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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.
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Dec 23, 2023


ROBB GUINTO and Mark Dionisio were the only cast members of the erotic drama, “Foursome”, who showed up at its presscon at Viva Cafe last Thursday.

Co-stars Nicco Loco and Armina Alegre, and also their director Gavino Roecha, are said to have left for abroad for the Christmas holidays.

Robb just gave a good performance in a bida-kontrabida role in “Sugar Baby”, where she plays the role of a high class good time girl who is a bad influence to her friend, Azi Acosta, who she convinces to join her as a sugar baby in an exclusive club meant for wealthy men. 

So what’s her role in “Foursome” this time?

“I play Gina, wife ni Mark Dionisio who plays Dino,” she says. “We used to have a happy and sexually fulfilling marriage but eventually, he suffers from erectile dysfunction and cannot satisfy me anymore. 

"So we go consult a doctor who’s an expert on it, si Nicco Loco, who starts seducing me. 

"At first, I try to resist it and stay faithful to my marriage to Mark, but soon, something happens at naging foursome nga kami along with Nicco’s partner, Armina Alegre.”

So there are scenes where they are shown exchanging partners? 

“Yes, this is the most daring film that I did in the ten movies I’ve done for Viva and I tell you, sobrang nakakapagod yung foursome scenes namin.”

Their director is new as “Foursome” is his debut flick. How is it? 

“He’s okay. He just lets us do what we want, but when he notices something na hindi niya gusto or needs improvement, he tells us and we talk about it.”

Mark Dionisio butts in at this point.

“Actually, si Robb ang nag-choreograph ng aming bedscenes. Kasi ako, naninibago. 

"This is the first lead role ko sa Viva kasi puro support roles ang ginawa ko before in films like ‘An Affair to Forget’ and ‘Alapaap’. 

"So nangangapa ako and I’m glad si Robb ang kapareha ko kasi she really helped me a lot and guided me.”

So how did Robb learn to direct the love scenes? 

“I’ve done ten films and in each film you do, siempre, may matututuhan ka naman. 

"So minimix-mix ko yung things I’ve learned from the past love scenes I did. We talked about it, along with our director, and we were able to pull it off naman.”

How is it working with Mark for the first time?

“Actually, we’ve worked na before in ‘Showroom’ of Direk Carlo Obispo, pero wala kaming love scene. 

"Si Mark dito, parang virgin, kinakabahan daw siya. He did sexy scenes din daw before, but matagal na.”

We ask Mark how different are the sexy flicks today from the ones he did before? 

“Marami rin akong ginawang sexy movies noon like ‘Karibal’, ‘Katas’, 'Kainan', ‘Langit Mo, Kaligayahan Ko’, pero walang sinabi ang mga yun sa mga ginagawa ngayon. 

"Kasi noon, we’re shown sa sinehan, sa big screen, kaya maraming restrictions, daya-daya lang.

"But now, shown sa streaming uncut, kaya mas matapang, mas grabe. Iba na ang labanan ngayon.”

Is he ready to make laban? 

“Yes, now, Viva Artists Agency na mismo ang manager ko, so fight, laban lang.

"Makikita nyo naman yun sa bedscenes namin dito sa ‘Foursome’ which is now streaming on Vivamax.”

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Dec 22, 2023


THE METRO MANILA FILMFEST starts on Christmas Day and this is an exceptional treat for Filipino film lovers as there are ten entries to choose from. To help you choose, here’s a primer about the entries: 

“A FAMILY OF TWO” - We’ve seen this and we highly recommend it. Rated G for general patronage, it’s truly a feel good family movie about the sweet relationship between a widowed mother (Sharon Cuneta) and her only son (Alden Richards). No big problems, no melodramas, just seamless storytelling that is so well acted by the two leads, supported by Jackielou Blanco and Tonton Gutierrez.

“PENDUKO” - The only other G rated movie. A fantasy-action flick that’s a reboot of a 1950s komiks novel that’s been made four times before. This new version stars Matteo Guidicelli as the reluctant superhero, supported by Albert Martinez, Kylie Versoza and Arron Villaflor.

‘FIREFLY’ - This is PG (parental guidance) but even kids can watch it. The story of a boy (Euwenn Mikaell) who believes in a fairy tale about fireflies as told by his mom (Alessandra de Rossi) and later looks for the island of fireflies in the story as assisted by Miguel Tanfelix, Ysabel Ortega, Cherry Pie Picache, Epi Quizon and Yayo Aguila. With Dingdong Dantes as the narrator.

‘GOMBURZA’ - The only historical film entry, it’s a well produced movie about the story of martyred priests Fr. Jose Burgos (Cedrick Juan), Fr. Mariano Gomez (Dante Rivero) and Fr. Jacinto Zamora (Enchong Dee) who were sentence to die by garrote for alleged sedition in 1872.

‘WHEN I MET YOU IN TOKYO’ - This is an event movie for Vilmanians as it’s the comeback on the big screen of their beloved Ate Vi after nearly a decade, with perennial partner Christopher de Leon in a heartwarming love story shot on location in the land of Cherry Blossoms, supported by the young love team of Cassy Legaspi and Darren. 

‘BECKY AND BADETTE’ - A colorful comedy starring two of our best comedians today, Eugene Domingo and Pokwang, playing best friends from high school with a crush on the same guy, Romnick Sarmenta, and with Agot Isidro as their nemesis. Folks think they’re having a lesbian relationship and they ride on the chismis. 

‘KAMPON’ - A horror-drama about a childless couple (Derek Ramsay and Beauty Gonzalez) who find an orphan girl (Erin Espiritu) on their doorstep one rainy night. The girl turns out to possess sinister, deadly powers that will change their lives forever. Erin Espiritu is a stand out as the creepy girl from hell. Rated R 13.

‘MALLARI’ - Also Rated R13, it’s said to be the true story of the country’s first serial killer, Fr. Severino Mallari (Piolo Pascual) and his descent into madness. Set during the Spanish regime, the murderous priest allegedly killed more than 50 people. Supported by Janella Salvador, Gloria Diaz, JC Santos, Elisse Joson and Raffy Tejada.

‘BROKEN HEARTS TRIP’ - An LGBT comedy about gay people who join a reality show to help move on from their sad love stories by visiting various tourist places in the country. The host is Christian Bables, with Jaclyn Jose and Tart Carlos as the judges. The gay contestants are Andoy Ranay, Teejay Marquez, Petite, Iyah Mina and Marvin Yap. 

‘REWIND’ - A romantic-drama starring well loved reel and real life couple Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera, supported by Coney Reyes, Sue Ramirez, Joross Gamboa, Ina Feleo, Ariel Ureta, Pepe Herrera and Lito Pimentel. The story is about a married couple who’s relationship is on the rocks. If you’ve seen the 2004 movie “If Only” starring Jennifer Love Hewitt and Paul Nicholls, that is exactly how the story goes, told with fantasy and magic realism kuno kuno.

HAPPY filmfest viewing, everyone! And wishing you all a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!   

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Dec 21, 2023


Sparkle GMA Artist Center holds grandest year-end Fans Day

Kapuso fans received an early Christmas treat from Sparkle GMA Artist Center with the grandest ‘Sparkle Fans Day’ held last December 10.  

Some of the brightest Sparkle stars gathered at the SM North Edsa Skydome as a way of giving thanks to their loyal fans and supporters who attended the said event.

Hosted by Sparkle artists Rain Matienzo, Angela Alarcon, Migs Almendras, MJ Ordillano, and Hannah Arguelles, the event was filled with all-out performances and fun on-ground activities.

Asia’s Multimedia Star Alden Richards, whose film ‘Family of Two’ is part of the Metro Manila Film Festival, started the event with his kilig performances that brought the house down. 

The crowd went all the more charmed as one of GMA’s most promising child actors today, Euwenn Mikael, part of ‘Firefly’ – GMA’s official entry Metro Manila Film Festival – greeted and invited everyone to catch him in cinemas on December 25. 

Hearts definitely fluttered as Sparkle actor Jak Roberto ignited the stage through his heartfelt performance of ‘Uhaw.’

Also present during the Fans Day is the newest P-POP boy group Cloud 7, with members Kairo, Egypt, Migz, PJ, Fian, Lukas and Johann.

Sparkle teens composed of Zyren Dela Cruz, Charlie Fleming, Princess Aliyah, Keisha Serna, Antonio Vinzon, John Clifford, Waynona Collings, Liana Mae, Naomi Park, Aya Domingo, Gaea Mischa, Selina Griffin, Marco Masa, Lee Victor, Bryce Eusebio, Ashley Sarmiento, Aidan Veneracion, and James Graham made the Fans Day extra special as they showed off their exciting moves.

Well-loved Sparkle love team Sofia Pablo and Allen Ansay of Team Jolly drew loud cheers from the fans, while Sparkle love teams Shayne Sava and Abdul Rahman, Princess Aliyah and Bryce Eusebio, and Ashley Sarmiento and Marco Masa also brought major kilig feels with their song numbers.

Fans definitely felt special and loved as Sparkle artists Kiel Gueco, Vito Gueco, Nikki Van, Patricia Coma, and Kate Ramos officially opened the much-awaited raffle segment. Meanwhile, the fresh faces of ‘Sparkada’ – Cheska Fausto, Larkin Castor, Kim Perez, and Anjay Anson – also took the opportunity to express their gratitude to all their supporters. 

Adding more excitement to the Fans Day were Sparkle stars Kimson Tan, Raphael Landicho, and Julia Pascual as they drew the second round of raffle winners. It was followed by another round of lucky raffle winners drawn by Black Rider star Jon Lucas.

It was truly a grand Fans Day as talented Sparkle artists John Rex, Vianna Ricafranca, Liana Castillo, Brianna, Kim De Leon, Radson Flores, Gaea Mischa, and Althea Ablan shared the stage with their supporters and gave them a one-of-a-kind experience.

Making the Christmas spirit more alive were the beautiful ladies of Sparkle: Rabiya Mateo, Faith Da Silva, Angel Guardian, Shuvee Etrata, Elle Villanueva, Ashley Ortega, Liezl Lopez, Lexi Gonzales, and Lianne Valentin who completed the last round of raffle. 

Award-winning singer Anthony Rosaldo also touched the hearts of fans with his powerful rendition of Eraserheads’ ‘Pare Ko.’ 

Fan favorites Kelvin Miranda, Bianca Umali, Ruru Madrid, and Barbie Forteza closed the Sparkle Fans Day with their solo performances serenading everyone in the Skydome.

It was definitely a memorable day as the fans took home different prizes and gifts from their favorite idols. Indeed, Sparkle GMA Artist Center’s Grand Fans Day is the best way to give thanks and start the holiday season.

For more information, visit www.gmanetwork.com 

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FANS OF KOREAN films are in for a real Christmas treat as Viu Philippines unveils the highly acclaimed sci-fi drama-thriller, “The Moon”, on Christmas Ever, December 24!

Set in the year 2029, the story is about a botched lunar exploration that results with crewmember Sun Woo being stranded in space. 

To bring the astronaut safely back to Earth, the space center seeks the help of former managing director Kim Jae Guk who was involved in a past—although disastrous—mission.

Do Kyung Soo, a member of the famous K-pop boy band EXO, plays the role of Sun Woo and this project is the singer-actor’s biggest film to date. 

D.O., as he is fondly called, won the Star of the Year Award at South Korea’s 2023 Buil Film Awards where “The Moon” was also nominated in the Best Art and Best Cinematography categories.

The singer-actor was also nominated as Best Actor sa Grand Bell Awards at Blue Dragon Film Awards for the same movie.

D.O. also stars in Viu’s comedy documentary series “GBRB: Reap What You Sow,” and the drama series “Bad Prosecutor”.

Reviewers have hailed “The Moon” by director Yong Hwa Kim as a true sci-fi masterpiece describing it as “thrilling”, “immersive”, “superb” and “mind-blowing”.

One viewer wrote: “If you still believe in humanity, you will find this movie very interesting and touching. You can see how the younger generation can sacrifice for their nation and future. 

I gained inspiration, strength and courage by watching this movie. Plus all the actors/actresses involved really did the good job. And also director Yong Hwa Kim. 

I always thought sci-fi films are boring, but thanks to Director Kim, I really enjoyed this one. Don’t miss it!”

Watch “The Moon” — available in both Korean with English subtitles and Tagalog dubbed versions — on Viu Premium.

Download the Viu app now via the Apple Store or Play Store or visit www.viu.com to watch "The Moon” and other Asian dramas and films. 

Follow their official social media accounts: 

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ERIN ESPIRITU is a child actress who joined Mini Miss U and became a part of Coco Martin’s “Batang Quiapo”. 

She has also done two movies: “Biyak” by Direk Joel Lamangan where she played an orphan girl, and “Papa Mascot” where she played the daughter of Ken Chan.

She now plays her most important role to date as Jade, the mysterious girl who suddenly shows up at the doorstep of Derek Ramsay and Beauty Gonzalez one stormy night and turns out to be Derek’s biological daughter. 

Derek is thought to be infertile in the movie, so it comes as a big surprise that he has sired a child with a waitress in Marinduque after they had a one night stand. 

At first, he would not believe it, but a DNA test proves that he is really the father of Jade.

Erin is 7 years old and the youngest of two kids.

She is at the top of her grade one class. 

She speaks English fluently and she says she is always chosen to represent their school in inter-school competitions for math and spelling bee contests where, she adds proudly, she always wins.

How did she find shooting “Kampon” with Derek Ramsay, Beauty Gonzalez and Zeinab Harake as her co-stars? 

“Okay naman po,” she says. “Mababait po silang lahat sa akin. 

"Hindi naman po ako nahirapan kasi they make sure na comfortable ako, pati doon sa scene na itinali ako at kunwari nakalutang ako sa kisame. 

"Maingat po sila, lalo si Direk King Palisoc. At saka meron po akong acting coach at may psychologist din sa set para tulungan ako.”

At the movie’s premiere night at SM Megamall, the theater people initially wouldn’t allow her to enter the moviehouse as “Kampon” is rated R-13 due to some violent scenes. 

But Quantum Films producer Atty. Joji V. Alonso explained to them that she will just greet the press and the people who attended the premiere night, then go out again of the theatre.

So she was allowed to get into the theatre and she joined the cast in front of the screen to greet the guests. 

Then before the movie starts, she is escorted out of the theatre again. Well, it’s a pity that Erin won’t be able to see the movie as she really delivered a superb performance.

Actually, she is the film’s title roler, the “Kampon”, which is translated in the film’s credit titles as “surrogate” (which means substitute) when “kampon” in Tagalog really means a follower or disciple of the devil or darkness. 

The movie starts with Zeinab, dying but an albularyo brings back her to life through some nefarious means.

Then, after a fatal accident, her daughter Jade appears to Beauty and Derek, saying her mom cannot return (hindi makabalik) and it turns out Jade and Zeinab’s brother, Nico Antonio, want to steal Beauty’s body so Zeinab can possess it. But will they succeed? 

The ending seems nebulous, so be very observant when you watch the film’s climax so you won’t miss some details. 

The story’s basic premise about body snatching seems promising, but so many elements are injected into the storytelling and yet are not adequately explained, so they do not really coalesce into one cohesive whole. 

We won’t list them down here as it may spoil your viewing pleasure. 

Maybe the film’s writer and director intentionally want to leave them hanging in the air and just make the viewer to draw their own conclusions. 

But knowing most "segurista" Pinoy viewers, they don’t want things to be left “bitin”.

But one thing that we wish were explained more satisfyingly is: WHY is the girl so powerful? She’s really scary as she cannot only predict the future and someone’s death, but also revive dead people, levitate, cling on the ceiling like Spiderman, and even explode people’s head into pieces in an instant.  

But where exactly did she get such extraordinary skills and powers? 

There are no answers.

Derek and Beauty are both splendid in their roles as the beleaguered couple, even Zeinab Harake in a non-speaking role, but it’s truly Erin Espiritu who runs away with the film as the girl whose very dark origins must have surely come from hell. 

The success or failure of the movie hangs on her ability to unnerve the viewer and we must say she really nails every beat. 

She does deliver as the seemingly angelic girl who turns out to be the devil’s descendant. 

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Dec 20, 2023




                         KIM MOLINA and EMPOY MARQUEZ in the horror-comedy MY ZOMBABE'

NEXT WEEK will be holiday season and people will not be working so Viva EWntertainment, no doubt the busiest film company we have these days, scheduled the presscons of their next three movie releases all in one day, last Thursday, pakyawan style. 

The three movies are “Foursome”, “Hibang” and “My Zombabe”.                                

“Foursome” and “Hibang” will be released on streaming via Vivamax as Viva's yearenders, while “My Zombabe” will be released as Viva's first offering for the new year 2024 in theaters right after the Metro-Manila Filmfest. 

“Foursome” is an erotic drama about two good looking couples who cannot find sexual satisfaction from their respective marriages.

The lead character is Gina, played by the alluring Robb Guinto. 

She is married to the hunky Mark Dionisio but their relationship in bed has gone stale and he can no longer satisafy her, so they go and consult a doctor who's supposed to be an expert in solving sexual problems.

The doctor turns out to be Nicco Loco, who is on with Armina Alegre.

Nicco is immediately attracted to Robb but she tries to resist him, but then, things get more cozy for the four of them, turning their relationship into a sizzling foursome. 

The supporting cast includes Dyesa Garcia, Ada Hermosa, Ardy Raymundo, Ayra Salvador and Jomar Valerio.  

This is written by Lawrence Nicodemus and the directorial debut of Gavino Roecha. 

“Foursome” will start streaming on December 22. The poster asks: "Game ka ba sa larong pang-apatan?"

“HIBANG” is the directorial debut of a young female director, Sigrid Polon, ward of cult director Roman Perez Jr. and was his assistant director in such films as “Kaluskos”, “Siklo” and the mini series “Iskandalo”. 

Sigrid was also the assistant director of the multi-talented Bobby Bonifacio Jr. in “Tahan” and “My Lockdown Romance”.

“Hibang” stars Ali Asistio as Bonjing, the boyfriend of Rica Gonzales as Issa. 

Because of a stalker, Rica figures in an accident that leaves her suffering from amnesia. 

With her memory loss, she becomes attracted to another woman, Sahara Bernales as Mela, breaking Bonjing’s heart as he sees Issa get into a lesbian relationship.

“Hibang” will start streaming on December 29.

“My Zombabe” is a horror comedy starring Empoy Marquez and Kim Molina in their first team up.

Empoy plays Pong and Kim plays Yasmine and they are introduced as “the deadliest love team of the year”. 

Empoy finds Kim unconscious on the shore and brings her to his own home.

He starts to fall in love with her, but it turns out that she is turning into a zombie after a virus outbreak in their island, so Empoy is said to be “patay na patay sa isang patay”. 

Kim is asked: How does it feel doing a movie without her perennial reel and real screen partner, Jerald Napoles? 

"Okay lang naman for both of us," she says. "We have to spread our wings. He just did a movie rin naman solo, 'Instant Daddy'. So now, it's my turn, ako naman."

Empoy and Kim are supported by Anjo Yllana, Andrea del Rosario, Shirley Fuentes, Andrew Muhlach, Liz Alindogan, Gary Lim, Billy Villeta, Yanyan de Jesus and Marnie Camua.

This opens in theaters nationwide on January 8, 2024.

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GMA Pinoy TV Welcomes the Month of Filipino Overseas Workers With an Afternoon of Art, Music, and Poetry

In recognition of world-class talent shared by hard-working Filipinos abroad,  GMA Pinoy TVthe Kapuso Network’s flagship international channel and the Home of Global Pinoys, kicked off December, the Month of Overseas Filipinos, with an afternoon dedicated to art, music, and poetry.

The highlight of the event was the turnover of the painting “Pinoys to the World'' to GMA Network. 

A visual masterpiece by Philippine Navy Reservist, Goodwill Ambassador for Culture and Arts, and Artist on a Mission Kristine S. Lim, the painting comes from her “Perla de Oriente '' series.

 In “Pinoys to the World,” she incorporates the colors of the Philippine Navy and Philippine symbols such as the anahaw, bangus (milkfish), mango leaf, sampaguita, and the Philippine eagle. 

The banca in the painting fully ties the journey of modern-day Filipino manlalayags or overseas workers.

Accepting the painting on behalf of the Network was GMA International’s First Vice President and Head of Operations Mr. Joseph T. Francia. 

He thanked Lim for sharing her talent not just to Filipinos but to the world. In his speech, he also acknowledged the presence of the Philippine Navy: 

“Your being here today is a manifestation and recognition of your shared values with GMA Network: ang pasiglahin the lives of Filipinos.”

The afternoon’s revelries took place at the Network’s Open Air space. There, the Philippine Marine Corps Drum and Bugle Team performed robust renditions of well-loved classics and pop tunes that delighted the crowd. 

The response buoyed up the Philippine Marine Corps Drum and Bugle Team for an encore performance.

Not to be outdone was the Philippine Marine Corps Silent Drill Team. Their solemn but dazzling maneuvers and precise drill movements and formations without verbal command captivated onlookers who were surprised not once, not twice, but three times, when they fired their rifles.

Amidst applause and chuckles rippling through the crowd, the Philippine Marine Corps Silent Drill Team continued with their amazing display of coordination. The sunlight glinting off the tips of their bayonets seemed to wink playfully at the amused reactions of guests.

Gracing the event as well was Kapuso Primetime King and host of “Family Feud” Dingdong DantesHimself a Philippine Navy Reservist with the rank of Major and a Goodwill Ambassador for Disaster Preparedness, Dingdong reflected on the efforts undertaken by GMA Pinoy TV in empowering Filipinos everywhere through quality programs. 

Sa pamamagitan ng ating trabaho, ng ating mga programa, and through the works of my fellow reservist Kristine Lim, through the arts and our culture, we are able to relive that passion, that fire of becoming full Filipinos, ang pagiging buong pusong Pinoy all over the world. Kaya parati po nating sinasabing proud to be Pinoy. Kahit Global Pinoys na po tayo ay bitbit pa din natin ang puso ng pagiging Pilipino.”

“Abot-Kamay na Pangarap” lead stars Jillian Ward, Sparkle artist and Star of the New Gen, and Ken Chan also joined the event. The afternoon showcase was also a send-off to the actors who would be filming scenes in Nagoya, Japan and also entertaining OFWs at the show, “Ang Saya-Saya ng Pasko sa Nagoya.”

Jillian congratulated GMA Pinoy TV on their successful journey to making Filipinos feel at home wherever they are. Echoing her sentiments, Ken added, “Nakaka-proud talaga na kahit saan po kami magpunta na iba’t-ibang bansa, nakikita talaga ang galing ng Pinoy. Proud kami sa inyong lahat na overseas Filipino workers.”

Rounding up the afternoon honoring the skills and talents of Filipino overseas workers was a poetry reading of Jose Rizal’s “Awit ng Manlalakbay” or “Song of the Wanderer.” The National Hero was described by Francia as the “first Global Pinoy.”

GMA Pinoy TV also launched their station ID entitled, “Global Pinoys” with a music video. The song was sung by “The Clash” grand champion, Power Diva Jessica Villarubinand finalist, Kapuso Soul Balladeer Garrett Bolden.

Joining GMA Pinoy TV and the Philippine Navy in the celebration of the Month of Overseas Filipinos were various agencies representing overseas Filipino workers: the Commission of Filipino Overseas, the Philippine Nurses Association of America, the Philippine Independence Day Celebrations of the East Coast and New York, other members of the migration sector and various honored guests.  

For more news and updates on GMA Pinoy TV, visit www.gmanetwork.com/international/

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Primetime Action Hero and “Black Rider” Star Ruru Madrid is the Network’s latest IP ambassador in the fight against online piracy.

Left to right: Atty. Edmund Jason Baranda, Managing Partner Baranda & Associates, Principal and Country Manager of Rouse Network,  Atty. Ro Manalo, Kroma Entertainment,  and Atty. Jose Vener Ibarra, Assistant Vice President Legal Affairs, GMA Network, Inc.

Left to right: Mr. Taejin LeeSenior Manager, International Development Department (KCOPA), Mr. Louie Andrew C. CalvarioAttorney VI and Chief-of-Staff, Office of the Director General, IPOPHL, Mr. Carlo B.M. Santos, Senior Director, Data Analytics & Intelligence, Globe Group Sustainability and Corporate Communications, Globe Telecom, Inc., and Mr. Joseph T. Francia, First Vice President and Head of International Operations, GMA Network, Inc.

GMA Network Mobilizes Kapuso Talents in the Continuing Fight Against Online Piracy

Leading broadcast media company GMA Network, in its commitment to continue protecting intellectual property rights in the broadcast and content creation industry, mobilizes its roster of homegrown Kapuso talents in the anti-piracy campaign “Stream Responsibly. Fight Piracy.” 


The latest to join the said campaign is no less than Primetime Action Hero Ruru Madrid. Proving that he fights crime not just on TV but also in real life, the “Black Rider” star is GMA Network’s latest Kapuso IP (Intellectual Property) ambassador in the fight against online piracy. 


Other Kapuso celebrities set to contribute their voices to GMA Network’s anti-piracy campaign are the lead stars of GMA Afternoon Prime’s “Stolen Life.” In an upcoming video, award-winning actor Gabby Concepcion, high-caliber actress Beauty Gonzalez, and bankable leading lady Carla Abellana encourage audiences to stream only from legitimate platforms and sites. 


They join the growing list of Kapuso IP ambassadors in the multi-platform campaign “Stream Responsibly. Fight Piracy.” The line-up includes Miguel Tanfelix, Ysabel Ortega, Radson Flores, Matt Lozano, and Rafael Landicho, and Kapuso Primetime Princess Barbie Forteza. 


These ongoing efforts are part of GMA’s proactive stance and dedication to safeguarding intellectual property rights. In a presentation at the “International Forum on Copyright Enforcement” on November 16, GMA International (GMAI) First Vice President and Head of Operations Joseph T. Francia gave the audience a peek into how the Network shapes their initiatives. 


Speaking at one of the crucial discussions of the event, Francia pointed out the importance of impactful consumer messaging. “Our millions of viewers are our key stakeholders in this fight against piracy,” he said. To amplify these campaigns, he emphasized that “Anti-piracy concepts should be translated into words that our audience can understand and appreciate.”


GMA has more plans and ideas in the pipeline and continues to combat digital piracy by educating its employees, mobilizing and activating homegrown Kapuso artists and talents, and collaborating with partners in the industry. 


Taking part in the “International Forum on Copyright Enforcement” event as well was GMA Network Assistant Vice President, Litigation & Special Projects, Legal Affairs Atty. Jose Vener Ibarra. He was a panelist in “Forging Collaborations Among Rights Holders, Intermediaries, and Government to Tackle IP Crimes” on November 14. GMA Network, represented by Francia, also participated in IPOPHL’s (Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines) launch of the first “Voluntary Site Blocking Mechanism” in Asia on November 16. 


The “International Forum on Copyright Enforcement” was organized by the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE), the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) and the Korea Copyright Protection Agency (KCOPA). 


For more stories about the Kapuso network and its initiatives, visit www.gmapinoytv.com/ subscribe orwww.GMANetwork. com.
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THE CAST of “Kampon” headed by Derek Ramsay and Beauty Gonzalez are understandably ecstatic during the Q&A that followed the screening of their horror film last Monday  night. 

The press people who attended the event all congratulated them for coming up with an effective fright film that will really give viewers a good scare and even disturbing sleepless nights.

“It’s my first horror movie kaya naman I was apprehensive as to how it would go, so I’m glad the premiere night audience really enjoyed watching it and everyone was screaming at the jump scares,” says Derek.

“Ako naman, first Metro Manila Filmfest entry ko kaya curious din ako to see how viewers would like it and it’s so nice to watch it with them dahil they were all affected and reacting like they’re really terrified by the scary portions,” says Beauty. 

Their respective spouses came to support them at the premiere night: Derek’s Ellen Adarna and Beauty’s Norman Crisologo.

“Ellen really wanted to see my love scenes with both Beauty and Zeinab Harake,” says Derek. “She was asking me pa, mamamatay ka ba? I said, just watch.

"Kinukurot-kurot niya ako during the bedscenes but she’s really a very supportive wife. We were holding hands while watching and she really has no problems with the intimate scenes. She’s also an actress and we’re all professionals here.”

As for Beauty, she says her husband Norman knows the nature of her work as an actress and is very understanding. 

“Wholesome naman yung bedscene namin ni Derek. Kissing-kissing lang so he really has nothing to worry about. Mas wild yung bedscene ni Derek with Zeinab na may kagatan pa sila ng labi.”

As a horror flick, “Kampon”, as directed by King Palisoc, really delivers the expected jump scares. It will surely please horror fans.

What is truly horrifying here is that all the violent mayhem is performed by a 7 year old little girl, who looks so cute and innocent but is so creepy and powerful as she can give life back to dead people and even make heads explode of other people at will.

Judging from the reaction of the crowd at the Megamall screening, we’d say this movie elicited more screams and gasps compared to that of the horror filmfest entry last year, “Deleter”, which we personally didn’t find that scary, but went on to win best picture in the awards night and even became the filmfest topgrosser.

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Dec 18, 2023


                                 alden richards, miles ocampo, tonton gutierrez and sharon cuneta

‘FAMILY OF TWO’ is a mother and son story so different from similar films we’ve seen before about family relationships that’s full of cloying drama and recriminations.  

Mel Mendoza del Rosario’s treatment of this one is very light, but there are scenes that will just melt your heart as they effortlessly affect your emotions and are poignantly well acted by the two lead stars.

Maricar (Sharon Cuneta) lost her husband when her son Mateo or Matty (Alden Richards) was only five years and she has raised him as a single mom doing various jobs.

Now, Matty is 28 years old, works in an advertising company, and has asked her to stop working as he feels it’s his turn to serve his mom. 

Maricar is happy just attending to the needs of her son and tending to her plants.

Matty gets attracted to his immediate boss, Zari (Miles Ocampo), but he cannot freely express his feelings for her. While having a late night meeting with her at their office, Maricar suddenly shows up, worried about her son, meets Zari and even acts as a matchmaker for the two of them.

They get into an official relationship but Zari gets an offer to work in Singapore and she chooses to accept it as she really wants to be independent and work abroad, coming from a dysfunctional family. 

Matty gets the same offer but it’s difficult for him to uproot himself because of his mom. 

That’s the biggest dilemma the two main characters face in the movie, but it’s really not much of a predicament as Maricar quickly learns how to let go of her son.

She just feels offended when Matty posts her picture in a dating app without asking her consent first. 

Alden delivers a first rate performance in the movie, shining in his own light dramatic moments, but “Family of Two” really belongs to Sharon  Cuneta, who has really developed from being a singing teen idol in the 80s to be one of our finest actresses today. 

She shines in several scenes, notably the sweet confrontation scene with Alden where he asks for her forgiveness and they both end up crying quietly. 

We also love her in that wordless scene with Miles where she doesn’t say anything, but you can read all the unspoken emotions on her face and in her eyes. 

And after the problem of Matty has been resolved, the film stays with her. She decides not to pursue her budding romance with Tonton Gutierrez, even if he seems a good match for her. 

She decides to do something else and the film’s final scene is truly a big triumph for her and all mothers who have sacrificed their lives for their kids then decide to go on with their own lives after they are left with an empty nest.

This is actually a perfect Mother’s Day movie.

What is so nice about the movie is it never resorts to melodrama or histrionics. There are no deep dark secrets suddenly revealed in the open. It’s a feel good movie that is just full of well meaning characters and positivity.

Sharon’s Maricar is not the meddlesome mom often intruding into the lives of her kids usually portrayed in movies or TV shows.

She’s just very caring and supportive, but does offer loving advice when asked for it. 

Matty is not totally dependent but you can see that they are genuinely significant for each other. They come out as real people and not mere caricatures. 

Elderly parents like us can easily identify with the story. We’re done raising our own children and we’re ready to spend the sunset years alone, but with our own kids still in the background raising their own families.

Believe us, it’s a very fulfilling situation for people like us who are in the pre-departure area.

After “Family Matters” which is about conflicting family members, Director Nuel Naval now comes up with a more intimate portrait of the relationship between a mother and a son who have become so attached to each other that they really have become a family of two. 

There are no contravidas here, but just a moving journey of a mother and a son told without being manipulative or desperately trying  to squeeze out tearful emotions from the audience.

The well plotted narrative just flows so smoothly and told with much endearing humor and tenderness. 

Cineko Productions should be commended and encouraged for producing inspiring family films like this.

The movie gets great support from Jackielou Blanco as Sharon’s nosey but well meaning neighbor, Tonton Gutierrez as a very tentative love interest, and Alden’s zany officemates led by Pepe Herrera. 

Miles Ocampo is fine as Zari, but for the life of me, and at the risk of being accused of body shaming, she’s just distractingly overweight to be Alden’s love interest and he is even prettier than her.

We know she’s undergoing some health issues and here’s praying she’d overcome them so she’d be in a better fighting form in her next appearance on screen.

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