It’s The Most Werpaful Time of the Year (Philippine TV Christmastime 2017-18 Insights)


  • December 17 @ 13:03. Confirmed details on Manila Clasico and MMFF.



The most wonderful time of the year is here, but Filipino…

Per tradition, Timow’s Turf heralds the annual holiday programming primer for the fifth time, spanning from today (December 6, 2017) until possibly January 2, 2018.

As it is the first Christmas in the age of Trump, this year, it will be classified according to appropriate categories but not necessarily on periods as in previous editions.

With Christmas and New Year’s Eves both fall on Sunday this year, primetime lineups will definitely have to adjust, especially to ABS-CBN on both cases and GMA on the latter as PTV 4’s main Lotto Draw are forced to be scheduled early at 2:30 p.m.

During this span, teleseryes will normally be scheduled but there are usually no finales and its premieres during the very Christmas/New Year festivity fortnight while trade launches from the South Triangle Duopoly (S.T.D.) and CNN Philippines are happening for the upcoming year (as long as they keep their promises or else).

What else is in store? Jump in for more.

NOTE: Inaccuracies and updates can happen throughout this post.



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.


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

Oh Ja Ryong is Coming

“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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Photo courtesy of MBC

Christmas sa ‘Pinas: The 2016-17 Holiday TV Primer

The glimmers of parol this Christmas will definitely trigger homesickness and sentiments.

The glimmers of parol this Christmas will definitely trigger homesickness and sentiments.


As The Turf approaches its 3rd anniversary this coming Wednesday — we will report the traditional annual holiday primer for the 4th time on what will be on television in the Philippines. This year’s Christmas Day and the coming New Year’s Day (2017) will both fall on Sunday — James Ty III’s favorite day of the week — and it’ll be the first Christmas for President Rodrigo Duterte.

This holiday primer will span from today, December 10, 2016 until January 1, 2017 and it will split into seven (7) chronological phases.

Please bear with us because sometimes, not everything will go on as planned or expected.


#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.


Philippine TV’s Christmastide Cornucopia 2015-16

Tarlac's Belenismo (displaying of the Nativity scene) is one way of celebrating Christmas in the Philippines.

Tarlac’s Belenismo (displaying of the Nativity scene) is one way of celebrating Christmas in the Philippines.

DECEMBER IS HERE, once again. We already reached the final month of 2015 and the Turf thinks out: “How would the coverage throughout the holiday month will play on?”


What is on for Christmas?

Two weeks to go before Christmas and five days left to the start of Simbang Gabi.

As of press time, two weeks to go before Christmas and five days left to the start of Simbang Gabi.

WE ARE NOW two weeks left until Christmas Day and you may ask the Turf, “What’s on free TV this Christmas season?” (more…)

Post No. 50: Timow says “Thank you”

FIFTY POSTS and almost ten months in operation. I don’t even know what to say.

Let me say thank you to the following specific persons and entities:

Lastly, I thank the 33 people who liked the Turf’s Facebook page and of course, dear readers — be it a stalwart, a visitor or a critic.

I pledge to continue my objective to trim smoothly on my Turf and to observe issues pertaining to our free television sphere.

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My Story of Regional TV in Pampanga

WHEN I CAME into this world, there was a low-power TV network in my home city of San Fernando, Pampanga called KTV 12.


The UBC 12 logo as I remember before it discontinued operation.

KTV 12 (later as UBC 12) with the call letters DWCL-TV has a brand then, as I exactly remember: “First in Pampanga, First in Central Luzon.” Did their slogan really put it into practice? The small TV network also owned an FM frequency of 92.7 (with the brand, Power 92.7 or CooL 92.7) of the same call letters with the format of Christian music. It’s obvious enough that the owners come for a Born-Again Christian (BAC) ministry.

In 2008, the last year of their TV operation, UBC aired its only own worship service on the BAC church beside the facility (where it still stands today). The rest of the programming were hooked (illegally) from CNN for the news and other Christian programming from the Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN). Not only that, they allocate one hour for karaoke.

In 2005, ABS-CBN decided to devote and to devolve a regional network group for the civil province of Pampanga with Channel 46 (DWIN-TV). At the same year, if I’m not mistaken, InfoMax 8 transmitted on cable and gave more opportunity to MassComm graduates to be on the air without leaving the province and the mother tongue (Amanung Sisuan). Infomax 8 bore the first title program Personalan (a talk show hosted by Mau Aquino and Rey Yumang and NOT of GMA “News” TV’s tabloid show by Jolina Magdangal-Escueta and Jean Garcia)



CLTV 36, the regional station of Central Luzon, became successful in ratings, reach and programming for all CL viewers for seven years.

The year 2007 came a big change of TV in Pampanga. After 10 years of granting TV franchise from Congress, DWRW (95.1 FM) materialized the dream with the help of the Laus’ magnate. Levy P. Laus is well known for being an automobile and auto insurance tycoon in Central Luzon. The name of the network is Central Luzon Television–36 or as we known shortly as CLTV 36. The programming of this network became successful, modern and diverse in reach, programming and picture quality. Not to mention the investment of live OB vans and cameras for seasonal purposes such as the Ligligan Parul and the regional TV talent show, Star Mill (now on its Season 2).

Because of this UBC Channel 12 failed and remained in the mediocrity and in 2009, Channel 12 bowed down to the three regional-provincial media outlets for their humiliation. The old bungalow where they broadcast in Barangay Sindalan (across St. Anthony’s Drugstore and Information and Communication Technology High School) is now demolished and at press time, constructed as a commercial arcade building.


Global News Network currently owns InfoMax 8 in this decade.

In the current decade (2010s), InfoMax and Global News Network (GNN) finally made an agreement and transferred from cable channel 8 to free TV channel 44 with the new call sign DWIM-TV.

In the current state of Pampanga’s television industry, CLTV 36 dominated the most broadcast hours per day (about 14 hours, from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.) and the most viewership (despite of lack of data due to the Big Two TV market firm’s – Kantar and Nielsen – care for national parameters) in the region. Since it is the youngest network by operation, they can be forgiven if they signed off early on very special holidays, including New Year’s Eve and Christmas.

On the contrary, GNN 44’s broadcast lesser hours with a VHS-like picture quality and irregular scheduling.  Finally, ABS-CBN 46 broadcast with low picture quality and low reach can make its viewers blind and vague.

That’s my story of television in Pampanga. Do you have any story to share in your own province or region?

[Photos courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, PampangaDirectory.Net]

[UBC graphic created by author-admin, timowp17]


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