Holy Week

Of It’s Showtime and of Our Traditional Media’s Time Consciousness

[Requested by Albert Brian Gimao]
THEY SAY, time is of the essence.
However, in the past weeks, ABS-CBN’s It’s Showtime went into overtime as late as almost 4:00 p.m. and consequentially pushed the remainder of the day’s lineup later than usual after Wildflower finished airing.
This case was beyond the two reasonable excuses why some programs start late or were ditched, such as a fast-pacing game going overtime (e.g. the triple overtime in PBA between Ginebra and Rain or Shine) and rollercoaster-cum-circus of political engagements — logic-spinning Palace press conference, grandstanding congressional hearings and off-the-cuff presidential remarks in that order.
While we point the fingers to Vice Ganda over excessive bantering as other include the inferences of more ad loads (even though a true member of KBP) and the accounting of agonizing rush hour traffic in Metro Manila, another reason of that “experiment” was an attempt to derail the successful afternoon teleserye across Timog Avenue, Ika-6 na Utos, which ends this coming week.
Another claim that ABS’ attempt to stop the network war is TV Patrol‘s futile match to 24 Oras due to the stamped bias by President Rodrigo Duterte but this can be reasonably dismissed as ludicrous and then, the latter fought fire with fire.
While time check is obviously a must for radio to its listeners, that’s another story on television.
Historically, RPN wore the iconic digital clock on the bottom left of the screen with “0” in the hour instead of “12.” Currently, PTV wore the clock when the program is running; GMA 7 displayed the time on an hourly basis for a minute while its sister channel, News TV, wore their watch when a news program or an extensive news event is covered. On cable, ABS-CBN News Channel displays it on their ticker when a program or a live special coverage runs.
On May 15, 2013, then-President Benigno Aquino III signed Republic Act 10535 as the latest step to curb the chaotic timekeeping. While the law remains in force, his successor did not exemplify the spirit of the law by arriving late before his aforementioned engagements, given his body clock expressively as a night owl.
The sad truth of the implementation is that it only complies synchronization with the atomic clocks over PAGASA-DOST and over Greenwich but not it does not instill our people’s importance of discipline on doing away the inherent age-old habit of tardiness.
Back to the case of It’s Showtime, the network management, Direk Bobet Vidanes and the Showtime gang resolved the issue in an “emergency meeting” but then, it restored to its old (recent) ways. As Holy Week is lurking in the horizon — where their Lenten drama specials would be aired in lieu of all entertaining segments save Tawag ng Tanghalan — we should not be complacent.
While the seasonal noontime drama’s running time is fixed, the live singing competition would offset and end up to the same state of ending at merienda time.

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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.


The free-to-air Philippine TV guide for Holy Week 2016

Behold the wood of the wondrous cross, of which the Prince of Glory and of Mercy redeemed us, sinners.

Behold the wood of the wondrous Cross, of which the Prince of Glory and of Mercy redeemed us, sinners.

HOLY WEEK will come early this year but it will not be the earliest in the range in the Gregorian calendar. The earliest falls from March 15-21 (happened in 1818, to happen in 2285) and the latest falls from April 18-24 (happened in 1943, to happen in 2038). This year, the most sacred week for Filipino Christians will start on March 20 (Palm Sunday) until 26 (Black Saturday).

Timow’s Turf comes back temporarily from educating the electorate in order to look out on the guide to Holy Week on free-to-air Philippine television. This scope will last until Easter Sunday, March 27.


Holy Week Message 2015

Jesus carrying the Cross


You thought that I am writing an April fool’s joke; unfortunately, this year is not the fitting time to do so.

Every Holy Week, we reflect the last week of Our Lord’s earthly life: from His triumphal entry in Jerusalem to His death on the Cross in Calvary. On this part of the year, we unravel His Paschal Mystery and His mission of laying His own life for the salvation of humanity.

On this blog, the mission plan was almost modeled from the meaning of this hebdomad: laying down the thoughts on what we see on TV for the readers to reframe and to reflect on their minds for the sake of equality.

At this point, Holy Week is the best time to cease attacking other major and underdog networks, which can ruin the dignity of respect of others who are your brothers with their diverse choices to take.

My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, on this spiritual respite, I pray that the mission of Jesus of laying down our lives for the good of others will not be in vain.

To other Christians who do not observe Holy Week, I pray that you will learn how to bow down before Him and learn how to serve Him through faith and good actions.

To those who do not believe in God, I pray and wish that you will be enlightened and you will learn how to stay humble and to treat each other fairly.

I pray also for the people who will be harnessed by Super Typhoon “Chedeng” (international name: Maysak) this long weekend in the eastern part of the country to stay safe.

May the Good Lord bless you on these sacred days.

NOTE: Timow’s Turf will take a writing respite until Easter.

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Broadcast notes for Holy Week 2015 (and more)

Jesus carrying the Cross

IT’S THAT TIME of the year, Turfers.

The spirit of somber and sorrow draws to the Filipino Christian faithful walking throughout the coming week, Holy Week, as we listen and reflect on the retelling of the last days of Jesus here on earth. The same atmosphere will also be felt for free national TV.


‘Family TV Mass’ on GMA, ‘Shalom’ goes back to IBC


FOR OUR DEAR Catholic brethren around the world, today is St. John Marie Vianney Sunday. His feast day is tomorrow, August 4, and he is the patron saint of priests, the Holy Mother Church’s precious products of continuing the mission of Christ across the ends of the earth for almost two millennia.

Coinciding today’s commemoration and salutation to the Mother Church’s ministers, two television networks made a surprise move. (more…)

Holy Week Message 2014


Readers of Timow’s Blog:

SINCE SUNDAY, we commence the start of the climatic and culminating week of Lent, the Holy Week. In the Philippines, we celebrate the hebdomad with rich tradition to manifest the meaning of the mystery of God’s love through the Passion and Death of our Lord Jesus Christ on the Cross.

Presently, the situation of our country suffers as much as what our Savior did. We have crosses of different scenarios with their respective types of Calvary. As Christ Jesus lays down His life for the sheep, so as we, believers, shall lay down for others. In the end, laying down for the good of others would surely reach us to the reward of sharing the Son’s Resurrection and Everlasting Life.

God bless you and have a safe, solemn and serene Holy Week.

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Holy Week on TV



HOLY WEEK is a week of solemn devotion of the last earthly days of Christ. For Filipinos, either a believer or a non-believer, it is a week out of 52 weeks of reflection, lamentation and tradition. This year, the Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday, April 13, 2014.

What do our television networks respond on the upcoming hebdomad? Jump in for the week ahead.