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The Clash 2023 reveals the next Grand Champion tonight


By Crispina M. Belen

The Clash 2023 reveals the next Grand Champion tonight

Tonight. Sunday, May 28, GMA Network’s high-rating reality-talent competition, “The Clash 2023,” wraps up its season with astounding performances and inspiring stories of triumph from the Final 4 Clashers.

The last four contenders outshined hundreds of aspirants and have passed the high standards of The Clash Panel: Asia’s Nightingale Lani Misalucha, Asia’s Romantic Balladeer Christian Bautista, and Comedy Concert Queen AiAi Delas Alas.

The exciting journey of the Final 4 clashers was also witnessed by The Clash Masters: Total Heartthrob Rayver Cruz and Asia’s Limitless Star Julie Anne San Jose.

This Sunday, prepare for an all-out singing battle between “Feisty Diva” Arabelle dela Cruz, ‘,”Baby Girl Biritera” Liana Castillo, “Sexy Songstress’ Mariel Reyes, and “Simpatikong Bokalista” Rex Baculfo.

In an interview, the Clashers shared one best thing they learned from the competition. According to Arabelle, “Hindi mo mapipigilan na ma-pressure habang nagpe-perform pero natutunan ko na kung paano i-handle ang emotions ko sa stage.”

Liana, in turn, developed her own style of singing. “Mahina ako sa storytelling sa pagkanta. Pero ngayon, mas nailalabas ko na ang nararamdaman ko sa tuwing nagpe-perform,” she expressed.

Meanwhile, “The Clash 2023” taught Mariel to accept her flaws. She said, “Dati sensitive ako kapag may nababasa or naririnig ako, umiiyak ako agad. But now, mas kaya ko nang maging strong palagi.”

Rex, on the other hand, gained his confidence in the show, saying “Dati nu’ng nagsisimula ako, hindi talaga ako confident. Pero dahil sa “The Clash” natutunan ko nang magtiwala sa sarili.”

The program has truly changed the lives of many dreamers. But who among them has what it takes to become the next Grand Champion?

Don’t miss the Grand Finals of “The Clash 2023” this Sunday, May 28, at 7:50p.m. on GMA Network. Global Pinoys can also catch the program via GMA Pinoy TV.

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PascualLab: Spreading #PascualLove For Over Seven Decades


By Crispina M. Belen

PascualLab: Spreading #PascualLove For Over Seven Decades

Heart Evangelista for Poten-Cee + C's newest variant Marine Collagen

On its 77th year of bringing quality, family-friendly health and wellness products to Filipinos, Pascual Laboratories, Inc. (PascualLab), one of the top-of-mind pharmaceutical companies in the Philippines, continues to spread #PascualLove, reaffirming its commitment to pursue its vision of Strong, Healthy Families.

Pioneering Innovations

Since it was founded in 1946 to help address the health needs of Filipinos during the post-war era, PascualLab has been constantly at the forefront of providing quality health innovations through its products. Among its purposeful innovations are Vitex negundo L. Lagundi Leaf (Ascof Lagundi)*, the first and the No. 1 Lagundi cough remedy in the market², and WellGreens, a line of premium organic supplements that go through a 13-step quality assurance process and that are certified pure organic by the EU and USDA, certified for Good Agricultural Practices by the Department of Agriculture, and Halal by the Islamic Da’wah Council of the Philippines.

Quality and Care At The Heart of Our Service

Beyond purposeful innovations, quality and care have always been at the heart of PascualLab, creating health products that suit various health and lifestyle needs such as top adult Ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) brand–Poten-Cee Vitamin C.  Poten-Cee offers variants from adult to pedia as well as specific variants to suit people with sensitive stomachs, busy lifestyles,  and those watching their blood sugar.  One of Poten-Cee’s newer variants include Poten-Cee Zn Advance (Ascorbic acid + Zinc + Cholecalciferol) that has the ideal combination of Vitamin C, Zinc, and Vitamin D, to help boost immunity.

This year, PascualLab is introducing Poten-Cee + Collagen’s (Poten-Cee + C’s) newest variant, Marine Collagen. Poten-Cee + C Marine Collagen has Sodium Ascorbate (Vitamin C in non-acidic format) and Hydrolyzed Marine Collagen sourced from fish.

Vitamin C is essential for collagen production while Hydrolyzed Marine Collagen helps reduce wrinkles and improve skin hydration and firmness.

Making Health Easier From Our Family To Yours

Along the lines of oral health, PascualLab, is also one of the pioneers in introducing a  mouthrinse with Stabilized Chlorine Dioxide, OraCare Mouth Rinse. OraCare Mouth Rinse  helps keep the mouth healthy, along with brushing and flossing, with regular use. Now, OraCare Mouth rinse’s no sting formulation makes gargling easier, more affordable and available to family members with its ”Buy More, Save More”, Buy 1 Take 1 promo.



CCP unlocks new exhibition space at its Blackbox Theater 


By Crispina M. Belen 

CCP unlocks new exhibition space at its Blackbox Theater 

While the Tanghalang Pambansa (CCP Main Building) is undergoing its much-needed rehabilitation, the Cultural Center of the Philippines has been looking for ways to connect with audiences and presents its artistic programming by partnering with exhibition spaces and performing arts venues in and outside of Metro Manila and maximizing its existing spaces in the CCP Complex.

The leading arts institution has partnered with various museums and galleries in Metro Manila and the regions. Aside from that, the CCP Visual Arts and Museum Division has been rolling out traveling exhibitions, the latest of which is the on-going exhibit titled “Woman: Thesis and Antithesis,” in partnership with the Yuchengco Museum in Makati City.

To continue its visual arts programs and projects, the CCP transforms the third floor of the Tanghalang Ignacio B. Gimenez (CCP Blackbox Theater) into a gallery and exhibition space, dubbed BULWAGANG ROBERTO CHABET.


The featured printmakers for the opening exhibit Space/Place of Bulwagang Roberto Chabet

Deemed a fitting move to create an exhibition space, the new gallery hopes to complement the philosophy of the CCP Blackbox Theater. The Blackbox theater has been designed to cater to new works that are out-of-the-box; the same principle that the Bulwagang Roberto Chabet (CCP TIG Gallery) upholds. In time, the new gallery will host contemporary and experimental exhibitions, as well as innovative collaborations.

“As its mandate, the CCP creates a balance between being in touch with Philippine art history and making space for contemporary methods of artmaking. We hope to accomplish and fortify that responsibility through Bulwagang Roberto Chabet,” said CCP President Margie Moran-Floirendo.

The new exhibition space aims to extend the CCP’s thrust of promoting artistic excellence and nurturing of art making and appreciation while the Main Building undergoes rehabilitation.

The CCP plans to utilize Bulwagang Roberto Chabet as artistic space for young artists with limited exposure as well as fresh and innovative ideas that artists and curators would like to explore through the CCP Visual Arts and Museum Division’s Exhibition Venue Grant program.

“We hope the new gallery will become a dynamic space to showcase works from the CCP 21AM collection, reframed and recontextualized to respond to the interests and concerns of a wider audience. The CCP has been encouraging explorations and innovations in artmaking and exhibition-making by providing not just space but also curatorial assistance,” said Moran-Floirendo.

The new gallery is named after a Filipino conceptual artist recognized as one of the most influential Filipino artists in the post-war generation. Naming the exhibition space after Roberto Chabet honors the significant contributions of the late visual artist in the Philippine art community. It represents his recognition of the potential and energy young and emerging artists bring and contribute to the trajectory of local contemporary art.

Known for his diverse works that sought more inclusive methods to arts, Chabet was the first museum director of the CCP from 1967 to 1971. A Gawad CCP Para sa Sining Awards recipient, he was instrumental in acquiring some of the pieces included in the current CCP 21AM Collection, as well as in establishing the CCP Thirteen Artists Awards in 1970 as a curatorial project. The stage curtain of the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theater) is based on the painting of Chabet, rendered on a tapestry made in Kyoto, Japan.

The CCP’s Bulwagang Roberto Chabet (TIG Gallery) officially opened to the public with “Space/Place,” an exhibition by the Association of Pinoy Printmakers, on May 16, 6pm that will run until June 18, 2023.

Do check out the new gallery and its debut exhibit at the Tanghalang Ignacio B. Gimenez, located at the CCP Complex (fronting PICC). Follow the official CCP social media accounts in Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Tiktok for the latest happenings.


PIE goes on its second year, with more ways of winning through Pindot PIEnalo


By Crispina M. Belen

PIE goes on its second year, with more ways of winning through Pindot PIEnalo

ABS-CBN Chief of Staff Connie Lopez, KROMA Entertainment CEO Ian Monsod, Head of Broadcast Jil Go and PIE Programming and Operations Head Alex Asuncion

ABS-CBN Chief of Staff Connie Lopez, KROMA Entertainment CEO Ian Monsod, Head of Broadcast Jil Go and PIE Programming and Operations Head Alex Asuncion

Pinoy Interactive Entertainment (PIE) celebrates its first anniversary with a brand new season of exciting programs, more face to face experiences, and new ways of winning that will capture the hearts of KaTroPIEs around the country.

PIE has been successful so far but Ian Monsod, CEO of Kroma Entertainment acknowledged “we couldn’t have been successful without the support of our partners like ABS-CBN, and I appreciate their trust and confidence in our purpose…”

Formed from the era of the pandemic, PIE has been doing well and as to how it is faring against other channels, it has audiences from multiple platforms. They wanted to launch a really strong “something new” that’s relevant and which has compelling content that is really Pinoy-related, including horror-comedy.

Originally positioned as a TraDigital platform—an intersection of traditional and digital—when it launched last year, PIE enters its second year as an interactive and rewarding platform where people can increase their chances of winning while having fun by simply clicking on their mobile phones or engaging via the website.  With every click or pindot, our KaTroPIEs can earn points, win instant cash prizes, premium items, and gain meaningful connections and experiences.

As PIE celebrates its 1st PIEnniversary, it launches its new campaign “Pindot PIEnalo.” “Pindot PIEnalo ka dahil kada pindot, PIEnalo ka more,” as explained by PIE Programming and Operations Head Alex Asuncion. Pindot PIEnalo, loosely translates to the thrill of winning by a tap, press, or swipe on any device. It emphasizes the variety of ways everyone can win by interacting during PIE’s different programs:

Through interactive game shows such as “Sinong Manok Mo?” (headlined by momshie and pop culture icon Jolina Magdangal together with “Ate Girl” Jackie Gonzaga and Eric Nicolas), “Matching! Matching!” (hosted by the energetic Nikki Morena and singer Kevin Montillano), “Pak na Pak!” (hosted by the fun PaKada, Vivoree, Aljon Mendoza, Anji Salvacion, Jeremy G., Igi Boy Flores, Sheena Belarmino, and Gello Marquez), and “Ur Da Boss” (headlined by comedian and momshie Melai Cantiveros, KaTroPIEs are able to win instant cash prizes and premium items.

Viewers that take an active part in the PIE experience by registering and referring others to PIE,  voting and sending reactions, as well as attending PIE’s events in barangays, malls, and tourist spots around the country are eligible to gain online points. The KaTroPIE with the most points wins prizes such as cash, vouchers, premium items, and unique experiences through the channel’s various game shows.

KaTroPIEs also gain new experiences and meaningful connections through its new programs such as “Kung Saka-Sakali” (a reality show that tackles life’s what ifs headlined by the well-loved Ogie Diaz), “Mga Kuwento ng Dilim” (stories of the paranormal hosted by dramatic actress Charlie Dizon), “The Chosen One” (TCO): “Kakatacute” (an interactive piliserye show starring actress-singer Angeline Quinto and comedian Chad Kinis), “TCO: Chugi Night” (TCO: Kakatacute’s weekly elimination show hosted by actor Jameson Blake and reality show alum Karina Bautista), “SPG: Saktong Pang Gabi” (the naughty evening talk show topbilled by comedian Negi and supported by MNL48’s Rans Rifol and actor-model Argel Saycon), “Para Sa All” (teen narrative headlined by Mutya Orquia this month).

Innovations such as the recurring feature KatroPIE of the Month and PIE’s new website chat function were also designed to make the KaTroPIE experience better than ever. 

The fun continues through on-ground experiences, bringing the Pindot PIEnalo experience closer to home and where KaTroPIEs are. Watch out for more details on the Grand PIE anniversary mall show slated for June 2023 and new editions of “PIE-sta on Wheels” in a barangay near you.

The road to more ways of winning begins at  You can also view PIE on cable TV and IPTV systems nationwide, the PIE official YouTube channel, and the GLife section of the GCash app, and the GlobeOne app.


Diehard and new generation fans laud GMA’s ‘Voltes V: Legacy’  


By Crispina M. Belen 

Diehard and new generation fans laud GMA’s ‘Voltes V: Legacy’

Voltes V

The whole nation has been officially hooked and is feeling nostalgic with GMA Network’s groundbreaking live action adaptation, “Voltes V: Legacy!”

The country’s biggest series this 2023 is headlined by no less than five of Sparkle’s sought-after artists: Kapuso Ultimate Heartthrob Miguel Tanfelix as Steve Armstrong, Ysabel Ortega as Jamie Robinson, Radson Flores as Mark Gordon, Raphael Landicho as Little Jon Armstrong, and Matt Lozano as Big Bert Armstrong.

Voltes V_ Legacy (1)

“Voltes V: Legacy” recorded high TV ratings in its pilot week based on Nielsen’s NUTAM Overnight People Ratings. Last May 8, the world premiere of “Voltes V: Legacy” received a combined (GMA, GTV, I Heart Movies, and Pinoy Hits) people rating of 14.6 percent. This was followed by 12.7 percent on May 9, 13.6 percent on May 10, and 12.6 percent on two consecutive nights last May 11 and 12.

During the covered period, “Batang Quiapo” only registered 10.6 percent, 11.2 percent, 10.7 percent, 10.9 percent, and 11.4 percent across several simulcast channels (TV5, A2Z, Kapamilya Channel, and Cinemo).

Moreover, the show keeps on receiving positive feedback from viewers and netizens. Everyone has one thing in mind, “Voltes V: Legacy” is worth the long wait and definitely a Pinoy pride!

Some of the trending topics on Twitter Philippines include #VoltesVLegacyTVPremiere, #V5LegacyTheOrigin, #V5LegacyHrothgar, #V5LegacyVoltesTeam, and #V5LegacyCampBigFalcon, “Miguel Tanfelix,” “Steve Armstrong,” “Jamie Robinson,” “Big Bert,” “Prince Zardoz,” and “Dokugaga.”

Kapuso viewers also lauded the world-class visual effects of the program, especially the first-ever “volt in sequence.” Diehard fans also noticed its opening billboard, which pays homage to the iconic Japanese anime series, “Voltes V.” 

According to some netizens on GMA Network’s YouTube channel, “The world premiere of ‘Voltes V: Legacy’ was a gigantic success with its 3D battle scenes, costumes, an all-star cast and everything that is rolled in one megaserye! I was teary eyed watching this legendary TV show on Philippine television. Kaya pala ng Pinas na makipagsabayan sa mga film industry ng ibang bansa! This is definitely a REBORN MASTERPIECE!!! ‘Voltes V’ is a legend. Thanks a lot GMA for this exceptional revival!”

Viewers also highlighted how the series gave more depth to its characters and storyline. Based on some comments on GMA Network’s Facebook page, “I want to praise how the story goes in ‘Voltes V: Legacy.’ A lot of unanswered events have been answered in this adaptation. Para sakin kahit fan ako ng anime, approved ako sa ‘teleserye style’ narration ng VVL na inuna muna nila ang origin bago ang main story na puro bakbakan. Mas naging expansive ang narrative, malalim ang characters, at may justification.”

The live action series is produced by GMA Network in partnership with Toei Company, Ltd. and Telesuccess Productions Inc.

Acclaimed local animators from GMA’s Post Video Graphics and Audio team and Riot Inc. handled the program’s heavy CGI and other visual effects.

“Voltes V: Legacy” is produced by the award-winning GMA Entertainment Group headed by Senior Vice President Lilybeth G. Rasonable; Vice President for Drama Cheryl Ching-Sy; Assistant Vice President for Drama Helen Rose Sese; and Executive Producer Darling Pulido-Torres.

The highly-talented creative team behind this world-class live action adaptation is composed of Creative Director Aloy Adlawan; Content Development Consultant Ricky Lee; Senior Creative Consultant RJ Nuevas; Creative Consultant Denoy Navarro-Punio; Head Writer Suzette Doctolero; and Writers/Brainstormers Liberty Trinidad-Villaroman, Jake Somera, and Loi Argel Nova.

This is just the beginning of an epic battle! Catch “Voltes V: Legacy,” – under the helm of esteemed director Mark Reyes – weeknights at 8p.m. on GMA Telebabad and at 9:40p.m. on GTV.



GMA Network reaps big wins at Gandingan Awards 2023


By Crispina M. Belen

GMA Network reaps big wins at Gandingan Awards 2023

GMA Network reaches more Filipinos on-air and online, leads in content in 2022

GMA Network remains the top choice of Isko and Iska, proudly earning 20 recognitions across all platforms at the 17th UP BroadSoc Gandingan Awards held on May 13 at Dioscoro L. Umali Hall, UP Los Baños, Laguna.

Leading the list for the Kapuso Network were award-winning broadcast journalist Atom Araullo and veteran broadcaster Melo del Prado who were conferred as “Best News Anchor”  and “Best AM Radio Program Host,” respectively. Atom co-anchors GMA Integrated News’ flagship newscast on GTV “State of the Nation,” while Melo hosts the morning radio program “Melo del Prado sa Super Radyo” on Super Radyo DZBB 594. Besting other nominees as “Best Field Reporter” was DZBB reporter Isa Avendaño-Umali.

Hapag Mga Kwento ng Huli at Ani, Reporter’s Notebook Election Special” was recognized as the Most Development-Oriented Investigative Story

Several programs under GMA Public Affairs were once again honored at the Gandingan Awards. Winning Most Development-Oriented Documentary was “The Atom Araullo Specials: Mata sa Dilim.” Hailing triumphant as well was “I Juander,” which took home the Most Development-Oriented Magazine Program. “Hapag: Mga Kwento ng Huli at Ani, Reporter’s Notebook Election Special” was recognized as the “Most Development-Oriented Investigative Story.”

GMA Synergy's Limitless Breathe, won the Most Development-Oriented Musical Segment Program.

Winning the hearts of Isko and Iska as well was the GMA Synergy-produced “Limitless: Breathe,” which won the “Most Development-Oriented Musical Segment/Program.” The first leg of Limitless: A Musical Trilogy, “Breathe” show Asia’s Limitless Star Julie Anne San Jose traveling to Mindanao for musical performances that allowed her to explore the island’s hidden gems. Julie’s rendition of her hit song “Tayong Dalawa” for “Limitless: A Musical Trilogy,” in turn, received a Special Citation in the “Most Development-Oriented TV Plug” category.

GMA Entertainment Group’s primetime masterpiece, “Maria Clara at Ibarra” continues to earn recognitions, taking home a Special Citation in the “Most Development-Oriented Drama Program” category.

Barangay LS 97.1 Forever! prevailed as the Most Development-Oriented FM Station. (L-R) Papa Dudut, Lady Gracia, Papa Ace, Mama Belle, Papa Bol, and Papa Ding

The Network’s flagship AM and FM radio stations, Super Radyo DZBB 594 and Barangay LS 97.1 Forever! added more awards to their growing list of honors. Under the radio category, Barangay LS 97.1 Forever! prevailed as the “Most Development-Oriented FM Station” while its radio program “Barangay Love Stories” won as the “Most Development-Oriented Radio Drama.” Several radio programs of DZBB were also hailed as winners including “Saksi sa Dobol B” as the Most Development-Oriented AM Program and “Kurtesiya Na, Disiplina Pa” as the Most Development-Oriented Radio Plug.

Online, Atom Araullo’s “Letter from Tawi-Tawi” received a Special Citation in the “Most Development-Oriented Photograph / Photo Story” category.

On top of the General Awards, GMA Network reaped several Core Awards.

Mel Tiangco was conferred the Gandingan ng Kababaihan

Multi-awarded GMA Integrated News pillar and “24 Oras” anchor Mel Tiangco was conferred the “Gandingan ng Kababaihan.”

Susan Enriquez was given a Special Citation as Gandingan ng Kabuhayan.

Veteran broadcast journalist Susan Enriquez was given a Special Citation as “Gandingan ng Kabuhayan.”

Earning a core award as well was ‘‘Maria Clara at Ibarra,” which was recognized as the “Most Development-Oriented Educational Program.”

GMA Public Affairs’ “Born to be Wild: Born to be Kings” won “Most Development-Oriented Environment Program,” while “I-Witness: Transnene” took home the “Most Gender-Transformative Program” award.

Completing the list of Core awardees was DZBB’s “Anong Say Nyo: 4Ps or Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program,” which earned the honors for the “Most Participatory Program.”

This year’s Gandingan Awards follows the theme “Kabuhayan, Buhay ng Bayan” as it aims to emphasize the importance of media in advancing the rights of Filipino workers under an extreme economic crisis brought about by the pandemic and other factors.



Legarda lauds Marcos’ executive order promoting Filipino history and culture


By Crispina M. Belen 

Legarda lauds Marcos’ executive order promoting Filipino history and culture

Senate President Pro-Tempore Loren Legarda

File Photo of Senate President Pro-Tempore Loren Legarda

Senate President Pro Tempore Loren Legarda lauds and welcomes an executive order that promotes Filipino history and culture by creating an advisory board and a management center to ensure the efficient management of Malacañang Heritage Mansions.

“We welcome the Executive Order issued by no other than our Chief Executive. I believe this is crucial to our continued call for awareness, preservation, and promotion of our cultural heritage,” Senator Legarda stated.

Under Executive Order 26, signed by President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. on Friday, the Malacañang Heritage Mansions shall include the Kalayaan Museum and other properties as may be identified by the Advisory Board, which the Social Secretary shall chair.

Mandated to formulate policies, projects, and programs for the efficient management of Malacañang Heritage Mansions, the Advisory Board shall be composed of three (3) representatives from the Office of the President, who shall serve in ex officio capacity, as well as three (3) representatives from the private sector to be appointed by the President.

The EO also establishes the Malacañang Heritage Mansions Management Center (MHMMC), headed by an Executive Director, to provide technical and administrative support to the Advisory Board. This shall ensure that the day-to-day operations and maintenance of the subject properties are managed effectively, efficiently, and economically, as well as oversee its operational activities, including the performance of all employees and personnel of their respective functions.

Under the EO, the Malacañang Heritage Mansions may be opened to the public as a venue for special events, programs, and temporary exhibitions.

As the country joins the observance of National Heritage Month this May, Legarda has underscored the significance of preserving the country’s cultural heritage as a source of identity and resilience.

“Let us all take part in participating in this occasion through simple ways like visiting historical sites, attending cultural events, and learning about our cultural traditions,” she said, adding that preservation of cultural heritage is not solely the responsibility of the government or cultural institution but of every Filipino.

“Whether we are artists, educators, community leaders, or ordinary citizens, we can all contribute to preserving our cultural heritage in our own ways. Cultural heritage is our source of pride and identity as Filipinos,” she said.

Senator Legarda is a known Philippine culture, arts, and traditions advocate. Among the laws she passed are RA 11333, or An Act Strengthening the National Museum of the Philippines; RA 10066, or the National Cultural Heritage Act; RA 11194, or the Gabaldon School Buildings Conservation Act, Republic Act No. 10689, declaring August 9 of every year as National Indigenous Peoples Day, and RA 9242 or the Philippine Tropical Fabrics Law.

In the 19th Congress, she filed SBN 838, which seeks to establish resource centers for indigenous peoples, SBN 241, which aims to provide for the development and protection of the Philippine Handloom Industry; SBN 242 or the Cultural Education Program Act of 2022, which seeks to integrate Philippine arts and culture into the country’s educational system, SBN 244 which aims to ensure and preserve our culinary heritage, SBN 1116, which seeks to establish Local Studies Centers in all state colleges and universities (SUCs), and SBN 624 which aims to establish an Institute of Living Traditions to ensure the viability of the great traditions of arts and crafts in many cultural communities, among other measures.

The Cultural Mapping Bill, amending Republic Act No. 10066 or the National Cultural Heritage Act of 2009, was recently passed on Third Reading in the Senate. This law mandates all local government units to conduct a cultural heritage mapping of their respective areas, covering all tangible and intangible, as well as natural and built heritage. 


Kanto Kultura goes to Lipa on May 19


By Crispina M. Belen 

Kanto Kultura goes to Lipa on May 19

In accordance to its mandate to nurture the next generation of artists and audiences who appreciate and support artistic and cultural work, the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) brings engaging artistic and cultural experiences to every kanto of the country through its Kanto Kultura program.

A banner project of the CCP Board of Trustees, Kanto Kultura seeks to encourage Filipino talents to create artistic content that showcases innovation and creativity. Launched in February 2021, the next phase of the program will kick off on May 19, 7pm, at the Plaza Independencia Lipa Stage in the town of Lipa, Batangas.

“The first edition” of Kanto Kultura will feature performances by viocalist Jobry Cimafranca, singing group Acapellago, and other local talents from Lipa. It will be hosted by “Suntok sa Buwan” actress Charm Aranton.

Prior to the concert, there will be a Flores de Mayo at 4:30pm, and a mass at 5:30pm. There will also be Baraptasan (a melding of the words balagtasan and rap), Sublian (a traditional dance of Batangas) performance, hip hop dance, and buskers, among others.

In partnership with the local government unit of Lipa, Batangas, the Kanto Kultura: #EatPRayLoveLipa is free and open to the public.

Visit the CCP website ( for more information. Check the official CCP and Facebook page and follow CCP on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok for the latest updates on its various programs and shows.


GMA Network recognized for its anti-piracy efforts  


By Crispina M. Belen

GMA Network recognized for its anti-piracy efforts  

GMA International FVP and Head of Operations, Joseph T. Francia

For its anti-piracy efforts, leading broadcast company GMA Network was recognized  at the 2023 Gawad Yamang Isip Awards and Fashion Night held last April 26.

The citation was given in recognition of the Network’s contribution to the successful implementation of various anti-piracy initiatives including the anti-piracy symposium last March with the theme “Disrupting the Piracy Ecosystem and Protecting Legal Services,” as well as the anti-piracy videos featuring Kapuso Primetime Princess Barbie Forteza and the lead cast of the hit live-action adaptation “Voltes V: Legacy,” among other campaigns.

IPOPHIL Director General, Rowel S. Barba and GMA International FVP and Head of Operations Joseph T. Francia

The Kapuso Network has been at the forefront of the fight against piracy in the Philippines, and its partnership with the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) has been instrumental in raising public awareness about the issue.

“We are grateful for this recognition, and we are proud to be a partner of IPOPHL in its efforts to combat piracy. At GMA Network, we believe that respect for intellectual property rights is crucial in creating a vibrant and sustainable entertainment industry in the Philippines. We will continue to support IPOPHL in any way we can,” said GMA International First Vice President and Head of International Operations Joseph T. Francia.
GMA Network’s recognition for its partnership and support in anti-piracy efforts by IPOPHL reflects the Network’s commitment to upholding intellectual property rights and its continued efforts to create a sustainable creative industry in the Philippines.
The Gawad Yamang Isip Awards and Fashion Night is an event by IPOPHL that recognizes Filipinos and Filipinas who have shown distinct ingenuity and talent in their respective fields using their Intellectual Property (IP) rights.

For more information on the Network’s various initiatives, visit