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What stars learned from being a ‘Kapuso’

/ 12:15 AM June 27, 2020

Koreans have their “finger heart,” while we Pinoys have our Kapuso Network. As GMA 7 celebrates its 70th anniversary, I can’t help but get “senti.” The station was home to me and my mom for many years. It used to be the playground of my sister and kids, who tagged along with Ma during her shows.

Mom’s “Eye to Eye” was the first TV program that integrated show biz and public service. During her final years, she hosted “Heart to Heart.” Back in the ’90s, people used to say in jest that, “’Yung tatlong poste ng GMA, ang may-ari ay sina Helen Vela, German Moreno at Inday Badiday.

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I have fond memories of hosting “Movie Magazine,” which opened many doors for me. Today, the Kapuso Network continues to be a leader in innovation, constantly stepping out of the box and challenging norms to produce world-class dramas and award-winning newscasts, documentaries, and inspiring programs.

It is also home to some of the industry’s brightest stars. In this article, proud artists of the network share what they love about being a Kapuso.

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Nora Aunor

Nora Aunor

Nora Aunor: When I signed up with GMA, I learned discipline in my work. Since I did “Modern Romance sa Telebisyon” and “Spotlight,” I imbibed that. So to this day, baon ko sa taping ang professionalism. I make sure to arrive early on the set. ’Yan ang tatak-Kapuso.

Jennylyn Mercado

Jennylyn Mercado

Jennylyn Mercado: Through all my ups and downs, my home network stood by me and never abandoned me. My colleagues and bosses make me feel genuinely loved. Winning “Starstruck” changed my life for the better.

Carla Abellana

Carla Abellana

Carla Abellana: GMA believed in me and gave me full trust, especially during the time when I didn’t believe in myself and had no self-confidence whatsoever. It introduced me not just to the entire country, but to the world as someone whom I never thought I could be.

Mikael Daez

Mikael Daez

Mikael Daez: It is where I learned the value of teamwork. It not only makes your work successful and productive, but it also makes you happier as an artist.

Megan Young

Megan Young

Megan Young: I value the relationships I built with the people I work with in the network. GMA paved the way for me since my “Starstruck” days. The great training I got in the network came in handy when I joined Miss World. My victory would not have been possible without the skills I learned as a Kapuso.

Aicelle Santos

Aicelle Santos

Aicelle Santos: The network has given me the platform to discover talents I never knew I had. It helped me grow as an artist and as a person who’s able to adapt through the changing times. It has been home to me for 14 years and stays true to its Kapuso theme. It is where I feel nothing but love and respect from friends and coworkers.

Drew Arellano

Drew Arellano

Drew Arellano: I love being a Kapuso because GMA has been my second home for nearly two decades. Home is where the heart is.

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Barbie Forteza

Barbie Forteza

Barbie Forteza: It’s such a joy working for a company that values me and takes good care of me.

Also, it has been my second home for 10 years now. I’ve made a lot of true friends that makes the job a lot more fun.

Mark Herras

Mark Herras

Mark Herras: I really feel the company’s concern in my career and personal life. It’s always “good vibes” working with my fellow artists.

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