TFC IN THE COMMUNITY: TFC Volunteers with Local Community to Provide Food to Families in Need


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TFC Volunteers with Local Community to Provide Food to Families in Need

Children of TFC employees believe in the Power of Good. (L-R) Front Row: Andrea Castillo, Patrick Talavera, Ira Vizcarra, and Martina Lopez. Back Row: Alyssa and Alyana Castillo, Sophia and Ella Beggs, and Matthew Vo. (Photo courtesy of Pia Lopezbanos-Carrion)

DALY CITY, Calif., March 21, 2018 — One drizzling Saturday, families picked up milk, tuna, peanut butter, rice and whole grains, vegetables, apples and oranges, cheese, eggs and bread for free at the school campus of  Woodrow Wilson Elementary School. Representatives of Second Harvest Food Bank, Cumberland Presbyterian, the school staff, and TFC employees distributed the free groceries to low-income families in the neighborhood.

Woodrow Wilson is the same school where TFC employees played Secret Santa last Christmas, where many families experience hardship and are below the poverty line. Tatiana Sanchez wrote in The Mercury News that “The cost of living across Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties is so high that more than a quarter of people in the region struggle to pay for food each month, according to a new food insecurity study by Second Harvest Food Bank.”

Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties is one of the largest food banks in the nation. The Food Bank distributes nutritious food, including more fresh produce than almost any other food bank in the country, through a network of 300 nonprofit partners at 905 sites.

The school was recently selected by Second Harvest Food Bank as beneficiary of their Family Harvest Program. When the school reached out to TFC requesting for volunteers to help in food distribution, a good number of employees immediately signed up. Many of them brought their family members to help.

TFC employees and their familes believe that the power of good lies in concrete acts of sharing and caring. (L-R) Alyana and her mother, TFC’s Regional Marketing Head for North and Latin America Pam Castillo, Sophia and her mother, Executive Assistant MJ Beggs, Solutions Delivery Head Gilbert Talavera and his son Patrick, Remittance Operations Manager Egay Bulawan, Rica Tang and her niece, Martina Lopez, sister and daughter respectively of Digital Partnership & Integration Head Connie Lopez.
Executive Assistant MJ Beggs (2nd from right) believes that having her daughters Ella (2nd from left) and Sophia (right) do volunteer work in the community is key for them to learn and practice compassion.  They are joined at the “Potato and Onion Station” by  other volunteers (L-R) Matthew Vo, Tea Ywai of Cumberland Presbyterian Church, and Patrick Meehan.
Remittance Operations Manager Egay Bulawan, Solutions Delivery Head Gilbert Talavera, and AFI Office & Development Manager Alma Magsombol happy to be of service at the “Milk Station.”

TFC is honored to be part of this food drive, serving side-by-side with the Second Harvest Food Bank, teachers and staff of Woodrow Wilson Elementary School, and volunteers from Cumberland Presbyterian Church to help fight hunger in the community.

Marketing Specialist Mimi Dayo-Arguelles emphasizes that “You have a purpose, you really feel good giving back.”  HR & Admin Specialist Jennifer Santos believes that there is good in each one. “They just need to experience a bit of human kindness so that the good within them can also come out.”

Harry Beggs, husband of Executive Assistant MJ Beggs, says that “It’s a great service to the community to give back. Reach one, teach one.” The Beggs also brought their two daughters and a friend because they wanted to show their children that volunteerism is what drives a community forward. They believe that doing good is the best lesson they can impart to the children.

Alyana Castillo, daughter of Regional Marketing Head for NOLA Pam Castillo, admits that “It makes me feel better about myself knowing that I am helping some kids and families.”

Jenn Yamanoha, a third-grade teacher at Woodrow Wilson, expressed that “We are just so grateful to have TFC volunteering their time. That’s what we teach our students, to give kindness to other people. The more that our students can see that there are people out there that care about them, the more it spreads love and kindness.”

ABS-CBN Foundation International Managing Director Jerry Bennett was pleased to announce that “together with Second Harvest Food Bank and the other volunteers, we gave out food stuff to around 60 poor families. It truly felt good to be part of this giving activity.” Bennett adds that “If we get ourselves involved in the community, especially in helping the poor, it will amplify the power of good of the people, for the people. This, then, creates compassion within the community.”

The kindness that shone through on that damp and cold Saturday warmed the hearts of those who were there. Relive the experience here.


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Pia Lopezbanos-Carrion
ABS-CBN International – TFC
2001 Juniperro Serra Blvd, Ste. 200
Daly City, CA 94014




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach Conquers Rom-Com Moviedom in “My Perfect You”


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Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach Conquers Rom-Com Moviedom
in “My Perfect You”

“My Perfect You,” the latest and hottest romantic comedy from the Philippines, is a must-see.

DALY CITY, Calif. (March 22, 2018) Pia Wurtzbach, one of the most beautiful faces in the world crowned Miss Universe 2015, teams up with versatile lead actor, Filipino-American Gerald Anderson, in a romantic comedy with a twist – “My Perfect You.”

The Star Cinema film is directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina, dubbed as the “blockbuster director” because of her track record for directing top-grossing films in the Philippines.

“My Perfect You” is the story of Burn (Anderson), a man who experiences a series of failures and disappointments in life and decides to get away from it all. As he escapes, he meets the perky and spirited Abi (Wurtzbach), a resort-owner trying to revive her business. Abi’s perennial optimism initially annoys the down-and-out Burn, until he realizes that he enjoys the time spent with her.

Audiences will see how the seeming lightness of the rom-com genre is effectively used as a channel to convey a deeper message of how one can handle life’s challenges, no matter how mentally or emotionally crippling they can be.

Burn’s blue funk contradicts with Abi’s rose-colored glasses, yet, there is superb chemistry between the two lead actors. The backdrop of the lush and breathtaking views of Masinloc, Zambales adds to the charm of “My Perfect You.” The small town with first-class natural wonders is known for its rivers, mangroves, and waterfalls, among others. See if the perfect setting would make for a perfect ending for Burn and Abi.

Go on a perfect getaway with Gerald Anderson and Pia Wurtzbach in an imperfectly beautiful love story.

Filipino-American actor Gerald Anderson (left) is the bummed out Burn, and Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach (right) plays the cheerful Abi in the charming romantic-comedy “My Perfect You,” showing in theaters across the U.S. and Canada starting March 23.

“My Perfect You” is showing in theaters across the U.S. and Canada starting March 23. Click here for more information and to find a theater near you, or visit TFC US  or TFC Canada on Facebook or Connect with fellow global Kapamilyas and follow @KapamilyaTFC and @KapamilyaGlobalPR on Twitter and Instagram.


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Pia Lopezbanos-Carrion
ABS-CBN International – TFC
2001 Juniperro Serra Blvd, Ste. 200
Daly City, CA 94014


Malayo Man Narating Pusong UPSE

Join us in the first ever UPSE reunion in the USA this summer 2018.

When: July 6, 2018 (Friday) to July 7, 2018 (Saturday)
Where: Las Vegas, Nevada
July 6, 2018 Early Reception Dinner @ Ocean One Bar and Grille followed by a Party Bus Tour along the Las Vegas Strip (complete with wine/beer/cocktails, Kodakan and music.)
July 7, 2018 Dinner / Reunion@ Stoney’s Rockin’ Country
Cost: $ 115.00/person paid before May 1, 2018 ($130.00 after May 1), which will cover the Party Bus Tour (including all drinks and gratuity) on July 6, Reunion Buffet Dinner and Celebration on July 7, a Reunion T-shirt, Event videography/photography and memorabilia, incidentals.
Cost WILL NOT COVER the Friday optional Reception Dinner, other meals, hotel and airfare/local transportation.
Alumni may opt to stay at Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas with Room Rate @ $ 159 per night + $35 resort fee per night + 13% Las Vegas Tax.
Please email or call UPSE’s contact person below to confirm your interest and attendance. Contact Person: Jay Ortega (562) 676-7735 (UPSE Batch ’83) or Email:


KANE ERROL CHOA, Head of Corporate Communications
Mobile: +639371482159, +639189095263      Email:
AARON DOMINGO, Media Relations Manager
Mobile: +639373731400, +639178083885      Email:
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05 MARCH 2018


The concept of ABS-CBN’s new fantaserye “Bagani” is to feature warriors, protectors, and heroes who espouse Filipino values and beliefs.

The production team did intensive research to determine a distinctly Filipino term that embodies a champion who fights for the common good of his tribe or family—somebody who is brave, honorable, self-sacrificing, and good-hearted.  In the end, the team recognized that the term and concept of a “Bagani” best solidifies the traits that the program wants to highlight.

With all due respect, the use of “Bagani” is not in any way intended to malign or to disrespect beliefs of the Indigenous Peoples’ communities, but instead hopes to propagate the values, morals, and ethics that are inherent in a ‘Bagani’—a Filipino warrior, protector, and hero.

To be clear, the “Bagani” fantaserye does not purport itself to be a historical account of Philippine history or culture.  The program has always maintained that it has created an alternative fictional universe with elements of Filipino mythology and folklore that simply serves as an avenue to creatively deliver and highlight Filipino values, beliefs, and heroism. (ABS-CBN Corporate Communications, Manila, Philippines)


Head, Global Corporate Affairs & PR
ABS-CBN International
2001 Junipero Serra Blvd., Ste 200
Daly City, CA 94014
MOBILE: 650.455.8616




NEWS RELEASE: “Discovering Routes” Scores Big Wins at the 2018 Cablefax Digital & Tech Awards

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“Discovering Routes” on its first year has been recognized by Cablefax Digital & Tech Awards in four categories – a huge achievement for ABS-CBN Global Studios. (Image from

“Discovering Routes” Scores Big Wins at the Cablefax Digital & Tech Awards

DALY CITY, CA, March 8, 2018“Discovering Routes”, an original series produced by ABS-CBN Global Studios that follows people to their lands of ancestry in search of epic adventures, made an impressive impact at the 2018 Cablefax Digital & Tech Awards held at the Yale Club in New York City this week.

“Discovering Routes” won in the Online Short and Original Content categories and was Honorable Mention for New Product or Launch and Overall Website>Official Show Website categories.

Starring Filipino American siblings Garrett Gee, a millennial tech millionaire and adventure travel journalist of The Bucket List Family fame, and his sister Miristi, the first season of “Discovering Routes” followed them to the sovereign island nation of the Philippines to experience local Filipino traditions, exotic tropical locales and to explore their Filipino heritage. Executive Producers for the show are ABS-CBN Global COO Olivia De Jesus, Discovering Routes Program Manager Keesa Ocampo and Myx TV General Manager Miguel Santos, in partnership with Go Button Media.

“Discovering Routes” star Garrett Gee visits the ABS-CBN International office and studio in Daly City.  With him are ABS-CBN Global COO Olivia De Jesus, Discovering Routes Program Manager Keesa Ocampo, Discovering Routes Project Specialist Jacob Acueza and Myx TV General Manager Miguel Santos.

The Cablefax Digital & Tech Awards honors the outstanding websites, digital initiatives and people in the media industry that are driving the digital media revolution, and salutes the best and brightest executives from the world of cable, online video and technology.

Below are the categories and competition where “Discovering Routes” won or was given Honorable Mention:

Garrett and Miristi Gee were surprised by their mother, Mel, in one of the exciting episodes of “Discovering Routes”.

Overall Website > Official Show Website 

  • Countdown to Christmas Online– Crown Media Family Networks
  • Discovering Routes– ABS-CBN Global Studios – Honorable Mention

Original Content 

  • Discovering Routes– ABS-CBN Global Studios – Winner
  • My Son/Daughter is a WWE Superstar– WWE
  • Pearl Harbor: The Last Word– History
  • Project Sammy’s Way– Lifetime
  • Southpaw Regional Wrestling– WWE
  • What’s Cooking with Julie Chrisley– USA Network

Online Short 

  • Better Call Saul’s Los Pollos Hermanos Employee Training Videos– AMC Networks, Inc.
  • Discovering Routes– ABS-CBN Global Studios – Winner
  • Race to the MVP– NBA Digital
  • What’s Cooking with Julie Chrisley– USA Network
  • Yoga Mockumentary– YES Network

New Product or Launch 

  • Discovering Routes– ABS-CBN Global Studios – Honorable Mention
  • Expanded OTT Offering– fuboTV
  • Live TV App– Hulu
  • Philo

“Discovering Routes” is currently airing on TFC, Lifestyle Network Global, Lifestyle Network Philippines, Myx TV and on TFC Online and TFC IPTV.


Head, Global Corporate Affairs & PR
ABS-CBN International
2001 Junipero Serra Blvd., Ste 200
Daly City, CA 94014
MOBILE: 650.455.8616