BATTLE OF 2019 CHRISTMAS STATION IDs: GMA-7's Love Shines vs. ABS-CBN's Family is Forever

by James Patrick Anarcon
Nov 23, 2019
PEPsters, which Christmas station ID did you like more: GMA-7's "Love Shines" or ABS-CBN's "Family is Forever?"

Every year, television aficionados and showbiz folks look forward to the respective Christmas station IDs of the two TV networks: ABS-CBN and GMA-7.

Viewers are always excited to learn the new station ID songs they will be singing along to, or to check if their favorite celebrity is present or absent in the station ID.

This November, GMA-7 and ABS-CBN both released their respective station IDs.


GMA-7 is the first to release its Christmas station ID on November 10. Titled "Love Shines," the station ID captures how charitable acts and good deeds lighten up Christmas for Filipinos.

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The GMA Christmas station ID showcases stories of regular folk who have touched the hearts of Kapuso viewers through various programs such as Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho, Brigada, and Wowowin. These stories are also some of the most-viewed videos on GMA Network's YouTube channel.

Kapuso stars such as Jessica Soho, Dingdong Dantes, Marian Rivera, Mel Tiangco, Tom Rodriguez, Jennylyn Mercado, Heart Evangelista, Carla Abellana, Derek Ramsay, Michael V, Mike Enriquez, and Alden Richards join everyday Filipinos who are featured in the station ID. The Kapuso stars spend time with them and give them gifts and warm hugs.

Alden delivers the network's Christmas campaign for 2019: "Let love shine this Christmas, mga Kapuso."

The station ID song, which is also aptly titled "Love Shines," is performed by various Kapuso singers such as Alden Richards, Jennylyn Mercado, Heart Evangelista, Lovi Poe, Gabbi Garcia, Christian Bautista, Kyline Alcantara, Rayver Cruz, Rita Daniela, Ken Chan, Bianca Umali, Glaiza de Castro, Derrick Monasterio, Dennis Trillo, Tom Rodriguez, Julie Anne San Jose, Mark Bautista, Aicelle Santos, Golden Canedo and the other finalists of The Clash.

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The GMA-7 Christmas station ID also shows people singing the "Love Shines" theme in iconic chruches like in the St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Davao, Jaro Metropolitan Church in Iloilo, St. Paul Metropolitan Cathedral in Vigan, Minor Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary of Manaoag in Pangasinan.

The last shot of the station ID gathers all current Kapuso stars singing the "Love Shines" theme song while holding heart-shaped parols.

As of this writing, the GMA-7 station ID has already 1.1 million views.

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ABS-CBN launches its Christmas station ID on November 18. Dubbed "Family is Forever," the 2019 ABS-CBN Christmas station ID brings loyal Kapamilya viewers on a trip down memory lane as it incorporates elements and lyrics from 65 years of its station IDs, plus Christmas features of ordinary people in 2009, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018.

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The Kapamilya station's 2019 Christmas ID also features old news footage capturing how the Filipino spirit has remained intact despite the onslaught of super typhoons Ondoy in 2009 and Yolanda in 2013.

The Voice Kids season four coaches Sarah Geronimo, Bamboo, and Lea Salonga, as well as the grand finalists, are then heard singing the "Family is Love" song, which goes by the lyrics, "Pinag-isa tayo ng Diyos at pag-ibig, may iisang puso at iisang tinig. Forever, forever—family is forever."

The network also pays homage to its popular station ID, "Bro, Ikaw Ang Star ng Pasko," which was launched ten years ago, by showing a footage where a young boy carries a string of parols along a muddy path during typhoon Ondoy.

The 2019 Christmas station ID features ordinary people singing the previous station ID theme songs over the years: "Star ng Pasko," "Thank You For The Love," "Just Love," and "Family is Forever."

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These ordinary people come from all walks of life from different regions, such as in Baseco, Nueva Ecija, Taguig, Pasig, Cebu, Davao, Marikina, Pasig, Rizal, Bulacan, Bohol, Tacloban, Zamboanga, Marikina, and even Kapamilyas from Hong Kong and Canada.

The station ID also shows the repairs being done to Baclayon church in Bohol after it was destroyed during the 2013 earthquake. Viewers also get a glimpse of the M/V Eva Jocelyn ship that became typhoon Yolanda's tourism symbol.

ABS-CBN also reunites regular folk in its previous station IDs to mingle with Kapamilya stars through a photo exhibit. Among those present were Judy Ann Santos Kim Chiu, Xian Lim, Dimples Romana, Beauty Gonzalez, Vice Ganda, Regine Velasquez, Sarah Geronimo, Liza Soberano, Enrique Gil, Piolo Pascual, Nadine Lustre, Kathryn Bernardo, Daniel Padilla, Maricel Soriano, Toni Gonzaga, Maja Salvador, Jane de Leon, and Coco Martin.

The 2019 ABS-CBN Christmas station ID ends by featuring ABS-CBN executives, stars, and employees from previous station IDs 1988, 2013, 2016, and 2019.

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As of this writing, the Kapamilya Christmas station ID has already 2.4 million views.


PEPsters, which Christmas station ID did you like more: GMA-7's "Love Shines" or ABS-CBN's "Family is Forever?"

Answer our PEP Battle Poll and share your thoughts in the comments section.

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