Historical fantasy series Indio will be GMA-7's opening salvo for 2013


GMA Network Inc. recently hosted a star-studded event for its valued and loyal partners in the trade to unveil the slate of new programs and projects. The grand event was held last November 28 at the Rizal Ballroom of Makati Shangri-La Hotel.

Kapuso Station's bigwigs headed by Chairman and CEO Atty. Felipe L. Gozon, President and COO Gilberto R. Duavit, Jr., Executive Vice President and CFO Felipe S. Yalong; President and COO of GMA Marketing and Productions, Inc Lizelle G. Maralag joined the network's advertising partners in witnessing the grand launch of its major projects for the last part of 2012 and first quarter of 2013.

It was an afternoon of fun and surprises as Kapuso stars joined forces to take part in the celebration and provide entertainment to key partner-advertisers. The special gala event also showcased the new campaigns, and initiatives with the integration of the latest digital technology in advertising and promotions.

Among the programs presented in the trade launch were the primetime offerings Pahiram ng Sandali with Ms Lorna Tolentino, Christopher de Leon, Max Collins and Dingdong Dantes; Temptation of Wife with Dennis Trillo, Glaiza de Castro, Rafael Rosell and Marian Rivera; and the upcoming historical fantasy series, Indio, topbilled by Senator Ramon "Bong" Revilla, Jr. with Rhian Ramos, Sarah Lahbati, Alden Richards, Michael de Mesa, Sam Pinto, Rachelle Ann Go, and Jennylyn Mercado.


Indio will be set during the 1500s and the 1600s. According to Senator Bong, the lead actor of the series, their show is a fantaserye set against a historical background, right before the Philippines was conquered by Spaniards.


In an interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal), Rhian Ramos said that her character in Indio is a diwata(fairy). She says about her role:

“Kasi ang role ko, diwata. Malaki iyong costume at maraming sabit-sabit sa headdress.

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“Medyo nasasaktan rin iyong paa ko pag merong mababatong area, saka iyong ibang area na may mga linta.

“Iyon lang, buti naman at hindi pa ako nabibiktima ng linta. Talagang ina-avoid ko iyon na tumapak sa tubig pag alam kong merong linta.”

Also in attendance were the lead actors and actresses of the Afternoon Prime shows Yesterday's Bride with Lovi Poe, Rocco Nacino, Luis Alandy, Ara Mina, Mark Bautista; Sana Ay Ikaw Na Nga with Mikael Daez, Andrea Torres, Gabby Eigenmann; Magdalena with Bela Padilla, Ryan Eigenmann, Dion Ignacio, Pancho Magno, Lexi Fernandez; Paroa: Ang Kwento ni Mariposa with Barbie Forteza and Derrick Monasterio; and for the morning drama, Cielo de Angelina, with Bea Binene and Jake Vargas.

Veteran broadcast journalist Ms. Mel Tiangco graced the trade presentation as the host of drama anthology Magpakailanman.

GMA News and Public Affairs and GMA News TV presented its program line-up including the reality game show Extra Challenge (hosted by Richard Gutierrez and Marian Rivera together with Boobay) as well as State of The Nation with Jessica Soho hosted by GMA Network's Vice President for News Programs, Jessica Soho.

GMA Network's coverage of next year's national elections was also presented via "Eleksyon 2013" with the attendance of GMA News personalities including Mike Enriquez, Arnold Clavio, Vicky Morales, Howie Severino, Rhea Santos, Ivan Mayrina, Pia Arcangel, Susan Enriquez, Lala Roque.

Advertisers had a meet and greet opportunity with the hosts of Taste Buddies, Kusina Master and Sarap Diva, all cooking shows of GMA and GMA News TV.

Kapuso stars present were German Moreno, Ogie Alcasid, Michael V., Chris Tiu, Heart Evangelista, Aljur Abrenica, Kris Bernal, Elmo Magalona, Julie Anne San Jose, Louise delos Reyes, Bianca King, Benjamin Alves, Frank Magalona, Saab Magalona, Maxene Magalona, Joyce Ching, Kristoffer Martin, Rochelle Pangilinan, Michelle Madrigal, Jillian Ward, Gladys Reyes, Jaya, among others.

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(To view photos during the event, click here for PART 1 and PART 2)


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