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K Channel Distributes Population Education CDs to Schools Division Superintendents

Knowledge Channel Foundation distributes “Kwentong Kartero” CDs, with corresponding session guides and teachers’ guides, to participants of Superintendents Leadership Program at the Eugenio Lopez Center in Antipolo City. “Kwentong Kartero” is three-episode video on population education that is produced by K Channel in collaboration with Philippine Center for Population and Development (PCPD). The corresponding video episodes and teachers’ guides are good materials for teacher in-service trainings to equip them with knowledge and skills to better teach population and development, human sexuality, and responsible parenthood.

The story revolves around the love story of a mailman named Popo and a teacher named Divina. The funny yet informative and value-laden episodes of “Kwentong Kartero” talk about population and development sexuality, and responsible parenthood. The first episode is entitled Population Dynamics, which deals with the relevance of population growth to country’s economic development. The second episode, Population and Development Interconnection, tackles how human development can lead to economic advancement. And the last episode, Human Sexuality and Responsible Parenthood, teaches viewers on how to make decisions on marriage and how to be responsible parents in the future.

All these topics aim to emphasize the importance of population issues in relation to sustainable development and recognize the significance of having proper understanding of the dynamic population-environment-development interrelationship.

Four CDs are given to each schools division superintendent. K Channel encourages the SDSs to replicate the videos and distribute them to various schools under their supervision to be used in their classrooms.#

George Ty's Family Contributes P20 Million to Manila Cathedral Restoration Project

(Photo Caption: Metrobank Group Chairman, Dr. George S.K. Ty, MBFI Board of Advisers Chairman and Retired Chief Justice Artemio V. Panganiban; and MBFI President and GTMF Executive Director Aniceto M. Sobrepeña turn over a Php20 Million donation to His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle for the Manila Cathedral Restoration Project)


Metrobank Group Chairman, Dr. George S.K. Ty, through GT-Metro Foundation (GTMF) and Metrobank Foundation (MBFI), donated Php20 Million for the restoration of the Manila Cathedral-Basilica's sanctuary, the basilica’s inner sanctum, as the Ty family’s contribution for the preservation of one of the country’s historical landmarks of faith.

The donation was formally turned over to His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle, Chairman of the Manila Cathedral-Basilica Foundation (MMCBFI), Inc., during the 35th Anniversary Celebration of Metrobank Foundation held at the Le Pavillon, Metropolitan Park, Pasay City on January 29, 2014.

The Manila Metropolitan Cathedral-Basilica, also known as the Manila Cathedral, was built in the late 1500s in honor of the Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, Principal Patroness of the Philippines.

According to GTMF Executive Director Aniceto Sobrepeña, the donation is aligned with the Foundation's thrust of strengthening the Ty Family's legacy by supporting significant infrastructure projects that will benefit the society.

"In addition, the Ty family has a personal devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary thus, making this project close to their hearts," he said.

Exposure to calamities plus the normal wear and tear over time prompted the temporary closure of the cathedral in February 2012 for public safety, as well as to undertake a massive restoration project led by Cardinal Tagle.

“The contribution is timely as the cathedral’s completion of the restoration is on its finishing touches. After being closed for two years, the Basilica is set to open on March 25, 2014,” says MMCBFI Executive Director Msgr. Nestor Cerbo.

“Thank you so much for the goldness of your heart, which helps in making possible the restoration of the premier house of God in the Philippines,” he adds.

Since its establishment in 2009, GTMF has taken an active role in focusing the Ty family’s philanthropic activities in the areas of health, environment, grants and legacy - where the donation for the Manila Cathedral main altar restoration falls under.

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GT-Metro Foundation is the family foundation of Metrobank Founder and Group Chairman, Dr. George S.K. Ty. It seeks to realize the advocacies espoused by the Ty family through investing in strategic programs on health and environment, as well as through legacy projects and grants for the benefit of disadvantaged sectors and the society as a whole.

Knowledge Channel Programming Advisory (February 2014)

In celebration of the 28th Anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution and the National Arts Month, Knowledge Channel airs the following specials:

For the EDSA People Power Anniversary:

EDSAngangdaan: The EDSA Stories Film Festival

The EDSA Stories Film Festival is part of Focus on the Global South-Philippines’ broader contribution to the anniversary of the People Power Revolution, under its EDSA Stories Project.

These short films, each produced under a film grant as well as Focus’s own documentary, EDSAngangdaan: Mga Pagtatagpo’t Pagpapasiya, paint a broad canvas of Philippine society and history in relation to the three EDSA uprisings over the years. These are stories of mothers and wives of the rebelling soldiers in EDSA; stories of farmers, politicians and street children; and stories of ordinary lives in extraordinary circumstances. The film festival presents all these vital stories with the aim of furthering social and historical education, and of turning cinema into a vehicle for socio-political change.

The EDSA Stories Film Festival (Entries - RT:22-23min)


February 23 (6:20pm)

February 24 (6:00pm)

February 25 (6:00pm)

EDSAngangdaan: Mga Pagtatagpo’t Pagpapasiya (Documentary - RT:40m)


February 23 (12:00pm & 10:40pm)

February 24 (10:40pm)

February 25 (10:40pm)

The EDSA Stories

Focus on the Global South also conducted over 34 interviews with some of the key personalities of EDSA 1986. Watch some of these interviews on the following dates:

February 17 - 21 (10:20pm)

February 23, 24 & 26 (8:00pm)

*For the rest of the interviews, check

Lakas Sambayanan

From the Foundation for Worldwide People Power (FWWPP) comes a compelling documentary about the historical People Power Revolution.

The two-hour feature is produced & directed by the award-winning documentarist Butch Nolasco, written by award-winning scriptwriter Jose Pete Lacaba, and narrated by multi-awarded actor Cesar Montano.



Daily, February 17-26, 6:30am and 6:40pm

(Full Episode)

February 22, 7:00pm

February 25, 8:00pm

For Arts Month:

Art Republik

Philippine visual and performing arts, issues and artists take center stage in “Art Republik.”


Mon (9:00pm)

Thu  (8:20pm)

Sat (9:20pm)

Tipong Pinoy

Tipong Pinoy, hosted by Susan Calo-Medina and Wency Cornejo and produced by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), takes its viewers on a weekly journey and discovery of Philippine culture and heritage.

Airing: Mon (9:40pm), Thu (9:00pm), Fri (10:00pm)

Travel Time

The longest-running travelogue and cultural show hosted by Ms. Susan Calo-Medina brings Knowledge Channel viewers to some of the most beautiful and culturally-rich destinations in the country.

Airing: Sun (9:40pm), Mon (8:20pm), Wed (9:40pm)

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