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Timow’s Open Pit No. 2: PHTV@64: Of Living Legends & Legacies

TODAY, October 23, 2017 marks the 64th anniversary of Philippine television and here on Timow’s Turf, we opened the second Open Pit on a matter related to the very significance of the number.

The number 64 is a perfect square number – in this case, a square of 8 (a number that is very auspicious in East Asia). In games, it’s the total number of squares of a board in chess and checkers. Baby Boomers have The Beatles’ “When I’m Sixty-Four” and the Batang 90s have a Nintendo 64. In personal computers, some of them run on a 64-bit architecture.

On this article, we will discuss about our program’s living legends and legacies.



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.


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.


Collective “Media ng Bayan” to have a morning show? Tried once under Gloria

A new morning show will be underway for Media Ng Bayan this coming month.

A new morning show will be underway for Media Ng Bayan this coming month.


MEDIA NG BAYAN, a consortium of media outlets owned by the National Government, says that a morning show will “brighten” up your day this October.

Actually, this is not the first time a joint breakfast television  show aired. There was One Morning! Café under the predecessor, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s, administration from April 9, 2007 until her last full day in Malacanang, June 29, 2010.

The said first joint morning show lasted two hours from 6 to 8 a.m. with NBN (now PTV), IBC, RPN and all PBS Radyo ng Bayan stations.

This time, under the Aquino administration via suspicious supervision of Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Sonny Coloma, they included the Philippine Information Agency and Philippines News Agency, two entities that spread government’s spin on their press releases to private media outlets, to collate into one Media Ng Bayan.

What happened after One Morning?

The last title screen of One Morning! Cafe, used from 2008-2010.

The last title screen of One Morning! Cafe, used from 2008-2010.

The host that survived, retained on Channel 4 and still seen in the small tube after the end of such breakfast show is Miss Veronica Baluyut-Jimenez, who headed the News Department and hosted the monthly documentary series, The Veronica Chronicles on PTV.

At present, the main network recently decided to pull the plug of Balitaan last August 29 and replaced with the replay of NewsLife. Good Morning Boss, since January 14, 2013, is currently the morning show from 7:00 a.m. with the late ending at 9 a.m. every weekday.

RPN 9 is no longer under the claw of the Communications Group in Malacanang despite carrying presidential speeches under the new tenant, 9TV. The current morning show on Channel 9 is Daybreak with Nicolette Henson-Hizon and Hilary Isaac. The network now enjoys positive remarks for not just editorial independence but objectivity by media watchdogs such as the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility and Media Newser Philippines.

On the other hand, during the weekday mornings, IBC airs the live simulcast Pastor Apollo C. Quiboloy’s The Gospel of the Kingdom and the taped PMCC 4th Watch Oras ng Katotohanan.

With the scheduled joint morning show on the way soon, observers will see its end, most probably after the change of the Presidency come June 30, 2016 because continuity, like editorial independence, is not an option for government owned media outlets.

Have a good October! Inuman na!

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[First photo captured by author-admin and second extracted from logos.wikia.com, both are courtesy of People’s Television Network, Inc.]