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The Turf’s Insight on Pyeongchang Winter Olympics

After 30 years, South Korea is hosting another Olympics but this time on the other season.

THREE DAYS from now, the sporting eyes of the world will fixate on South Korea for the 16 days of glory in the PyeongChang Winter Olympics.

While it may not be in the Filipino sporting aficionados’ attention due to the geographic consideration as a tropical country, it is a noteworthy moment for two athletes that will partake and will banner under the Three Stars and a Sun.

THE ROOKIE AND THE VET. Asa Miller (left) will participate in the Winter Olympics as the alpine skier while Michael Christian Martinez (right) will be given another chance to shine in figure skating.

Asa Miller, the 17-year-old rookie, despite his residence in Oregon, will be the first alpine skier to compete for the Philippines in 26 years. Meanwhile, 21-year-old skater Michael Christian Martinez, despite failing to make the qualifying cut on the CS Nebelhorn Trophy, finally gets another chance to shine after Sweden relinquished the spot due to the unsatisfied performance level of Alexander Majorov by their national Olympic Committee.

In addition, this edition of the Winter Games will make the debut of two Southeast Asian nations: Malaysia (with alpine skier Jeffrey Webb and figure skater Julian Yee) and Singapore (with short track speed skater Cheyenne Goh).

Promotion Bluff

Last January, the promotion of the Winter Games was aired over ABS-CBN, presuming that their sports channel, S+A, would cover the games for the first time. However, the speculation bubble was popped out as TV5 – for the fourth overall, second in the concerned season and the first time under the ESPN5 brand — is confirmed to cover  exclusively, according to SportsCenter Philippines.

Conflict in ceremonies, clear in competition

With the confirmed news, both ceremonies that begin and end the Games will face conflict on the main channel and might be consequently covered live on AksyonTV.

The opening ceremony on Friday, February 9, will begin at the same time (7:00 p.m. Philippine time) with the traditional PBA evening game – in this case, NLEX Road Warriors vs Meralco Bolts. The closing ceremony on February 25 will coincide with FIBA Asia World Cup Qualifier game against Japan in our home court.

That said, it wouldn’t be surprising as TV5 will favor both games of hoops over both showcases of the artistry of the international multi-sport event.

Competition journey

On the bright side, when it comes to the competition proper for our contingents, there is no problem in live coverage, in terms with TV5, as they will take place in the morning – as we are one hour behind South Korea. Provided, they will delay the NCAA (U.S.) basketball.

Miller’s debut will take shape from this Sunday (February 11) until February 22 if his first-time performance is exceptional.

On the other hand, Martinez’s two-day competition will kick in on February 16 – fortunately, both holidays on both nations (Lunar New Year or “Seollal” in Korea) — with the short program and followed by the free skate.

Unfazed by unavoidable

While one or few said that TV5’s return to cover the Olympics is where they rightfully belong, not everyone is convinced.

For them, it could be a repeat of what happened back to Rio in 2016 where they fail to commit full-blown coverage despite the live streaming on the network’s YouTube channels.

To be honest, ABS-CBN (through S+A) would have been a bit worse in cover the Winter Games since they are preoccupied with NBA, UAAP and NCAA volleyball tournaments, English (Premier) and Spanish (La Liga) football and the inaugural Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL). It’s new cable-exclusive sports channel, Liga, wouldn’t apply as they don’t have football or basketball in the competition.

On the other hand, PTV would be the worst if they cover their first Winter Olympics; both ceremonies would cut any significant 20 minutes each due to Lotto and the competition proper could be disrupted by Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque’s daily press conference and by President Rodrigo Duterte himself.

Anyway, the Turf wishes both of our athletes the best in their respective journey in South Korea — amidst the lack of support from both the government and the Philippine Olympic Committee — and also to the rest of the athletes of the world.

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Photos courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, International Olympic Committee (IOC), KGW and Ilustrado Magazine


It’s The Most Werpaful Time of the Year (Philippine TV Christmastime 2017-18 Insights)


  • December 17 @ 13:03. Confirmed details on Manila Clasico and MMFF.



The most wonderful time of the year is here, but Filipino…

Per tradition, Timow’s Turf heralds the annual holiday programming primer for the fifth time, spanning from today (December 6, 2017) until possibly January 2, 2018.

As it is the first Christmas in the age of Trump, this year, it will be classified according to appropriate categories but not necessarily on periods as in previous editions.

With Christmas and New Year’s Eves both fall on Sunday this year, primetime lineups will definitely have to adjust, especially to ABS-CBN on both cases and GMA on the latter as PTV 4’s main Lotto Draw are forced to be scheduled early at 2:30 p.m.

During this span, teleseryes will normally be scheduled but there are usually no finales and its premieres during the very Christmas/New Year festivity fortnight while trade launches from the South Triangle Duopoly (S.T.D.) and CNN Philippines are happening for the upcoming year (as long as they keep their promises or else).

What else is in store? Jump in for more.

NOTE: Inaccuracies and updates can happen throughout this post.


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.


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?


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.


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.


For PTV 4, Change is Coming

Can the Duterte administration make PTV an everlasting impact in the Philippine television industry through a lasting, major overhaul?

Can the Duterte administration make PTV an everlasting impact in the Philippine television industry through a lasting, major overhaul?

This post is dedicated to Jerick Ilagan (ramones1986).

CHANGE IS COMING. Those three words is a slogan of Rodrigo Duterte during his campaign. Now that he is our President of this country for 11 days, this slogan is currently putting in to practice on its six-year plan nationwide.

In the Philippine television industry, the Big 3 will not affect the operation under the new Presidential administration when it comes to entertainment, religious and sports programming. The Big 3’s news departments are trying to be fine-tuned on covering the remaining 89 days (to complete his first 100 days) and the rest of his term (i.e. until June 30, 2022) that may impair their respective definition, scope and limitation of objectivity in journalism. Nevertheless, there is only one TV network that will affect the most among the VHF occupants: People’s Television Network (PTV 4).

Why is PTV 4 in the spotlight of this article? How extensive is his change in Visayas Avenue? The short answer we can assess is very extensive and the Turf will tackle this into deep detail.


#TheFilipinoDecides2016: Election Day Broadcasting Insights

As of press time, it's three days before Election Day and most of you wonder how the election coverage will go on free TV?

It’s three days before Election Day and most of you wonder how the election coverage will go on free TV?

THIS MONDAY (MAY 9) is Judgment Day for the Republic of the Philippines: Election Day (E-Day). 54.4 million registered voters will take part and flock to the polling stations to cast the ballot on who will be the 16th President and his/her Vice President.

For Philippine television observers and recorders, this day will mark the biggest assessment and battle of broadcasting technology, set design, impartiality of their news delivery and coverage continuity for each participating network.


Another Koreanovela on PTV this November

A screenshot of "The Legendary Doctor" (1999-2000) from MBC. Expect these and more on PTV 4, come November 7.

A screenshot of “The Legendary Doctor” (1999-2000) from MBC. Expect this scene and more on PTV 4, come November 7.

LAST YEAR, “Here Comes Mr. Oh”, their first dubbed Koreanovela, made it to the small screens on People’s Television Network (PTV). However, the press did not recognize the effect of the underdog network competing on the hallyu wave until last February. Despite of conclusion or abruption, their first attempt accrued 800,000 viewers on its first week, according to a broadsheet.

Now, the network of Visayas Avenue tries anew with another dubbed K-Drama. This time, it’s different; enter “The Legendary Doctor.”


The Turf’s TV Zeitgeist 2014: Media ng Bayan and 9TV

THE NEW YEAR will be handed over in 4 days but before we bid adieu to 2014, here is the look back of what happened over the boob tube on the Media ng Bayan (PTV and IBC) and 9TV.


What is on for Christmas?

Two weeks to go before Christmas and five days left to the start of Simbang Gabi.

As of press time, two weeks to go before Christmas and five days left to the start of Simbang Gabi.

WE ARE NOW two weeks left until Christmas Day and you may ask the Turf, “What’s on free TV this Christmas season?” (more…)