OSN and Philippines' TV5 sign agreement to deliver premium Filipino entertainment, news and sports
Wed, 2011-11-09 14:06 - By

OSN signed an agreement with the Philippines' Kapatid TV5 to formally seal their partnership to deliver premium Filipino entertainment, news and sports programmes to the Filipino expatriate community in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

"With this partnership, we're bringing even more quality programming for the growing Filipino community in the Middle East and North Africa, becoming its premier source for quality news, sports and entertainment," said Emad Morcos, Vice-President, OSN.

Kapatid TV5 - featuring a variety of entertainment shows, drama series, and sitcoms - is now being seen throughout MENA via OSN's (Channel 165 on DTH), while Aksyon TV delivers the best sports and news programmes (Channel 166 on DTH).

Meanwhile, Claro Ramirez, President, Pilipinas Global Network (PGN) said, "We're delighted to bring our game-changing brand of programming to a wider footprint throughout the region via OSN - this means more enjoyable entertainment and sports programmes, as well as better informative and service-oriented news and public affairs shows for Filipino expatriates all over the Middle East and North Africa."

OSN marked the formal launch of two premium Filipino channels in the Middle East - Kapatid TV5 and Aksyon TV International - with an exciting 5 event-in-one-weekend celebration on November 3 to 5, 2011 in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

Dubbed "Give Me 5 Kapatid" the event series featured performances and appearances by leading Kapatid TV5 artists, including award-winning actor Aga Muhlach, beauty queen-turned-actress/TV host Ruffa Gutierrez, entertainment journalist and comedian Shalala, as well as guest pop band, Side A.

Among the highlights include the UAE shoot of Pinoy Explorer, featuring award-winning actor Aga Muhlach exploring the various tourism and adventure sites suggested by Filipino expatriates based in the Emirates which will be shown in the programme's future episodes.

Kapatid TV5's popular and trend-setting talent show, Talentadong Pinoy, staged a UAE production, its first in the Middle East, giving expatriate Filipinos a chance to showcase their talents. A variety and game show was also organised at the Abu Dhabi National Theatre during the Kapatid TV5 Fans Day held last November 4, 2011, with performances from Aga Muhlach and the Side A band as well as appearances by former beauty queen now TV host Ruffa Gutierrez and noted entertainment journalist and comic Shalala, among others.

The event was attended by the HE Grace Relucio Princesa, Philippine Ambassador to the UAE, who accepted the donations raised during the event. The funds will be used to help distressed runaways fly back home to the Philippines.

Two months since its launch, Kapatid TV5 and Aksyon TV International are now seen by over 200,000 viewers in the region. "We're still overwhelmed with the thousands of OSN subscribers who attended our Give Me 5 Kapatid events. It's heart-warming to see them getting entertained by their favourite artists, but nothing beats the joy we felt when we witnessed the unity and harmony of the Filipino community as they made their contributions to the fund raising activity held at the event. We look forward to doing more engaging community activities like this in the future," ended Morcos.