ABS-CBN News unveils multi-platform coverage plans for President Aquino's last SONA

By MediaNewser.com Team | Sunday, July 26, 2015
ABS-CBN will bring the most comprehensive coverage of President Benigno Aquino III’s sixth and last State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday (July 27) with live, up-to-date reports on ABS-CBN, ANC, DZMM Radyo Patrol Sais Trenta, DZMM TeleRadyo, and abs-cbnNEWS.com.

ABS-CBN News’ team of reporters will monitor major developments at the Palace, Senate, House of Representatives, and various protests and demonstrations.

The ABS-CBN SONA special coverage will kick off at 3PM, anchored by Ted Failon and Lynda Jumilla for ABS-CBN, Tony Velasquez and Karmina Constantino for ANC, and Anthony Taberna and Gerry Baja for DZMM.

Full press release after the jump...

MNP Poll: Where will you be watching President Aquino's final State of the Nation Address?

By MediaNewser.com Team | Sunday, July 26, 2015

As the nation awaits to hear President Benigno Aquino's agenda in his final year as commander-in-chief, local TV networks are also gearing up for the coverage of Monday's State of the Nation Address.

ABS-CBN, TV5, GMA-7, PTV4, as well as the news channels: ANC, GMA News TV, AksyonTV and CNN Philippines, will air their respective coverage -- both on TV and online via their websites -- at around 3PM.

Pia Hontiveros and Jing Magsaysay to lead CNN Philippines' coverage of President Aquino's final SONA

By MediaNewser.com Team | Sunday, July 26, 2015
CNN Philippines brings you the special coverage of President Aquino’s last State-of-the-Nation Address on July 27. The SONA sets the agenda for the next president, in light of what the Aquino Administration has achieved and failed to do.

Anchor Jing Magsaysay leads the special coverage in the studio, featuring guest speakers who will discuss key points on honest governance, the economy, basic needs and services, foreign policies, and national security.

Chief correspondent Pia Hontiveros reports the freshest updates from the House of Representatives, and interviews legislators, heads of different delegations, and other political personalities.

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GMA-7 unveils coverage plans for PNoy's final State of the Nation Address

By MediaNewser.com Team | Saturday, July 25, 2015
This Monday, July 27, marks the last State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Aquino III. And the country’s most trusted news organization, GMA News and Public Affairs, gears up anew to bring to the public the most comprehensive coverage of the President's sixth and final SONA.

Anchored by news pillars Mel Tiangco and Mike Enriquez, GMA News’ SONA 2015 special coverage starts at 3pm with the live broadcast of the President’s address from Batasang Pambansa in Quezon City, as well as the latest occurrences in Commonwealth Avenue.

Highlights of the speech together with reactions from the representatives of different sectors of society, and situations in and out of the Congress air on GMA-7’s primetime newscast 24 Oras later in the evening.

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GMA News anchor Rhea Santos takes time off for voice rest

By MediaNewser.com Team | Saturday, July 18, 2015
Unang Hirit anchor Rhea Santos has announced on Friday that she would be taking some time off from work. "Officially on voice rest ��❤️ Will miss bantering with these ladies @susan_enriquez @conniesison," she posted on her Instagram account @msrheasantos.

The longtime co-anchor of the GMA-7 morning show and host of the top-rating Tunay Na Buhay will be taking a break to recuperate her voice. "My voice doctor saw a nodule in my vocal chord," she shared on another post. "Either I rest my voice for several weeks and take meds or undergo surgery."

Nodule or vocal cord nodules are "calluses of the vocal fold developed from strenuous voice use" according to the Osborne Head and Neck Institute. It adds: "Vocal nodules are commonly associated with a constellation of symptoms including, progressively worsening hoarseness, breathiness, rough or scratchy voice, or decreased pitch range."

Bloomberg TV Philippines to officially debut in September: Will you be watching?

By MediaNewser.com Team | Tuesday, July 14, 2015
When AksyonTV was launched in 2011, many expected that it would change the way we consume the news. Billed as the country's first news channel on free television, AksyonTV was devised as an alternative to longtime leader, the ABS-CBN News Channel, with programs ranging from documentaries, newscasts, infotainment shows, and many others.

But bad management would ruin what was once a promising venture for the MVP Group. Critically acclaimed newscasts like Balitang 60 and Andar Ng Mga Balita were cancelled, while special broadcasts like the senate hearings and inquiries were all set aside to give way to sports coverages.

As it stands, AksyonTV has only met failure. Not only did it fail to compete with ANC, but it was also outperformed by GMA NewsTV, GMA-7's sister station which was launched the same time in 2011.

The channel also failed to live up to some reasonable expectations, and not to mention, failed to do what it was supposed to do -- to break the news and do more news.

Bloomberg TV Philippines: 4 things we have learned so far

By MediaNewser.com Team | Monday, July 13, 2015
In case your cave doesn't have TV5, the perennial third place ranking network has officially announced the premiere date for Bloomberg TV Philippines, its new sister station in partnership with CignalTV.

Set for a soft launch tomorrow (July 14), Bloomberg TV Philippines will showcase some of TV5's talents, as well as new faces recruited by channel head Twink Macaraig and company.

In an interview, TV5 CEO and President Noel Lorenzana said the upcoming launch could not come at a better time. "Philippine economy is one of the fastest economies in the world. Filipinos, per se, are very business savvy... and extremely interested in the world of business and finance, so there is no better time," he said.

'My Puhunan' returns to ABS-CBN

By MediaNewser.com Team | Monday, July 06, 2015
“My Puhunan,” anchored by multi-awarded broadcast journalist Karen Davila, is back in business to help ordinary Filipinos jumpstart their entrepreneurial career and success beginning tomorrow (July 7) on ABS-CBN.

For the program’s pilot offering, Karen brings together two moms who would do everything for their children.

Meet Rhodora ‘Bong’ Topacio who now has to take care of her six children after being abandoned by her four husbands. A single mother, Bong admits she finds it hard to focus on taking care of her kids. The only solution she sees is putting up her own business to provide for her family.

If someone completely understands Bong, it would have to be Mylene Lagumen, also a single mother who is known in Marikina for her banana cake and ensaymada. Just like Bong, Mylene married a man who got addicted to drugs and even physically abused her. After having separated from her husband, Mylene started baking pastries in her own garage with only a capital of P1,000 and has since made money out of it.

Full press release after the jump...

‘TFC Connect’ and ‘Balitang Global’ celebrate years of keeping OFWs close to home

By MediaNewser.com Team | Sunday, July 05, 2015
Two of The Filipino Channel’s (TFC) exclusive programs, “TFC Connect” and “Balitang Global: Middle East and Europe Edition,” continue to connect worldwide Kapamilyas worldwide to home as they celebrated their eighth and first year anniversary, respectively, last month. 

“TFC Connect” has been an indispensable companion of overseas Filipinos (OFs) two years shy of a decade in updating them with the latest events in the continents where they are and from the Philippines.  Hosted by actress-host Dimples Romana, “TFC Connect” is a five-minute exclusive program featuring different interactive segments connecting the Filipinos worldwide to their families here in the Philippines as summed up by their tagline, “Close tayo sa TFC Connect.”  

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