Timog Avenue is a major road located in Quezon City within the Diliman area of northeastern Metro Manila, Philippines. It runs east–west through the southern edge of the barangay of South Triangle and used to be named in English South Avenue; the street is located in Quezon City's entertainment area, known for its restaurants and karaoke and comedy clubs. It is home to the GMA Network Center studios located on the avenue's junction with Epifanio de los Santos Avenue; the entire avenue is designated as National Route 172 of the Philippine highway network. The avenue forms the southern boundary of the proposed 400-hectare Diliman Quadrangle within the former Diliman Estate known as Hacienda de Tuason, purchased by the Philippine Commonwealth government in 1939 as the new capital to replace Manila, it was planned as the new city's Central Park housing the new national government buildings within the 25-hectare elliptical site now known as the Quezon Memorial Circle. The quadrangle is bordered on the north by North Avenue, on the east by East Avenue, on the south by Timog Avenue, on the west by West Avenue.
Designed by American city planner William E. Parsons and Harry Frost, in collaboration with engineer AD Williams and architects Juan Arellano and Louis Croft, the site was to contain the 15-hectare national exposition grounds opposite the corner of North Avenue and EDSA; the Diliman Quadrangle had been undeveloped for decades due to lack of funding. After several revisions, the government planners moved the city center to Novaliches due to its higher elevation. On April 24, 1964, the Quezon City council renamed streets in the area commemorated at the 11th World Scout Jamboree the previous year, it was to be renamed Boy Scouts Avenue, but the government disagreed, however the street renamed Timog Avenue. By 1976, the country's capital had been transferred back to Manila with only the Quezon Memorial built in the former capital site. Timog Avenue is a four-lane road located at the heart of Quezon City's entertainment district, it begins at its junction with EDSA south of East Avenue by South Triangle's border with the central Diliman village of Pinyahan.
It heads west from this junction to cross GMA Network Drive and Sergeant Esguerra Avenue towards the 11th World Scout Jamboree Memorial Rotonda on the intersection with Tomas Morato Avenue. Located on or near this eastern section of Timog are the GMA studios, Kamuning MRT Station, Tune Hotel Quezon City and Imperial Palace Suites Hotel. After crossing the Boy Scout circle, the avenue is dominated by more commercial establishments, including The Shoppes at Victoria which houses a Robinsons Supermarket, Luxent Hotel, Torre Venezia and the Toyama Center. Located on this western section are many popular restaurants, comedy clubs, cosmetic salons which cater to local actors working in nearby studios; the avenue terminates at the junction with Quezon Avenue south of West Avenue in the West Triangle village
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
SOP (TV program)
SOP is a Philippine television variety show broadcast by GMA Network. It premiered on February 1997 replacing GMA Supershow; the show concluded on February 2010 with a total of 672 episodes. It was replaced by Party Pilipinas in its timeslot; the show title stands for "Sobrang Okey, Pare". The title was coined by a group of GMA executives in early 1997; the show was conceptualized as early as 1996 to counter the increasing ratings of GMA Supershow's rival ASAP. The show’s cast was supposed to be composed of Janno Gibbs, Ogie Alcasid, Regine Velasquez and Vina Morales with the T. G. I. S. Gang as co-hosts. However, only Janno and Vina confirmed their participation in the show. Regine could not devote time to the show because she had prior singing engagements to attend to abroad; the T. G. I. S. Gang, on the other hand, was not allowed by the Viva management to do the show because their performing schedule was fully booked for the year. Instead, the GMA management took in Regine’s sister, Cacai Velasquez, sexy star Amanda Page, upcoming young stars Gabby Eigenmann and Bernadette Allyson to join the new group, the latter three were Viva talents.
After "GMA Supershow"'s month-long farewell, SOP started airing on February 2, 1997, with a live episode from the GMA Broadway studios. Regular dancers include the VIP Dancers, Universal Motion Dancers, Abstract Dancers and Kidz at Work. However, the show suffered in comparison to ABS-CBN’s ASAP and had to endure a lot of criticisms from the entertainment press for using an acronym for the show’s title that sounded like the rival show’s. Despite the effort by the hosts and staff to make the show more exciting for the viewers every Sunday, Sobrang Okey Pare registered low ratings from the start and hardly gained support from the advertisers; the show was rocked by controversies after they celebrated their first season on air despite low ratings and few advertisers. This started when GMA management called for an audition for a group of new in-house dancers to be known as SOP Dancers; this did not sit well with SOP's resident choreographer, Maribeth Bichara and as a result, she pulled out the VIP Dancers from the show and resigned.
SOP co-host Amanda Page resigned from the show in sympathy for Maribeth and the VIP Dancers. Another controversy that tainted the show in 1997 was the Rivermaya incident where the band was forced by a member of the production staff to vacate the stage to make way for SOP's in-house band. An altercation followed; the incident was brought to attention by the GMA management and as a result, Al Quinn resigned as the show’s director. Louie Ignacio, a known music video and commercial director, replaced Quinn and made major changes to the show. Radio DJ Mo Twister, commercial model Lalaine Edson and young actor Jake Roxas joined the show as additional co-hosts. Soon after, Sobrang Okey, Pare caught the attention of the viewers and advertisers and soon was becoming on its way as a threat to the dominance of rival ASAP. In 1998, the GMA management decided to introduce new segments and add new hosts. On its first anniversary, the show’s title Sobrang Okey Pare was shortened to SOP and introduced a new, lively theme song that says it all: "S-O-P dito sa GMA!"
Beauty queen Ruffa Gutierrez and young stars Angelika dela Cruz, Dingdong Dantes, K. C. Montero and Antoinette Taus were some of the latest additions in 1998, but what made SOP inch closer to rival ASAP in the ratings was the inclusion of Asia’s Songbird Regine Velasquez in the roster of SOP hosts and performers. Regine blended with Janno and the rest of the SOP gang as they started to conquer the Sunday noontime scene with aplomb like no other. In January 1999, one of SOP's pioneer hosts Vina Morales left the show due to alleged conflict of interest. While hosting SOP, Vina became a freelancer and made movies for other film outfits like Octo Arts Films and signed a movie contract with Star Cinema, the film arm of ABS-CBN, which airs ASAP, a direct competitor of SOP. According to reports, the contract that Vina signed with Star Cinema required her first to have a show on ABS-CBN before making a movie for the network’s film outfit. Vina’s camp has denied this, but in March 1999, she joined the Kapamilya network’s daily noontime show, Magandang Tanghali Bayan where she was a mainstay for two years before formally joining ASAP in 2001.
Despite Vina’s exit, SOP's showing in the ratings game was going stronger. In 2000, a lot of changes were in store when the show moved to the brand-new Studio 3 of the GMA Network Center, their roster of hosts got more formidable when rising divas Lani Misalucha joined the show. The following year, they added rising young singers Kyla and Karylle along with some upcoming teen stars, some of which are children of some of the respected actors in the performing industry. Among them were Danica and Oyo Boy Sotto, Kevin Vernal, Champagne Morales, the late Miko Sotto. Karylle herself is the daughter of ASAP host Zsa Zsa Padilla. Others who joined the show were Roxanne Barcelo and James Blanco. In 2002, the show grabbed the No. 1 spot from ASAP in the ratings game. Not only that, young stars like Judy Ann Santos and Rica Peralejo began their duties as guest co-hosts for a time. Soon after, multimedia young singer/actress Jolina Magdangal bolted out of ASAP and
GMA Network Center
The GMA Network Center is the headquarters of the GMA Network, a major radio and television network in the Philippines. It is located at EDSA corner Timog Avenue, Quezon City, it is the network's main television and radio production center, its main transmission facility for most of Metro Manila. The building houses Super Radyo DZBB 594 AM, Barangay LS 97.1 FM, GMA-7, GMA News TV-11. The center housed the UHF channel DWDB-TV 27. GMA inaugurated the facility on June 14, 2000, the birthdate of GMA Network, as part of the kick-off of its year-round celebration of its 50th golden anniversary. While the first phase of the project has been completed with the completion of the 17-storey high-rise building, the center has an option to upgrade the older, existing facilities in the GMA compound, as planned; the Center is equipped with MARC System with a D3 format digital video recorder and a Broadcast Automation System that allows the network to manage live feeds and international feeds that will be carried out to GMA Pinoy TV, GMA Life TV and, GMA News TV International subscribers around the world.
Although the Network Center was inaugurated in 2000, GMA has held office in its current EDSA headquarters since 1957 with its television broadcasts started in 1961, having moved from the Calvo Building in Escolta, Manila. The GMA compound has seven studios, three of which are in the network center, two in the new GMA Network Studio Annex, two in the old GMA Building, Studios 4 and 5 are one of the oldest GMA Studios; the Center serves as the Corporate Headquarters for the network and houses radio stations Super Radyo DZBB 594 AM and Barangay LS 97.1 FM, as well as the newsroom. A convenience store and a coffee shop services the employees. Meanwhile, the Kapuso Center, located along the GMA Network Drive entrance of the compound, serves as the offices for the GMA Kapuso Foundation, the "Action Center" of Mike Enriquez's Imbestigador, the public service program Kapwa Ko Mahal Ko. On the building's courtside is a sculpture by artist Eduardo Castrillo. In 2006, on an 18,404-square-meter complex, GMA built a 3,000-square meter 4-storey structure beside the old network complex.
The structure houses two state-of-the art soundstages, one of which can accommodate up to 1,000 studio audience. The new building, dubbed the GMA Network Studios houses studio support and set construction facilities, technical equipment for broadcast and theater systems, props storage, garage areas, rehearsal rooms, talent dressing and makeup rooms, as well as administrative and production offices. A bridge connects the new building to the rest of the compound; the new structure costs as much as PhP1 billion. The new GMA Network Studios was unveiled on October 17, 2008 with a red carpet event, and the tour of the new studio was shown in GMA Pinoy TV, worldwide by the famous Bubble Gang characters and Yaya, which are played by Ogie Alcasid and Michael V. respectively. They've shown the features of the studio and they've shown the dance studio where the audience including Felipe Gozon watched them dance; the German Moreno Studio of the Annex houses Wowowin, the Studio 7 used for Sunday PinaSaya and Studio 7.
On March 24, 2014, GMA Network launched its own version of "Walk of Fame" outside Network Center, over 190 celebrities and news & public affairs personalities received the plaque. The concept of this "Walk of Fame" was done by the late German "Kuya Germs" Moreno, behind the Eastwood City's Walk of Fame
Epifanio de los Santos Avenue referred to by its acronym EDSA, is a limited-access circumferential highway around Manila, the capital of the Philippines. It is the main thoroughfare in Metro Manila passing through 6 of the capital region's 17 local government units, from north to south, Quezon City, San Juan, Mandaluyong and Pasay. Named after academic Epifanio de los Santos, the road links the North Luzon Expressway at the Balintawak Interchange in the north to the South Luzon Expressway at the Magallanes Interchange in the south, as well as the major financial districts of Makati Central Business District, Ortigas Center and Araneta Center, it is the most congested highway in the metropolis, stretching some 23.8 kilometers. The avenue is a component of Circumferential Road 4 of Manila's arterial road network, National Route 1 of the Philippine highway network and Asian Highway 26 of the Asian highway network; the locations around the avenue were marked with great economic and industrial growth, proven by the fact that all but 2 industrial centers in the Metropolis are directly accessible from the thoroughfare.
The decent economic growth of the areas around the avenue adds a significant volume of traffic on the avenue, in recent estimates, an average of 2.34 million vehicles go through it every day. The avenue is a divided carriageway consisting of 12 lanes, 6 in either direction, with the elevated railroad Manila Metro Rail Transit System serving as its median. Although it is not an expressway, traffic rules and speed limits are implemented to the vehicles that pass along it, it is operated by the Metro Manila Development Authority and is maintained and being repaired by the Department of Public Works and Highways. EDSA starts from the Bonifacio Monument Roundabout in Gracepark, adjacent to the Apolonio Samson Road, the western side of the C-4 Road; the roundabout is the marker of the 1896 Revolution by Andres Bonifacio. The 1.7 kilometers of the road are in Caloocan. The Avenue will enter Quezon City through the Balintawak District, after an intersection with the North Luzon Expressway in the Balintawak Interchange.
EDSA crosses much of the northern part of Quezon City, passing through the Project 6 and Muñoz districts. It curves southwards after crossing the North Avenue-West Avenue Intersection in the Triangle Business Park. On the north side of EDSA is the SM City North EDSA. In front of it is the Eton Centris or Centris Walk. ABS-CBN Broadcasting Center and its transmitter can be seen from EDSA and continues southwards turning westwards until it leaves the Triangle Park after crossing the East Avenue-Timog Avenue Intersection, where the GMA Network Center is located, it continues through the district of Cubao, entering the Araneta Center after crossing the Aurora Boulevard Tunnel. In Cubao, several malls and offices are located, most notably the Smart Araneta Coliseum, the biggest coliseum in Southeast Asia; the Avenue curves southwards and enters the Santolan and Socorro districts, where the twin military bases of Camp Rafael Crame and Camp Aguinaldo, are located. The Greenhills Shopping Center and the Eastwood City are located nearby.
EDSA continues on its route and serves as the boundary of the cities of San Juan and Quezon City. The People Power Monument can be seen on the north side of EDSA in the White Plains Avenue junction. After the 11 kilometers of EDSA in Quezon City, the Avenue will leave the city and enter the City of Mandaluyong. EDSA enters Mandaluyong after crossing the borders of the Ortigas Center. In the Ortigas Center, some notable buildings around the area are the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration building, Robinsons Galleria, SM Megamall, Forum Robinsons, the bronze EDSA Shrine, a memorial church to the 1986 Revolution, it curves smoothly westwards after it crosses the Pioneer Street, crosses the Pasig River via the Guadalupe Bridge and leaving the City of Mandaluyong. It enters the city of Makati after crossing the Pasig River, passing through the districts of Guadalupe and Magallanes. In Guadalupe, EDSA provides access to the Rockwell Center, a major mixed-use business park in Makati; the highway provides quick access to the city of Taguig and the Bonifacio Global City nearby.
After crossing Buendia Avenue, the highway enters the Ayala Center, an important commercial district in the Philippines, where the Greenbelt and Glorietta shopping centers are located. The road curves eastwards, continues on a straight route to the city of Pasay, passing the South Luzon Expressway through Magallanes Interchange. EDSA enters Pasay shortly after crossing SLEX in Makati. In Pasay, the highway provides access to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport via a flyover. EDSA will pass to Pasay Rotonda and continues on a straight route until it crosses to Roxas Boulevard. After crossing Roxas Boulevard, it enters to Bay City reclamation area, where the large SM Mall of Asia is located. EDSA's terminus is at a rotunda in front of the Globe of the SM Mall of Asia; the lead agency that manages the flow of traffic along EDSA is the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, a government agency under the Office of the President of the Philippines and is advised by the Metro Manila Mayors League.
One of the MMDA's traffic management schemes, in effect on EDSA, among other major thoroughfares in the metropolis, is the Uniform Vehicular Volume Reduction Program. Many have observed that the cause of many traffic jams on EDSA are erring jeepneys. Subsequently, buses have been the target of other traffic management pro
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
Aileen Quimado Iwamoto, known by her stage name Iwa Moto, is a Filipina actress and reality television personality. She is the first runner up in the third season of StarStruck, a reality-based talent search show of GMA Network, she is well known for playing Valentina in Darna. She was born to Filipino mother. Iwamoto auditioned for second season of StarStruck but failed to qualify until she has succeeded in audition for the third season in which she ended up as the First Princess along with Gian Carlos as the First Prince. After StarStruck, Iwamoto appeared on SOP Gigsters, Love to Love: Young At Heart and Nuts Entertainment. During her stint in Nuts Entertainment, Iwamoto was suspended for 6 weeks along with Jackie Rice. After the suspension, Iwamoto came back to Nuts Entertainment, joined the cast of Bakekang, her first primetime show where she played Jenny, the best friend of Kristal, played by Lovi Poe, on the last season of Love to Love, Jazz Got Lucky. Iwamoto portrayed her life story on Magpakailanman.
In 2007, Iwamoto appeared in Super Twins, wherein she portrayed the character Moshi Moshi Manika, her first antagonist role. After that, Iwamoto portrayed Rita on Sine Novela's third installment Kung Mahawi Man Ang Ulap, wherein she got a favorable response from the viewers of the show. Due to her performance in Kung Mahawi Man ang Ulap, she was in included in Zaido: Pulis Pangkalawakan as a Black Amazona, her third antagonist role. In 2008, Iwamoto became the image model of FHM Philippines, making her the third Filipina to hold that title after Asia Agcaoili and Katrina Halili. In September of the same year, Iwamoto appeared on the cover of FHM Philippines for the second time, she was a previous covergirl of FHM Singapore. Straight after Zaido: Pulis Pangkalawakan, Iwamoto was given a supporting role in Robin Padilla's Joaquin Bordado, as Diane, but her character was killed off for Iwamoto to focus on Sine Novela's eighth installment Magdusa Ka with Katrina Halili and Dennis Trillo. After that, Iwamoto was included on the cast of Luna Mystika as Donita Sagrado, the main antagonist of Heart Evangelista's character.
In 2009, Iwamoto appeared in the primetime series Adik Sa'Yo as Andrea, but left for Darna to play Valentina, the main antagonist of Darna and her biggest role in a drama so far. In 2010, Iwamoto began reappearing reappearing in Darna and on Sine Novela: Ina, Kasusuklaman Ba Kita?, in which she portrays the role of Rossan. In Darna, she played the character the prime rival of superheroine Darna, she appeared in Love Bug: "Last Romance" and as a guest in Pilyang Kerubin and in the TV series Beauty Queen. In 2011, she participated in Dwarfina, starring Dennis Trillo, her last TV project was Andres de Saya, starring Iza Calzado. In 2012, she appeared on Wil Time Bigtime but left shortly due to her existing contract with GMA Network. Iwamoto is the eldest of the three siblings, her father, the late Hiroaki Iwamoto was a Japanese immigrant to the Philippines while her mother is Filipina. Iwa Moto on IMDb Iwa Moto on FHM.com.ph Iwa Moto on iGMA.tv