“Magkasama Tayo sa Kuwento ng Pasko”: ABS-CBN’s 2013 Christmas Station ID



ABS-CBN’s 2013 Christmas Station ID


Posted at 11/06/2013)

ABS-CBN pays tribute to different Filipinos, whose inspiring stories have touched the hearts and ignited the passion of people working for the network on and off cam, in its newest Christmas station ID launched on Wednesday.



Dubbed as “Magkasama Tayo sa Kwento ng Pasko,” this year’s Christmas station ID becomes a vehicle to share these stories to Filipinos here and across the globe. It also highlights the bond that ABS-CBN have forged with its audience through the years.

Seven stories were researched by ABS-CBN’s Integrated Creative Communications Management division and for each story, an artist was chosen based on who would best help tell their touching true-to-life tales.

“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,” said Robert Labayen, head of Integrated Creative Communications Management.

For instance, the only wish of Nanay Baby of Isla Pulos 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” two years ago.

She was definitely in awe when the one who delivered her requested photo was Chiu herself. Together with Xian Lim, the actress reconnected with Nanay Baby, whom she considers like a mother in that short span of time she lived with her family.

Judy Ann Santos, meanwhile, wanted to spend time with women who were victims of violence, having portrayed an abused wife in her last teleserye “Huwag ka Lang Mawawala.”

Women from the 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, but not knowing that Santos would 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.

As a security guard of the Star Magic office in ABS-CBN, Gualberto Isla Jr. opens the door for artists like John Lloyd Cruz, when they 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 Isla’s home in Rodriguez, Rizal and it was none other than Cruz himself.

Meanwhile, Cyril Perales is a habal-habal driver in Cebu who hardly make ends meet together with his wife Evelyn to support their seven children. Alhough life is tough for them, they take pride in having a happy family with simple joys. They save up for two 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 nine family members. Not only that, Gil also 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. Although 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 her story, he agreed to fly to Hong Kong immediately, carrying with him a video message from her family. Solomon could hardly believe that the actor appeared right before her eyes on a random Sunday morning at the Hong Kong harbor.

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 came up to him and surprised him with a video message from his family. It is a very personal moment for the actor since Anderson’s father is also in the military.

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 was about to fulfill her long-time dream that day – a marriage proposal – as they celebrate their 50th anniversary. With the help of 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.” They now plan to get married again this December.

“Magkasama Tayo Sa Kwento Ng Pasko” was written by Labayen, with music composed, arranged and produced by Bojam De Belen, Thyro Alfaro, Jeli Mateo. It was performed by “The Voice of the Philippines” coaches Sarah Geronimo, Bamboo and Lea Salonga with grand winner Mitoy Yonting and finalists Klarisse De Guzman, Janice Javier and Myk Perez.

The 2013 ABS-CBN Christmas station ID was created by ABS-CBN Integrated Creative Communications Management headed by Labayen, Johnny Delos Santos, Patrick de Leon and Ira Zabat. It was directed by Johnny Delos Santos, Peewee Gonzales, Paolo Ramos and Carmelo Saliendra.


abs-cbn people gathers in unison!
abs-cbn people gathers in unison!

link: http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/entertainment/11/06/13/watch-abs-cbns-2013-christmas-station-id


paalam, mrs. regina y. dee… mahal po kita!




“paalam, mrs. regina y. dee”


siguro po, balang-araw ay magkikita rin tayong muli…

hintayin mo lang po ako, mam regina…


pupuntahan kita-

saan ka man naroroon.


lalakbayin ko  gaano man kalayo

magkita lang tayo muli…


dahil alam ko, matagal mo na akong hinihintay…

pero hindi agad ako nakabalik.


sa mga pinagsamahan natin…

sa mga “sharings” natin sa iyong inner peace foundation…


sa katiwasayan ng kalooban na ibinigay mo sa puso ko-

sapat na ‘yun

para balikan kita.


dahil mahal po kita, mam regina-

mahal na mahal.


sa ating muling pagkikita, inay, alam ko…

hindi na tayo muli pang magkakahiwalay…


bilang magkaibigan-

dahil higit sa lahat,


ikaw ang naging pinakadakilang taga-payo ko.

salamat po, mam regina…. at, PAALAM.


(as the words were written: november 6, 2013- by ROBERT MANUGUID SILVERIO)


special added feature:


Regina Dee on forgiving and finding inner peace

BETWEEN EAST & WEST By Tonette Martel (The Philippine Star) | Updated February 3, 2013 –
mrs. regina y. dee paased-away november 3, 2013
mrs. regina y. dee passed-away november 3, 2013

“The Philippines is a very spiritual country. It was here that I learned more about the spiritual world — about God, about the meaning of life. What I am sharing is here at the foundation are universal principles,” says Regina Dee.

It isn’t often that you come across a spiritual teacher — someone who has spent over 30 years helping others transform their lives, a pioneer in the field of spiritual enlightenment, a spiritual consultant who helps you get in touch with your inner consciousness through counseling, meditation, and workshops designed to make a better you and thereby change your world.

Regina Dee is one such person. Warm and soft-spoken, Regina radiates kindness and humility that belie a privileged upbringing. Born in Shanghai in the late 1920s and raised in various parts of China, she is the daughter of a distinguished political figure known in media and political circles as O.K. Yui, once a mayor of Shanghai, and a prime minister who served in the government of Generalissimo Chiang Kai Shek in the Republic of China.

Because of the turmoil in China, Regina and her sisters were sent to the United States to pursue their studies. There, Regina obtained a liberal arts degree at Oberlin College and a BS degree from New York University. She came to the Philippines to visit a sister who lived here, but eventually stayed on to start a family and a new life.

In the Philippines, she became a director of a major commercial bank for 20 years, as well as several other corporations. Despite the prosperity, there was, for Regina, a burning curiosity about life, human existence and God. “Ever since I was young I started asking questions about life and about God. When I came to the Philippines a number of years ago, I learned about the New Thought Movements and it made a lot of sense to me. And I started searching and seeking further and deeper, and that’s why I started this movement called the Inner Peace Foundation. It used to be called the Inner Peace Movement that was founded by Dr. Francisco Coll in the United States. The movement I founded is really based on that.” Dr. Coll is known as one of the world’s foremost spiritual leaders and one who was active in the field of spiritual research for over 45 years. He was the inspiration, director and leading light of the Inner Peace Movement, its chapters and programs around the world.  Regina is a certified Americana Leadership College Spiritual Consultant, having studied under Dr. Coll.

As to her movement and its purpose, Regina says, “It’s good to ask ourselves why we are here, what’s the purpose of life. I think planet earth is a school of learning and all of humanity is divided into groups depending on the state of learning. So a lot of people say ‘Join this group, it is better than the other,’ others say ‘Another group is the best.’ But I think we shouldn’t judge or criticize because it really depends on the consciousness of the individual.  Here at the foundation, we may be in the same class but are at different levels of understanding. We give each one the freedom to learn. What we are about is trying to learn more about God, because God is infinite and if we can only understand how to relate to God, we would all have a pretty good life.”

Regina says that living in the Philippines has given her the freedom to grow. “The Philippines is a very spiritual country. It was here that I learned more about the spiritual world — about God, about the meaning of life. What I am sharing is here at the foundation are universal principles,” she says.

Through the years, Regina has written books on Christian virtues, distilling words and thoughts from the Bible, as well as the insights of wise men and spiritual thinkers into handy keepsakes, calendars and books of essays that serve as guides and companions for those on a spiritual path or those seeking to reach the better part of themselves. On Dec. 9, 2012, she launched her latest book In the Company of Miracles. The first half of the book talks about the experiences of those who led troubled lives and how they moved on to find peace and contentment by being in tune with the teachings of Christ and practicing positive thinking as a way of life, thus attracting the good to come into their lives. These people come from all walks of life — lawyers, businessmen, expatriate wives, socialites, professionals or others who have risen from a life of deprivation to a life of prosperity.   All of them have come to the Inner Peace Foundation because they needed a shot in the arm, they wanted to start anew, and they needed help to be able to do so.  The second half of the book dwells on the words and principles from the Bible and how we can apply them to our lives.

But what would Regina say to skeptics or non-believers? “Each religion has its good points and we can learn from each one. I myself was sent to a Catholic school so I absorbed Catholic teachings, but I also subscribe to the beliefs of many other faiths. The Inner Peace Foundation is not really for people who insist on one religion but for those who really want to have a better life and who are free to practice what they want to practice.  How to gain inner peace? Everyone wants peace but that has to come from the inner self, it isn’t a matter of searching out there but looking deeper within ourselves.”

Meditation is a manner of looking within, says Regina. Yet she points out that “there are as many ways of meditation as there are people, there is no right way or wrong way.  It is a matter of making an inner connection with the higher self and learning to listen,” she says. “Many times, God is talking to us but we don’t hear it because we are so busy talking to God. We have to be quiet sometimes and go into the silence and listen. Sometimes we get our messages from God directly, from guardian angels, from books or newspapers. We just have to keep an open mind and be aware that God is everywhere.”

The Inner Peace Foundation was founded in 1981 and meets every week at Regina’s home. There are usually 25 people in attendance. Discussions are held on selected readings, with time allocated for meditation. Participants learn techniques on unfolding the higher consciousness, properly releasing and forgiving, relaxing and recharging, protecting themselves from negative forces, and finding a purpose and direction in life. Before learning these techniques, participants are encouraged to attend a basic training program to understand the foundation’s background and what it aims to achieve. Then, there’s a one-on–one session to get a profile of your “spiritual energy” so as to have better control of one’s energy and live life more effectively. After that you can choose to attend the weekly study groups. Participants can also experience, “rebirthing” or the breath-of-life experience, an ancient art form developed to release tension, improve the health, rejuvenate the cells, and to elevate the consciousness.

With no advertising and virtually no media coverage, the Inner Peace Foundation has managed to thrive for over three decades. People usually come by word of mouth.  Like many of the case studies cited in Regina’s book, people initially come for a private session and then attend the weekly group sessions. Every 10 years, one group moves on and another takes its place.

I ask Regina, what of the less fortunate people who do not have access to education and much less to the spiritual principles she advocates, what can they do to better their lives? “They can improve their lives by just being honest, kind and understanding. You don’t need to go to school for that.  If they would only realize that even if no one sees them their lives will be affected by their thoughts and what they do,” she explains. And so I ask her if the laws of cause and effect are really at work? “There is no getting away from that law,” says Regina. “If we can only remember this law we would create a better world for ourselves and for everyone. We reap what we sow. Sometimes when we sow seeds they don’t sprout right away, the harvesting comes later. Lucky if it comes back sooner; when it’s delayed, it’s compound interest upon compound interest. All we have to do is change one person — myself — and my world will change. How do I attract the good things into my life if other people don’t know about the good that I do? It’s a matter of emotions — we are energy emotions, so be aware of the emotions we express and automatically circumstances change — life is that simple,” says Regina.

It’s a Thursday afternoon when I come back to see Regina in her home. In the living room, rows of chairs are arranged in front of a large projection screen. As this is the appointed day for the weekly group meeting, the participants will watch a DVD, and then have a discussion moderated by Regina before proceeding to another room for meditation. She hands me a list of topics and DVD showings that have been selected for viewing.  Among the topics are: “The Wisdom of the Ages,” “The Gift of Mindfulness,” “The Power of Forgiveness,” “Spirituality and Aging” and “The Way to Inner Peace.” Such subjects have a wide-ranging appeal. And one way or another, many of us have pondered on such things, at least at some point in our lives.

There are times when Regina thinks it may be time to call it a day. “It’s more than 30 years now, I may be getting old and it may be time to retire. Yet there are always new people coming and how they come we don’t know since we don’t advertise. That’s why I think a higher force is orchestrating this.” These days, Regina allows more people to lead and facilitate the discussion. Before we part ways, she tells me, “life is simple but we complicate it. We have been programmed to live our lives to meet the expectations of others. We have to tune into the right channel. We have to learn to be aware of when God is talking to us.”

Regina Dee is a voice of sobriety and good sense in an age of hype. It’s comforting to know that there are those who can make a difference in the lives of others and do so in a quiet way. There is indeed a consciousness out there that returns to us what we give to life.

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For more information on the Inner Peace Foundation, please call 816-0101.

mrs. dee and her INNER PEACE family.
mrs. dee and her INNER PEACE family.