GMA-7’s "Ka-blog!" airs pilot episode on August 9


The hosts of Ka-blog! (from left) areMonica Verallo, Lucky Mark Mercado, Andrea Torres, and Mico Aytona. StartingAugust 9, this GMA-7 magazine show will tackle fashion, high-tech gadgets,sports, and relationship advice every Saturday morning.



"Sup? I googled my BFF's e-shop, their just-in stuff's theshiznit! They've got them on Flickr too. Don't tell me you only friended her onMultiply? Get with it, IMHO Facebook's got more oomph. BUZZ! You're NR. I'll beAFK now, SYWISY!"

If you could barely understand the jargon used in theprevious paragraph, then GMA-7's new show called Ka-blog is definitelyfor you. There's so much tech-speak going on among teens, the oldies might aswell have been living under a rock. With new terminology cropping up each day likespambots (another thing there for the haplessly clueless to google) on youraverage website's comments space, it's like a whole new universe out there.

Of course, there is social networking, blogging and e-mailing but it's adifferent story when things like phishing, twittering, and thread flaming startto come up. The acronyms, too, are a mouthful: PSP, DoTA, WoW, and MMORPG forgaming, and the likes of IDK, DND, ROFL and LMAO for chatting. Bridging thegeneration gap hasn't been easy before, but the evolving language makes it evenmore challenging.

The flurry of gadgets and gizmos in today's high-speed worldhas upped the tempo of everyday life, and among all, the youth are the onesthat have done the best catching up so far. A new breed of teenagers hasemerged, one that inhabits a parallel society within the physical: the onlineworld. They create cyber-identities and hook up with e-friends to walk invirtual villages, and they do it all in their seats with a couple of mouseclicks.

Adults can either shake their heads and lament at how thegood ol' times are gone or they can go right on with the flow.

In response to these changes in our high-tech world, GMA-7'sNews and Public Affairs team will be rolling out a new show titled Ka-blog! Thisunique magazine show will feature anything and everything about adolescentlife. Each week, Ka-blog! will serve as the tambayan for teens to get aload of the latest updates, trends, and information on the many issues relevantto them—from fashion forecasts to mind-blowing tech toys, the hippest hangoutsand the hottest heartthrobs. Viewers can also expect to learn more about theproblems that face teens today.

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Hosted by the newest and youngest reporters on GMA-7, Ka-blog!will take teen viewers on a weekly ride to discovering and examining thewonderful things about being a Pinoy teen. Smart and chic Andrea Torres,the show's official style sister, will help teens navigate throughever-evolving fashion and lifestyle trends. Total performer and tech enthusiastMico Aytona is the show's resident IT guy, for the total lowdown on thecoolest gaming and gadget stuff. Athletics and recreation are right up thealley of sporty dude Lucky Mark Mercado for maxed-out moves to keepactive. For teens with dating dilemmas, BFF problems or questions they dare notask their family, Monica Verallo is the go-to girl on all matterspersonal.

Together, Andrea, Mico, Lucky and Monica are all set toguide teen viewers as well as their folks, as they deal with the triumphs andchallenges of adolescence. Ka-blog! is definitely going to make a changeon their Saturday viewing habits, with a barkada they can turn to at all times,be it for a shoulder to cry on, or a best friend to laugh with.

Ka-blog!airs its pilot episode on August 9 (Saturday) 10 am on GMA-7.


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