Samar is in the spotlight in new Viva movie

The island of Samar, the third largest island in the Philippines and home to close to two million Warays in three provinces (Western) Samar, Eastern Samar, and Northern Samar, is the setting of a new movie produced by Viva Films in collaboration with BluArt Productions, Saprk Samar and Saga Prefecture Film Commission.

The film unspooled in theaters last Wednesday and is about three total strangers forced to confront their past. That confrontation changes their lives altogether.

Bona Fajardo, writer and director of romantic drama movies, like Iliw and I Found My Heart in Santa Fe, is back with another heart-warming movie, Kahit Ayaw Mo Na.

Samar is in the spotlight in new Viva movie
Daniel Matsunaga and Empress Schuck in a scene from the film, 'Kahit Ayaw Mo Na.' 
In the movie, three girls, Joey, Mikee and Ally, all drawn to the beautiful province of Samar, find themselves on the island on separate undertakings.

Joey (Empress Schuck), a designer is looking for a local start up business on the island with her boyfriend Reggie (Daniel Matsunaga). There they meet Edlyn (Desiree del Valle) and Dong (Alan Paule), a couple that is into banig-weaving business. Living with them is daughter and aspiring songwriter Ally (Andrea Brillantes). 

Meanwhile, food and travel vlogger, Mikee (Kristel Fulgar) and friend Jiro (Kuya Sawa) visit the province to feature Samar’s secret kitchens -- a well-guarded family recipe of Dong’s mother.

While they enjoy the beautiful places and people of Samar, Joey and Mikee struggle with issues that they need to face and resolve. Both of them hold a grudge against their respective fathers they never knew. Ally on the other hand, is trying to figure out how her unrequited love can be unraveled.

Joey and Mikee are invited to Edlyn and Dong’s wedding wherein an unexpected revelation ruins the celebration.

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GMA Network shines at 3rd PUP Mabini Media Awards

Leading broadcast company GMA Network once again won the hearts of students, this time around taking home awards from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines during the 3rdMabini Media Awards held on Nov. 17 at PUP Sta. Mesa, Manila.

The country’s most-awarded news magazine program Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho prevailed with back-to-back honors—earning the Best Magazine Program award as well as Best Magazine Program Host for Jessica Soho.

GMA-7’s flagship newscast 24 Oras won Best Primetime News Program. The PUP community also conferred the Best Male News Program Anchor award to one of the program’s anchors, Mike Enriquez whose weekend show, investigative program Imbestigador, was also chosen Best Public Affairs Program. 

Meanwhile, GMA Network’s pioneering documentary program, I-Witness, won the Best Documentary Program award. Award-winning and well-loved family sitcom Pepito Manaloto, with Michael V., won Best Comedy Program.

Soho added another feather on her cap with  her win for GMA News TV’s flagship evening newscast State of the Nation with Jessica Soho as Best Female News Program Anchor.

In the radio category, GMA Network’s flagship AM radio station Super Radyo DZBB took home several awards as well. Enriquez won Best News Program Host. Nathaniel ‘Mang Tani’ Cruz was honored as Best Public Service Program Host for his program IM Ready sa Dobol B, which also came out as the Best Public Service Program.

The Kapuso Network’s official online portal, GMA News Online, bested other nominees and emerged as the Best Online News Portal.

The PUP Mabini Media Awards recognizes programs and personalities that offer a quality and reliable media content and information to the public. 

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‘Art 2 Art’ airs Christmas specials

The first Christmas special airs on Dec. 9, featuring the independent bookstore Co-owner and artist/curator Ringo Bunoan relates the story behind the enterprise selling Philippine art books in a physical store and online. For holiday gift giving, she suggests new publications, hard-to-find titles and pre-owned books.

On Dec. 16, the episode focuses on Hangad, a group of friends bound by their desire to know, and help others know God through music. Representatives Mariel de Jesus, KC Lawenko and Kiko Angeles talk about the history of the 27-year-old group, and are later joined by fellow members to sing selections from their new Christmas album. 

On Dec. 23, Ballet Manila’s Joshua Enciso, Brian Sevilla, Rafael Perez and Alvin Dictado—big winners at the recent CCP Ballet Competition—discuss why boys like them are now more open to a career in dance and the strict training it takes to be good at it. The four also perform an improv piece set to the Christmas song ”Pasko Na Sinta Ko.”

The Christmas series wraps up on Dec. 30 with an episode on art as therapy. Cancer survivor Jingjing Romero shares how painting helped her in her post-surgery recovery, leading to a sold-out exhibit benefiting seminarians. Diselle Falcon meanwhile recounts how surviving leukemia inspired her to establish A Stroke of Hope, a foundation that brings the healing power of art to cancer patients who are undergoing treatment.

Produced by the Manila Broadcasting Company and hosted by “Ballerina ng Bayan” Lisa Macuja, Art 2 Art airs every Sunday, 3:30 to 4:00 p.m., on radio via DZRH (666 khz on the AM band), on cable television via RHTV (Ch. 129 on Skycable in Metro Manila, Ch. 18 on Cignal TV and Ch. 3 on Cablelink) and livestreaming at http://dzrhnews The show may also be viewed via the Facebook account DZRH News Television.

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Vaness del Moral back in I-Bilib

One of the early Starstruck Avengers, Vaness del Moral, returns to help out Chris Tiu, James and Roadfill turn a dark-colored soda into a clear one. They also uncover how to make a matchstick float on top of a playing card.  

Meanwhile, Roadfill travels to meet a handwriting artist in “Bilibabols.” In addition, the Street Genius crew test the explosiveness of two groups of items: firstly, common grocery stuff such as ketchup, a can of beans, noodles and an energy drink; and secondly, air, water, sand and packing materials when paired with dynamite in a barrel.

Finally, in “Huling Hirit,” the barkada unearths the secret in balancing a coin on a playing card on top of a glass.

All these on your favorite science show every Sunday morning on GMA!

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Topics: Viva Films , BluArt Productions , Saprk Samar , Saga Prefecture Film Commission , Empress Schuck , Daniel Matsunaga
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