Derek Ramsay, Ruffa Gutierrez and Divine Lee talking about TV5’s presence in the world of technology.

Joey De Leon, host of the upcoming show Hayop sa Galing, accompanied by model Vanessa Matsunaga and a huge dog.

Sharon Cuneta, who couldn’t make it to the launch, gives her well-wishes to her fellow Kapatids through a pre-recorded message.

The contestants of Kanta Pilipinas delivering an impressive rendition of “Happy Maging Kapatid”

Nora Aunor thanks the Kapatid Network for all the opportunities given to her.

RESORTS WORLD MANILA, PASAY CITY — TV5 welcomes the New Year with its biggest show of force as the Kapatid Network launches its biggest offerings for the first quarter of 2013. In a high-velocity themed TV special entitled “Go5!,” the Network’s contract stars and executives, led by Chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan (MVP), came in full force signifying TV5 going full-throttle towards being one of the country’s leading multimedia network in 2013.

“Coming off our strong performance in the last quarter of 2012, specifically in Visayas and Mindanao, we are looking at a more competitive, more energetic, more innovative TV5 this coming year. We continue to build on our success with a wider and clearer broadcast coverage across the country and we want to duplicate these in our overseas operations as well,” MVP said.

 The TV5 Chairman was referring to the Kapatid Network’s strong finish in the last quarter of 2012 where it overtook GMA in six viewer-rich metro cities where a total of 4 million viewers reside according to Nielsen TV Audience Measurement’s all-week overnight data. These cities are Iloilo, Cebu, Davao, Cagayan de Oro, Bacolod and in General Santos City—where TV5 even shared the top spot with ABS-CBN. TV5 regained its leadership in Dagupan, where GMA’s steady decline has contributed to the Kapatid Network’s growth beginning Q2 of 2012.

The network’s current 19 TV and five radio stations around the country now covers 88.6% of the national urban population and is poised to reach 100% target by the end of 2013. TV5 global channels Kapatid TV5 and AksyonTV International, through its affiliate Pilipinas Global Network Ltd., also reach overseas Filipinos in 79 countries and territories in four continents and bring them closer to home.

“Beyond geography, we’re taking TV5 one step ahead towards becoming a full multimedia venture,” MVP continued. Its current digital media platforms—news site, sports portal and lifestyle review site—complement the network’s full service offerings in the emerging online media.

About 120 Kapatid stars showed their support for TV5’s parade of 11 new programs for 2013 —Kidlat  (premiered last January 6), Jeepney Jackpot (premiered last January 7), The Alabang Housewives  (premiered last January 14), WowowillieRESCUE5 and Aksyon Weekend (all premiering on January 26), Never Say Goodbye (premieres January 28),  Balwarte  (premieres February 3), and Kanta Pilipinas (premiere in February).  Its current programs Game N’ Go All-StarsFace to Face and Good Morning Club will also introduce new twists and segments this January.

 Superstar Nora Aunor, Aga Muhlach, Alice Dixson, Lucy Torres, Ryan Agoncillo, Marvin Agustin, Arnell Ignacio, Tuesday Vargas, Wendell Ramos, Gelli de Belen Edu Manzano, and Joey de Leon, were on hand to introduce the night’s performances. The TV special made a thunderous opening with Ritz Azul, Eula Caballero, Arci Muñoz, Valeen Montenegro, Malak So Shdifat, Victor Silayan, Gerard Sison, John James Uy, Rico Blanco, Daniel Matsunaga, and Derek Ramsay.

 NEWS5 chief Luchi Cruz-Valdes and Paolo Bediones and SPORTS5’s Phil and James Younghusband and Benjie Paras also graced the event. Wowowillie main host Willie Revillame, meanwhile, appeared via a recorded message to provide details on his upcoming noontime show. Jasmine Curtis-Smith, Alex Gonzaga, Danita Paner, JC de Vera, Edgar Allan Guzman, Talentadong Pinoy Hall of Famers, The Company, maestro Ryan Cayabyab  and Talentadong Pinoy Kids singers, Kilyawan children’s choir, Kanta Pilipinas finalists, Artista Academy alumni and GAGA dancers shared their talent in several production numbers.

 Pilipinas Global Network Limited (PGNL) is a joint venture between Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT), the largest and leading telecommunications company in the Philippines, and ABC Development Corporation (“ABC5”), the operator of TV5, the fastest growing terrestrial channel in the Philippines. It acts as the sole and exclusive distributor and licensee of the programs, shows, films and channels of TV5.  It distributes these media content via syndication and via its international linear channels, namely: Kapatid TV5 and Aksyon TV International.