Star-studded gala marks GMA Network Studios inauguration

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo officially openedGMA Network's newest and biggest pride, the GMA Network Studios. Assistingher during the ribbon- cutting ceremony were network Chairman, President &CEO Atty. Felipe Gozon (far left), Vice President Noli de Castro, and GMA-7's ExecutiveVice President & COO Jimmy Duavit.


GMA Network, Inc.proudly unveiled the GMA Network Studios last night, October 17, at a gala affair attended by prominent figures in the world ofentertainment, politics, and business.

No less than PresidentGloria Macapagal-Arroyo led the ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open the massivestate-of-the-art establishment. The presence of Vice-President Noli de Castro drewcurious stares from everyone owing of course to his affiliation with GMA-7'srival network where he served as one of its popular anchors before his forayinto public service.

PEP (PhilippineEntertainment Portal) also spotted Quezon City Mayor Sonny Belmonte,Vice-Mayor Herbert Bautista, Senators Mar Roxas and Miriam Defensor-Santiago, MetropolitanManila Development Authority (MMDA) Secretary Bayani Fernando, among other government officials.

GMA-7's top brass—Chairman,President & CEO Atty. Felipe Gozon, Executive Vice President & COOJimmy Duavit, Senior Vice President for Entertainment TV Wilma Galvante, AVPfor Drama & Entertainment Lilybeth Rasonable and GMA Films President AnneteGozon-Abrogar—were all on hand to witness the inauguration and towelcome all the invited guests.

STARS AND MORE STARS. As expected, GMA-7 stars and personalitiesflocked to the event, even as early as 7:00 in the evening:

Heart Evangelista,Alfred Vargas, Paolo Contis, Isabel Oli, Mark Anthony Fernandez, Richard Gomezwith wife Lucy Torres-Gomez, Ehra Madrigal, Michelle Madrigal, Rhian Ramos,Maxene Magalona, Keempee de Leon, Jackie Rice, Miriam Quiambao, Pauleen Luna,John Lapus, Pia Guanio, JC de Vera, Richard Gutierrez, Dennis Trillo, KatrinaHalili, Jean Garcia, Angelika dela Cruz, Aljur Abrenica, Camille Prats, IzaCalzado, Dingdong Dantes, Marian Rivera, Eddie Gutierrez, Eddie Garcia, MikeEnriquez, Arnold Clavio, Jessica Soho, Rufa Mae Quinto, Bong Revilla, LaniMercado, and others.

The evening startedwith cocktails and socializing. After dinner, everyone watched thespecial program showcasing the new facilities and chronicling the network's inspiring journey. The program's performers were RegineVelasquez, Basil Valdez, Aicelle Santos Jonalyn Viray, Janno Gibbs, OgieAlcasid, Michael V., Dingdong Dantes, Marian Rivera, Jay Durias and Kyla.

As a fitting end to the program, allof the network's stars were presented with matching AVP playing in thebackground while Jaya and Jay Durias sang "The First Time Ever I Saw YourFace" and "You Are So Beautiful."

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RAISINGTHE BAR. In a public statement released celebrating thecompletion of the GMA Network Studios, Vice President and COO Gilberto Duavit Jr.vividly painted the network's goal of producing quality programs by coveringall essential corners.

"Filipino creativity,when not hindered, has limitless possibilities. It was necessary to provide ourown creatives with the tools to execute program ideas which we wouldsubsequently distribute worldwide."

Construction of the GMANetwork Studios started in 2006 with the public simply referring to the newbuilding as an "annex" or an extension of GMA-7's old office. That "annex" unbeknownstto many at the time was being designed to raise the bar in broadcasting and TVproduction here in the Philippines.

Studio 4, considered asthe network's biggest studio to date, occupies an area of 1,020 square meters. It can accommodate an audience of 600 for live shows and a staggering 1,000people on special occasions. Studio 4's control room also boasts two unitsof audio consoles with 96 channel inputs, which is great for musicals and live concerts.

Although smaller by half comparedto Studio 4, Studio 5—with an area of 638 square meters—can house 200 people.The studio is complete with R-WAR acoustic system complemented with sound-proofdesign, making the venue 100% zero-noise vibration. Both studios are equippedwith Digital Speaker Management created to eliminate audio feedback.

GMA Network Inc. tappedinternationally acclaimed brands to provide the assortment of lighting equipment that consists of high-tech lighting effects, studiolights, dimmers and consoles.

According to networkhead honcho Atty. Felipe Gozon, the new studio with itstechnologically advanced equipment and facilities epitomizes GMA-7's vision to move forward with the viewers as main priority.

"We are confident, thatwith the GMA Network Studios, we are at par with the big broadcast studiosworldwide... setting the bar in TV production here in the Philippines," statedGozon.

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