GMA celebrates 3 big fests this month

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GMA Network has an intriguing line up of drama series this quarter, and what better way to introduce these than by bringing its lead stars closer their supporters.


Gracing three of the country’s major festivals in January - Kalibo’s Ati-Atihan, Cebu’s Sinulog, and Ilo-ilo’s Dinagyang - are the brightest Kapuso artists from “The Borrowed Wife,” “Paraiso Ko’y Ikaw,” “Rhodora X,” and “Carmela.”

GMA, being the strategic media partner of the Municipality of Kalibo and Kalibo’s Sto. Niño Ati-Atihan Foundation, Inc. (KASAFI), mounts a week-long celebration of the Mother of All Philippine Festivals, dubbed “Ati-Atihan Festival: The Kapuso Ati-Atihan Festival Celebration, Fiesta Natin ‘to!”.

Last Jan. 10, it was “Carmela” lead actor Alden Richards together with Max Collins and hosts Mikael Daez and Bettina Carlos who took part in the Mutya Ng Lakan Grand Night at the ABL Sports Complex.

On Jan. 14, Kapuso Primetime King Dingdong Dantes took the stage of Kalibo’s Pastrana Park for a Kapuso Night. A decade-after reunion it was for three of “Starstruck’s” finest stars—Jennylyn Mercado, Mark Herras, and Yasmien Kurdi, as they joined the said affair together with “Rhodora X” co-star Mark Anthony Fernandez.

The following day, participating in the Pagdayaw kay Señor Sto. Niño “Sinaot sa Calle” Float Parade around the streets of Kalibo at 2 p.m. are Kapuso homegrown talents Thea Tolentino and Jeric Gonzales, together with Isabelle Daza, Andrea Torres, JC Tiuseco,and Pancho Magno. A sizzling Kapuso Hala Bira Dance Showdown follows at Magsaysay Park starting at 7 p.m. with Julian Trono.

On Jan. 19, the Network airs a live coverage of the pilgrims’ mass at the Kalibo Cathedral titled “Señor Santo Niño de Kalibo Pilgrims’” Mass nationwide, via all GMA Regional TV Stations beginning at 6 a.m.

Happening in Cebu meanwhile, is the Sinulog Festival. Kicking off the series of events are the back-to-back Kapuso Mall Shows on Jan. 17, featuring the well-loved pair of Kristoffer Martin and Kim Rodriguez from “Paraiso Ko’y Ikaw” and “The Borrowed Wife’s” Pauleen Luna, TJ Trinidad, Rafael Rosell, and Camille Prats happening at the open parking of the Gaisano Grand Fiesta Mall Tabunok at 2 p.m. and at The Terraces, Ayala Center at 5 p.m. Live portions of the latter air over local newscast “Balitang Bisdak.”

On Jan. 18, GMA’s Primetime Queen Marian Rivera fulfills her promise to the Cebuanos and comes back to celebrate with them once more in another back-to-back Kapuso Mall Show together with Alden. Also with the pair are Jennylyn, Mark, Yasmien, and Mark Anthony who dominate SM City Cebu’s Event Centre first at p.m., with live segments airing on “Startalk.” At 4 p.m., the “Carmela” stars move to Gaisano Island Mall Mactan for another round of amusing show.

Marian rises the next day to board the Kapuso float with Alden and tour the major streets of Cebu City from 9 a.m., with live updates broadcast over “Sunday All Stars.” Also participating in the float parade are Jennylyn, Mark, Yasmien, and Mark Anthony.

GMA RTV’s News and Public Affairs, at the same time, delivers its live coverage “Buena Mano Sinulog” airing from 7 a.m. to 12 noon and “Pit Senyor!” right after “Sunday All Stars” on the same day.

Over in Iloilo takes place the Dinagyang Festival. Adding vibrance to the annual fete is Dingdong, once again joined by Jennylyn, Mark, Yasmien, and Mark Anthony staging a mall show at Robinson’s Iloilo on Jan. 24 at 6 p.m. Set to to conquer the streets of Iloilo on Jan. 25 at 2 p.m. are stars from “The Borrowed Wife.” “Miss Saigon”-bound Rachelle Ann Go and “Adarna” lead star Geoff Eigenmann follow with another Kapuso Mall Show on Jan. 26, 6 p.m.at SM City Iloilo. On the same day, GMA offers a Kapuso Live Coverage of the annual Ati Tribe Competition hosted by Geoff and Isabelle.

Highlights of the Network’s participation in the Ati-Atihan, Sinulog, and Dinagyang Festivals will be seen in Let’s Fiesta TV Special which airs on Jan. 26, Feb. 2, and Feb. 9 respectively, via the Network’s regional stations in Bicol, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Dagupan, Ilocos, GenSan, Bacolod, and CDO. Manila Bulletin

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