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    GMA News TV brings back full line-up of newscasts

    Leading local news channel GMA News TV beefs up its programming line-up as topnotch newscasts “Balitanghali,” “Quick Response Team (QRT),” “State of the Nation with Jessica Soho (SONA),” and “Stand for Truth” return on air beginning this Monday, September 21.

    Connie Sison and Raffy Tima bring viewers the day’s news and updates from Monday to Friday via the midday newscast “Balitanghali.”

    Emil Sumangil reports news straight from the field via on-the-scene newscast “Quick Response Team (QRT)” weekdays at 3:30 p.m.

    GMA Network’s flagship newscast “24 Oras” continues to simulcast on GMA News TV from Monday to Friday at 6:30 p.m. “24 Oras” is anchored by GMA news pillars Mel Tiangco, Mike Enriquez, and Vicky Morales. Viewers can catch the simulcast of “24 Oras Weekend” anchored by Pia Arcangel and Ivan Mayrina at 6:15 p.m. on Saturdays and at 6:05 p.m. on Sundays.

    Making the much-awaited comeback as well at 10 p.m. is GMA News TV’s flagship newscast “State of the Nation (SONA)” anchored by GMA news pillar Jessica Soho. Over the years, SONA has been considered as the nightly news authority by providing depth and context to the headlines.

    Giving viewers access to local news that matters is GMA Regional TV Strip airing weeknights at 11 p.m. Every Monday, catch the North Central Luzon newscast “GMA Regional TV Balitang Amianan.” Central and Eastern Visayas’ “GMA Regional TV Balitang Bisdak” follows every Tuesday. Delivering the latest news and information during Wednesday is unified Hiligaynon newscast “GMA Regional TV One Western Visayas.” Unified local newscast “GMA Regional TV One Mindanao” airs every Thursday, while the replay of “GMA Regional TV Live!” rounds off the line-up every Friday.

    Also returning on air at 11:35 p.m. is pioneering mobile journalism newscast “Stand for Truth” anchored by Atom Araullo with Richard Heydarian and mobile journalists Nico Waje, MJ Geronimo, Jairo Bolledo, Manal Sugadol, Shai Lagarde, Izzy Lee, and Jm Encinas. Stand for Truth continues to air online every night at 9 p.m.

    Meanwhile, GMA Network’s flagship AM radio station Super Radyo DZBB 594 kHz continues to air newscasts and programs via Dobol B Sa News TV Mondays to Fridays beginning 5:30 a.m. and weekends at 6 a.m.

    On Saturdays, “GMA Regional TV Weekend News” airs the latest news from all over the Philippines at 5 p.m.

    GMA News TV gives viewers more reasons to stay glued to their television with fresh episodes from its roster of award-winning documentaries and entertaining shows.

    On weekdays, catch back-to-back afternoon entertainment with “Legend of Fuyao” at 1 p.m. and “Siesta Fiesta Movies” at 1:30 p.m. Spreading kilig every night is the hit Korean rom-com series “My Absolute Boyfriend” at 8:30 p.m.

    Surviving the new normal continues with “New Normal: The Survival Guide” at 9:15 p.m. Airing every Monday is “Newsmakers” hosted by Winnie Monsod, followed by “Bright Side” on Tuesdays with Kara David. Susan Enriquez takes the Wednesday slot with “Pera Paraan,” while Tonipet Gaba and Rovilson Fernandez join forces for “Home Work” on Thursdays. Rounding off the week is Drew Arellano in “Family Time” every Friday.

    At 10:30 p.m., Power Block features GMA Public Affairs’ highly-acclaimed documentary programs. Catch “Front Row” every Monday, “Alisto” on Tuesday, “Tunay na Buhay” on Wednesday, “Reporter’s Notebook” every Thursday, and “I-Witness” on Friday.

    Meanwhile, following the simulcast airing of 24 Oras Weekend is “Saturday Cinema Hits” at 7 p.m. while airing more fresh episodes is investigative news magazine program “Brigada” at 8:45 p.m.

    Lifestyle show “Taste Buddies” dishes out its memorable episodes at 9:30 p.m. to be followed by “Turbo Zone, “In Touch with Dr. Charles Stanley” and “Legend of Paranormal Story.”

    On Sundays, viewers can catch “I Juander,” followed by replay episodes of “Idol sa Kusina” and “Glow Up” after the simulcast of “24 Oras Weekend.”

    Rounding off the Sunday evening line-up are “Cata,” “Aladdin (You Would’ve Heard the Name),” “U Prince,” and “Legend of Paranormal Story.”

    Catch the new and exciting line-up of GMA News TV beginning this Monday, September 21.

    Alden, Ruru inspire cancer warriors on Bright Side

    This Tuesday (Sept. 22), Asia’s Multimedia Star Alden Richards and Kapuso hunk Ruru Madrid inspire cancer warriors on GMA News TV’s Bright Side, airing on its new timeslot at 9:15 p.m.

    Alden is known to have a soft spot for children with cancer. Even during lockdown, he tried finding means to reach out to these children to bring them joy and hope. Like Alden, Ruru also considers cancer warriors close to his heart because his grandmother has colon cancer. “Bright Side” also meets cancer warriors who, instead of giving up, even make it a point to inspire and help others.

    Meanwhile in Batanes, which remains COVID-free until now, it is said that there is a vaccine against the virus — discipline and bayanihan. The province closed its border to tourists as early as February and the Ivatans themselves help each other so that everyone has food and livelihood. They came up with a project called “Walang Sayang” where farmers are supported so that their harvest do not go to waste. They also have Quarantine Resorts to accommodate those who got stranded in the province.

    Aside from Batanes, Balangkayan in Eastern Samar also remains COVID-free. With rich marine resources, Balangkayan’s abundant sea produce keeps its residents secure in terms of food and livelihood. Discipline and bayanihan also help them keep the virus away.

    And in “Good Eats,” COVID-19 survivor Donita Nose joins host Kara David in a cooking face-off featuring Pork Talong Binagoongan.

    ABS-CBN’s Covid-19 response wins a Stevie

    The international community has recognized ABS-CBN’s swift and compassionate initiatives to help Filipinos during the COVID-19 pandemic despite uncertainties over the renewal of its legislative franchise.

    The network won a Silver Stevie for Most Valuable Corporate Response at the 17th International Business Awards (IBA), which will have its virtual awarding on December.

    The judges commended the Kapamilya network’s various response strategies to serve Filipinos when the COVID-19 crisis hit the country.

    “ABS-CBN nobly answered the call to respond to the pandemic through a variety of impactful initiatives. The network’s dedication to their community is noteworthy,” said one judge.

    “This entry is astounding due to the fact that ABS-CBN invested in assistance where needed whilst continuing to employ and to operate as a vital news channel,” another judge commented.

    With about 70 million Filipinos watching its programs on TV, ABS-CBN kept Filipinos updated on the pandemic through its newscasts and entertained Filipinos with its inspiring entertainment programs on multiple media platforms. Its Ligtas Pilipinas sa COVID-19 information campaign, meanwhile, helped the government educate citizens about COVID-19.

    Another effort that made a huge difference is ABS-CBN and ABS-CBN Foundation’s Pantawid ng Pag-ibig fundraising campaign in cooperation with local governments and the private sector. The network donated P50 million as seed money to the cause that has raised over P448 million cash and in-kind donations as of August 14 and has delivered food and basic necessities to over 880,000 families affected by the community quarantine.

    Part of this effort was a groundbreaking digital concert featuring more than 100 celebrities from ABS-CBN that received 3.7 million views on Facebook, YouTube, and on ABS-CBN streaming services iWant and TFC.tv.

    While it has gone the extra mile to look after the welfare of the Filipino people, ABS-CBN also ensured the well-being of its staff, crew, artists, and audiences by implementing safety protocols and work-from-home schemes while also continuing to pay salaries and numerous benefits to help them cope with the pandemic.

    IBA or the Stevie Awards is considered as the world’s premiere business awards that confers recognition for achievement and impactful contributions of companies worldwide. This year’s competition attracted over 3,800 nominations from 63 countries.

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