Philippine Television

PTV’S HOMECOMING, OUR WARNING: Thoughts on Their Return to Cover SEA Games and More

1st UPDATE (10:47 p.m.): The 2019 SEA Games’ hosting will push through.

[Dedicated to Gab Ferreras, Kevin Estrada, Ivan Saldajeno of Dugout Philippines and the fans of Philippines Football League]

Few sporting competitions may have begun this week but this Saturday will mark the Opening Ceremony of the 29th SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. PTV will come home to cover but the Philippine sporting community is alarmed with their return.

ALTHOUGH few sports began their competition this week, this Saturday will mark the opening ceremony of the 29th Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on People’s Television (PTV), after 10 years, putting back the glory days as the Philippine sportscasting authority.

However, the sporting community is very wary of their solo return.

What’s so alarming and why we should be? It may not be myriads to reason out the concerns but let’s jump in.

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Moving Out of Broadway is the Hardest Thing to Do…

Broadway Centrum has been the home of Eat Bulaga for 22 years.

(This post is dedicated in memory of my paternal grandmother, Nanay Miriam Paragas, who passed away last Wednesday night.)

LAST MAY, my paternal family went to Antipolo for the annual summer outing. We passed over Broadway Centrum to and from the destination and it triggered me about a discussion of a transfer from it for a noontime variety show last year on PHTV Facebook Group where I am currently sitting in as an administrator.

In time for the 38th anniversary of Eat Bulaga, Timow’s Turf will neither discuss about the current trends of their segments nor their dabarkads but on the fate of the studio building that housed it and its difficulty of letting it go. (more…)

We Deserve Teleseryes Better

LAST MONDAY, GMA Afternoon Prime teleserye Haplos skipped the remainder of the episode to cover President Rodrigo Duterte’s second State of the Nation Address (SONA). From the Tube’s Ralph Domingo wished that the remainder would carry over but instead they skipped the said episode entirely and moved on without the network’s public apology.

This recent incident, coupled with Albert Brian Gimao’s threefold request, made us realized why teleseryes are so relevant in the age of rising demands of quality.

The current landscape of our teleserye industry, specifically found in South Triangle, ranges from

  • Chronologically, late morning (Ikaw Lang Ang Iibigin) to evening (A Love To Last)
  • Demographically, youth-oriented (Trops) to adult-oriented (Ika-6 na Utos)
  • Generally, fantasy (Mulawin vs. Ravena) to reality (Ang Probinsyano)
  • Specifically, romance (A Love to Last) to action (Ang Probinsyano, again)

Then, tried-and-tested conformity began to swoop in with clichés (e.g. slapping scene, amnesia scene, zooming in) and cast love teams at the expense of their creative freedom juices and the intelligence of the audience — all for the sake of bottom line.

Some of their finished products are probably rated SPG (per episode basis), which is inconsiderate to children whose classes are in different shift and both networks do not focus on other genres such as crime thrillers or professional kind of shows.

What are much worse were the production staff’s repercussions; remember what happened to Francis Pasion after directing JaDine’s On the Wings of Love last year? He died nine days after the finale due to cardiac arrest for overworking fatigue. This has led to the issuance of an advisory from the Department of Labor and Employment to limit the time for TV industry workers to 12 hours a day last year but the mother network, ABS-CBN, filed a temporary restraining order – a desperate act, in the eyes of critics, of greed.

With that, last month, Twitter user @sPAULArium was not pleased with the said quality based on aforementioned state and flooded her grievances in a thread.

She suggested that teleseryes, particularly in primetime, should go on a weekly basis from daily like those in the United States and in Japan. South Korean dramas practiced it as they grouped into two: Monday-Tuesday and Wednesday-Thursday. The Turf already proposed the gradual frequency reduction from the current weekdays until it reaches up to that frequency.

While netizens mostly praised Paula with civility, actress Bela Padilla defended the local industry as her projects made millions “happy.” To be honest, Bela may have more roles to be written in her resume but she should get real by opening her eyes, hearing the other side of the audience and stop living in the confined mediocrity.

What the giants in South Triangle did is overemphasizing the usual sector of their target market: female, 35+ and pang-masa (class CDE). They do not realize that trends and preferences continue to change over time, with or without predictability.

In the end, the common goal in this unavoidable and mediocre duopoly – as indeed expressed on the netizen’s thread — is their bottom line and ratings braggadocio. Hence, we termed it as “cancer.”

This status quo of teleserye led others to defect and to find an alternative modes of entertainment.

This is why James Ty III never looked onto it and rather focused on his favorite day, Sunday.

This is why Christian Arceo no longer entertained with them after 15 years and moved on to anime and sports.

This is why Kevin Trinidad renounced and ditched them unreservedly in favor of Netflix.

Indeed, we deserve it better but the question is, “When will it ever be heard?”


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Anyare sa Ating Alamin? (and How the Palakasan System Killed It)

Kabayan, kilala mo ba siya? Ang palabas niya’y isa ring biktima rin ng sistema ng palakasan.

[This post is dedicated to Team ex-PTV & former Philippine Broadcasting Service talents.]

LAST JUNE, as People’s Television (PTV) dressed anew, one of its personalities was axed after 11 years. Ms. Kathy San Gabriel was fired through a text message without giving her the chance to say goodbye in front of the camera.

Her colleagues on the firm went on different approaches: Xiao Chua (who was given the sack with honor two months before) comforted her over the unprofessional dismissal and called on justice through different social media platforms. Snow Badua triggered post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with the network two years ago (between him and Alberto Marbella) and harangued insanely all over Facebook and Twitter. Atty. JJ Jimeno-Atienza kept hushed, as she is not much in the spotlight. However, Kirby Cristobal resigned quietly and voluntarily prior to the publicized scandal. In his resignation letter, he exposed the hunch that the internal “palakasan” system was revived within Visayas Avenue’s workplace culture.

This gave the Turf the reason to reflect Cristobal’s exposé but it will focus on one of the TV programs than the personalities of the station for another case.

Look at the example of Ating Alamin – the 36-year-old agricultural, livelihood and entrepreneurial show that crisscrossed four TV networks by Adolfo “Ka Gerry” R. Geronimo. How is the show now and how it became a victim of the palakasan culture?

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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…)

Timow’s Turf Midyear Report 2017 (Part 2)

WE ARE OFFICIALLY in the midpoint of 2017 and for the past six months, the Philippine media landscape changed faster than anyone could have guessed.

Here on Timow’s Turf, we will focus on the moments that transpired the first half of the year. Welcome to

Welcome to the Turf’s Midyear Report 2017.

If you missed out Part 1, click on the link before continuing to Part 2.

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Timow’s Turf Midyear Report 2017 (Part 1)

WE ARE OFFICIALLY in the midpoint of 2017 and for the past six months, the Philippine media landscape changed faster than anyone could have guessed.

Here on Timow’s Turf, we will focus on the moments that transpired the first half of the year. Welcome to

Welcome to the Turf’s Midyear Report 2017.

Because of the widened rate of deviance that needs to be recorded as possible, this series is divided into three parts. This article marks the first part of the said series.

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COMING BACK: ‘Mr. Oh’ is coming to CLTV 36 tomorrow

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“Here Comes Mr. Oh” will be on the small screens once again but this time on a regional-scale broadcaster.

SOMEONE IS COMING tomorrow to CLTV 36.

You may or may not recognize him but Oh Ja-Ryong is coming.

The Koreanovela “Here Comes Mr. Oh” will be back once again, this time to its new home in Jose Abad Santos Avenue (formerly known as Olongapo-Gapan Road) in the City of San Fernando, Pampanga.

For those who are familiar with that show, this is the Koreanovela that premiered on People’s Television (PTV) back in 2014 and re-aired in 2015 as part of their digital TV test broadcast.

While their dubbing from the previous network will carry on to its new yet downsized habitat, their former home ceased airing them due to a very inherent and a very parochial management as they usually giving priority to the President’s activities (which is still practiced even today).

By regional standards, CLTV is very stable and old enough – they are 10 years old, dear readers – to cover their first K-Dramedy. However, unlike Channel 4 that aired at 5:30 p.m., their slated timeslot is definitely ungodly at 1:30 p.m. According to a member of the PHTV Group, this is mainly because of packed primetime of news and features throughout the dedicated region.

Perhaps, the new programming deal proves to the quintessence of the country’s regional broadcasters that it still functions as a spherical laboratory of broadcasting — a place where tinkering and experimenting continue as they are competing with and giving the major national ones some hints.

“Here Comes Mr. Oh” airs Monday to Friday on CLTV 36, available nationwide on Cignal in channel 115.


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“MathDali” pushes “G Diaries” half an hour late

Robi Domingo and the gang will greet tomorrow morning and every Saturday to teach children some new Math skills with MathDali on ABS-CBN.

(Updated as of 1:34 p.m., June 16, 2017)

AS K-12’s inception and implementation are complete in the recently opened school year, an educational program is going to the main channel.

Starting tomorrow, Knowledge Channel’s MathDali will push over former Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources Gina Lopez’s “G Diaries” original time slot by half an hour.

Presented by Robi Domingo, Igi Boy Flores, Vic Robinson and the Agpangan twins (Joj and Jai) from Pinoy Big Brother, the program originally serves as an offering of the educational cable channel’s 17th anniversary last year.

MathDali will trigger sentimentality for the Batang 90s with MathTinik and its admirable cast (Charlie, Sheila Mae, Patricia, Joey & Miss MathTinik) that discusses topics on the primary and intermediate level. However, the new program will tackle new strategies and techniques specifically tackle on the Grade 4 level.

With that, some media critics like Marco Jonathan Rossi and Ed Ching, will arouse (no malice intended) the attention over this development and ask themselves if this move will see the restoration of the dignity of Channel 2 for being child-friendly in the extremely changing age of Philippine television — at least, during the daytime.

MathDali premieres tomorrow, June 17, and airs every Saturday at 8:00 a.m. on ABS-CBN.

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