Start-Up, Lolong cast off to Davao: Alden Richards and Ruru Madrid are this year's headliners at the Kadayawan Festival in Davao

GMA Network, via its regional arm GMA Regional TV, will present a star-studded lineup of shows to this year's Kadayawan Festival, with the casts of Lolong and Start-Up PH flying to Davao on August 20 and 21.

Alden Richards, Asia's Multimedia Star, leads the Kapuso superstars participating in the much anticipated return of Kadayawan Festival.

The party begins today, August 20, when the cast of the dambuhalang adventure-serye "Lolong," lead by Lolong himself, Kapuso Action-Drama Prince Ruru Madrid, meets the Kapusong Dabawenyos for a Kapuso Mall Show.

Joining Ruru are Shaira Diaz, Arra San Agustin, Rochelle Pangilinan, and Paul Salas. At 5:00 p.m., they will be in the Gaisano Grand Citygate Mall Atrium.

On Sunday, August 21, at 6:00 a.m., the cast of Lolong will join Alden and his co-star from Start-Up PH, Jeric Gonzales, in the Pamulak sa Kadayawan Float Parade.

GMA Regional TV makes this year's Kapuso Float Parade Participation extra memorable by airing "37th Kadayawan Festival 2022: The GMA Regional TV One Mindanao Special Coverage" on GMA TV 5 Davao beginning at 9:00 a.m. The TV broadcast will be presented by Sarah Hilomen-Velasco (GMA Davao), Cyril Chaves (GMA Cagayan de Oro), and Jes Jumamil (GMA Gensan), together with Jandi Esteban (GMA Davao). Regional TV correspondent Rgil Relator and news producer Kent Abrigana will provide live coverage along the procession route.

Beginning at 7:30 a.m., the rest of the Philippines and the world will be able to witness the parade via live streaming on GMA RTV's official website,, on Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube @gmaregionaltv, and @gmartvnews Twitter platform. Additional highlights of the Kadayawan Festival 2022 will be highlighted here as well.

Alden and Jeric travel to Vista Mall Davao in the afternoon to celebrate Kapuso Fans Day with Dabawenyos. The performance starts at 4:00 p.m.

"GMA Network is pleased to participate in the Kadayawan Festival once more. It has been two years since we last celebrated this vibrant festival in person. Star-Up PH, starring Alden Richards and Bea Alonzo, is the much-anticipated pairing of Alden Richards and Bea Alonzo. We are ecstatic to be bringing two of the Kapuso Network's most popular shows: the top-rated adventure-serye Lolong starring Ruru Madrid, and the eagerly-anticipated pairing of Alden Richards and Bea Alonzo." Oliver Victor B. Amoroso, First Vice President and Head of GMA Regional TV and Synergy, stated, "This is merely one of the numerous events we've planned for our Kapuso in the regions this year."

Lolong's amazing performance continues as the year's most popular adventure-serye on Philippine primetime remains the most-watched program in its timeslot, garnering plaudits for its well-crafted plot, formidable cast, and stunning cinematography. This latest work by GMA Public Affairs is an enthralling account of a man's incredible bond with a colossal crocodile.

As the popular primetime series enters a new phase, additional discoveries are expected to emerge. In the series, Thea Tolentiino, Vin Abrenica, Alma Concepcion, Lucho Ayala, and Rafael Rossel add depth to Ruru's character. Christopher de Leon, Bembol Roco, Malou de Guzman, Maui Taylor, Marco Alcaraz, Mikoy Morales, and Jean Garcia all star in "Lolong."

Meanwhile, anticipation grows for Start-Up PH, in which Alden co-stars with the multitalented Kapuso actress Bea Alonzo. GMA Network announced early this year that it has obtained the exclusive rights to develop the local adaptation of the popular South Korean series 2020. Based on the original format "Start Up" created by Hyeryeon Park and produced by Studio Dragon Corporation, co-produced by Studio Dragon and CJ ENM, "Start-Up" explores one of the world's most advanced tech sectors and provides a glimpse of the struggles and obstacles one must overcome to build a successful business from the ground up.

Yasmien Kurdi, Gabby Eigenmann, Jackie Lou Blanco, Ayen Munji-Laurel, Nio Muhlach, Lovely Rivero, Neil Ryan Sese, Boy 2 Quizon, Royce Cabrera, Kevin Santos, Tim Yap, Kaloy Tingcungco, Brianna Bunagan, Gianna Llanes, and Ms. Gina Alajar also star in the film, which was directed by Jerry Sineneng and Dominic Zapata.


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