ABS-CBN News Channel to launch new docuseries 'Local Legends'

By Media Newser Philippines | Thursday, September 21, 2017
ANC, the ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC) continues to bring the spotlight to Filipino culture and heritage with the launch of the documentary series "Local Legends" on Friday (September 22) at 8:30 pm.

Produced by the ABS-CBN News Docucentral, "Local Legends" aims to promote a deeper sense of pride in our country’s heritage through showcasing Filipino craftsmanship and artistry in music, food, and textiles. Each episode features a homegrown Filipino product and the master craftsmen who continue to make them to this day to preserve a tradition that has been passed on to many generations.

ABS-CBN News head and ANC managing director Ging Reyes said that through the program, they hope Filipinos will have a newfound appreciation for the “living legends” in our cultural communities.

Full press release after the jump...

Jam Sisante receives death threat after reporting on Sen. Trillanes' non-existent bank account

By Media Newser Philippines | Wednesday, September 20, 2017
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GMA News reporter Jam Sisante received a death threat after reporting on Sen. Antonio Trillanes' non-existent bank account in Singapore.

As narrated by Ivan Mayrina on his Facebook account, which has since been reposted by his network colleagues, Sisante received a threat shortly after the airing of her televised report on 24 Oras.

"So my friend and colleague Jam Sisante covered Senator Trillanes in Singapore and reported the news about the non-existence of his supposed accounts in a bank there. Shortly after her report aired over 24 Oras, she received a nasty message. Magkano daw ba ang binayad sa kanya? Ingat daw siya at baka matagpuan na lang siya na nakasilid sa sako," Mayrina wrote.

Erwin Tulfo joins PTV4 full-time; named new anchor of 'Ulat Bayan'

By Media Newser Philippines | Sunday, September 17, 2017
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Radio commentator and broadcaster Erwin Tulfo has joined People's Television Network in a full-time capacity.

The former Aksyon anchor, who has been co-hosting PTV4's public service program Kilos Pronto since May, has been named new anchor of Ulat Bayan, the network's flagship evening newscast.

Beginning Monday, September 18, Tulfo will take over the 6PM anchoring duties alongside Daily Info's Diane Querrer.

The newscast's original anchors, Aljo Bendijo and Cathy Vital, will remain with the state-run TV network and will anchor the news in an earlier shift.

GMA Public Affairs' Martial Law special to air this Sunday

By Media Newser Philippines | Saturday, September 16, 2017
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On Sunday, (September 17), Kapuso actor Alden Richards takes on his boldest portrayal yet as he depicts the life story of Martial Law activist and award-winning screenwriter Bonifacio Ilagan in GMA Public Affairs’ Alaala: A Martial Law Special.

Around 70,000 people were imprisoned; 34,000 were tortured; 3,240 were killed; and 884 disappeared involuntarily, from which 612 are still missing — more than four decades after former President Ferdinand Marcos declared Martial Law, human rights victims still cry for justice. And those who survived these dark years urge Filipinos to “Never forget.”

On the 45th anniversary of President Marcos’ declaration of Martial Law, GMA offers a special documentary that follows the journey of Boni Ilagan. Named after national hero Andres Bonifacio, Boni takes viewers to his experience from his days as an idealistic youth, upon the declaration of Martial Law and his eventual capture and torture under the hands of the Philippine Constabulary.

Full press release after the jump...

First on MNP: Atom Araullo leaving ABS-CBN to join GMA-7

By Media Newser Philippines | Friday, September 15, 2017
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As reported by ABS-CBN News Online, longtime Kapamilya host Atom Araullo is leaving the network.

In a statement released by ABS-CBN, Araullo said: "Working with ABS-CBN for over a decade has been an amazing adventure. However, the time has come to explore emerging opportunities and challenges beyond the organization."

"Although I am taking a new path, I have nothing but respect and gratitude for the company that helped me become the journalist I am today," he added.

Araullo has been a talent for ABS-CBN for more than a decade. Aside from co-hosting its morning show, Umagang Kay Ganda, he has also head up programs such as Red Alert and Hiwaga. He has also written and hosted documentaries for ANC, including the award-winning Warmer, which took home a bronze medal and a UNDPI silver award at the 2017 New York Festivals “World’s Best TV and Films” competition.

Paolo Duterte makes sexist comment about Karen Davila

By Media Newser Philippines | Wednesday, September 13, 2017
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Presidential son and Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte made a rather sexist comment about ABS-CBN News anchor Karen Davila.

In a press conference right after the State of the City Address (SOCA) of his sister, Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, on Tuesday, the younger Duterte said in local dialect: "I urge Ms. Karen Davila na ipakita ko 'yung aking tattoo pero kami lang dalawa sa kwarto sa hotel.”

Davila posed a challenge two weeks ago to the younger Duterte to appear in the Senate Blue Ribbon Committee's hearing on the P6.4 billion shabu shipment from China.

"Ang point ko eto lang: Bakit kung ordinaryong indibidwal kailangang sumipot sa Senado? Bakit po kayo hindi pwede? I'm sorry, vice mayor kayo. You're an elected official. What spares you and not everybody else?" Davila said on her DZMM show.

Gordon and Trillanes hit the morning talk show circuit

By Media Newser Philippines | Wednesday, September 13, 2017
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Discussing a range of issues, including his feud with Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, Sen. Richard Gordon made his live TV guesting on ANC's Headstart Tuesday.

Asked what he hopes to come out of the ethics complaint he filed against Trillanes, Gordon told host Karen Davila that he wants him expelled from the Senate.

"I don’t think he belongs in the Senate. His behavior is really out of line," he said. "You don’t call people names. You don’t insult your teammates."

'Balitang America' among awardees at the 2017 NAM California Ethnic Media Awards

By Media Newser Philippines | Tuesday, September 12, 2017
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ABS-CBN International The Filipino Channel’s (TFC) daily news show, BA (Balitang America) will join 11 other first place winners and 13 merit recipients at the 2017 New America Media (NAM) California Ethnic Media Awards in a Gala Ceremony to be held on September 19 at the PG&E Auditorium in San Francisco.

BA, which is marking its 15th anniversary, was chosen winner in the Outstanding Coverage of Voter Engagement category for its Election Day 2016 newscast and its special called, “The Fil-Am Vote”.

BA Executive Producer Troy Espera said, “The team’s efforts in 2016 resulted in BA’s most comprehensive election reportage ever. Throughout the entire roller coaster ride of the presidential race, BA kept the pulse of Fil-Am voters and showed what an engaged Filipino community looks like.”

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CNN Philippines issues statement on Sen. Trillanes' claim on Ben Tesiorna

By Media Newser Philippines | Monday, September 11, 2017
CNN Philippines has just issued an official statement clarifying that Ben Tesiorna, one of the names mentioned by Senator Antonio Trillanes IV as propagator of fake news, is not a network employee.

"Ben Tesiorna is not an employee of CNN Philippines. He was a contributor whose stories were used by CNN Philippines on occasion," the network said.

Trillanes in a press conference Monday said that he will file libel cases against Tesiorna, who runs the Facebook page Davao Breaking News, PCO ASec Mocha Uson, and radio commentator Erwin Tulfo for spreading fake news about his alleged offshore bank accounts.

CNN Philippines' motoring program 'The Service Road' moves to primetime

By Media Newser Philippines | Friday, September 08, 2017
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CNN Philippines' motoring program The Service Road has been condensed to a single day and will now be seen every Friday, beginning September 8.

The 30-minute public service program, hosted by popular automotive journalist and New Day co-host James Deakin, will also be airing on its new primetime slot at 9:30PM, following CNN Philippines Newsroom.

The Service Road first aired in September 2016 as a program dedicated to Filipino motorists and commuters who want to be in the know.

Aside from tackling transport issues — the Anti-Distracted Driving Act, Transportation Network Vehicle Service (TNVS), among others — the program has also become a place where authorities and experts talk about solutions that can help improve the country's transportation system.