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PTV’S HOMECOMING, OUR WARNING: Thoughts on Their Return to Cover SEA Games and More

1st UPDATE (10:47 p.m.): The 2019 SEA Games’ hosting will push through.

[Dedicated to Gab Ferreras, Kevin Estrada, Ivan Saldajeno of Dugout Philippines and the fans of Philippines Football League]

Few sporting competitions may have begun this week but this Saturday will mark the Opening Ceremony of the 29th SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. PTV will come home to cover but the Philippine sporting community is alarmed with their return.

ALTHOUGH few sports began their competition this week, this Saturday will mark the opening ceremony of the 29th Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on People’s Television (PTV), after 10 years, putting back the glory days as the Philippine sportscasting authority.

However, the sporting community is very wary of their solo return.

What’s so alarming and why we should be? It may not be myriads to reason out the concerns but let’s jump in.

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Timow’s Turf Midyear Report 2017 (Part 2)

WE ARE OFFICIALLY in the midpoint of 2017 and for the past six months, the Philippine media landscape changed faster than anyone could have guessed.

Here on Timow’s Turf, we will focus on the moments that transpired the first half of the year. Welcome to

Welcome to the Turf’s Midyear Report 2017.

If you missed out Part 1, click on the link before continuing to Part 2.

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Lakbai to premiere Sunday on TV5

Presidential son Sebastian “Baste” Duterte (right) is going to test the waters on showbiz/TV industry with Bogart the Explorer (left) and remaining three on their travel reality show, Lakbai, premiering this Sunday on TV5.

AFTER PBA this Sunday, a new travel reality show will act a comfort food after the hard court action.

Enter Lakbai.

The name of this new show is based primarily on the contraction of the Visayan phrase “laktaw ta, bai,” meaning, “let’s walk, friend” as it is, secondarily, a play of lakbay (travel).

As the etymology implies, it will be presented with the mix of Tagalog and Bisaya – something that the audience wanted to see in a new light and understanding.

Presented by presidential son and surfer Sebastian “Baste” Duterte, he is also joined by Internet sensation Bogart the Explorer, with three of Baste’s closest friends: Atty. Alexis “Mr. Good Vibes” Lumbatan, his best friend since kindergarten, Sboi Malicay and Andrei Apostol, the creative and designated videographer.

Although they will compete with their institutional magazine shows such as Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho and Rated K, their format will be “light and casual.” But this show will last 8 weeks, classifying and considering therefore as a by-installment TV special rather than a permanent series, just like Trip ni Kris last April.

Throughout this show, they will show the viewers their extensive bonds by the spirit of fun, camaraderie and passion for travel.

For Baste, they will discover his humanly adventurous personality in interacting the locals. In addition, it will be the decisive test on whether his first foray will lead to potential showbiz stardom.

However, for critics, it would count it as an indirect and considerable proof of utang na loob to the network as they were deemed favorable to his father’s administration, especially the hiring of their employees into his government from the network’s news department.

Speaking of indirect favoritism, Baste’s publicity to showbiz is nothing new as recent Presidents’ family members did:

  • During the previous administration, former President Noynoy Aquino’s nephew, Bimby, began his showbiz exposure with the backing from his mother, Kris.
  • Before joining politics, Mikey Arroyo began his acting stint in the big screen from 1996 as the then-Senator’s son and continued until the early years of his mother’s tenure in 2005. 
  • Jinggoy Estrada, the son of former President and current Manila mayor Joseph Estrada, was able to star and to produce few action movies during his father’s time in Malacanang. During his tenure as Senator, he was starred in four films and a teleserye cameo during his tenure as a senator from 2004 to 2016, all of them made prior to the Napoles pork barrel scam.

Nevertheless, whatever side we belong, best of luck for Baste and his friends on his first TV sortie.


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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.

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Is AksyonTV becoming TV5’s News TV and S+A?

AksyonTV turns 6 years old today but quickly erodes its standing purpose.

AksyonTV turns 6 years old today but it quickly erodes its initial purpose.

SIX YEARS ago today, while viewers are awaiting for GMA News TV’s launch, TV5 jumped in unannounced over Channel 41; AksyonTV, the first news channel on free TV, was born.

They used to air round the clock as a slap of Channel 11’s broken promises to live their mantra, “Oras-oras, alam ko” but karma struck back in 2013 due to cost-cutting measures by the management as well as NTC’s rules and regulations for affiliated free-to-air TV stations.

The identity crisis

The era of being a homogeneous news channel began its decline when AKTV on IBC ended on May 31, 2013 by carrying over their committed sportscasts as they also covered the Sochi Winter Olympics a year after.

Recently, News5’s public affairs programs airing on AksyonTV became merely reruns with no motive to create new episodes. Since last year, EZ Shop and Shop Japan joined in the diversification of programming portfolio to lessen their lameness.

During the seven-month-old Duterte administration where long Senate probes and/or Presidential activities (Palace press conferences and speaking engagements) bear weight in shaping the public’s skeptical psyche, the channel didn’t move a muscle and caught the attention of the Turf‘s neighboring blog, From the Tube.

Ralph redressed their grievances and formulated proposals. However, when the priority Congressional hearings resume, they were abruptly cut — much to his ever-growing dismay — due to the simulcast of Raffy Tulfo’s Wanted sa Radyo on 92.3 News FM. Despite the radio show’s demanding popularity, he dubbed the Tulfo brother as the “Kris Aquino of Radio“.

Recently, Supernatural and Arrow reruns from TV5 eventually satisfied one of his demands as their main channel was too irresistible in covering the ongoing PBA’s Philippine Cup playoffs. But then, the PHTV Group forum founded out that move to be a hodgepodge rival to ABS-CBN’s S+A and News TV.

That said, AksyonTV’s initial purpose was defeated and was lopsided, leaving CNN Philippines (if you are in the free-to-air territory) and ABS-CBN News Channel victorious. 

What comes next for AksyonTV is now in Miguel Belmonte’s manual intervention.


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Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons/TV5

Christmas sa ‘Pinas: The 2016-17 Holiday TV Primer

The glimmers of parol this Christmas will definitely trigger homesickness and sentiments.

The glimmers of parol this Christmas will definitely trigger homesickness and sentiments.

‘TIS THE SEASON.

As The Turf approaches its 3rd anniversary this coming Wednesday — we will report the traditional annual holiday primer for the 4th time on what will be on television in the Philippines. This year’s Christmas Day and the coming New Year’s Day (2017) will both fall on Sunday — James Ty III’s favorite day of the week — and it’ll be the first Christmas for President Rodrigo Duterte.

This holiday primer will span from today, December 10, 2016 until January 1, 2017 and it will split into seven (7) chronological phases.

Please bear with us because sometimes, not everything will go on as planned or expected.

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Philippine TV’s Other Tug of War

Entertainment blogs usually discuss the never-ending ratings game between ABS & GMA but in this article, there is more dangerous than that. I know it's out of the context to use boxing than a tug of war.

Entertainment blogs usually discuss the never-ending ratings game between ABS-CBN & GMA but in this article, there is more dangerous than that. I know it’s out of the context to use boxing than a tug of war.

A TUG-OF-WAR is a game where two teams pull their respective ends of a rope. The more exertion of a pull of one team will defeat and fall off the other. It can be played indoors or outdoors without any limits.

In a metaphorical sense, tugs-of-war can be used on a rivalry for a long time be it in sports (e.g. PBA’s Manila Clasico & UAAP’s Ateneo vs. La Salle), in politics (e.g. the issue on burying President Marcos in the Libingan ng mga Bayani or in Ilocos) or in entertainment.

On the last general category, we heard such things perpetually and mindlessly — the ratings game on television where the players are only between the main channels, ABS-CBN and GMA. However, there is another tug-of-war that the rest of public won’t discuss on forum threads and social media — the programming control of national networks.

Timow’s Turf asked you on such treatment when you stepped into the shoes of a programming head of a broadcast network. Don’t spoil the results just yet because we will detail it further.

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Anyare, IBC 13? Quo vadis, DBS 35?

(Requested by: Gregory Maximinian)

WARNING! This article can cause some readers to get butthurt. The author does not demean his faith but to know better about the situation. Read, reflect and react cautiously.

THE TRUTH shall set us free. This is the Biblical concept that is mostly agreeable and applicable in our daily living — whether religious or not — but at the same time, we also believe in the secular philosophy about the concept of truth: it does hurt.

IBC and DBS

In this article, we will tackle and apply such aspects to two distinct television networks — IBC 13 and DBS 35 — and know the status of their whereabouts and find their common ground.

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Rio Olympics 2016: The insights & whatnots

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SWIFTER, HIGHER, STRONGER. That is the three words that formed the motto of the Olympics. Those words act as a motivation of every competitor around the world to shine at their best.

In just a week from now, 10,000+ athletes in 206 national teams, plus the Refugee Olympic Athletes, will convene in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil for the Games of the XXXI Olympiad. On the night of August 5 (morning of August 6 in the Philippines), the city of Carnival and samba will liven up to welcome the world for the next 16 days of international competition in different sports.

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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…)