Everyone gladly puts in their best work to give our audience the best product we can possibly deliver to them because when they are happy, we are happy,” de Leon humbly concludes. 

Pepito Manaloto airs every Saturday after 24 Oras Weekend while Ismol Family airs every Sunday after Vampire ang Daddy Ko on GMA.


Kapuso stars on Diyandi mode

Yesterday, Iligan City celebrated its annual Diyandi Festival with special guests flown in by the Kapuso Network.

Julian Trono; LJ Reyes; Geoff Eigenmann

 Buena Familia’s Julian Trono showed off his signature K-Pop system dance moves at the Sayaw Saulog Street Dancing Competition at the city’s Anahaw Amphitheatre.

Kapuso leading man Geoff Eigenmann hosted the Miss Iligan 2015 Coronation Night at the MSU-IIT Gym. Starstruck alumna LJ Reyes brought in extra entertainment with a production number that delighted the Iliganons.

 “The Kapuso Network is happy and excited to partner once again with Iligan City for its annual Diyandi Festival. The Iliganons have a special place in our hearts since GMA has been their partner of the Diyandi Festival and other civic activities through the years. We hope that our participation this year will bring more fun and color to the festival,” says GMA Regional Strategy and Business Development Division Head Oliver Amoroso.


 ‘Ang Probinsyano’ airs beginning tonight

ABS-CBN and Dreamscape Entertainment Television’s TV adaptation of Ang Probinsyano,” one of the classic films of ‘Da King’ Fernando Poe Jr., with Teleserye King Coco Martin topbilling the show, airs on the Primetime Bida block beginning tonight.

Through the partnership of ABS-CBN and FPJ Productions, Ang Probinsyano will be the newest FPJ classic turned into a drama series featuring the heroism of the country’s policemen. According to Susan Roces, her late husband Da King entrusted the library of all his films under FPJ Production to ABS-CBN president and CEO Charo Santos-Concio.

The cast of Ang Probinsiyano

Ang Probinsyano follows the journey of twins Ador and Cardo, played by Martin, who were estranged from each other by financial reasons even as both followed the path of law enforcement. Ador was a celebrated police officer, with a loving family as his support. Cardo on the other hand, loves the solitude of the mountains as a Special Actions Forces Trooper.

Ador gets himself entangled in a syndicate which leaves him dead. To cover for this fact, Cardo was ordered to become his brother, family and all, and be re-united with the grandmother whom he detests.

How will Cardo fit in with the life of his brother, Ador, which is an entire world’s difference from the one he used to live? Will he ever get the chance to avenge his brother and the loss the syndicate dealt to their family?

Joining Coco Martin in the powerhouse cast are Maja Salvador, Arjo Atayde, Albert Martinez, Agot Isidro, Bela Padilla, Joey Marquez, Jaime Fabregas, and Ms. Susan Roces. The show will also introduce Simon Pineda and also part of the cast are Dennis Padilla, Ana Roces, Zaijian Jaranilla, Malou Crisologo, Malu De Guzman, Marvin Yap, Pepe Herrera, Lester Llansang, John Medina, Michael Jornales, Gio Alvarez and Tess Antonio. It is under the direction of Avel Sunpongco and Malu Sevilla..


Grace Poe says Sheryl needs respect and love

Instead of rebuking her cousin, actress Sheryl Cruz, for saying she’s not ready and capable to be president of the country, Senator Grace Poe Llamanzares said she needs love and respect.

“I thank Sheryl for her opinion and concern for us. As family, we will continue to give her the love and respect she deserves,” said Grace when asked about what her cousin told members of the media.

Grace Poe; Sheryl Cruz

Susan Roces, on the other hand, simply shrugged her shoulder when members of the media asked for her opinion. 

“Well that is her opinion. I have nothing to say about that,’ Roces said.

Those close to the Poe family say that Sheryl’s statement stemmed from jealousy, particularly about inheritance.

Sheryl Cruz had not been on speaking terms with her relatives in the last couple of years, and now, she seems to have ignited the fire that once isolated her from them with her statement questioning Grace Poe’s readiness to become president of the country.

It has been almost a decade since the Cruzes stopped talking to Sheryl after she failed to come home when her father, actor Ricky Belmonte, died in 2001. 

Sheryl was not at the UP when Grace Poe declared her intention to run for the presidency last week. Instead she allowed herself to be interviewed about her feelings for Grace’s 2016 plans.

Renzo, Sheryl’s brother showed her support for Grace. In fact, the whole of Rosemarie Sonara Cruz’s family is throwing its support for the daughter of Da King, Fernando Poe, Jr..

Susan Roces has repeatedly said that she knows her daughter well and Grace will not try to do something, which she thinks she isn’t capable of.


‘Stairway To Heaven’ returns on GMA 

One of the highest-rated Koreanovelas, Stairway to Heaven, is back on GMA Network starting today to make viewers fall in love again and share the pain of losing someone that truly matters. 

Stairway To Heaven stars Choi Ji Woo and Kwon Sang Woo, and depicts a tragic story about friendship, love, and family ties. It begins when young Cholo Cha (Kwon Sang Woo) and Jodi Han (Choi Ji Woo) start to let their friendship bloom into something more special. As they start a new chapter in their life as lovers, Cholo is sent to study abroad, and Jodi will be left to face a drastic change in her life. Her father remarries, and her new family now includes an abusive stepmother Maita (Lee Hui Hyang) and two stepsiblings Tristan (Shin Hyun Jun) and Eunice (Kim Tae Hee).

Years later, Jodi suffers an accident that takes away her memories and Cholo is completely removed from her life. Now devoid of memories before the accident, what will happen once Jodi crosses path with Cholo?

Witness their story and learn how love can conquer all at 9:40am on GMA.

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