Philippine History

Xiao Time to bow out of PTV

Historian Xiao Chua aired the 639th episode of Xiao Time on PTV earlier this afternoon and this evening. At that moment, the network’s management announced the segment pullout after four and a half years.

HISTORIAN and ACADEMICIAN Michael Charleston Briones Chua a.k.a. Xiao Chua will bow out of PTV without anticipation after 641 editions of his Xiao Time segment on PTV News this week.

Announced Tuesday, he respected the decision of the pullout from the network’s management. His current episode was the history of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as a run-up to its summit — being as a host country for the region’s Golden Jubilee — in Metro Manila this weekend.

Xiao Time was given a lease from Channel 4 on their afternoon and evening news program — as News @ 1 and News @ 6 — during the latter half of the (Noynoy) Aquino administration. Not only a patch of their respective newscasts can he be seen, he was also a guest presenter with Kathy San Gabriel during the live commemoration of historical events (e.g. Araw ng Kalayaan, Rizal Day, etc.) during the said presidency.

His unexpected news after four and a half years coincidentally happened on the same part of the day the Supreme Court handed down the unexpected ruling, favoring the continuation of construction of Torre de Manila. The controversial building that obstructed the skyline of the Rizal Park in Luneta was the center of attention after a few years of standoff between his Knights of Rizal and the erring construction company, DMCI.

Xiao has no hard feelings on what considered to be his double whammy today and this week. What comes on his future after PTV will be his choice in life — whether completing graduate studies, teaching in universities, holding seminars or creating an online series — and it must be respected.

In this post-truth era, TV enthusiasts and critics are now questioning what comes next for Visayas Avenue and their news departments as the vacant slot might be used in favor of the President Rodrigo Duterte’s lackeys and facts, arising from science and history, are deemed irrelevant in shaping up public policy and how to present them like Xiao did as academicians are in the crosshairs by irrational and wild fanatics in the social media ready to be shot down.

Who knows?


And that was the makasaysayang story of Xiao Time. *mic drop*

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Photo courtesy of ABS-CBN News

The Quest of Lost Broadcasts and Archiving

IN A BLINK of an eye, the year’s 2017.

If you’re reading this right now, you probably read it on the trinity of mobile technology that you own at least one — laptop, smart phone and/or tablet. Whenever you watch your favorite shows, just turn on the WI-Fi and you’re good to go. However, not all shows are provided to suit your needs, especially when you visit the wayback (or throwback) machine.

Throughout 64 years of television in the Philippines, some shows have episodes — fragmented or comprehensive — that are no longer found for public exhibition. Personally, as a TV enthusiast and researcher, it’s really lamenting how such important programs at their time were no longer around to see but let us list down the significant roles that lost their own reels.

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Countdown to Coronation (Part I): Strutting Down Memory Lane

THE TRES MARIAS. Gloria Diaz, Margarita Moran and Pia Wurtzbach are the paragons of a beautiful Filipina and are crowned the Miss Universe in 1969, 1973 and 2015 respectively. On this occasion, Wurtzbach will pass on her duties to her successor on January 30 at her native country.

THE TRES MARIAS. Gloria Diaz, Margarita Moran and Pia Wurtzbach are the paragons of a beautiful Filipina and are crowned the Miss Universe in 1969, 1973 and 2015 respectively. On this occasion, Wurtzbach will pass on her duties to her successor on January 30 at her native country.

This Timow’s Turf special report will be dedicated on the 65th Miss Universe pageant where the Philippines is the host and its grand coronation on January 30. The views and opinions expressed in this two-part special do not reflect those on the Miss Universe Organization (MUO).

FINALLY, the Beauty Pageant Powerhouse of Asia is hosting once again for Miss Universe. This is the third time the nation is hosting the most popular Big 4 beauty pageant and the second time that it skipped its respective corresponding year. (Again, as the Turf published in 2015, the press should follow the ordinal form — i.e. 65th — to end the confusion.)

So far, in the past four consecutive years (2013-16), our country produced more beauty queens in all Big 4 pageants (together with World, International and Earth); thus, such credentials enhanced the nation’s reputation to host one of them.

Nevertheless, the euphoria goes over the top for all Filipinos — especially, most of the LGBTQ community — as they look forward that happen once in a generation. In the media landscape, almost all entities are devoting the Miss Universe mania with specials and allocated newshole on this rare moment.

All these things are leading up to the coronation night on January 29 in the East Coast (where the organization’s HQ is stationed) — or the morning of January 30 here — in SM Mall of Asia Arena where 85 entrants are racing for the crown from Pia Wurtzbach.

But before we enter to this edition, let’s strut down the catwalk on memory lane where we previously hosted two editions of this red-letter prestigious event.

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Timow’s Turf Opening Salvo & Outlook for 2017

2017

WELCOME to the first work and school day of 2017 and for President Rodrigo Duterte, it’s his first full calendar year in office.

Time is not just simply marking the ending and the beginning but also the continuity. We closed the book of 2016 and we just opened and wrote the first two pages of the New Year as we wrote our constantly-improving strokes in the critical (post-truth) era.

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Ending Timow’s Turf

Dear readers:

I can’t sleep.

Both now and 5 years ago. In 2011, I can’t sleep because of the deceptive 15-minute YouTube video with their professional editing but never-ending nauseating attacks that favors their agenda and motive. Today, it’s because of the Supreme Court’s decision in favor of burying Marcos in the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

Because of that, I decided to post a new article — a personal one.

Based on statistics, my Turf barely made comment and viewership involvement throughout 2016 . I admit, it’s because of the treatise-like treatment. I hope you’ll give me some after reading this.

I’m supposed to schedule this 144th post to commemorate the 7th anniversary of the Maguindanao massacre. It was supposed be about the fake news on social media and it’s response. It would’ve been indeed a timely article and why it’s no better than what happened back then.

However, the instinct of urgency triggered me to do away with it but I will share my sentiments of what would’ve been my upcoming post in one powerful sentence:

The difference between then and now is that the culture of impunity is no longer on the hands of a political dynasty’s 3Gs (goons, guns and gold) but on millions online with followers, keyboards and coins.

The quote really fits the situation just now. It seems the misguided mob is triumphant and there’s nothing else we can do as they are always right and we’re always wrong. They have sold their own dignified and respectful soul that was formed for many years of formal schooling to the devil. Soon, they will feel their remorse but they can’t recover what they traded.

However, our resistance, no matter how hard we try, is futile with their sprouting legions. If it’s regression analysis, it’s either exponential, linear or logarithmic but never quadratic.

Because of the recent developments yesterday, which is beyond my control and deemed irreversible, I formally tendered my resignation letter to Gab Hernandez and to the Pinoy Nostalgia admins. In addition, I am currently considering my resignation to Gregory Maximinian on PHTV Group and hopefully, to Jayson Bustamante — despite the political differences — on the Radio counterpart.

My loss there will be yours as well, except the fanatics, bashers and bigots.

What will my Turf do now?

I still have some writing commitments for Christmas and the New Year in their own separate articles. Though in the middle of 2017, I will formally end it and keep it as a repository of future bloggers.

Although, I am ready to cease publishing earlier and I am ready to die if any of the content is “subversive” but I’ll dedicate my blood for the good of the sane, objective and dignified people.

My dear Turfers, I’m sorry to cause harm and I can’t continue longer inasmuch my true colors shine more in an even darker chapter that is more in store.

To Ralph Domingo, I am sorry to hear this bad news from me after 3 years of friendly discussion.

To Kevin Trinidad, even though Gregory criticized you, I am sorry.

To the names etched in the Wall of Remembrance in Bantayog ng mga Bayani, I failed you.

To the statues in Mendiola and Ayala, I am sorry for your sacrifices are now meaningless.

To the graves of Letty Jimenez-Magsanoc, Betty Go Belmonte, Chino Roces, June Keithley, et al., we are sorry for the rolling in on your graves.

To the landmarks who dedicate their lives against tyranny, we’re sorry as your dedication is now all wasted to vanity.

But what can we do now? We never learn and never will anymore. We are doomed to repeat it.

I hope you respect my decision as long as you have such respect to others.

~ Timow P

Philippine television through the 2nd Aquino years (2010-16)

PNoy and Digong

IN AND OUT. Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte (right) is the apparent successor of the outgoing President Benigno S. Aquino III (left) after winning the May 9 election with less than 40% of the votes.

THE FILIPINO has decided; Rodrigo Roa Duterte is the apparent winner of this election and will become the 16th President of the Philippines come June 30.

Before we move on to the next chapter of Philippine history, we will look how our channels on free-to-air television progressed so far throughout the six years of the outgoing administration of President Benigno S. Aquino III. (more…)

#TheFilipinoDecides2016: Reflection before the election

MY DEAR TURFERS:

Today marks the last day of the campaign. The blaring noise on miting de avance is currently intensifying until later at midnight. The day after tomorrow, the eyes of the world are looking upon us.

Throughout the past three months, you have finally decided who to vote for but at the same time, you realized how hurtful to see the dissolution of friendships and relationships with differing slate of candidates and reasons. To be honest, dear readers, elections come every three (for Senators and below) and six (for President and Vice President) years but the individual relations to others last forever. We can rekindle and reconcile them.

However, the relations with our country cannot be easily fixed; it is not like a weekday teleserye that you usually watched on television. I will expound the reflection on this final yet extraordinary post before we wrap up #TheFilipinoDecides2016 series before the big day.

My dear Turfers, we are a human generation (30 years) after our parents and grandparents marched on to a thoroughfare, crying out for a peaceful return of our rights and freedom for our nation. Small percentage may it be but it significantly made in our history to retrieve our civil liberties that was lost under despotism.

It is supposed to be our duty to safeguard such rights, as long we never forget our obligations. However, time has passed and so are our behaviors and attitudes. Most of the youth, those born after 1986, are now “realizing” and claiming to be “better” thinkers than others through condescension over social media without hearing and reflecting the common side or the other side of the story before balancing them. Hence, the prevalence of rash and misleading judgment has emanated its true colors. They usually fire back at you through merciless yet illogical insults and throwing death threats thrown by their apologists and you felt that you might be a martyr for your conscience and free will.

Let me ask three questions before you go out to your precincts.

  1. Will your vote uphold our rights and liberties enshrined in our Constitution or will we kiss it goodbye altogether?
  2. Will it choose to help others or hurt them through intimidation?
  3. Are we going to let this Republic stand firm within six years or be in the brink of collapse?

On Monday, the answers will all end up on you and your ballot ready to be marked.

Tomorrow, May 8, is Mother’s Day — although by presidential proclamation, we should have observe it by first Monday of December. Usually, we give our gratitude to our own mothers — whether biological, adoptive or stepmothers — on this day but we must never forget to give gratitude especially to our Inang Bayan. Let us hope that we apply the principles and the wisdom taught by your respective mothers for the sake of our motherland.

Thank you and vote conscientiously.

Timow out.

 

#TheFilipinoDecides2016: Election Day Broadcasting Insights

As of press time, it's three days before Election Day and most of you wonder how the election coverage will go on free TV?

It’s three days before Election Day and most of you wonder how the election coverage will go on free TV?

THIS MONDAY (MAY 9) is Judgment Day for the Republic of the Philippines: Election Day (E-Day). 54.4 million registered voters will take part and flock to the polling stations to cast the ballot on who will be the 16th President and his/her Vice President.

For Philippine television observers and recorders, this day will mark the biggest assessment and battle of broadcasting technology, set design, impartiality of their news delivery and coverage continuity for each participating network.

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#TheFilipinoDecides2016: PiliPinas Debates 2016 Post-Mortem

Pilipinas Debates 2016 will continue on its second leg on TV5 this Palm Sunday (March 20).

PiliPinas Debates 2016 ended yesterday. How does these debates will each participating network learn and need to learn for the Election Day broadcast in two weeks?

FOR THE PAST two months, you were able to watch at least one of the first COMELEC-organized debate series after 24 years — three (3) presidential and one (1) vice-presidential.

After yesterday’s final leg of the PiliPinas Debates 2016, you already decided who to vote for President and Vice President on May 9 but if not, don’t worry, the Turf says, “Take your time.”

In this post, how did each leg of the debate played out? Will this assessment pose their respective better coverage on Election Day itself? Let’s analyze them in detail.

NOTE: The Turf did not include the Harapan ng Bise on ABS-CBN that happened last April 17 because they’re not organized by COMELEC.

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Reviewing the Papal Visit coverage

AS MANY FAITHFUL go back to their normal routines after four days since Pope Francis departed the country, the effect of the visit remains stuck in their minds, mouths and hearts. Not only the faithful got the “Papa Mania” but also the networks. Let’s look back at the five days on how all VHF networks fared in covering the five significant days. (more…)