GMA-7 to open TV station in Oro

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

GMA Network is set to open its regional television station in Cagayan de Oro in September.

Mariles Puentevella, GMA Network consultant for Mindanao and the station manager of GMA Davao, said they are now in the thick of preparation and has already opened a temporary office at the second floor of Hotel Conchita in Cogon.

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With an investment of around P20 million, Puentevella said they have already bought some equipment for GMA's temporary operation in Cagayan de Oro.

"But it will be completed before September," she said.

She said they are now in the process of training their staff and reporters in Davao City and are eyeing to acquire a much bigger space for the station.

"We are also upgrading our system and equipment. Dapat sana matagal na kaming nag launch but was put on hold due to the election," she said.

She added they would launch their first show in September.

On Tuesday, GMA Network signed a memorandum of agreement with Promote CDO Foundation Inc. for the coverage of the different activities lined up for Cagayan de Oro's fiesta celebration on August 28.

Puentevella said the GMA coverage is aimed at promoting Cagayan de Oro at the same time provide entertainment to Kagay-anons.

"For the last three years, GMA has been very consistent in covering the Kagay-an Festival. Every year, we look forward to this activity as we also want to share the beauty of Cagayan de Oro," she said.

Last year, Puentevella said they invested P5 million for the lights and other materials needed for the live coverage of the 2009 Kagay-an Festival.

On August 27, GMA will hold its Kapuso Night at SM City, starting at 6:00 p.m.

Puentevella said they would also have a live coverage of the Golden Float Parade and Kapuso Mall Show at SM City featuring Party Pilipinas.

"This will be a big event as GMA will be bringing world-class artists," she said. (NJM)

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