Korina Sanchez

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…)


#PHTVzg2015: ABS-CBN

[Author’s note: #PHTVzg2015 stands for Philippine Television Zeitgeist 2015, a five-part year-ender series.]

Another year has come and gone, but before we enter the sweet 2016, the Turf looks back on the roller-coaster moments of ABS-CBN.

Star-studded for the Papal Visit (January). Five Kapamilya stars (Lyca Gairanod, Angeline Quinto, Jed Madela, Darren Espanto & Erik Santos) performed in different venues of the itinerary of Pope Francis’ five-day visit. The Voice Kids Season 1 champion, Lyca Gairanod, performed “Tell the World of His Love” before the main program of Encounter with Families at the SM Mall of Asia Arena. Quinto, Madela and Espanto performed during the Encounter with the Youth at the University of Santo Tomas and Erik Santos sang the Responsorial Psalm at the Concluding Mass at Quirino Grandstand in Rizal Park.

Trashing film tourism (February to May). Success does not need to trash the wondrous creation but the aftermath of such in teleserye “Forevermore” and the film “That Thing Called Tadhana” came with the attention of collateral damage in Cordillera. Located in Tuba, Benguet, the filming location of LizQuen’s primetime drama became a hit tourist destination but its watershed contributed significant damage. The criticism is not noticed until May, just as their program is about to end, a writ of kalikasan was issued from the Court of Appeals and thus, forcing the cancellation of the farewell concert there. On the other hand, Angelica Panganiban and JM De Guzman’s indie flick is located in Sagada. Because of immense popularity, the swarming of tourists there left their trashes behind and netizens made rounds of criticism.

The Declining and the Denial (February-present). ASAP reached 20 this year but the longevity of the institution paid the decline of its domestic base as viewers at home are fed up with repetitive dance movements and its lack of innovation. When its Kamuning neighbor decided to scrap the cowardice Sunday All Stars in favor of the comedic Sunday PinaSaya, they try to compete with the comedic opening but the main host, Martin Nievera, was disappointed with the setup by a tweet. SPS won the ratings game from August and ASAP is decided to shorten their airtime to two hours and again, Nievera remained in denial.

Onward towards DTV. After five years of trial and error, the ABS-CBN TVPlus, nicknamed as the “Mahiwagang Black Box,” is released commercially to selected markets since February 11, with new sub-channels such as Yey! and Cine Mo and existing ones from cable such as Knowledge Channel and DZMM Teleradyo. Nine months later, the high-definition feed of the mainstream channel, ABS CBN HD, is released in selected cable operators (Oct 3).

This Success Sounds Familiar (March to December). Hosted by Billy Crawford, Your Face Sounds Familiar, a new game show franchise, where celebrities impersonates music icons, became a hit for viewers during weekend prime time, not once but twice.

The End of the Buzz (April 5). Easter Sunday this year marked the new life but for Boy Abunda, it marked the death of his showbiz show, The Buzz. Though they would be come back soon, the return is remote from being materialized, thanks to social media. However, the show was posthumously awarded as the Best Showbiz Oriented Talk Show on the 29th PMPC Star Awards.

Duo Dynami-nation (May and August). Primetime Bida for 2015 is mostly significant for the two love teams for social media. KathNiel’s “Pangako Sa ‘Yo” (since May 25) and JaDine’s “On The Wings of Love” (since August 10) hyped up the national Twitter trending list during weekdays.

S+A going full capacity (June 20). From that day, NCAA aired on its new home on ABS-CBN Sports + Action since UAAP was moved to September. The decision of covering the oldest (but not popular) collegiate athletic association would not simply make their Sports Division very busy year-round but astonish their technological advancement to sportscasting.

Pinoy Big Bromance? (June 20). Pinoy Big Brother commemorated its 10th anniversary this year with a new hybrid edition, “PBB 737.” During the early run, when the teens entered the Bahay ni Kuya, the show drew fire over bromance and the action of one housemate, Ryan James Bacalla. Because of this, the 24/7 live cable streaming was pulled out until the teens’ part ended after seven weeks of stay.

It’s Showtime’s immorality segments (August to October). As the Kalyeserye on the Kamuning neighbor became successful, It’s Showtime attempted to counter it with Twerking Girls but it drew fire by a solid Kapamilya netizen. After the controversial celebrity competition, they replaced it with “Nasaan Ka, Mr. Pastillas” featuring Angelica “Pastillas Girl” Yap. However, netizens are unamused by the content as it acts as the antithesis of the norms of traditional Filipino courtship exemplified by its rival. Not only that, the girl herself was also the butt of the joke with one of her old videos posted containing dirty language spreading online with degrading reactions in return. The segment was also compared it to an American reality dating show, “The Bachelorette” and called it “Bugawserye.” Such complaints drew Gabriela Partylist’s attention to call MTRCB and to summon the show’s creators.

Krissy decides to tone down (August-September). (Soon-to-be-outgoing) Presidential sister and veteran Kapamilya, Kris Aquino, narrowly escapes stroke after filming “Etiquette for Mistresses.” Because of the traumatic health effect, she decided to leave “Aquino and Abunda Tonight” and decided to remain only on KrisTV in order to achieve a “healthy work and life balance.”

Hisses from the two entities (August and September). During the Iglesia ni Cristo rally in EDSA in late August, social media blared up messages of the network’s bias against the Church. Few members of INC made a rash payback by mauling one of its camera operators covering the situation. Two weeks later, during a students’ forum in UP Los Banos with Vice President Jejomar Binay, a news writer mistakenly heard the crowd shouting “trapo” (traditional politician) instead of “sample.” Despite of netizens’ praise for the student body’s fearless inquiry over current issues thrown against him (i.e. overpricing infrastructures and making under-the-table deals in Makati City as mayor), the student council demanded the broadcaster’s apology.

Big shot coming from a single bullet (September 28). After Coco Martin’s portrayal as a commando of PNP Special Action Force that was part of the Fallen 44 tribute on MMK, he became the lead role of the TV drama adaptation of the 1997 action film, FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano.

ANC prepares for APEC. As the Philippines hosted APEC 2015, cable news channel ANC decided to reinstate Cathy Yang as the business news anchor. On October 26, ANC freshened up their identity.

Advertising jealousy (November). With AlDub’s* exponential success, it stripped their endorsers from the last Kapamilya talents (such as McDonalds’ chicken meals from Toni Gonzaga and Nino Muhlach, Hapee toothpaste from Angel Locsin and Rejoice shampoo from Kim Chiu). Because of that phenomenon, according to an insider, some advertisers decided not to renew their contract with ABS-CBN. Hence, the network issued a memo to advertisers that they have a right not to air any commercials that is associated with the rival’s programs, indirectly or directly. Hence, their intentional acts of not airing it, reducing it, splitting Maine Mendoza and Alden Richards apart or omitting Maine whatever possible. Kapamilya fans, belonging to the AlDub* nation, sees it as a form of bitterness (jealousy) and endorsement protectionism, calling both as unfair, as KathNiel and JaDine’s commercials on GMA were aired in full.

Gone from the news, stay for Sunday nights. Despite of departure on TV Patrol and DZMM for her news delivery, Korina Sanchez still maintains Rated K every Sunday night. The said program and the presenter won the Best Magazine Show and Host respectively on the Star Awards.

Talent Newsmakers of 2015

New and shining talents

  • Jana Agoncillo of Dream Dad and Ningning
  • Marco Masa of Nathaniel
  • Elha Mae Nympha of the Voice Kids 2
  • Bailey May and Ylona Garcia (BaiLona) of PBB 737 Teens
  • Tommy Esguerra and Miho Nishida (ToMiho) of PBB 737 Regulars
  • Xymon Ezekiel Pineda (Onyok) of Ang Probinsyano

Migrants from other networks:

  • From GMA: Sarah Lahbati and Elmo Magalona
  • From TV5: Wendell Ramos and Vin Abrenica

Outlook for 2016

Financial and operation wise, the corporation will remain profitable and the transition for digital television as feasible for 2016.

However, the Turf issues a RED ALERT for Mother Ignacia for the New Year.

Despite the revenues of political advertisement making up less percentage of their consolidated revenue, they will go in hot water for favoring former DILG Secretary Mar Roxas, the second Aquino administration’s anointed successor, over their flagship news programs and its senatorial lineup would be promoted through their life stories on MMK.

*The AlDub phenomenon will be discussed continuously in the next Zeitgeist (GMA 7).

Addendum: UFC will no longer be under ABS-CBN Sports’ hands this 2016.

29 points to watch out on this Star Awards on TV

IN TWO WEEKS, we will see who won the best (or is it?) in each category of the oldest award for Philippine television by the Philippine Movie Press Club (PMPC). However, as time marches on, controversies tend to erupt even more and to cry foul for biases.

The Turf will not get the full predictions unlike last year but here are the 29 points to watch out for on the 29th PMPC Star Awards for Television.


Reviewing the Papal Visit coverage

AS MANY FAITHFUL go back to their normal routines after four days since Pope Francis departed the country, the effect of the visit remains stuck in their minds, mouths and hearts. Not only the faithful got the “Papa Mania” but also the networks. Let’s look back at the five days on how all VHF networks fared in covering the five significant days. (more…)

Pope Francis in the Philippines: Of free TV’s preparations and the itinerary’s response

[This post marks the second part of the Papal Visit special. ]

The official logo of the Papal Visit with the theme.

The official logo of the Papal Visit with the theme.

WITH THE GAUDY announcement of the visit of Pope Francis from the national Catholic hierarchy, anticipation incites not just the public and the Government, but also of the media — particularly, on national television.

The two remaining questions the Turf asked on the first part of the Papal Visit special will be unraveled.


The Turf’s TV Zeitgeist 2014: ABS-CBN

[Author’s note: Timow’s Turf will issue five year-end free TV reviews in particular order: (1) ABS-CBN, (2) GMA, (3) TV5, (4) the Media ng Bayan and 9TV, and (5) the UHF TV networks.]

THE NEW YEAR will be handed over in 10 days but before we bid adieu to 2014, here is the look back of what happened over the boob tube on ABS-CBN and its sister channel, ABS-CBN Sports + Action.

Play Hard. ABS-CBN blasted 2014 with the end of Studio 23 and the start of ABS-CBN Sports + Action. The reformat ended non-sports and non-action programming albeit for a few weeks, including the Family Rosary Crusade and Friends Again.

Showtime hosts’ ‘curses’. The year began with Vhong Navarro’s beating in Bonifacio Global City after calling the witnesses of Cedric Lee and Deniece Cornejo for the alleged rape of the Showtime host. The scoop trended a stronghold in favor of Navarro with trump of ratings on TV Patrol days later. Rival major networks (GMA and TV5) and even PTV 4 jumped the bandwagon. A jellyfish stung Anne Curtis last April during the taping of Dyesebel. Netizens called it “karma” after yelling against Sam Concepcion for not being “classy,” thanks to her drunken party escapades. In July, the MTRCB summoned Vice Ganda over an “armpit humor,” deeming it inappropriate for children. On September 7, Billy Crawford was arrested under the influence of liquor into the police station, hours after the Star Magic Ball accompanying his girlfriend, Coleen Garcia.

Year of the “Wives.” The year 2014 became the year of the “wives” with two controversial teleseryes. The Legal Wife, top billed by Jericho Rosales, Angel Locsin and Maja Salvador, became a controversial teleserye and well-known of its weird promo prize of Uni-Pak sardines. TLW’s ending was unique among other teleseryes: no happy ever after series but a happy scene of poetic justice made by Locsin. Two Wives is based on the SBS Korean drama five years ago, starring Kaye Abad, Jason Abalos, Erich Gonzales and Patrick Garcia.

Sensationalized and unconfirmed. Last February 24, the weekday late night news program Bandila delivered the unconfirmed news item on the communicable “mysterious flesh-eating disease” in Pangasinan which triggered mass panic and prayer on national trends. The Department of Health declared the victims have symptoms of (non-communicable) pyoderman gangrenosum and psoriasis and are under quarantine, nontheless, the item triggered tourism loss in the province due to the scare.

Drama with a long periodIkaw Lamang, topbilled by Coco Martin, Kim Chiu, Jake Cuenca, Julia Montes and KC Concecpcion, was the only teleserye that spanned more than six months on primetime TV this concluding year (7.5 months to be exact). The program belongs to the period drama with the plot of half a century in a small town of Negros. The intra-year average duration of teleserye on Mother Ignacia is calculated 4 and half months.

Throwback time. 2014 became a throwback of two genres. The first, the Asianovela’s Meteor Garden and Lovers in Paris got their upper hand on weekday afternoons. Since October, Princess Sarah returned on the screen with memes spreading over social media about the title character, Becky and potatoes with Marcelino Pan Y Vino. After Marcelino, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer became the replacement.

PBB: All In, Controversies All Over. In April, Pinoy Big Brother: All In‘s housemate selection drew flak by netizens, trending with #PBBScripted. During the four-month stay, there are issues provoking within the Big Brother house including the intimidation of a nude painting challenge. In the end, on August 24, the latecomer Daniel Matsunaga was crowned the Big Winner.

The Voice of the poor kid. Last July 27, The Voice Kids judges and the plebs chose Lyca Gairanod as the winner instead of Darren Espanto due to her pitiful socioeconomic background.

Sportscasting fiasco. In March, WWE fans cried foul over the missing Wrestlemania XXX, thinking it was just one special will be skipped. However, it was confirmed that WWE has been moved to Fox Sports, thinking that the new Sports + Action will focus on real action on sports (hence, UFC was retained) and not mostly entertainment on sports (where WWE devotes more on discourse and less on value-added activity). In June, the coverage of all five NBA Finals games of San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat delayed in favor of Kris TV. Netizens, particularly those who can’t afford cable, cried foul and redressed their grievances online. Three months later, the FIBA World Cup in Spain was accredited but the Gilas games are delayed by an average of a day than TV5’s live coverage. Netizens cried foul over few delayed Azkals matches last November due to priority of NBA games.

Homecoming queens. Jolina Magdangal and Maxene Magalona returned to their first home in TV career after 12 years of projects on GMA. Mrs. Magdangal-Escueta began her TV career in 1992 of her home network as a pioneer Ang TV teen. Ms. Magalona returned to her first home as April Mae of Dream Dad after 19 years of departure to the rival network, except her 2005 stint in ASAP. Like Jolina, Maxene started her career as an Ang TV kid on the second season.

Going beyond the mile. “Be Careful with My Heart”, ended last November 28, broke the record of the longest late morning teleserye decade-to-date with 2 years, 4 months and 19 days. The ratings were well received against three shows on the rival network (Kusina Master, Cielo de Angelina and The Ryzza Mae Show).

Deja vu. Last December 3, during the banter segment on TV Patrol, Korina Sanchez was once again in the spotlight of controversy when she prayed that the Typhoon Ruby will swerve to Japan despite of the assured chances of landfall of the typhoon based on all weather bureaus’ models. This quip drew ire from netizens who have relatives from Japan and fans of the country, particularly its culture. On Sunday morning, December 7, Atom Araullo once again braced his bravery on the intense effect of the typhoon in Samar on DZMM Teleradyo. As the typhoon diminished into a tropical depression, sparing Metro Manila, Kim Atienza explained during the interview on Aquino & Abunda Tonight (where it began last January) that the strong Amihan monsoon was credited for the weakening of the typhoon.

Outlook for 2015

ABS-CBN will once again banner in both aspects (show business operations and financial performance) this New Year despite of hiding their motives and lack of priorities as exposed by critics.

For the first month, where the network will carry the periodically irrelevant edition of Miss Universe pageant in Florida, on a Monday morning but expect the obvious programming priority to hinder the demand of live coverage. Not only that, expect a hype of KathNiel over Twitter when the tandem will appear on the remake of the 2000 ABS-CBN hit “Pangako Sa ‘Yo” after their stint in “Got to Believe.”

The next part will devote on GMA 7 on Friday, December 26, 2014.

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GMA News dances to “Shake It Up! (not Off)” with new anchors

After 15 years on the graveyard shift, Vicky Morales will join Mike Enriquez and Mel Tiangco on 24 Oras this Monday.

After 15 years on the graveyard shift, Vicky Morales will join Mike Enriquez and Mel Tiangco on 24 Oras this Monday.

COME MONDAY EVENING, GMA will see an addition to 24 Oras and no, it’s neither just the logo nor the graphics design. It’s Vicky Morales, joining Mike Enriquez and Mel Tiangco in the studio, according to Media Newser Philippines.

Remembering Supertyphoon ‘Yolanda’ (Haiyan)

The Philippine flag hoisted above the ruins made by Supertyphoon Yolanda signified the resilience of the people.

The Philippine flag hoisted above the ruins made by Supertyphoon Yolanda signified the resilience of the people.

NOVEMBER 8, 2013. Surely, it will be a date that will never forget in the history of the Philippines.

Supertyphoon “Yolanda” (Haiyan) ravaged Eastern Visayas with 230 km/h winds. The storm cut across the central part of the country westwards, accruing 6,000+ deaths and incurring PHP 89.6 billion in damage.

As we commemorate the anniversary of the strongest storm of this century this weekend, the Turf looked back on how our media of the small screen played their perspectives before, during and after the treacherous natural disaster.


A dark horse with renames: 9TV to rebrand as CNN Philippines

CNN Philippines will replace 9TV on January 2015. This will mark the fifth localized CNN channel.

CNN Philippines will replace 9TV on January 2015. This will mark the fifth localized CNN channel.

This would have been a reaction to most netizens upon reading the October 12 article of Media Newser, “First on MNP: 9TV to rebrand as CNN Philippines.”

Two days later, this news is confirmed at the Solaire Hotel and Casino. According to, no less than the network’s news itself, 9News, Turner Broadcasting System Asia Pacific and Nine Media Corp. announced… “a historic joint partnership to launch CNN Philippines on free television, along with its website, CNNPhilippines.com.”

This relaunch will take place on the New Year, in time for the pastoral visit of Pope Francis in the country. The programming mix composes of local production and from the CNN’s U.S. content. Despite of the forthcoming name change, the local production will retain in the Metro Manila area.

This new name will roster into the CNN for their fifth localization after Turkey (CNN Turk), India (CNN IBN), Chile and Indonesia.

According to Rappler, this contract will initially last five years paying monthly fees to the 34-year-old American multinational cable news network in exchange of expertise and programming rights.

Indeed, this channel name changing confuses viewers with so much throughout the first half of this decade as:

  • TalkTV (March 2, 2011 – October 29, 2012),
  • Solar News Channel (October 30, 2012 – August 22, 2014),
  • 9TV (August 23, 2014 – December 2014), and soon
  • CNN Philippines (January 2015 – )
  • (more…)

2013: The Philippines’ Annus Horribilis

At the midpoint year of the term of President Benigno S. Aquino III (PNoy, or ‘B.S.’ for judgmental critics) comes to a close, the whole Philippines and its people flipped the situations topsy-turvy on the outgoing year. The passing year, Timow’s Blog believed it was a horrible year than the past years of Noynoy’s term, or in Latin, annus horribilis. (more…)