Watch TV on the go with ‘GMA Now’

For only P649 with no monthly fees, watch TV on-the-go for free and enjoy interactive features with GMA Now!

Philippine media giant GMA Network is innovating Filipinos’ TV viewing experience anew as it officially unveils its mobile digital terrestrial television (DTT) receiver ‘GMA Now’ – a plug-and-play dongle that allows users to watch TV on the go for free and enjoy exclusive interactive features.

“As the country’s leading broadcast network, it is only fitting that we continue to improve our content and innovate our digital TV products. This is our way of expressing gratitude to our loyal Kapuso for their unceasing support. We are proud to say that GMA Now is the first mobile DTT receiver to combine traditional TV with the advantages of interactivity via the internet. This product was developed by our digital media and technology arm GMA New Media, Inc. with the Filipino viewers in mind as we adapt to their evolving needs and interests,” shared by GMA Network, Inc. Chairman and CEO Felipe L. Gozon.

GMA Now enables Android smartphones to receive clear and live digital TV broadcast of the Kapuso channels GMA, GMA News TV, Heart of Asia, Hallypop, and soon, DepEd TV, as well as other free-to-air channels available in their area.

Aside from this, the Kapuso Network’s newest digital TV product also has the following bonus interactive features that GMA Now users can get to enjoy while connected to the internet.

Through the GMA Videos-On-Demand tab, GMA Now users can likewise get access to exclusive Kapuso content whenever they want.

GMA Now’s exclusive messaging service Groupee Chat allows viewers to create groups and chat with family and friends while watching GMA programs. And soon, they can also get the latest updates on their favorite Kapuso shows via this feature.

Bringing entertainment to a whole new level are GMA Now’s Interactive Promos where users can join fun quizzes and polls for a chance to win prizes.

“We are very proud of this opportunity given to us by GMA to evolve the business further and use technology as a way to navigate ever-changing viewing preferences. With GMA Now, viewers can watch their favorite programs, and more importantly, engage more fully with the shows. It is a new experience that we are happy to have helped create,” GMA New Media, Inc. President and COO Dennis Augusto L. Caharian said.

GMA Now is available in portions of Metro Manila, Rizal, Bulacan, Pampanga, Cavite, Laguna, Baguio City, Pangasinan, Batangas, Metro Cebu, Metro Davao, and Cagayan de Oro.

It works with any Android smartphone that runs on Android OS Marshmallow (Android 6.0) or higher, Dual Core 1Ghz CPU, and USB OTG support. GMA Now is also set to be available soon for iPhone users.

Simply download the GMA Now app from the Google Play Store to register for free and attach the GMA Now dongle on the smartphone.

Viewers can also catch GMA Now’s grand launch slated on ‘All-Out Sundays’ this February 7.

For only P649 with no monthly fees, watch TV on-the-go for free and enjoy interactive features with GMA Now, available online via the official GMA Store on Lazada and Shopee or visit your nearest tech and gadget stores. For the list of stores and other details, visit www.gmanetwork.com/gmanow or its official social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Iza Calzado on Why People Stay in Toxic Relationships: ‘It is a question of your self-worth’

Is it the love? Or is it the drama?

This article was originally published here.

by Ysa Singson for Cosmo.ph|

If you’ve ever been in love, you know how consuming it can feel like—especially when it’s a new relationship. And even more so when it’s a toxic one. In a new recent of Paano Ba ‘ToBianca Gonzalez asked Iza Calzado for her opinion on why some people decide to stay in “bad” or “toxic” relationships. 

“It is a question of your self-worth,” the actress said. Iza shared that she’s been in a “bad” relationship and she’s been the bad one ’cause “tao lang tayo, ‘di ba?” She said that the more toxic it was, the more attached she became. It felt like a “challenge” at some point because she was eager to prove people wrong when they were noticing the red flags. 

Now she’s able to ask herself, “What was I attached to? Was I attached to the love, really? Or was I attached to the drama? You have to figure that out for yourself. For me, that drama was familiar. That is what I grew up with. There was drama in our home.”

Iza continued, “It made me feel alive. It made me feel good. And even during the painful moments, I was so alive, and siguro that’s the artist in me.” She and Bianca also touch on the idea of someone else filling a void in your heart (Read: “You complete me”). 

Romantic as it may seem, it’s a dangerous way to approach love because you shouldn’t look to other people to feel whole. Bianca brought up the fact that the content we consume plays a role in the way we view love. For example, many of the movies and teleseryes we enjoy have characters who “change” once they fall for someone. This convinces people that they can change someone-like a player-for the better. 

So what are some signs that love isn’t enough to sustain your relationship?

Iza quickly replied, “Lagi kang umiiyak.” This usually means the cons outweigh the pros. You have to ask yourself: Why am I staying? Am I still happy? What makes me happy?

For Bianca, one of the clearest signs is if you are not being listened to: “In a relationship, both of you have a voice. And if it comes to the point na feeling mo wala ka ng boses, sign na ‘yun.” Another one is that both of “you have to be committed to growing individually and together. And if you feel your partner does not support you in either of those, mahirap.”

Hear more from Iza Calzado in this episode of Paano Ba ‘To with Bianca Gonzalez:

Happy to be part of Kumu, A Filipino Livestreaming and Social App

Earlier this year, I got an offer to work for a digital platform. I thought it was a digital marketing agency which needed content writers. I’m glad it was Kumu. What is Kumu anyway? Kumu is livestream app “that prioritizes the voices of over 100 million Filipinos around the world.”

By livestreaming in the app, you can get paid! Plus you can also win cash prizes by playing live game shows and make money by joining in several promotions within the app.

I write, and sometimes, direct for Kumu. Last March, I directed a promotional event headlined by viral stars Dante Gulapa and Albert Nicolas aka Asian Cutie. It aired on the app on March 21, 2020.

Sharing BTS photos from the shoot we did around Fairview area. We rented a gym for this shoot. And it was one of the funniest shoots I have ever done. Both Dante and Albert are wacky and easy to work with. The team was also professional so the shoot was smooth. (Ang init lang talaga.) It was just so hot in there. Summertime in the Philippines came in early, lol.

Happy to be part of Kumu because the team is very dynamic, open-minded and very collaborative! I saw a colleague’s post on Facebook which summed up what Kumu is all about. Here it is:

We are a global group of creatives, technologists, entrepreneurs, and diehard fans of a Filipino culture bursting with creativity and potential.

Our goal at Kumu is to create a platform for Pinoy power bringing communities closer. Creativity and excellence has always been in our blood; through media and technology, we aim to move that creativity beyond ideas, beyond action, towards movement and momentum. Our ambition is no less than to enable the future of the global Filipino community.

Even during this pandemic, the Kumu team has made sure that its people stay sane amidst the lock down by disseminating mental health information as well as providing medical and financial assistance just in case we need them. The operations also continued as we shifted to work from home setup, and without a doubt, we made it work.

Really proud to be working with the team and for Kumu. Looking forward to more creative collaborations and pursuits.

 

Kumu, positivity amidst the #COVID19 pandemic in Manila

As I write this, we are currently on Day 12 of the enhanced community quarantine here in Metro Manila, Philippines. It is March 25, 2020, Wednesday, as I write this.

While everyone wants to remain hopeful that we will survive this pandemic, the anxiety and fear combined is very much palpable where I live. I reside in Quezon City, near Mindanao Avenue or C5.

I have not been going out for days in an effort to adhere to the social distancing measures enforced by our government. Except for when I really have to buy groceries and medication.

When I did, I was really surprised that outside, it looked like a ghost town. The otherwise bumper to bumper sight in our main roads is nowhere to be seen. Yet this is not a feeling of comfort or relief, it is fear. Fear of the unknown and the unseen. We do not know for how long this pandemic will last. We also do not see the enemy: #covid19.

I must admit, I am very fortunate to be able to work from home during these trying times. Some of my kababayans are not as lucky. Online, I have read numerous accounts of people who have lost their main source of income ever since the lock down. Some have been mercilessly laid off, some were not required to go to work anymore. In a snap, they were jobless.

Freelancers and independent contractors like me got worried too, when one by one, our gigs or rakets were cancelled. This really made a dent in our cash flow. The constant bills keep on piling up, but the active income has stopped.

Ever since I led the freelancer life, I felt that I had to maintain a multiple income stream. This is to provide a buffer during emergency situations. Never did I think it would be this soon though. In theory and in all fairness, that seemed fine and logical. But that seems hardly so at present. But I firmly believe we shall get pass this.

As someone who constantly worries about my cash flow, I accepted a project from #kumu months back. Let me put my worries into context. The economy is volatile. Though they say that the Philippines has a booming market and economy, I always thought of the worst. I always thought anything can happen. The good, the bad, the worst. And the first one who should be able to help yourself, any time, any where, should be yourself.

At that time, it was crystal clear that Kumu is about building a fun Pinoy community. What is Kumu? As posted in this online portal, it is a “Filipino-centric social app that lets users host and watch livestreams, do virtual hangouts, as well as join interactive quizzes and social games. The app, which takes its name from the Pinoy greeting ‘kumusta?” Sounds well and fun, right?

But as March came in and the tragic deaths related to the novel corona virus piled up, everything else in the world has changed. Travel bans, both local and international, were implemented. A collective panic was beginning to grow. And now we’re prohibited to go out of our house. Three weeks ago, this was unheard of. Unthinkable even.

But what can a social app contribute to the present circumstances? That’s why Kumu is presenting “Social DistanSing”.

While other people underestimate the arts and entertainment in providing ‘relief’ during this period, I would like to point out though that it is also through these very things that we find comfort and solace amidst the chaos and fear.

When you see a daily update of rising death tolls worldwide due to COVID19, the future looks grim. And it is in those times when we look for something that can get us through the day. At this point, sometimes we turn to entertainment. To music, movies, poetry. Otherwise, we’d go bonkers even before the virus hits us.

How does this Kumu Social DistanSing event work? Basically it is a live stream session featuring Filipino celebrities and influencers whose collective goal is to raise funds.

Host, endorser and actor, KC Montero, who is also the Vice President of Marketing at Kumu shares this onhis LinkedIn account:

Extremely thankful for friends with giving hearts.. Kumu is collaborating with artists to help raise funds! We pledge that virtual gifts given on the Kumu Cares livestream will be donated to alleviate the plight of Filipino families most in need during this time. Download Kumu and catch your fave artists Go Live from March 26-April 8, from 4 to 9PM. On Kumu, no need to logout for other payment platforms, donations go straight on the livestream via virtual gifts!

I am really glad that we, Filipinos, are doing everything that we can to help each other out, in the best ways we know how. Philippines has been heralded as the social media capital of the world, and now we can use that to our advantage. To exercise our compassion and actually help others, too!

So I encourage everyone to download #kumu and take part in this noble cause. It’s accessible, easy and fun. Most of all, it is life-changing.

Here is the first batch of live streamers:

Spread the love, everyone!

Florence

 

MARS MONDAY: Pinky Marquez and Patricia Ismael

How do you react to your kids’ shocking questions? Learn from Moms Patricia Ismael and Pinky Marquez who have tips on Mars Sharing Group!  We’re welcoming December with a bang! Our first day of Mars Christmas Bazaar starts today. A bazaarista will headline Mars Masarap. She will take over the kitchen and prepare the Fresh Lumpia.

The holiday season is also a time to be inspired by others. In Love Letters to Mars, get to know the story of the Pinay single mom who’s now an internationally-acclaimed fashion designer. Her son joins her on the set to talk about overcoming the toughest struggles in life.

To cap off the episode, our hosts and guests face off in the Christmas Enumeration game. Find out the winner tonight’s on Mars on GMA News TV.

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MARS MONDAY: Tess Bomb and Nicki Balaj

Say no to stress and worries! Let Mars give you a reason to enjoy the night away. For this Tuesday, two funny ladies from the Kapuso network are on Mars to spread some good vibes and amazing projects.
Watch out for the colorful homemade Christmas decor of Tess and the delicious Mongolian Beef recipe of Nicki! The women are also game to detail some anecdotes from their life in showbizlandia in On The Spot: Keri Lang Edition! Make sure to stay until the end as well to get your nightly dose of Mars group exercise. This time, Coach James Sandoval leads the fitness segment.
Your chikahan appointment starts at 7:10 in the evening so stay tuned for that on GMA News TV from Mondays to Fridays.
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