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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.

Apr 30, 2011

GMA 7 New shows for May

MAY IS THE month of fiestas and santakrusans and GMA Network exec Wilma Galvante presented all their new shows for May in a special presscon. Today, May 1, they have a special coverage on GMA News TV of the Beatification of Pope John Paul II that starts with a documentary at 8:45 PM, “A Pope Who Made History”, to be followed by the actual beatification ceremonies from 4 to 6:30 PM. On GMA-7, they have a special edition tonight of “Show Me Da Manny” with an exclusive coverage of Manny Pacquiao while undergoing training in L.A. for his fight versus Mosley. On May 8, they have the actual coverage direct from Las Vegas of the much awaited Pacquiao vs. Mosley fight at lunchtime. Also scheduled for tonight at 10:30 PM is “Ground Zero: Sa Gitna ng Nagbabagang Mundo”, an environmental docu that gives a better understanding of earthquakes, anchored by Vicky Morales and with a team of GMA’s senior reporters who travel from Luzon to Mindanao to show which cities and provinces are exposed to this frightening natural phenomenon.

Tomorrow, Monday, they start “Secret Garden”, a new Koreanovela replacing “Baker King” after “I Heart You Pare”. This stars “Kim Sam Soon” leading man Hyun Bin and “Hwang Jini” lead Ha Ji-won in a rom-com about body switches. The other new shows are:

“Munting Heredera” – To replace “Dwarfina” on May 9, it stars Gloria Romero as a rich widow looking for her long lost granddaughter, supported by Mark Anthony Fernandez, Roderick Paulate, Camille Pratts, Katrina Halili and three new child actresses: Mona Louis Rey, Kyle Daniele Ocampo and Barbara Miguel, directed by Maryo de los Reyes.

“My Chubby World” – A kiddie show that starts on May 14, it’s hosted by kids like Renz Valerio, Zyrael Jestre, Daniela Amable and Gianne Cutter and deals with the things that most kids are interested in.

“Blusang Itim” – Replacing “Alakdana” on May 16, this launches Kylie Padilla in the lead role of the ugly girl beautified by a black blouse she got from ukay-ukay. Also introducing Frank Magalona and Wynwyn Marquez, plus Carl Guevarra, Gary Estrada, Jackielou Blanco, Rita Avila, and Marissa Delgado.

“Andres de Saya” – A Saturday night comedy starting May 28 with Cesar Montano as the henpecked husband of Iza Calzado, reprising the roles of the late Vic Vargas and ex-Ms. Universe Gloria Diaz in the hit movie series.

“Sisid” – Starts May 30 replacing “My Lover, My Wife”, this provocative drama launches the alluring Jackie Rice as a pearl diver in a remote island, with JC Tiuseco, Dominic Roco and Ian Batherson as her leading men, LJ Moreno and Rich Asuncion as contravidas. Shot in the beautiful waters of Batangas and directed by Ricky Davao.

“Playful Kiss” – A Koreanovela based on a popular Japanese manga, it stars Jung So Min as a beautiful but clumsy girl and Kim Hyun Joong as a handsome but cold hearted guy and how their amusing romance starts with a playful kiss.

“Sabadabadog” – An educational show for kids to premiere in late May hosted by Tonipet Gaba with four friendly mascots.

“The Sen. Bong Revilla-Cong. Lani Mercado 25th Wedding Anniversary Celebration” – This covers the renewal of vows between one of showbiz’ most well loved couples at the new Divine Mercy Church in Villamor Airbase and the following star-studded reception.

“Amaya” – The biggest TV production in history, this first ever epicserye to start on May 30 stars Marian Rivera as a slave in ancient Philippine history who’s actually a princess and has superpowers that she’ll use to guide her people during a time dominated by men, with Glaiza de Castro, Rochelle Pangilinan, Sid Lucero and Mikael Daez.