The Filipino Decides 2019: The Bangsamoro Plebiscite

WHILE the rest of the country has to wait until May 13 to get their voices heard on the ballot.


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The Office of the Bangsamoro People in Cotabato City is currently the seat of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). (Photo courtesy of George Parrilla)


This Monday (January 21), the current constituent areas of Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), alongside Isabela City and Cotabato City will cast their ballots that will shape their better destiny – the ratification of Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL).

This date will be the first of the two dates of decision — the other being on February 6 for a handful of barangays outside ARMM listed in the BOL, for their inclusion. The provinces affected (Lanao del Norte and North Cotabato) on the second date will have their own vote if they consent their local government units’ secession to join the new region.

That being said, this may both overhaul the governance and expand the 29-year-old sole autonomous region in the country.

Before tackling the current situation, let’s look back on the brief history behind the struggle of self-determination of Muslim Mindanaoans.

The Brief Road to Muslim Mindanao’s Self-Determination

The Moros have resisted against colonizers for centuries. Since the American colonial government, it pursued a policy of intra-ethnic migration of Christian Filipinos to Mindanao, which leads to exploitation of their resources, poverty and hopelessness for Moro people.

Perhaps, the contemporary narrative (the Moro insurgency) happened half a century ago with the exposition of the Jabidah massacre in Congress. The Moro rebels wanted to establish a Bangsamoro nation through the force of arms.

As the 1970s came, hostilities between the government forces and the rebels have led then-President Ferdinand Marcos to issue a proclamation forming an autonomous region but it was rejected by plebiscite. The fighting continued to ensue.

Formation of ARMM

After his dictatorship, the 1987 Constitution was ratified, guaranteeing the Muslim Mindanao and Cordillerans autonomy as long as their respective plebiscites are in favor.

On November 6, 1990, only the ARMM was inaugurated, making the only region in the country to have its own government.

In 2001, the region expanded with Basilan (sans Isabela City) and Marawi City joining the fray. From 2006-2008, Shariff Kabunsuan was carved out of Maguindanao, the original constituent province, until the Supreme Court in Padre Faura voided its creation.

Present foundations

It was 2012; President Noynoy Aquino admitted that ARMM, formed during his mother’s time, a “failed experiment.”

Thus, the peace talks between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Philippine Government took place in October in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. After 32 series of talks for nine years, the Framework was signed by Marvic Leonen (representing the Government, which in turn rewarded as an associate justice of the Supreme Court) and MILF counterpart Mohagher Iqbal.

Two years later, the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) was signed and by September 2014, the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) from the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) was handed to Congress.

Then, Mamasapano came.


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The bamboo bridge in Brgy. Tukanalipao, Mamasapano will forever remember both the sacrifice and the tragedy of January 25, 2015.


On January 25, 2015, 44 officers from the PNP Special Action Force gave their lives up to fight against suspected and profiled perpetrators, particularly Marwan and Basit Usman. Due to his indirect involvement, it suffered the nadir of his presidency, the path of the peace process lost public support and the BBL was killed.

This is where Rodrigo Duterte, the first Mindanaoan president, stepped in and revived the shattered dream due to the complicated frustrations of his home island group.

They believed that voting for him would unify and reconcile from the years of their frustrations, electoral disenfranchisement and burdensome tag as the highest poverty in the region.

It was supposed to be signed on the day of his third State of Nation Address last July 23, 2018, but it failed to ratify on time — drawing up the dramatic coup in House leadership yielding former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo the speakership.

Nonetheless, President Duterte formally signed Republic Act 11054 three days later.

The changes in BOL

As the name implies, the organization of governance would change.

Here are few salient points found under BOL, differing than ARMM:

  • EXECUTIVE: The Regional Governor, who serves as both the head of state and head of government of ARMM will split between the Wali (state) and the Chief Minister (government) — similar to most parliamentary systems.
  • LEGISLATIVE: The Regional Legislative Assembly, containing 24 current members, will expand as the Bangsamoro Parliament with 80 members.
  • FISCAL AUTONOMY: Instead of dependency from the national government, they will have an automatic allocation of the annual block grant equivalent of 5% of net internal revenue. In terms of share in inland revenue, the share of the imposition on natural resources will increase its share to 75% from the current 70%.

Despite the continuing pursuance of the dream, questions of constitutionality of the BOL were surfaced and but the Supreme Court has to decide the date of the oral arguments. Thus, it’s safe to say that the plebiscite will be at all systems go.

Come Monday and on February 6, the voters in the current ARMM will receive a ballot containing one full question and it must be written with either a “YES” or a “NO.” The sole City of Isabela and the rest of barangays included in the petition will be asked for their admission.

That being said, it will definitely be a historic moment for the country and for its people. In addition, it will set a bigger picture of federalism.


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The Filipino Decides 2019: An Introduction

AUTHOR’S NOTE: Beginning today until May, The Turf reactivates The Filipino Decides series for the country’s midterm elections. Media issues will not be entertained unless it’s considered as urgent and/or an emergency matter.

IT’S an election year once again — a midterm election where it serves as a referendum of the first half of the governance of President Rodrigo Duterte.

However, this year might be its last. Why?

One of his greatest legacies he wanted to leave behind — FEDERALISM.

In federalism, the fields of responsibility are defined, outlined and divided between the national government and their constituent regional governments.

Thus, foreign affairs must be a federal (national) responsibility while waste management should be a local responsibility.

In terms of budgeting and spending for their appropriate needs, the national and regional governments have their own taxes to impose and the rate of remittance.

For him, federalism would fit because the country is very diverse in terms of culture (ethnicities, traditions, languages and faiths).

There are so many drafts that you have probably heard on TV or seen in the cyberspace — the Consultative Committee draft, the Congress’ Resolution of Both Houses No. 15 (RBH 15), the PDP-Laban draft, the Centrist Democratic Party’s draft, and the crowdsourced People’s Draft.

The certainty with these drafts is that we will remain a REPUBLIC — with a non-monarchic head of state (varies on how it is chosen, depending on the draft).

In terms of comparison between transitory provisions, the form of legislature (either parliamentary or independent and co-equal legislature like the current Congress under the present unitary 1987 Constitution) and the duration of future election cycles, all would mean that there will be no more returning to the polls in public during the middle of a president’s term.

While finding for the consensual compromise, the prospective referendum would be too late to be imposed in this “final” midterm election on May 13. The possibilities — for now — are endless.

Throughout the next four months, the Turf would tackle mostly on the implicated consequences of our daily lives under a federalized Philippines — whether ostensibly a big deal or hidden under the radar.

Some questions include:

  • Why would the federal Philippines be an opportunity for symbol makers?
  • What would the campaign season look like?
  • How would our sporting environment respond?
  • Could it affect the religion’s ecclesiastical divisions and their intervention to political affairs?
  • What would be the treatment of holidays?
  • What would be the fate of non-Metro Manila independent cities?

All of these (and a bit more) will be posted and we hope that your comments be open-minded and constructive.

However, our next post will be dedicated to the plebiscite of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region.

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The Turf’s Opening Salvo for 2019

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IT’S HARD to imagine that the new year is the home stretch year of the 2010s.

In terms of geopolitics, we are certain that the United Kingdom will exit from the European Union in March. This, in turn, would add the consequential challenges for the remaining 27-member supranational and intergovernmental union’s parliamentary elections in May.

In Japan, we will witness the abdication of Emperor Akihito and accession of his heir apparent Crown Prince Naruhito, the first in almost two centuries.

In the United States, the new year will greet a challenging relationship between the split 116th Congress (a Democratic-controlled House and a Republican-controlled Senate) and President Donald Trump — in addition to the challenge for finding the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee.

In South America, Brazil has greeted the new year with the oath of the populist, right-wing president, Jair Bolsonaro. While two of their neighbors, Bolivia and Argentina, will conduct their presidential elections as a litmus test on the continent’s political shift.

Last but not the least, three of the most populous nations of the world — India, Indonesia and Nigeria (in descending order) — will conduct their elections.

Here at home, we are certainly looking forward to two major events agenda: the midterm elections in May and the Southeast Asian Games in November.

While there are certainties in the world we live in, the smaller and specific ones, like our television industry, may or may not happen. It’s like our crystal ball.

The Turf’s PH Media Crystal Ball

The 5 Network

For this year, the Turf will prioritize T5N due to a myriad of confirmations and speculations.

In the bigger picture, their radio-TV franchise will expire this December. However, it seems that their renewal is on the rush in Congress. They’re probably doing it for negotating to cover the aforementioned biennial sports meet.

What is certain for Reliance, particularly for this month, is that Hyper will be ONE Sports this January 9th and AksyonTV will be rebranded as 5Plus on the 13th, coinciding the new (44th) season of PBA.

In terms of the potential election coverage, they have ONE News to cover during the first five months. On the main channel, that’ll be another story. A tug-of-war would happen on the main channel between the prioritization of sporting events and the talent shortage in the news department.



Despite the success and praises last year for most netizens, it sacrificed certain parameters of self-restraint in favor of one of its talents. In addition, some of their excessive offers to a repatriate are not in touch with reality with their programming grid.

Though it would replicate the positive achievements this year, Mother Ignacia will now face the greatest threat but it’s not because of excessive offerings that won’t bear fruit or their “biased” election coverage. It’s their radio-television franchise, as well.

Ill-wishers and die-hard supporters of the President Rodrigo Duterte are pushing to block the franchise renewal and would try to insinuate them to agree with his agenda. In their own words, the network might operate their TV and radio transmission as their last full calendar year (since the franchise expires on March 2020).

If that happens, the 6.3 million TVplus set-top boxes would render useless but they already know what will be offered on iWant, their video on-demand service, just in case.

Not to mention, the first-time use and access of their soundstage in Bulacan could be hindered due to the right of way issue.


In terms of news, they won’t be a problem — especially during the election coverage with their snazzy augmented reality (AR) technology.

In terms of entertainment, the network would have to deal with them without Regine Velasquez; for the nth time, take no surprise if Lilybeth Rasonable remains in charge and not admitting their shortcomings.

When it comes to digitalization and conversion to HD to more genres of programs, we are all waiting but we are not getting surprised if they don’t due to their constant, unassailable braggadocio.


Reeling from the last year’s controversies, this government station will pretend to act impartially in covering the midterm election and then back to their usual business.

With the national budget for this year unresolved, marking the first time in 9 years to operate under a re-enacted budget, other businesses in Congress could get killed with limited plenary session time for their campaign period.

One of them happened to be the People’s Broadcasting Corporation (PBC) bill. The proposed law is a key legislative measure promised during the President’s maiden State of the Nation Address, superseding the current charter of this network. If it does get killed, the next (18th) Congress in July will have to start over again.


While many would be impressed with the new facilities last year, the network remained a “running gag” with regard to their privatization process.

Admittedly, it will never be easy to lift the perennial roadblock but Kat De Castro is inspecting ocularly on transmitting facilities and studios across the country and studying the aspects.

With her remaining tenure of six months as per the pertinent paper, the assessments and perusals might not formulate the solutions and materialize with the shortest amount of time.


While the aforementioned network’s radio counterparts will maintain as it is and others, two entities, which just renewed their franchises, will be under lookout alert for 2019:

  • The Manila Broadcasting Company was involved with privacy and infringement issues over two dismissed DJs from Love Radio 90.7 FM.
  • Like 105.9 FM (owned by Bright Star Broadcasting Network) had the symptoms of instability after the change last May. In specific terms, they observed the format shift, program shuffling and DJ’s lack of presence and seriousness. While Brigada has a prospective plan to end their instability by owning the frequency, their current owner refused to budge.

That said, just because they have renewed for another 25 years doesn’t mean they are free to be humilated — ethically, financially and/or legally — and passed their blame on others. (Consider that as their New Year’s resolutions.)


There are other networks that are not mentioned in this article because it won’t have any significant importance or move that will be unique for the new year.

Nonetheless, as always, the new year remains a mystery. Thus, plot twists will happen and any diversion can be interesting. The Turf will try to cover our best through our weekly roundup as we are on our full commitments.

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#Zeitgeist2018: The Timow’s Turf Year-End Special (Part II)

ANOTHER EVENTFUL YEAR will be over. But before moving forward to 2019, we will look back on the events that shaped 2018 over the Philippine media.

This is the second of two-part series, containing 18 stories are arranged in no particular order. (See Part I here.)

For this year’s twist, the Turf appended the GIF reactions to each moment for the appropriate reaction for certain people or situation.

The Top (Random) Nine

#9. PH Cable Wave

The first half of 2018 triggered a big wave over the Philippine cable industry by either closure or rebranding of certain channels. Some reasons why that happened is due to redundancies, the rise of cord cutters, unsatisfied return of investments and changing preference.

Local channels

On January, ABS-CBN Regional Channel and TAG were pulled off but HERO, the sister anime channel, became the most notorious after 12 years. Never forget that they also launched LIGA on that month as a reincarnation of Balls. On April 2, Lifestyle became The Metro Channel.

Last May 28, Bloomberg Philippines — the sole specialty channel — became ONE News Channel after bearing three years of licensing rights.

Foreign channels

Another children’s entertainment channel, Toonami, folded its Southeast Asian iteration last March. By the end of this year, AMC and Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will be pulled out not just from SkyCable but to all cable operators nationwide.

In a nutshell, this is our GIF reaction:

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#8. Like gets Disliked

Last May, DWLA-FM 105.9 in Manila changed its brand and format without publicity both on air and on social media, save the observation in the PinoyExchange forum months before their imminent fate.

After four years, DCG’s Retro 105.9 became Like 105.9 after failing to settle its debts and issuance of pink slips. The format shifted from classic throwback hits to Adult Top 40.

Although the frequency owner (Bright Star Broadcasting Network) got their franchise renewed, instability and internal dissatisfaction remain the haunting issues.

Meanwhile, Brigada Mass Media Communication be like:

Mr Burns Excellent

#7. New (Encrypted) Competitor


On June 5, 2nd Avenue parked for the very last time — marking another Solar Entertainment’s blow. The following day, RJTV 29 restored and shut down its analog transmitters, becoming the second channel to be fully digital after Light Network 33.

Nearly at the same time, Easy TV Super Digibox was publicly announced — even though it was launched on the market about two weeks ago. Similar to TVPlus, it is encrypted in favor of Solar Entertainment Channels with two UHF channels (22 and 30) containing 16 subchannels (including AniPlus and Basketball TV).

Now that TVPlus is extending the second channel until February, Tieng brothers were like (amidst the legal stadndoff on BTV):

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#6. Meme-ification of Police Reports

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Crime reports in Mega Manila that are projected in national newscasts is really annoying for viewers in the provinces.

But in the time of trust issues with the police and the government in general, netizens would really need to kill time. This year, it made a mark by lifting up from this specific genre for comedic purposes — specifically on the interview of the suspect.

Their phrases, like “advanced akong mag-isip” and “paano mo nasabi“, become part of the ordinary parlance, part of TV sketch comedies and witty opportunity for the marketing departments (Hint: Search MayWard McDo commercials on YouTube).

Some elders were shocked by this trend. For them, it is not right to poke fun at convicted criminals and not to emulate them on their wrongdoings…

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#5. It’s Showtime’s Domino Effect

Since February, the daily noontime show ended a bit longer than the scheduled 3:20 p.m. affecting other shows that follow, due to Vice Ganda’s long tsismis and antics on the live broadcast. Even if Vice is out, his colleagues has influence.

Throughout observation, this show ended as late as 4:00 p.m.

Despite the success in raking more advertising revenue and catching up for Metro Manila viewers, it affected other viewers who are not loyal to the noontime show — particularly on the surviving regional newscasts in the Regional Network Group and TV Patrol’s Noli de Castro. In addition, DZMM is affected since they have to simulcast TVP.

Because of the heated duopolistic competition, Wowowin responded to make it even.

What Vice Ganda has now is what Kris Aquino had in the earlier part of the decade — the influence which leads to the management to chill and leave him alone while sacrificing other stars. Unlike Kris, Vice Ganda is exposed every day.

In the eyes of the management, self-control means this:

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The positive karma is that neither himself nor his shows won any of this year’s PMPC Star Awards for Television.

Publicists’ psyche were like:

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#4. GMA’s Extraordinary Dramas

While ABS-CBN’s drama remains successful in ratings and in social media engagements (ehem, Halik) amidst a domino effect from It’s Showtime that tackled just earlier, there is not much distinction in terms of the teleseryes’ character development, premise and plot.

Sure, GMA has the same problems with Ika-5 Utos for being a “continuation” of the Ten Commandments series (aside from both directed by Laurice Gullien) and Victor Magtanggol for being unoriginal as Alyas Robin Hood  back in 2016.

However, there are two currently running dramas on Kamuning that shed some positive light amidst the cliches: Onanay is a drama regarding the struggle of a mother with dwarfism (played by Jo Berry) while My Special Tatay is, as said on the title, about a father who has a mild intellectual disability (played by Ken Chan).

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#3. PTV’s Muddled Year

For 2018, this government TV network was flagged with three events.

In April, the Commission on Audit flagged the station in their audit report over the P 60 million ad placement of the Department of Tourism (headed by then-Secretary Wanda Teo) to Bitag Media of her brother, Ben, without proper documentation. Because of the siblings, it eventually led to the Secretary’s voluntary dismissal and Ben’s program (Kilos Pronto) to be axed. Although Ben came back with the usual praising the administration and bickering against his enemies on the other program, the money has not returned yet (or possibly, they will not return at all).

In August to September, three Tagalog-dubbed programs from Mainland China — two dramas and one children’s series — were aired but critics served it as propaganda. In other words, they are projecting the President’s effective foreign policy, which was witnessed in last November’s visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping.

This month, instead of cash bonuses at their Christmas party, contractual employees and talents were given retrenchment letters — an irony to the administration’s initiative to end contractualization — with an employee vented out of her frustrations.

Overheard at PCOO on these issues:

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Don’t feel bad for them. The only positive thing that they have done this year was the Lotto Draw. On October 14, the Ultra Lotto jackpot reached the largest prize to date — almost P 1.2 billion — which won by two bettors.


#2. Mr. Imbestigador’s Health Watch

The pillar of GMA News and Radio division made a big announcement after a much prolonged absence this year.

He underwent medical leave for his kidney medication and heart bypass surgery.

During his absence (inclusive of allowance of his recovery), Atom Araullo became his pinch hitter on the weekday edition of 24 Oras before his return in October.

With this year of meme-ification, he will remembered for the slip of the tongue in his segment as the “Sumbungan ng Hotdog” (rather than Hotline).

Take it away, Guy Fieri:



#1. Rappler’s Struggle

Since January 15, the online news site struggled to cover amidst the revocation of SEC registration to tax evasion charges as a result of publishing critical yet comprehensive articles of the present administration.

With that, their Palace correspondent (Pia Ranada) was barred from entering the Palace complex and further covering the President’s activities and press conferences.


With the hashtags that support and defend the site since then after series of posting bail, its CEO, Maria Ressa, became one of TIME Persons of the Year as “guardians” in the “war on truth,” alongside assassinated Saudi Arabian columnist Jamal Khashoggi, two Reuters journalists from Myanmar for covering the Rohingya massacre and the staff of a Maryland newspaper got involved in the shooting.

The heads of the DDS fanatics and apologists were like:

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Special Mentions

  • GMA Online Exclusives
  • Reinvigoration of iWant
  • Return of Precious Hearts Romances on ABS-CBN
  • Studio 7
  • Government radio stations on Top 10 (FM1 87.5, FM2 104.3 and RP1 738)
  • Alleged palakasan and privacy violations by Manila Broadcasting Company on sacking DJ Aira and Kara
  • Billboard Philippines’ sudden demise
  • Wish 107.5 rolling a new mobile bus in America
  • Gino Quillamor’s departure from Monster RX 93.1
  • Gretchen Fullido’s harassment case
  • The decrease of ABS-CBN’s regional programming in for their centralized HD conversion and digital television testing.
  • The meme-ification of augmented reality in 24 Oras.
  • Self-acclaimed (Di umanong) paranormal expert Ed Caluag on KMJS Gabi ng Lagim
  • Net 25 achieving three new PMPC Star Awards (two for Children’s Show & Host and one for Musical Variety Show due to ASAP’s hall of fame status)


After five years, 247 Facebook Page likes and 100,000 hits, it has been a long journey.

I would like to thank the following, specific people (stans) that made the Turf this 2018: Rexdel Yabut Mallari, Charles Miguel Tapuyao and of course, the most loyal of them all, Gian Paolo de la Cruz.

The 2018 blogging season is sealed; let’s call that a year.

From Timow’s Turf, we greet everyone with an exuberant…


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#Zeitgeist2018: The Timow’s Turf Year-End Special (Part I)

ANOTHER EVENTFUL YEAR will be over. But before moving forward to 2019, we will look back on the events that shaped 2018 over the Philippine media.

This is the first of two-part series, containing 18 stories are arranged in no particular order.

For this year’s twist, the Turf appended the GIF reactions to each moment for appropriate reaction for certain people or situation.

The Bottom (Random) Nine

#18. Eat Bulaga’s Lipat Bahay

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After years of rumors and speculations, Eat Bulaga finally moved to APT Studios in Cainta, Rizal, leaving Broadway Centrum on December 8 after 23 years.

This is the fifth studio for the longest noontime show but the first to be independently funded.

It happened just in time as part of EB 4.0 year-long celebration, even though the LRT 2 East Extension Project, which transcends the studio, is not yet finished.

While the location and equipment changed, the aesthetics and the segments remained the same.

Loyal EB fans who are accustomed to going to Broadway or having good memories there  were like:

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#17. Rambulan sa Bulacan

On July 2, during the final game of the third window of the FIBA World Cup qualifiers in the Philippine Arena, Gilas Pilipinas charged physically against the Australian Boomers with 4 minutes left of the game by punches, hurling a chair and throwing of bottled water.



The nine players from the Philippines and three from Australia were ejected. However, the game abandoned soon after, leaving Australia victorious 83-59.

Currently, the Gilas players involved in the brawl are serving their suspensions and head coach Chot Reyes was replaced with Yeng Guiao.

The fans in the Philippine Arena at that time went:

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#16. Barangay 143: Desperate to Win

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After two years in the making and in marketing the hype, the locally made anime was an attempt to revitalize the compromised, abridged GMA Astig Authority.

The protagonist, Bren T. Park, was voiced by Starstruck season 6 ultimate male survivor Migo Adecer with Julie Anne San Jose as Vicky. Edu Manzano and John Arcilla, though portraying in FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano, lent their voices as the league’s high-ranking officials.

Currently, they’re on season break until February. After eight (8) episodes, the local anime fared within the 6% rating (Kantar) but it failed to defeat its competing show by 2 percentage points.

Despite that, the series gets the green light for international distribution.

Because of the aforementioned ratings, fans of the anime were like:

Paano mo nasabe?

#15. Going Beyond K-Drama

Both ABS and GMA claimed to be the true (continuous) home of Asianovelas for 15 years this year. Aside from the usual Koreanovelas, both networks went beyond it.

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The former broadcast the Mainland China’s version of Meteor Garden before TV Patrol, in addition to A Love So Beautiful. The latter aired their first dubbed Turkishnovela “Wings of Love” during the mid-morning slot from July 2 to September 14, in addition to few Lakorn series (Thai drama) and a Thai remake of Koreanovela’s Princess Hours.

Regarding the Turkishnovela (which is proposed by Guian Surbona), it would have been a good topic to write this year but then, it wasn’t important for others by choice:

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#14. The Songbird’s Flight Back

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It was hard for Regine Velasquez to be alone as the living pillar of GMA Network where her old friends, including her husband Ogie, were enjoying on the other side of the fence. On September 29, she gatecrashed to the ABS-CBN Ball to reunite her old S.O.P. friends.


After hosting The Clash, which Golden Canedo won the inaugural title, Regine finally signed the contract after two decades with so many expected offers from the network’s management.

Though the GMA’s management had no hard feelings and respected her decision, it’s hard to accept for die-hard fans of both the network and the artist.

But they’re praying for her return to the Kapuso network anytime:


#13. CNN Philippines’ Kids Block

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On September 1, CNN Philippines aired the junior edition of Newsroom during weekends as a testing ground for teens for a fruitful career in broadcasting or mass communication just like 5 And Up in the 1990s.

Before their iteration, they aired selected cartoons from CNN’s sister channel, Cartoon Network.

Unlike in 2014, they did not change the name of the channel.

This made the news channel puritans (NCP) agitated and shouted:


#12. New League on the Block

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On January 25, Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League was inaugurated and aired on S+A. Founded by Senator Manny Pacquiao, the new league seemed to be a revival of the geographically-based Metropolitan Basketball Association in the 1990s.

The hype of MPBL led to the dwindling of the Philippine Basketball Association’s gate attendance, despite that the new league is not intended to be direct competitors.

Because of that, the teams expanded from 10 (all from Luzon) to 26 (covering the whole country splitting into Northern and Southern Division).

Currently, they are playing on the Datu Cup which began since June 12 and will wrap up in the following June.

Concerning the duration and the treatment of the new league:

How Long

#11. TVPlus’ Trial Channels

With 6.3 million units of ABS-CBN TV Plus sold, the demands keep on growing as well.





The trial within the second UHF channel (UHF 16), containing Asianovela Channel, Movie Central, Jeepney TV, Myx, O Shopping will end this New Year’s Eve.

By that time, we will determine if any of the channels will continue to be part of the exclusive subchannels as what CineMo and Yey are.

Speculators on the fate of the second digital channel’s possible permanency would  responsd:


No Surprise

#10. Bagani, Busted Before the Launch

Despite the success in social media and in the rating game, the LizQuen-starred teleserye was least pleasing before the launch — from casting and the titling that alarmed the historians, indigenous peoples and the Commission on Higher Education.

During the broadcast, another criticism would be the least serious storyline and treatment of the Babaylans, which the latter drew ire of rival network’s head writer Suzette Doctolero.

The lack of seriousness was memorable in details from the chant “Mekeni, mekeni, dugdug doremi” to one warrior’s “hypebeast” sandal to the plot twist of ending setting in modern-day Manila.

Suzette and fantaserye fans were like:

I mean seriously

Oh, the same would apply for Victor Magtanggol.


Special Mentions

  • Lipat lokasyon of IBC 13 where Broadcast City will be demolished and converted into Larossa condominium
  • Solar Sports’ non-involvement on covering Pacquiao vs Matthysse
  • Ryza Cenon’s transfer to ABS-CBN
  • CNN Philippines’ weekly business show Business Roundup after a year of promise
  • The launch of ANC-X, a lifestyle block of the cable news channel
  • The launch of Oras ng Himala Channel on SkyCable and PopLife as BEAM 32’s digital subchannel

Part II of this series will be up next Saturday, December 29.

Photos (not counting GIF reactions) courtesy of ABS-CBN, CNN Philippines and PEP

Timow’s Turf 5th Anniversary Special

FIRST OF ALL, I would like to thank everyone through the thick and thin for half a decade.

I know not everything I wrote can be pleased. In addition, there are so many opportunities that I want to banter or tackle but the opportunity was now long gone and it won’t back again.

Now, you’ve all have been waiting for our expectations.

Sit back and watch our first YouTube Premiere regarding our changes and our plans for the coming year, tonight at 7:00 p.m. (UTC+8). You can live chat before and during the Premiere and get involved:

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Broadcast Traditions No. 3: Christmas TV Around the World

NOTE: As part of the continuing series, initiated by Albert Brian Gimao, the author decided to do away with the annual local Christmas posting. We will try to compensate those on the Facebook page.

IT’S TRUE that the Philippines boasts the longest Christmas celebration — with household traditions, religious traditions and signature music (especially, Jose Mari Chan).

However, in terms of television programming, it feels meh.

In medium, descriptive terms, it’s just a normal broadcast day save the televised Masses and the crew from newscasts greeting with their fan signs on camera during Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

The Turf wondered: How is the rest of the world broadcast during the holidays?



The United States has various approaches from animated and/or musical specials (e.g. A Charlie Brown Christmas and How the Grinch Stole Christmas) to hours of video looping of the Yule Log from WPIX-TV 11 in New York City.

While during the New Year’s Eve, the eyes are on Times Square. On New Year’s Day, they air Tournament of Roses Parade and the Rose Bowl Game in Pasadena with the latter now part of the ESPN 5 package here.

In the United Kingdom, the Nine Lessons and Carols from King’s College in Cambridge every Christmas Day are broadcast on the BBC. While its broadcast on Radio 4 live and replayed on Radio 3 for Christmas Day. On its television counterpart, their telecast is pre-recorded to be shown on Christmas Eve on BBC Two and Four, favoring more in carols than lessons (not all in the Bible).


The Commonwealth of Nations (the United Kingdom and former colonies) and Spain have their respective monarchs delivered their pre-recorded Christmas messages. In Russia and the Czech Republic, their heads of state do theirs minutes before midnight in the New Year.

Speaking of Spain, their famous annual Christmas tradition is their Christmas Lottery. Held every December 22 in Madrid, the public usually goes frantic on that day in lottery-related extravagant clothing and hats. The sweepstakes draw lasts for hours, which you really need to be vigilant for finding out which five-digit combination will win the first prize worth €4 million (about P 239 million). Those who win may invest in another draw on the following January 6, the Epiphany, but the first prize is half of that amount.

In Ireland, The Late Late Show from its public broadcaster RTE have their specialized seasonal one-off as The Late Late Toy Show since 1975. As said on the tin, it prominently features the popular toys of the year that are showcased before Christmas as presented by the host and demonstrated by various children on-stage, along with appearances by celebrity guests. That being featured has becomes a boost on two things: product sales and very prestigious and coveted advertising spots.

In the Nordic countries, they broadcast their televised version of Advent calendars, which opens daily from December 1 to 24. It was introduced in 1957 in Sweden’s public radio. From 1960 until 1972, it was synchronized with the television counterpart. Since 1973, it has its separate iteration.

Another Nordic Yuletide classic is the airing of Walt Disney’s From All of Us to All of You every Christmas Eve. This special, turning 60 this year, is modified country to country.

On New Year’s Eve, Germany constantly airs Dinner for One, a two-hander comedy sketch, with its well-known catchphrase — “Same procedure as every year.”

In Japan, public broadcaster NHK conducts the singing contest called Kohaku Uta Gassen — battling white for male singers and red for females since 1951.

On New Year’s Day, the whole of Europe under European Broadcasting Union (EBU) will broadcast its New Year’s Concert from Vienna.

Moving down south to Australia, where it is summer, Channel 7 airs National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation on Christmas Day primetime.

Can you share other countries that have any signature Christmas/holiday classics?

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History of Teleradyos and Its Future

[Requested by JC Domondon for the last time for 2018]

ONLY in the Philippines is when an AM radio broadcast will be televised.

Teleradyo, as said on the portmanteau, is a specialty channel that telecast radio broadcasts. It is served on cable and/or on digital terrestrial television.

In terms of sector, teleradyo channels serve the lower class just as cable news channels like ANC and One News Channel for the upper class.

Current Teleradyo Services

As of press time, there are four identified teleradyo channels airing nationwide.

DZMM Teleradyo

The mother of all teleradyos launched on April 12, 2007, airing the visual simulcast from flagship AM radio station DZMM 630. It is available on most cable providers, The Filipino Channel and TV Plus (LCN 1.6).

While News and Public Affairs programming is heard and seen live, music programs will be supplemented with pictures of artists (during Songhits Tunog Pinoy, Yesterday and Remember When) or random pictures instead of the studio scenes on selected programs.

During the radio’s commercial breaks, they are showing promotions for TeleRadyo and other ABS-CBN channels.

In terms of graphics, they adopted the data screen format, providing viewers with the latest news, sports and entertainment news, weather (until July 2016) and foreign exchange rate while viewing the program airing on the channel. The format also provides public service information and the contact numbers or advisories on-screen.

Since last August, it shifted to full-screen graphical format. The headlines lower third was maintained but the logo is diminished into a DOG with the current date, time and scrolling news ticker.

DZRH News Television

Half a year later after DZMM’s, Manila Broadcasting Company (MBC) decided to join the fray — marking a new chapter to telecasting after their Channel 11 was shut down in 1972 and failed to recover the frequency.

Back then, it was launched as “TV Natin” containing archived DZRH programs (including radio dramas). It was not rebranded to its present name until 2013, its sixth anniversary.

This news channel is well known in carrying the show of former PCOO Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson but pulled the plug last March 2017 after making a comment against Vice President Leni Robredo.

DZRH News Television is available on UHF 33 in Metro Davao, DTV 43.1 in Cebu and 39.1 in Bacolod. On satellite, it’s available on Cignal Channel 18 (SD) and G Sat Channel 135 (SD). On cable, it’s available on Cablelink Channel 3 and Sky Cable Channel 129 (SD).


On October 2015, DZRJ-AM 810 launched their teleradyo service with 8TriMedia — owned by rice trader Jojo Soliman and veteran radio broadcaster Kaye Dacer — to form  8TriTV from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The partnership ended in 2017 due to unpaid debts. After their termination, the programs and personalities had been integrated into RJ’s programming. Last June 6, some of its programs began airing on now-digital RJTV 29.

There are plans for revival as a sub-channel but the official launch is yet to be announced.

Inquirer 990 Television

The famous national broadsheet began owning its radio station on September 9, 2010  as DZIQ 990.

DZIQ launched its own teleradyo, under the subsidy’s Trans-Radio Broadcasting Corporation, on Election Day (May 9) 2016 and is currently a digital subchannel of BEAM TV (LCN 32.08).

Aside from the main programming feed from its radio counterpart, Inquirer 990 TV also airs its exclusive original programs.

Other than the four channels registered, other players who livestream into “teleradyo” are done on social media as a cost-saving measure.

Trying hard, not enough

Fitting into the requesters’ eyes, the so-called news channels, Aksyon TV 41 and GMA News TV, cannot be considered to be a teleradyo channel.

The former, in its heyday, have substantial amounts of coverage from Radyo5 92.3 until it converted as an auxiliary channel for sports since 2013. While the latter, it only covered Saksi sa Dobol B from DZBB 594 every weekday morning.

The Future

The aforementioned four are commercial in nature and thus, their respective management have the right to improve and innovate through their own profits without sacrificing quality.

While they comply with rules of association, the only threat they have to face is the Congressional franchise.

With constant — yet empty and baseless — tirades and threats spewed from President Rodrigo Duterte against the renewal of ABS-CBN’s franchise to operate TV and radio airwaves before March 30, 2020, DZMM Teleradyo will be severely affected.

DZIQ’s franchise (RA 8088) will also expire in 2020 — on July 6, to be exact. The whereabout remained unknown. The chances of signing for renewal would. The President would sign the renewal without knowing that the entity is a subsidiary to PDI, which he uttered against the broadsheet allegedly for tax evasion and forced to vacate the Mile Long property.

The franchise of Rajah Broadcasting Network, the entity running DZRJ, will expire three days after DZIQ. However, it’s certain that it will be renewed, accounting utang na loob where the President has good relations with Ramon Jacinto as the latter is appointed as one of the former’s advisers.

RH News Television, on the other hand, won’t be affected as its franchising entity has just renewed its franchise for another 25 years.

From this point, article requests are no longer entertained until further notice. Unless such is considered and labeled as urgent or an emergency.

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2018 Christmas Station IDs

[Request revived by Paul Justin Baloloy, originally proposed by Bryan Calvin]

Updated: December 6, 2018

IT’S EXACTLY four weeks before Christmas.

That means in PH media industry, it’s the showcase of the joyous, seasonal identification for the networks — both on television and on radio.

The main thing about it is that Christmas station identity keeps on changing every year with a very common, timeless message. Thus, they are non-recyclable.


Battle in South Triangle

Both ABS-CBN and GMA officially released their seasonal music video last November 18 on their respective afternoon variety shows instead of the following, usual Monday after their early evening newscasts (blame Vice Ganda’s blabber on It’s Showtime for that).

This is considered to be the latest in terms of the date of release and both respective titles are obviously based on their nicknames.

ABS-CBN: “Family Is Love”


Performers: All talents of ABS-CBN* (such as TNT Boys and recently with emphasis, Regine Velasquez), UST Singers, AFP Chorale, ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra, Ramon Magsaysay High School Chorale – Manila, Koro Bangkal Magbikin

Durations (excluding the 20 second YouTube outro):

  • Lyric video (released the previous day) — 4 minutes 43 seconds (shorter by one and a half minutes than last year)
  • Music video — 13 minutes 6 seconds (longer by almost four minutes than last year)

Like the preceding years, it’s an emphasizing juxtapose of different life stories of the passing year — such as the brothers of soldiers who fought in Marawi in 2017, Asian Games skateboarding gold medalist Margielyn Didal and her family and a foreigner doctor — with repetitive, ear-worming chorus.

According to’s commentary, it highlighted a new definition for family: inclusivity.

GMA: Ipadama ang #PusoNgPasko



Performers: Established and surviving singing talents (e.g. Julie Anne San Jose, Alden Richards, Christian Bautista and Aicelle Santos) and The Clash competitors with its grand champion Golden Cañedo


  • Lyric video (released two days after) — 4 minutes 22 seconds (longer by a minute)
  • Music video — 7 minutes 55 seconds (shorter by one and a half minutes)

The message, according to, captures the belief that Christmas is for sharing and giving.

Introduced by news pillar Jessica Soho, the music video circulates the acts of charity and humanitarianism. In the final shots of the video, Atty. Felipe Gozon and key officials and employees greeted zooming out the multi-colored GMA Network Center.

Other networks

The 5 Network did not emulate due to lack of entertainment talents. Coach Chot decided not to scout Gilas Pilipinas, PBA players and other sporting personalities, alongside the vestiges of the news department, to take part of the campaign.

This year, it is Tis the Season of Winning.

Government-owned PTV have theirs, as proven by PCOO Assistant Secretary Kris Ablan and the network’s personality Jules Guiang, albeit short for excusable reasons.

Like in ABS, they show the presence of the personalities but they don’t sing along and in GMA, they end up with their physical facilities — in this case, the transmitter.

The embattled, vegetative IBC 13 rendered their CSID simply on a 30-second animation.


While the major broadcasters that owned major television frequencies can adapt for their radio counterparts or add jingling bells to their own station ID, it’s rare for non-major players to create its music video.

One of them is Brigada News FM. The embedded video below was rendered and played for the 2016 holiday season as this year’s iteration is not officially posted.

*Not all talents, for one, Luis Manzano and his girlfriend Jessy Mendiola vacationed to Okinawa.

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Why GMA No Longer Runs Any English Newscast?

[Requested by JC Domondon]

BEFORE we begin, the Turf acknowledged some readers that to watch the news today, with all the opportunistic politics to divert its main issues both here and abroad, is really depressing and can suffer irreversible consequences to your mental health.

Nonetheless, whenever you watch newscast in English, it makes your wiring on your brain hard to comprehend and your nose bleed.

At inception, English newscasts are dominant until the 1980s when they inject and integrate editions in Filipino and in regional languages. As cable television ascended in the 1990s, so are the English iterations so that free-to-air channels serve on the lower class.

As of 2018, ABS-CBN’s English news programs are on their own News Channel. TV5 has theirs on their exclusive One News Channel with The Big Story. CNN Philippines’ newscasts are primarily and purely on English until Pinky Webb and Ruth Cabal came into the scene in 2016 and integrated Filipino editions. PTV has their own News Headlines every weekday evening after the Lotto Draw. UNTV has their Why News and so has Net25’s Eagle News International.

Currently, there are three networks that don’t deliver English newscast: GMA, IBC 13 and Light Network.

On this focus, the requester asked to tackle on GMA.

When Uncle Bob founded and owned then-RBS in 1961, he himself presented the half-hour newscast until the commencement of President Ferdinand Marcos’ martial law in 1972. However, successive newscasts, despite heavy censorship and Gozon’s control, continued to be presented in English.

After the dictatorship — on May 19, 1986 — the first Filipino newscast, GMA Balita, mingled with the new English editions.

On June 1, 1998, Mike Enriquez and Vicky Morales presented late-night GMA Network News (1992) in vernacular. The weekend edition, presented by Martin Andanar and Bernadette Sembrano, followed suit.

Morales said in an interview of their news and public affairs documentary “Limang Dekada” in 2009, that in the mid-90’s it attempted to switch the newscast to Filipino and the concept was “super radical.”

At first, it was “Taglish” (a mixture of Tagalog and English) and eventually transitioned to full Filipino on September 28, 1998, with its airtime was cut to 15 minutes. It became the first Filipino language late-night television newscast and with that, their ratings fastened. ABS-CBN did not comply to competition until the year after and ABC 5 followed in 2004.

GMA, as a network, did not have any English edition newscasts until 2007 when News on Q on Channel 11, presented by Rhea Santos and Ivan Mayrina, switched the language from March 2007 as a response to News Central of Studio 23 but the experiment ended on April 2010 to compete against the then-new rival Aksyon (TV5).

On the radio side, they operated DZBB (then on 580 kHz), a news-talk station and DZXX (on 890), the first pop music station. The former shifted to 594 kHz in compliance with the Geneva Frequency Plan of 1975 while the latter moved to FM as DWLS in 1976 on 97.1 MHz. The FM radio station stayed on using the English language until 2008.

Since then, Timog Avenue no longer deliver news over the air in both modes in the said language — leaving it to online and mobile.

How come the second largest network in terms of their treasures and ratings decided not to give in to revival?

Had their own cable channel (CGMA) continued to air, they could have set up the English newscast to pit against ANC. Perhaps, with that stigma over the failed venture, they won’t do it again as social media remains on the rise and on the move.

At the pleasure of the requester, we will end the article with this meme:38478942_240308816613547_1051993050210893824_n.jpg

JC Domondon’s newser quest does not end here. He will continue…

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