Sunday, July 14, 2013

Celebrities and Fans Express Support For “Superbook”

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I brought my two boys at a Superbook event held at the Robinson's Magnolia mall last Sunday. We got there 1 hour early but decided to wait until it starts since we wanted to reserve a front middle seat to get a better view of the show.

We actually have a formal invite from the organizers so the first two rows were already reserved for their guests. But still we wanted to be in the middle of the front row so we never let go of our seats.

In only just a few minutes, the entire space allocated for the people interested in watching and joining the event were already full to the rim. Some of the kids had to sit on the floor in front just to get a glimpse of Gismo, the lovable toy robot in the Superbook TV show.

A few celebrities from GMA 7 were there as "Batang Superbook" agents, or more likely as Ambassadors for the Bible-based cartoon series of which I grew up with.

Yes! I was also a "Batang Superbook". I grew up watching the adventures of Chris, Joy and Gizmo. It was those days that I got fascinated with time travel and wondered how fun it would be like to travel back in time and meet famous people. This includes rubbing shoulders with some Bible characters.

Though some have said that the stories in the Bible are purely fictional, while some aggressively defend the truth behind the words, the moral lessons shared and expressed in the Bible stories are ideal for the kids to emulate.

Indeed, good deeds are highlighted in the stories that are made more attractive for kids to learn via the Superbook TV series. And now that it has been re-created and re-imagined for the new generation, even the former kids would have a lot of great time watching it all over again during Saturdays, this time with their own kids, and on Sundays to bring back precious fun memories of enjoyment reliving the classic stories we grew up with.

Though my kids are of the Internet, PC and tablet generation, I encouraged them to join in activities such as these. They deserve to learn and keep interacting with their fellow kids not just virtually through online games and social media networks.

The generation of today is exposed to many violent anime and other forms of entertainment depicting cruelty, sex, and a lot of violence that they are slowly being eaten away  and forgetting good manners and right conduct because being "cool" is most of the time depicted by being rough, wild, aggressive, punks that smoke, gamble, drink and play with women.

Hey, this is a good deal. For every 500 peso donation, you get one TV episode, but if you donate more, of course you'll get the more episodes for an almost endless fun time watching episodes of Superbook.

What is great about the stories are they are timeless. Each story will definitely give you the lessons in life worthy to be followed and  appreciated by kids of all ages.

More about Superbook from their Press Releases:

To further spread and promote Superbook's TV comeback, celebrities are now actively supporting its cause to provide positive values through wholesome TV programming through its “Bida ng Pagbabago” advocacy.

Superbook’s Bida ng Pagbabago advocacy believes in empowering the children of today. As young as they are, they can already be of influence and become examples to their friends, families and community.

And what better way to encourage today's young generation to be responsible and godly citizens than to use role models that they can look up to whenever they turn on their televisions – TV personalities who support and believe in Superbook's advocacy.

To achieve this, Superbook brings us the “Batang Superbook Agents” namely: Kapuso stars actress and TV host Isabel Oli, actress Sheena Halili, model and actor Benjamin Alves, actress and mom Bettina Carlos and her daughter Gummy, together with Salamin band lead vocals Paolo Valenciano, singer-actress Isabella De Leon, and ventriloquist Ruther Urquia and his puppet sidekick Titoy.

Superbook Project Head Icko Gonzalez says that these agents are certified Batang Superbook, who grew up watching and learning from the classic Superbook during the 80’s and 90’s. “We are thankful that they accepted this role to be “kuyas” and “ates” of the now generation. They will serve as inspiration and encouragement to the children to become the best that they can be.”

On Being Batang Superbook Agent

During the recent SuperLaunch of Superbook at the Robinsons Galleria Activity Center, the celebrity ambassadors were introduced to the public as official Batang Superbook Agents.

According to Isabel Oli, who is a self-confessed Superbook Classic fan, she's honored to be chosen as one of the agents.

“I feel so blessed and honored kasi talaga, me and my brothers and sisters, pinapanood talaga namin yung Superbook dati pa. I'm so happy na magiging part ako ng pagbabago sa buhay ng mga kabataan ngayon. I'm very positive that Superbook will have a huge impact sa mga youth," Isabel shares.

She adds, “kasi bihira na lang ngayon yung mga shows, much more child-oriented shows, that talk about the Bible and I really pray na kung gaano nito na-touch ang buhay ko at ng family ko, ay ganun din sa iba. Sana maraming bata ang makapanood at that many lives will be touched sa show na ito.”

Meanwhile GMA’s Binoy Henyo’s lead star Sheena Halili is thrilled upon receiving the invite. “Nakakatuwa na napili ako kasi ibig sabihin nakikita ng mga tao na qualified ako. Iba pa rin talaga kapag may alam ka tungkol sa Bible. I believe in positive TV programming for the kids. Ngayon, mas kailangan ko panindigan ang faith ko at maging role model sa mga kabataan,” Sheena says.

“To actually be part of this whole project brings back a lot of childhood memories and I believe it would be nice for kids nowadays for [sic] kids to be exposed to this kind of animation where there are good lessons and I think it's good for the youth. It really puts and instills good moral values into their subconscious,” says singer Paolo Valenciano, who is Mr. Pure Energy, Gary V's eldest child.

Singer-actress and former child-star Isabella "Duday" De Leon agrees with her co-agents. “Super honored po ako na napili po ako na isa sa mga Superbook agents kasi sobrang fan po talaga ako ng Superbook. And gusto ko rin po ito ma-share sa mga kabataan ngayon.”

Superbook’s Positive Benefits

They may have different personalities and backgrounds, but these Superbook agents all confess about their personal relationship with God and they all agree about Superbook's positive benefits and advantages to the now generation.

Actress, new mom and Superbook agent Bettina Carlos expresses her concern as well as her relief. “Nowadays, kids are so media-savvy and somehow it's alarming for us parents. We tend to worry about what our kids watch and listen to. I am convinced that Superbook will create a positive change in the lives of many children who will watch it,” Bettina remarks. Bettina and her daughter Gummy is the first ever mom-daughter duo to become Superbook agents.

“It’s nice to have the Bible depicted for the kids. It suits their eyes and young minds pero factual pa din. I think it's so important to shows that will influence the kids in a good way,” says Benjamin Alves, Piolo Pascual’s nephew.

In addition, ventriloquist Ruther Urquia attests, “It's nice to see na nag-level up na ang Superbook for the younger generations. Masaya ako dahil finally may mapapanood na ang mga kabataan na pwede mong ipantay sa mga anime na nasa TV ngayon.”

Paolo Valenciano adds, “It's quite cool being chosen as one of the agents because I, too, grew up watching Superbook. There's a lot of garbage on TV out there, so at least Superbook can guide them with the stuff that they do in life.”

Superbook Project Head Icko also stressed, “Every Superbook episode has a corresponding take-away lesson. Therefore, if they follow what they learned from Superbook and apply it in their lives, young as they are, they can be Heroes of Change or Bida ng Pagbabago.”

Superbook Reimagined airs every Saturday at 7:30 a.m. on GMA, while Superbook Classic (Tagalized) airs every Sunday at 7:30 a.m. also on GMA.

Watch out for more of the Superbook Agents's activities and the latest Superbook Bida ng Pagbabago Roadshows. Visit our website at www.batangsuperbook .com and LIKE us on Facebook at or follow us on Twitter @BatangSuperbook.

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