Independence Day

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…)


Independence Day 2014: Of Celebrations and Of Questions (Part 2)

[This post is the last of two parts for the coming 116th Philippine Independence Day. The second part focused on the de-motivation of the citizens and what can we do to end such apathy.]


The Independence Day logo this year actually serves another year of celebrating our boredom rather than our freedom.

IN THE FIRST PART of this Independence Day commentary, you have read about the reactions and responses of the government and the media on celebrating the most important holiday among the of five legal holidays stamped into our typically huge wall calendars related to our country (others being Araw ng Kagitingan, National Heroes’ Day, Bonifacio and Rizal Days).

This time, Timow’s Turf will analyze and formulate the reactions under the real eyes of the common Juan de la Cruz. (more…)

Independence Day 2014: Of Celebrations and Of Questions (Part 1)

[This post is the first of two parts for the coming 116th Philippine Independence Day. The first part tackles on the celebrations rendered by the National Government and the response of TV stations on this significant national holiday.]

“The Making of the Philippine Flag” by National Artist Fernando Amorsolo

PURSUANT TO Republic Act 8491, today, May 28 is the start of the national flag day in the Philippines. On this day, in 1898, during the Battle of Alapan, as part of the Philippine Revolution, the flag was said to be first used by our men of gallantry against the oppressive Spanish colonial rule. Establishments and schools are required by law to display the national ensign until June 12 or sometimes until the end of the said month.

This Independence Day will be on Thursday and the number of years of the original declaration of yearning hope of our nation’s freedom is 116.

The theme this year, according to the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (formerly known as the National Historical Institute) is: “Pagsunod sa Yapak ng mga Dakilang Pilipino, tungo sa Malawakan at Permanenteng Pagbabago.”

So what are the key responses of the government and of the media on June 12, 2014? (more…)