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The Turf’s Guide to 2018 Philippine Holidays

IT’S THAT TIME AGAIN!

Timow’s Turf is returning back to herald the tradition where everybody is looking forward to: the nationwide holidays for the upcoming year.

President Rodrigo Duterte issued Proclamation 269, dated last Monday, for the official nationwide holidays for 2018.

The timing’s a bit earlier than the usual but it’s all worthwhile for employees to file their vacation leaves as early — and as maximum — as possible.

Travel bloggers will seize this opportunity to showcase and to assess their trips. Non-travel, specialty bloggers like this one and From the Tube could use these days when they will not post any content.

The Turf will not present the holidays in a standard post like in the past years but on a slideshow:

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Insights

Some ka-DDS failed to push for the repeal of February 25 and August 21 as official holidays. As I said for last year, such moves are not a priority measure.

 

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The Immaculate Conception’s feast day (December 8) — despite a Catholic holy day of obligation for the Philippines — is not yet a holiday.

 

Regarding the status of December 8, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, as a special non-working holiday, the news so far — according to Manila Bulletin last May, it was approved in the House of Representatives in all three readings. They need to be passed in the Senate with the same process and then, the signature of the President to become an official law.


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Photo credit: Cheryl Baldicantos / MANILA BULLETIN

Slideshow: Made by the author using PowerPoint 2016

Timow’s Open Pit #1: SONA 2017

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President Rodrigo Duterte will deliver his second State of the Nation Address next Monday, July 24.

ON JULY 24, President Rodrigo Duterte will deliver his second State of the Nation Address (SONA) in Batasang Pambansa, Quezon City.

As the name implies, this political event will be about the conditions that transpired around the country and after a year since he delivered in his dais in the plenary hall last year, everything happened faster than we can ever imagine. (more…)

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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Mocha’s radio show gets suspended over insult vs. VP Leni

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Mocha Uson faced suspension over her remarks against Vice President Leni Robredo last Sunday on her radio show on DZRH.

REAP what you show, este, sow.

Social media mavens heed this advice to Mocha Uson after her radio-TV program last Sunday (March 18) on DZRH was suspended for her malicious comment against Vice President Leni Robredo.

The 34-year-old entertainer turned apologist-propagandist of President Rodrigo Duterte and recently, an MTRCB board member berated the second highest official — as she does habitually over social media — on her eponymous weekly commentary show.

According to the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Jozy Acosta-Nisperos, head of the civil society group The Silent Majority — which supported the Roxas-Robredo campaign last year, filed the complaint. The group pointed out in a formal letter that Uson went out of bound of decency.

The correspondence excerpted her red-handed remark:

“’Kasi nga sinungaling ka at fake news ka… Huwag mong araw-arawin ang katangahan mo! Expletive (bleeped out)… Bumili ka ng utak! … Nakakahawa na yang katangahan mo … Sobra lang talagang nakakagalit ang kabobohan ng babae na to…’ ” (You are a liar and a bearer of fake news. Don’t share your stupidity every day! Buy a brain! Your stupidity is infectious. It made me irritated over her stupidity.)

In addition, Uson again attacked the mainstream media as “presstitutes” because they care about “getting paid rather than contributing positively to the country.”

The letter pointed out the 2007 Broadcast Code of the Kapisanan ng mga Broadkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) that Uson is liable for violating certain provisions, particularly Article 2: Analysis and Commentaries.

“Sec. 2. Public affairs programs and commentaries shall be handled only by persons who have thorough knowledge of and practice broadcast ethics.

“Sec. 4. Public affairs programs shall strive to elicit responsible views on public issues, concerns and events from all sectors of society.

Uson’s timing to berate her was in response of her video message on the ‘palit-ulo’ scheme during the running war on drugs that will be presented to the United Nations and in the light of filing an impeachment case against President Duterte by Magdalo party-list Representative Gary Alejano. His case focused on corruption, betrayal of public trust and treason, where the latter has a recent emphasis over Benham Rise in the eastern seaboard of Luzon where he persistently downplay the maritime case to ease ties with its hegemonic claimant and rival, China.

Vice President Robredo, despite her criticism, repeatedly denied the plans to oust him as a form of “destabilization plot.”

That being said, Uson should realize her mistake before she will make the Elizalde ancestors spin in their graves if she does it again. Then, how can we teach her a lesson if she’ll rant over back in her comfort zone to serve her suspension?

As Ymman Jake Biaco thought, it would be humiliated if their owner, Manila Broadcasting Company (MBC), and their staff were called out by the KBP (since one of them is in heading the association) and they might impose a heavy sanction over this issue — though not necessarily a revocation of membership.


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On Presidential Spotlight and IBC 13’s Lackluster Simulcast

This 2017, IBC 13 barely simulcast any Presidential activities.

This 2017, IBC 13 barely simulcast any Presidential activities. Could this be a sign of long overdue privatization?

THE TURF’s neighboring blog, From the Tube, published last Wednesday about the priority spotlight of the Presidency that disrupts the other supposed co-equal branch of Government, specifically the legislative (i.e. Congress). It did in few instances since last September.

The article was published as part of the 30th anniversary of our Constitution last week. That’s the same organic document President Duterte wanted to be revised mostly or replaced entirely from the unitary internal governance to federal. But then, Ralph would say, “It’s unintentional.”

Looking deeper, despite being 1/3 of the supposed independent and co-equal branches of government, we perceived the Presidency to be powerful or nearly absolute. Perhaps, contemporary history did establish that permanent notion — the most expansive inherited from Marcos. That said, the concept of checks and balances explicitly enshrined in the supreme law is good on paper.

On that piece, the YouTube streaming links to elected branches of government are provided. Unknowingly, such streams are used by die-hard fanatics to make a spin against their critics (read: enemies of change) through devising a sensationalized title and abusing the custom thumbnail and upload them as their own for raking and training in gullible netizens.

For seven months now, we’re familiar and enduring with the President’s profanity-laced and off-scripted remarks that are integrated within his engagements ranging from afternoon to midnight and the audience applauded and laughed over it without thinking too deeply and swarm their unconditional loyalty over the Facebook comment section.

Online streaming reactions and analysis aside, this also bothered the Turf about a particular progress of a still state-owned media outlet.

PTV doesn’t need further explanation as they’re the paragon of the unpredictable presidential priority for 43 years. Her sister, IBC, no longer simulcast his engagements recently as they go with their lousy home shopping programming either from EZ Shop or Shop TV (formerly Value Vision). It puzzled much if the privatization process is completed or not without any notice. One thing’s for sure, it’s the cost — aside from unpredictability — of simulcast that became the motivating factor after realizing the lackluster financial standing and performance in Old Balara.

Like Visayas Avenue’s news department, News Team 13 favors the President no matter what criticisms are thrown with an abysmal newscasting minutiae: no live reports, no phone patches, no virtual broadcast design/graphic. No wonder IBC’s always behind on news delivery and social media reach; it’s unsurprising why it’s snubbed from the public’s psyche and forum. Perhaps, that’s the reason why Media Newser Philippines never mentioned anything from them.

When it comes to digital television transition (DTT), the Turf barely heard PTV’s progress — save the roll-out with the partnership of Japan’s NEC but for Channel 13, it’s a totally lost cause. The Broadcast City case is already mentioned here last August that doesn’t need any reiteration.

In the era where alternative facts reign, pro-administration trolls and blind supporters have been enjoying their field day but for most of us including fence sitters awaiting their realization of collapse to complain, what a time to be alive.


“In politics, stupidity is not a handicap.” 

~Napoleon Bonaparte


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Countdown to Coronation (Part II): The Current Arrangements

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

President Duterte posed with DOT Secretary Wanda Teo and the fourth batch of the 65th Miss Universe candidates Monday. Maxine Medina, the Philippine contingent, is on the far right.

President Rodrigo Duterte posed with Department of Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo and the fourth batch of the 65th Miss Universe candidates Monday during the courtesy call in Malacanang. Maxine Medina, the Philippine contingent, is on the far right.

ON THE FIRST part, we tripped down memory lane on the past two editions of Miss Universe in 1974 and 1994. In this second of two parts, we will tackle the highly anticipated current event.

Just like the Papal Visit and the APEC Summit back in 2015, the first major event of 2017 involving high-profile foreign dignitaries must need a high profile security in which indeed President Rodrigo Duterte practiced religiously as he trusts too defensively to the military and the police.

But how did the organization for the third hosting came to be and how is the progress of broadcasters concerned?

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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

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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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#ZG16: The Turf’s 16 Philippine TV Memories of 2016

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ANOTHER YEAR will come to a wrap — two days to be exact but 2016 was not sweet as it meant to be but it tasted too sour and too bitter — be it in the aspect of entertainment, sports and local & global politics.

And the Turf understands about it but before we say “good riddance” or any uttering to release such frustrations from this annus horribilis, let’s all recall the top 16 moments that transpired over television in the Philippines.

Hold on to your judgments because it’s a hell of a bumpy ride.

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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