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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.

May 30, 2023



GMA Network’s flagship international channel GMA Pinoy TV reaffirms its commitment to connecting Filipinos worldwide through entertainment with Global Pinoy Caravan. The caravan brought the cast of Abot-Kamay Na Pangarap to Clark International Airport as part of its week-long anniversary.

The event was filled with exciting activities, including performances of Jillian Ward, who plays the role of Dr. Analyn, and Carmina Villaroel, who portrays the character of Lyneth. Voltes V: Legacy star Matt Lozano also kept the audience engaged throughout the program through his performance and hosting skills.  

GMA's Assistant Vice President for Litigation Atty. Jose Vener Ibarra, on the other hand, gave an enlightening anti-piracy segment to inform the audience about the importance of legal streaming platforms.

In addition, GMA Pinoy TV, led by GMA International First Vice President and Head of Operations Joseph T. Francia, forged a partnership with Digital Pilipinas, represented by Ms. Amor Maclang, Convenor of Digital Pilipinas - established in 2019 and is now the largest sector-led movement for creating an innovation and technology ecosystem in the country that is actively engaged in a global digital economy - to further empower the Filipino community through digital platforms. 

This collaboration showcased the Network’s commitment to providing quality content and engaging experiences to Filipinos worldwide.

“Our OFWs are the original citizens of a Digital Pilipinas. They paved the way for mass adoption of mobile money and they made what was then nascent technology more mainstream. 

"Together with GMA7’s roster of the brightest stars in the Philippines and the technology stars in Digital Pilipinas, we pay homage to the first citizens of a Global Digital Pilipinas: our OFWs,” said Amor Maclang, Convenor of Digital Pilipinas.

Attendees also had the opportunity to participate in thrilling raffle draws, offering them a chance to win significant prizes and exclusive GMA Pinoy TV merchandise items.

GMA Pinoy TV’s Global Pinoy Caravan: Abot-Kamay Na Pangarap at Clark International Airport not only entertained the attendees but also served as an opportunity to bid a warm farewell to departing Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who have been a vital part of the global Filipino community. 

It also recognized the Global Pinoys who have contributed significantly to their respective countries, including the UAE, Qatar, Singapore, the United States, and Canada. 

These brave individuals have left their families and homes to seek better opportunities abroad, and their dedication deserves to be acknowledged and appreciated.

"We are very happy that we can be here. Congratulations to Clark International Airport. We, from GMA Pinoy TV, are your companion and ally in every color of life. In joy and sorrow, we are with you. 

So as you leave the Philippines to work in other countries, GMA Pinoy TV and the programs of GMA are with you," said Joseph T. Francia, GMA International First Vice President and Head of International Operations. 

The event, held in conjunction with the Clark International Airport’s anniversary, was a joyous commemoration of the airport’s achievements and growth, highlighting its significance as a gateway for millions of travelers, including OFWs. 

Mr. Noel Manankil, President and CEO of LIPAD Corp, the consortium that manages Clark International Airport (CRK) says: 

"We are excited to welcome Ms. Carmina Villaroel, Ms. Jillian Ward and Mr. Matt Lozano here at Clark International Airport. 

"From the start, we knew that we have to honor the sacrifice of our Overseas Filipino Workers, hence, we are the only airport in the country with a dedicated lounge exclusive for OFWs. 

"With our partnership with GMA Pinoy TV, we are assured that our modern-day heroes are given the reception they deserve here at CRK. "

For more information and updates about GMA Pinoy TV’s upcoming events, www.gmanetwork.com.