GMA Network recently hosted a star-studded party for its partners in the trade to unveil its lineup of primetime programs for the third quarter of 2009.
The bash was a special tribute of gratitude to the advertisers who have consistently supported GMA Network. Four ground-breaking programs—a worldwide hit reality show, an original drama series, an international telenovela and an all-time Filipino classic—were revealed during the presentation at White Space Events Hall in Makati City last July 3, 2009.
New additions to GMA-7's roster include the much awaited return of the popular reality show Survivor Philippines. One of the most popular reality shows of 2008 enters its second season in August with more action-packed island adventures, tension-filled tribal councils, nerve-wracking immunity challenges, surprising twists, and a new batch of castaways who will play in a game of survival for a chance to win three million pesos.
Host Paolo Bediones once again takes the viewers to a secret location that will produce the game's second Pinoy sole survivor.
GMA-7 went a step further by offering something new to viewers by presenting the riveting drama series, All My Life. Topbilled by Aljur Abrenica and Kris Bernal, All My Life ignites the romance of the young love team after the incomparable success of their afternoon series Sine Novela presents Dapat Ka Bang Mahalin. Directed by Mac Alejandre and Andoy Ranay, All My Life dares to defy all conventions on traditional drama soaps as Kris and Aljur play mature roles mired by complexities of forbidden romance. The first primetime soap featuring the Kris-Aljur tandem debuted last June 29.
Aiming to captivate the hearts of millions of Filipinos is the adaptation of the highly successful Mexican telenovela, Rosalinda. The Philippine version of this soap opera aired its pilot episode last July 6. Playing the coveted title role is newcomer Carla Abellana, who stood out from the other talented actresses who auditioned for the part. Meanwhile, matinee idol Geoff Eigenmann plays the local version of the Mexican series' equally popular character of Fernando Jose Altamirano.
Lastly, the Pinay super heroine Darna, one of the most enduring Philippine comics character created by Mars Ravelo, will return to the Kapuso Network via the primetime show Narda. Marian Rivera will don the iconic Darna costume and will fly high as the sexy, alluring and voluptuous super heroine on primetime TV starting August 10. Being the unanimous choice to reprise the popular character, Marian will infuse a brand new level of excitement to the Filipino classic.
Playing the most desirable male lead role is one of the Kapuso Network's brightest and eligible male star, Mark Anthony Fernandez.
During the July 3 trade launch, guests had the chance to experience the thrill of joining a live dating game for All My Life and Rosalinda. Some guests also participated in a "Catch Me If You Can" game while others competed for the Best Darna Move with Marian and Mark Anthony for Darna. The "Pambansang Kapuso" Manny Pacquiao even made a surprise appearance at the event to the delight of the partying crowd.
GMA Network's bigwigs headed by Chairman, President and CEO Felipe Gozon, Marketing and Productions president and COO Manuel Quiogue, and SVP for Entertainment TV Wilma Galvante joined advertising partners and friends from the press in experiencing the mania of island drama in Survivor Philippines Season 2, blush with love in All My Life, exude flaming passion with Rosalinda, and feel the power of Darna: the network's four newest primetime offerings for the coming months of 2009.