September 1, 2017

Erich Gonzales is METRO's Muse for The Big Fashion Issue in New York City

Metro Magazine takes Erich Gonzales to a journey unlike any other - a journey inwards to self-discovery, and a journey outwards to New York, the city that never sleeps where the actress is out to find and reinvent herself as her story becomes the heart of the Big Fashion Issue this September.

To compliment Erich's personal and stylistic adventure, Metro also goes all out in its quest to find the most coveted pieces of the Fall/Winter season, featuring some of our favorite runway leaders such as Coach, Tommy Hilfiger, Kate Spade, Tory Burch, Michael Kors and more. Selections include a broad range from apparel, accessories, cosmetics, and eyewear, with a playful approach to signature American influences, like modern cowboy, denim on denim, gym classic gal, or the rebel dressing that's a cross between punk and disco goodness at CBGBs and Studio 54.

Further reinforcing the American mood is our fourth of July editorial special, featuring a vibrant mix of luxury and high-street fashion. This issue also catches up with Metro's Editor-at-Large, Sarah Meier, as she takes Metro on a tour to her home strip in Brooklyn. Plus, exclusive interviews with American personalities such as pop star Gwen Stefani, and beauty empire heiress Aerin Lauder.

It's not all international spotlights, though. Metro also salutes the local fashion and beauty personalities that have made waves in the global scene. One of the most notable features being "Asia's Next Top Model" Cycle 5 winner, Maureen Wroblewitz, as she recounts her journey to the Top Model title and her dreams for a bright future ahead. 

In addition, Metro pays homage to the Professional Models Association of the Philippines (PMAP) as they celebrate their 30th anniversary in a personal account of how they dedicated their efforts into shaping the local modeling industry.

Then to top it all off, enjoy an in-depth guide from makeup artist RB Chanco and her muse, 2017 Binibining Pilipinas Universe Rachel Peters, as they highlight the season's most exciting beauty trends.

Check out all these and more in Metro September 2017, now available in bookstores and on newsstands for P150. Like Metro on Facebook ( and follow Metro on Twitter and Instagram (@MetroMagPH) #MetroMagPH

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NCAA Season 93 Pit Key Players from 10 Basketball Teams for the All-Star Games

It's going to be a battle between the celebrated players under the Team Heroes and Team Saints at the National Collegiate Athletic Association(NCAA) Season '93 All Star Games, airing live via S + A, with live airing as well on TFC online ( on September 1, (Manila time) in key countries worldwide.

Part of NCAA's Season '93's quick break after the first round of games for this period, the day-long friendly matches and exhibitions, featuring the players from the ten basketball teams, will happen at the San Juan Arena, in San Juan City, Philippines.

Both annual activities of the collegiate league hope to keep the youth's interest in sports, as articulated in this season's theme "Reignite: Bolder. Braver. Stronger."

During the opening ceremony of the season, host school San Sebastian College-Recoletos' President Reverend Fr. Nemesio Tolentin, OAR said: "This season, we reignite the love and passion of the youth for sports".
Highlight of the day-long exhibition is the All Star Games of the "Team Heroes vs. Team Saints" game, where players from different schools will battle it out in a friendly match.
The Team Heroes is composed of Michael Kent Salado, Allen Enriquez, and Lervin Flores fromArellano University; Sidney Onwubere, Jerome Garcia, and Francis Munsayac from EmilioAguinaldo University; Gio Lasquety, John Ervin Grospe, and Bernade Teodoro from Jose Rizal University; CJ Perez, Mer Jesper Ayaay, and Mike Nzeusseu of Lyceum of the Philippines; andLaurenz Paul Victoria, Christian Bunag, andBuenaventura Raflores, Jr. from Mapua University.
Meantime, Team Saints is composed of Rey Nambatac, Bong Quinto, and John Paul Calvo ofColegio San Juan de Letran; JJ Domingo, Edward Dixon, and Gerald Castor of College of Saint Benilde; Davon Potts, Robert Bolick, and Jayvee Mocon of San Beda College; Alvin Baetiong, Ian Carlo Valdez, and John Kevin Baytan of San Sebastian College-Recoletos; and Prince Eze, John Genmar Ylagan, and Gabriel Dagangon ofUniversity of Perpetual Help System-DALTA.

NCAA fans can also look forward to the other All Star Games activities:
  • In "Shooting Stars", the ten teams will select three players who will undergo on-court challenges. The top two teams with the best time will compete for the final round. 

  • The "Skills Challenge" tests the shooting skills of the participating players, challenging them to several rounds where two players with the best time will compete for the final round.

  • The best 3-pointers of the teams will compete head-on in the "3-Pt. Shoot Out", where the player with the most 3-point score in the shortest time wins.

  • Another favorite is the "Slam Dunk Contest", where participating players will show off their best slam dunk exhibition.  The winner will be determined by the judges' scores.

Find out which group of athletes between Team Heroes or Team Saints will emerge as winner, and who are the players that will stand out in the exhibition games in the NCAA Season '93 All Star Games which will air live via S + A as well as on TFC online ( on September 1, at 2 p.m.(Manila time) in key countries worldwide. Catch-up episodes are available via S + A (on IPTV) and TFC online ( and also in key countries worldwide.

For more updates about TFC shows, visit, or TFC's Facebook page applicable for your area. Connect with fellow global Kapamilyas and follow @KapamilyaTFC on Twitter and Instagram (with additional reports from Norman Lee Benjamin Riego of ABS-CBN Sports).

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Chef Claude Tayag, Kat Jao to Share Hearty Recipes at "Food Tastings: Eat Clean" Live Cookfest at SM North EDSA on September 3

Discover how clean eating is becoming the new normal in Food Magazine's cookfest "Food Tastings: Eat Clean," with Chef Claude Tayag, Chef Kat Jao and other participating chefs, this Sunday (September 3), 4PM at SM City North EDSA - The Block.

The third leg of "Food Tastings" for the year puts a spotlight on clean eating which will encourage the audience to cook food with minimal handling or processing, making ingredients as close to their freshest form as possible to provide the healthiest meal options.

Chef Claude Tayag will be showcasing his special fiesta rice dish, bringhe, Pampanga's version of the Spanish paella, using milkfish as the main ingredient. Known for his delectable Kapampangan cuisine through his Bale Dutung restaurant, Chef Claude is a culinary expert who shares his favorite local dishes in his cable show "Chasing Flavors" on Lifestyle TV.

Culinary consultant Katherine Jao, who co-founded, an all-in-one online food resource for reviews, recipes, and news, will be teaching the audience how to make pares hotpot and rose falooda. Chef Kat is also a food stylist and a recipe developer for Food Magazine.

Chefs of various SM City North EDSA restaurants, such as Tamarind Taste of Thai, will also be sharing steps on how to make healthy dishes with minimal cooking required.

Aside from learning new recipes and cooking tips, the cookfest audience will get to try the best-tasting fares freshly prepared by the guest culinary masters.

Food Magazine is the country's largest selling culinary magazine published by ABS-CBN Publishing. It features the latest trends in food, kitchen-tested recipes, shopping tips, cooking techniques from experts and tips for foodies looking for their next gastronomic adventure.

Join "Food Tastings: Eat Clean" at SM City North EDSA - The Block this Sunday. Interested parties may pre-register online via For updates, follow Food Magazine on Facebook ( and Instagram (@foodmagazine).

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LizQuen's "Dolce Amore" and K-Pop Series "Twenty Again" Spread Sweetness on Jeepney TV

Reminisce the sweetness of young love in the ABS-CBN primetime hit series "Dolce Amore," starring Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil, as it premieres on cable television via Jeepney TV this September.

LizQuen's second primetime series after "Forevermore" is one of the most watched Kapamilya programs in 2016, ending on a high note with a national TV rating of 37.7% based on data from Kantar Media.

"Dolce Amore" is a love story between a wealthy young lady from Italy, Serena (Liza), and hardworking Tenten (Enrique) from Tondo who cross paths when the former runs away to the Philippines to escape an arranged marriage. The two wanderers get even closer through an infallible link, amidst money issues and family problems, until they discover their roots and find out their real connection.

Korean romantic comedy series "Twenty Again" will be seen for the first time on Philippine television when it premieres on Jeepney TV this month. No-ra, who is in her late 30's, decides to go back to college after being misdiagnosed with cancer and given a six-month prognosis. She hopes to live the life she missed when she got pregnant at an early age, but things get messy when her son becomes her classmate, her intellectual snob of a husband accepts a job at the same university, and her professor turns out to be her former admirer in high school.

Jeepney TV is iconic Pinoy television reimagined, bridging generations of Filipino viewers by bringing back good memories and celebrating the best of Pinoy pop culture.

Catch three different stories of love Mondays thru Fridays in "Dolce Amore" at 6:30-8:00pm starting September 4; "Tubig at Langis" at 12:15-1:30pm starting September 11; and "Twenty Again" at 9:10-10:00pm starting September 18. Jeepney TV is available on SkyCable channel 9, Destiny Cable Analog 41 and Digital 9. For updates, like the Jeepney TV page on Facebook ( or visit

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August 31, 2017

"Matanglawin" Relives "La Luna Sangre" Fever at the AsiaPop Comic Con 2017

“La Luna Sangre” stars led by Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla took the biggest comic book and pop culture event in the country by storm and their fans will get to look back at the highlights this Sunday on “Matanglawin” on ABS-CBN. 

Host Kim Atienza gives viewers an insider look at the AsiaPop Comic Con, where Filipinos got to see special vinyl toys, action figures, cosplayers, and stars from hit local and international shows and movies including the hit ABS-CBN program "La Luna Sangre." 

Meanwhile, "Matanglawin" officially ushers in the Christmas season by challenging Bailey May, Ylona Garcia, Vhong Navarro, Cora Waddel, Karel Marquez, and Daniel Matsunaga to outwit Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus. 

Also, watch out for the King of Trivia as he roam the streets for the “Isang Tanong…Isang Sagot!” of the week. 

Join another trivia-filled and fun episode of “Matanglawin” this Sunday (September 3), 9:45 am on ABS-CBN and ABS-CBN HD. 

You can also watch online via and For updates on the program, follow @MatanglawinTV on Facebook and Twitter.

GMA Network Airs "G.R.I.N.D." a Show For Millenials, From Millenials

GMA Network has just launched a daring new romcom-drama which aim is to help you better understand the mystery that are the...millennials, as well as bridge the gap between them and the older demographic called G.R.I.N.D (Get Ready It's a New Day).

G.R.I.N.D. will feature the story of four millennials who struggle to find their place in the world but face each day head on. 

"G.R.I.N.D." stars four budding Kapuso stars: Athlete-turned-Kapuso hunk Bruno Gabriel, Benedict Campos, Jazz Ocampo, and Ayra Mariano.

Bruno Gabriel as Carlo Yuson is a thriving manager of one of the largest advertising companies in the country. Coming from a difficult childhood, he has developed grit for success.

Jazz Ocampo as Solanj Martinez is Carlo’s best friend who is an underachiever wanting to prove herself to the world. Born with a silver spoon, Solanj challenges herself by investing on a café business that puts her love life at stake.

Ayra Mariano as Lui Gonzales is the polar opposite of Solanj as she belongs in a dysfunctional family where she takes the responsibility of being the breadwinner. Her mom got involved with different men, giving her children with different nationalities. In order to support her family.

Meawhile, Benedict Campos is part ofbthe cast and he is RK Katakutan a discreet gay man who tries his luck in the city to help his struggling but happy family in the province. Just like Lui, he will be shifting from one job to another as to support the immediate needs of his loved ones.

Produced by Wizpher Mac Production , tune in to GMA Network every Saturday and meet the four millennials who will show the realities of modern life in G.R.I.N.D. (Get Ready It’s A New Day!) after I-Witness!

On Spotlight: Kristian Sarmiento "Ang Dreamer ng Lucban, Quezon," The Hunk to Beat in "Gentlemen of The Philippines 2017" Competition

A dreamer in Quezon is making a blast now in the pageantry as the upcoming competition, the 2017
Gentlemen of The Philippines, one of the promising search in the nation is about to come to its much-awaited finale.

His name is Kristian Sarmiento, 21 years old from Lucban, Quezon and stands 5 feet 10 inches who at this point of his life seems to be very motivated to bag a title in the national competition. This former Mr. Quezon of 2013 believes that joining Gentlemen of The Philippines can help him build his confidence, overcome body issues, and further develop his personality.

After announcing a number of fab and fit hopefuls in the race, Kristian remains outstanding and at par with his goal by managing his time to maintain a healthy lifestyle. “Working out has been my hobby for quite some time, I believe being fit makes me feel more comfortable and confident.” Kristian said.

With a little resemblance to Joko Diaz, an equally hot matinee idol in the 90s, Kristian trusts that if there are opportunities in the show business, he will have an open mind since he is very good in dancing. In fact, this is the core where he finds himself in a comfortable arena. If the audience are lucky in the upcoming Gentlemen Finale, they might see Kristian in his moves from the stage to your heart.

When talked about his family background, Kristian is very vocal about his love towards his siblings. “I grew up with my siblings since my parents has to work in another town” Kristian shared. Youngest
among the 5 brothers and sisters, he believes that despite childhood rivalries amongst them, there is a
home that will always be there for him at the end of the day.

Kristian is up to the upcoming challenge in the next couple of days, in fact a lot of his supporters even build a huge banners in different parts of Quezon to show their support to Kristian. They believe that Kristian can represent and inspire them through this competition.

Kristian, indeed dedicates his journey in GENTLEMEN to her mother, his major inspiration in life.
You too can take part of the action in this exciting search - by joining the Facebook voting for your favorite Gentlemen of the Philippines! All you have to do is like the Facebook Pages of Gentlemen and Sash Factor account then, like or share Kristian’s Photo in this link:

Finals night of the Gentlemen of the Philippines will be on September 9 at the Grand Ballroom of
Hotel Rembrandt in Quezon City.

ABS-CBN Airs “Weightlifting Fairy” Finale on September 1, Replaces by “Legend of the Blue Sea” on September 4

Bok Joo and Joon Hyung face heavyweight challenges in love, life, and their respective sports careers in the finale week of ABS-CBN’s hit Koreanovela “Weightlifting Fairy.”

Joon Hyung finally reunites with his mother and tries his best to make up for lost time. His mother, however, has a different reason for coming home, which greatly hurts Joon Hyung.

Bok Joo, meanwhile, makes it to the national team and must leave town to undergo next level training.

Can the two keep their relationship strong despite the distance? Can they actually have both love and career? Will Joon Hyung remain faithful to Bok Joo?

As their heavyweight story ends, the biggest Korean fantasy-romance drama begins on primetime with the premiere of “Legend of the Blues Sea,” which marks the return of King of Asianovelas Lee Min Ho.

Follow the timeless love story of mortal Andrei (Lee Min Ho) and immortal mermaid Sheena (Jun Ji-Hyun). Watch as Sheena finds Andrei in his new persona at present time and rekindles the love they have in their past lives.

Don’t miss the finale of “Weightlifting Fairy” and the premiere of “Legend of the Blue Sea” on primetime after “A Love to Last” only on the first and true home of Asianovelas, ABS-CBN. 

For updates, like on Facebook or follow @KapamilyaNovela on Twitter. 

You can also catch up by watching the show’s past episodes via

ABS-CBN Statement on the Cancelled TFC Subscription in Canada

International Filipino media and entertainment company ABS-CBN has announced today that to support any purchasers of set-top boxes that were provided access to ABS-CBN’s copyrighted movies and TV shows without authorization from ABS-CBN, ABS-CBN is offering these individuals in Canada one month free premium subscription to  

Customers need only call the toll-free number 1-855-TFC-CNDA on or before September 15, 2017 to receive a one-month free premium subscription.  

ABS-CBN’s Customer Service team is ready to assist callers through the process and will not require evidence of your previous subscription. is the only official ABS-CBN online and mobile on-demand viewing platform outside of the Philippines for the largest, most complete and up-to-date source of the latest teleseryes from ABS-CBN, the biggest Filipino blockbuster films and news from the Philippines and its regions.

Teejay Marquez Signs Up as Regal Millenial Baby

Well-known actor/dancer/model/endorser Teejay Marquez was officially launched as Regal Millennial Baby on Wednesday, August 30.

His contract includes a movie under Regal Entertainment opposite a very famous Indonesian actress, among others.

August 30, 2017

Elisse Joson and McCoy de Leon for Making MEGA in Turkey

This month is a coming-of- age of sorts, one that is set in the magical and mysterious Cappadocia, Turkey. A land of lore and legends, we whisk away our cover stars, Elisse Joson and McCoy de Leon on a trip of a lifetime. Draped in romantic notice-me reds and decked in ruggedly suave threads, this charming and charismatic couple comes to the fore as the next big thing. Come join us this month as we share with you this amazing journey.

The MEGA September issue is now available on @flip100ph.

Download the FLIP100 app via the App Store or Google Play.

Get the digital version on Magzter and grab your print copies in newsstands on September 1.

Jaime Rivera Celebrates 30 Years in Showbiz with Major Concert Called "Hey It’s Me, Jamie! 30 Years The Concert"

Jaime Rivera is celebrating her 30th year in the music industry with a major concert dubbed "Hey It's Me, Jamie! 30 Years The Concert" on September 8 (Friday), 8PM at the Music Museum.

This Star Events production will feature a wide genre of music from the former Miss Saigon actress as unlike other artists who have remained in the same musical category, her three decades in the business is marked by her diverse song contributions: from love ballads, songs about children and the family, to huge inspirational hits.

"It's a constant reinvention of yourself. Those are reinventions realizing that these are talents given by God. The glory goes back to Him. With the blessings and love of God, I'm still here after 30 years," revealed Jamie, citing her choice to continue spreading her music to different genres.

Joining the Inspirational Diva in her highly anticipated show are longtime friends in the industry - Pinky Amador, Ito Rapadas, Jenine Desiderio, Bimbo Cerrudo, Jason Zamora, and Joshua Zamora - as well as some of today's hottest young singers - Jona, Klarisse, Bailey May, and Janella Salvador. Paolo Valenciano will direct the show with musical direction under Bond Samson.

The singer-songwriter is behind memorable inspirational songs such as "Tanging Yaman," "Tell The World of His Love," "Hiram Sa Diyos," "Jubilee Song," and most recently, the theme song for Pope Francis' visit to the Philippines in 2015, "We Are All God's Children." She is also known for classic love songs like "I've Fallen For You," "Pangarap Ka Na Lang Ba," and "Hey It's Me."

Tickets to the OPM icon's "Hey It's Me, Jamie!" concert are priced at P3,500 (VIP), P2,500 (orchestra), and P1,000 (balcony). For more inquiries, contact Ticketworld at 8919999 or Music Museum at 7216726. For more information, visit or follow Star Music's official social media accounts at, or @starmusicph on Twitter and Instagram.

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ABS-CBN and Xeleb Launch "FPJ's Ang Probinsyano" Mobile Game

ABS-CBN and Xeleb Technologies Inc. have forged partnership last Tuesday (July 18) and officially launched the "FPJ's Ang Probinsyano" mobile game, a runner type game app that allows users to experience the life of Cardo Dalisay (Coco Martin), who fights crimes and saves lives in the top-rating Kapamilya series.

Based on ABS-CBN's top-rating primetime series "FPJ's Ang Probinsyano," the mobile game lets users play as the series' protagonist Cardo and patrol the streets of Metro Manila, apprehend snatchers, and save children. Players can also win special prizes along the way while dodging several obstacles, adding more action and thrill to users' experience.

Like the successful series, the mobile game is also an instant hit among gamers with over 50,000 downloads within the first five minutes of its launch last May and is now approaching one million downloads.

"We are very happy that we get to promote the show's advocacy through a platform that appeals especially to children. With this partnership, we hope to provide not only quality entertainment but also highlight valuable lessons through Kapamilya teleserye driven apps," said Deo Endrinal, head of Dreamscape Entertainment.

"ABS-CBN has the intellectual property. We have the technology. It's a powerful combination," said Xeleb Chairman and CEO Raymond Racaza. "'FPJ's Ang Probinsyano' is just first in the rich pipeline of games that are coming soon."

Having aired for almost two years now, "FPJ's Ang Probinsyano," has received praises for teaching viewers about the consequences of crimes and imparting life lessons about family and patriotism. It revolves around the life and struggle of Cardo, who recently went back to service as a member of the Philippine National Police's (PNP) Special Action Force (SAF) to protect innocent lives from danger after the tragic death of his son.

The program has also remained unbeatable nationwide since it started airing last September 2015, based on data from Kantar Media covering urban and rural homes. Aside from avid viewers, "FPJ's Ang Probinsyano" has also gained recognition from the House of the Representatives and different government officials such as the Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Mike Sueno and PNP chief Ronald De Rosa, who both commended the series for promoting crime awareness and prevention among audiences.

Several award-giving bodies have also recognized the show, including Gawad Tanglaw, Anak TV Awards, PMPC Star Awards, and recently, the 48th Box Office Entertainment Awards where it bagged eight awards, setting a record in the awards show.

The "FPJ's Ang Probinsyano" mobile game is available on Google Play and W00T.

Rapidly transitioning into a digital company, ABS-CBN leads all media networks in bringing its content online to address the change in the Filipinos' viewing habits. Aside from radio and television, ABS-CBN has also become the leader in the local music, film, cable TV, and publishing industries and is also the pioneer of digital television in the country.

Xeleb Technologies Inc., meanwhile, is the Philippines' first celebrity game mobile company and is a subsidiary of listed Xurpas Inc. Xeleb's principal shareholders include Anne Curtis, Kim Atienza, Isabelle Daza, and Erwan Heussaff.

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Francis Kong's Latest Book "Leadership That Matters" Out Now on Bookstores Nationwide

Inspirational speaker and author Francis Kong highlights some of the most practical and relevant leadership learnings he holds in high regard in “Leadership That Matters,” his most awaited new book published by ABS-CBN Publishing.

A few days before its official launch at The Philippine Readers and Writers Festival in Raffles Makati, Kong’s latest manual already took the third spot in National Book Store’s bestseller list for the month of August.

“Leadership That Matters” is a compilation of the business guru’s motivational articles on self-improvement and developing the right character and discipline to become a good leader. Despite his numerous talks and books in the past, the author seeks to continue sharing his latest inspiration to lead people in different business enterprises.

Kong wrote, “I want to carry the awesome responsibility of sharing critical ideas that are both relevant and effective in equipping leaders with the knowledge to do better and become better. I hope that this book is a tool they can use for their own leadership journey.”

The author also cited that it’s not enough to learn about management principles. The ability to lead has to be complemented with the openness for constant improvement.

Throughout the years, from one training after another, the lessons, challenges, and wisdom continue to flow, leaving me each time with the humbling realization that my expertise on ‘leadership issues’ is so little, short, and limited. There could never be a fixed menu for leadership principles that one can teach, much less adopt for any given situation,” shared the modest speaker.

Last year, the corporate trainer delivered a total of 336 speaking engagements and training sessions here and abroad. Through his talks, he has captured not only the corporate world but also millennials and inspired them to become better leaders by showing them the path to success.

Each person has his or her own leadership journey and no story is ever the same,” Kong alluded. He hopes that by sharing his motivational stories in the manual, readers will be moved to bravely face their own challenges.

“Leadership That Matters” is the latest addition to ABS-CBN Publishing’s successful line of bestselling consumer books. It is available at National Book Store outlets nationwide for P395.


14th Gawad Geny Lopez Jr. Bayaning Pilipino Awards Honors 7 Modern-Day Heroes and Organizations

A social worker who has been helping an indigenous community for three decades.  
A young health worker who continues to help others even when he himself is in need.  
An organization of professionals who try to break the stigma of a skin disease.  
A migrant Filipino who helps not only his fellow citizens in the U.S. but also in the homeland and beyond borders.  
A young Filipina who bravely addresses the issue of mental illness. 
A Filipina who helps her countrymen beyond their usual needs, through cultural integration.  
An overseas Filipino worker who risks his life just to help his fellowmen.

These Filipinos are the new breed of heroes honored in the recently concluded 14th Gawad Geny Lopez Jr. Bayaning Pilipino Awards (Bayaning Pilipino Awards) at the Dolphy Theater within the ABS-CBN headquarters in the heart of Quezon City.

In the tradition of honoring unsung heroes which ABS-CBN Corporation Chairman Emeritus Eugenio “Geny” Lopez Jr. inspired and which ABS-CBN and Ugat Foundation started in 1995, ABS-CBN Corporation Chairman and ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation, Inc. Chairman Emeritus Eugenio “Gabby” Lopez III led the celebration of the lives of these ordinary Filipinos who have performed what the award-giving body venerates as ordinary folks performing extraordinary acts.

Lopez said the Bayaning Pilipino awards honored these Filipinos for their small acts of kindness, worthy of a tribute that is larger than life.  He emphasized: “Heroism can mean a lot of things.  Not all heroes have grand titles nor do they enjoy vast sources at their disposal. What true heroes possess is their capacity to go above and beyond their limits and own flaws, passionate in what they can to improve the human condition”.

The 2017 winners are set apart by different triggers for their causes but are united by their selfless love for fellowmen, expecting nothing in return: Bayaning Pilipino Fructosa Alma “Neneng” Olivo of Maa, Davao who has been helping the Badjao community for three decades; Bayaning Kabataang Pilipino John Mark Odani of Maitum, Saranggani who has been extending his expertise to the women and children of the T’boli tribe; and Bayaning Samahang Pilipino Psoriasis Philippines Online Community, Inc. (PsorPhil) of Mandaluyong City which has been aiding people stricken with the skin disease.  For the Global Bayaning Pilipino Awards, hailed as Bayaning Pilipino sa Qatar was Noli Perez for helping his kababayans even when government policy disallows him to, and in South Korea was Katherine Corteza of the Itaewon Village and who has been helping other females via Philippine Women’s Club; Bayaning Samahang Pilipino – North America Building Lives for A Better Future (BLBF) of San Diego, U.S. for helping the poor communities in San Diego, California and even in Pozorrubio, Pangasinan and Mexico; and Bayaning Kabataang Pilipino – North America Loizza Aquino of Winnipeg, Canada who established Peace of Mind 204 to raise awareness on mental health.

UGAT Foundation Project Director Fr. Nilo Tanalega, S.J. said the Bayaning Pilipino awards is warranted as much as it is timely. He explained: “Ang pag-gawad sa mga Bayaning Pilipino ay alternatibong solusyon sa mga naghahasik ng dahas at lagim.  Ngayong, sila ay kikilalalanin at gagawaran.  Sila ay naghasik din ngunit hindi ng dahas at lagim kung hindi ng tulong at pagkalinga kahit na walang kapalit na bayad o gantimpala”.  (The conferment of the Bayaning Pilipino Awards is an alternative to the reality we face.  Today, we honor modern day heroes.  They do not reap evil and violence but instead foster inclusivity and caring for others without asking for anything in return).

A special citation was also given to Darlito Palermo of Tagum City, Davao del Norte for being an able and inspiring leader to his fellow PWDs (People with Disabilities). The awarding ceremony was hosted by Julius Babao, Robi Domingo, Judy Ann Santos – Agoncillo plus Angel Locsin.  Paying tribute were Soul Supreme KZ Tandingan and hit-maker Iñigo Pascual; Tawag ng Tanghalan sa “It’s Showtime’s” Froilan Canlas; young talents Ylonah Garcia and JK Labajo; and OPM icon Ogie Alcasid.

Witness the stories of these 14th Gawad Geny Lopez Jr. Bayaning Pilipino winners once again via TFC’s Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) and online ( platforms (under Specials) in key countries worldwide.  Connect with fellow global Filipinos and visit the official Facebook page in your area and follow KapamilyaTFC @IG and Twitter.




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