Students and teachers in Looc, Batangas, will now have access to more learning and educational resources with a brand new library recently turned over to the Looc Elementary School by ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation Inc.’s (ALKFI) Programa Genio and partner organizations.
Gina Burgos, a fisherwoman from the remote town along Taal Lake, dreams of a better life for her two children. She says a new library for her children and their schoolmates can inspire them to make the most of their education and pursue their dreams.
“Even though we don’t earn much, my husband and I work very hard so that our children can go to school and have a chance to have a better life,” said Gina, who heads the parents’ association in the school. “I can already see how much joy this new library brings to my children, while also motivating them to keep learning and keep dreaming big.”
Meanwhile, according to Donalyn Maya, officer-in-charge of Looc Elementary School and the chairman of the Looc-Balete Development Association, the new library benefits both students and teachers, who have difficulty getting hold of learning materials and resources.
“This new library and the supplies in it are a huge help not just to the students but to us teachers, too,” said Donalyn. “We now have easy access to reference books that are usually found in bigger city libraries, while the children can foster a love for reading and learning with these new books.”
ALKFI’s educational arm Programa Genio, which works with public schools and communities to give more students access to quality education, spearheaded the project, which is part of ABS-CBN’s commitment to help Filipinos nationwide have access to more learning opportunities. The library was built with donations from the Filipino American Cultural Organization (FACO) and is in line with the Department of Education’s (DepEd) Every Child a Reader program that aims to equip elementary pupils with strategic reading and writing skills to help them with reading comprehension.
According to Maricar Estole, program director of Programa Genio, the library and teacher training program gives children a safe space and resources so they can learn to love reading and eventually become better students, while assisting the teachers in giving their students the best education possible.
The library is just one of many projects spearheaded by ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya to help the residents in the remote, lakeside town of Looc have access to education, healthcare, and livelihood opportunities. Home to about 4,000 residents who rely mostly on seasonal farming, fishing, and construction work for their livelihood, Looc has been one of ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya’s beneficiaries or “adopted communities” since 2016. ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya also led in the construction of a barangay health center, a community pharmacy, the NutriPan project- a school based bakery that sells nutritious, affordable bread to the students, and the rehabilitation of the Looc Elementary School gymnasium, which serves as the evacuation center for Looc and other neighboring barangays in times of calamity.
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ABS-CBN has had a challenging 2018, as its revenues last year decreased by at least 6 percent.
The company, according to its president and CEO Carlo Katigbak, during an annual meeting of shareholders, is expecting to make a big comeback in profit by growing their digital properties and being even more involved by making a bigger impact in their roles when it comes to TV business.
The largest entertainment company in the country’s net income came in at only ₱ 1.9 billion in the year 2018 and President Katigbak blames inflation and higher taxing on sweetened beverages as the factors that really took a toll on their company.
He goes on to say that “It is clearly an uncertain time for ABS-CBN. We are faced with threats from many directions: changing consumer habits, disruptive technology, political headwinds, and new competition.”
Furthermore, he also stated that “Regardless of what the future holds, our commitment is to continue serving our audiences and our public in any way that we can. This is our calling, one that will never dim. This is why we exist.”
The company created a program last year with the intention of transforming to digital, growing its experience business, expanding to foreign audiences, public service, and maintaining its leadership in broadcast.
“Technology and audiences are changing at an exponential rate. This change will continue to expand and disrupt and today, our industry finds itself in the middle of its winds,” he said.
“Our ability to reinvent ourselves while anchored on our mission to serve the Filipino will be at the core of our longevity and success,” he also said.
According to statistics, Google and Facebook are the most viewed sites in the country with ABS-CBN being the third.
“Digital is our fastest-growing business to date,” he said, which accounted for ₱ 1 billion in revenues.
The company is looking to go after the Latin American audience, next, after “It’s Showtime” created a significant impact by being available in Indonesia.
“The world has become a global market and we aim to make content the primary export of our company. It’s time we make Filipino talent shine in the world stage,” he concluded. In addition to that, he also said that international dealings make up 15 percent of the total revenue.
When it comes to ratings, ABS-CBN, usually, always dominates because most households prefer it over other companies.
You may not know this but some of the brightest stars in ABS-CBN actually started as an artist in its competing network, GMA Network. Let’s have a rundown of all the Kapamilya stars who were once a Kapuso.
After all, it’s also important to look back from where you originally come from.
1. Toni Gonzaga
It is not known to many that Toni Gonzaga is originally a Kapuso. She was once a host in the noontime show “Eat Bulaga” and was a GMA Network artist for seven years until she went full-on Kapamilya in 2005.
2. Anne Curtis
“It’s Showtime” host, Anne Curtis was a Kapuso for six years until she transferred in 2003. Some of her projects in the Kapuso network include “Anna Karenina” and “TGIS.”
3. Angel Locsin
Angel became a prominent star when she starred as Alwina in the hit GMA Network teleserye, “Mulawin” and as “Darna.”
Now, she has done a lot of series and movies with ABS CBN, including being a judge in the Kapamilya talent show, “Pilipinas Got Talent”.
4. Yassi Pressman
The “FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano” leading lady was once a Kapuso and also a TV5 network artist. She appeared in various noontime Sunday shows in both GMA 7 and TV 5.
5. Paulo Avelino
With his new movie with Star Cinema, co-starring Bea Alonzo and Derek Ramsay entitled, “Kasal,” it is not known to many that Paulo Avelino is actually an alumnus of GMA Network’s artist search, “Starstruck.”
6. Cristine Reyes
A Kapamilya artist since 2008, Christine also is a product of Kapuso talent search “StarStruck” just like Paulo Avelino.
7. Ellen Adarna
Ellen Adarna appeared in several GMA Network shows including “Bubble Gang” and “Captain Barbell” before she transferred to ABS CBN to be a Kapamilya in 2013.
8. Isabelle Daza
Originally an “Eat Bulaga” host like Toni Gonzaga, Isabelle signed a contract with ABS CBN in 2014 and has since starred in dramas like “Nathaniel” and movies like “It Takes a Man and a Woman.”
Before she became an “It’s Showtime” host alongside Anne Curtis, Karylle was also once a Kapuso. She became famous in the GMA Network fantaserye, “Encantadia” and she transferred to become a Kapamilya in 2008.
10. Iza Calzado
Iza transferred to ABS CBN in 2012 after her 10 years of being a Kapuso network artist where she starred in several dramas like “Encantadia” and “Impostora.”
11. Jake Cuenca
Jake has been a Kapuso for three years before he went to be a Kapamilya star. Since then, he starred in a lot of teleseryes like “Tayong Dalawa,” “Maria Mercedes” and the most recent, “Ikaw lang and Iibigin.”
12. JC De Vera
Before he transferred to ABS-CBN, he was with GMA Network first for six years and then transferred to TV 5 and stayed there for three years. Now, JC stars in the new Kapamilya teleserye, “Since I Found You,” alongside Piolo Pascual and Arci Munoz.
13. Maxene Magalona
Maxene was with GMA Network for nine years until she decided to be a Kapamilya in 2013. Some of her shows as a Kapamilya were “Doble Kara,” and “Dream Dad”.
14. Elmo Magalona
Brother of Maxene Magalona, Elmo has been a Kapamilya since 2015 where he was paired up with Janella Salvador in the teleserye, “Born for You” and the movie, “Bloody Crayons”.
Jona rose to fame when she won the GMA Network singing contest, “Pinoy Pop Superstar.” Now, Jona is one of the most promising singers in ABS CBN.
Jaya was once a mainstay singer in the then-GMA Network Sunday show, “SOP.” Now, she’s a Kapamilya artist who sometimes judges in the ABS-CBN noontime show, “It’s Showtime.”
17. Ogie Alcasid
Ogie is now a Kapamilya appearing in several shows including “Your Face Sounds Familiar” where he is a resident judge. But before the switch, he was a Kapuso artist and has been a “Bubble Gang” member way back.
A Kapuso artist for at least 15 years, Kyla transferred network in 2015 where she sang the theme song of JaDine’s hit teleserye, “On the Wings of Love.”
19. Jay R
The R&B was a Kapuso singer for 10 years before he made the switch to become a Kapamilya. Currently, Jay R appears in shows like “ASAP.”
20. Aljur Abrenica
Aljur also rose to fame when he joined the GMA Network’s “StarStruck” in 2006. He just transferred network in August, 2017 after his contract as a Kapuso ended.
21. Louise de los Reyes
Louise also just recently became a Kapamilya in 2017. But before the switch, she was a TV 5 and GMA Network artist where she starred in several seryes like “Alakdana” and “My Beloved”.
22. Richard Gutierrez
Well, it already seems like everyone knows that Richard was once a Kapuso leading man but he’s included in this list because why not? So before he became Sandrino in ABS-CBN’s “La Luna Sangre,” he was first the leading man of Angel Locsin, who was also a then-Kapuso, in the GMA Network fantaserye, “Mulawin”.
23. Ryza Cenon
Just last April 2018, Ryza was welcomed by ABS CBN’s big bosses into the Kapamilya network. “Ang Probinsyano” is just one of the projects lined up for her after her switch.
All of these artists were once a Kapuso at heart and then transferred to ABS CBN to become a Kapamilya where luckily, their starts turned out to shine the brightest.
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Are you a Kapuso or a Kapamilya? This is probably the hardest question to answer when it comes to fans of showbizness. Fans of GMA Network stars and ABS-CBN stars go crazy when their favorite artists gets compared to others, especially from the other network.
However, fans unite when a movie that features both Kapuso and Kapamilya stars comes out. One may not notice this but actually, there has already been quite a lot of films that partnered artists from these two different networks.
Here are 12 movies that will tug both your Kapamilya and Kapuso hearts into one:
1. Paano Kita Iibigin
This romance drama starring Piolo Pascual and Regine Velasquez-Alcasid is a 2007 hit film directed by Binibining Joyce Bernal. This is the first time that the two opposite network stars partnered with each other.
2. When I Met U
Before Richard Gutierrez transferred to ABS-CBN, he was teamed up with KC Concepcion in this 2009 rom-com movie directed by Joel Lamangan. This is the second time that the two stars got paired up together after their first hit movie of 2008, “For the First Time.”
3. You’re Still the One
This 2015 romance drama is the first time that Kapuso leading man, Dennis Trillo and Kapamilya’s “Dance Princess,” Maja Salvador got paired up together. Also starring Ellen Adarna and Richard Yap and directed by Chris Martinez, the film was a co-production of Star Cinema and Regal Entertainment.
4. Segunda Mano
This movie is an official entry in the 2011 Metro Manila Film Festival. Also directed by Binibining Joyce Bernal, this horror film starred the Philippine cinema’s horror queen, Kris Aquino and Kapuso star, Dingdong Dantes.
5. Won’t Last a Day Without You
Looking for a “kilig to the bones” kind of movie? This movie is for you! This 2011 rom-com movie starring Sarah Geronimo and Gerald Anderson featured a rare and special participation of “Eat Bulaga” host, Joey De Leon. The film is directed by Raz dela Torre and was released in 2011.
6. One More Try
“Ang pera natin, ‘di basta basta nauubos pero ang pasensya ko, konting konti nalang!”
Have you heard of this famous movie line? If not, then it’s time that you watch this 2012 drama film directed by Ruel S. Bayani. The film is starred by Kapamilya artists, Angel Locsin, Angelica Panganiban, Zanjoe Marudo, and Kapuso star, Dingdong Dantes.
7. She’s the One
Who is the girl in the rain? Find out by watching this 2013 romance-drama film starring Kapuso leading man, Dingdong Dantes and Kapamilya leading lady, Bea Alonzo. The movie also co-starred Enrique Gil and Liza Soberano, directed by Mae Cruz – Alviar.
8. Kung Fu Divas
“Comedy Queen,” Ai Ai delas Alas, was still with ABS CBN when this action comedy movie of 2013 was released. Together with Kapuso star, Marian Rivera and directed by Onat Diaz, the film was part of Star Cinema’s 20th Anniversary.
9. Da Possessed
Directed by Binibining Joyce Bernal, this horror-comedy film starred Kapamilya artist, Vhong Navarro and Kapuso artist, Solenn Heussaff. The Black Saturday premiere of this movie garnered Php17 million.
10. Just the 3 of Us
Who can forget this cute rom-com drama movie? This is the first time that John Lloyd Cruz partnered up with Kapuso leading lady, Jennylyn Mercado. This is also the first time that Mercado starred a top-billing Star Cinema movie with a Php100 million commercial success. This film was released in 2016 and directed by Cathy Garcia- Molina.
11. The Unmarried Wife
This film is the second time that Angelica Panganiban and Dingdong Dantes teamed up in a movie after their box-office hit, One More Try. Directed by Maryo J. delos Reyes, this is the fourth time that Kapuso star, Dingdong Dantes lead in a Star Cinema movie. Panganiban also won the Best Actress FAMAS Award for this film.
12. Seven Sundays
Powerhouse cast, you say? Well, here’s the 2017 tear-jerking drama-comedy movie directed by Cathy Garcia- Molina. If you’re looking for a movie to watch with family, this is it! The film stars Ronaldo Valdez, Aga Muhlach, Enrique Gil, Christine Reyes, and Kapuso artist, Dingdong Dantes.
If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, why not watch these movies that feature a lot of various talents from different networks. Again, there’s no such thing as network war in terms of making a great movie. After all, they are just in the same industry.
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