New Season of Philippines Football League Gets a New Broadcaster?


THE PHILIPPINES FOOTBALL LEAGUE is getting a new broadcasting home?

This is how Gab F. Hernandez observed as he captured the Cignal’s electronic program guide (EPG) in the wee hours of this morning.

Rumor has it that PFL will kick its new season this Saturday (March 3) on AksyonTV, marking the return of national soccer coverage since its predecessor, United Football League (UFL).

Recall that PTV didn’t last the half of the first round of the regular season last year– no thanks to prioritizing President Rodrigo Duterte’s curse-laden engagements — which led to Mycujoo delegating the rest.

During the intermezzo between the two seasons, FC Meralco Manila dissolved last January 8 after losing both its players and investors’ support while 10 days later, Ilocos United will not show up after failing to secure a new naming sponsor. Last February 6, Kaya FC transferred its home from Makati to Iloilo.

With six teams remaining, the league’s regular season format changed from two rounds of home and away with the finals series (regular: May to November, finals: December) to two and a half home and away rounds but without the finals (March to August). In addition, the PFL Cup will be introduced and will be played in October.

Like most leagues, the defending champions will usually initiate the new regular season. However, in our case, Ceres Negros and Stallion Laguna rescheduled its kickoff match from this Saturday at 4:00 p.m., by agreement, to June 27. Thus, the match between JPV Marikina and Global Cebu at 7:00 p.m. will become automatically the first.

Nevertheless, if AksyonTV holds true with the rumor of coverage, we wish them the very best.

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The Turf’s Insight on Pyeongchang Winter Olympics

After 30 years, South Korea is hosting another Olympics but this time on the other season.

THREE DAYS from now, the sporting eyes of the world will fixate on South Korea for the 16 days of glory in the PyeongChang Winter Olympics.

While it may not be in the Filipino sporting aficionados’ attention due to the geographic consideration as a tropical country, it is a noteworthy moment for two athletes that will partake and will banner under the Three Stars and a Sun.

THE ROOKIE AND THE VET. Asa Miller (left) will participate in the Winter Olympics as the alpine skier while Michael Christian Martinez (right) will be given another chance to shine in figure skating.

Asa Miller, the 17-year-old rookie, despite his residence in Oregon, will be the first alpine skier to compete for the Philippines in 26 years. Meanwhile, 21-year-old skater Michael Christian Martinez, despite failing to make the qualifying cut on the CS Nebelhorn Trophy, finally gets another chance to shine after Sweden relinquished the spot due to the unsatisfied performance level of Alexander Majorov by their national Olympic Committee.

In addition, this edition of the Winter Games will make the debut of two Southeast Asian nations: Malaysia (with alpine skier Jeffrey Webb and figure skater Julian Yee) and Singapore (with short track speed skater Cheyenne Goh).

Promotion Bluff

Last January, the promotion of the Winter Games was aired over ABS-CBN, presuming that their sports channel, S+A, would cover the games for the first time. However, the speculation bubble was popped out as TV5 – for the fourth overall, second in the concerned season and the first time under the ESPN5 brand — is confirmed to cover  exclusively, according to SportsCenter Philippines.

Conflict in ceremonies, clear in competition

With the confirmed news, both ceremonies that begin and end the Games will face conflict on the main channel and might be consequently covered live on AksyonTV.

The opening ceremony on Friday, February 9, will begin at the same time (7:00 p.m. Philippine time) with the traditional PBA evening game – in this case, NLEX Road Warriors vs Meralco Bolts. The closing ceremony on February 25 will coincide with FIBA Asia World Cup Qualifier game against Japan in our home court.

That said, it wouldn’t be surprising as TV5 will favor both games of hoops over both showcases of the artistry of the international multi-sport event.

Competition journey

On the bright side, when it comes to the competition proper for our contingents, there is no problem in live coverage, in terms with TV5, as they will take place in the morning – as we are one hour behind South Korea. Provided, they will delay the NCAA (U.S.) basketball.

Miller’s debut will take shape from this Sunday (February 11) until February 22 if his first-time performance is exceptional.

On the other hand, Martinez’s two-day competition will kick in on February 16 – fortunately, both holidays on both nations (Lunar New Year or “Seollal” in Korea) — with the short program and followed by the free skate.

Unfazed by unavoidable

While one or few said that TV5’s return to cover the Olympics is where they rightfully belong, not everyone is convinced.

For them, it could be a repeat of what happened back to Rio in 2016 where they fail to commit full-blown coverage despite the live streaming on the network’s YouTube channels.

To be honest, ABS-CBN (through S+A) would have been a bit worse in cover the Winter Games since they are preoccupied with NBA, UAAP and NCAA volleyball tournaments, English (Premier) and Spanish (La Liga) football and the inaugural Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL). It’s new cable-exclusive sports channel, Liga, wouldn’t apply as they don’t have football or basketball in the competition.

On the other hand, PTV would be the worst if they cover their first Winter Olympics; both ceremonies would cut any significant 20 minutes each due to Lotto and the competition proper could be disrupted by Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque’s daily press conference and by President Rodrigo Duterte himself.

Anyway, the Turf wishes both of our athletes the best in their respective journey in South Korea — amidst the lack of support from both the government and the Philippine Olympic Committee — and also to the rest of the athletes of the world.

Just a little throwback Tuesday…


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Photos courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, International Olympic Committee (IOC), KGW and Ilustrado Magazine

Goodbye Sports5, Hello ESPN 5

THIS PASSING WEEK, TV5 and ESPN announced an agreement for a long-term collaboration for Filipino sports fans.

From then on, Sports5 will now be called ESPN 5.

Under this compact, TV5’s current sports portfolio like the PBA, FIBA, Gilas, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), Philippine Super Liga (PSL) and recently, the National Football League (NFL) will retain.

Aside from ESPN 5 on the main channel, ESPN’s iconic flagship sportscast, SportsCenter, will have its local edition on AksyonTV 41.

Other than that, award-winning ESPN studio programs (e.g. Around the Horn and Pardon the Interruption), their Big Fights and their award-winning sports documentaries are in the stipulation.

Returning sportscasts, under this new deal, include Super Bowl (since 2016) and the NCAA March Madness (since 2014). Aside from that, new ones are pledged to be covered such as Pro Bowl, X Games and the Indianapolis 500, just to name a few.

In terms of digital media, the cobranded collaboration will include their websites and an excellent app containing all-encompassing content – whether local or global. Not to mention, they will launch the ESPN Player streaming service later this year.

The Turf’s take

The Turf reminded the deal to what CNN has done to RPN channel 9 (as 9TV) back in 2014 – inking the naming and broadcasting rights. Although, the difference is it will not overhaul other departments of the network.

Unsurprisingly, is it is well defined that Novaliches-Reliance’s two channels have become the default sports authority even before this concord came, which lead to over-reliant and sporadic foreign entertainment and neglect on their news department, particularly on its newscasters.

That said, next year, with all due respect, the Turf could no longer think any prediction over this network other than sports because their calling has already been definitely and convincingly achieved.

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Detailing the “Lupang Hinirang” music videos found on PHTV

[Dedicated to Jenine Shiongshu and the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP)]

Balik-eskwela na! Tayo’y po magsitayo at awitin natin ang Pambansang Awit.

ANOTHER SCHOOL YEAR has just begun.

Schools around the country usually begin their first day with the flag ceremony. When a teacher moves the hands and/or the accompaniment is played, everyone will stand tall, will face the flagpole and will place their hand over their heart — save those in Scouting and/or CAT uniform as they will salute — and will sing “Lupang Hinirang.”

In television and radio operations, they are required by law (Republic Act 8491) to play it during sign-on and sign-off on their broadcast day. As long as the lyrics, the tempo and the melody are compliantly concerned, when it comes to the visual concept — for television, obviously — it is a different story.

In the spirit of Araw ng Kalayaan as well for next week, Timow’s Turf will tackle over that aspect in detail for each network. Bear in mind that this does count MVs that is aired for seasonal purposes such as Women’s Month provided by the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) last March. (more…)

Pabasa ng Philippine TV for Holy Week 2017

Ecce Homo (1871) by Antonio Ciseri (1821-1891)

IT’S SO HARD to believe that Holy Week is next week — the first on the nine-month-old Duterte administration and yes, the Turf understands it as a political aspect of Calvary we’re harnessing.
Anyway, in this penultimate and pious week of Lent, many words emanate to our psyche: reflection, journey, sacrifice, panata and self-penitence.

As part of the countdown to 500 years of Christianity, this year (2017) is designated for the Year of Parish as the Communion of Communities.

As part of the preparation of the Quincentennial of Christianity in the Philippines in 2021, each year within the nine-year novena (since 2012-13) has a certain designation. This year is dedicated as the Year of the Parish as the Communion of Communities. So, expect this theme to be integrated throughout the following days.
During the week, operating hours on malls and establishments are expected to be reduced — if not closed — on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday but they may resume full-time on Black Saturday.
On television, particularly, free to air, some networks either reduced to special programming or signed off. In the Turf’s annual tradition of heralding the events, the whole week will be divided into four (4) chronological groups with six (6) specific periods. In this distinctive insight, some channels and programs within the week will give notice if they’re in conflictin need of attention and something to watch out for.
Bear in mind that such insights are unpredictable.


Is AksyonTV becoming TV5’s News TV and S+A?

AksyonTV turns 6 years old today but quickly erodes its standing purpose.

AksyonTV turns 6 years old today but it quickly erodes its initial purpose.

SIX YEARS ago today, while viewers are awaiting for GMA News TV’s launch, TV5 jumped in unannounced over Channel 41; AksyonTV, the first news channel on free TV, was born.

They used to air round the clock as a slap of Channel 11’s broken promises to live their mantra, “Oras-oras, alam ko” but karma struck back in 2013 due to cost-cutting measures by the management as well as NTC’s rules and regulations for affiliated free-to-air TV stations.

The identity crisis

The era of being a homogeneous news channel began its decline when AKTV on IBC ended on May 31, 2013 by carrying over their committed sportscasts as they also covered the Sochi Winter Olympics a year after.

Recently, News5’s public affairs programs airing on AksyonTV became merely reruns with no motive to create new episodes. Since last year, EZ Shop and Shop Japan joined in the diversification of programming portfolio to lessen their lameness.

During the seven-month-old Duterte administration where long Senate probes and/or Presidential activities (Palace press conferences and speaking engagements) bear weight in shaping the public’s skeptical psyche, the channel didn’t move a muscle and caught the attention of the Turf‘s neighboring blog, From the Tube.

Ralph redressed their grievances and formulated proposals. However, when the priority Congressional hearings resume, they were abruptly cut — much to his ever-growing dismay — due to the simulcast of Raffy Tulfo’s Wanted sa Radyo on 92.3 News FM. Despite the radio show’s demanding popularity, he dubbed the Tulfo brother as the “Kris Aquino of Radio“.

Recently, Supernatural and Arrow reruns from TV5 eventually satisfied one of his demands as their main channel was too irresistible in covering the ongoing PBA’s Philippine Cup playoffs. But then, the PHTV Group forum founded out that move to be a hodgepodge rival to ABS-CBN’s S+A and News TV.

That said, AksyonTV’s initial purpose was defeated and was lopsided, leaving CNN Philippines (if you are in the free-to-air territory) and ABS-CBN News Channel victorious. 

What comes next for AksyonTV is now in Miguel Belmonte’s manual intervention.

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Kilos Pronto: A new weeknight overdose on PTV

A WIN-WIN situation between PTV 4 and Ben Tulfo happened last night, at least.

The former timeslot of the standalone PTV Sports is now the new home of the public affairs program, Kilos Pronto (KP).


For those not familiar with the content, think of it as T3 back in TV5, his own Bitag Live and his brother Raffy’s Wanted sa Radyo, both on AksyonTV, combined but on primetime.

On its second season, this program is also presented by the returning news personality on the VHF turf, Alex Santos. It seems fitting for a Tulfo to call Channel 4 their new home where Media Newser Philippines (MNP) and the rest of the Philippine TV enthusiasts assessed it as a safe space for apologists and fanatics of President Rodrigo Duterte; for Santos, it’s obviously for him being a Davaoeño.

After their inaugural season, their contract with UNTV News and Rescue ended but with no certain explanation. Possible theories behind the transfer include:

  1. the opinionated view on the P2P bus service issue,
  2. the termination of the contract that made Bro. Daniel Razon not amused with their performance (unilaterally) or disagreements/dissatisfaction with both parties (bilaterally), or
  3. Tulfo’s other public affairs program, Bitag, is on the said state channel.

Although, MNP classified the Visayas Avenue network in the loser’s list for 2016, this program is a temporary patch. Presidential Communications Office chief Martin Andanar should really need to take a serious, lasting fix — more than just cosmetic changes — in order to make the broadcaster to be impartial and editorially independent as his superior promised and to lessen their unpredictable coverage as the public entrusted.

Kilos Pronto (KP) airs Monday to Friday, 7-8 p.m. on PTV 4.

State of the Philippine Television Address 2016

(Note: This address serves both as part of the 63rd anniversary of Philippine television and as a thank you post for reaching 50,000 hits last Tuesday.)


Timow’s Turf was made for insights on Philippine television programming whatever possible as a complement to other bloggers. Lately this year, I made some changes for a more comprehensive thinking and sentiments — that’s why I posted roughly every two weeks with thousands of words.

Moving right along, I am addressing today to untangle the perennial complicated cesspool that indoctrinated us to follow the false dilemma fallacy and senseless and triumphant fanaticism that contributed the endless decades-long competitive hostility.

Such symptoms do not only happen right now in our Government — particularly, under the new administration — but it happened since time immemorial in this different field. In short, the state of Philippine television is adverse.

Words cannot be said kung bakit sinasabi ko na “adverse.” Maraming reklamo at may karapat na tugon. I can enumerate some of them.

Noong Abril, nalipat ang Family Feud sa Dos at ang host ay si Luis Manzano. Maganda nga sana pero puro celebrities ang naglalaro unlike those in then ABC-5 and GMA. Sa mga gustong sumabak sa Family Feud, tough luck. Hanggang audience ka na lang. This is not new for young Manzano’s game show hosting; remember Deal or No Deal and Minute to Win It? Usually celebrities ang contestant at nananalo. Are you treating us as mere pawns? Are you stereotypical that ordinary Filipinos are mismanaged with finances after receiving cash prizes? I hate neither the player nor the game; I hate the treatment. Mahiya ka naman, hindi na ka-level sa tatay niya (Edu) noon bilang host sa Pilipinas Game KNB kapalit ni Kris Aquino.

With that, we will NEVER have the chance to have our own franchise of Jeopardy. May intelligentsia pero hindi condescending dito sa mundo pero sad to say, lumalaganap dito ang herd mentality on smart-shaming.

Last month, nagtaas ng kilay ang mga netizens at si Stephen Amell na bida sa Arrow over Alyas Robin Hood sa GMA before the premiere. Character similarities, props (especially a toy water gun for flamethrower) and computerized effects proved us for a call of reformation in the entertainment division and programming. We are sick of carbon-copy concepts and relying old guns for them and at the same time, excessive cliché and banking tandems in a relatively same genre and story arc model for another.

8List is good on this enumeration and few bloggers have been spoken especially For the Love of Pop who has a frank hope to improve but would Ma. Lourdes Santos (COO, Star Creatives) and Lilybeth Rasonable ever listened to us or kept us dumb down?

Getting it real, our South Triangle-based entities disregarded our better ideas for their original catering audience, the masa, with their marginal mindset — an economic adjective that defines their short-term thinking, shallow reflection, temporary satisfaction and no penchant for patience.

They tend to disregard the trend of the burgeoning millennials’ taste in programming and listened only to themselves and the masses. Though, I can forgive ABS-CBN with certain conditions. Yung mga millennials na may laptop, pwedeng panoorin watch Netflix o via torrent containing new and existing U.S. shows and chill.

Nasobra na tayo sa teleserye mula late morning hanggang gabi, every weekday. May proposal naman ako na for new soaps after approving the pitch: reduce teleserye airings from weeknight basis to two days gradually. Afternoon soaps may remain on weekly basis. Friday nights will be dedicated for more specials and films.

Give more projects with varying genres for new ones or those who are well rested. Kamuning, take note. Maraming talents ka pero wala namang papel. Na-una ang mga matatanda kaysa sa baguhan. Ayun, walang or madalang na advertisements na galing sa inyo ang nag-endorse.

Speaking of talents, exclusive mentality is unfortunately mandatory for thespians and not at their option. Picture this, I never heard of J. Lo or any Hollywood artist signing an exclusive contract with any US television network, only the music label independent from any broadcaster’s influence. Sadly, this doesn’t apply here — kung Star Music artist ka, ABS-CBN talent ka rin hanggang magsawa ka.

Let’s set aside with the never-ending war between ABS and GMA and focus on TV5. Anyare? Tapos na ang Olympics at malapit na ang pagtatapos ng PBA season. Anyway, you’re no sacred cow to everything — well, in entertainment and in news. The former needs no explanation because on how MVP favor sports — no wonder, Coach Chot Reyes is heading his media network — and dissolved local entertainment but the latter needs an explanation.

Most of the news correspondents have been hired to the Duterte government from Martin Andanar, Cherie Mercado, and recently Mia Reyes. Aside from that, Ralph Domingo observed that you snubbed the coverage on committee hearings in both houses of Congress related to War on Drugs within a month now on AksyonTV. He questioned so hard than what News TV’s response just last week.

You just favored your News FM programs than the most important coverage and Luchi Cruz-Valdes and Gladys Lana-Lucas deserved a lot of explanation and complaints.

I heard LCV will get an Excellence in Broadcasting Award? Sa PiliPinas Debates, I can give that a yes but in management and editorial policy especially right now made me shrug in doubt.

As long I don’t want to resort more in the Big 3’s problems, I am also displeased that with this never-ending war comes neglect in the rest of VHF frequency, and I need to expose it — save CNN Philippines.

PTV is constantly unpredictable; it always has been. Pinangako ni Digong na gagawin ito into a more editorially-independent public broadcaster noong unang SONA. It’s good to hear and to identify the revenue generation but one question, though. What TV specials will the Visayas Avenue ever do aside those from government coverage?

Meanwhile, her sister IBC 13 began another amateur college basketball league called UCBL with Asian Television Content Corporation. Pero based on historical transactions with ATC, it will not last long after this inaugural season dahil sa lumolobong utang. Speaking of utang, sinabi ni PCO Sec. Martin Andanar na 956 billion pesos na sweldo ang hindi nabayaran. Tapos, anong available na pambayad: 10 milyon?

In case you don’t know,  nakabinbin na ang kapalaran ng Broadcast City: either privatize or transform into a Lumad channel. Not to mention, ililipat ang transmitter to an undisclosed location costing 150 million pesos. Apektado ang analog receivers kung nangyari. Pero nakakahiya talaga, naisip ko tuloy sa nangyari sa Hong Kong na hindi ni-renew ang franchise ng ATV dahil sa mga unsettled claims at mahinang reputasyon. Kung sana ganyan ang tularan sa KBP at NTC, OK na ako diyan but then again, our administration barely cared about economics and competition.

Dito sa UHF, may sari-sariling specialization for certain niche of audience. But one of them is just giving us empty promises and vain hope, especially on Channel 35. He promised for a relaunch pero walang alam kung kailan. Ilang taon na tayo ang hihintayin bago talagang mangyari? Hihintayin ba tayo na terminated na ang analog television dito come 2020? If so, napako na ng pangako ni Bro. Mike; walang pinagkaiba sa mga pulitiko.

Overall, we all want internal and lasting reformation in each one of them and to another. Sa Amerika, kahit oligopoly ang broadcast industry, may respeto naman sila sa karibal. Pero dito sa Pilipinas, kung anong mali o krisis ng ibang istasyon, ibinubulgar at dinedemonize. Kamakailan lang po, nagkaroon ng two presidential debates that is moderated by at most two from different entities in different means. Kung sana ganun nangyari noong kampanya, OK sana. Kaso, nakalipas na at wala rin, eh — exclusivity mentality triumphs.

Lastly, we will go on to the inner circle’s judgment on who wins. I would like to give rise to this.

The Philippine Movie Press Club (PMPC) will award the 30th Star Awards for Television next Sunday. Pero alam ko, nagsawa na kayo diyan kasi sa pinapaborang istasyon dahil nandyan ang trails of cash. Hindi katulad ng dating gawi sa Channel 9 at 13 noong dekada 90. Two years ago, I made my case for a rotation of broadcasters similar those in Emmy’s but because of such trail in Mother Ignacia, parang worthless ang suggestion. No wonder, Mr. Sunday knew that club’s influence lead us to their favoritism.

To Chairman Fernan de Guzman, the cesspool of yours will be your very last. If our President can’t change his behavior and style anymore, then change must come for the better for the organization. Do us a favor; give a more independent officers and members a chance.

That said, libre talaga lang mangarap pero malaki ang balakid na walang hanggan napapatayo kaysa matutumba. Ang daming good intentions na planned out to see the real “change is coming” for the better in this industry to start with — pero dahil tuloy ang bingi-bingian at bulag-bulagan.

We are not here only to share experiences and insights but we are here also to untangle the tentacles that complicates.

We have so many solutions but with the growth of smart shaming herd, we will all be defeated and make our efforts go to waste. If they never listen, whatever happens in another year and until the digital TV transition completes — God forbid our kismet — a bigger ripple and domino effect can give us even more loss of words.

Thank you and may you have a hopefully better day ahead.

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Rio Olympics 2016: The insights & whatnots


SWIFTER, HIGHER, STRONGER. That is the three words that formed the motto of the Olympics. Those words act as a motivation of every competitor around the world to shine at their best.

In just a week from now, 10,000+ athletes in 206 national teams, plus the Refugee Olympic Athletes, will convene in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil for the Games of the XXXI Olympiad. On the night of August 5 (morning of August 6 in the Philippines), the city of Carnival and samba will liven up to welcome the world for the next 16 days of international competition in different sports.


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…)