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Timow’s Turf Zeitgeist 2017: The Petmalu Events of Philippine Media (Part I)

Another year has gone by but before it flips on to 2018, let’s look back on the colorful, unpredictable (or as we say, petmalu) events in Philippine media on Timow’s Turf Zeitgeist 2017.

For this year, the Zeitgeist will be similar to a Facebook news feed with like and five reactions that you might side on with the Turf‘s probable reasons.

United for the Crown

Wurtzbach Mittenaere

Television tribalism on the Big 3 stopped temporarily since two years ago when on January 30, the 65th Miss Universe was held in the Mall of Asia Arena in which Miss France Iris Mittenaire succeeded Pia Wurtzbach in the title. The next edition, where Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters was crowned, on November 27 did not do the joint pooling.

Possible Reactions & Reasons:

  • Love & Wow: It was a rare moment for the Big 3 to unite for a common purpose, aside from certain events such as the annual State of the Nation Address.
  • Sad: Local bets Maxine Medina landed at Top 6 (January) and Rachel Peters landed worse at Top 10 (November).

Government-Owned Radio Overhaul

PBS2017The first full year of the Duterte presidency saw the staggering process of state radio reform under the Philippine Broadcasting Service.

Envisioned by PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar and supervised by Bong “Sonny B” Aportadera to match those from the BBC in the UK, they launched their brands anew, chronologically: FM2 104.3 MHz, RP1 738 kHz and RP2 918 kHz. Since November 1, FM1 87.5 is currently under test broadcast and now waiting for the formal launch.

Possible Reactions & Reasons:

  • Love: FM2 104.3 knocked out Retro 105.9 as the “classics authority.”
  • Wow: As part of the reform, the refurbishment of radio equipment was able to compete with commercial counterparts. Not to mention, in both AM and FM, their radio representation reached Top 10 (according to Nielsen) as of 3rd quarter this year.
  • Angry: Die-hard icons of the President became part of the roster of personalities such as the three of four Tulfo brothers and Alex Santos on RP1. Well, what can you really expect from a state-owned media enterprise?

To be fair, FM2 would have been the Turf’s Best FM Radio Station of the Year but due to some flaws, it is classified No. 2 on the books; better luck next time. Speaking of state-owned media enterprise

Para sa Bayan o Para sa Pangulo?

PTV logo 2017 (without wordmark)

As part of state-owned media reform, this year, PTV made substantial operational and programming changes:

  • While awaiting the reorganization of PTV as promised on the first State of the Nation Address last year but they fulfilled one specific goal: Salaam TV was launched as a digital TV subchannel last July.
  • On the main channel, they aired the CGTN block, which reflects the archetype of President Duterte’s foreign policy pivot.
  • As the presidential propaganda station, they covered just one episode of Mula Sa Para, Para Sa Masa presented by Rocky Ignacio, which is replaced with Sa Totoo Lang with Erwin Tulfo.
  • In the public service aspect, Damayan returned after a seven-year hiatus as Damayan Ngayon with William Thio and Emily Katigbak.

By April 2018, PTV is announced to air NHK educational TV programs.

Possible Reactions & Reasons

  • Love: In the eyes of the subservient herd, their feelings/emotions are unconditional.
  • Haha: For the rationalists, PTV’s reforms are still very different from being a fully-fledged public broadcaster like the BBC. During the ASEAN Summit last November, Sass Sasot made a scene against BBC correspondent Jonathan Head but got her airtime from PTV. The colleagues were also given a show months prior on this network. Not to mention, Vasra has a lapsed marketing division. (CLUE: Look at the billboard provided here; it’s directed to Erwin Tulfo’s social media handles.)
  • Angry & Sad: With overhaul comes with the cost; Xiao Chua and Kathy San Gabriel were formally and informally discharged while replacing it with lackeys like the Tulfo brothers and Alex Santos.
  • Sad: Philippines Football League fans were disappointed with the televised coverage within two months of the inaugural season due to the usual Presidential engagements.
  • Wow: Sports fans were shocked to see the return of SEA Games coverage on this network after 10 years.

Light Network goes Digital


In light of the Digital Television Summit led by former DICT Sec. Rodolfo Salalima that extends the analog shutdown to 2023, Light Channel 33 formally ceased analog transmissions on February 28 and began its digital transmissions the following day.

Possible Reactions & Reasons

  • Wow: NET25’s loyal base was shocked that an underdog beat them after years of DTV experimentation.
  • Love: DTV enthusiasts were enthralled by their move and hoping that the rest of the channels would catch up.

Destined to Lose Fans


Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza – the duo that formed AlDub in Eat Bulaga – advance their showbiz career together from noontime to primetime with Destined to Be Yours.

While the AlDub hype train beefed up, the performance was mixed. While AGB Nielsen reported a big gain on them on the premiere, Kantar published otherwise with ABS-CBN swept on their first day. Like all other 24 Oras lead-out teleseryes, they didn’t last and conceded to FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano.

After DTBY, in November, Maine published her open letter stating that she and Alden are “just friends” but it elicited negative responses by heartbroken and speculative fans.

Possible Reactions & Reasons

  • Angry: In DTBY’s premiere, ADN was furious with the Kantar ratings. With the open letter, the chunk of fandom enters their stage of denialism.
  • Sad: Upon reading Maine’s open letter, it seems AlDub Nation’s support was waning and the fans grieving — some were quick to speculate with spreading rumors but some kept the faith by staging a “white rally.” (They wore white shirts and thus, they are very not related to the controversial Charlottesville rally last August.)

A Wish Finally Comes True

Wish 107.5

Wish 107.5 is a radio station associated with UNTV or its religious group, Members Church of God International that produced Ang Dating Daan. Like its AM counterpart, La Verdad 1350, their mobile radio booth, dubbed the Wish Bus, is where bystanders can see performers.

In March, they reached 1 million subscribers in their YouTube channel containing Wishclusive performances, which consequentially earned commercial sponsors in their subsequent auditions, recognition in newspapers and further innovate (e.g. Wish Card) for convenience at faster growth.

Suffice to say, The Turf considers this as the Best FM Station of the Year.

Possible Reactions & Reasons

  • Wow or Love: For its loyal base (aside from the MCGI adherents), they were flattered with appreciation from foreigners’ reaction videos. Such reactions and innovation enhance the reputation of the radio station that goes beyond their walls (of the bus, for that matter).

Inept Basket Case but Not Digitally Behind

The vigilance on IBC 13 remains a staple here on the Turf.

Since March, its free to air coverage is in low power mode, which ended up losing half of the cockfighting shows such as the longest-holding Tukaan.

At first, critics (including the Turf) initially assessed and considered the moribund network as a pariah in terms of digital television transition due to the aforementioned observation, alongside general mismanagement and slow updates on privatization process until last October when they test on Channel 26 and disclosed the said frequency for the first time — much of mixed emotions of chagrin and relief.

Possible Reactions & Reasons

  • Like or Love: For sabong fans, IBC’s loss of half of its concerned programs is TV5’s and S+A’s gain.
  • Wow: El Shaddai members were stunned by the development, their home for 25 years, while their own Channel 35’s progress is stagnant. (Anong masasabi ninyo, mga ka-DBS?)

Ika-6 na Utos sa Ika-6 na Araw


The idea of GMA’s famous afternoon kabitserye to extend to Saturday was thought to beIANU an April fool’s joke for the viewers but it was real. Its expansion was successful in knocking out the competitors from Mother Ignacia. The rival did not answer back for It’s Showtime lead-out teleseryes.

Possible Reactions & Reasons

  • Wow: Fans of the show were at first happy with the expansion but some shows concern of burnout for lead stars Gabby Concepcion, Sunshine Dizon and Ryza Cenon.
  • Sad or Angry: For the morally upright, it’s a disappointment. For the critics, it can be summed up in one word: cancerous.

Fantaseryes Pa More

GMA Fantaserye

GMA Telebabad in 2017 marked the sprout of fantaseryes as the 24 Oras’ lead-out show.

After the successful Encantandia requel in 2016 came another with Mulawin vs. Ravena.

Then came the second season (book) of Alyas Robin Hood (portrayed by Dingdong Dantes), the controversial fantaserye that copied CW’s Arrow, premiered and finally, Super Ma’am (portrayed by his wife, Marian Rivera) took over the timeslot thus forming a conjugal back-to-back fantaserye block until ARH’s shorter season ending.

Possible Reactions & Reasons

  • Haha: Repeatedly, critics already made the verdict: aside from relying on old guns, fantaserye spending would take the toll on other rooms for improvement in Timog Avenue, such as digital television testing.
  • Sad: In DongYan’s seryes, it would have been nice if the couple crossed over to make the best story to satiate new taste but it’s just mere wishful thinking since crossovers are not part of the Philippine television culture unlike those in America.

Radyo Kontra pero Pirata

Radyo Kontra Droga 98.3

In May, two suspicious radio stations were DXed in the Metro Manila area, Radyo Kontra Droga 98.3, and Radyo Kontra Weeaboo 107.1. The latter is reported to be split into two in Metro Manila with 89.5 on the North — affecting the frequencies of Wave 89.1 and Magic 89.9.

Possible Reaction & Reason

  • Angry: We have called out NTC for lack of attention and its powers to stop both suspicious stations, the easy payment of fines and light sentences. The solution seems so obvious: well-defined regulations, stiffer fines, and penalties on the concerned laws against such radio piracy.


Part II of the series will continue on Friday. Stay tuned.


POST NO. 200: A Hodgepodge of Dreariness

Hello everyone, Timow here.

Finally, Undas is over. Thus, it is safe to say that we are now preparing for Christmas. Speaking of the holiday season, I have a hodgepodge of important thoughts to you, dear Turfers. So let’s roll away…


Quick Musings

  • During the last fortnight, the encryption of DTV boxes became a talk of the PHTV Group. One of our members blurted over the abuse and exploitation of a dominant network at the expense of others due to a technicality on Conditional Access. For me, it does get in the way.
  • On IBC 13, the perceived basket case in DTT, they finally get in after winning the bidding phase to 8BTSI. The testing ground on this pariah of a TV network is now on UHF 26 (13 x 2).
  • On Lorenzo Kiel Cerin (the PHTV aspirant who keeps begging opinions at Ralph), he should just set up his own blog to get his musings publicized. If he cannot stop with that unhealthy habit, I might consider cutting him out because I have better things to do than to just clean up after him.

All right, moving on…

The Next Posts

Three (3) posts are expected this month, including the delegated both Billboard Hot 100 Top 10s from Ralph Domingo’s From the Tube under indefinite writecation, following this special milestone article. First thing comes tomorrow and two more for this month. Three more are to be expected in December – which is the holiday programming insight, the anniversary post mentioned earlier and the Zeitgeist (the year in review) in that order.

On Article Requests

The Article Requests’ mechanism was able to accrue 13 article requests as of press time – eight (8) generic and five (5) specific. The response rate is about 62.5% for generic and 80% specific.

The mechanism was able to attain more views (22,000+) than any other full calendar year since this existence although it’s not yet over. Not to mention, the elemental involvements (such as likes and comments) are rising – making the Turf the most impressive (and the best) year ever.

Unfortunately, the ARs are NOW OFFICIALLY CLOSED for this year but worry not; it will reopen on January 2, 2018, with the new rules provided here.

Regarding the number of articles expected in the upcoming year, I estimate about five (5) per month that are ready for your requests. However, expect some months to be reduced due to special posts such as the quarterly Open Pits, broadcast insights during Holy Week and the Holiday Season, the upcoming year’s holidays, the Anniversary Special, the Year in Review, the New Year outlook and unexpected circumstances that might come in the way.

Our Tambayan

I’m happy to announce that Timow’s Turf has a Facebook group, the Timow’s Turf Tambayan. Anyone can propose article requests, vote or delegate their proposed stories in behalf.

Anniversary Special

Last but not the least, I have decided to do a special topic on the Turf during its fourth anniversary this December that I would love to tackle but I’ll give you two hints: It’s not related to television but it is similar in structure as one of my September 2014 articles. (Guess what it is.)

Expected date of release is on December 16.

That’s all. Thank you once again for your unreserved support and enjoy the rest of your day.

In Light of IBC 13 Privatization Attempt, Few Rooster Shows Fly Out but UCBL Tips On

DURING THE DELIBERATIONS of the 2018 Budget for the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) last August 15 in the House of Representatives, Undersecretary George Apacible told the solons that privatization process of the beleaguered Intercontinental Broadcasting Corporation (IBC) would begin next month with the bidding price of P 4.2 billion.

According to his superior, Secretary Martin Andanar, the net proceeds – after paying unsettled obligations such as taxes to BIR and the aggregate (current, separation & retirement) pay to employees – would go to the pending People’s Broadcasting Corporation that will supervise both PTV and PBS (Radyo Pilipinas) radio stations.

While most concerned netizens are excited for the fifth attempt (according to their count) to materialize since sequestration but for the Turf, we’re still doubtful about that.

Speaking of which, the movement of IBC 13’s programming shifted in light of the very long persistent pronouncement.


Few sabong shows fly out

Whenever we think of IBC 13 today and not of the golden age that triggers yearning nostalgia (from the 1970s until 2003), it is mostly composed of vast nothingness but a sea of home shopping, infomercials, and cockfighting.

Due to the aforementioned impact, three sabong shows: the consistently returning Thunderbird Sabong Nation, Bakbakan Na and the oldest running Tukaan were affirmed to leave the channel.

In Bakbakan Na’s Facebook page, their loyal fans sought it as a good measure as they weren’t able to receive the program due to the signal reduction since March but from the perspective of the outgoing channel, it’ll be a loss of their sustaining income.

While Sabong Nation came back in S+A, Bakbakan Na and Tukaan will premiere on its new home on TV5 this weekend.

The remaining cockfighting programs are Chicken Talk, Salpukan 360 & STV: Ang Sabong TV ng Bayan.

A new season tips off

UCBL 2 Contract Signing

SEALED THE DEAL. UCBL President Franklin Evidente, ACA Raise President Josephine Arboleda and ATC Executive Vic de Guzman placed their right hands after signing the contacts for the new season of IBC’s sole college basketball league tipping off this week.

On the bright side, the Universities and Colleges Basketball League (UCBL) will return to Old Balara for its second season Thursday (September 7) in partnership through Asian Television Content (ATC).

This new season will debut a new team, the Lyceum of the Philippines University (LPU) – Batangas, which is somehow following the footsteps of the sister campus in Intramuros in NCAA. The young collegiate league did not only admit a new school but also admitted a new marketer, ACA Raise, in order to cover all games as possible.

While some things are new, other elements remain the same — from the same venue (Olivarez College), to the same league frequency (Mondays, Thursdays & Saturdays) and to the same delayed primetime telecast (from 8:00 p.m. to 12:00 midnight).

Program comebacks

Other programs that went back since the last time the Turf tackled about IBC were Gabay at Aksyon (possibly from PTV’s massive, hyper-partisan overhaul last June) and Fr. Archie Guiriba’s Shalom. If the two shows came back, amidst the difficulty of the falling network in all aspects, then, it would really be nice if Ka Gerry Geronimo’s Ating Alamin would also make their return to this network after eight years.

That being said and whatever the events will happen, the all-out surveillance still lingers on over the embattled Broadcast City upon Capitol Hills as we will continue to keep update here on Timow’s Turf.

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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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Philippines Football League both to kick out UFL, off tomorrow

The new and legit national professional football league was launched last April 21 at Shangri-La at the Fort in Taguig City.

THE IDENTITY CRISIS and legitimacy of our national, top-tier and professional football (soccer) league is finally over.
Beginning tomorrow, the new (and de jure) league called Philippines Football League (PFL) will kick out the de facto United Football League (UFL) in the early 2010s.
What went wrong with the latter league? Are there any changes in the competition? What will be the inaugural game plan? Who will be the broadcaster?


Timow’s Turf Opening Salvo & Outlook for 2017


WELCOME to the first work and school day of 2017 and for President Rodrigo Duterte, it’s his first full calendar year in office.

Time is not just simply marking the ending and the beginning but also the continuity. We closed the book of 2016 and we just opened and wrote the first two pages of the New Year as we wrote our constantly-improving strokes in the critical (post-truth) era.


Will 2020 be the new 1972 for ABS-CBN?

WARNING: This article will harass some people who will be slain and burned by the author. He is assured that he neither associates himself with the network nor he favors it. Reader discretion is so definitely advised.

ABS-CBN Broadcasting Center was raided by the military in 1972 upon of the effect of Martial Law. Come 2020, will they repeat the same method in a different scenario?

ABS-CBN Broadcasting Center was raided by the military in 1972 upon of the effect of Martial Law. Come 2020, will they repeat the same method in a different scenario?

44 YEARS AGO todayABS-CBN 2 was shut down without notice; viewers at that time became perplexed until that evening when President Ferdinand Marcos appeared and explained to his people; he declared Martial Law throughout the entire country ensuring safety from the preceding chronicles of rebellion and unrest.

However, such “quelling” was actually a forceful military takeover of their assets. Of course, it returned back to their pre-martial law owners in 1986 and nine years later, the franchise was granted by 9th Congress and ratified through Republic Act 7966 on March 30, 1995.

Everything is as good as it should be. However, the granted franchise has a provision that will last for 25 years or until March 30, 2020 — less than four years from now.

With that remaining time, extremely critical yet ignorant and irrational netizens are wishing Mother Ignacia bad karma without knowing the real process.

Here on Timow’s Turf, we will get to the bottom of this to determine the fatal path within Mother Ignacia.