Eleksyon 2016 cutting-edge online information source

Leading broadcast company GMA Network is taking its Eleksyon 2016 special coverage a step higher to complement its comprehensive on-air coverage by harnessing technology to deliver the fastest, most relevant and accurate news and information through its official news portal, GMA News Online.

In the spirit of Serbisyong Totoo, GMA New Media Incorporated (GMA NMI), the Network’s forerunner in technology, developed and launched several innovative features in GMA News Online’s Eleksyon 2016 microsite ( to provide the public with information and intuitive tools that can help them before, during, and after the polls.

The Eleksyon 2016 microsite has a “Find Your Precinct” section that voters can use to search for their respective polling precincts. This feature provides the public the convenience of knowing their precincts ahead of time.

Since the use of mobile devices is prohibited in the precincts on election day, GMA News Online offers “My Kodigo,” a customizable feature that lets a voter select his preferred candidates and generate a printable list to serve as a guide inside the polling precinct.

GMA News Online has partnered with traffic and navigation app Waze to help voters get to their polling precinct by providing directions through “My Voting Journey.” After casting his votes, the user can let his friends know by sharing his photo on social media. This add-on to the “Find Your Precinct” feature is exclusively accessible via the GMA News Online mobile app.

GMA News Online also features an Emoji Meter that allows users to rate their overall voting experience through the use of emojis. Throughout the whole day, this will provide an assessment of the general public’s voting experience based on the emojis they submitted.

In partnership with the Commission on Elections (COMELEC), GMA News Online and GMA New Media are all set to publish the most comprehensive election count. Data both from the national and local elections will be shown as soon as these are available and will come from the transparency server of the COMELEC to ensure veracity. The number of Election Returns (ERs) processed from the data provided by COMELEC, as well as voter turnout as of a specific time, will also be made available. This feature bolsters efforts to assure the transparency and integrity of the election count.

Netizens can also drill the results down to the Barangay and Clustered Precinct levels allowing them to determine how their respective communities voted. The information will be available on the website and on the GMA News Online mobile app, accessible through handheld devices running on both Android and iOS.

At the same time, the GMA News Online page includes a “Smart Search” segment that enables users to search for a specific candidate, place, or position to view the election results. If an online user inadvertently misspells a candidate’s name or location, Smart Search will help him find what he is looking for.

Voters can also keep track of certain candidates via the “Favorites” feature of the site. Regardless of position and location, one may tag each candidate as a favorite so he can just refer to a single page for a list of all candidates that he wants to track.

In collaboration with GMA News and Public Affairs, GMA NMI offers a pioneering technology on the website referred to as the 360-degree livestream of the GMA headquarters on the day of the polls. The 360-degree feature allows the user to control the view of the video stream to see any area of the GMA Headquarters, enabling netizens to virtually partake of the action happening behind the scenes. Using a proprietary technology developed by GMA NMI, GMA News Online takes the Eleksyon 2016 coverage to a whole new level by offering an innovation that is the first of its kind in the country, and one of the firsts in the world.

Today, the public can also view the live stream of GMA News TV on GMA News Online. This will also be accessible during the next few days after the elections.

On-air and online, GMA Network continues to blaze the trail in media coverage, making the dissemination of news and information fast, reliable, accurate, and widely accessible to Filipinos here and abroad. 


SKY widens access to ABS-CBN’s Halalan coverage

SKY has widened Filipinos’ access to ABS-CBN’s comprehensive Halalan coverage by making it available on multimedia platforms. 

In partnership with ABS-CBN, SKY makes available on its cable, direct-to-home, and video-on-demand platforms the Halalan coverage. 

“We want to empower Filipinos through easy access to news and information about the elections as it happens straight from ABS-CBN News’ trusted programs using all forms of media anytime, anywhere,” Sky Cable Corporation CEO March Ventosa said.   

SKY subscribers can tune into ABS-CBN HD (SKYcable ch. 167 for Metro Manila; ch. 700 for regional; SKYdirect ch. 2), ANC  (SKYcable ch. 182 HD and 27 SD for Metro Manila; ch. 706 HD or 502 SD for regional; SKYdirect ch. 26), and DZMM Teleradyo (SKYcable ch. 26 for Metro Manila; ch. 501 for regional; SKYdirect ch. 6) -channels that are available to SKYcable and SKYdirect subscribers nationwide for the extensive coverage about the elections anchored and led by the network’s roster of seasoned journalists.  

Meanwhile, Filipinos who want to assess once more the platforms of the presidential and vice presidential candidates can still watch the Mindanao and Luzon legs of the Pilipinas Debates, ABS-CBN’s Harapan ng Bise, and one-on-one interviews of the vice presidential candidates on SKY On Demand, SKY’s video-on-demand platform. 

Through SKY On Demand, Filipinos can even watch  live the Halalan 2016 coverage of ABS-CBN HD, ANC HD, and DZMM Teleradyo on multiple devices wherever they are or catch it on-demand shortly after it airs on TV. 

SKYcable and SKYbroadband subscribers can access ABS-CBN HD and DZMM Teleradyo for free on SKY On Demand, while ANC HD is accessible to subscribers with ANC on their current cable plan using a SKYbroadband or SKYmobi internet connection. Meanwhile, SKYbroadband or SKYmobi subscribers who don’t have a SKYcable subscription, can still access ABS-CBN channels and TV shows on SKY On Demand.  

To stream videos anytime, visit or download the mobile app. 

Become vigilant, empowered voters by watching ABS-CBN News’ comprehensive Halalan 2016 coverage on SKY.


Melai-Pokwang friendship on the rocks

Melai Cantiveros
Maricel’s (Melai Cantiveros) friendship with Wilma (Pokwang) is about to get in trouble as she discovers that her best friend failed to fulfill her promise of not letting Pocholo (Carlo Aquino) in in her son’s life in Kapamilya afternoon series We Will Survive.

Years have already passed but Maricel still has not found the courage to forgive Pocholo for abandoning her and their son without any reason. And her hatred for him will even intensify when she learns that Wilma broke her promise and let Pocholo have the chance of knowing his son Jude while she was overseas.

And so, Maricel will decide to end Pocholo’s communication with their son and will make sure he won’t see Jude (John Steven De Guzman) again.

Will Maricel and Wilma’s friendship start to fall apart? How will Pocholo fight for his right as Jude’s father? 

More exciting scenes are set to surprise the viewers in We Will Survive weekdays after Tubig at Langis on ABS-CBN or on ABS-CBN HD (SkyCable ch 167). Viewers may also catch up on the program’s past episodes on and for Sky subscribers.


Religious groups endorse ‘dIYOS-DIYOSAn’

The socio-political movie dIYOS-DIYOSAn has earned the nod of various religious groups.

Socio-political/spiritual “dIYOS-DIYOSAn’ stars John Prats and Pincess Punzalan
Through their respective endorsement letters, Bishop Broderick S. Pabillo D.D. (Chairman, CBCP Episcopal Commission on the Laity), Bishop Noel A. Pantoja (Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches) and Bishop Daniel A. Balais (National Chairman, Intercessors for the Philippines) encouraged their followers to watch the movie and share its inspiring message.

The movie, which stars John Prats, Princess Punzalan, Kiko Estrada, Tirso Cruz III, Cheska Diaz, Ryza Cenon and many others, has been commended for its relevant and timely role in promoting spiritual and moral values as a powerful catalyst for social change.

It is hoped that these fundamental values eventually inspire Filipino moviegoers to make better and more informed choices for the coming May 9 elections.

Diyos-DIYOSAn is currently showing in cinemas nationwide.

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