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Today, we will tackle the possible TV programming on the mainstream channels beginning December 16, 2013 to January 1, 2014. Aside from their usual year-ender reports, here’s how most of the network’s response of the last days of the year would be.
Tomorrow, December 16, the first day of long-standing Christmas tradition of Simbang Gabi, ABS-CBN will broadcast these nine-day Masses in the early morning as the first program of the broadcast day. On Sunday, December 22, on Sunday’s Best, ABS-CBN will air their recent Solidarity Concert held in Araneta Coliseum, Quezon City. By midnight after Tuesday, December 24, after Bandila, there will be a Christmas Midnight Mass aired.
On New Year’s Eve, December 31, it’s a tradition to put all personnel in the credits at the end of every news program with the crew greeting joyfully the New Year. The countdown celebration on New Year’s Eve is usually done on the program Bandila. They can take the Resorts World Manila if they can. Afterwards, a New Year’s Mass follows.
PTV continually created confusion and difficulty on the programming proper on the said period. Last year, PTV tried to air Simbang Gabi at the Rizal Park but the management would suddenly be confused because of their programmed morning TV Mass on Sunday at 8:30 a.m.
However, it is very clear on Saturday, December 21, it will be a big priority for the government station because they will air live the parade on the 78th Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Day live at Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City. Guess who will be present? It’s no other than President Benigno Aquino III as the Commander-in-Chief of AFP.
On Christmas Eve, the Lotto Draw have to be broadcast early at 2:30 p.m. due to practical reasons of the employees of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO). The most unhappy response of the citizens for PTV on this day is to sign-off at midnight as if it is a regular day. In my humble opinion, the network should move the Oras ng Himala one hour earlier to 10:30 p.m. and at 11:30 p.m., the (tape-delayed) Midnight Mass with Cardinal Tagle would take place before it signs off.
On Christmas Day, normally, PTV would broadcast the day as it’s just an ordinary day. However, it was not like last year, with my diplomacy skills, I asked PTV to air something special. It was responded very well with the Midnight Mass in the Vatican and the Urbi et Orbi Message. Since Christmas falls on Wednesday this year and with some site surfing from the Vatican website, PTV should take the first Midnight Mass of Pope Francis in Vatican again at 4:30 a.m., it will take two hours as the schedule written on EWTN. Afterwards, they can air Panahon.TV afterwards right before Good Morning Boss! If there is no PTV Special Forum on this day, after the Urbi et Orbi Message, I would think they will air the UST Christmas Concert or any special Christmas entertainment until 9:00 p.m. There is no Lotto draw on this day and it will resume on the following day.
On Monday, December 30, Channel 4 will give a high-priority broadcast on Rizal Day rites at the Rizal Park, Manila. This year, the monument at Luneta, made by Richard Kissling, will be 100 years old. Resident historian Xiao Chua, who is a Rizalian, will be there. The rites must be held before 7:00 a.m., signifying the last hour on the dot of existence of Rizal before his execution.
The following day, New Year’s Eve, December 31, Filipinos will probably give apathy if Channel 4 just signs off at midnight. Again, the Lotto Draw will be earlier for the same reason. Just as I said earlier, thanks to my pressure, at midnight last year, PTV aired the Vespers of Thanksgiving from the feed of EWTN. In my opinion, PTV would probably missed the countdown to the New Year and air this again because of the lack of capital and high production costs until it will be released by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM). If there is a countdown, then, I think it should be broadcast within Solaire Resort and Casino.
On Christmas Eve, TV5 would air overnight as they broadcast the Midnight Mass after Reaksyon by Luchi Cruz-Valdes. By exclusivity of the contract, after the Midnight Mass, they traditionally air the UST Christmas Concert before they turned on to Good Morning Club. On Christmas Day, there will be games on PBA but unlike NBA, this is not a special holiday game that will be exempt from the count of elimination round in the current conference, the 2013-14 PLDT myDSL-PBA Philippine Cup. On New Year’s Eve, Pilipinas News will cover the turn-of-the-year coverage.
By the track record, GMA doesn’t air Christmas Mass because of GMA’s alleged internal control of anti-Catholic, pro-Protestant policy. On New Year’s Eve, GMA becomes the star of entertainment on the turn-of-the-year celebrations since 2003-4. This will be the 11th NYE Countdown ever aired on this network and the 7th consecutive time on hopefully, SM Mall of Asia Arena. Of course, the sponsor of this countdown is nonetheless, Tanduay Rhum.
The most rotten and unreliable network among the rest will probably air the UST Christmas Concert on New Year’s Eve just before midnight as what the exclusive contract says. The rest of their schedule is so unthinkable. Ugh!
So that’s it for the post. Have a merry Christmas and to all!