FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: TFC Dealers’ Summit Fuels Knowledge and Kindles Passion for Genuine Service


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TFC Dealers’ Summit Fuels Knowledge and Kindles Passion for Genuine Service

The team. (L-R) CA-Central & West Territory Account Sales Head (TASH) Clarence Sanicas; CA-East TASH Mario Marasigan; North America Sales & Distribution Head Ray Olano; North America Customer Operations Head Agnes Jamias; North America Marketing Head Pam Castillo; North America Dealer Management & Recruitment Manager Malou Garcia; Marketing Specialist Haphi Llaneza; U.S. Sales Coordinator Kimberly Dado; CA Sales Coordinator Evelyn Cruz; US-Central TASH Joy Espinosa; North America Business Unit Head for Operations Kerwin Du; US-Southwest TASH Ariel Angeles; and US-East TASH Ryan Eduardo.

LAS VEGAS, February 8, 2018 TFC recently held its Dealers’ Summit and Awards Night at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel. It was the first ever conference to be participated in by key dealers and agents across the three lines of businesses from all over North America: (1) TFC IPTV – a video-on-demand service; (2) myREMIT – a phone, online and brick-and-mortar remittance company; and (3) StarKargo – a door-to-door shipment service.

Over 70 participants, that included high-performing dealers and agents and TFC Sales and Marketing team members, attended two days of plenary sessions and workshops. The group did in-depth analyses and discussions about today’s overseas Filipino customers: what are their needs and how TFC’s products and services can best meet those (needs).  Plans for the year were also discussed by the different businesses.

TFC dealers and agents participated in plenary sessions during the Dealers’ Summit at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel. (Photo courtesy of Haphi Llaneza)

Games were part of the team building sessions. Shown here is the winning team for the Highest Poker Combination game, showing their Royal Flush (Spades). (L-R)  StarKargo Agent Bing Velasco, Ellen Tiamzon, Laurelia Yago, Jun Pacifico, and Service Awardee Larry Tiamzon (Photo courtesy of Haphi Llaneza)

TFC dealers and agents did various activities during the workshops and planning sessions at the TFC Dealers’ Summit. (Photo courtesy of Haphi Llaneza)

(L-R) Production Engineering Head Jonas De Leon; “Adobo Nation” Producer & Host Ginger Conejero; Head Writer Mouse Munoz; North America Sales & Distribution Head Ray Olano; CA-Central & West Territory Account Sales Head Clarence Sanicas; CA Sales Coordinator Evelyn Cruz; US-East TASH Ryan Eduardo; Martin Nievera; CA-East TASH Mario Marasigan; North America Dealer Management & Recruitment Manager Malou Garcia; US-Northwest TASH John Caridad; Marketing Specialist Haphi Llaneza; and  US-Southwest TASH Ariel Angeles.

North America Sales & Distribution Head Ray Olano with Concert King Martin Nievera.

ABS-CBN Global COO Olivia de Jesus underlines the importance and the value of the contributions of the dealers and agents to TFC. De Jesus declared that “As our frontliners, we are counting on you to solidify our relationship with our subscribers. You know their pulse, what they want, and that is very helpful information for us who create the content.”

Country Manager for Canada Jun Del Rosario echoed the sentiment when he said, “Dealers have always been a very important part of the growth of TFC and ABS-CBN, and we look forward to continuing to be your partner as we move ahead and explore new opportunities.”

The summit was capped with dinner and the TFC BIDA Awards Night, recognizing the dealers and agents who performed well in 2016-2017.  Under the TFC BIDA (Best and Inspired Dealer Achievement) Awards which was launched in 2016, the best performing dealers and agents of TFC IPTV, StarKargo and myREMIT receive trophies and prizes for delivering exceptional results in these lines of businesses. Below is the list of the current “heroes” of TFC, which is the literal English translation of the Filipino word “Bida.”

TFC-IPTV

Dealers of the Year (North America)

1st Place      Ronald Lim

2nd Place      Leona Sala

3rd Place       Aleli Cabunoc and Jun Pacifico

Top Sales Achievers        

Aurora Cajucom (Canada)

Leona Sala (U.S.)

Ronald Lim (Premium Package Sales)

StarKargo

Agents of the Year (North America)

Rafael Carlos & Peter Carlos

Bing Velasco

Ed Diolazo

Top Sales Achievers

Rafael Carlos & Peter Carlos (Northern California)

Jevy Gonzales (Southern California)

TFC myREMIT

Agents of the Year

Joyce Minimart (Canada)

Express Remit (U.S.)

Top Sales Achievers

West Alexander Technologies (Canada)

JVM Enterprises (U.S.)

Larry Tiamzon was presented the Service Award for his more than 20 years of service.

Ronald Lim (2nd from right) is awarded Dealer of the Year and Top Sales Achiever for Premium Sales Packages by North America Dealer Management & Recruitment Manager Malou Garcia (left), Global & North America Budget Manager Edgar Carbonell (2nd from left), and North America Sales & Distribution Head Ray Olano (right).

Bing Velasco (2nd from left), brothers Ato & Peter Carlos (4th & 5th from left) and Ed Diolazo (not in photo) were awarded StarKargo Agents of the Year. Joining them are North America Customer Operations Head Agnes Jamias (left); (Cargo & Warehouse Operations Manager Noel Kenery (3rd from left); North America Sales & Distribution Head Ray Olano (2nd from right); and Product Operations Head Kerwin Du.

West Alexander Technologies represented by Ronald Opina (center) won TFC myREMIT Top Sales Achiever (Canada). Shown in photo are North America Marketing Head Pam Castillo (left) and North America Sales & Distribution Head Ray Olano (right).

North America Dealer Management & Recruitment Manager Malou Garcia (3rd from right) and CA Sales Coordinator Evelyn Cruz (3rd from left) are joined by TFC dealers and agents (L-R) Luming Pestanas, Leona Sala, Bambi Leda, Ellen Tiamzon, and Aleli Cabunoc.

Larry Tiamzon (2nd from left) receives the Service Award for his more than 20 years of service as a TFC Dealer. He is flanked by North America Dealer Management & Recruitment Manager Malou Garcia (left), North America Marketing Head Pam Castillo (2nd from right), and North America Sales & Distribution Head Ray Olano (right).

TFC dealers and agents are the vanguards of the businesses of TFC. According to Ray Olano, North American Sales and Distribution Head, “Our TFC dealers and agents are the frontliners of TFC, hence are critical in fulfilling ABS-CBN’s mission of serving the overseas Filipino.

When asked, what fulfills them as TFC dealers, Leona Sala, Top Sales Achiever for the U.S., shared that “It is the moment after I have set up the customer’s box and as soon as you turn it on, seeing the light in their eyes, the laughter, and the occasional jumping up and down and the hugs.”

Another dealer, Bing Lim, recalled that when she “installed the set-top box in the home of a 75-year old couple who had not been home in over 20 years, the first time they heard Noli De Castro (a popular Filipino newscaster) say ‘Magandang Gabi, Bayan,’ they actually had tears in their eyes.”

Olano recognizes how the dealers and agents serve as the link between overseas Filipinos and the motherland. He adds that “It is through them that we are able to connect our kapamilyas here in North America, back to our home country – either by providing news and entertainment through TFC, or remittance service through myREMIT, or balikbayan box service through StarKargo.

Over 70 participants, including TFC dealers and agents and TFC Sales and Marketing team members attended the two-day TFC Dealers’ Summit at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel.

According to Olano,“We need to properly equip and motivate our dealers and agents. The summit meeting equips their mind with knowledge, and the BIDA program fuels their heart with passion.”

In his inspirational speech, Executive Adviser Raffy Lopez expressed his gratitude to the team calling them “our beloved heroes in the field, the faces of TFC to our customers through the years.” Lopez paraphrased a 19th century poet and said, “We went to where there was no path, and left a trail. Mabuhay to all of you and from the bottom of my heart, thank you for your service.”

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PRESS RELEASE – NaFFAA Expresses Concern Around White House’s Immigration Framework with Providsion that Limits Family Sponsorships to “Spouses and Minor Children Only”

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NaFFAA Expresses Concern Around White House’s Immigration Framework

New framework contains a provision limiting family sponsorships to “spouses and minor children only”

Washington, DC – Recently, the White House released its Framework on Immigration Reform & Border Security, which contains a provision limiting family sponsorships to “spouses and minor children only,” thereby supporting the elimination of sponsorships for parents, adult children, and siblings.

According to the National Visa Center’s Annual Report of Immigrant Visa Applicants, there are more than 333,000 Filipinos waiting to reunite with their loved ones here in the United States.

Not only do Filipinos have the second highest number of family-sponsored waiting list registrants in the world (second only to Mexico), but they also suffer the longest wait times of any group: more than 23 years according to the latest Visa Bulletin.

In response to the White House’s immigration framework, the National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) issued the following statement:

“While we agree that the White House’s proposed pathway to citizenship for DREAMers represents progress in the immigration debate, we believe that the additional restrictions they propose on family-based immigration is an affront to the American spirit of compassion and freedom,” said NaFFAA National Chairman Brendan Flores. “We believe that the focus of the current debate should be on the countless stories of reunified family members and how they have contributed to the freedom and opportunity of the American promise.”

Marie Cunning, member of NaFFAA’s Board of Governors, added: “As a national voice for Filipino Americans, NaFFAA expresses our concern for any proposal that would separate Filipino families from their loved ones. Family-based immigration has helped positively transform the lives of Filipino Americans across this great nation.  With more than 333,000 Filipinos waiting in line, we encourage the Administration and Congress to support immigration reform that protects and expedites family reunification, instead of eliminating this fair and compassionate process.”

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About NaFFAA

The National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization. Established in 1997, NaFFAA has been the standard bearer for promoting the welfare and well-being of the 4 million Filipinos and Filipino Americans throughout the United States. NaFFAA’s vision is to serve as the voice of all Filipinos and Filipino Americans by uniting, engaging, and empowering diverse individuals and community organizations through leadership development, civic engagement, and national advocacy.

www.naffaa.org

Jason Tengco
Executive Director
National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA)
1322 18th St NW; Washington, DC 20036
www.naffaa.org

 

God bless, Nerissa

NERISSA M. FERNANDEZ
Head, Global Corporate Affairs & PR
ABS-CBN International
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Daly City, CA 94014
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***TFC THIS WEEKEND: “Ang Dalawang Mrs. Reyes” now on its 2nd Week + TFCU Davis on Embracing Identity


THIS WEEKEND

1) “Ang Dalawang Mrs. Reyes” now on its Second Week in the U.S. and Canada

Moviegoers can still head to the theaters to go on a hysterical movie date with Judy Ann Santos and Angelica Panganiban, the leads of “Ang Dalawang Mrs. Reyes,” now on its second week in theaters across the U.S. and Canada.

Santos (Lianne) and Panganiban (Cindy) star as two women who pursue their erring husbands when they find out that their partners are gay, and have fallen for each other. Liane and Cindy become allies, despite their striking differences: one is an accomplished career woman, while the other one is a (plain) homemaker. Their friendship is anchored on the need to find out if they can still get their husbands back.

“Ang Dalawang Mrs. Reyes” is guaranteed to give moviegoers a generous dose of laughter, tears, and intoxicating fun amid life’s most painful experiences. It is currently screening in theaters across the U.S. and Canada.

Go to www.tfc-usa.com/2mrsreyes/ or to www.tfc-ca.com/2mrsreyes/ for more information and to find a theater near you, or visit TFC US  or TFC Canada on Facebook. Connect with fellow global Kapamilyas and follow @KapamilyaTFC and @KapamilyaGlobalPR on Twitter and Instagram.

2) Embrace Identity this Saturday at TFCU Talks  Davis

TFCU Talks UC Davis is a free event. RSVP here for entry and complimentary dinner.

TFCU Talks will be in Davis, California this Saturday, February 3, 2018 with a lineup of top industry leaders to connect, inspire, and empower college students and young professionals, helping them realize their full potential.

Their solid cast of first-rate speakers include Comedian and YouTube Personality Christine Gambito, Trans Choreographer Sydney Loyola, United Playaz Co-Founder Rudy Corpuz, Jr., and Career Coach Mike Sagun. Dance performance will be provided by the Chapkis Dance Family.

Co-presented by Mga Kapatid (My Brothers and Sisters) – a social, political, cultural, and academic organization for the Pilipino-American community at UC Davis, TFCU Talks Davis will be at the Wyatt Pavilion Theatre in UC Davis (Arboretum Dr, Davis, CA 95616) TFCU Talks Davis is an exclusive free event with limited seating – first come, first served. For all ticketing information, and to reserve your spot today, please visit tfcudavis.eventbrite.com

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*** FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: TFC Hosts NaFFAA Youth Ambassadors in an Afternoon of Informal Learning

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TFC Hosts NaFFAA Youth Ambassadors in an Afternoon of Informal Learning

Adobo Nation Host & Producer Ginger Conejero (back row, left), TFCU Program Director Romeo Marquez (2nd from right), and BA Executive Producer Troy Espera (right) were in a round-table discussion with NaFFAA Executive Director Jason Tengco (left) and the 12 youth leaders from NaFFAA’s “Empowering Pilipino Youth through Collaboration” Ambassadors Program.

DALY CITY, Calif, February 1, 2018 TFC hosted the National Federation of Filipino American Associations’ (NaFFAA) visiting youth ambassadors when the latter visited the Daly City headquarters recently for an afternoon session on professional development and mentorship.

According to NaFFAA Executive Director Jason Tengco, the 12 youth leaders are part of the organization’s Empowering Pilipino Youth through Collaboration (EPYC) Ambassadors Program. “They come from different regions all over the United States like Virginia, Ohio, Michigan, Washington state, and others. They’re here (in the Bay Area) for the leadership summit.”

The EPYC Program aims to develop and engage the nearly one million Filipino American youth in the United States around the three main areas of: (1) building the community’s leadership pipeline; (2) increasing civic engagement; and (3) strengthening local advocacy initiatives.

The youth leaders also did several site visits to companies like Google, and participated in strategic planning sessions focused on professional development.

For the round-table session at TFC, BA Executive Producer Troy Espera, TFCU Program Director Romeo Marquez, and Adobo Nation Host and Producer Ginger Conejero sat in with NaFFAA’s youth ambassadors to share their professional journeys and to impart some life lessons.

(R-L) Adobo Nation Host & Producer Ginger Conejero, TFCU Program Director Romeo Marquez, and BA Executive Producer Troy Espera took turns providing career insights and professional advice to NaFFAA’s 12 youth ambassadors. Also in attendance was NaFFAA Executive Director Jason Tengco (4th from right).
NaFFAA’s 12 youth ambassadors from across the U.S. were guests at the TFC studios in Daly City for a round table discussion. This was part of the leadership summit of NaFFAA’s “Empowering Pilipino Youth through Collaboration” (EPYC) Ambassadors Program.

The youth leaders were all fired-up after more than an hour of inspirational talk. Conejero observed that “communities are embracing diversity more. This is such a promising time and we should not lose sight of that despite challenges. We are representative of what America’s future looks like.”

Joseph Malasa of Charlottesville, Virginia, and a junior at University of Virginia, echoed the same thought when he admitted “it really is a great time for Filipino Americans because when I was younger I was kind of embarrassed about the things that made my parents unique. But now, entering adulthood, I’m going to celebrate myself, celebrate my culture.”

Espera emphasized the importance of finding a mentor. “Now that you are starting your careers, find that special someone who can be really honest with you about the work that you’re putting out and take their advice to heart.”

Marijo Manaois, a senior at University of Washington, conveyed that “It’s really engaging to interact with those seasoned individuals, excelling in their fields. As youth trying to emerge and trying to create the pathways for our own, hearing these words of advice is really empowering.”

Marquez’ message likewise resonated with the group when imparted, “You guys are here as messengers to reach out to the community. What we can do is drop a light, plant that seed, and we hope that people like yourselves can let that ripple to impact the greater community.”

UCLA sophomore Justin Suarez was grateful for the afternoon session at TFC when he said that “This helps us understand how we, as Filipino Americans in today’s world, can work together with our elders, our peers, and our community so we can build ourselves up and promote that on a national level.”

Click here to learn more about NaFFAA’s Empowering Pilipino Youth through Collaboration Program.

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PRESS RELEASE: “WILDFLOWER” GIVES TFC ITS WILDEST TV ENDING

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Lily teaches viewers courage and resilience…
“WILDFLOWER” GIVES TFC ITS WILDEST TV ENDING

ABS-CBN The Filipino Channel’s (TFC) hit series, “Wildflower”, is about to end its year-long run with its “wildest ending” happening next week.

With Raul (Wendell Ramos), Helena (Zsa Zsa Padilla), and Arnaldo (RK Bagatsing) out of the picture, Lily (Maja Salvador) appears to have the upper hand in her mission to get the Ardientes off their high horses and finally set the people of Poblacion Ardiente free from their deception and abuses. But Julio (Tirso Cruz III), together with Emilia (Aiko Melendez) will not give up without a fight and will make sure Lily will pay for everything that she did.

After publicly putting the blame on Lily for Arnaldo’s death, the Ardientes humiliate her in public and force her to walk around town with a signage that says she is a killer, while Emilia lashes her back with a whip. But just when the odds are seemingly back in the Ardientes’ favor, the people of Poblacion Ardiente discover a mass grave of bodies suspected to belong to their loved ones who went missing, causing a massive public outrage.

How will this discovery change things? Where will Lily find a spark of hope amidst the misery? When will Poblacion Ardiente finally see the light after many years of being in the dark under the Ardiente rule?

More than just a story of revenge, “Wildflower,” produced by ABS-CBN under the business unit led by director Ruel Bayani, is a story of a woman’s courage, determination, and resilience to find justice for her family and for the people of one town. Driven by hope and love, main protagonist Lily Cruz fights for what is right without putting the law in her hands.

Ever since its premiere in February 2017, “Wildflower” has been a consistent top-rating program in primetime and a consistent trending topic on social media. It reached an all-time high national TV rating of 35.2% for its October 10 episode – the highest rating earned by a program in the 6 pm timeslot in recent years. It also ranked 13th on Kantar Media’s list of most watched programs for 2017 and is among the most watched shows on TFC online (TFC.tv).

From a bride in black walking down the aisle to a fierce lady in gold making one unforgettable entrance, “Wildflower’s” many showstopping scenes became memes that went viral online. It is also one of the most talked about shows by netizens.

The show also received various recognitions from award giving bodies such as PMCP Star Awards for TV, LionhearTV Rawr Awards, GEMS Hiyas ng Sining Awards, and even the Asian Television Awards where Tirso Cruz III was finalist in the best supporting actor category.

Don’t miss the last few episodes of “Wildflower” only on TFC worldwide. (ABS-CBN Corporate Communication, Manila, Philippines)

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About ABS-CBN Corporation

ABS-CBN Corporation is the Philippines’ leading media and entertainment organization. The Company is primarily involved in television and radio broadcasting, as well as in the production of television and radio programming for domestic and international audiences and other related businesses. ABS-CBN produces a wide variety of engaging world-class entertainment programs in multiple genres and balanced, credible news programs that are aired on free-to-air television. The company is also one of the leading radio broadcasters, operating eighteen radio stations throughout the key cities of the Philippines. ABS-CBN provides news and entertainment programming for eight channels on cable TV and operates the country’s largest cable TV service provider. The Company also owns the leading cinema and music production and distribution outfits in the country. It brings its content to worldwide audiences via cable, satellite, online and mobile.  In addition, ABS-CBN has business interests in merchandising and licensing, mobile and online multimedia services, glossy magazine publishing, video and audio post production, overseas telecommunication services, money remittance, cargo forwarding, TV shopping services, theme park development and management, property management and food and restaurant services, and cinema management, all of which complement and enhance the Company’s strength in content production and distribution. The Company is also the first TV network in the country to broadcast in digital. In 2015, it commercially rolled out its digital TV box, ABS-CBN TVplus, to prepare for the country’s switch to digital TV.

NERISSA M. FERNANDEZ
Head, Global Corporate Affairs & PR
ABS-CBN International
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Daly City, CA 94014
nfernandez@abs-cbni.com
MOBILE: 650.455.8616

 

NEWS RELEASE: Netflix Picks Up Myx TV’s “Eat Your Words”

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Netflix Picks Up Myx TV’s “Eat Your Words”

LOS ANGELES, CA, January 31, 2018 Myx TV, the leading English-language Asian American entertainment network, scored a milestone this January.  Netflix has ordered two seasons of the show, “Eat Your Words”, Myx TV’s food competition show that challenges participants to recreate dishes that they didn’t enjoy at a given restaurant.

“We’re very proud of this accomplishment,” said Myx TV General Manager Miguel Santos.  “Myx TV has been producing reality shows of late that are out of the box and out of the ordinary.  We offer a different palette of storytelling, perspective and experience that appeal across the board and I’m glad that Netflix saw something new and special in one of our works.”

“Eat Your Words” turns the table on internet food critics. Host Kara Birkenstock was quoted by Variety: “In the age of social media, anyone who goes to a restaurant thinks they’re food expert, and they’re happy to broadcast their picky opinion over the internet.”

The show then challenges the critics to cook the dish they negatively rated and be subjected to the evaluation of a panel of judges. If they score high, they get a gift certificate to the participating restaurant; if they score low, they have to apologize to the restaurant they critiqued and, well, “eat their words”.

“Eat Your Words” is the first TV series to be picked up by Netflix from Myx TV, a network owned and operated by ABS-CBN International, a subsidiary of ABS-CBN Corporation which is the largest Filipino media and entertainment network in the world. It is also the first show picked up by Netflix from any ABS-CBN company.

You can watch “Eat Your Words” on Netflix at https://www.netflix.com/title/80207838.

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ABS-CBN International
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MOBILE: 650.455.8616