Billboard (U.S.) Hot 100: March 24, 2018

From the Tube is currently under two-week blogcation. Until he comes back, Timow’s Turf will delegate his tradition on the Billboard charts. For the non-religious who have to persist and survive the three days of Holy Week where most radio stations are off the air, this chart is for you. Without further ado…

Here are the Top 10 songs from the Billboard Hot 100 for the week of March 24, 2018.

The Top 10

1.  Drake – God’s Plan [No. 1 last week]

2. Ed Sheeran – Perfect [No. 2 last week]

3. Bruno Mars & Cardi B  – Finesse [No. 3 last week]

4. Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line – Meant to Be [No. 5 last week]

5. Post Malone Featuring Ty Dolla $ign – Psycho [No. 4 last week]

6. Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey – The Middle [No. 8 last week]

7. Camila Cabello Featuring Young Thug  – Havana [No. 7 last week]

8. The Weeknd & Kendrick Lamar – Pray for Me [No. 9 last week]

9. BlocBoy JB Featuring Drake – Look Alive [No. 8 last week]

*No official music or lyric video due to artist or copyright restrictions*

10. Kendrick Lamar & SZA – All the Stars [No. 11 last week]

All videos of the Top 10 songs can be viewed above. Singles that are ranked 11 to 100 this week can be found on their official website. Our thanks to Billboard for this week’s Hot 100 Top 10.


Thoughts on Journalists as Product Endorsers

NOTE: The following emergency blog post does not follow the usual mechanism of By Popular Request due to From the Tube’s two-week blogcation. The views and opinions expressed in this article do not reflect those on McDonald’s Philippines and other affected companies.

YESTERDAY, McDonald’s branches across the country celebrated National Breakfast Day from 7 to 8 a.m. with a free Burgerdesal if you were queued.

The annual promo was easily followed over traditional and social media. Celebrities like Alden Richards (in Sta. Rosa, Laguna branch) and Maine Mendoza (in her fully-owned Sta. Clara, Sta. Maria, Bulacan branch) attract most customers, especially if one belongs to the AlDub nation.

While entertainment celebrities as endorsers are a normal way, one of the endorsers is a renowned journalist. Atom Araullo teamed up with his 5 And Up colleague, Chynna Ortaleza, in Madison, San Juan branch.

Coinciding with the event, Atom alone endorsed McCafe with the YouTube video provided below.

Ric Jayson Lucas relayed not one but two questions from ex-TV5 talent Joseph Holandes Ubalde: Isn’t it unethical for legitimate journalists to be product endorsers? Has this changed now?

The answer, according to Danton Remoto, depends on the network policy. While GMA and other networks do not prohibit their journos, the neighboring ABS-CBN explicitly prohibited it as set and reinforced by then-head and now head of the now-embattled news site Rappler, Maria Ressa.

That ruling made Mel Tiangco shift after endorsing Green Cross with Jay Sonza in the 1990s.

Ironically, Ubalde himself used to endorse a not-so familiar clothing brand.

On the second question, does the policy changed through the wind? So far, it’s too low to blow it away — it varies from network to network — but in the end, an individual journalist must be aware of the ethical implications if it were to endorse their potential products.

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Of It’s Showtime and of Our Traditional Media’s Time Consciousness

[Requested by Albert Brian Gimao]
THEY SAY, time is of the essence.
However, in the past weeks, ABS-CBN’s It’s Showtime went into overtime as late as almost 4:00 p.m. and consequentially pushed the remainder of the day’s lineup later than usual after Wildflower finished airing.
This case was beyond the two reasonable excuses why some programs start late or were ditched, such as a fast-pacing game going overtime (e.g. the triple overtime in PBA between Ginebra and Rain or Shine) and rollercoaster-cum-circus of political engagements — logic-spinning Palace press conference, grandstanding congressional hearings and off-the-cuff presidential remarks in that order.
While we point the fingers to Vice Ganda over excessive bantering as other include the inferences of more ad loads (even though a true member of KBP) and the accounting of agonizing rush hour traffic in Metro Manila, another reason of that “experiment” was an attempt to derail the successful afternoon teleserye across Timog Avenue, Ika-6 na Utos, which ends this coming week.
Another claim that ABS’ attempt to stop the network war is TV Patrol‘s futile match to 24 Oras due to the stamped bias by President Rodrigo Duterte but this can be reasonably dismissed as ludicrous and then, the latter fought fire with fire.
While time check is obviously a must for radio to its listeners, that’s another story on television.
Historically, RPN wore the iconic digital clock on the bottom left of the screen with “0” in the hour instead of “12.” Currently, PTV wore the clock when the program is running; GMA 7 displayed the time on an hourly basis for a minute while its sister channel, News TV, wore their watch when a news program or an extensive news event is covered. On cable, ABS-CBN News Channel displays it on their ticker when a program or a live special coverage runs.
On May 15, 2013, then-President Benigno Aquino III signed Republic Act 10535 as the latest step to curb the chaotic timekeeping. While the law remains in force, his successor did not exemplify the spirit of the law by arriving late before his aforementioned engagements, given his body clock expressively as a night owl.
The sad truth of the implementation is that it only complies synchronization with the atomic clocks over PAGASA-DOST and over Greenwich but not it does not instill our people’s importance of discipline on doing away the inherent age-old habit of tardiness.
Back to the case of It’s Showtime, the network management, Direk Bobet Vidanes and the Showtime gang resolved the issue in an “emergency meeting” but then, it restored to its old (recent) ways. As Holy Week is lurking in the horizon — where their Lenten drama specials would be aired in lieu of all entertaining segments save Tawag ng Tanghalan — we should not be complacent.
While the seasonal noontime drama’s running time is fixed, the live singing competition would offset and end up to the same state of ending at merienda time.

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New Season of Philippines Football League Gets a New Broadcaster?


THE PHILIPPINES FOOTBALL LEAGUE is getting a new broadcasting home?

This is how Gab F. Hernandez observed as he captured the Cignal’s electronic program guide (EPG) in the wee hours of this morning.

Rumor has it that PFL will kick its new season this Saturday (March 3) on AksyonTV, marking the return of national soccer coverage since its predecessor, United Football League (UFL).

Recall that PTV didn’t last the half of the first round of the regular season last year– no thanks to prioritizing President Rodrigo Duterte’s curse-laden engagements — which led to Mycujoo delegating the rest.

During the intermezzo between the two seasons, FC Meralco Manila dissolved last January 8 after losing both its players and investors’ support while 10 days later, Ilocos United will not show up after failing to secure a new naming sponsor. Last February 6, Kaya FC transferred its home from Makati to Iloilo.

With six teams remaining, the league’s regular season format changed from two rounds of home and away with the finals series (regular: May to November, finals: December) to two and a half home and away rounds but without the finals (March to August). In addition, the PFL Cup will be introduced and will be played in October.

Like most leagues, the defending champions will usually initiate the new regular season. However, in our case, Ceres Negros and Stallion Laguna rescheduled its kickoff match from this Saturday at 4:00 p.m., by agreement, to June 27. Thus, the match between JPV Marikina and Global Cebu at 7:00 p.m. will become automatically the first.

Nevertheless, if AksyonTV holds true with the rumor of coverage, we wish them the very best.

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Ladies and Gentlemen, the Philippine Broadcasting Station Notice

How do Filipino radio stations and television channels close down for the night and say hello to the new broadcast day? This article provides a Philippine framework for ideal station notices

Collaboratively written by Timow (Timothy John Paragas) at Timow’s Turf and Dzhenina (Jenine Shiongshu) at Ingliserong Hermana

WHEN GRAVEYARD-SHIFT* workers come home and finally turn on their TV or radio, they could hear a voice-over saying it’s the end of the broadcast day–and the worker can miss out their opportunity of programming. They could hear the national anthem or noise this time. Technically, it’s termed “station notice” that happens during “closedown/startup” (British termed) or “sign-on/sign-off” (American termed, commonly used).

In third-world countries and elsewhere, channels and stations do not broadcast 24 hours a day, thus, it is obligatory to them to air an announcement about signing on or off at a fixed time. This is also a good time for viewers and listeners to change channels or turn off their TV and radio.

Below, this collaboration article provides a Filipino framework to station notices and rituals when beginning and ending broadcasts.

Common traits

A Philippine broadcasting station’s sign-on and sign-off sequence typically have essential segments, though not in exact sequence, below:

  • Dead air, static slide, or test tone (test card on TV)
  • Station identification (including the call sign and the frequency), top of the hour ID, jingle, or corporate song
  • Program schedule
  • Technical information (transmitter and studio location, power output and list of electronic communications engineers and first class radio-telephone operators)
  • Authorized NTC permit number (BSD-xxxxx-xx) and expiry date
  • Affirmation of programs’ compliance with the Movie and Television Rating and Classification Board (TV only)
  • List of affiliate stations
  • Actual, recorded station notice (mandatory on radio, but may not be read aloud on television)
  • Morning or evening prayer (specifically, Muslim prayers in some Mindanao stations)
  • The choral, instrumental or combined rendition of the Philippine National Anthem


Other TV and radio stations can incorporate or deduct other elements other than the core ones. Let’s investigate in each mode.

On Radio

Some radio stations can air official provincial and city songs, in addition to the national anthem. For example, in the City of San Fernando, Pampanga, RW 95.1 FM plays the choral version of “Imno ning Kapampangan” (“Kapampangan Hymn”), while Davao City’s Radyo Ukay 819 AM broadcasts the Davao Girls’ Choir rendition of “Tayo’y Dabawenyo” (“We’re Davaoeños”).

While commercial radio stations follow the aforementioned standard formula, some frequencies may deviate. One such example is the government-owned Philippine Broadcasting Service (PBS).

On the AM side, Radyo Pilipinas 1 (738) and 2 (918) Metro Manila simply cut to the National Anthem after some music or station identification as they leave the air at night and when they come back as day breaks. Their sister shortwave station, Radyo Pilipinas Overseas Broadcast that runs 1½-hour Filipino and English services, reminds its listeners on the time of broadcast in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) and a station notice that cites the frequencies and broadcasting source where the channel’s in. An a cappella singing of the National Anthem is appended before (at sign-on) and after (when leaving the air) the announcement.

On the FM side, FM2 DWFT-FM (formerly DWBR) 104.3 MHz perhaps has the best example. Listen:

As provided by an aircheck dated February 3, 2017 — after their first and formal full day of rebranding — they did not disclose a roster of professionals; either the Agency knew that the same personnel manned the operations of PTV, or they are just merely lazy.


On Television

One of the best signature accessories is ABS-CBN, when Peter Musngi made this announcement for sign-on: “Ladies and gentlemen, in a few seconds, we will be on simultaneous nationwide satellite broadcast. Please stand by.” This was followed by a patriotic message encouraging every Filipino to wave their flags in their homes and workplaces. It has been Channel Two’s tradition since 2002. Note that ABS-CBN seldom signs off recently due to O Shopping.

Another accessory would be a video montage of the station can be played with an easy or noticeable background music. For examples, former American-targeted Far Eastern Network Television (FEN) in Clark and Subic and BEE TV 7 in Butuan City.

*In provinces, a few daytime workers. Certain stations outside Metro Manila sign off between 5pm and 10pm and resume broadcasting at daybreak.

The Turf’s Insight on Pyeongchang Winter Olympics

After 30 years, South Korea is hosting another Olympics but this time on the other season.

THREE DAYS from now, the sporting eyes of the world will fixate on South Korea for the 16 days of glory in the PyeongChang Winter Olympics.

While it may not be in the Filipino sporting aficionados’ attention due to the geographic consideration as a tropical country, it is a noteworthy moment for two athletes that will partake and will banner under the Three Stars and a Sun.

THE ROOKIE AND THE VET. Asa Miller (left) will participate in the Winter Olympics as the alpine skier while Michael Christian Martinez (right) will be given another chance to shine in figure skating.

Asa Miller, the 17-year-old rookie, despite his residence in Oregon, will be the first alpine skier to compete for the Philippines in 26 years. Meanwhile, 21-year-old skater Michael Christian Martinez, despite failing to make the qualifying cut on the CS Nebelhorn Trophy, finally gets another chance to shine after Sweden relinquished the spot due to the unsatisfied performance level of Alexander Majorov by their national Olympic Committee.

In addition, this edition of the Winter Games will make the debut of two Southeast Asian nations: Malaysia (with alpine skier Jeffrey Webb and figure skater Julian Yee) and Singapore (with short track speed skater Cheyenne Goh).

Promotion Bluff

Last January, the promotion of the Winter Games was aired over ABS-CBN, presuming that their sports channel, S+A, would cover the games for the first time. However, the speculation bubble was popped out as TV5 – for the fourth overall, second in the concerned season and the first time under the ESPN5 brand — is confirmed to cover  exclusively, according to SportsCenter Philippines.

Conflict in ceremonies, clear in competition

With the confirmed news, both ceremonies that begin and end the Games will face conflict on the main channel and might be consequently covered live on AksyonTV.

The opening ceremony on Friday, February 9, will begin at the same time (7:00 p.m. Philippine time) with the traditional PBA evening game – in this case, NLEX Road Warriors vs Meralco Bolts. The closing ceremony on February 25 will coincide with FIBA Asia World Cup Qualifier game against Japan in our home court.

That said, it wouldn’t be surprising as TV5 will favor both games of hoops over both showcases of the artistry of the international multi-sport event.

Competition journey

On the bright side, when it comes to the competition proper for our contingents, there is no problem in live coverage, in terms with TV5, as they will take place in the morning – as we are one hour behind South Korea. Provided, they will delay the NCAA (U.S.) basketball.

Miller’s debut will take shape from this Sunday (February 11) until February 22 if his first-time performance is exceptional.

On the other hand, Martinez’s two-day competition will kick in on February 16 – fortunately, both holidays on both nations (Lunar New Year or “Seollal” in Korea) — with the short program and followed by the free skate.

Unfazed by unavoidable

While one or few said that TV5’s return to cover the Olympics is where they rightfully belong, not everyone is convinced.

For them, it could be a repeat of what happened back to Rio in 2016 where they fail to commit full-blown coverage despite the live streaming on the network’s YouTube channels.

To be honest, ABS-CBN (through S+A) would have been a bit worse in cover the Winter Games since they are preoccupied with NBA, UAAP and NCAA volleyball tournaments, English (Premier) and Spanish (La Liga) football and the inaugural Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL). It’s new cable-exclusive sports channel, Liga, wouldn’t apply as they don’t have football or basketball in the competition.

On the other hand, PTV would be the worst if they cover their first Winter Olympics; both ceremonies would cut any significant 20 minutes each due to Lotto and the competition proper could be disrupted by Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque’s daily press conference and by President Rodrigo Duterte himself.

Anyway, the Turf wishes both of our athletes the best in their respective journey in South Korea — amidst the lack of support from both the government and the Philippine Olympic Committee — and also to the rest of the athletes of the world.

Just a little throwback Tuesday…


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International TV Laws That Can Be Done in the Philippines

[Requester: Albert Brian Gimao]

THE PHILIPPINES is a sovereign republic, which means they are governed by the rule of law and such application spreads throughout the archipelago.

We have enacted laws that regulate industries and we have its corresponding departments and agencies to execute.

In the mass media industry, specifically on television, we have legislation from setting aside time for children’s television to place closed captioning in every program possible.

When the President signs them into law, the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) were automatically crafted. Subsequent rulings and orders issued from the government agencies, such as the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) and Movies, Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB), together with non-government associations such as the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP), made up the official interpretation on the potential legal loopholes.

While its proper implementation remains problematic, there are some other laws around the world concerning the industry that can be done here. (more…)

Timow’s Quarterly Open Pit (QuOP) No. 3: Cable Closures & Cord Cutters

IF ONE of your New Year’s resolutions is pledging personal financial responsibility, then this QuOP might be the place for you.

Cable Closures

While we kicked in 2018 with blasts of firecrackers, our cable and satellite companies greeted it with the blasts of closures.

Ralph Domingo’s From the Tube mentioned the first wave on its opening salvo post last January 3 where Solar’s CT channel ended its service after the big hit of the carriage dispute against SkyCable last year while Dream Satellite TV ceased operations after 16 years due to bankruptcy (in legalese, under court rehabilitation) and stiff competition.

Next two waves

The next two waves all happened from Creative Programs Inc., the subsidiary responsible of pay TV channels made and maintained from Mother Ignacia.

The second wave will happen two days from now where Tag and ABS-CBN Regional Channel (ARC) will close down. The former’s redundant backlogs and responsibilities might be transferred to Cinema One but the latter would mark the second failed attempt to run a regional channel since 1996.


However, the third wave grabs the most attention, perhaps for young ones and feeling young. HERO, the round-the-clock anime channel, will pull the plug come the 31st (Wednesday) after 12 years of service.

4 Reasons Why

Emphasizing on the latter’s stunning announcement, four reasons were clearly defined for the X-ed factor:

  1. Dwindling subscribers (from boycotts) which converts to lesser earnings,
  2. Expensive acquisitions on new animes (even in seasons),
  3. Denigrating dubbers by actually watching from pirated sites, and
  4. Tight yet threatening competition from its rivals (e.g. Animax and Aniplus)

Consequently, HERO‘s impending and imminent loss will be TVPlus‘ gain, particularly in YeY‘s programming.

Other cable channels from CPI will remain intact. While ANC will maintain as it is due to sustainable support, Lifestyle might be reimaged to “” to match with their similarly-themed-and-named magazine and its corresponding website. (Take note of the word ‘might.’)

Cord Cutters

Perhaps, you are unfazed by this move as you contemplated it and end the service early in favor of your laptops and mobile devices to save some dough. Then, you are classified as a “cord cutter.”

Cord cutters are former cable viewers that ditch entirely or limit their hours in favor of available over the Internet due as such content can be either free or significantly cheaper than the same content provided via cable or satellite.

That reminds the Turf of Kevin Trinidad — graphic artist by trade and education, pop culture geek by heart and passion. While we mocked him for his immature and weird persona, some of his tweets posted prior to deleting his Twitter account, alongside his political rants, were dedicated on binge-watching Netflix originals — which has to be the best-implied example of how a cord cutter behaves.

So far, we have yet to conduct a nationwide survey on cable ownership and plans on canceling their subscription to get the formal picture.

South Triangle’s Response

The trend of cord cutting from the States triggered ABS-CBN’s forward-thinking approach to launch iWanTV video-on-demand (VOD) service in 2010, eight years before those aforementioned cable channels’ demise.

Meanwhile, just a stone’s throw away, GMA Network began rolling theirs this year with GMA ONE ONline Exclusives since they don’t own and operate at least one cable channel of their very own from the very start – automatically excluding GMA Pinoy TV and Life TV since it cannot be provided domestically unlike its gigantic neighbor.

The three pioneer programs premiered last New Year’s Day are Adulting (Atom Araullo), #Goals (Gabbi Garcia) and Fact or Fake (Joseph Morong).

Do you have other cable news that will happen this 2018? Don’t hesitate to comment.

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The State of Republika Srpska Today

Flag of Republika Srpska

TODAY, Republika Srpska celebrates Entity Day, marking 26 years of the proclamation of the state from its assembly.

Republika Srpska is one of two constitutional and legal entities of the sovereign federal nation of Bosnia and Herzegovina (the other being the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina); its administrative center (i.e. de facto) is Banja Luka, despite its constitutional stipulation (de jure) of Sarajevo.

Its name is Serbo-Croatian means “the Serb Republic,” which is not to be confused with an independent sovereign state of the Republic of Serbia that is recognized more than a decade after Srpska.

Modern history of Republika Srpska

The geopolitical entity was born in the breakup process in the former Yugoslavia at the end of the Cold War.

In a session on October 14-15 1991, the People’s Assembly of Bosnia and Herzegovina, then part of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, approved the “Memorandum on Sovereignty”, as had already been done by Slovenia and Croatia. The memorandum was adopted despite opposition from 83 Serb deputies belonging to the Serb Democratic Party, Serbian Renewal Movement and the Union of Reform Forces, regarded the move as illegal.

On October 24, the renegade Serb deputies formed their own assembly to be the highest representative and legislative body of the Bosnian Serb population. On January 9, 1992, the renegade assembly proclaimed the Republic of the Serb People of Bosnia and Herzegovina, declaring it part of Yugoslavia.

On February 28, the assembly adopted its Constitution, which would include districts, municipalities, and regions where Serbs were the majority and those where they had allegedly become a minority due to persecution during World War II. The following day, an independence referendum from its rival, Bosnia and Herzegovina resulted in independence despite the Serbs’ boycott.

On April 6, the European Community (now the European Union) recognized the republic’s independence and the United States the following day. The severance of ties with Bosnia and Herzegovina escalated into the Bosnia War lasting a bit more than three years.

The war ceased when the General Framework Agreement for Peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina, reached at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio (hence the short title, Dayton Agreement) on November 21, 1995, and formally signed in Paris on December 14, officialy recognizing the entity.

The flag of the Republic

The flag (pictured above of the article) of this entity is the red, blue and white horizontal tricolor — simply put turn the Russian flag upside down — while its parent country and its similar namesake and rival autonomous entity with a gold triangle and stars on a blue background.

Geographic and Tourist Attractions

Banja Luka

Banja Luka is the de facto capital of Republika Srpska.


Republika Srpska is a majestic panoramic place; the Dinaric Alps dominate the scenery on its western border. That aside, other mountains include Kozara, Romanija, Jahorina, Bjelašnica, Motajica and Treskavica. The highest point of the entity is peak Maglić at 2,386 m, near the border with Montenegro.

Most rivers of this entity belong to the Black Sea drainage basin. The principal rivers are the Sava, a tributary of the Danube that forms the northern boundary with Croatia; the Bosna, Vrbas, Sana and Una, which flow north and empty into the Sava; the Drina, which flows north, forms part of the eastern boundary with Serbia and is also a tributary of the Sava. Trebišnjica is one of the longest sinking rivers in the world, belonging to the Adriatic Sea drainage basin. Skakavac Waterfall on the Perućica is one of the highest waterfalls in the country, at about 75 meters (246 feet) in height. The most important lakes are Bileća, Bardača and Balkana.


Visegrad Bridge

The Mehmed Pasa Sokolvic Bridge is located in Visegrad.


It’s the home to Mehmed Paša Sokolović Bridge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which crosses over the Drina river since 1577. It is also home to two national parks, Sutjeska National Park and Kozara National Park, and one protected nature park, Bardača. Perućica is one of the last remaining primeval (virgin) forests in Europe.

Indeed, it’s a splendid scene but to get there, you might need a visa from the parent country; on that note

Current State of External Relations

In February 2009, Republika Srpska opened a representative office in Brussels. While EU representatives were not present at the ceremony, top Republika Srpska officials attended the event, saying it would advance their economic, political and cultural relations. The Republic maintains official representatives’ offices in Belgrade, Moscow, Stuttgart, Jerusalem, Thessaloniki, Washington D.C., Brussels and Vienna.

The Republic of the Philippines so far has yet to foster formal relations (and establishing reciprocal embassies) with either Republika Srpska or its parent country.


PERSONAL NOTE: Should the bilateral relations be established, the requester (Jenine Shiongshu) might become one of the future ambassadors someday. However, I remind requesters that this blog, despite the lax policies, is not always highlighting your interests — and thus, in the case, is not a travel blog.

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Timow’s Turf Action-Packed 2018 Outlook

UPDATED as of January 9

TV5 covers the Rose Bowl for the first time right now.

IF YOU ARE READING THIS POST RIGHT NOW, you are supposed to be at work (except for the government sector) but if you are a student (with classes resuming tomorrow or next week) and happened to be a sports aficionado, you are probably watching the Granddaddy of Them All – the Rose Bowl.

With that, Timow’s Turf opening salvo kicks off with the New Year outlook — on sports.

Why tackle on sports and not on entertainment or news? Simple; sports is obviously action-packed but it is well-defined, well-planned and agreed upon years in advance, unlike the two categories.

Major Sporting Events of the Year

NOTE: All dates listed are converted to Philippine time.

Super Bowl LII

The US Bank Stadium will be the venue of Super Bowl LII

  • Date: February 5
  • Place: U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Broadcaster: TV5

The Big Game will culminate the most controversial season of the National Football League (NFL).

Players from defending champs New England Patriots took the knee during the National Anthem.

Throughout the league’s season, some players knelt during the national anthem as a sign of resistance and defiance that aroused President Donald Trump’s umbrage on Twitter.

Justin Timberlake, for his third appearance in the Super Bowl halftime show, will go solo for the first time.

However, it can only get worse than that as Justin Timberlake returns for the third time as the solo headlining act of the halftime show. Despite going solo this time, some will never forget him over the wardrobe malfunction on Janet Jackson 14 years ago.

XXIII Winter Olympic Games

The Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium, opened last September, will be the center of both ceremonies of this year’s Winter Olympics.

  • Date: February 9-25
  • Place: Pyeongchang, South Korea

Although few sporting competitions began the day before, this Olympics would mark for the first time the northern neighbor (North Korea) will compete for the international multi-sport event. However, Russian athletes are unclear to enter the Games due to the state-sponsored doping scandal in which the International Olympic Committee suspended the concerned national committee. Should they enter, they will participate under the Olympic flag instead of the white-blue-red tricolor.

Since our Michael Christian Martinez failed to clinch a spot for not making the clear cut from the qualifying CS Nebelhorn Trophy, someone might take his place to hold the banner. Asa Miller, despite being a resident in Oregon, USA, will represent the country due to dual citizenship as the first alpine skier in 26 years.

On that note, local broadcasting remains in limbo between ESPN 5 and PTV 4. Should there be agreement, viewers might focus on his competition along with the artistry of opening and closing ceremonies.

2018 FIBA 3×3 World Cup

  • Dates: June 8-12
  • Place: Philippine Arena, Bocaue, Bulacan
  • Broadcaster: unknown but definitely TV5

Back at home, this fifth internationally 3×3 basketball event will feature separate competitions for men’s and women’s national teams. All together, 40 teams from 37 member associations will compete within five days.

Since the finals will be held during Araw ng Kalayaan, cultural events (such as rondallas, regional dance troupes and singers) are also planned alongside in the grounds with the tournament proper.

2018 (FIFA) World Cup

  • Dates: June 14 – July 15
  • Place: Russia
  • Broadcaster: S+A

This most recognizable international football tournament marked not only the failed appearances of strongholds of Italy, Netherlands, the United States, Cameroon, Chile, New Zealand, Ghana and Ivory Coast but the debut of two small countries, Panama and Iceland.

Our Azkals failed to qualify but our soccer aficionados will have to adjust as night owls as live coverage will kick off from late night to wee hours.

18th Asian Games

  • Dates: August 18 – September 2
  • Place: Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia
  • Broadcaster: Unknown (could be PTV, TV5 or both)

After hosting the SEA Games seven years prior, Indonesia will welcome athletic contingents from the concerned continent on the said key cities.

Due to the successful return of covering last year’s SEA Games, PTV 4 might cover this one after their 16-year hiatus but TV5’s experiential competitive base could be a pitching advantage for attaining exclusive broadcast rights. The Turf will not be surprised if, like last year, PTV has the exclusive rights to cover as TV5 will cover both basketball competitions – regular and 3-on-3.

Continuing Sporting Sagas

FIBA World Cup 2019 Qualifiers (Asia)

Gilas Pilipinas knocked Chinese Taipei in the home court last November 27.

The road to China for Gilas Pilipinas in Group B will continue on February 22, as they will be the away team in Australia. Three days later, they will play Japan at home court. On June 29, they will play as the away team in Chinese Taipei and on July 2, they will play Australia at home.

Regardless of that outcome as they have enough wins to secure advancement; Gilas will play three out of four teams in Group D – Kazakhstan, Iraq, Iran, and Qatar – on Group F with the same home-and-away basis from September 2018 to February 2019.

Nonetheless, it will still continue the adversity of PBA’s current (43rd) season and the next one.

Are there other sporting events for this year that you think it really needs attention? Do let us know.

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