Monthly Archives: December 2018

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GMA News and Public Affairs—the most internationally-awarded broadcast news organization in the country— just received an innovation funding grant from the world’s leading online video platform YouTube. The grant enables GMA News and Public Affairs to mount a major innovation project involving news. The winning proposal: “Stand for Truth: powered by GMA’s Digital Video Lab”-- a weeknight news program produced by the young, for the young -- will contain elements never been ...

By Joseph Peter R. Gonzales Many avid followers of the ABS-CBN daytime soap opera “Playhouse” notice that lately, the focus of the story has somewhat shifted to Angelica Panganiban and Carlo Aquino (as Patty and Dr. Harold, respectively), leaving male lead Zanjoe Marudo on the side. To this, the latter explains: “Undoubtedly, the CarGel tandem has helped boost the ratings of our program and for that, I’m grateful. It think it’s immaterial to create a big fuss about it s...

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.—Reflecting the company’s commitment to address the growing threat of wildfires, PG&E is proposing a series of important additional safety investments as part of its 2020 General Rate Case (GRC) to help further protect the 16 million people it serves. The company’s GRC proposal, filed today with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), includes additional precautionary measures implemented after the 2017 and 2018 wildfires to help further...

Recent announcement from the US administration on asylum is as irresponsible as it is dangerous for families in need of urgent safety. The move comes on the heels of previous attacks on asylum being struck down by a US federal judge. Forcing asylum-seekers to remain in Mexico while they wait to have their cases heard in the United States will create needless chaos at the border and expose asylum-seekers to unnecessary health and security risks, including the possibility of...

HomeFirst, the largest provider of homeless services in Santa Clara County announced that San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo joined HomeFirst CEO Andrea Urton, staff and volunteers in serving Christmas Eve dinner to up to 250 shelter guests at the Boccardo Reception Center. Mayor Liccardo continues a long-standing tradition for San Jose mayors to volunteer and serve at HomeFirst during the holiday season. Mayor Liccardo, a member of the HomeFirst Advisory Council, is a staunch ad...

ABS-CBN AVP for Global Anti-Piracy Elisha Lawrence shared this letter from Sara Rich, the principal of Woodrow Wilson Elementary School. It was a simple inquiry phone call by Lawrence to Rich that began this Christmas tradition of ABS-CBN employees. Dearest ABS-CBN Family, Yesterday, you made something amazing happen and truly encompassed the Christmas spirit! Over 125 students received gifts for themselves and their families. You gave toys, fulfilled family needs,...

(Front row, L to R) GMA International Assistant Vice President for Programming Cheri Domingo, GMA Kapuso Foundation EVP and COO Rikki Escudero-Catibog, Heart Evangelista, Howie Severino, GMA Senior Assistant Vice President for Alternative Productions Gigi Santiago-Lara, and GMA First Vice President and Head of International Operations Joseph Francia together with the 2018 FYLPro delegates during the immersion tour and Thanksgiving dinner the GMA team hosted. (Photo Courtesy o...

The Pangasinan Presidents Club (PPC) USA, Club held their 2nd Inaugural Banquet and Ball as well as the Induction of newly elected Officers and members last Saturday, December 15, 2018 at the Best Western/Grosvenor Hotel in South San Francisco, California. The former Executive Chairman, Fred Almeron, thanked his fellow charter members and all who served during the last 2 years. “ I leave with a sense of accomplishment for the work we have done”. Also, in his message, he co...

By Elpidio R. Estioko / Photos by Erlinda Fortes Milpitas, CA – Re-elected Milpitas Mayor Richard “Rich” Tran was sworn into office last Tuesday, December 18 at the Milpitas City Hall by 5th Mayor of Milpitas Denny Westerberg. In his very emotional 25-minute speech, Tran narrated his and the Council’s accomplishments for the past two years, but what touched the audience most was his honest acceptance that he was not perfect and made mistakes in the past in running the r...