ABS-CBN Christmas Station ID 2013 Magkasama Tayo Sa Kwento Ng Pasko

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In celebration of the 60th anniversary of Philippine Television, we’d like to focus the spotlight on our audience... whose lives we mirror... whose stories ignited our passion... the reason for our existence.

This Christmas, we pay tribute to different Filipinos, whose inspiring stories have touched the hearts of our Kapamilya stars. The Christmas SID becomes a vehicle to share these stories to Filipinos here and across the globe.  It also becomes an opportunity to highlight the bond that we have forged with our audience through the years.  The theme song Magkasama tayo sa Kwento ng Pasko, becomes a metaphor symbolizing our shared history with the Filipino people and the meaningful memories we have made together.

7 stories were meticulously researched by the Christmas station ID team of the Creative Communications Management division of ABS-CBN.

For each story, an artist was chosen based on who would best help tell their touching true-to-life tales.

Nanay Baby of Isla Pulo ‘s only wish for Christmas was to have an autographed picture of Kim Chiu, the actress who stayed in their humble home (which didn’t have any electricity) for an episode of the show I Dare You 2 years ago. Imagine her disbelief when the one who “delivered” her requested photo was Kim Chiu herself! Together with Xian Lim, Kim reconnected with Nanay Baby, whom she considers like a mother in that short span of time she lived with her family.

Judy Ann Santos expressed that she wants to spend time with women who were victims of violence, having portrayed an abused wife in her last teleserye

Huwag ka Lang Mawawala. The women of Women’s Crisis Center were brought to Our Lady of Victory chapel in Malabon knowing that they will be interviewed about their past experiences and how they have moved on not knowing that Juday will be there waiting for them! The actress sat down with them, talked with them and even served them a simple merienda of pancit, chicken and puto to the women’s delight.

Gualberto Isla Jr. is a security guard of the Star Magic office in ABS-CBN, who opens the door for artists like John Lloyd Cruz who drop by the office. Unfortunately, he had to be relieved of his duties due to malignant melanoma which affected his left under-eye area. His simple wish was to be able to go back to work so that he can provide for his family. One rainy afternoon, an unexpected “visitor” entered Guard Isla’s home in Rodriguez, Rizal. The visitor is none other than John Lloyd Cruz himself.

Cyril Perales is a habal-habal driver in Cebu who hardly make ends meet together with his wife Evelyn to support their 7 children. Though life is tough for them, they take pride in having a happy family with simple joys. They save up for 2 months just to be able to cook spaghetti and buy bread for Christmas dinner.

Having heard this story, Cebu-born actor Enrique Gil flew to Cebu, with several balikbayan boxes containing gifts for all 9 family members. Not only that, Enrique surprised the whole family with their first ever Noche Buena feast, complete with the famous lechon Cebu.

Gemma Solomon is an OFW in Hong Kong who battled breast cancer.  Though she was longing for the care of her family back in Bicol, she decided to stay in Hong Kong because of the medical benefits the government provides for foreign workers like her. Like any other mother who wants to provide for her children, she fights homesickness every day, in the hope of giving them a better life. When Piolo Pascual heard about Gemma’s story, he agreed to fly to Hong Kong immediately, carrying with him a video message from her family. Gemma could hardly believe that the actor appeared right before her eyes on a random Sunday morning at the Hong Kong harbour.

Simplicio Yoma is a war veteran living in The Bay Area in California who misses his family back home in The Philippines. One day at the Embarcadero in downtown San Francisco , Gerald Anderson come up to him , surprising him with a video message from his family. Gerald’s father is also in the military so this story is very personal to him.

An avid TFC subscriber, Nanay Dely thought she was only visiting Sam Milby’s shoot in downtown San Francisco. Without her knowledge, her husband Tatay Fermin, is looking forward to fulfilling his long-time dream that day – a marriage proposal, as they celebrate their 50th anniversary.  With the help of Sam Milby, Tatay Fermin started to carry out his plan by serenading Nanay Dely with their theme song, Portrait of My Love. Holding out a placard saying, “Minahal at inalagaan mo ako nang higit sa iyong sarili. Pakakasal ka ba sa akin MULI?,”Tatay Fermin broke into tears even before Nanay Dely was able to give her resounding, “yes!”A true testament of love and devotion, they now plan to get married again this December.

These stories of simple yet remarkable individuals will always be ABS-CBN’s inspiration in delivering its commitment to be of service to every Filipino.  And for the many years that they have allowed us inside their homes, we only have gratefulness. Being accepted by Filipinos as their Kapamilya is by far our greatest achievement. Our journey with them has been remarkable.  We can only look forward to many more years with them.

“Magkasama Tayo Sa Kwento Ng Pasko” was written by Robert Labayen, Head of ABS-CBN Creative Communications Management, music composed, arranged and produced by Bojam De Belen, Thyro Alfaro, Jeli Mateo. It was performed by The Voice coaches Sarah Geronimo, Bamboo and Lea Salonga with The Voice Philippines Grand Winner Mitoy Yonting and finalists Klarisse De Guzman, Janice Javier, Myk Perez.

The 2013 ABS-CBN Christmas Station ID was created by ABS-CBN Creative Communications Management headed by Robert Labayen, Johnny Delos Santos, Patrick de Leon and Ira Zabat. It is directed by Johnny Delos Santos, Peewee Gonzales, Paolo Ramos, Carmelo Saliendra. The SID Creative and Production team members are Danie Sedilla-Cruz, Edsel Misenas. Kathrina Sanchez, Dang Baldonado, Sheryl Ramos, Love Rose De Leon, Christine Joy Laxamana, Carlota Rosales, Adrian Lim, Christine Daria-Estabillo, Christian Faustino, Mark Bravo, Shally Tablada, Jill Cabradilla, Madelle Balendo, Mark Raywin Tome; with ABS-CBN Marketing, Cookie Bartolome, Zita Aragon, Micah Rivera; ABS-CBN TV Entertainment, ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs, ABS-CBN Regional Network Group, ABS-CBN Global, HR Division, Property and Safety and Security.

Other members are Jaime Porca, Technical Production head; Rommel Andreo Sales, Director of Photography; Nere Ku, Production Designer; Oliver Paler, Karlo Victoriano, Bridge Sulit, Danica Rueda, Maria Concepcion Ignacio, Post Production Team; Mary Ann Rejano, Remy Sotto, Talent Casters; Marvin Bragas, Location Manager; Jojo Medrano, Jen Esber, Production Coordinators.