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Oct. 10, 2010: Immigration Attorney Lou Tancinco Launches “Pusong Pinoy sa Amerika,” Season 5 on GMA Pinoy TV

Pusong Pinoy sa Amerika Season 5

Reaching Out to Filipinos with Immigration
Concerns Remains Heart and Soul of Show

Pusong Pinoy sa Amerika - Cast & Crew After a Hard Day at Work

SAN FRANCISCO, October 5, 2010 – Pusong Pinoy sa Amerika, the immigration show that has earned a wide following owing to its sensitive and heartfelt portrayal of concerns impacting the Filipino-American community and their relatives back home in the Philippines returns to its regular programming this Sunday, October 10.

Awaited with much anticipation from loyal viewers across the country, who now includes those who have been piqued by the show’s teasers and those who have heard of the new and improved show format, Pusong Pinoy sa Amerika Season 5 will mark the triumphant return, albeit for the fifth time, of multi-awarded lawyer Lourdes Santos Tancinco to the boob tube, and will usher in as well a new era of what an immigration show ought to be.

The excitement and buzz that is generating over by the show’s upcoming premiere this Sunday has all but buried the many aggravations and heartaches encountered by Tancinco in her pursuit to continue advocating for the immigrants’ cause through the television medium.

In 2007, Tancinco found herself without a network to carry her show. By some twist of fate, GMA Pinoy TV took a gamble on the feisty lawyer’s fledgling show, and soon after a partnership was born.

GMA Pinoy 7 Vice President for International Affairs Joseph Jerome T. Francia reserved the highest compliment for Tancinco when he described the lawyer as the network’s rising star during the show’s launch in September 23.

In his short remarks, Francia told the close circle of family, close friends and associates and a number of the community’s luminaries who gathered at the Bayanihan Center here to show their support to Tancinco, that in his sorties all over the United States to promote the network, Tancinco’s Pusong Pinoy sa Amerika has been one of the most watched programs, and that Tancinco is now one of their most recognizable talents among their stable of stars.

Not to be outdone, Senator Leland Yee, who also attended the launch, has proven to be one of the staunchest supporters fighting for Filipino-Americans’ rights and causes – whether it be for veterans’ benefits or protection of domestic violence victims – spoke glowingly of Tancinco as somebody who literally blossomed under his eyes.

While jokingly clarifying that “he is not that many years older” than Tancinco, Yee told the crowd that he watched Tancinco grow from the reserved young lawyer of years past to the confident and feisty advocate that she has become today.

Yee was among those who supported the show’s premier launch when its pilot show aired in 2006.

While not exactly departing from its goal to educate and inform viewers about their immigration issues and problems, Season 5 of Pusong Pinoy sa Amerika takes on a new challenge by adopting its theme of cultivating roots towards a sustainable immigrant community.

Along this light, the show dwells on family immigration primarily, and is committed to recognizing the many achievements that countless Filipinos who have displayed unprecedented success through sheer talent and hard work making them exemplary models of a generation that have been exposed to the ever growing contentious debate as to whether or not the influx of immigrants is beneficial to this country secondarily.

The immigrant community is at the crossroads, said Tancinco, in explaining how she and the crew behind Pusong Pinoy sa Amerika came up with the 13 episodes that comprise Season 5.

While the episodes of Season 4 dealt on fostering family reunification in general, Season 5 will dwell on the specifics to these processes, Tancinco said. Thus, viewers will be informed of the difficulties that many petitioners who are now undergoing visa processing for their relatives in executing Affidavits of Support amidst the recession and in a climate where unemployment, foreclosures and bankruptcies are rampant in Season 5’s pilot episode “My Petitioner, My Supporter.” Seeing the growing trend of permanent residents losing their green card as a consequence of “abandonment of residence,” Tancinco will attempt to help green card holders make informed decisions with the episode “Use It or Lose.” In the episode “In God We Trust,” Tancinco will attempt to showcase why fraud will not get those who are aspiring to enter the country as religious workers will not get them anywhere. Just because one sang in a church choir back home does not entitle that person the right to come here as a religious worker, she said.

Tancinco and her production team, headed by her executive producer Leonardo de Asis Jr., have devoted long hours in fine-tuning the episodes to make these more fun and exciting to the viewers by enlisting professional actors, including noted comedian Louella Albornoz and Los Angeles actor Josef Malonzo, in their mini-teledrama on the Visa 101 segment.

Season 5 will also see Tancinco hosting the show with a different co-host. Tancinco’s loss was the Quezon City government’s gain when long-time co-host Roderick Paulate of four seasons had to leave the show after winning a council seat. For Season 5, the co-host seat will be warmed up by a noted personality with many hats – singer, actor, director and entrepreneur Randy Santiago.

According to Tancinco, her co-host has hit the ground running. While acknowledging that not only his pedigree but also his sense of humor that have made her co-host a household name in the Philippines, Tancinco is not oblivious to the fact that her co-host came on board to be able to help out, which should be just the right boost that Tancinco needs. Add that to her network’s commitment of touching hearts and enriching lives, viewers can expect a winner with Tancinco’s Pusong Pinoy sa Amerika Season 5.

Written by: Milagros Wilfreda B. Roldan

Photo by: Kelly Kalagayan

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Oct. 10, 2010: GMA Pinoy TV’s Celebrity Chef, Ron Bilaro, of “Life…Pinoy Style” Runs Race To End Poverty

CELEBRITY CHEF RUNS RACE TO END POVERTY

Chicago, IL—Chicago-based, celebrity chef Ron Bilaro runs his first ever marathon on Sunday, October 10, 2010 for the benefit of Gawad Kalinga (meaning “to give care”), a global anti-poverty movement that was founded in the Philippines.

Bilaro, the host of the popular Fil-Am TV show, “Life…Pinoy Style,” which airs on Comcast and GMA Pinoy TV, is a long-time supporter of Gawad Kalinga. He has been preparing for the 26-mile Bank of America Chicago Marathon since March.

Running the marathon is not the first of Bilaro’s efforts to raise funds for the poor in his native country. In recent years, he has exhibited his culinary talent by preparing sumptuous dishes for private dinners benefiting the movement.

Born and raised in the Philippines, Bilaro has found success in the United States. He is one of the top graduates of the Le Cordon Bleu Program of The Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago (now called the Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts).

After schooling, he worked his way up in restaurants first as a line cook and then as pastry chef. He became sous chef to Art Smith, who was then Oprah Winfrey’s executive chef. This opened doors for him as a much sought-after event planner and personal chef to prominent corporate personalities in the windy city and the west coast.

For a couple of years, Bilaro was also a food columnist for the Chicago Tribune, and published his first recipe book in 2009, and is now working on his second.

While the Fil-Am chef prepares expensive meals for his affluent clientele, he remembers the less fortunate back in his homeland, where 45% of the population lives on less than two dollars a day.

“Not many people know about the Philippines or the Filipinos or the poverty that is plaguing the country. I want to be able to help get the message out and somehow make a difference,” Bilaro says.

Gawad Kalinga builds homes and sets up livelihood, nutrition, health, and other programs for the poor, not only in the Philippines but in other countries as well, including Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, and Cambodia.

To make a pledge in support of Chef Bilaro’s run, please go to: www.active.com/donate/GKHeroesRun2010/chefronforgk.

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Barry Picazo of Intramuros Restaurant Honors Pinoy Street Food With a 10-10-10 Festival

The first time I met Barry Picazo of Intramuros Restaurant, it was through Anthony Cruz Legarda of “Arkiteknik” fame who insisted on introducing both of us. Barry, a young retired financial wizard (at least, that’s what I thought of him) decided that his love for Filipino fusion cuisine was luring him to unexpected places, such as a Financial District “food court” on Third Street (about 25 steps away from Market Street) in San Francisco, California. His foodie experiment at that time was called “Mango Bay Cuisine.”

A few years later, Barry went on to help launch Patio Filipino Restaurant in San Bruno, California. It is well-known for its cozy ambience and Filipino-Spanish cuisine in a patio-like setting.

Then again, another restaurant concept that took advantage of multiple rooms and exponentially, more function room space, convinced this intrepid entrepreneur to take another leap of faith. Thus, a fine dining concept with banquet facilities named “Intramuros Restaurant” was born in South San Francisco, California.

I thought that Barry was quite innovative in using his social media techniques when it came to promoting Intramuros Restaurant. He would make me salivate with his short video clips on his Facebook wall about the lunch buffet specials, happy hour menus (It’s super-valued that I called them dinner menus!), Crab Feasts, Karaoke Nights, and lots of entertainment — from the classic to pop culture.

One of my friends once told me that Intramuros Restaurant is this decade’s version of the defunct Tito Rey’s Restaurant or the Mabuhay Gardens, where Filipinos and Filipino-friendly gourmands would gather to eat and make merry… and yes, especially to see who among their friends would drop in.

It’s all worth it, Barry! The late hours, the juggling of schedules, and aligning common purpose and vision with your business partners. I am so proud of your growth as a restaurateur (this is the foodie speaking!) because you have succeeded in making the Intramuros Restaurant an elegant “five-senses” delight that makes me proud to bring in my family and friends. I feel as if I’ve been a part of your growth… Yes, I still have some recipes to share but that will come during one of my visits (that is, if you can spare the time to foodie-chat).

Keep the Filipino cuisine coming! My cousin, Marisa Abad, was so happy that we took the time to enjoy your dining room (leisurely!) that she brought her friends there to celebrate someone’s 80th birthday party. Another classmate, Cynthia Bernaldez Gaabucayan, also brought her family there. So many friends are flocking to your sacred space in Filipino cuisine. Wait till I take my momblogger sister (aka a very popular food blogger in the Philippines with two blogs, Pinoy Food Blog and Food Photo Blog) to enjoy your exquisite culinary delights. I’m not saying anything to her. We’ll just go unannounced — and I will just have to see what my food blogger-sister has to say about the Intramuros Restaurant.

I’ll be coming back to this blog posting so I can update it.

Let’s ring in the TRIPLE 10 Celebration — on October 10, 2010 — or 10-10-10 — when Barry Picazo invites us to celebrate in style — where else? — at the Intramuros Restaurant in the San Francisco Bay Area. Bon appetit!

Pinoy Street Food Festival at Intramuros Restaurant, South San Francisco, California
Pinoy Street Food Festival at Intramuros Restaurant, South San Francisco, California

I’m also including one of your Crab Fest posters as a souvenir in my blog.

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For those of you who want to know how to cook Intramuros Restaurant’s Crispy Binagoongan over Grilled Eggplant, click here for the recipe.

Here’s Christina Dunham from Filipinas Magazine Online with Barry Picazo in an episode from the Filipinas Magazine Show on GMA Pinoy TV.

GMA Network, Inc. at NAMIC 2010 Honored with Two EMMA Awards for GMA Life TV UpSell Marketing Tactics

Congratulations to GMA Network, Inc.!

The National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC) honored the winners of its Excellence in Multi-Cultural Marketing Awards (EMMA) during the 24th Annual NAMIC Conference, which took place on September 14-15, 2010 at the Hilton New York in Manhattan as part of Diversity Week. The awards competition showcased marketing efforts targeting one or more cultural segments including, but not limited to African American, Asian and Hispanic markets.

Among the winners honored that night was GMA Network, Inc. (a.k.a. Global Media Arts Network, Incorporated). with two awards:

1. Direct Mail, Second Place – for its COMCAST GMA LIFE TV Upsell Marketing Tactic, GMA Network, Inc.

2. Print, Second Place – COMCAST GMA LIFE TV Upsell Marketing Tactic, GMA Network, Inc.

For Filipinos worldwide who know GMA Network, Inc. through GMA International (GMA Pinoy TV and GMA Life TV), GMA Network Inc.’s Corporate Purpose states: “We are the most respected, undisputed leader in the Philippine broadcast industry and the recognized media innovator and pacesetter in Asia.”

GMA Network, Inc. at NAMIC 2010 Honored with Two EMMA Awards

NAMIC 2010 - 2nd Place GMA Network Inc., Marketing Tactics Direct Mail, Comcast GMA Life TV Upsell Marketing Tactic DSC_1406 DSC_1411

The awards were received by Grace Labaguis, GMA Network, Inc./GMA International Marketing Consultant, East Coast USA. GMA Network, Inc.’s presence in North America is through GMA International, in cable and satellite, as GMA Pinoy TV and GMA Life TV.

NAMIC 2010 - 2nd Place GMA Network, Marketing Tactics Print, Comcast GMA Life TV Upsell Marketing Tactic DSC_1406

Complete details about this year’s awardees can be found here: NAMIC Announces Winners of the 2010 Excellence in Multi-Cultural Marketing Awards

The EMMA competition recognizes the cable industry’s commitment to maintaining best practices, while developing creative, strategic and innovative approaches to ethnic-targeted marketing. The competition is comprised of two award categories: Marketing Tactics and Case Studies/Campaign. Entries submitted within each category were judged within two divisions: Cable Companies/Distributors and Networks/Industry Suppliers. A judging panel of independent industry experts evaluated entries and selected all winners based on sound and innovative strategy, strength of execution against the strategy, evaluations of strategy, implementation and results. Deviating from the traditional “best of” competition method, each entry was judged against a standard of excellence and not against other entrants, resulting in the potential for zero to multiple winners in each category.

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VIDEOS, courtesy of Luis Pedron

GMA Network wins 2 EMMA Awards at NAMIC, Hilton NYC Sept 14, 2010 from Luis Pedron on Vimeo.

Grace Labaguis received the 2 EMMA Awards for GMA Network at NAMIC, at Hilton NYC, Sept 14, 2010 from Luis Pedron on Vimeo.

Grace Labaguis of GMA posing with Time Warner Cable awardees at the EMMA at NAMIC, Hilton, NYC Sept 14, 2010 from Luis Pedron on Vimeo.

EMMA 1st Place Winners at the NAMIC, Hilton Hotel NYC Sept 14, 2010 from Luis Pedron on Vimeo.

INFORMATION ABOUT GMA NETWORK, INC.

GMA Network Posts 24 Percent Hike in H1 Net Income to P1.689 Billion – August 2010

Sept. 18, 2010 on GMA Pinoy TV – LIVE in Anaheim, CA: Eat Bulaga! with Tito, Vic, & Joey

They’re coming to Southern California! For those who have grown up with “Eat Bulaga!” — the dynamic trio of Tito, Vic, and Joey have successfully reinvented themselves several times with many, many incarnations of beloved Pinoy pop culture and lifestyle tastes. For Americans of Filipino ancestry and “I love Pinoy!” supporters, this is one show you wouldn’t want to miss!

According to Wikipedia, Eat Bulaga is the longest-running show in Philippine television, running 31 years — and counting.

Eat Bulaga! Live in Anaheim, CA on Sept. 18, 2010
Eat Bulaga! Live in Anaheim, CA on Sept. 18, 2010

For Tickets: Contact numbers: 714 932 7532 or 626 374 4906

According to Charina Vergara Carrera: Island Pacific Supermarket proudly supports “Eat Bulaga, Live in Anaheim” on September 18. Tickets are available at all Island Pacific branches in Southern California.

From Wikipedia:

Eat Bulaga! is a noon-time variety show in the Philippines produced by the Television And Production Exponents Inc. (TAPE) and GMA Network’s block-timer. The show is broadcast from The New TAPE Studios (Eastside Studio) at the GMA Broadway Centrum in Quezon City. As of August 14, 2010, it has a total of 9,316 episodes since the day it started airing. Eat Bulaga! is aired Weekdays at 12:30PM to 3:00 PM (PST) and Saturdays at 12:00 nn to 3:00 pm (PST). The show also broadcasts worldwide through GMA Pinoy TV.

This 2010, the show is celebrating its 31st Year on Philippine Television. Eat Bulaga also holds the record of being the longest running show in Philippine Television.

From FilAmNation.com, I was able to get a clear copy of a commercial about the upcoming show from Lorraine Panlilio’s videos.