Month: November 2017

Program Visual Case Study: Kapwa Ko, Mahal Ko

[AUTHOR’S NOTE: This blog post should serve as a guide for graphic designers, web developers, video editors and social media team.]

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Kapwa Ko, Mahal Ko will turn 42 on December 1.

KAPWA KO MAHAL KO is the currently the longest over-all and continuous public service television program in the Philippines since December 1, 1975, on GMA 7. Presented by Connie Angeles and Orly Mercado, it currently airs every Saturday at 5:30 a.m. for half an hour. This television program is very well known for its iconic sign language interpretation window.

As mentioned last month, this show is one of the living cornerstones for Timog Avenue and because of the promotion of this article, it seems their official website is conducting a feedback survey where The Turf took it willingly.

On its 42nd anniversary this coming week, Timow’s Turf investigates visually on the program and what flaws can we constructively resolve that are found intertwined on their TV program, their website and their social media handles.



Why Are Our Late Night Talk Shows Afraid to Take A Dig on Our Politics?

[AUTHOR’S NOTE: This article is written in anticipation of U.S. President Donald Trump meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte from tomorrow until Tuesday (November 12-14). This is also a comprehensive response to Joshua Jimenez’s Banat entry last July 21. Due to expected vitriol, readership discretion is SERIOUSLY ADVISED.]


From tomorrow until Tuesday, US President Donald Trump will meet President Rodrigo Duterte in the Philippines after APEC Vietnam 2017.


LAST APRIL, the news and opinion site Vox tackled about comedians, particularly in late night shows, becoming “rock stars” for chiding incumbent U.S. President Donald Trump’s unpredictable predicaments and praised them for outsmarting free-to-air and cable news reporters for their low tolerance of bull.

For the internationally conscious rising Filipinos, one can admire the shade throwing of John Oliver, Trevor Noah, Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers with less effort via YouTube — if they cannot afford monthly cable or any video-on-demand subscriptions. Some wished it could happen here with the similar-minded leadership and similar-minded hyperpartisan divisiveness but many asked why it barely or never happens in reality.

In America, the jurisdiction of concerned agencies, such as the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), is clearly defined and unattached, thus, independently attached from any branch of government. Hence, it’s not easy for Trump to just revoke the license of NBC after getting butthurt over a late night show and demanding “equal time” in his mere personal tweet.

Our counterpart, the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) is under the Department of Information Communications and Technology (DICT) – which the term “independent agencies” is legally nonexistent here – but the functions are similar to those in the U.S.

However, the primary answer to the question on where our similarities end and a difference begin would be — as few libertarians would say — our near-absolute historically shaping government/State intervention that leads us to cowardice and unconditional submission.

This is why our talk shows decided to interview most, if not all, showbiz celebrities and non-politician newsmakers and taking digs is diminished as a segment just like the reinstated Word of the Lourd on then-balanced TV5 as its offshoot standalone program, Kontrabando didn’t last.

Imagine if ABS-CBN’s Gandang Gabi Vice was like HBO’s Last Week Tonight, President Duterte would get even more insane to spew more threats of non-renewal of the network’s franchise without end; even though, he did not know he was, ironically and ungratefully, the guest of that show back in 2015 just before his candidacy. (This can also apply to Trump’s ungratefulness to NBC during The Apprentice.)


Banat mentioned diminishing audience interest after the initial huge following but notice that the demographic trends are assertively changing and rising (from our millennial generation onwards) – choice seems to be their consensual plea over networks’ profit.

Another question that might be asked if there is enough supply of comedians that takes any dig. To be honest, we do have enough supply – slightly oversupplied — but we don’t see all of them on TV taking such a magnitude of verbal slay.

We don’t hear Allan K talk on that specific topic in Eat Bulaga because of his fear of the admin ally Senator Tito Sotto; Boobay could but can’t due to her regular commitment as a bluffer on Celebrity Bluff (which is not a talk show) while Ethel Booba – the Charot Queen – is barely seen on TV but she’s actively slaying up on Twitter.

Sadly, the last resort of roast throwing would possibly be on comedy sketch programs.

In the past, we do have political spoofing, ironically, in a government-owned network with The Sic O Clock News but not much externally and internally nowadays. Last year, GMA’s Sunday PinaSaya made a spoof of Duterte (portrayed by Jose Manalo) meeting with Trump (portrayed by Mike “Pekto” Nacua).

However, its rival, Banana Sundae, was not able to duplicate it.

Why is it easy for Americans to do them?

Simply, Americans are natural risk-takers; we are not.

While their presidential administrations come and go, their shows still go on despite different presenters once the new season — not necessarily coterminous with their term — kicks in; ours tend to cut short due to their butthurt reactions and spewing threats of the ax before their term ends.

Don’t get it wrong, our comedians can be great talk show hosts to chide as Vice Ganda would but its internal conservative mindset and the eternal network war culture hinders them to take bigger possibilities (i.e. diversity of programming for the networks and diversity of the comedian’s portfolio).

That being said, let’s not give the prospectively returning Medyo Late Night Show with Jojo A. any ideas on his new home on PTV this month as unconditional compliance is still king over defiance. Not to mention, his show might be disrupted in favor of their true star.

Playing it safe is the riskiest choice we can ever make.” — Sarah Ban Breathnach

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Billboard (U.S.) Hot 100: November 11, 2017

Here are the Top 10 songs from the Billboard Hot 100 for the week of November 11, 2017.

The Top 10

1. Post Malone ft. 21 Savage – Rockstar. [No. 1 last week]

2.  Cardi B – Bodak Yellow (Money Moves) [No. 2 last week]

3. Logic ft. Alessia Cara & Khalid – 1-800-273-8255 [No. 3 last week]

4. Portugal. The Man – Feel It Still [No. 4 last week]

5. Imagine Dragons  – Thunder [No. 5 last week]

6. Demi Lovato – Sorry Not Sorry [No. 7 last week]

7. Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug – Havana [No. 20 last week] **WEEKLY CHART GAINER**

8. J Balvin & Willy William ft. Beyonce – Mi Gente [No. 6 last week]

9. Sam Smith – Too Good At Goodbyes [No. 8 last week]

10. Ed Sheeran – Perfect [No. 18 last week]

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

Easier Said than Done: Looking on the Philippine TV’s Undelivered 2017 Offers

[Dedicated to Ed Ching, Anjho Ezekiel Reyes and Jason Aquino]

TWO MONTHS remain now in 2017. For individual persons, they are rushing in to live up their own resolutions, plans or goals whatever they have written for the said year.

For television execs, that is a different story. Some backlogged programs were: (1) returned to its original configuration, (2) delayed to another year, (3) substituted with another similar program or (4) may be scrapped.

With the trade launch season coming; let’s look back on four (4) major TV networks and their own current backlogs.


The ticket to stardom before PBB would have become a segment of It’s Showtime this year but Tawag ng Tanghalan still eclipsed it.

Batang 2Ks will remember Star Circle Quest (2004-11) as an instant ticket to stardom before Pinoy Big Brother wrestled it out. Last March, they pledged to revive SCQ as a segment of It’s Showtime. Despite the setup and the auditions, months even before that announcement, their efforts and dreams were down to drain as they just continue with Tawag ng Tanghalan.

MNL48 inks with ABS-CBN for their first Talent Search but the network’s intervention in the music material would prove its fate.

Another aspiring ticket that is on their bucket list is the MNL48 talent reality search. However, the audition process disappointed the fans of 48 girl groups (48GGs); aspirants must require performing within the allowed music material (containing most, if not all, of their network’s current exclusive talents). With that damage done, some of them might reconsider the audition and worse (or better for their standpoint), it might be scrapped, as it is easily forgettable in favor of masa-induced programs.

Pilipinas Got Talent (season 6) is highly unlikely to catch up in the final months of the calendar due to I Can See Your Voice and Little Big Shots but it may carry on in 2018 like the previous season (in 2016 for 2015) since auditions began to kick in (hopefully) and find whoever current show would finally wind down the earliest and call it a season.

Unfortunately, it’ll be a slim to no dice for Team Animazing block to resume, considering their unresolved 5 o’clock crisis and the advancement of viewer demographic and technological trends.


Celebrity Bluff was part of their program goals and did resume on the airwaves last June 3 but it maintained on the regular Saturday night lineup and not on a daily basis as promised because of the masa’s solidified base in Wowowin.

Other than that, Eat Bulaga dabarkad Ryan Agoncillo was to have his own show titled Ryan’s Playlist but instead it was given to the Lolas of Kalyeserye (portrayed by Jose Manalo, Wally Bayola, and Paolo Ballesteros) for The Lola’s Beautiful Show.

Other series that were left behind in Kamuning/Timog include Text Serye and Project Achieved. The former might sent to failure and the latter was not achievable yet the closest substitute they currently broadcast would be GRIND: Get Ready, It’s A New Day.

Lip Sync Battle Philippines would have been on the third season but with exclusive stars defected to the other network due to non-renewal of contract or their displeasure in service, it may not continue to set sail, not even next year.


Brillante Mendoza, the famous indie film director, already aired Brillante Mendoza Presents in the first half of the year. However, its awaited masterpiece, Amo, a series focusing on both sides of the relentless Drug War, has been consistent in promotion but its premiere kept on delaying from August and then to September but not a single episode was aired as of this moment.

Other than him, Bloggers TV and Travel 360 were supposed to be premiered on late July weekend but instead, Manindigan and Turning Point took its places. According to Mitch Isip, a representative from The Bloggers Magazine, they had to reshoot in order to produce the best quality they want to emanate. So far, not a word of promotion was emanated both in the small screens and in the social media.

However, with the deal with ESPN — as ESPN5 — solidified last month, it can easily drown out any of the said programs without recourse.

CNN Philippines

Lastly, the sole news channel on free TV has some backlogs as well. Media Newser Philippines (MNP) has detailed an article about the upcoming programs this 2017 last December.

So far, all of their nominal programs were aired according to plan — including Political Insider where it was axed after its host, Gilbert Remulla, engaged in an unprofessional Twitter battle — except My Philippines, a local travel program, which has yet to be promoted and to be materialized.

Unnamed programs mentioned in MNP would be a standalone daily entertainment program and a business newscast.

The former could not be developed due to the simple, single reason: their entertainment news policy is more on Hollywood and less on exclusive stars predominantly found on the networks of South Triangle Duopoly (STD). While the latter can be easily figured with three reasons:

  • It cannot find their “A” person —  a matching challenger — to compete against ANC’s Cathy Yang.
  • They have to sacrifice both the morning version and the afternoon (Global) of Newsroom to coincide with the opening and closing bells of the Philippine Stock Exchange.
  • Given the unexpected predicaments from political engagements, its patchy political coverages could hamper the flow of the said newscast.


With 2018 looming into the horizon, the four — or three abled — networks should revise their plans to keep its promise before their respective trade launches take place so that its loyal and prospective advertisers have the best worth of their money and earn a goodwill or it will end up merely in what Ed Ching believes to be “false hopes.”

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Quick Musings: The Whereabouts of FM1

[Requested informally by Jayson Bustamante due to delegated circumstances, more on that at the end of this article proper]


FM1 87.5

FM1 began its test broadcast last Wednesday.


OVER THE WEE HOURS last Undas (November 1), FM1 87.5 began test broadcast at 1:00 a.m. Its initial reception from Metro Manila reached further into Southern Bulacan, Western Rizal and the southernmost part of Carmona, Cavite.

FM1 is part of the staggered state-owned radio reform this year under PCOO Sec. Martin Andanar and Philippine Broadcasting Service (PBS) Director General Bong “Sonny B” Aportadera as their sole contemporary hit radio (CHR) format akin to BBC Radio 1 and, just like its sister FM2, there will be less DJ nonsense talk and obviously no commercials.

Rumor has it that aside from the PBS, few of the PLAY FM 99.5 DJs, former Miss World beauty queen Gwendolyn Ruais and former TV5 talent Ice Martinez will join in the fray of the new enterprise.

Given the pending consummating phases — the call letters to be registered and the formal launch to be announced – it’s too early to pen judgment on FM1 but so far, their blueprint seems to be in order.

FOR THE NTH TIME: The article requests are ALREADY CLOSED due to preoccupation of the holiday season; we will reopen on January 2, 2018 with the new rules provided here. We’re serious; if you’re lazy, let me read the means:

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Billboard Philippines Hot 100: Week of October 30, 2017

Here are the Top 10 songs from the Billboard Philippines Hot 100 for the week of October 30, 2017. The list will also feature the top local performer of the week, highlighting the best performing single from a Filipino artist or band.

The Top 10

1. Ed Sheeran – Perfect (No. 2 last week)

2. Khalid – Young Dumb and Broke (No. 1 last week)

3. Sam Smith – Too Good at Goodbyes (No. 3 last week)

4. Luis Fonsi ft. Daddy Yankee – Despacito. (No. 4 last week)

5. DJ Khaled feat. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne – I’m the One (No. 5 last week)

6. Ed Sheeran – Dive (No. 7 last week)

7. Ed Sheeran – Shape of You (No. 6 last week)

8. Moira dela Torre – Malaya [from Camp Sawi] (No. 32 last week) **BIGGEST WEEKLY CHART GAINER**

Neither an official lyric nor music video from their label (in this case, Viva Records) were provided but the closest lyric video is provided here:

9. Taylor Swift – Look What You Made Me Do (No. 8 last week)

10. Dua Lipa – New Rules (No. 9 last week)


Top Local Performer

8. Moira dela Torre – Malaya [from Camp Sawi] (No. 32 last week)

Neither an official lyric nor music video from their label (in this case, Viva Records) were provided but its closest lyric video is provided here:


All official videos of the Top 10 songs can be viewed above except No. 8 and the top local performer. Singles ranking 11 to 100 can be found on their official website. Our thanks to Billboard Philippines for this week’s Hot 100 Top 10.

POST NO. 200: A Hodgepodge of Dreariness

Hello everyone, Timow here.

Finally, Undas is over. Thus, it is safe to say that we are now preparing for Christmas. Speaking of the holiday season, I have a hodgepodge of important thoughts to you, dear Turfers. So let’s roll away…


Quick Musings

  • During the last fortnight, the encryption of DTV boxes became a talk of the PHTV Group. One of our members blurted over the abuse and exploitation of a dominant network at the expense of others due to a technicality on Conditional Access. For me, it does get in the way.
  • On IBC 13, the perceived basket case in DTT, they finally get in after winning the bidding phase to 8BTSI. The testing ground on this pariah of a TV network is now on UHF 26 (13 x 2).
  • On Lorenzo Kiel Cerin (the PHTV aspirant who keeps begging opinions at Ralph), he should just set up his own blog to get his musings publicized. If he cannot stop with that unhealthy habit, I might consider cutting him out because I have better things to do than to just clean up after him.

All right, moving on…

The Next Posts

Three (3) posts are expected this month, including the delegated both Billboard Hot 100 Top 10s from Ralph Domingo’s From the Tube under indefinite writecation, following this special milestone article. First thing comes tomorrow and two more for this month. Three more are to be expected in December – which is the holiday programming insight, the anniversary post mentioned earlier and the Zeitgeist (the year in review) in that order.

On Article Requests

The Article Requests’ mechanism was able to accrue 13 article requests as of press time – eight (8) generic and five (5) specific. The response rate is about 62.5% for generic and 80% specific.

The mechanism was able to attain more views (22,000+) than any other full calendar year since this existence although it’s not yet over. Not to mention, the elemental involvements (such as likes and comments) are rising – making the Turf the most impressive (and the best) year ever.

Unfortunately, the ARs are NOW OFFICIALLY CLOSED for this year but worry not; it will reopen on January 2, 2018, with the new rules provided here.

Regarding the number of articles expected in the upcoming year, I estimate about five (5) per month that are ready for your requests. However, expect some months to be reduced due to special posts such as the quarterly Open Pits, broadcast insights during Holy Week and the Holiday Season, the upcoming year’s holidays, the Anniversary Special, the Year in Review, the New Year outlook and unexpected circumstances that might come in the way.

Our Tambayan

I’m happy to announce that Timow’s Turf has a Facebook group, the Timow’s Turf Tambayan. Anyone can propose article requests, vote or delegate their proposed stories in behalf.

Anniversary Special

Last but not the least, I have decided to do a special topic on the Turf during its fourth anniversary this December that I would love to tackle but I’ll give you two hints: It’s not related to television but it is similar in structure as one of my September 2014 articles. (Guess what it is.)

Expected date of release is on December 16.

That’s all. Thank you once again for your unreserved support and enjoy the rest of your day.