ABS-CBN TFC BRINGS “ISANG PAMILYA TAYO” CELEBRATION TO JAPAN ON ITS 10TH ANNIVERSARY IN THE COUNTRY

During one TFC in Japan’s biggest events ever, “One Kapamilya Go” in Chiba, multi-awarded actor John Lloyd Cruz reached out to the members of the audience who were yearning for the company of a Kapamilya in their second home.

This 2017, ABS-CBN Japan Inc. celebrates a decade of service by bringing more avenues for Filipinos in Japan to feel at home even while are outside the homeland.  Anchored on its theme “Isang Pamilya Tayo,” the international arm of ABS-CBN Corporation’s flagship service The Filipino Channel (TFC) now defines its Kapamilya service through shows that bring homegrown entertainment and news from the Philippines, events that entertain, and service beyond content that inspires.

While it first launched its flagship service The Filipino Channel (TFC) via direct-to-home (DTH) service Sky Perfect TV, ABS-CBN Japan launched its full broadcast service – Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) first in 2007.  ABS-CBN in Japan has been bringing in more of the best homegrown programs to ease the homesickness of Filipinos in Japan.

TFC has been sharing top-rating shows from the homeland, including live news from flagship “TV Patrol.”   Since then, TFC has been bringing a comprehensive line-up that included localized programs for overseas Filipinos in Japan with “Barangay Japan,” via IPTV and online (TFC.tv).  This year TFC brings its online service a notch higher with more movies, and sub-titled shows at very affordable packages.

CORE SERVICE

Aside from its news and current affairs programs, TFC has been providing programs that mirror the lives of Filipinos such as “Maalaala Mo Kaya” and showcase of world-class entertainment via “ASAP.”

Today, TFC continues to offer programs that speak to the core of Filipinos  –- family and values.  These programs include: “A Love To Last” that shows that family comes first; “My Dear Heart” that shows unity in adversity; “The Better Half” that speaks of how commitment can withstand challenges; and “Wildflower” that shows that family love inspires a person to withstand challenges.

Concert King and one of TFC’s early brand ambassadors Martin Nievera proves that the galing ng Filipino applies across platforms during his world-class performance at the “Barrio Fiesta sa Yokohama” in 2013 and inspired his kababayans also to shine in their own way.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Community-based to large scale, TFC has been reaching out to Kapamilyas in many prefectures of Japan to provide that live ABS-CBN experience. Every year, TFC joins barrio fiestas to reach the local community during this tradition of Philippine Fiesta in Japan.  Notable performances include Richard Poon’s serenades during the 2014 “Barrio Fiesta” and music with comical injections from the Concert King and one of the early TFC Ambassadors Martin Nievera and then “Be Careful With My Heart” tandem Tart “Yaya Doris” Carlos and Viveika “Yaya Sabel” Ravanes at the “Barrio Fiesta in Yokohama” in 2013.

Bringing the biggest stars from ABS-CBN are full house events that include the “Pamaskong Handog sa Nagoya” with Piolo Pascual and KC Concepcion in 2012; “Kapamilya Fiesta World” in Tokyo with Bea Alonzo, John Lloyd Cruz, Richard Yap, Paulo Avelino plus Chokoleit in 2012, and with Coco Martin, BambooKim Chiu plus Kakai Baustista in 2013.

One of TFC’s most successful events was OKGo! Japan in January 2016 not only because it featured some of the biggest stars like Bea Alonzo, John Lloyd Cruz, Shaina Magdayao, Enchong Dee and Maja Salvador plus Pooh but also because it brought together kababayans in the entire Chiba region as well.

Meantime, TFC’s iconic “One Kapamilya Go” kicked off 2016 with a bang as it brought no less than iconic loveteam Bea Alonzo and John Lloyd Cruz, headlining the roster of Kapamilya stars including Dance Royalties Maja Salvador, Shaina Magdayao, and Enchong Dee plus Pooh.

PHILIPPINES’ BLOCKBUSTER HITS

From the silver screen, TFC has also been sharing Pinoy movie hits from ABS-CBN production and film outfit Star Cinema.  In 2012, TFC organized “Friday Movie Nights” to bring together Kapamilyas at the TFC home in Tokyo for a chance to watch favorite Star Cinema hits. In 2015, TFC partnered with Speed Money Transfer to bring back cinematic hits on the big screen via Cinefiesta that featured blockbuster hits such as “You’re My Boss,” and “Crazy Beautiful You.”

This March, via Pay Per View on TFC IPTV and online (TFC.tv), Filipinos in Japan will get to enjoy more of these hits from Star Cinema and other movie outlets.  Kicking off the line-up is a movie that talks about old and newfound friendships in “The Super Parental Guardians” in March and the youth-oriented film “Vince, Kath, and James” in May.

TFC also reaches out to Filipinos in Japan via value-added services such as the Star Studio magazine, available in key distribution areas for Filipinos in Japan to enjoy.

SERVICE BEYOND TELEVISION

On print, TFC has also been bringing customized content via the Star Studio Magazine Japan edition.  Taking off from one of the widely read publications in the Philippines, Star Studio magazines features lifestyle articles about Kapamilya stars as well as community articles about Filipinos living in Japan.

TFC launched “Kapamilya Reunion” in 2015 to bring together OFs and their families in a virtual Christmas reunion.

IN THE SERVICE OF THE FILIPINO WORLDWIDE

In pursuit of “the Isang Pamilya Tayo” theme, TFC launched “Kapamilya Reunion” in 2015 to bring together OFs and their families in a virtual Christmas reunion.  Kapamilya stars provided the warm company of Kapamilyas and entertainment, Noche Buena feasts filled each participant missing the Pinoy Christmas celebration, while exchange gifts completed the Christmas feel.

Aside from setting the stage for world-class performances, TFC also paid tribute to the unsung heroes of our time via the Gawad Geny Lopez Bayaning Pilipino Gawing Japan most recent of which was held in the Chiba region in May of 2014. Shown in the photo are UGAT Foundation Program Director Fr. Nilo Tanalega, S.J. Philippine Ambassador to Japan H.E. Manuel Lopez and multi-awarded actress Angel Locsin (not in photo is performer Mitoy Yonting).

Taking the meaning of service beyond, TFC had also been recognizing heroes of their time via the Gaward Geny Lopez Jr. Bayaning Pilipino awards.  In 2014, TFC awarded organizations who have devoted their efforts to providing better lives for their less fortunate kababayans most recent of which is via formal rites in Chiba on May 2014 where Philippine Ambassador to Japan Manuel Lopez awarded the regional winners and Kapamilya stars Angel Locsin and Mitoy Yonting paid tribute to the modern day heroes.

As one proof that TFC’s service goes beyond content, the network donated ¥ 1.123 million to the Japanese Red Cross Society during the Philippine Independence Day event “Kalayaan and Kapatiran” in 2011 at the Nihon Kyouiku Kaikan (Hitotsubashi Hall) in Tokyo.

Most importantly, the TFC team in Japan, along with the Philippine Embassy in Tokyo, extended their helping hand to survivors of the Great Big Earthquake in 2011.  In 2012, TFC in Japan donated ¥1.123 million to the Japan Philippine Red Cross.  To date, TFC still continues to imbibe this corporate social responsibility.

For updates on shows, events and other information, visit facebook.com/TFCJapan

About ABS-CBN Japan Inc.
The Filipino Channel (TFC) officially started its broadcast in Japan in 2000 via direct-to-home (DTH) service Sky Perfect TV.  On March 22, 2006, ABS-CBN Japan Inc. (TFC Japan) was incorporated in Japan to provide more avenues for TFC to deliver homegrown news and entertainment in Japan, via cable and satellite service.  Since then, TFC Japan has been serving Filipinos in the three major islands of Japan via various platforms – TFC cable starting in 2003; internet protocol tv (IPTV) starting in 2007; and online (TFC.tv) starting in 2012.  TFC Japan also extends its service via theatrical screenings, publication and special community events, including active social service.
On June 1, 2013, TFC Japan incorporated ABS-CBN Japan, Inc. South Korea Branch, to bring Filipinos in the country closer to the homeland.  For more information, visit www.facebook.com/TFCJapan

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TFC, ipaparating ang “Isang Pamilya Tayo” celebration sa ika-10 anibersaryo nito sa Japan
Sa 10th anniversary ng TFC sa Japan, handog ng flagship service ng ABS-CBN International ang mga programa, pelikula, at iba pang serbisyong Kapamilya

Bilang bahagi ng ika-sampung anibersaryo nito sa Japan, handog ng flagship service ng ABS-CBN Japan Inc., ang The Filipino Channel (TFC), ang mas pinaigting na serbisyo nito.  Sa ilalim ng temang “Isang Pamilya Tayo,” handog ng international arm ng ABS-CBN sa Japan ang mga programang nagbibigay inspirasyon sa mga overseas Filipinos (OFs), mga news programs na naghahatid ng updates mula sa Pilipinas at sebisyong patuloy na nagtutulay sa mga OFs at kanilang pamilya sa Pilipinas.

Una nang inilunsad ang TFC noong 2001 sa ilalim ng direct-to-home (DTH) service nitong SkyPerfectTV.  Naging full broadcast service naman ang TFC nang inilunsad ang Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) o Video on Demand (VOD) noong 2007 at ang online service nitong TFC.TV noong 2012.

Simula noong inilunsad ang mas marami pang platforms, tuluy-tuloy rin ang serbisyo ng TFC at padami pa ng padami ang mga programang handog ng network sa Japan.  Pero mas lalo pang pinalawak ang sakop ng TFC sa mga bagong offerings ng mas pinaigting na online service nitong TFC.tv.

Kabilang sa mga shows ang “TV Patrol” na mula noon hanggang ngayon ay naghahatid hindi lang ng mga balita mula sa Pilipinas kung hindi mga impormasyong makapagpapanatag ng loob ng mga OF sa Japan.  Minsan na ring naghatid ng mga news at entertainment na eklusibong maririnig sa Japan ang TFC sa pamamagitan ng “Barangay Japan.”

Bukod sa news programs, patuloy pa ring handog ng TFC ang mga programa tulad ng “Maalaala Mo Kaya” na nagbabahagi ng mga kuwento na sumasalamin sa kuwento ng mga OFs at kapupulutan ng mga aral.

Nariyan din ang “ASAP” na mismong sa Japan unang nagkaroon ng international leg.  Ngayon, kabilang na rin ang ibang musical-variety shows tulad ng “Your Face Sounds Familiar” at
“The Voice” na available sa TFC IPTV o VOD at TFC online o TFC.tv.

Ngayon, pahaba nang pahaba ang listahan ng mga programang tumatalakay sa mga kuwento na napapanahon at naaayon sa ating kulturang Pilipino.  Kabilang na rito ang: “A Love to Last,” na pinapakitang family comes first; “My Dear Heart,” na nagpapakita ng unity in adversity; “The Better Half,” na nagpapahalaga sa commitment; at “Wildflower,” na nagpapakita na kaya nating mga Filipino ang ano mang pagsubok.

Mula sa community gatherings hanggang sa large scale events, hatid naman ng TFC ang saya mula sa Kapamilya stars: Richard Poon sa Philippine Fiesta sa Japan; noong 2012; “Barrio Fiesta” tampok sina Concert King at TFC Ambassador na si Martin Nievera at ang comic duo ng “Be Careful With My Heart” kabilang sina Tart “Yaya Doris” Carlos at Viveika “Yaya Sabel” Ravanes sa “Barrio Fiesta” sa Yokohama noong 2013.

Naglalakihang mga bituin naman ang handog ng TFC Japan sa mga sumusunod na events:  “Pamaskong Handog sa Nagoya” kasama sina Piolo Pascual at KC Concepcion noong 2012; “Kapamilya Fiesta World” sa Tokyo kasama sina Bea Alonzo, John Lloyd Cruz, Paulo Avelino Joem Bascon, John Estrada, at Richard Yap, plus Chokoleit noong 2012, at sina Coco Martin, Bamboo, Kim Chiu plus Kakai Bautista naman noong 2013.

Isa na siguro sa pinaka-successful events sa Japan ang “Vice Gandang Ganda Sa Sarili,” ang Tokyo leg ng phenomenal world tour ng Unkabogable Box Office Star na si Vice Ganda.  Hindi naiba ang Japan leg dahil hitik sa manonood ang Hibiya Kokaido Hall noong July 2015.

Noong taong 2015 din, inilunsad ang “Partyoke,” isang caravan kung saan pinagsasama-sama ng TFC ang mga Kapamilya para sa ilang oras ng kasiyahan, musikahan at kainan, kabilang ang ilang Kapamilya mula sa real estate industry.

Noong 2016 naman, ibinahagi ng TFC sa Japan ang iconic event ng network na “One Kapamilya Go,” tampok ang isa sa pinakamalaking love teams ng Philippine entertainment – John Lloyd Cruz at Bea Alonzo, kasama sina Dance Royalties Maja Salvador, Shaina Magdayao, Enchong Dee at Pooh.

Mula sa events, hanggang movies, patuloy ang pagbabahagi ng TFC ng mga kuwento at mga aral sa buhay sa pamamagitan ng “Friday Movie Nights” na inilunsad noong 2012.  Dito, dinadala ng TFC ang mga Star Cinema hits sa isang araw ng community watching kasama ang isa pang partner ng TFC na Speed Money Transfer.

Ngayong March, hatid ng Pay Per View on TFC ang mga blockbuster hits ng Star Cinema tulad ng “The Super Parental Guardians” at ang youth-oriented film “Vince, Kath, and James” ngayong May.

Bilang bahagi ng tema nitong “Isang Pamilya Tayo,” inilunsad ng TFC ang Kapamilya Reunion noong 2015 para pagsamahin ang mga OFs at kanilang pamilya sa isang virtual Christmas reunion.  Tila isang Pasko sa Pilipinas tuwing Kapamilya Reunion dahil may noche buena feasts at exchange gifts na, ay may Kapamilya stars na bisita pa sa naturang event.

Sa TFC, hindi lamang Kapamilya stars ang bida dahil pati mga unsung heroes ay kinikilala naman sa Gawad Geny Lopez Jr. Bayaning Pilipno Awards.  Noong 2014, mismong sina Angel Locsin, Mitoy Yonting at Philippine Ambassador to Japan na si H.E. Manuel Lopez ang nagparangal sa mga panalo ng taong iyon sa Philippine Embassy ng Japan.

Noong 2011, tumulong namang ang mga empleyado at community partners ng TFC sa mga biktima ng the Great Tohoku Earthquake noong 2011.  Noong 2012, nagbahagi naman ang TFC ng halagang Y1.123 sa Japan Philippine Red Cross.

Sa ngayon, patuloy pa rin ang TFC sa serbisyong higit pa sa news at entertainment, ay mula at para sa isang Kapamilya.

About ABS-CBN Japan Inc.
The Filipino Channel (TFC) officially started its broadcast in Japan in 2000 via direct-to-home (DTH) service Sky Perfect TV.  On March 22, 2006, ABS-CBN Japan Inc. (TFC Japan) was incorporated in Japan to provide more avenues for TFC to deliver homegrown news and entertainment in Japan, via cable and satellite service.  Since then, TFC Japan has been serving Filipinos in the three major islands of Japan via various platforms – TFC cable starting in 2003; internet protocol tv (IPTV) starting in 2007; and online (TFC.tv) starting in 2012.  TFC Japan also extends its service via theatrical screenings, publication and special community events, including active social service.
On June 1, 2013, TFC Japan incorporated ABS-CBN Japan, Inc. South Korea Branch, to bring Filipinos in the country closer to the homeland.  For more information, visit www.facebook.com/TFCJapan

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