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ABS-CBN inaugurates sound stages, aims for Hollywood-caliber production
©ABS-CBN News (December 12, 2018)
https://news.abs-cbn.com/business/12/12/18/abs-cbn-inaugurates-sound-stages-aims-for-hollywood-caliber-production




MANILA -- ABS-CBN on Wednesday opened its sound stages in a Manila suburb, kickstarting efforts to build a Hollywood-caliber production hub as it marked its 65th founding anniversary.

The brainchild of ABS-CBN chairman emeritus Eugenio "Gabby" Lopez III, the sound stages in San Jose del Monte, Bulacan will help the Philippines' largest media and entertainment network bring its content to international audiences and cut costs at the same time.

Lopez III graced the inauguration along with ABS-CBN president and CEO Carlo Katigbak, board member and former president and COO Freddie Garcia, board adviser, former president and CEO, and current chief creative officer Charo Santos-Concio, COO of broadcast Cory Vidanes, and Film Productions Inc managing director Olivia Lamasan, together with Bulacan Rep. Rida Robes, and San Jose del Monte Mayor Art Robes.

Aside from the sound stages, the production hub will also include back lots, production and post-production facilities and offices.

"Completing the sound stages represents a very major step for ABS-CBN in terms of our ability to create much better production. Through this we can show the world the best of the Filipino," said Lopez III.

"We want to bring ABS-CBN content to the international stage, and having a state-of-the-art facility and a world-class production team is a big step for us towards that direction and dream,” Katigbak said.

ABS-CBN chairman Mark Lopez added, “What I’m most proud of about this project is that we’re creating Hollywood-level sound stages which puts us at par with the rest of the world.”

Parallel to the construction, production and support teams for TV and film started a 3-year training to operate the sound stages both in Hollywood and in the Philippines.

The training, which involved 150 people, was designed by Manhattan Beach Studios, ABS-CBN Studios Inc. and ABS-CBN University.

The sound stages will host the upcoming teleserye “The Faithful Wife” and the much-anticipated “Darna” film in the second quarter of 2019.

The first phase of the production hub includes two 1,500-square meter sound stages with a floor to grid height of 30 feet, a breezeway with dressing rooms and various support rooms and the technical facilities in aid of production.

Sitting on 7.7 hectares of land, it also includes a visitor’s center, parking facilities, and support buildings equipped with solar panels.

The sound stages were inaugurated a few days shy of 50 years after the ABS-CBN Broadcast Center in Quezon City was inaugurated. It was considered the most advanced facility in Asia when it opened on Dec. 18, 1968.

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Upcoming Teleseryes / The Faithful Wife (OT)
« on: Today at 05:02:31 PM »
Talk about the upcoming teleserye here.

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Upcoming Teleseryes / Iron Heart (OT)
« on: December 11, 2018, 01:41:17 PM »
Talk about the upcoming Star Creatives teleserye here.

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Upcoming Teleseryes / Mea Culpa (OT)
« on: December 11, 2018, 01:35:57 PM »
New thread here.

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National / Balangiga Bells back in Philippines after 117 years
« on: December 11, 2018, 01:00:59 PM »
Balangiga Bells back in Philippines after 117 years
©ABS-CBN News (December 11, 2018)

MANILA - Three church bells taken by American soldiers as war booty from Balangiga town, Eastern Samar in 1901, arrived in the Philippines on Tuesday.

The Balangiga Bells, seen by historians as a symbol of Filipino resistance to foreign invaders, were airlifted to the Philippine Air Force headquarters in Villamor Airbase.

They will be returned to Balangiga town later this week.

The Balangiga Bells tolled on the morning of September 28, 1901 to signal the start of a sneak attack by dozens of town villagers against American soldiers.

Some 50 Americans, many of them eating breakfast or just waking up, were killed in the incident that handed Filipinos one of their greatest victories in the Filipino-American war.

But the American forces retaliated under the orders of US General Jacob Smith, killing and burning all men above the age of 10 in the town, leaving some 2,000 locals dead.

The US troops took 3 church bells as war trophy, displaying 2 of them in a museum in Fort Russell, Wyoming and another at a museum in South Korea.

Efforts to retrieve the bells were made as early as 1957, when Fr. Horacio de la Costa requested their return to Chip Wards, Command Historian of the 13th Air Force in San Francisco, California.

A petition by the Balangiga Historical Society for the bells' return in 1989 failed despite help from the National Historical Institute and the Department of Foreign Affairs.

In 1994, then-US President Bill Clinton gave a verbal promise to return the bells to then President Fidel V. Ramos, "in the spirit of fair play." But some US officials opposed Clinton's offer.

Efforts would continue to make the US return the bells, with some private groups like the US-Philippines Society helping, until President Rodrigo Duterte assumed office.

In 2017, Duterte demanded that the US return the bells, which he said were "reminders of the gallantry and heroism of our forebears who resisted the American colonizers."

America finally agreed to return the bells last August when US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis signed an official document agreeing to deliver back the wartime artifacts.

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Upcoming Teleseryes / Project Kapalaran (OT)
« on: November 29, 2018, 06:43:25 AM »
Talk about the upcoming teleserye under RSB Unit here.

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Upcoming Reality & Game Shows / Idol Philippines (OT)
« on: November 28, 2018, 02:11:54 PM »
Talk all you want about ABS-CBN's "Idol" franchise named Search For The Idol Philippines here.

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Upcoming Reality & Game Shows / Pilipinas Got Talent: Season 7 (OT)
« on: November 18, 2018, 02:05:04 PM »
Talk about the seventh season of PGT in 2019

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Talk about the sequel to the Digimon Adventure series here.

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Official Announcements / ABS-CBN Christmas Station ID 2018 (OT)
« on: November 11, 2018, 04:49:05 PM »
Christmas Station ID will officially launch this November 18 on ASAP. #FamilyIsLove

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Japanese Anime / One Punch Man (OT)
« on: October 29, 2018, 01:36:24 AM »
Surprise! Saitama will make his Philippine debut on YeY! Channel (ABS-CBN TV Plus). Talk about the hit superhero-comedy anime series here.

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Big Brother is back once more!

"Ang OTSO, magpapakatotoo, hanggang DULO."

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Upcoming Teleseryes / Take Life (OT)
« on: October 12, 2018, 05:00:52 PM »
Talk about Gerald Anderson's action teleserye under GMO Unit here.

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Upcoming Teleseryes / Nang Ngumiti ang Langit (OT)
« on: October 05, 2018, 09:25:14 PM »
Talk about Cristine Reyes' new teleserye with RSB Unit here.

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Hosted by Kim Chiu, Alex Gonzaga, Robi Domingo and Melai Cantiveros.

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