’24 Oras’ makes history 1st Philippine newscast to livestream locally on TikTok


By Crispina M. Belen

’24 Oras’ makes history 1st Philippine newscast to livestream locally on TikTok

 GMA Network’s flagship newscast “24 Oras” makes history as the first Philippine newscast to livestream locally on video-sharing app TikTok beginning last Monday, October 11.

This comes on the heels of the highly successful launch of the multi-awarded newscast’s official TikTok account @24Oras last month. Its handle currently has 691,900 followers, 5.3 million likes, and 276.5 million views as of October 14.

Anchored by GMA News pillars Mel Tiangco, Mike Enriquez, and Vicky Morales, “24 Oras” continues to deliver news and information to viewers and netizens on weeknights. Its weekend newscast, “24 Oras Weekend,” is anchored by Pia Arcangel and Ivan Mayrina.

With the “24 Oras” livestream on TikTok, GMA’s primetime newscast widens its reach to make news and information available to more people including the younger audience. At the same time, it aims to teach more netizens about media literacy—using one of today’s leading social media platforms in promoting factual reportage.

“By streaming ’24 Oras’ on Tiktok, we hope to bring GMA News’ Serbisyong Totoo to millennial and Gen Z viewers. Keeping them informed is even more important as we approach Eleksyon 2022, which represents another critical moment in our history,” said GMA Network Senior Vice President for News and Public Affairs Marissa L. Flores.

Last month, “24 Oras” also launched its “#24OrasChallenge” on the app wherein netizens are invited to join their favorite Kapuso anchors in reporting the news by reading from a teleprompter. The said challenge continues to make waves among TikTok users with over 47.7 million views and more than 21,000 duets made with 25 published challenge videos as of October 14.

Some of the Kapuso personalities who gamely accepted the challenge include Public Affairs personalities Mariz Umali and Drew Arellano, reporters Joseph Morong, Oscar Oida, Victoria Tulad, and Aubrey Carampel, and GMA News pillar Jessica Soho—whose duet is still the most viral with 1.2 million views and 164,300 likes.

Other Kapuso celebrities who joined are Michael V, Carla Abellana, Rocco Nacino, Max Collins, and Brgy. LSFM DJs Papa Dudut, Mama Belle, Papa Marky, and Papa Bol. TikTok content creators Ms. Everything, Macoy Dubs, Ayn Bernos, and Show Suzuki also participated.

The “#24OrasChallenge” also produced spiels in local dialects such as Hiligaynon, Bisaya, Bikolano, Cebuano, and Tagalog which featured GMA Regional TV anchors and personalities.

“Tiktok is fast becoming the platform of choice for younger viewers. With new innovations by our Digital teams, we want to keep them informed, engaged, and up to date with the news they need to know,” said Jaemark Tordecilla, GMA Network Senior Assistant Vice President for News and Public Affairs Digital Media.

Aside from TikTok, “24 Oras” is also one of the most followed news accounts on Facebook and Twitter. At present, “24 Oras” has 9.2 million followers on Facebook and 439,100 on Twitter.

On television, both “24 Oras” and “24 Oras Weekend” are broadcast simultaneously on GMA-7 and GTV.

Follow “24 Oras” and “24 Oras Weekend” on TikTok via @24Oras.


GMA Network earns 1 medal and 5 Finalist Certificates from the NYF Awards!


By Crispina M. Belen

GMA Network earns 1 medal and 5 Finalist Certificates from the NYF Awards!

Reporter's Notebook

GMA Network continues to earn prestige from international award-giving bodies like the prestigious 2021 New York Festivals (NYF) “World’s Best TV and Films” competition where it received one World Medal and five Finalist Certificates.

The investigative program and  eight-time NYF World Medalist “Reporter’s Notebook” got  a Bronze Medal for its documentary “Mga Sugat ni Miguel” under the Documentary: Health/Medical Information category.  This is now the ninth World Medal for the program hosted by Maki Pulido and  Jun Veneracion.

GMA also led in the short-listed entry from the Philippines. The segment of “Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho (KMJS)” entitled “Babaeng Tinaga sa Mukha” got a finalist certificate in he Documentary: Social Justice category. Another GMA Public Affairs program, “Reel Time,”  received a finalist certificate for “This Abled” under Documentary: Heroes category. “The Atom Araullo Specials” also got a  finalist certificate Ringor its episode “The Atom Araullo Specials: Dreams of Gold” under the Program: Sports Documentary category.

“The Clash” also  received a finalist certificate under the Entertainment Program: Variety category. And the first-ever virtual reality concert in the Philippines, the “Alden’s Reality: The Virtual Reality Concert” also received a finalist certificate for its TV airing under the Entertainment Special: Special Event category.

For all these, congrats, mga Kapuso!


Nobody’s Home releases music video of their new single ‘Cigarette Daydreams’ 


By Crispina. Belen

Nobody’s Home releases music video of their new single ‘Cigarette Daydreams’ 


Filipino alternative rock trio Nobody’s Home has released the official music video of their new single “Cigarette Daydreams”—a cover of Cage The Elephant’s chart-topping hit in 2014.

Directed by Ysa Aranda of Swimming Pictures, the clip features the promising trio on a random road trip, performing in front of a warehouse and running away from reality “to find peace of mind,” as the lyrics suggest.

 As for the concept behind the music video, Aranda shares that it’s derived from her own personal experience, particularly the feeling of comfort that driving brings. “I had to go for a drive and dream scenarios that would resonate to the song itself. Aside from the lyrics of the song, driving has helped me cope specially in these trying times, hence the driving scenes present in the MV.”

Aranda’s take on “Cigarette Daydreams” is inspired by the visual narrative of Jóhann Jóhannsson’s End Of Summer, a short film that serves as a document of a calm scenery in “one of the most crucial and endangered areas of our planet.”

 Paying homage and making it their own

The song was produced by Nobody’s Home and Ely Buendia, and its overall treatment maintains the melodic charm of the original, while incorporating ‘90s-sounding guitar-rock affair, candied pop hooks, and pulsating synths to the mix.

“Generally, we wanted to pay respects and keep the original vibe of the song,” Frontman and principal songwriter Eon Buendia explains. “We stuck to that nostalgic acoustic feeling for the verses while making it simpler in terms of instrumentals. But when it came to the choruses, that’s where we changed the vibe from the original’s lighter feeling to a darker and synth-y tone that is more akin to the sound of the band.”

Nobody’s Home strikes a balance between paying homage to the song and making it their own—a task that they supremely aced with conviction and confidence. “The main idea we had was that the verses would be simple and we wouldn’t add much to it in order to keep the spirit of the original, and then the choruses would be where we came in and do our thing,” Eon shares in a statement. “And then we put elements that we usually use when producing our personal tracks such as vocal layering, synthesizers, and lead guitar lines.”

Production notes

The track’s producer, Ely Buendia, also commends the alt-rock outfit’s dedication in upping the ante of their version, while retaining the song’s feel-good catharsis in the process. “I just trusted the boys’ musical instincts, knowing that their own personal preferences would make sure that this will not be a note for note translation.”

In terms of production, Ely points out, “we at least wanted the production to be gritty yet polished, if at all possible, to honor the vibe of the original.”

Nobody’s Home’s version of Cage The Elephant’s “Cigarette Daydreams” is out now on all digital music platforms worldwide via Sony Music Philippines. 


‘Talents Academy’ wins awards from PMPC Star Awards for Television


By Crispina M. Belen

‘Talents Academy’ wins awards from PMPC Star Awards for Television

“Talents Academy,” which used to be aired weekly on IBC 13, won back-to-back as “Best Children Show and Best Children Show Hosts” from the PMPC Star Awards for Television for 2019-2020 and 2020-2021. 

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It also won for Director Jun Miguel the “Outstanding/Promising TV Director” award.

“Talents Academy” which featured talented and passionate young artists, had for its Main Cast: Anastacia Paronda, Madisen Go, Gracelle Joace Jimenez, Chrislyn Dictado,Joraykha Javier Martinez, Luisa Mae Sujede Macamay, and Candice Ayesha. 

The Semi-Cast was composed of:

1.Dane Ashley Manansala

2.Jhamela L. Traquina

3.Akeisha Lois Lane T. Lee

4.Jade Danielle M. Colburn

5.Zion Geoff Magno

6.Prince Kenjie Camir

7.Audrey Star Macaraig

8.Ashton M. Eclipse

Director Jun Miguel had Jhustine Miguel as Assistant Director for “Talents Academy” and Arkin Brunio as master editor.



Actor Leon Miguel receives Junior Lifetime Achievement Award from NYC Film Festival


By Crispina M. Belen

Actor Leon Miguel receives Junior Lifetime Achievement Award from NYC Film Festival

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Congratulations to Filipino actor Leon Miguel for being the recipient of the Junior Lifetime Achievement Award at the recently held International Film Festival in New York City where he has also received twice  the Best Actor trophy in 2016 and 2017 for the films “Redlights” and “Galit ba Aso.”

It added pride and honor to Leon Miguel, having his film “Ang Bukal (Wheelspring)” as the opening movie at the 2021 NYC International Film Festival held at the Philippine Consulate. In the film directed by Epy Quizon, Leon Miguel made an impressive performance as Gazzi. The film won as Best Foreign Film, Best Director Short Film and Best Ensemble Cast at the Cannes World Film Festival 2021. His production team also won in the Ottawa Film Festival in Canada. 

Leon Miguel (real name: Noel I. Aparilla) was born in Masbate City in the Bicol Region. The actor, also a former model, is an engineer by profession but it was his passion for acting that catapulted him to fame and success. This passion “was my beacon of light,” he said. 

Leon Miguel was also awarded by the National Commission for the Culture and the Arts NCCA) with Ani ng Dangal (Harvest of Honors) and Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) as Film Ambassador, for having received international awards.

Leon MiguelHe humbly and honestly calls himself “the underdog” and only considers himself an actor when in front of the camera. However, his film in the making, “Reaching The Sky,” will shade new light to the real persona of Leon Miguel. The movie attributed to and in honor of his beloved sister Jhona who has passed away. The story will reveal the humble beginning of Noel Ibañez Aparilla who is now Leon Miguel. The philosophy unnoticed and ignored by many will be brought to light in this new film “Reaching the Sky.” 

Leon is proud of his Masbate roots. It was in the land of his birth  where he first learned to observe life. His experiences there helped him in his acting career through the art of realism. 

In 2014, during the 14th Cityhood Anniversary of Masbate, he received with great pride and joy the recognition from Mayor Rowena Tuason. It warms his heart each time his talent is appreciated, he stressed.

His memorable films, “Red Lights,” “Graceland,” “Galit na Aso,” “Metro Manila” and many others, gave him the edge to get noticed at the NYC International Film Festival 2021. He hopes that this time, his new film, “Reaching the Sky,” will reach and be appreciated by more people people around the world. 

A lesson he would like to impart with this film is “for everyone to know that there’s no life so little that God can’t see. And that no one is an underdog in the eyes of the Creator. Each and everyone is important as the universe for we humans are the conscious minds in the multiverse. A person is the image of God. The human kind is the image of God, therefore, we are gods.”

“Reaching the Sky” is a life story so intense that will make the viewers ponder the profound meaning of life.

And, by the way, Leon Miguel’s motto is “Passion over Fame and Money.”


‘Stories from the Heart: Never Say Goodbye’ premieres today, October 18 


By Crispina M. Belen

‘Stories from the Heart: Never Say Goodbye’ premieres today, October 18 

The acclaimed GMA Entertainment Group presents another incredible love story via  its newest Afternoon Prime drama-anthology series, “Stories from the Heart: Never Say Goodbye,” starting  this Monday, October 18.


Stories From The Heart Never Say GoodbyeGiving life to the characters of Joyce and Bruce are Klea Pineda and Jak Roberto, who are both excited to play their respective roles.

“Punong-puno ng pain ang ‘Never Say Goodbye,’ Klea shared. “Masasaktan ka at maaawa sa lahat ng characters na bumubuo ng series na ito. Mararamdaman mo rin ‘yung pagmamahalan at bawat lungkot na nararamdaman ng bawat isa.”

Jak, on the other hand, admitted that this is one of the most challenging characters he has ever portrayed. “Ito ang pinakamabigat na character na nagampanan ko. I really put in a lot of work on this project. Kaya naman sobrang excited na akong maipalabas ito dahil pinaghirapan naming lahat ang proyektong ito and masasabi kong worth it lahat.”

Playing the role of Victoria, Bruce’s New York-based legal wife, is Lauren Young who expressed excitement to be back on-screen. “I have a strange relationship with showbiz, sometimes I love it and sometimes I don’t,” she said. “But with this show, it showed me na mahal ko talaga ang acting. I was very fortunate to be cast in this show especially now that times are so hard. It was beautifully written and well-executed; it reminds me of how lucky I am to be in this position.” 

Joyce and Bruce have great dreams for a life together. Both nurses, their goal is to be able to work abroad and save up for their future. But an unfortunate incident leads Bruce to leave earlier, while Joyce has to stay behind.

As can be expected, the distance between them tests their relationship. Joyce has found a new job that she enjoys and tells Bruce that she no longer wants to follow him abroad. The two of them part ways and Bruce, heart-broken and alone in a foreign country, meets Victoria who offers to marry him for him to be able to obtain a green card.

A few years later, at a friend’s funeral, Joyce and Bruce meet again. Joyce has just found out that she has breast cancer; and Bruce, despite being already married, feels sorry for her and wants to help her go through her ordeal. 

But feelings that come back are feelings that never really left. And what was once a great love story is now an emotionally illicit affair. 

Stories From The Heart Never Say Goodbye Art Acuna

Art Acuna

The drama-anthology also features some of the most talented stars on Philippine TV: Snooky Serna as Susan, Joyce’s unlucky mother who falls victim to a pyramiding scheme; Shermaine Santiago as Dr. Darla, Joyce’s close friend and oncologist; Max Eigenmann as Jackilyn, Joyce’s protective sister and a proud lesbian; Kim Rodriguez as Lily, the younger sister of Bruce; Art Acuna as Bernard, Victoria’s father and Bruce’s patient in America; Phytos Ramirez as Joshua, also a friend of both Joyce and Bruce working as a nurse; Mosang as Nay Cora, a mother figure to Joyce and Bruce’s barkada; Luke Conde as Edwin, Bruce’s happy-go-lucky best friend; Herlene Budol as Alana, Joyce’s jolly best friend.

“Never Say Goodbye” is under the supervision of GMA Entertainment Group headed by SVP for Entertainment Group Lilybeth G. Rasonable, FVP for Drama Redgie A. Magno, SAVP for Drama Cheryl Ching-Sy, Program Manager Dennis Joi K. Bentulan, and Executive Producer Ofel Villanera.  

The story’s creative team is composed of Creative Director Aloy Adlawan, Creative Head Des Severino, Head Writer Ken De Leon, Assistant Head Writer Kuts Enriquez, Episode Writers Jimuel dela Cruz and Benson Logronio, Brainstormer Louize Al-Shehri. Never Say Goodbye is a story by RJ Nuevas.

The drama-anthology installment is under the helm of esteemed director Paul Sta. Ana and associate director Pam Miras. 

Former lovers reunited by a terminal illness. Will Joyce and Bruce reignite their feelings for one another? Or is it finally time to say goodbye? 

Find out in “Stories from the Heart: Never Say Goodbye,”  beginning October 18, aired weekdays after “Nagbabagang Luha” on GMA Afternoon Prime.



GMA Network launches GMA Zamboanga


By Crispina M. Belen

GMA Network launches GMA Zamboanga

GMA Zamboanga is GMA Network's fourth regional TV station in Mindanao and its 10th regional TV station in the country.GMA Network further strengthens its presence as the country’s media giant as it launches its latest addition to its growing number of regional TV stations, GMA Zamboanga. It is  its fourth regional TV station in Mindanao and the 10th regional TV station in the country.

With GMA Zamboanga, the Kapuso Network’s local and national programs can be accessed by viewers in Western Mindanao via GMA Channel 9 Zamboanga and GMA Channel 12 Jolo (Sulu).

Strategically located in Zamboanga City, GMA Zamboanga is also regarded as GMA Regional TV’s (RTV) Western Mindanao hub. It boasts of state-of-the art studio and services viewers in the Zamboanga Peninsula, specifically Zamboanga City and the key provinces of Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga Sibugay, and Zamboanga del Norte. It is likewise available to viewers from the nearby provinces of Basilan, Tawi-Tawi, and Sulu. 

“GMA Network, thru GMA Regional TV, remains steadfast in our commitment to deliver local news that matters and stories that inspire through multiple languages and dialects in various communities across the Philippines. As we open GMA Zamboanga Station as our Western Mindanao hub, we are grateful to our viewers and partners for your continued support. Makakaasa kayong, mananatili kaming ‘Buong Puso para sa Pilipino,” said GMA Regional TV and Synergy First Vice President and Head Oliver Victor Amoroso.

Providing Kapusong Zamboangueños local news and features that matter to every Mindanaoan is the award-winning, top-rating, and pioneering unified local Mindanao newscast GMA Regional TV One Mindanao. Anchored by veteran print and broadcast journalist Sarah Hilomen-Velasco, GMA Regional TV One Mindanao delivers relevant local news and features to viewers in North, South Central, Western, and Southern Mindanao and airs weekdays at 5 p.m. 

Joining Velasco are her co-anchors Jandi Esteban from GMA Davao on Mondays, Cyril Chaves from GMA Cagayan de Oro on Tuesdays, Argie Ramos from GMA Zamboanga on Wednesdays, Sheillah Vergara-Rubio and Rgil Relator from GMA Davao on Thursday and Fridays, respectively.

Moreover, the opening of GMA Zamboanga ushers in new mornings for viewers in the peninsula as GMA RTV expands its first and only unified morning program in Mindanao At Home with GMA Regional TV which airs weekdays at 8 a.m. Hosted by Atty. Resci Rizada and Cyril Chavez, with co-host Argie Ramos, viewers are treated to the right mix of information and entertainment to help them start the day right.

GMA Zamboanga joins the growing number of the Network’s regional TV stations in Northern and Central Luzon (GMA Dagupan and GMA Ilocos), in the Bicol Region (GMA Bicol), in Central and Eastern Visayas (GMA Cebu), in Western Visayas (GMA Iloilo and GMA Bacolod), in Northern Mindanao (GMA Cagayan de Oro), and South Central and Southern Mindanao (GMA Davao and GMA General Santos).

All the freshest news, events, and updates about GMA Regional TV are now available via GMA RTV’s official website www.gmaregionaltv.com and @gmaregionaltv on YouTube. Follow GMA Regional TV on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram via @GMARegionalTV. 


Momentous is how Alden Richards describes his contract-signing for another year with GMA 7


By Crispina M. Belen

Momentous is how Alden Richards describes his contract-signing for another year with GMA 7

Alden Richards renews contract with GMA Network 2

Popular and well-loved Kapuso actor Alden Richards renewed for another year his contract with GMA 7 and he described the occasion as momentous! This will be his 11th year with the network which has given him limitless opportunities. Yes, LIMITLESS is how he proudly described in one word the growth of his career with GMA Network.

“GMA trusted and gambled on me; they took the risk on me, a newbie, so I worked hard – the least that I could do to repay their efforts and trust in me,” Alden said in a virtual mediacon held on October 15. It was also through a limitless way that Alden worked hard and with much passion in order to repay the network and its executives for nurturing him towards success in the acting, singing and hosting fields. 

He was happy that he wasn’t restricted within the walls of GMA, but instead, “pinayagan nila ako to work elsewhere, outside of the network, so I think I will stay with them and be a Kapuso until the end of my career.”

Alden Richards renews contract with GMA Network

As he went along through the years to build a name, inspirational messages from people made him feel he was on the right track, and to keep on moving to do what he thought was right, “because it was my job and obligation to do the best I could, to take advantage of the opportunities to showcase my talent and skills, and to be seen eventually as a ‘beacon of light.’”

In his 10-year career, portraying diverse roles in the many successful Kapuso shows he has starred in, Alden has become one of the most-prized talents of GMA and the bosses in the network have only superb and excellent words to describe him. He has, indeed, come a long way to where he is enthroned now.

Alden himself admitted his humble beginnings, starting from scratch, saying “mahirap ang pinagdaanan ko, mahirap maka-penetrate sa showbiz, mahirap mag-umpisa, hindi naging madali sa akin but I pushed myself up, lahat kinayanan ko, I had to be patient…”

Asked about his advice to beginners, Alden said “In this battle called life, walang madali, lahat pinaghihirapan. Walang sense of accomplishment kung hindi pinaghirapan makamtan ang isang bagay. This makes success sweeter, kasi pinaghirapan. We have to have patience, we have to work hard, have strong faith, and always,  have a good heart!” 

Asked what kind of role he would like to portray in the days ahead, Alden said “something edgy and risky, something more experimental, something I haven’t done before.”

Fans will have to watch out for this, as a  GMA executive has said “Magugulat sila sa isang future project ni Alden.” He also has a movie project with Bea Alonzo for which they’re finalizing the details, he said.

It seems Alden has gotten everything he had dreamed or wished for. Beyond his artistic skills, he also embarked in business ventures and he admitted his restaurant business is doing well despite the pandemic. Is there something he would still  like to achieve?

Yes, his ardent desire now is to go back to college to earn a diploma. This is for his father who always wanted him to seal his education with a diploma, he said. He’ll find a way to enroll in a university to fulfill this. 

Alden’s mom’s desire was to see him artistically successful in performing, but too bad she died without even seeing him perform in his first stage play, he recalled with sadness. 

By the way, it has been noticed that Alden has lost some weight and has  become fashionable these days. He has more clothes now, he said, “at hindi masamang magbago sa paningin ng tao basta gagawin ito to be a better person and to be a better inspiration to all.” 


Kamuning Bakery spearheads celebration of 7th World Pandesal Day on October 16


By Crispina M. Belen

Kamuning Bakery spearheads celebration of 7th World Pandesal Day on October 16

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Photo of Senator Sherwin Gatchalian and Wilson Flores provided by Kamuning Bakery

Top officials of the land, led by no less than President Rodrigo R  Duterte, sent messages of congratulations and support to Kamuning Bakery for spearheading the celebration of the 7th World Pandesal Day on October 16, 2021. 

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Photo of Congresswoman Loren Legarda and Wilson Flores provided by Kamuning Bakery

Kamuning Bakery owner Wilson Lee Flores was lauded for helping address hunger and poverty by giving honor to the lowly bread pandesal, and for giving away free breads to orphanages and donations to three public schools, children’s shelters and urban poor communities on the occasion of the 7th World Pandesal Day. This is in lieu of its yearly tradition of giving away 70,000 free pandesals and other foods to the urban poor. This is in addition to free medical, dental and optical missions. 

Neri Colmenares

Neri Colmenares photo from his Facebook.

Messages of support for the annual #WorldPandesal Day also  came from Senator Grace Poe, Senator Sonny Angara, Deputy Speaker Loren Legarda, Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte, GMA Network, Inc. Chairman & CEO Atty. Felipe L. Gozon (who was guest of honor at 2019 World Pandesal Day to lead the giving of free breads and other foods to the urban poor) and Regal Entertainment founder Mother Lily Y. Monteverde. 

Senator Sherwin Gatchalian and civic leader and Makabayan head Atty. Neri Colmenares also joined the Pandesal Forum to express their support to the 7th World Pandesal Day.

Actor Dingdong Dantes had also graced World Pandesal Day and helped to distribute free breads and foods. Kamuning Bakery Café’s partners in this annual philanthropic and cultural project include Philippine Foremost Milling, San Miguel Mills, Mondelez, Pagcor, Mega Sardines and Caltex Iba Malhacan Road in Meycauayan Exit. 

Despite the economic crisis, Kamuning Bakery Café has also donated new public school buildings to Barangay Dinalaoan Elementary School in Calasiao, Pangasinan in cooperation with Federation of Filipino Chinese Chambers of Commerce & Industry, Inc. (FFCCCII);  it also donated public school buildings to other economically-disadvantaged rural regions, like to Sta. Rosa Elementary School in historic seaside Balangiga town, Eastern Samar province and Villa Bacolor Elementary School in Tarlac, Tarlac province. 

On June 5, 2020, Kamuning Bakery Café also donated P500,000 to help Taal Volcano victims in Batangas through Hinabang Foundation led by First Lady Honeylet Avanceña and in the presence of Batangas Governor Hermilando “Dodo” Mandanas. 

Kamuning Bakery Café also sponsors unique cultural projects such as the annual World Poetry Day celebration every March 21, the non-partisan “Pandesal Forum” where leaders and  newsmakers dialogue with media and intellectuals, poetry readings, book launchings, art exhibits and the March 7, 2020 poetry & music night fundraising event for medical needs of award-winning poet Jose “Pete” F. Lacaba which was attended by national artists Dr. Bienvenido Lumbera and Bencab, many top musicians Noel Cabangon, Cookie Chua, Hazel Faith, etc. 

CEO Atty. Felipe L. Gozon

CEO Atty. Felipe L. Gozon

GMA Network, Inc. Chairman and CEO Atty. Felipe L. Gozon said in his message: “I first stepped into the doors of Kamuning Bakery Café a long time ago upon the invitation of my friend, Wilson Lee Flores. The smell of freshly baked pan de sal and brewed coffee evoke warm memories of home. The bakery and I share something special. We are both the same age! If only the walls and ovens of the bakery could talk—imagine the stories they would tell. Today, we celebrate two important occasions—the World Pandesal Day and the 82nd anniversary of the Philippines’ home of delicious, artisanal bread—the Kamuning Bakery Café. Congratulations Wilson and team for shining the spotlight on our country’s humble yet popular bread and for celebrating by sharing your blessings with others.”

Atty. Gozon added: “From its humble beginnings in 1939, Kamuning Bakery Café has grown and its legacy of serving traditional, no-preservatives, proudly Filipino style bread remains. It is also home to diverse leaders, intellectuals, writers and celebrities. Even after it was burned to the ground last year, it remains undaunted and full of hope. It could have chosen the easy way out, but it did not. Like the pan de sal, it has remained resilient and constant—serving the same delicious bread over the past 82 years. Yan and Serbisyong Totoo.”

Atty. Gozon also said: “It is people like Wilson and the master bakers of Kamuning Bakery that nourish Philippine history. We share in your dream of bringing out the best in every Filipino through world-class artisanal baking. Under your inspired leadership and mastery of craft, you have preserved culinary heritage today and for the generations to come. I wish Kamuning Bakery Café more success in the years ahead. Again, our warmest congratulations!” 


Call for Submission of Entries to  CineIskool Short Film Lab


By Crispina M. Belen

Call for Submission of Entries to  CineIskool Short Film Lab

The Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) with the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and its attached agency, the Unified Student Financial Assistance System for Tertiary Education (UniFAST), is holding a Call for Entries to the recently launched film project for beneficiaries of the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act or Republic Act 10931.


CineIskool Short Film Lab and Festival is a visual showcase of diverse stories in the community that highlights the significance and benefit of free tertiary education. This project also aims to produce and exhibit films that will inspire the youth to take advantage of the different education assistance programs put together by the government for the youth’s empowerment.


The program consists of two components, a short film lab and a film festival. The short film lab program will choose 10 projects from a pool of applications that will each be given a grant worth P125,000 to produce a five-minute short film; P100,000 for production costs and P25,000 for safe filming protocols.


Each project will undergo online intensive film labs via Zoom, covering topics on Production Management, Story Development, Technical, Safe Filming, and Editing, mentored by award-winning filmmakers and producers in the industry. 


After undergoing the intensive labs, the 10 projects will be officially recognized through a film festival.


For more information and updates, follow @unifastofficial on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.


CineIskool Short Film Lab and Festival Mechanics:




  • The competition is open to all students who are currently enrolled and are beneficiaries of the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act or RA 10931 programs.
  • Submissions from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao are encouraged.




  • The competition is open to scriptwriter-director pairs with real stories to share with currently enrolled beneficiaries of quality tertiary education. (Applicants must present a School ID or Certification of Enrollment and Registration Card)
  • The proponent and owner of the story must either be the scriptwriter or director of the team.
  • The entries must be in documentary or narrative form. Animation and experimental films will not be accepted.
  • The total running time (TRT) of the completed film output must not exceed five minutes, including the opening and closing credits of the film.
  • The completed film output must have its premiere during the CineIskool Short Film Festival, to be held in 2022.
  • The rights of the completed film output will belong to the proponent. However, FDCP and CHED-UNIFAST will reserve non-commercial rights to screen entries in various events and platforms.
  • The team must send two of their members to all the required online film labs.
  • The use of original literary sources, music materials and film footage must have proper clearance from their respective copyright owners before they can be used in the final output. The Festival organizers shall not be liable for any costs related to claims of performing rights organizations.
  • By entering the Festival, the participants agree to abide by the Festival guidelines and rules.
  • In case of any violation of the guidelines and rules, the organizers and the judging committee reserves the right to disqualify the participant and their film or remove them from the program.
  • The organizers and the judging committee reserves the right to disqualify any participant and/or to forfeit any prize from a participant who is found to have committed plagiarism or has undertaken fraudulent practice and/or activities harmful to the Festival or the Festival submission process.
  • FDCP reserves the right to create, revoke and modify at any time, in any way its entry requirements, rules and regulations at its absolute discretion without prior notice. Finalists and submitted entries shall be bound by any amendments or addition to the entry requirements, rules and regulations herewith.
  • The decision of the selection committee is final and irrevocable. The organizers and the judging committee are not obliged to give explanations for the results.



The following requirements must be submitted online in an organized google drive folder with shared viewing settings.

  1. DULY ACCOMPLISHED APPLICATION FORM with complete details (Complete name and contact details, Working Title, Synopsis, Director/Scriptwriter Intention’s Note, Concept and Financial Plan)
  2. School ID or Certification of Enrolment and Registration Card as proof of being a beneficiary of the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act.
  3. Online link to one (1) previously produced short film (if applicable). (Note: the online link must be set to private and the link and password must be uploaded via Vimeo or Google Drive).
  4. Brief resume, HD profile photo, and a copy of a government-issued ID of the filmmaker.
  5. Story concept (in PDF) and/or script if available.

–   Best Film – P50,000.00

–   Special Jury Prize – P30,000.00

–   Best Director – P20,000.00



Entries may be emailed to filmlab.fdcp@gmail.com with subject heading: Application for CineIskool 2021