GMA Network’s “Indio” debuts strongly in Mega Manila!

GMA’s newest epic serye, “Indio”, kicked-off its pilot episode last night, January 14 with high ratings.

Based on the Mega Manila overnight ratings gathered by the more widely recognized TV ratings supplier, Nielsen TV Audience Measurement, “Indio” marked a household rating of 29.3% and ruled over its counterpart program Princess and I which only garnered 23.1%.

“Indio”’s first episode also became a trending topic in the Philippines in the micro-blogging site Twitter with the hashtag #IndioGMA.

Don’t miss the most talked about and exciting episodes of “Indio” after 24 Oras on GMA’s undisputed Telebabad block.

The most expensive TV drama “Indio” premieres tonight!

The grand production features the Philippines’ most respected and bankable stars, topbilled by Bong Revilla, Jr. as Malaya/Simeon/Indio. The award-winning actor marks his first primetime drama project via the network’s most expensive television drama to date.


As Senator Bong Revilla Jr. shares, “Malaki ang utang na loob ko sa GMA na ako ay binigyan ng ganito kalaking proyekto para i-alay sa ating mga taga-hanga.  Pinagpaguran ng lahat ng mga tao sa harap at likod ng camera, para mabigyan kayo ng isang bago at napakagandang pagkakalibangan simula sa January 14.  Ang Indio ay isang pagbubunyi sa pagiging marangal ng bawat Pilipino, isang pagkilala sa mga magagandang katangian natin bilang isang lahi mula pa noon hanggang ngayon.”

Though staged in pre-colonial setting, the value of Indio’s beautiful story traverses through generations, as its theme of earning dignity through selfless sacrifice for loved ones resonates strongly even for audiences of today.

In the series, the battle of goddess Ynaguiguinid against the colonizers continues as she also fights for the life of her son. Before Ynaguiguinid cast her last breath, she finally passed her supernatural powers to her son.

Witness the action-packed saga of a warrior as Indio unfolds on Philippine television.

The Philippines’ brightest stars come together to make this series remarkable: The Sanreals: Jennylyn Mercado as Esperanza Sanreal; Jackie Lou Blanco as Victoria Sanreal; Ramon Cristopher as Don Antonio Sanreal and Michael de Mesa as Juancho Sanreal
Adding enchantment to the series are the gods and goddesses: Rhian Ramos as Dian Magayon; Sarah Lahbati as YnaGuiguinid; Sam Pinto as Lidagat; Rachelle Anne Go as Libulan, Ehra Madrigal as Lihanghin; Ellen Adarna as Dalikmata; Paolo Paraiso  as Adlaw; Will Devaughn  as Barangaw; Steven Silva  as Ribung Kilat, Kyle Jimenez  as Santonillo and Solenn Heussaff as Lalahon.

Spicing up Indio’s life are: Taga-Ilaya which composes of Jomari Yllana as Tarong; Agot Isidro as Linang; Ronnie Lazaro as Waray Lupig; Sheena Halili as Mayang, Daria Ramirez as old Linang and Dante Rivero as old Tarong with Taga-Ilawod’s Melissa Mendez as Alicia; Vaness del Moral as Elena; Pekto as Pedro; John Feir as Juaning; Marco Alcaraz as Javier, Ping Medina as Diego and Robert Arevalo as Cosme.

Portraying very special roles in the series are Maxene Magalona as Rosa; Bea Binene as the teen Rosa; Jillian Ward as the young Rosa; Alden Richards as Malaya/Simeon; Luis Alandy as Hangaway (Father of Malaya/Simeon); Bobby Andrews and Chinggoy Alonzo as Hernando; Lucho Ayala as the young Juancho; Carlos Morales as Mariano Sebastian; Princess Snell as the young Victoria Winwyn Marquez as Maria; Jon Achaval as Frayle Jacobe and Mark Gil as Miguel Lopez de Legazpi.

With the production team’s dedication to its craft together with the guidance of historians from the University of the Philippines Dr. Vic Villan and Dr. Rolando Borrinaga, production designer Rodel Cruz and musical scorer Von de Guzman, Indio will be primetime’s most valuable offering.

INDIO, is created by the GMA Drama group, headed by Lilybeth G. Rasonable, Officer-in-charge for Entertainment; Ma. Regina Magno, AVP for Drama; Camille Hermoso, Program Manager and Meann Regala, Executive Producer.

From the creative engineering of Suzette Doctolero, with the supervision of Jake Tordesillas and Jun Lana and under the helm of director Dondon Santos.

INDIO premieres tonight, January 14,  on GMA’s stronger and bigger Telebabad block.

GMA Network Releases Most Comprehensive Statement on Issues Raised by Sarah Lahbati!

GMA Network addresses all issues raised by Sarah Lahbati – starting from her posts in the social networking and microblogging site Twitter, which were eventually picked-up by the press.


The Network maintains its stand that Sarah Lahbati violated her contract, as follows:

“Sarah Lahbati’s Artist Management Contract with GMA Network is effective until February 21, 2015. There is no provision for leave of absence in said contract. Any leave is subject to prior agreement between the Network and Sarah. Therefore, Sarah’s unilateral decision to go on leave, despite its earlier disapproval by the Network, is a violation of her contract with the Network. Further, her declared trip to Switzerland for an indefinite period, without the prior consent and approval of the Network, will be an additional violation of her contract.”

“Despite the rejection of her leave, she ceased to honor her commitments with the Network including her being part of the Network’s Sunday variety show Party Pilipinas. Under the provisions of her contract with the Network, specifically Paragraphs 1.3 and 1.4, it is clearly stated that the ‘artist shall perform the role and appear in the television programs, projects and events assigned to her, and conscientiously fulfill faithfully and promptly any and all engagements/booking contracted to her by GMA.’”

Sarah asked to be released from her contract with GMA Artist Center (GMAAC).

It must be clarified that GMAAC has no legal personality apart from the Network, and that Sarah’s contract is with GMA Network and not with GMAAC. In the same way that a contract requires the mutual consent of the two parties, there cannot also be a unilateral cancellation of the contract by Sarah alone.

For any violation of her contract with GMA, Paragraph 5.2 states that “In the event of violation by artist… GMA may, in addition to and without prejudice to any other remedy, recover liquidated damages from artist in the amount equivalent to double artist’s minimum guarantee.”

Regarding the issue of the supposed referral by some Network executives to ICONS Management, the Network reiterates its earlier statement that it did not authorize the co-management contract with ICONS Management. Concrete actions have been taken and penalties have been imposed on the executives who were found liable.

The Network found no proof of her allegation that there was an “under the table” deal between GMAAC and ICONS Management. The Network has a policy of prohibiting and penalizing any such “under the table” deal between any of its executives and employees and others dealing with the Network. This policy is strictly enforced and implemented.

If Sarah can prove later her accusation against ICONS and GMAAC, the Network will not only stop dealing with ICONS but will also penalize those who are guilty of such anomaly.

Sarah also mentioned that non-ICONS talents like her are treated unfairly. The Network’s substantial investment in her easily belies this. On top of her being a home-grown exclusive talent of GMA, whom the Network developed, trained and promoted, she is also one of the Network’s priority stars.

GMA artists like Marian Rivera, Dingdong Dantes, Heart Evangelista, Jennylyn Mercado, and other bigger stars than Sarah who are also non-ICONS talents are not complaining about the treatment they are getting from the Network.

Interestingly, it was after the Network required Sarah to cancel her illegal co-management contract with Royal Era Entertainment & Artist Management of Annabelle Rama, the mother of Sarah’s current boyfriend, Richard Gutierrez, that she unilaterally declared her going on a one-month leave of absence and started to complain about GMAAC. The co-management contract violated the exclusive terms of Sarah’s contract with the Network. GMA Network would have had no choice but to sue Sarah and Royal Era Entertainment for the said breach had they refused to rescind said co-management contract.

Sarah also tweeted that GMA has yet to pay her for the movie “Basement.” “I don’t owe GMA any money, in fact they still owe me. I finished filming a movie called Basement under GMA films, we started around August-early sept… until now I still haven’t been paid not even a down payment. My mother asked my handler many times regarding the payment and until now there is no reply,” tweets Sarah.

It was made clear to Sarah at the onset that her talent fee will be disbursed after she completes filming. The contract was sent to her in mid-October but she was on vacation and the signed contract was returned to GMA Films only on December 14, 2012. But given the Network’s year-end cut-off for payment processing, requests received after December 10 will only be paid on January 11, 2013. As a special concession, however, the check was made available on January 4, 2013. The delay in the processing of her payment can only be attributed to Sarah because she did not immediately return the signed contract to GMA Films.

Sarah also accused GMA of making a one sided story about what’s happening.

There is absolutely no truth to this. HOT TV, thru its researcher Malou Santiago, contacted Sarah’s handler,Monica Carla Sevillano, who, in turn, coordinated with Sarah to get her side before the story was aired. Unfortunately, HOT TV did not receive any response from Sarah.

GMA Network has concluded its investigation on Sarah’s walk-out incident in the taping of the Network’s new primetime program “Indio.”

Based on the said investigation, Sarah, without any justifiable reason and following only the instructions ofAnnabelle Rama – whom she had illegally signed up then as her co-manager – walked out of the November 9 taping of “Indio” in Morong Park, Subic, Olongapo City.

In her earlier tweets, Sarah mentioned that “GMA Artist Center decided to book me for opening of EAT BULAGA the following day which required me to be in the studio at 8am to do hair, make-up and rehearse the production number. I never walked out, I told the producers and p.a that I need to go because I still had to travel back to Manila from Subic and be at Eat Bulaga studio by 8AM… I did not leave the set, I waited for the producers to say that I can leave… I had permission to leave. This is the complete truth.”

Upon investigation, however, it was found that GMAAC was not aware of any early morning booking on November 10. As confirmed by its records, the only schedule GMAAC had for Sarah on that day was a technical rehearsal for Party Pilipinas set at 4pm. Further, it was on November 24 – two weeks after the walk-out incident – when she finally appeared in “Eat Bulaga.”

Also based on the Network’s investigation, the production team of “Indio” did not give Sarah the permission to leave early. Contrary to what she mentioned in her tweets, they persuaded her to stay and finish her scenes but to no avail. As a result, the production team was forced to pack up the taping and incur substantial, additional and unnecessary costs.

The Network has endorsed the matter to Belo, Gozon, Elma, Parel, Asuncion and Lucila (BGE Law) for the filing of a complaint against Sarah so that the court may determine who between the parties is correct, telling the truth or lying.

After the complaint is filed in court, the Network will no longer publicly comment on the case except through pleadings filed in court, in compliance with the rule on “sub-judice”, to avoid influencing the decision the court may render on the case.

Pushing drama beyond limits in ‘Makapiling Kang Muli’ starts June 4!

What if the person you love is in love with someone else?  Will it be worth fighting for?

This June 4, GMA Network raises the bar in Primetime television anew with the premiere of its newest teledrama, Makapiling Kang Muli.  Featuring a riveting story about love, family, and dreams, this Kapuso prime time offering is set to captivate viewers with its well-crafted storyline, unparalleled production values, and a drama beyond limits.
On Monday, the much awaited comeback of Kapuso leading man Richard Gutierrez on Primetime Television happens via GMA’s Makapiling Kang Muli.
We started to love her in Rosalinda and will love her even more as Carla Abellana portrays the role of Leilani Angeles in the highly anticipated project.
Richard and Carla, two of the biggest stars today, unite in one big project.  A new love team that the viewers will surely love.
Playing an equally important roles in the series are Sarah Lahbati as Graciela Montes and Mark Anthony Fernandez as Louie Valencia.
In the story, a friendship blossoms between Martin and Leilani which eventually becomes a secret love for one another.  Destiny plays a trick on them when a tragic accident happens at the ranch, which causes the death of a number of people including Leilani’s father.  Leilani puts the blame on Martin’s shoulder and she leaves the ranch to forget the miserable experience that happened to her family.
Martin, on the other hand, feels the pain of his good friend leaving.  During his hardest times, he meets Graciela – the girlfriend of his boss, Raffy – and a secret love affair starts to flourish.  What if Raffy finds out that there is a blossoming relationship between Graciela and Martin?
As for Martin and Leilani, will their love for each other be able to rekindle the tie between them after their painful past?  And will they be given another chance to pursue their love for one another?
GMA’s Prime leading man Richard Gutierrez shares his gratefulness on doing the much awaited teledrama.  “This is one of the biggest milestones in my career.  I’m thankful to be part of this project.  It’s a very well written script.  It’s something new for me and for the audience.  Kaya naman sobra naming pinaghandaan ito.  We even underwent trainings and workshops before shooting Makapiling Kang Muli.”
Meanwhile, Carla Abellana gets more excited as she embarks on a major project after renewing her contract with GMA. “I’m blessed. It’s my first time to be working with Richard and some of the most respected stars in the industry. That’s why I made sure that my acting will be at par with my co-actors. Viewers should look forward to this project.”
Making this primetime drama even grander are Ms. Gloria Romero in her first vicious role as Señora Soledad Silvestre, Robert Arevalo as Florentino Caballero, Philip Salvador as Amadeo Perez, Mark Gil as Roman Valencia, and Rio Locsin as Mara Valencia.  Completing the powerhouse cast are TJ Trinidad as Javier Lagdameo, John Lapus as George, Paolo Paraiso as Bodjie, Dominic Roco as Wesley, Benedict Campos as Kieffer, Rocky Gutierrez as Brando, and introducing Janine Gutierrez as Lynley Angeles.
With the special participation of Jennylyn Mercado (as young Mara Valencia), Gabby Eigenmann (as young Roman Valencia), and James Blanco (as young batang Emilio).
Under the helm of of award-winning actor/director Ricky Davao, witness as love, action, and drama unravel on Makapiling Kang Muli starting June 4, Monday to Friday, after Luna Blanca on GMA-7.  It will be seen worldwide on GMA Pinoy TV beginning June 6.
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