Yolanda survivors in ‘G Diaries’

Five years after Typhoon Yolanda ravaged the provinces of Leyte, Samar and those in the Panay island, Gina Lopez featured them and showed how the people are moving forward in last Sunday’s special episode of G Diaries on ABS-CBN.

Yolanda survivors in  ‘G Diaries’
'G Diaries' host Gina Lopez
The episode was called “Mga Kwento ng Pagbangon.”

Gina took the audience to a stirring trip to Eastern Samar, Samar, Northern Palawan, and Panay Islands, heavily damaged by the typhoon. ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation, Inc. (ALKFI) – Operation Sagip focused its relief and rehabilitation efforts on those areas utilizing the P1 Billion worth of donations from different companies, organizations, and individuals from all over the world. The amount raised was allotted to a variety of relief operations, like education and infrastructure, livelihood and health, logistics and support services and, monitoring and evaluation.

Among the recipients of relief assistance were Leonila Gacutno of Basey, Samar, Sohoton caves kayaking guide Estelita Alibado, and surfer Adelardo Pompa of Daguitan from the Sabang Daguitan Surf Camp in Leyte. 

Students Eldon Banotan, Lorence Segarino, and Jamela Bancilian also shared how studying became more enjoyable now that they have better, sturdier and more conducive classrooms in Busuanga, Palawan. 

Another beautiful story worth telling was that of Susan Austero. She achieved her dreams of working in the food industry, thanks to the new educational programs.

Apart from them, stories of hope and resilience among Filipinos in these areas were also featured. They have risen to help their communities recover from the disaster they had gone through. They, among others, included midwife Fe Bantigue of Jiabong, Samar who walked for hours daily to take care of pregnant women and called attention to the need for more health centers, and health. Sanitation officer Imelda Eusebio of Dagami, Leyte worked to help provide clean and accessible water to her community.  

They are all involved in projects and interventions initiated by ALKFI based on the bigger master plan set by the Office of the Presidential Assistant Rehabilitation and Recovery (OPARR) to restore damaged facilities and to further improve the areas and lives of people and set them back as they were before the calamity struck the areas.

ABS-CBN Corporate Services Group 1 head Mark Nepomuceno and ABS-CBN Creative Communications Management head Robert Labayen also shared how the network mobilized its people and encouraged each citizen to take part in helping the survivors of the storm surge.

Meanwhile, “Tawag ng Tanghalan” finalist and now Star Music artist Sam Mangubat launched the music video of “Pagka’t Nariyan Ka” of Star Music, by Trina Belamide and Zion Aquino, produced by Jonathan Manalo. The video is in commemoration of the fifth year of Typhoon Yolanda.

The special Yolanda episode of G Diaries aired last Sunday (Nov. 25), 10:15 a.m. on ABS-CBN before ASAP Natin ‘To.

 Watch the replay on Metro channel on Saturday (Dec. 1) at 3:00 p.m. and Sunday (Dec. 2) at 6:00 p.m. and on ANC on Saturday (Dec. 1) at 9:30 a.m. 

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‘Halik’ hits 3.6 million weekly views on iWant TV

More viewers nationwide turned to ABS-CBN for value-laden and relevant news stories as it scored an average audience share of 44 percent, or 13 points higher than GMA’s 31 percent, according to data from Kantar Media.

ABS-CBN ruled both in urban and rural homes, particularly in Metro Manila where it recorded an average audience share of 42 percent, compared to GMA’s 25 percent. It also won in Mega Manila with 36 percent, beating GMA’s 33 percent.

The Kapamilya network also kept its strong viewership in Total Luzon with an average audience share of 39 percent versus GMA’s 34 percent; in Total Visayas with 53 percent, compared to 24 percent of GMA; and in Total Mindanao with 53 percent, while GMA only got 25 percent.

Multinational audience measurement provider Kantar Media uses a nationwide panel size of 2,610 urban and rural homes that represent 100 percent of the total Philippine TV viewing population.

Nine out of ten most watched programs were produced by ABS-CBN, led by FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano (43.6 percent) and followed by TV Patrol (32.2 percent).

Also in the top ten were Ngayon at Kailanman (29.4 percent), The Kids’ Choice (25.6 percent), Wansapantaym (23.5 percent), Home Sweetie Home (22.6 percent), Meteor Garden (22.5 percent), Halik (22.1 percent), and MMK 25 (21.8 percent).

Meanwhile apart from raking high TV ratings every night, primetime teleserye Halik is also a hit online as it garnered over 3.6 million weekly views on iWant TV and a consistent trending topic on social media.

The Kapamilya network also won across all time blocks, particularly in primetime (6:00 p.m. to 12:00 mn) with an average audience share of 48 percent, or a 17-point higher than GMA’s 31 percent. 

The primetime block is the most important time of the day when most Filipinos watch TV and advertisers put a larger chunk of their investments in to reach more consumers effectively.

ABS-CBN also triumphed over its rival network in the morning block (6:00 a.m. to 12:00 nn) with 36 percent versus GMA’s 28 percent; in the noontime block (12:00 nn to 3:00 p.m.) with 43 percent, compared to GMA’s 32 percent and in the afternoon block (3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.) with 44 percent, winning over GMA’s 33 percent.

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Christmas festivity @LRI On Dec. 1

On Dec. 1, LRI Grupo Reposo and LRI Design Plaza at 210 Nicanor Garcia Street, Bel Air 2, Makati City will host a Christmas Spirit Festivity to cap the Ho-Ho Holiday Sale presently ongoing at LRI Design Plaza at 50 percent discount on selected items. Showrooms are open from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., from Monday to Saturday.

Throughout the day, the plaza holds a painting activity by 20 artists led by Astra Gallery. It also offers specialty foods with hot sauces, craft brews and barbecues. Indigenous crafts and finely produced local products are also available.

A learning seminar on Smoked Meats 101, Craft Brewing 101 and Hot Sauce 101 will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

By 6:00 p.m., talented musician Franklee Lorenzo will serenade shoppers and visitors with Christmas, Italian and romantic songs. Eight former members of the Philippine Madrigal singers—two sopranos, two altos, two tenors and two basses—will perform assorted Christmas tunes that include sacred music and African-American Spirituals, traditional carols and Filipino festive songs celebrating the Christmas season of love and giving. 

This concert is open to the public. LRI welcomes the public to this free concert.

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Topics: Typhoon Yolanda , G Diaries , ABS-CBN , Gina Lopez , Kantar Media , Franklee Lorenzo
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