Manila, Philippines – GOING INT’L – Starting today, April 21, “Today with Francis Padua Papica” goes international, airing in the US, Canada, Europe, Middle East, and Asia via GMA Life TV. The show (TWF) builds around its core message, “It’s cool to be concerned.”
TWF highlights values of community service and involvement, in a refreshing and an entertaining manner to reach across the audience, especially the youth. Featured are prominent personalities from whom everyone can draw inspiration and knowledge – all in a 30-minute magazine format.
The show started on local channels in Naga City, Camarines Sur, conceptualized, produced, and hosted by a Bicolano with a big heart and broad mind, US-based lawyer Francis Padua Papica.
Atty. Papica is the founder of and CEO of a 15-year-old foundation which carries his name, distributing books and giving scholarships throughout Bicol. One of his scholars is Bb. Pilipinas-Universe Venus Raj.
CREATIVE STAFF – The production outfit behind TWF is f12 Creativworx Multi-media Studios, based at the Naga City Hall complex. Atty. Padua credits his staff for coming up with a good show despite being undermanned.
He also acknowledges the show’s growing ranks of viewers and followers for their continuing support.
GUESTS – TWF has taped in Hong Kong and Macau, Laguna, Batangas, Cavite, Boracay, and, but or course, exciting and beautiful places in Bicol.
Atty. Papica’s interviewed the likes of kariton hero Efren Penaflorida, Vice President Jojo Binay, Rep. Jack Enrile, actor-director Cesar Montano, sports buff Marc Nelson, beauty queens Czarina Gatbonton and Diane Necio, lettuce king Lyndon Tan, and celebrity couples Dodot and Mikee Jaworski, Vince and Shai Hizon.
In one episode, Atty. Papica traded places with a pedicab (padyak) driver in his hometown. In another episode, he takes a hair-raising dive from the top of Bunga Falls in Nagcarlan, Laguna.
So there, “cool, committed, concerned” – the slogan of TWF.
SPEEDY NOTES – After nine years, Dennis da Silva is still in jail, the rape case against him still pending. Justice delayed is justice denied… John “Sweet” Lapus hopes to adopt a baby girl, blonde and blue-eyed. Yes, an American mestiza. His best bet is Olongapo… Who’s the richest actor in his late 30s? No one else but Marvin Agustin, who has more than a dozen restaurants in partnership with friends. His Sumo-San is opening a branch in Cebu. “Madam Curie” (as in kuripot), Marvin is called. But then he won’t be a millionaire if he isn’t one… Diether Ocampo hobnobs with Manila’s high society, genuine members and social climbers alike… Who can write the bios of Gloria Romero and Rosal Rosal? Butch Francisco, and no one else.
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