CNN Philippines is a commercial broadcast cable and satellite television network in the Philippines. It is owned and operated by Nine Media Corporation, together with Radio Philippines Network as the main content provider, under license from WarnerMedia, a multimedia subsidiary of US-based telecommunications provider AT&T, Inc. Replacing 9TV, CNN Philippines was launched on 16 March 2015. CNN Philippines is the fifth local franchise of CNN in Asia, after CNN Indonesia, CNN Türk, CNN Arabic and CNN-IBN. CNN Philippines' local programming is produced from the Upper Ground Floor of the Worldwide Corporate Center, Shaw Boulevard corner Epifanio de los Santos Avenue in Mandaluyong City; the channel maintains its analog transmitter located at # 97 Panay Avenue, Brgy. South Triangle, Quezon City. On October 14, 2014, Turner Broadcasting System with Nine Media signed a five-year brand licensing agreement, until December 31, 2020, that will build the alliance between the two news agencies on television and online.
CNN PH was launched on March 16, 2015, 6:00 am and is seen on RPN's flagship station DZKB-TV, Channel 9 in Metro Manila and among eight regional VHF TV stations in Channel 9 Cebu and Davao, Channel 12 Baguio, Channel 10 Iriga, Channel 8 Bacolod, Channel 5 Cagayan de Oro and Zamboanga. It operates. Under the brand licensing agreement between Turner Broadcasting System and Nine Media, the latter will pay CNN an undisclosed amount of monthly fee for programs and expertise from CNN International and CNN/U. S. that will air in the CNN Philippines in exchange of locally produced news, current affairs and lifestyle programs and rolling news coverage from 9News, all based on the standards of CNN. 9News will be trained by CNN staff at the CNN Center in Atlanta, Georgia to enhance their reporting that will help them to contribute reports for CNN International along with its news bureaus scattered worldwide. The official news website, 9news.ph will be redesigned and changed into CNNPhilippines.com. On the day of the soft launching of CNN Philippines held last October 14, 2014, at the Solaire Resort & Casino, CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker released a statement that said: The global news gathering power of CNN combined with the local perspective Nine Media Corporation brings enables us to provide first-class news and information to millions of Filipinos in a way that we have not been able to previously.
I couldn't be happier to welcome CNN Philippines to the CNN family. Presidential Communications Operations Office Sec. Sonny Coloma was the guest of honor at the trade launch of CNN PH at the Philippine International Convention Center the following day. RPN, the broadcaster of CNN PH, was under the portfolio of PCOO known as Media Ng Bayan, from 1986 until 2011; the channel was known as Talk TV from March 2, 2011, to October 29, 2012, on SBN Channel 21. Talk TV is formed by the Solar Television Network, by-then owned by Solar Entertainment Corporation after the latter led the privatization of former state-sequestered Radio Philippines Network in 2011; the first programs that aired on the channel were Dateline NBC, The Today Show, Today's Talk, NBC Nightly News, Inside Edition, Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Late Show with David Letterman. Solar News, known for its back-to-basics and unbiased journalism, was formed in January 2012 during the coverage of the Impeachment Trial of former Chief Justice Renato Corona.
Post-EDSA revolution ABS-CBN newsmen Pal Marquez, Jing Magsaysay and Pia Hontiveros together with former ANC anchors Claire Celdran, Mai Rodriguez and Nancy Irlanda were known as the pillars of Solar News. Reportorial team was composed by former reporters of RPN NewsWatch, the sole and longest-running English newscast of Radio Philippines Network, stopped airing in 2012 as an effect of RPN's privatization; the hourly news bulletin Solar News Update first aired in March 2012, followed by the primetime newscast Solar Network News and Solar Nightly News, which started airing in June 18 and July 16 of the same year, Daybreak and Newsday in October 1, 2012. On October 30, 2012, at 05:30 am, Talk TV signed off to make way for the launching of the first 24-hour English news channel on both cable TV and free-to-air TV, Solar News Channel. Dubbed as the "First 24/7 All-English News Channel on Free TV", Solar News Channel replaces TalkTV. SNC was launched at 5:45am of October 30, 2012, on SBN Channel 21.
During the first months of the operations, the channel was producing major local newscasts including a native language newscast Solar News Cebuano, a sports newscast Solar Sports Desk and public affairs programs Legal HD, News. PH, Opposing Views, Elections News Cafe. 60 Minutes, Top Gear, Undercover Boss and the "Stories" documentary block was launched during SNC's time. SNC launched its own mobile application for smartphone users, its consists of features such as live streaming, catch-up episodes and latest news from the network's website, solarnews.ph. In November 2013, San Miguel Corp. President and COO Ramon S. Ang acquired the minority stake of STVNI. Brothers Wilson and William Tien
Vilma Santos-Recto is a distinguished Filipino actress and politician. She is known as the Star for all Seasons for her various roles in different genres of her movies and holds the titles of Grand Slam Queen, Queen of Queens, as the longest reigning box office queen of Philippine cinema, she was hailed as the Enduring Grand Dame of the Philippine Film Industry by a foreign critic at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, the first Filipina actress to be bestowed such a title. Santos is a prominent politician, had served as Governor of Batangas for three consecutive terms and as mayor of Lipa City for three consecutive terms. Santos as a politician, had served as Governor of Batangas for three consecutive terms and as mayor of Lipa for three consecutive terms, she won as Representative of the Lone District of Batangas in the 2016 elections. She has been fielded by various political parties to run for the Senate in 2019, she has not made any formal announcement of acceptance or rejection.
Vilma Santos is considered as the most lastingly successful Filipino movie and television actor of all time. She started her acting career when one of her uncles, a cameraman at Sampaguita Pictures, convinced her to try out for the movies. Sampaguita Pictures had planned a child star role for her in Anak, Ang Iyong Ina; when Santos was in the studio, she noticed a long line of little girls. Thinking that that line was the line for her audition, she decided to queue in; the long line turned out to be for an audition for Sampaguita Pictures' offering Trudis Liit. When it was her turn to audition, she was asked by the panel to sing and cry on cue, she got the part of "Trudis Liit" for which she received the FAMAS Awards Best Child Performer award for 1963. She was cast in Sa Bawat Pintig ng Puso, Maria Cecilia, Kasalanan Kaya?, Iginuhit ng Tadhana and in its sequel Pinagbuklod ng Langit. In 1998, she entered politics and ran for mayor of Lipa City, Batangas where she won three consecutive elections, becoming the city's first female mayor.
In 2005, the University of the Philippines Diliman conferred on her the Gawad Plaridel Award for her achievements and contributions both as an actress and a public servant. In the same year she was conferred an honorary doctorate degree in humanities by the Lipa City College, she was again honored in 2006 by UP Diliman as one of the four awardees in UP's First Diwata Awards. In 2007, Santos-Recto was on her third and final term as Mayor of Lipa and was barred for seeking another term, she became a reluctant candidate for Governor of Batangas, although her brother-in-law, incumbent Vice Governor Richard Recto is seeking the governorship. On March 5, 2007, during the regular flag-raising ceremony at the Lipa City Hall, Santos-Recto ask for a week to decide if she will run or not; this was attended by thousands of her supporters not only in Lipa but from different towns in Batangas. On March 12, 2007, she made her final decision, running for Governor of Batangas despite having her brother-in-law as her rival, including incumbent governor Arman Sanchez and former police chief Nestor Sanares.
On the day of her filing of her candidacy, Richard Recto decided to withdrew his candidacy and run for congress instead. Santos-Recto was proclaimed Governor-elect of the province of Batangas on May 21, 2007 after garnering 475,740 votes against incumbent Arman Sanchez's 344,969 becoming the first female governor of the province of Batangas. Governor Santos-Recto was reelected Governor of Batangas during the May 2010 elections defeating incumbent Santo Tomas Mayor Edna Sanchez, who substituted her husband Arman Sanchez who died on April 27, 2010, again, reelected as Governor of Batangas during the May 2013 elections and this is her last term for being a Governor. After her election for her third and final term as Governor of Batangas, speculations circulated that Santos-Recto would run for the national level. However, she declined every offer to run for a higher level, she decided to run as the first representative of the newly-formed 6th District of Batangas, would comprise only the City of Lipa.
Santos-Recto won by a landslide. She became chairman of the Committee on Professional Regulation. However, she was removed from the post by the House leadership for her rejection of the reimposition of capital punishment, she is the vice chair of the Committee on Globalization And WTO and the Committee on Local Government. She is a member of the Committees on Basic Education And Culture, Cooperatives Development, Information And Communications Technology, Interparliamentary Relations And Diplomacy, Labor And Employment, Poverty Alleviation, Public Works And Highways, Southern Tagalog Development, Ways And Means, Welfare Of Children, Women And Gender Equality, she is co-author of the SOGIE Equality bill, Magna Carta for Day Care Workers, Maternity Leave Increase bill, Cancer Awareness bill, expanded Senior Citizens bill, Post-graduate Education for Teachers bill. In September 2018, she switched from the Liberal Party, where she was a member since 2009, to the Nacionalista Party. Vilma Santos-Recto is married to Senator Ralph Recto.
They have one son, named Ryan Christian. She has one son Luis Manzano by her previous marriage to Edu Manzano. 1972 - Most Effective Actress - Emee Awards for TV 1987 - Best Musical Variety Show Host - Star Awards for TV 1988 - Best Musical Variety Show Host - Star Awards for TV 1998 - Ading Fernando Lifetime Achievement Award - Star Awards for TV 2006 - Best Actress in a Single TV Performance for Maala-ala Mo Kaya:'Regalo' episode - Star Awards for TV 1963 - FAMAS - Best Child Actress for Trudis Liit 1968 - San Beda Colle
German Molina Moreno known as Kuya Germs and "The Master Showman", was a Spanish Filipino television host, actor and talent manager. German Moreno was born to Jose Moreno y Caloy, a Spanish-Filipino Mestizo, Aurora Molina, a Filipina, he had Pilar Moreno Nite. His father died after an incident involving an American soldier. Moreno first worked for an aunt's taxi company and sold bibingka and cigarettes, he became a jeepney barker. He had an adopted son named Federico Moreno, his grandson Luis Moreno is an archer. His nephew, John Nite is a TV host on Walang Tulugan with the Master Showman on GMA 7. Moreno became involved in the entertainment industry working as a janitor and telonero of Clover Theater in 1957, his first break was a role as Jesus Christ for the Manila Grand Opera House. He went on to pursue a career as a comedian of the bodabil stage and the post-war screen. In 1963, Moreno took his comedy act to Sampaguita Pictures, the home of biggest stars at that time such as Dolphy, Gloria Romero, Susan Roces.
He hosted a premiere night at the Life Theater but refused Nene Vera-Perez's attempt to pay him and instead asked for movie roles instead. Moreno had roles in the movies Dance-O-Rama, Mga Batang Iskwater, Class Reunion and Mga Batang Bakasyunista, it was in his Sampaguita stint. Moreno became a disc jockey as Eddie Ilarde's sidekick in the radio program "Ngayon Naman" on CBN. In 1969, he transferred radio stations to DZTR as a pinch-hitter for Helen Vela, Bingo Lacson, Ben David. Moreno would be given his own timeslot from 11pm to 12mn for "Bisita Artista", "Music Factory", with Lozada and Inday Badiday and the famous "Guy and Pip Song Festival". In the last decades of his life, he would host his own hour-long show on dzBB during weekdays at 2:30pm. Moreno's biggest break came on television in the late 1970s when he became host of the Sunday noontime variety show, GMA Supershow, he became the host and producer of That's Entertainment, a youth-oriented variety show developing the biggest stars in the Philippine entertainment industry.
He was known by giving gift packs from the show's sponsors to every guests of his programs. Aside from his hosting stints in two GMA shows, Moreno hosted Superstar, a Sunday musical-variety show of Nora Aunor, co-hosted with Jograd dela Torre, he was the host of a late-night show entitled Walang Tulugan with the Master Showman. He is the close friends of Aunor. Moreno produced TV films such as Kung Mayroon Mang Pangarap, Ganti, Sa Paglinaw Ng Tubig, Ako at Ang Awit, Dalawang Ina, Dalawang Pag-ibig, Larawan ng Isang Ina, Ina, he is the founder of the Eastwood City Walk of Fame in Quezon City, Philippines in December 2005, it's patterned and similar to the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood, California. Since 1996, FAMAS started to give out the Youth Achievement Award, named after him; the German Moreno Youth Achievement Award is given to a batch of young stars that have exemplar performances in the motion picture industry. It was followed by the German Moreno Power Tandem Award in 2014 by the Philippine Movie Press Club, recognizing the most phenomenal love teams in Philippine television.
He was the former president of Katipunan ng mga Artistang Pilipino sa Pelikula at Telebisyon. He endorsed prominent brands such as Vaseline Shampoo and Dazz Diswashing Paste. In April 2013, Moreno celebrated his 50th anniversary in the Philippine entertainment industry with a tribute special entitled "50 Years With The Master Showman" at the Newport Performing Arts Theater in Resorts World Manila, Pasay City; the special was attended by Moreno's "anak-anakan". Moreno suffered a mild stroke on January 2, 2015, his condition improved soon according to his son Federico Moreno. Few months he returned to Walang Siyesta! and Walang Tulugan. One year he suffered another stroke, he was rushed to the St. Luke's Medical Center in Quezon City on January 8, 2016, where he died on the same day at 3:20 am from cardiac arrest according to his nephew John Nite, he was 82 years old. After his death, on January the 8th, his remains arrived at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Shrine. On January 9, his show Walang Tulugan was a live tribute.
He was buried in Loyola Memorial Park in Marikina. After his death, his show Walang Tulugan ended on February 13, 2016. A special tribute concert entitled, "The Master Showman's Final Bow" was aired on February 26, 2016, the comedy show, Bubble Gang was preempted to give way for the tribute concert; the German Moreno Power Tandem Award was launched in 2015, following Kuya Germ's death in 2016, the award is still continues up to present. A newly named studio 6 is now known as German Moreno Studios for his tribute 85th birth anniversary of the late master showman's birth remembrance in honor of his legacy last October 4, 2018, at the GMA Network Studios Annex Bldg, GMA Network Center in Quezon City, with some relatives, friends & staff & crew of GMA 7 pay tribute to him following his death in 2016. Moron 5.2: The Transformation... Isaac's Father Last film appearance Kung Fu Divas... Hiyas ng Dalampasigan Host D' Kilabots Pogi Brothers Weh?!... Kuya Hermano Talo, Panalo Moron 5 and the Crying Lady...
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Drama is the specific mode of fiction represented in performance: a play, mime, etc, performed in a theatre, or on radio or television. Considered as a genre of poetry in general, the dramatic mode has been contrasted with the epic and the lyrical modes since Aristotle's Poetics —the earliest work of dramatic theory; the term "drama" comes from a Greek word meaning "action", derived from "I do". The two masks associated with drama represent the traditional generic division between comedy and tragedy. In English, the word "play" or "game" was the standard term used to describe drama until William Shakespeare's time—just as its creator was a "play-maker" rather than a "dramatist" and the building was a "play-house" rather than a "theatre"; the use of "drama" in a more narrow sense to designate a specific type of play dates from the modern era. "Drama" in this sense refers to a play, neither a comedy nor a tragedy—for example, Zola's Thérèse Raquin or Chekhov's Ivanov. It is this narrower sense that the film and television industries, along with film studies, adopted to describe "drama" as a genre within their respective media.
"Radio drama" has been used in both senses—originally transmitted in a live performance, it has been used to describe the more high-brow and serious end of the dramatic output of radio. The enactment of drama in theatre, performed by actors on a stage before an audience, presupposes collaborative modes of production and a collective form of reception; the structure of dramatic texts, unlike other forms of literature, is directly influenced by this collaborative production and collective reception. Mime is a form of drama. Drama can be combined with music: the dramatic text in opera is sung throughout. Musicals include songs. Closet drama describes a form, intended to be read, rather than performed. In improvisation, the drama does not pre-exist the moment of performance. Western drama originates in classical Greece; the theatrical culture of the city-state of Athens produced three genres of drama: tragedy and the satyr play. Their origins remain obscure, though by the 5th century BC they were institutionalised in competitions held as part of festivities celebrating the god Dionysus.
Historians know the names of many ancient Greek dramatists, not least Thespis, credited with the innovation of an actor who speaks and impersonates a character, while interacting with the chorus and its leader, who were a traditional part of the performance of non-dramatic poetry. Only a small fraction of the work of five dramatists, has survived to this day: we have a small number of complete texts by the tragedians Aeschylus and Euripides, the comic writers Aristophanes and, from the late 4th century, Menander. Aeschylus' historical tragedy The Persians is the oldest surviving drama, although when it won first prize at the City Dionysia competition in 472 BC, he had been writing plays for more than 25 years; the competition for tragedies may have begun as early as 534 BC. Tragic dramatists were required to present a tetralogy of plays, which consisted of three tragedies and one satyr play. Comedy was recognized with a prize in the competition from 487 to 486 BC. Five comic dramatists competed at the City Dionysia.
Ancient Greek comedy is traditionally divided between "old comedy", "middle comedy" and "new comedy". Following the expansion of the Roman Republic into several Greek territories between 270–240 BC, Rome encountered Greek drama. From the years of the republic and by means of the Roman Empire, theatre spread west across Europe, around the Mediterranean and reached England. While Greek drama continued to be performed throughout the Roman period, the year 240 BC marks the beginning of regular Roman drama. From the beginning of the empire, interest in full-length drama declined in favour of a broader variety of theatrical entertainments; the first important works of Roman literature were the tragedies and comedies that Livius Andronicus wrote from 240 BC. Five years Gnaeus Naevius began to write drama. No plays from either writer have survived. While both dramatists composed in both genres, Andronicus was most appreciated for his tragedies and Naevius for his comedies. By the beginning of the 2nd century BC, drama was established in Rome and a guild of writers had been formed.
The Roman comedies that have survived are all fabula palliata (comedies b
The Philippines the Republic of the Philippines, is an archipelagic country in Southeast Asia. Situated in the western Pacific Ocean, it consists of about 7,641 islands that are categorized broadly under three main geographical divisions from north to south: Luzon and Mindanao; the capital city of the Philippines is Manila and the most populous city is Quezon City, both part of Metro Manila. Bounded by the South China Sea on the west, the Philippine Sea on the east and the Celebes Sea on the southwest, the Philippines shares maritime borders with Taiwan to the north, Vietnam to the west, Palau to the east, Malaysia and Indonesia to the south; the Philippines' location on the Pacific Ring of Fire and close to the equator makes the Philippines prone to earthquakes and typhoons, but endows it with abundant natural resources and some of the world's greatest biodiversity. The Philippines has an area of 300,000 km2, according to the Philippines Statistical Authority and the WorldBank and, as of 2015, had a population of at least 100 million.
As of January 2018, it is the eighth-most populated country in Asia and the 12th most populated country in the world. 10 million additional Filipinos lived overseas, comprising one of the world's largest diasporas. Multiple ethnicities and cultures are found throughout the islands. In prehistoric times, Negritos were some of the archipelago's earliest inhabitants, they were followed by successive waves of Austronesian peoples. Exchanges with Malay, Indian and Chinese nations occurred. Various competing maritime states were established under the rule of datus, rajahs and lakans; the arrival of Ferdinand Magellan, a Portuguese explorer leading a fleet for the Spanish, in Homonhon, Eastern Samar in 1521 marked the beginning of Hispanic colonization. In 1543, Spanish explorer Ruy López de Villalobos named the archipelago Las Islas Filipinas in honor of Philip II of Spain. With the arrival of Miguel López de Legazpi from Mexico City, in 1565, the first Hispanic settlement in the archipelago was established.
The Philippines became part of the Spanish Empire for more than 300 years. This resulted in Catholicism becoming the dominant religion. During this time, Manila became the western hub of the trans-Pacific trade connecting Asia with Acapulco in the Americas using Manila galleons; as the 19th century gave way to the 20th, the Philippine Revolution followed, which spawned the short-lived First Philippine Republic, followed by the bloody Philippine–American War. The war, as well as the ensuing cholera epidemic, resulted in the deaths of thousands of combatants as well as tens of thousands of civilians. Aside from the period of Japanese occupation, the United States retained sovereignty over the islands until after World War II, when the Philippines was recognized as an independent nation. Since the unitary sovereign state has had a tumultuous experience with democracy, which included the overthrow of a dictatorship by a non-violent revolution; the Philippines is a founding member of the United Nations, World Trade Organization, Association of Southeast Asian Nations, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, the East Asia Summit.
It hosts the headquarters of the Asian Development Bank. The Philippines is considered to be an emerging market and a newly industrialized country, which has an economy transitioning from being based on agriculture to one based more on services and manufacturing. Along with East Timor, the Philippines is one of Southeast Asia's predominantly Christian nations; the Philippines was named in honor of King Philip II of Spain. Spanish explorer Ruy López de Villalobos, during his expedition in 1542, named the islands of Leyte and Samar Felipinas after the then-Prince of Asturias; the name Las Islas Filipinas would be used to cover all the islands of the archipelago. Before that became commonplace, other names such as Islas del Poniente and Magellan's name for the islands San Lázaro were used by the Spanish to refer to the islands; the official name of the Philippines has changed several times in the course of its history. During the Philippine Revolution, the Malolos Congress proclaimed the establishment of the República Filipina or the Philippine Republic.
From the period of the Spanish–American War and the Philippine–American War until the Commonwealth period, American colonial authorities referred to the country as the Philippine Islands, a translation of the Spanish name. Since the end of World War II, the official name of the country has been the Republic of the Philippines. Philippines has gained currency as the common name since being the name used in Article VI of the 1898 Treaty of Paris, with or without the definite article. Discovery in 2018 of stone tools and fossils of butchered animal remains in Rizal, Kalinga has pushed back evidence of early hominins in the archipelago to as early as 709,000 years. However, the metatarsal of the Callao Man, reliably dated by uranium-series dating to 67,000 years ago remains the oldest human remnant found in the archipelago to date; this distinction belonged to the Tabon Man of Palawan, carbon-dated to around 26,500 years ago. Negritos were among the archipelago's earliest inhabitants, but their first settlement in the Philippines has not been reliably dated.
There are several opposing theories regarding the origins of ancient Filipinos. F. Landa Jocano theorizes. Wilhelm Solheim's Island Origin Theory postulates that the peopling of the archipelago transpired via trade networks originating in the Sundaland area around
Television and Production Exponents Inc. is a Philippine television production company established in 1978 and is a partner of GMA Network Inc.. It is known as the producer of the longest running noontime variety show Eat Bulaga! since 1979, among several Philippine television dramas. The offices and production studios are located at Loyola Heights, Quezon City; these were traditionally aired during Holy Week. Nang si Hudas ay Madulas Mga Ginoong Marya Sino Ang Bestfriend Ko? The Manager May Isang Bata Ama't Anak Alalay Angel Perfect True Love Tahanan Mama Waiting Room Ganyan Kita Kamahal Sa Iyong Paglaya Binhi Sa Matabang Lupa Star May Isang Bata Da Prudyutibs Ang Mga Anak Ng Maestro Karugtong ng Puso Ilaw ng Kahapon Hakbang sa Pangarap Kulungan Kanlungan Anyo ng Pag-Ibig Pangalawang Bukas Biro ng Kapalaran Lukso ng Dugo Pangako ng Pag-Ibig Pinagpalang Ama Aruga ng Puso Sukli ng Pagmamahal Dalangin ng Ama Kaputol ng Buhay Walang Kapalit Panata God Gave Me You Inay Kapatid Pagpapatawad Prinsesa Mansyon Kaibigan My Carinderia Girl Haligi ng Pangarap Pamilya A Daughter's Love Hating Kapatid Taray ni Tatay Bulawan Biyaheng Broken Hearted Ikigai: Ang Buhay Ng Buhay Ko Eat Bulaga 10th Anniversary Special Eat Bulaga 20th Anniversary Special Eat Bulaga!
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GMA Network is a major national commercial broadcast television and radio network in the Philippines. GMA Network is the flagship property of publicly traded GMA Network Inc, its first broadcast on television was on October 29, 1961, GMA Network is signified to as the "Kapuso Network" in reference to the outline of the company’s logo. It has been called the “Christian Network” which refers to the apparent programming during the tenure of the new management, which took over in 1974, it is headquartered in the GMA Network Center in Quezon City and its transmitter, Tower of Power is located at Tandang Sora Avenue, Barangay Culiat in Quezon City. The original meaning of the GMA acronym was Greater Manila Area, referring to the initial coverage area of the station; as the network expanded it changed into Global Media Arts. GMA's flagship television station is DZBB-TV which carries VHF Channel 7 and UHF Channel 27; the network has 48 relay stations nationwide. Its programming is available outside the Philippines through GMA Pinoy TV, GMA Life TV and GMA News TV International.
The origin of GMA Network can be traced back to Loreto F. de Hemedes Inc. through DZBB, which started airing its radio broadcast on March 1, 1950, launched as a local radio station in Manila on June 14, 1950 and owned by Robert La Rue “Uncle Bob” Stewart, an American war correspondent. Venturing into television in the 1960s, Stewart started its television station, upon the establishment of RBS TV Channel 7 on October 29, 1961, becoming the Philippines' fourth terrestrial television station. RBS's programming is composed of foreign programs from the United States and it produced local programs to cater to Filipino audiences, it produced shows like Uncle Bob’s Lucky Seven Club, a child-oriented show aired every Saturdays. And in 1963, RBS launched its first provincial television station in Cebu, DYSS Channel 7. In the same year, from Loreto F. de Hemedes Inc, the firm was formally renamed to Republic Broadcasting System, Inc.. On September 21, 1972 President Ferdinand Marcos declared martial law by the virtue of Proclamation 1081.
Marcos, ruling by decree, curtailed other civil liberties. Military personnel occupied GMA Network compound and placed it under military control to prevent alleged communist propaganda. Media outlets including RBS, critical to the Marcos administration were ordered to be closed, but in late-December 1972, RBS gave the green light by the government to return on the air this time by its blocktime agreement with the National Media Production Center, however with limited three-month permits. But due to limited licenses, difficulty in financial obligations, disallowing foreign citizens and entities from owning and operating media companies in the Philippines and the American Broadcasting Company, who owned a quarter of the company, was forced to cede majority control to a triumvirate composed of Gilberto Duavit Sr. a Malacañang official. His wife Loring was the president; the relaunched GMA, aside from sporting a light blue square logo with the network name in white had a circle 7 logo in use, in its final years the blue circle 7 logo used was similar to those used by the ABC in some United States cities.
After that, Rod Reyes, the then-general manager of RBS recruited old-timers from ABS-CBN, including from the news department and entertainment programs. Through the acquisition, the station was able to broadcast in color with a PhP8 million credit line thru buying telecine machines and acquired foreign programs. Ratings were up from #5 to #3 that time; when Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino, Jr. a senator who opposed the Marcos administration, was assassinated on August 21, 1983, it was only a small item on television news. The iron grip that the Marcos administration had on television began to slip, as GMA broadcast the funeral, the only local station to do so. In 1984, Imee Marcos, daughter of Ferdinand Marcos, attempted to take over GMA. However, the takeover was prevented by GMA executives. Stewart left the Philippines for good. GMA was instrumental during the years preceding the People Power Revolution; the network was the first to air a television interview with Corazon Aquino via Viewpoint in 1984, when she announced that she would run for the presidency if she receives one million signatures.
In February 1986, the network was the first to report that Fidel Ramos and Juan Ponce Enrile broke away from the Marcos administration. When democracy in the Philippines was restored in the People Power Revolution in 1986, television stations began to air, some with their original owners; the political instability of the country added to the station's burden, when soldiers stormed into the studios for two days in a part of coup attempt to topple president, Corazon Aquino. In 1987, it became the first VHF television network in the country to provide a new dimension to viewers by broadcasting the network's programs in full stereo, it opened its high-end live studio