Friday, May 20, 2011

Judy Ann Santos and Sharon Cuneta share their recipes on 'Sharon at Home' !

Readers of Sharon At Home magazine are in for a treat as two of the country’s finest actresses display their cooking talents through dishes they themselves concocted. Megastar and editor-in-chief Sharon Cuneta shares her Glazed Luncheon Meat recipe, her take on her Tita Helen Gamboa’s dish which was one of her favorite childhood treats.

Though adept in preparing gourmet dishes and baked googies, Sharon this time offers easy-to-make brunch menu. Aside from the Glazed Luncheon Meat, she also has her Asparagus Omelette and Sardines Pasta.

Meanwhile, Judy Ann Santos, who studied at Gene Gonzalez’s Center for Asian Culinary Studies, presents her recipe for Shrimp A La Juday. The actress, writing in her column “Simple Lang!” for Sharon At Home magazine, excitedly says that the dish is always a blockbuster at family gatherings, especially summer picnics. She also shares helpful tips when buying seafood.

In addition, the magazine’s Chronicles section offers a behind-the-scenes peek at Sharon’s latest showbiz activities, notably the soon-to-premiere The Biggest Loser Pinoy Edition which she is hosting. There is also a feature on Star Power champion Angelene Quinto who relates how Sharon was as a mentor to her and the other four finalists as the competition unfolded.

In Sharon’s Favorites, the Megastar lists her top destination spots here and abroad, as well as her current reading fare and listening music. Sharon also shares a secret passion—drawing. Her charming illustrations of flowers and other cute designs can now be found on the pages of her magazine, sure to delight readers.

In the latest issue, Sharon writes her Reflections on motherhood and on Sen. Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan as a dad. Her handwritten musings can also be be found throughout the magazine.

A quarterly title of ABS-CBN Publishing, Sharon At Home is available in bookstores and other retail outlets nationwide.

‘Mara Clara’ Heads to its Final 2 Weeks!

As the top-rating teleserye nears end.“Mara Clara” stars Kathryn Bernardo (Mara) and Julia Montes (Clara) expressed in an interview that they don’t know what they are exactly feeling now that their first major television project nears its finale.

“Mixed emotions talaga,” Kathryn shared as Julia nodded. “Hindi kami makapaniwala na matatapos na ang ‘Mara Clara,’ parang ang bilis umusad ng panahon. Pakiramdam ko naguumpisa palang kami, ang saya-saya kasi namin sa set. Hindi namin nararamdaman na trabaho,” she added.

Julia, on the other hand, mentioned that she will definitely miss the whole “Mara Clara” team, “Sana makasama ko ulit silang lahat sa isang project. Pamilya kasi talaga kami dito. Maswerte kami na nakatrabaho namin ang mga taong tulad nila.”

Meanwhile, non-stop revelations continue to excite the viewers of the top-rating series. The different characters are bound to face the biggest decisions they have to make.

Don’t miss the last two weeks of “Mara Clara” on ABS-CBN Primetime Bida after “Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin.”

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Aljur Abrenica is shirtless sexy for Century Tuna Hotdog!

Aljur Abrenica lands his first major endorsement with Century Tuna Hotdog, which is gearing up for adult consumers!

He goes shirtless sexy on this TV commercial!

Watch the video below:

Phil Younghusband for Black Berry Messenger Philippines!

Phil Younghusband for Black Berry Messenger Philippines!

According to Phil, he's not a footballer, but he's a messenger. "Football is my life. It’s where I connect with mybuddies. When I’m off the pitch I send unlimited messages each day without worrying about SMS fees. I can share my location through BlackBerry® GPS. I receive videos and photos up to 6MB to stay instantly updated. BlackBerry® Messenger has made it easy for me to share, chat, make plans - or just make mischief. My BBM keeps me connected.

Phil Younghusband and Angel Locsin both admitted that they are exclusively dating!

Watch the TVC below:

Angel Locsin and John Lloyd Cruz for Head & Shoulders!

The new Head & Shoulders TVC of John Lloyd Cruz and Angel Locsin came out 2 weeks after their show "Imortal" aired its successful finale last April 29.

This is the 6th year that Angel have been dandruff free and now she is joined by John Lloyd Cruz.

Watch the TVC below:

Sunday, May 15, 2011

TV5 Introduces All-New Bagets, Magic Bagsik and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? This Sunday!

This festive month of May, TV5 offers a great Sunday feast as it begins its weekly servings of “Bagets,” “Magic Bagsik” and “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” this May 15.

Summer’s almost over but youngsters can still make the most of their vacation with the start of “Bagets,” a TV spin of the ’80s iconic movie that launched the careers of Aga Muhlach, Raymond Launchengco, JC Bonnin, William Martinez and Herbert Bautista. Fast forward to 2011: the youth-oriented TV series presents the lives of a group of teens from different backgrounds in a campus setting.

Youngbloods (and the young at heart) will surely relate to the characters of Ace (AJ Muhlach), Georgina (Nadine Lustre), Jules (Josh Padilla), Gayle (Shy Carlos), JC (Rico Dela Paz), Santi (Johan Lourens), Hiro (Aki Torio), Liezl (Meg Imperial) and Tara (Eula Caballero) as they embody today’s Pinoy youth with real-life and day-to-day teenage challenges. “Bagets” premieres this Sunday at 4:30 p.m.

Following the success of “Magic Gimik,” TV5 introduces its newest magic show that will tickle one’s mind and leave everyone awed in amazement with “Magic Bagsik.” Teaming up once again as hosts are Kean Cipriano and Empoy Marquez. Based on the US hit show, “Criss Angel Mind Freak,” Magic Bagsik features the mind-boggling stunts of American illusionist Criss Angel and some other world-class Filipino magicians. Hold on to your seats as Criss walks on water, levitates above the Luxor Hotel and floats between two buildings. This and more in Magic Bagsik, this Sunday at 6:30 p.m.

Back to back with Magic Bagsik, the world’s most favorite game show is back on Philippine TV as the all new season of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” begins this Sunday on TV5. Hosted by Bossing of Game Shows, Mr. Vic Sotto, the sixth season of the phenomenal game show introduces two additional lifelines, an easier game mode and the chance for a lucky player to become richer by P2 million.

This Sunday, one bright kid will be inches away to the jackpot as “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” gives a premium to kids and features honor students recommended by their schools to get this once-in-a-lifetime chance to win P2 million. Win or lose, the game show will secure the future of participating kids as it awards college scholarships to each of them.

Don’t miss the new season of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” beginning this Sunday, 7:30 p.m.

So if you’re looking for the best TV experience this Sunday, tune in to TV5 and catch the premiere of “Bagets,” “Magic Bagsik,” and “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?”

“Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” starts again tonight on TV5!

The millionaire fever is back. Beginning on May 15, Sunday, the world’s most popular game show is taking the Philippines by storm once more. Hosted by Bossing of Game Shows, Mr. Vic Sotto, “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” kicks off its sixth season loaded with exciting additional lifelines, updated set technology and the chance for a lucky player to become 2 million pesos richer.

“As we enter our new season, we promise the viewers that we double the fun, excitement and tension in the sixth season of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” That’s our final answer,” said Vic Sotto. To date, the game show has already given away more than P13 million in total prizes in its five-season run.

For the initial episodes of the all-new season of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” smart kids could be a few questions away to become young millionaires as the tension-filled game show features honor students recommended by their schools to get this once-in-a-lifetime chance to win P2 million. On top of the jackpot that will be split to the kid player and his/her respective school, win or lose, “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” will award all the kid players college scholarships.

The overnight-millionaire dream is alive once again as Filipinos take their chance to defy the pressure from the hot seat for P2 million jackpot. To help the player along the way, the hot seat contestant can use lifelines available. Aside from pre-existing 50-50 and Phone-A-Friend lifelines, the new season of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” introduces added lifelines that will make the game even more exciting: People Speak and Switch. Through People Speak, the studio audience who answers correctly will have the chance to win up to P20,000. The Switch lifeline, meanwhile, entitles the contestant to switch out the original question for another question of the same value.

The game show that pioneered the craze over game shows on Philippine TV returned in May 2009 via its new home TV5. For the last decade since its debut in the UK in 1998, “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” has dominated the ratings game around the globe with international versions spawning in over a hundred countries, including its top-rating Philippine version.

While the elimination of players in the past was through Fastest Finger First round done in the studio, hot seat hopefuls this time will be selected through mall auditions. To register in the mall editions, text MILLION (space) Name/Age/Gender/Address to 2256 (Example: MILLION Mark Sy/21/M/12 Leo St., Quezon City). Each text costs P2.50 for Smart and Globe subscribers, and P2.00 for Sun Cellular subscribers.

TV5’s version of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” has recorded a first in local franchise history after Ms. Sharon Cuneta won the P2 million-peso jackpot for the benefit of the children at Hospicio de San Jose last January 9, 2010. Some celebrities including Ms. Coney Reyes, Arnel Ignacio, Efren Peñaflorida, Ms. Ruffa Gutierrez, Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero and Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez have also played and won for their chosen charities.

Don’t miss the new season of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” starting on May 15, Sunday, 7:30pm after Magic Bagsik on TV5.

Friday, May 6, 2011

GMA 7 dominates NUTAM TV Ratings!

GMA-7 maintains its foothold in national ratings amid aggressive competition from other broadcast networks, based on figures from the most widely accepted ratings service provider, Nielsen TV Audience Measurement.

Based on household data surveyed in National Urban Philippines from April 1 to April 30 (with 24 to 30 based on overnight readings), GMA-7 garnered 33.2 household audience share points, higher than ABS-CBN’s 31.3 and TV5′s 14.8.

The Kapuso Network also dominated the list of overall top 30 programs in National Urban Philippines with 20 entries, topped by the Philippine TV premiere of Marian Rivera and Dingdong Dantes‘ movie You To Me Are Everything, which scored a household rating of 34.0 points.

In Urban Luzon, which comprises 77 percent of total television households nationwide, GMA-7′s lead over competing networks remained at double digit levels. The Kapuso Network sustained its strong ratings performance in the said area with 36.8 share points, 10.4 points ahead of ABS-CBN’s 26.4; and 20.6 points ahead of TV5′s 16.2.

In viewer-rich Mega Manila, which covers 58 percent of total television households nationwide, GMA-7 garnered 37.6 share points, 12.8 points up from ABS-CBN’s 24.8; and 20.5 points higher than TV5′s 17.1.

Nielsen figures also show that among the three networks, GMA-7 was the only channel in Mega Manila that made a leap in weekday primetime (6:30 to 11pm) this April relative to March. GMA-7′s audience shares climbed by 2.8 points from 34.1 in March to 36.9 share points in April. Meanwhile, ABS-CBN’s audience shares dropped by 2.0 points from 33.5 in March to 31.5 in April; and TV5′s audience shares fell by 3.4 points from 20.9 in March to 17.5 in April.

Furthermore, nationwide ratings data from January 1 to April 30 (with April 24 to 30 based on overnight readings) show that GMA-7 delivered superior performance in audience shares with 33.6 points, up from ABS-CBN’s 31.7 points and from TV5′s 15.1 points.

For the same period in Urban Luzon, GMA-7 registered an imposing 37.1 share points, higher than ABS-CBN’s 26.7 by 10.4 and TV5′s 16.9 share points by 20.2 points.

Year to date figures for Mega Manila show that GMA-7 posted 38.2 audience share points versus ABS-CBN’s 25.1 and TV5′s 17.7 for a lead of 13.1 and 20.5 points, respectively.

GMA-7 President and Chief Operating Officer Gilberto R. Duavit, Jr. said that GMA-7 continues to lead in the ratings, despite the efforts of competition. “We are extremely grateful to the growing number of viewers who subscribe to GMA-7 programs making us number 1 nationwide. We will continue our efforts towards ensuring the delivery of unbiased and relevant news and public affairs programs from our News and Public Affairs Group as well as innovative programs from our Entertainment TV Group,” Duavit said.

This month, GMA-7 will be launching seven new network-produced programs, two Koreanovelas, public affairs specials and will be airing the year’s most anticipated boxing match.

The line-up includes the Koreanovela Secret Garden, Munting Heredera, Blusang Itim, Andres de Saya, Sisid, My Chubby World, Playful Kiss, the Pacquiao-Mosley fight, Ground Zero, Sabadabadog, Blessed: John Paul II and the grand premiere of GMA-7′s biggest television production to date, Amaya on May 30.

The Nielsen TV Audience Measurement used by GMA is subscribed by 21 companies including two other local TV networks, namely, TV5 and Solar Entertainment; Faulkner Media; CBN Asia; 13 advertising agencies and three regional clients. On the other hand, ABS-CBN is the only local network reportedly subscribing to Kantar Media, formerly known as TNS.

In Mega Manila alone, the Nielsen TV Audience Measurement has a sample size of 880 homes as compared to Kantar Media’s 770 homes. Nationwide, Nielsen has a total sample size of 2,005 homes compared to the lower sample size of 1,370 utilized by Kantar Media.

ABS-CBN tops April National TV Ratings!

ABS-CBN Corporation topped the national TV ratings in April, taking a double digit lead in primetime, which is the most important timeblock and when advertisers place most of its spot buys or commercial load.

Based on Kantar Media's report, ABS-CBN continues to beat all networks on primetime with an audience share of 43 percent in April, or a 13 point lead over GMA Network's 30%.

ABS-CBN secured nine out of the ten most watched programs for April, excluding the Holy Week when advertisers discount the holidays in doing their media plan and local networks don’t do regular programming.

“Mara Clara,” the country's most-watched primetime teleserye for the past months, tied with weekend top-rater “Maalaala Mo Kaya” on the number one spot in April both with an average national rating of 32.5%

“Mutya,” on the other hand, claimed the second spot with 30.8% followed by Coco Martin starrer “Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin” (30.7%) and the country’s number one talent-reality show “Pilipinas Got Talent” (29.3%).

“TV Patrol” (25%), which recently delivered its successful coverages of the Royal Wedding between Prince William of Wales and commoner Catherine Middleton, and the beatification of Blessed John Paul II, remains to be the undisputed and most trusted primetime newscast in the country.

Other shows in the top ten are “Wansapanataym” (24%), “Rated K” (21.8%), and the recently concluded soap on vampires and werewolves in “Imortal” (21.5%).

Overall, ABS-CBN's national audience share for April reached 36% vs GMA’s 34%.

Kantar Media started releasing its Philippine television audience measurement data in February 2009 with panels composed of 1,370 representative households covering urban Philippines and reporting on seven sectors namely the National Capital Region, North Luzon, Central Luzon, South Luzon, the Visayas and Mindanao.

Kantar Media’s current subscribers include ABS-CBN, NBN, Sky Cable, J. Romero and Associates, Adformatix, Starcom, OMD, PhD, Mediacom, Mindshare, MEC, Maxus, Universal McCann, and Wellmade Manufacturing Corporation. They also include pan-regional networks likes CSM Media Inc., Fox International Channels, Star HK, Discovery, AXN, HBO, MTV, and Sony Pictures Television International.

ABS-CBN shifted to Kantar Media/TNS after filing a case vs. AGB Nielsen Media Research for failing to comply with its request to investigate alleged cheating and data tampering in TV ratings. The case is still pending in court.

The consolidated net income of ABS-CBN Corporation, the country’s largest multimedia conglomerate, jumped by P1.5 billion or 87% to P3.2 billion in 2010, a record-breaking performance for the Kapamilya network. ABS-CBN delivered consolidated revenues of P32.2 billion from advertising and consumer sales, posting an increase of P7.3 billion or 30% year-on-year.

Pokwang joins Happy Yipee Yehhey!

Pokwang is ready to hop on the noontime block again this Saturday as the newest host of Kapamilya noontime show, Happy Yipee Yehey! Catch the show's grand welcome episode for Pokwang.

Pinaka-excited akong makasama ulit yung ating mga Kapamilya viewers, makatrabaho ulit ang mga staff kasi na-miss ko rin sila,” said Pokwang. The whole production team of Happy Yipee Yehey! is all set for Pokwang’s comeback , with new ideas and gimmicks. “Buhos ang effort ng mga staff para mapabongga yung pagbabalik. Bakit ganito ka-bongga? Pero alam ko naman na hindi nila ito ginagawa para sa akin kung hindi para sa lahat ng mga Kapamilya,” Pokwang added.

Pokwang is very excited and is looking forward to work with John Estrada and Bianca Manalo for the first time. Even if she feels nervous, the host-comedienne is confident that they will jive well as a group. Recently, the whole Happy Yipee Yehey! family had their team building in Subic, together with Pokwang.

Pinag-usapan namin kung paano mapapa-shine yung bawat isa. Di pwedeng isa lang ang mag-shine, para gumanda yung kalalabasan nung show,” Pokwang answered when asked what happened on the said team building.

Pokwang got to know some of her co-hosts better. “Si Kuya John may kakulitan talaga. Pero masaya talaga siyang kasama, mabilis mag-isip. Si Bianca naman, talagang beauty queen, kikay na kikay, talagang magkakasundo kami,” she said. Randy and Mariel, on the other hand, have worked with Pokwang in the past that’s why she’s very comfortable to be with them and is sure of their good “chemistry”.

Meanwhile, Pokwang is proud of her mansion-like new abode. She has a room for her child who already passed away, has a glamorous walk-in closet and a jacuzzi at the roofdeck. Pokwang plans to have a house warming party this month. She wants to invite her friends from Star Magic and of course her best friend, the Queen of All Media Kris Aquino.

When asked what’s new with her comeback, “Abangan nila!” Pokwang answered with a naughty smile.

Watch Happy Yipee Yehey!'s episode this Saturday. The party never stops when you're with your favorite noontime barkada - hosts Randy Santiago, John Estrada, Mariel Rodriguez and Toni Gonzaga, and Bianca Manalo, Melai Cantiveros, John Pratts, Jobert, Bentong and Matteo Guidicelli.

Don't miss Happy Yipee Yehey!, Mondays through Saturdays, after Showtime on ABS-CBN.

Bida Best Kapamilya!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Justin Bieber haters throw eggs on his concert in Australia!

Justin Bieber received a not-so-warm welcome while performing in Sydney, Australia over the weekend: a few Bieber haters in the audience throw eggs on the teenage pop star during his concert.

But Justin is just too cool to loose his temper, he just continued as if nothing happens.

Watch the video below:

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

GMA-7 and GMA News TV are Highest Rating Networks for Royal Wedding Coverage!

The Philippines has no royal family, but a wedding is a wedding and Filipinos, romantics at heart, will skip their usual TV fare to watch a royal couple say ‘I do.’
The proof? Over 4 million Filipinos in Mega Manila alone were tuned in yesterday to the British Royal Wedding of Prince William of Wales to commoner Catherine Middleton, based on AGB Nielsen overnight ratings.
And after weeks of heavy Royal Wedding promotions from practically all the TV networks, two ratings winners emerged.
From 5 to 8 in the evening—the royal caravan towards Westminster Abbey to the bride’s breathtaking reveal in her Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen dress, throughout the wedding ceremony proper, and till the couple’s joyful carriage ride as husband and wife—GMA-7 and GMA News TV Channel 11 were the no. 1 and no. 2 networks in terms of ratings, based on AGB Nielsen data for Mega Manila.
GMA-7 hit 30.7 household shares for this time band. GMA News TV, just a two-month old news and documentary channel, followed GMA-7, with 22 household shares for the same period.
GMA News TV was the first free TV Channel to broadcast the wedding live, starting as early as 3 pm with its Royal Wedding: March to the Altar coverage, after first breaking the biggest news of the day: Merceditas’ Gutierrez announcement of her resignation as Ombudsman.
Normally the fourth-ranking free TV network, GMA News TV saw its ratings climb to a historic high on the Royal Wedding day, at a certain point leading all the free TV networks in ratings.
 By 6 pm, GMA-7 ratings picked up with GMA’s special coverage of the same event, becoming the leader for the rest of the evening.
GMA News and Public Affairs has been preparing for its combined coverage for months, sending top anchors Jessica Soho, Vicky Morales and Connie Sison to London for first-hand reports on the royal festivities. GMA-7 and GMA News TV’s no. 1 and 2 ratings prove, once again, that GMA News and Public Affairs is the Filipinos’ most trusted source of news and information.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Gloria Romero leads family drama Munting Heredera cast!

GMA-7 offers its first family-oriented drama on primetime this year with the launching of Munting Heredera.

Playing the lead role of Doña Anastacia, a rich widow in search of her "munting heredera," is no less than multi-award winning actress and one of the original Queens of Philippine cinema, Ms. Gloria Romero, who now makes her television debut with the Kapuso network.

Joining Ms. Gloria Romero are some of today's biggest names in drama: Mark Anthony Fernandez, Camille Prats, Katrina Halili, Neil Ryan Sese, Ynez Veneracion, Leandro Baldemor, Gabby Eigenmann, Luz Valdez, Joyce Ching, Kristal Reyes, Kristoffer Martin, and Asian Television Awards best actor Mr. Roderick Paulate, who himself began his notable career as a child actor.

The program also introduces three talented young girls Mona Louise Rey, Kyle Daniel Ocampo, and Barbara Miguel. They all went through a rigorous audition process before clinching the roles of Jennifer, Michelle, and Calilla.

While each girl has a distinct story of her own, only one of them is the true heiress to the huge wealth of Doña Ana.

Under the direction of esteemed filmmaker Maryo J. delos Reyes, the search for the true 'Munting Heredera' begins May 9 on GMA Telebabad.

Sisters Toni & Alex is on the cover of Yes!

Is there any sibling rivalry going on between showbiz sisters Toni and Alex Gonzaga? After all, the two belong to rival networks: Toni is one of the most talented showbiz personalities in ABS-CBN, while Alex is slowly building a name for herself at TV5. This May, YES! reveals whether or not a rivalry exists as the magazine visits Toni and Alex in their home in Taytay, Rizal.

Born to a middle-class family, the Gonzaga sisters learned at an early age the value of hard work. Toni tells YES!, “I remember before we never owned a house, it was always an apartment. Bata pa lang kami, pag magche-church kami… lagi kaming bubulungan ng Daddy’t Mommy namin, ‘Ipag-pray ninyo, bahay at lupa.’ Hindi ko pa naiintindihan ‘yon [noon]… na-gets ko lang no’ng high school ako… [na] nangungupahan lang kami.”

Striving hard to enter showbiz, she faced countless rejections on her way to where she is now. Her father served as her mentor, who would offer a word of advice after every letdown. “’Anak, hindi tayo nandito para makipaglabanan ng ganda. Nandito ka dahil sa talento mo,’” Toni recalls him saying.

Then in 2006, Toni found her footing in show business and they were able to buy their own home. The five-year old residence of the Gonzagas in Taytay, Rizal is a dream come true, a product of hard work and perseverance. YES! features exclusive photos of the home’s common areas like the kitchen, living room, and dining room, as well as the newly-renovated pool area and backyard.

Even if Toni and Alex now have their own bedrooms and walk-in closets, Alex likes sleeping in Toni’s room while Toni also helps herself to Alex’s clothes. “We grew up na isa lang ‘yong room namin,” Toni says, “So, kahit no’ng may separate rooms na kami, nami-miss namin ‘yong company no’ng isa’t isa. Kasi before, we used to talk about our dreams before going to sleep… pinag-uusapan ‘yong mga gusto namin talaga. Tapos up to now, pag natutupad ‘yong mga pangarap namin, pinag-uusapan namin sa gabi.”

Aside from taking a look at the sisters’ bedrooms, YES! also takes a look at their walk-in closets. Alex’s walk-in closet, in particular, is filled with Chanel, Goyard, and Louis Vuitton bags, as well as lots and lots of clothes. She tells YES! about becoming a shopaholic because she used to envy her older sister Toni when they were younger. “Siyempre kasi siya ‘yong mas ibinibili ng damit, dahil nga nag-aartista siya. Ang gagawin ko, sa mall, uniiyak ako, pag hindi ako ‘binibili… Kaya ito, no’ng tumanda ako, ‘tapos lalo na no’ng kumikita na ako, talagang bili ako!” she says.

See more of the Gonzaga home and find out more about Toni and Alex’s showbiz beginnings as well as the love-hate relationship that exists between the sisters in the 21-page feature.

The May issue of YES! is now available in newsstands, bookstores and supermarkets nationwide.

GMA 7 bares new shows for May 2011!

GMA 7 unveils six top-notch programs and offers the exclusive airing of this year’s most highly-anticipated boxing match — all in the month of May.

The month-long television event is the Kapuso Network’s way of thanking its viewers not just in Mega Manila, but also in the entire country.

Beginning today, viewers will get to watch a Koreanovela that created a craze in Korea. Replacing The Baker King is Secret Garden, which features the tandem of Hwang Jini lead star, Ha Ji Won, and My Name is Kim Sam Soon leading man, Hyun Bin. Witness how two very different people get to understand and admire each other through a magical phenomenon that switched their bodies. Secret Garden debuts today right after I Heart You Pare on GMA Telebabad.

On May 8, GMA 7 airs the exclusive coverage and other behind-the-scene footages of the most awaited face-off between Pinoy Boxing Champ Manny Pacquiao and his opponent Shane Mosley. From the events leading to and following the actual fight, Kapusos from all over the globe will be one with the Pound-for-Pound Champ in what could be his most challenging match to date.

The launching of the Kapuso Network’s pioneering family drama for the year, Munting Heredera, comes next. Bannered by Gloria Romero, the original program tackles universal issues on love, family and life. Joining her are Roderick Paulate, Mark Anthony Fernandez, Camille Prats, Katrina Halili, Mona Louise Rey, Kyle Daniel Ocampo and Barbara Miguel. Munting Heredera airs beginning May 9.

GMA also brings to TV the ’80s movie originally starred by Snooky Serna and written in comics by Elena Patron. Blusang Itim premieres on May 16 on GMA Dramarama sa Hapon. Set in the dazzling yet cruel world of fashion, the series depicts a young woman’s struggle because of her physical appearance. Kylie Padilla, Frank Magalona and Winwyn Marquez continue the legacy of their parents as they topbill Blusang Itim with Carl Guevarra. Also in the cast are Gary Estrada, Rita Avila, Jackielou Blanco and Marissa Delgado.

Andres de Saya comes to television, too, with Cesar Montano and Iza Calzado reprising the roles of Vic Vargas and Gloria Diaz. The show will make Saturday nights more fun as it tells of how the macho man, Andres, turns into an under de saya once summoned by his darling, Matilde. Andres de Saya airs on May 28.

Starting May 30, the afternoon drama block will launch Sisid. Jackie Rice, Dominic Roco and JC Tiuseco will take viewers underwater in the story about pearl-diving, greed and innocent love. With scenes shot in the beaches of Batangas, the series revolves around a precious pearl believed to give riches and true love to its owner.

The stage is set for the premiere of Amaya on May 30. Marian Rivera breathes life to the challenging role of a woman blessed with superpowers, which she will use to guide her people at a time dominated by men. Aside from being the first ever epic-serye, the show offers a well-researched storyline, amazing visual effects and first-class production design. The cast also includes Glaiza de Castro, Sid Lucero, Mikael Daez and Rochelle Pangilinan.

Another Koreanovela to premiere is Playful Kiss, a story based on a popular Japanese manga. It tells of how a beautiful yet clumsy girl (played by Jung So Min) possibly gets a chance with a perfect but cold-hearted guy, portrayed by Kim Hyun Joong with the help of one playful kiss.

My Chubby World premiering May 14 is a kiddie show hosted by Renz Valerio, Zyrael Jestre, Daniela Jessica Amable and Gianne Cutler. Every Saturday, the hosts will give a thematic presentation on a set of Top 7 things that kids are interested in.

Also to watch out for is Sabadabadog, an educational show for children set to premiere soon to be hosted by Tonipet Gaba together with four friendly mascots.

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