GMA Network rewards its viewers with superior and world-class 2017 program launches

GMA Network soars even higher this 2017 as it delivers a new roster of trendsetting and pioneering programs that will surely excite and captivate the hearts of Kapuso viewers.

Produced by the GMA Drama Group, these shows are top billed by only the brightest, hottest and up-and-coming Kapuso actors and actresses in Philippine show business. 

First on the list is the original primetime soap Meant To Be. This romantic-comedy series revolves around Billie, portrayed by Barbie Forteza, a struggling millennial who meets four guys with different nationalities: Ken Chan as the Chinese-Pinoy Yuan, Jak Roberto as the Pinoy Macoy, Ivan Dorschner as the Fil-British Ethan, Addy Raj as the Indian Jai. All four boys will fall in love with Billie. Joining them in Meant To Be are Manilyn Reynes, Sheryl Cruz, Tina Paner, Keempee de Leon, Sef Cadayona, Mika dela Cruz, Stephanie Sol, Zymic Jaranilla, and Ms. Gloria Romero.  Under the helm of LA Madridejos with Renei Dimla as head writer andHazel Abonita as Program Manager, Meant To Be premiered last January 9. The primetime series is also a clear winner in nationwide ratings after consistently beating its competition during its pilot week.  

For its Valentine offering, the Kapuso Network brings to light the much awaited soap Destined To Be Yours starring the phenomenal love team—Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza. In the story, Alden breathes life to the character of Benjie, a hardworking and charming architect who wants to acquire a piece of land owned by the family of Sinag played by Maine. Sinag is a loving daughter who works in a radio station in their province. She deeply cares for the environment and the community she belongs to. Anticipation is high for the first ever primetime soap of Alden and Maine which will definitely be an exciting treat for viewers of all ages. Completing the powerhouse cast are Lotlot de Leon, Gardo Versoza, Dominic Roco, Sheena Halili, Ina Feleo, Juancho Trivino, RJ Padilla, Koreen Medina and Boots Anson-Roa. This also marks the comeback of Ms Janice de Belen to the Kapuso Network. After her successful directing stint on the big screen, budding female directorIrene Villamor gets her first and biggest directorial job on the small screen as she sits at the helm of this heart-warming primetime show. Des Garbes-Severino is the head writer while Camille Hermoso-Hafezan is the program manager.  

Soon to soar viewership ratings is the much-awaited Pinoy remake of the hit Koreanovela My Love From The Star. Ultimate Star Jennylyn Mercado reprises the immensely popular character of Steffi, the popular, beautiful and sought-after actress and endorser. And for the character of Matteo, the extremely intelligent yet cold extra-terrestrial being, GMA Network introduces newest Kapuso actor and heartthrob Gil Cuerva who auditioned for the role. Joining them are Gabby Eigenmann, Glydel Mercado, Christian Bautista, Jackie Rice, Renz Fernandez, Spanky Manikan, Melissa Mendez, Nar Cabico. And to give her own interpretation of My Love From The Star is acclaimed TV and movie director Bb. Joyce BernalDes Garbes-Severino is the head writer while Cathy Ochoa-Perez is the program manager.  
In line with GMA Network’s Lipad 2017 battle cry, Kapuso viewers are in for something grand and spectacular this year with the launch of Mulawin vs. Ravena. This telefantasya is the biggest production of GMA this 2017 as it presents a one-of-a-kind and extraordinary primetime masterpiece. Mulawin vs Ravena is headlined by Drama King Dennis Trillo. Making this primetime offering extra special is Ms Regine Velasquez-Alcasid as she joins her first-ever full length telefantasya. Featuring the hottest young Kapuso love teams Miguel Tanfelix and Bianca UmaliDerrick Monasterio and Bea Binene. Completing the star-studded cast are Chynna Ortaleza, Dion Ignacio, Winwyn Marquez, Kiko Estrada and Roi Vinzon. And to helm this ground-breaking program are two of GMA’s acclaimed directors Dominic Zapata and Don Michael Perez who is also the head writer of the series. Helen Rose Sese is the program manager of Mulawin vs Ravena.  

GMA-7 offers a compelling drama to its Afternoon Prime block with one of Regal Films’ blockbuster movies in 1987 Pinulot Ka Lang Sa Lupa. Set to premiere on January 30, the series is headlined by Julie Anne San Jose, Benjamin Alves, Martin del Rosario and LJ Reyes. With equally important roles are Ara Mina and Ms. Jean Garcia. Joining them are Victor Neri, Allan Paule, Geleen Eugenio, Lharby Policarpio. Directed byGina Alajar, Pinulot Ka Lang Sa Lupa tackles the life struggles of two women intertwined by lost love. Ali Nokom Dedicatoria is the program manager while Marlon Miguel is the head writer.  

Showcasing a story of love, triumph and forgiveness is the original Afternoon Prime series Legally Blind. Kapuso actress Janine Gutierrez tackles her most challenging and mature role as a rape victim who gets blind and who will become a lawyer to seek justice from her perpetrator. She will be paired with two of the Network’s talented leading men: Mikael Daez, Rodjun Cruz. Adding star power to the Afternoon Prime soap are Chanda Romero, Lauren Young, Marc Abaya. Legally Blind is under the helm of actor and TV director Ricky Davao with Christine Novicio as head writer and Redgynn Alba as program manager. 

Another intriguing drama that will surely make the viewers’ glued to their televisions screens is the remake of the successful TV series Impostora. It is also the first GMA-produced TV drama adapted by a foreign country. This soap tells the story Nimfa, an ugly street vendor who willingly undergoes surgery and complete facial reconstruction to pretend to be Rosette, a wealthy and beautiful but unhappily married wife seeking to escape her husband. This highly controversial drama is top billed by Kapuso versatile leading lady Kris Bernal and playing opposite her are versatile actors Rafael Rosell and Ryan Eigenmann. Impostora is under the direction of Albert Langitan with Denoy Punio as head writer and Anthony Pastorpide as the program manager.

GMA Drama unveils another original show using the elements of interview, dramatization, actual videos and photos with Case Solved. Kapuso Primetime King Dingdong Dantes is tapped to host this newest docu-drama as he presents to the viewers the know-hows of crime prevention. Under the helm of Direk Albert LangitanLoi Landicho is the head writer while Nini Matilac is the program manager.

GMA Network continues to offer all-out entertainment as it brings in new shows and adds flavour to its trademark programs.

Beginning January 15Sunday afternoons will never be the same as the Kapuso Network brings one-of-a-kind entertainment to its loyal viewers with an exciting and fun game show People vs. The Stars. Hosted by the delightful power couple Drew Arellano and Iya Villania, the program allows celebrities to play for a chance to win two hundred thousand pesos (P200, 000.00) via a variety of eight (8) mind-boggling questions with respective cash values. If the stars fail to answer any of the questions correctly, the question’s cash value will be given to the televiewers by answering the “People Question of the Week” through text. People vs. The Stars is directed by Rico Gutierrez.    

Celebrity Bluff, the multi-awarded comedy game show on Philippine television, returns to Filipino homes for a bigger and amazingly fun new season. This all-original game show will be hosted once again by award-winning game show host, comedienne and actress Eugene Domingo and award-winning actor and TV host Edu Manzano as the Master Bluffer. Celebrity Bluff promises to deliver wholesome fun, laughter and thought-provoking information for the whole family not as a weekly game show but a daily afternoon fare.

Full House Tonight is another pioneering weekly comedy-musical show top billed by Asia’s Songbird Regine Velasquez-Alcasid. The outrageously hilarious program unleashes a powerhouse ensemble of comedians, actors and musical artists all set to give Saturday nights a whole new experience beginning February 18. Full House Tonight showcases the sultry Solenn Heussaff, teen idols Miguel Tanfelix and Bianca Umali, all around performer Joross Gamboa and comedians Philip Lazaro, Nar Cabico, Tammy Brown, Terry Gian, Sarah Pagcaliwagan and Kim Idol

GMA Network's Heart of Asia will bring Korea's best drama series this 2017.
The Big One, which will air beginning January 23, is about two doctors trying to save Seoul from a natural disaster and Pretty Woman, a love story that stars Hwang Jung-eum, Park Seo-joon, Go Joon-hee, and Choi Siwon. Meanwhile, extra-terrestrial and supernatural teenagers will also take over the morning block, with adventure series Lightning Point and Wolfblood.

Kapuso viewers are in for a fantastic treat as GMA brings the blockbuster films to be aired on free TV. These include Jurassic WorldFurious 7American Sniper, Mad Max: Fury Road, San Andreas, MinionsImagine You & Me, and Enteng Kabisote and the Abangers.

Viewers can only expect better and more innovative programs from GMA Network with the other program launches to watch out for this year including I Heart DavaoD’OriginalsDaig Kayo Ng Lola Ko, Project Achieved, Lip Sync Battle Philippines Season 3 and Text Serye. (30).

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