Kara David is the New Host of GMA News TV’s ‘Powerhouse’

For more than two years, "Powerhouse" has been providing the viewing public access to the private lives of many prominent, powerful, and iconic figures in the Philippines.


Through its weekly visits to the homes of some of the country’s most renowned personalities, Powerhouse has enabled viewers to learn about the humble beginnings and successes of these people. The program has also shown how these icons become ordinary citizens living extraordinary lives.

And as it ushers its newest season, GMA News TV’s Powerhouse also welcomes its new host – Peabody award winner Kara David.

“It would not be possible to find anyone who can completely fill Mel Tiangco’s shoes,” says GMA News TV’s Channel Head Nessa Valdellon of the show’s original host. “But we know Kara will bring sharp interviewing skills and her insightful writing to the show. We’re looking forward to the new Powerhouse!”

GMA News Pillar Mel Tiangco currently co-anchors 24 Oras on weeknights and hosts the weekly drama anthology Magpakailanman, both airing on GMA-7. The multi-awarded broadcast journalist also serves as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the GMA Kapuso Foundation.

Powerhouse program manager Patty Gutierrez adds “Through the years, Mel Tiangco has proven she is an all around broadcaster. She has done all genres successfully and she has countless recognition to prove it. But her heart is really and truly for the poor. As GMA Kapuso Foundation’s EVP and COO, the demands are not getting smaller. She wants to concentrate further on the projects of the foundation and that is truly admirable. We will miss her but we are also excited about this new chapter of Powerhouse.”

This coming season, David hopes to feature equally moving stories and in-depth interviews that will continue to inspire Powerhouse viewers.

“I feel really honoured to host Powerhouse. Malaking karangalan ang magmana o humalili sa programa ng isa sa aking mga iniidolo,” says Kara. “Tita Mel is a big inspiration, a friend, and a mentor. I feel excited pero at the same time nervous kasi big shoes to fill talaga ito.”

One of the country’s award-winning journalists, David has worked her way to the top, starting out as a production assistant, researcher and writer before working as a reporter, documentarist, and now host and anchor for GMA News and Public Affairs. David earned her Broadcast Communications degree from the University of the Philippines-Diliman.

David has become a household name when she joined GMA-7’s flagship documentary program I-Witness, where she earned various accolades from local and international award-giving institutions including the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award, the Oscars of broadcast journalism. She has likewise received recognitions from the Asian Television Awards, US International Film and Video Festival, and New York Festivals.

Apart from her daily work as a journalist for GMA News, Kara co-anchors the weekday morning news program News to Go with Howie Severino on GMA News TV. Additionally, Kara has established her own foundation called Project Malasakit.

For its new season, Powerhouse enters the private home of Star for All Seasons Batangas Governor Vilma Santos-Recto. What were the struggles that the governor had to go through as she transitioned from being an acting legend to one of today’s public leaders? And how does Vilma Santos spend a normal day inside her home?

Join new host Kara David as she features the life stories of the country’s movers and shakers inside their homes. An all-new season of POWERHOUSE begins July 16, 8pm, on GMA News TV Channel 11.

5 Comments on Kara David is the New Host of GMA News TV’s ‘Powerhouse’

  1. Polly G. Banaag // September 4, 2014 at 3:39 pm //

    Kami sa bahay fan kami ng Powerhouse. In fairness both ladies, Mel and Kara ay parehong magaling. They both with the same field na alam ng lahat ito ang kanilang forte. Newscaster, media. We look up Ms. Mel sa field of mass media kasi talagang ang galing galing nya at ganoon din si Kara bagamat compare to Mel ay malayo ang distansya. Masasbi mong si Mel ay haligi na at pondasyon sa larangan ng mass media at si Kara na kanilang aspirant. I compare Mel to the late Helen Vela sa galing bilang newscaster at host sa kani kanilang mga tv program. Mabalik tayo Mel at Kara are both magaling lamang lahat naman tayo ay may kanya kanyang istilo sa ating pagtratrabaho at sa larangan na ating mga pinili. Mel naman is malayo na ang narating at tama lang ang desisyon ng management na ibigay sa mga bago ang ganitong mga programa katulad in Kara upang lalo pang tumayog at maging mahusay na mang uulat ang mga ito. To Ms. Mel na fan kami ng pamilya ko, we salute to you t another journey in broadcast journalism at kay Kara isang malaking karangalan ang mabigyan ka ng kanitong programa na alam ng lahat na ito ay magagawa mo at mapapaghusay mo kaakibat ng dedikasyon…congrats to you Kara. We are looking forward to features more houses of our successful leaders, philantropist, professionals at mga beauty queens like the life now of the rich Margie Moran Floreindo, the ageless Gloria Diaz and the silent Aurora Pijuan. Of course we need to see the house of Ms. Mel Tiangco at to discuss the success of being a broadcast journalist noon, ngayon at magpakailan man.

  2. enriquel.reyes // August 2, 2014 at 5:31 am //

    i believe that kara david is fit for thejob as the new hostforpowerhouse.not only she is intelligent but also

  3. Anonymous // August 20, 2013 at 7:23 pm //

    Magaling rin si si Mel Tiangco hindi naman sya singer magandang boses ika

  4. Anonymous // July 15, 2013 at 3:42 pm //

    Hope ms.kara would feature the homes of our past beauty queens like aurora pijuan, margie moran…etc

  5. Mas mainam naman mag host si Kara kaysa kay Mel Tiangco ang sakit sa tenga ng boses nun parang si Mike Ilong Enriquez. Kahawig din nya si Belle Mariano ng Going Bulilit

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