Timow’s Open Pit No. 2: PHTV@64: Of Living Legends & Legacies

TODAY, October 23, 2017 marks the 64th anniversary of Philippine television and here on Timow’s Turf, we opened the second Open Pit on a matter related to the very significance of the number.

The number 64 is a perfect square number – in this case, a square of 8 (a number that is very auspicious in East Asia). In games, it’s the total number of squares of a board in chess and checkers. Baby Boomers have The Beatles’ “When I’m Sixty-Four” and the Batang 90s have a Nintendo 64. In personal computers, some of them run on a 64-bit architecture.

On this article, we will discuss about our program’s living legends and legacies.



Rest Well, Amelyn

CNN Philippines’ Amelyn Veloso passed on Thursday at 43.

TODAY — or later at daylight — Amelyn Veloso will finally lay to rest.

The senior anchor and correspondent of CNN Philippines succumbed Thursday to liver metastasis secondary to breast cancer at 43.

When this sad news was heard abuzz over social media and on the home network, her former colleagues’ virtual banners fluttered half mast as tributes began to pour from politicians to ordinary thinking Filipino news audience, even here on Timow’s Turf.

Well known for her calm and soothing voice, Veloso’s 22-year anchoring stint began at IBC 13 as one of the anchors of CTN Midnite who she met another entry-level news anchor and future TV Patrol anchor Bernadette Sembrano, until its axing. In 1999, she joined the Big News on ABC 5,  where she met Rod Nepomuceno and Cherie Mercado. She also served as a substitute anchor on Sentro where future Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Martin Andanar was one of the main counterparts as well as Aksyon upon the network’s renaming and refreshing.

In 2013, she finally landed on to Solar News Channel as one of the presenters of Daybreak that swooned an alternative morning habit and, the following year, co-hosted with Gani Oro on Serbisyo All Access and stayed on for two renamings to its current name. The last time she presented were on New Day and on Newsroom: Morning Edition.

She was survived by her husband, Rodney, her 14-year-old son Gab and her mother, Amelita.

No words can the Turf emanate more than that she was an irreplaceable and a worthy professional news anchor amidst the era of news sensationalism and cacophony of the divisively partisan times.

To Amelyn, be well and rest well.

P.S. Say hi to Nikka Alejar for us.

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The Turf’s TV Zeitgeist 2014: TV5

THE NEW YEAR will be handed over in 5 days but before we bid adieu to 2014, here is the look back of what happened over the boob tube on TV5 and its sister channel, AksyonTV.


The Times Five is a-Changin’


The Gutierrez family’s reality show “It Takes Gutz to Be a Gutierrez” currently airs on TV5. Baby Zion is not included in this photo.

THESE PAST FEW DAYS and the next week, TV5 makes a deliberate change of programming names and schedules.

The Old Programs on the New Time

Edu Manzano joined “Face the People” with Christine Bersola-Babao and Gelli de Belen as they moved back to the early morning, evoking the past slot of “Face to Face.”

T3: Reloaded by the Tulfo brothers will be moved to the late morning slot before Aksyon sa Tanghali.

The New Ones and New Hosts

The most heard-about reality show on social media on Southeast Asia “It Takes Gutz to be a Gutierrez was criticized for copying the Kardashians and its show “Keeping Up with the Kardashians.” Unlike the latter’s family where their faces are really thick, the Gutierrezes are real stars. The reality show already aired its first episode as of press time and currently shows it every Saturday.

Let’s Ask Pilipinas is now on Season 2 hosted by Ogie Alcasid and it is also moved on the late morning slot, probably competing against ABS-CBN’s The Singing Bee and possible crushing GMA’s Basta Everyday Happy.

The Amazing Race Philippines has renewed to its second season and audition is in process. Derek Ramsay will return to host the nation’s franchise after two years. The date of the first episode is yet to be announced.

Au revoir, Pilipinas News and Good Morning Ser, Aksyon will be the common brand name of News5’s department come Monday. On July 14, your breakfast TV will be served by Martin Andanar, Lourd de Veyra and comeback Grace Lee with Aksyon sa Umaga. At noon, after Tulfo’s T3: Reload‘Aksyon sa Tanghali’ will be anchored by Raffy Tulfo and Cherie Mercado. The prime time news proper will be anchored by Erwin Tulfo and Luchi Cruz-Valdes. Before going to bed, Paolo Bediones and Cheryl Cosim will serve for Aksyon Tonite.

Present and Future Sports Commitments

As of now, TV5 is committed to air another long, painful double round-robin basketball tournament of the Philippines’ oldest collegiate athletic meet, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), on its Season 90.

Later, as of press time, TV5 will air the FIBA Asia Cup in Wuhan, China until the 19th of the month.

Next month, TV5 made a commitment to air the 2014 Nanjing Summer Youth Olympics, ensuring that the new programming lineup was made in advance.

Not only that, the Gilas’ entry to the world after 36 years of absence and pain, in FIBA World Cup in Spain will be broadcast as well, as long as a replay is necessary because the live games start at the graveyard shift.

Other Commitments

TV5 will air the 3rd Philippine Pop Music Festival (PhilPop) on the evening of Saturday, July 26 at the Meralco Theater.

To end the small talk, the blog has the liberty to make a parody to the tune of Bob Dylan’s “The Time’s They Are A-Changin’.”

Play the instrumental video as you sing along with the lyrics.


Come gather ’round, Turfers, wherever you are.

Look at their schedules whether near or a-far.

The turn of the tide makes the viewers bizarre.

The programs and specials a-shiftin’

Let us see when this baby will be going far.

For the time Five is a-changin’.


Aksyon’s rebranding and T3’s at noon,

Gilas games are now planned and aired ne’er to soon.

But more shows we looked on with a big opportune.


It’s so great, I can’t stop a-postin’.


We would know how Manny’s new settings attune.

For the times Five is a-changin’.


We aren’t so happy with these kinds of change.

We don’t like these slots, it makes us a-derange.

These toon blocks and flick blocks, it made us shortchange.

Is Sir Noel still keep us a-listenin’?

His ears are now deaf and it lacks of exchange.

For the times Five is a-Changin’.


TV5  have so much great specialties,

PhilPop, Nanjing Youth, Let’s Ask P, pretty please.

Please, Big Two, cease the war ’cause we want to seek peace.

Let the viewers choose their own watchin’.

So sit back and enjoy, just watch ’em with ease

For the times Five is a-changin.

Special mention

Happy fourth anniversary, Pinoy Nostalgia, headed by webmaster, Kuyang Gabby Hernandez. Mabuhay ang PN!

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