PRESS STATEMENT FROM GMA-7:
"GMA Network, Inc. strengthens its nationwide reach further with the launch of its newest facility in the Bicol region tomorrow, August 10.
"Currently seen in Camarines Sur by an estimated total of 229,696 households, satellite station GMA Channel 7 Naga upgrades to GMA TV Bicol and will now be seen in the other areas of Legazpi, Albay, Catanduanes, Masbate, and Sorsogon via Channel 12, reaching out to an estimated total of 520,178 households.
"With the launch of GMA TV Bicol, Kapuso viewers will be provided with competitive programming of localized news and entertainment programs. Armed with breakthrough technology and equipment, the station will also be running its newscast program, Baretang Bicol, beginning September 3.
"Meanwhile, the Kapuso experience steps up on August 12 as GMA Network brings some of its biggest stars to Legazpi for an exciting Kapuso Day happening at Ibalong Centrum for Recreation.
"Gracing the Kapuso Day are Just One Summer’s Elmo Magalona, Julie Anne San Jose, and Steven Silva, Kasalanan Bang Ibigin Ka?'s Geoff Eigenmann, One True Love’s Alden Richards and Louise delos Reyes, Luna Blanca’s Derrick Monasterio and Kristoffer Martin, Party Pilipinas’ Sam Pinto, Mark Herras, and Rochelle Pangilinan, and HOT TV 's Jennylyn Mercado and Raymond Gutierrez.
"The celebration begins with a Kapuso Motorcade followed by exciting performances from the Kapuso stars as Philippine television’s one and only concert party – Party Pilipinas – grants all Bicolanos free access to the show. Gates will open at 10 AM.
"GMA Network’s newest showbiz news magazine program – HOT TV (Hindi Ordinaryong Tsismis)– will also go live in Bicol this Sunday. Serving as the highlight to the celebration is the Kapuso Night filled with exciting games for the audience and live performances from the Kapuso stars.
"The highlights of the Kapuso Day in Ilocos can be seen in the two-part Let’s Fiesta TV Special airing on August 26 and September 2 via the Network’s regional stations in Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Dagupan, Ilocos, CDO, GenSan, Bacolod, and Bicol."
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