Swiping through the 2010s: 2013

AS THE SAGA of the 2010s continues on its fourth episode, the year 2013 cannot be described in any word.

What we do know is that From the Tube and Timow’s Turf were born.

We remember Miley Cyrus, a former Disney star, twerked and swung around the wrecking ball naked. We remember how Robin Thicke hated these blurred lines and we were confounded on how foxes say.

Can you do the Harlem Shake? Can you do some nasal singing a la Daniel Padilla and sing “Nasayo Na Ang Lahat”?

Did you know that My Chemical Romance got disbanded and Lorde told us that we will never be royals?

Did you know the lyrics of Frozen’s Let It Go?

FUN FACT: Did you remember that our peso-dollar exchange rate was stable on the 40s and then it goes weaker after that?

What else the indescribable 2013 was well known for?


Per Detail

January 17: The USS Guardian runs aground on Tubbataha Reef.

January 21: US President Barack Obama swears in for his second and final term in office.

February: [ELECTION 2019] The Roman Catholic Diocese of Bacolod posted a large tarpaulin in San Sebastian Cathedral listing the candidates of Team Patay and Team Buhay as a form of vindication over the recently passed RH Law.

February 9: Allied Banking is dissolved and is merged with the Philippine National Bank (PNB).

February 10: Crocodile Lolong dies in captivity in Agusan Marsh.

February 11: Pope Benedict XVI announces his intention to resign at the end of this month due to “advanced age.” He is the first pontiff to relinquish in six centuries. This move triggers the wave of abdication of European monarchs.

February 12: Philippine gunmen claiming to be part of the royal army of the Sulu Sultanate lands on Lahad Datu, Sabah causing a six-week standoff.

February 28: During the live broadcast of Wowowillie on TV5, Willie Revillame interrupted and scolded co-hosts Ethel Booba and Ate Gay as he uttered a tirade about how Ethel confronted him in the dressing room. This is where the signature, “You don’t do that to me,” occurred. His renewed show on that network lasts for another seven and a half more months until cancellation.

March 5: Hugo Chavez, the Venezuelan president who started a revolution in 1999, is dead.

March 13: The papal conclave elects Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina as Pope, taking the name of Francis.

March 16: The Solaire Resort & Casino at the Entertainment City in Parañaque opens to the public, becoming the first resort-casino complex to open in the area.

March 21: Kris Aquino is interviewed dramatically for half an hour on TV Patrol over the problem with her husband, James Yap, and promises to leave the network to spend time with Bimby. Despite the broken promise over the committed shows, she files temporary restraining order against Yap from her and her son.

April 8: Margaret Thatcher, the first female British Prime Minister, passes away at 87.

April 15: Boston Marathon Bombing

May 9: The Philippine Coast Guard shot a Taiwanese fishing vessel in the exclusive economic zone.

May 13: Midterm Election Day. Grace Poe aces the Senate race. Nancy Binay wins, despite evading debate, while Risa Hontiveros fails to make the cut for the second time.

May 19: Bella Flores, the actress who is well known for kontrabida roles and slapping the country’s biggest stars, dies at 84 due to complications from recent hip surgery.

May 31: AKTV on IBC expires. Before their deal’s expiration, IBC acquires the rights to broadcast ONE FC. The broadcast of that year’s PBA Governor’s Cup (the last conference of the season) — particularly on the elimination round — maintains on the government-owned channel.

June 5: Due to the alleged MOOE distribution, Juan Ponce Enrile resigns as Senate President. In the next Congress, Franklin Drilon succeeds him for his third stint.

June 6: Former CIA employee Edward Snowden discloses operations engaged in by a U.S. government mass surveillance program, well-known by code name PRISM.

June 8: 13-year-old singer Roel Manlangit wins Pilipinas Got Talent 4. His victory is not well received by netizens due to the preferential trend of male singers with a tragic background story. The franchised talent competition is expected to undergo hiatus for the next three years.

June 10: My Husband’s Lover premiered on GMA Network. Starring Tom Rodriguez, Dennis Trillo and Carla Abellana, it is credited to be the first gay-themed teleserye. Though it is not the longest teleserye of any network, it is the most controversial and memorable due to the exposition of relevant social issues such as homosexual relationships, homophobia and infidelity.

July 1: Croatia becomes the 28th member of the European Union.

July 12: The Philippine Daily Inquirer publishes the Pork Barrel Scam, detailing how senators and congressmen divert the pork barrel to fake non-government organizations created by Janet Lim-Napoles.

July 13: Cory Monteith, known for portraying Finn Hudson in Glee, dies at 31 due to drug overdose in Vancouver.

July 22: Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge beget their firstborn, Prince George.

August 10: Gilas Pilipinas ends the Korean curse at the Mall of Asia Arena during the semi-finals of 2013 FIBA Asia Championships, 86-79. The following day, though they book a ticket to Spain for next year, they lost to powerhouse Iran in the finals.

August 12: MNLF leader Nur Misuari unilaterally declared the independence of the Bangsamoro Republik. The Philippine government refuses to recognize it and neither other foreign governments have legitimately recognized it.

August 16: MV St. Thomas Aquinas (owned by 2GO) collides and sinks with MV Sulpicio Express, leaving 108 dead and 29 missing.

August 25: The MTV Video Music Awards is held in Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York. Miley Cyrus becomes the subject of the limelight as she twerks as Robin Thicke enters the stage, belting out his signature song “Blurred Lines.”

August 26: Due to the bombshell report in the PDAF scam, the Million People March is summoned at the Quirino Grandstand.

September 9-28: For 19 days, MNLF and the government forces clashes in Zamboanga City.

September 26: COMELEC disqualifies Laguna governor ER Ejercito for overspending.

September 28: Megan Young is crowned as Miss World.

October 15: A 7.2 earthquake rattled Bohol, killing 144 and injuring 291. Some of its heritage churches are reduced into rubble and some Chocolate Hills are damaged by landslides (the bell tower and observation deck are destroyed). In Cebu, the bell tower of the Basilica Minore del Santo Nino collapses.

October 30: In light of the pork barrel scam and vigilance of public coffers, President Noynoy Aquino defends the Disbursement Acceleration Program over live television. The mechanism is expected to be struck down as unconstitutional next July.

November 5: During an interview in Unang Hirit with Atty. Alfredo Villamor (the lawyer of Napoles), Arnold Clavio irked “Pansira ka ng araw.”

November 7: Janet Lim-Napoles is summoned before the Senate.

November 8: Supertyphoon Yolanda (Haiyan) slashes Eastern Visayas. During the coverage, Atom Araullo braves the wrath of storm in Tacloban, Leyte while Love Anover recounts the trauma under the refuge at Palo Cathedral, also in Leyte. The superstorm leaves 6,000 killed, 15,000 injured and 11 million affected.

November 20: The Supreme Court declares PDAF unconstitutional.

November 30: Fast and Furious star Paul Walker dies from a vehicle collision. Before his fate, he attended the charity for the victims of Supertyphoon Yolanda.

December 1: For the Mega Manila market, ETC and Solar News Channel swap frequencies beginning this day.

December 5: Nelson Mandela, the first president of post-apartheid South Africa, passes on at 95.

December 17: Bea Rose Santiago is crowned as Miss International in Tokyo, Japan.

December 23: TV5 inaugurates the new Media Center in Reliance, Mandaluyong City.


The next episode (2014) will be released this July.

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Is There a Downtrend of Full Blocktime Agreements with Third-Party Broadcasters?

[Requested by Gian Paolo Dela Cruz]



THE IMBALANCED FIGURE. GMA News TV has resided on VHF Channel 11 in Metro Manila for eight years. By Tuesday, it will be moved to Channel 27.


(UPDATED, June 3, 2019)

GMA NEWS TV, for the Metro Manila viewers and its neighboring provinces, will no longer be on Channel 11.

After 14 years (eight, under the current identity), the block time agreement with ZOE Broadcasting Network (the owner of Channel 11) has ended.

Beginning Tuesday (June 4), aside from being the start of classes in public elementary and secondary schools, GMA News TV will move to Channel 27 — a  frequency held by their network’s subsidiary, Citynet Network Marketing and Productions, Inc. for 24 years would be awake from the 18 years of dormancy.

For media enthusiasts and critics, this is “long overdue,” since it was “unfair” and “imbalanced” for a major national network to operate two VHF frequencies. In the perspective of From the Tube, it is perhaps the same sentiment after his publication regarding the holding of that inactive UHF frequency almost four years ago.

However, that is not their primary reason. It had something to do with increasing lease payments for the past three years to ZOE, according to the media entity’s 2018 financial report.

Program-wise, there will be a major cleanup of their offerings after they realize that they aired non-essential programs (such as Wagas), movie blocks and home shopping.

On that day, DZBB will launch new programs for the extension of days and hours of Dobol B sa News TV (from weekday morning to daily morning and noon).

Nonetheless, this case is not new. Well, under the standpoint of viewers (fawning fans or independently thinking).

Almost exactly a year ago almost this date, Solar Entertainment’s 2nd Avenue ended their free-to-air broadcast on RJTV Channel 29. When it expired, RJTV ended its analog broadcast and resume their airing of their own programs according to their own time.

Another deal involving Solar Entertainment is RPN 9. In 2007, the network entity announced the partnership with the local cable operator and by next week, it was christened as C/S 9. In 2011, they became ETC (a specialty feminine channel) but two years later, it switched places with Solar News Channel. The deal of RPN and Solar ended in 2014.

Back to the main question: Is there really a downtrend of full block time deals with third-party broadcasters?

Well, there is.

It is based on business decisions of both parties, which in turn are based on external and internal environments (in addition to the aforementioned finances):

For one, the market segment veers away from the traditional television to video-on-demand services (e.g. Netflix, iFlix and HOOQ). Another one is the sense of urgency from respected authorities. The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) has set the mandate that the digital television transition across the country must be completed by 2023.

In the current case with GMA, this should have happened and formulated their master plan a long time ago if they did not smug over their ratings and looked on the constant problem of the video output of pan-and-scan 4:3 glory.

Follow-up, though: What would happen to Channel 11 afterward?

Some say it will be rendered obsolete as GMA’s digital television broadcast will have to broadcast on UHF Channel 15 (479.143) — now under testing phase. Other reports say that the frequency will simulcast the first digital TV network, Light TV, but it was deemed one step backward.

We are not sure but we’ll see about it on Tuesday. In the meantime, rescan your devices and the TV sets.


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Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons / GMA Network Inc.

Dead End for 2nd Avenue

2nd Avenue logo

It’s the end of the road for 2nd Avenue after almost 12 years.

UPDATED: June 4, 2018 @ 05:42

[Requested by Jason Angelo Nagar]

THE MONTH is coming to an end but another channel will facing the dead end.

By Tuesday (June 5), Solar Entertainment Corporation’s 2nd Avenue will be part of TV history after 12 years of partnership operation and analog transmission. The timing of the closure came just as the regular U.S. television season ended (from September to May) and the new slate for the next season has announced.

Initially launched as a spin-off to ETC, ETC 2nd Avenue started as a test broadcast on December 15, 2005, and had its full launch in 2006 on cable. The channel was later renamed to its present name on January 17, 2007.

Like ETC, it’s a spillover for American-imported drama series (one of them is Suits where Meghan Markle, now the Duchess of Sussex was once starred), lifestyle, entertainment news programs (e.g. Entertainment Tonight & Inside Edition), talk shows (Ellen), sitcoms, reality shows (e.g. American Idol & Hell’s Kitchen), movies, and infomercials (Shop TV).

One time, they also aired NBC’s morning show Today before moving to Talk TV (the predecessor of Solar News Channel and CNN Philippines).

In 2008, as part of its parent company’s blocktime agreements with multiple terrestrial channels, 2nd Avenue made its debut on Ramon Jacinto’s RJTV on Channel 29 in Metro Manila and affiliated stations nationwide. RJTV’s RJ Sunday Jam and Thank God, It’s RJ was retained and integrated with 2nd Avenue’s programming.

The channel’s identity at inception was green, white and black until 2014 when it simplified to green until 2016 to become orange and black.

Come June 6 (Wednesday), this channel will be reinstated on its original name, injecting news from their AM counterpart (The Voice of the Philippines, DZRJ 810), from 8TriMedia and a new infomercial blocktimer (Shop Japan). This restored channel will be the second channel to go fully-digital after Light TV 33 last year.

Nonetheless, what are they going to do with the final programming, Solar decides that the Hollywood entertainment news programs will be carried over to the sister channel and the rest will either be put to Jack TV or an exclusive channel on their (or otherwise) reportedly new digital TV box, the Easy TV Super Digibox.

Regarding the new competitor to TVPlus, that will be discussed by someone in another time.

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Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons/Solar Entertainment Corporation

Philippines’ Next Top Model to strut, impress on TV5

Twelve (12) ladies will strut their way on the catwalk but only one will become the Philippines’ Next Top Model on its new home on TV5.

TONIGHT at 8:15 p.m., the spotlight search will be finally on for the new cycle (“season”) of Philippines’ Next Top Model.
The upcoming season – subtitled as the Philippines Next Top Model: High Street – will mark the return of our local Next Top Model franchise after a decade on its new home on TV5 as part of the network’s “Choose Courage” campaign.
Hosted and heading the panel of judges by Maggie Wilson, twelve (12) aspirants were chosen through walk-in and online auditions last year as they will be tried and tested in the catwalk to impress the other members of the panel, including model-mentor Miss International 2016 Kylie Versoza, Rainer Dagala and Rafael Keifer.
The twelve contestants are as follows:
  • Adela Marshall: 19, Makati City (5’9″)
  • Aivie Phan: 21, Muntinlupa City (5’6″)
  • Angela Lehmann: 25, Makati City (5’8″)
  • Blaise Buendia: 20, Manila (5’7″)
  • Ina Guerrero: 23, Daraga, Albay (5’8″)
  • Jan Villanueva: 24, Norzagaray, Bulacan (5’9″)
  • Janelle Olafson: 26, Manila (5’7″)
  • Janilyn Medina: 20, Quezon City (5’5″)
  • Kim Valies: 21, Bacolod (5’8″)
  • Petche Anne Vale: 20, Tagbilaran, Bohol (5’9″)
  • Sarah Edwards: 23, Angeles City (5’7″)
  • Shekie Quah: 23, Binan, Laguna (5’7″)
This new edition will premiere exactly 10 years after their inaugural season this month. At that time, it was aired on RPN 9 under Ruffa Gutierrez where Grendel Alvarado bested as the top winner among the 14 contenders. Their international destination was in Victoria, Hong Kong.

The second franchise under Solar was supposed to be aired in 2012 but it was cancelled after a year due to production delays.

There was a plan that was announced in 2012 called Top Model Philippines by ETC. VJ Sarah Meier-Albano would’ve hosted and headed the panel of judges. Sean Armenta (model-turned-photographer) and Rissa Mananquil-Trillo (model mentor) would’ve composed in the panel. Former America’s Next Top Model producer Michael Carandang would’ve been the Creative Director for photo shoots and their international destination would’ve been in London. A year later, the Solar Entertainment management, owner of the ETC channel, decided to suspend the production of the show, citing delays and timing concerns that led to eventual cancellation.
That said, it’s safe to say that the upcoming edition on its new home on VHF will officially be counted as the second season of the series. Given the constant skepticism and criticism within their programming grid, would this new incarnation stand firm and impress the critics?
PNTM: High Street airs every Tuesday at 8:15 p.m. on TV5, right after Supergirl.

Photo courtesy: Wikimedia Commons/TV5/

Countdown to Coronation (Part II): The Current Arrangements

This Timow’s Turf special report will be dedicated on the 65th Miss Universe where the Philippines will host the grand coronation this Monday, January 30. The views and opinions expressed in this second and concluding installment of two-part special do not reflect those of the Miss Universe Organization (MUO).

President Duterte posed with DOT Secretary Wanda Teo and the fourth batch of the 65th Miss Universe candidates Monday. Maxine Medina, the Philippine contingent, is on the far right.

President Rodrigo Duterte posed with Department of Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo and the fourth batch of the 65th Miss Universe candidates Monday during the courtesy call in Malacanang. Maxine Medina, the Philippine contingent, is on the far right.

ON THE FIRST part, we tripped down memory lane on the past two editions of Miss Universe in 1974 and 1994. In this second of two parts, we will tackle the highly anticipated current event.

Just like the Papal Visit and the APEC Summit back in 2015, the first major event of 2017 involving high-profile foreign dignitaries must need a high profile security in which indeed President Rodrigo Duterte practiced religiously as he trusts too defensively to the military and the police.

But how did the organization for the third hosting came to be and how is the progress of broadcasters concerned?


Timow’s Turf Opening Salvo & Outlook for 2017


WELCOME to the first work and school day of 2017 and for President Rodrigo Duterte, it’s his first full calendar year in office.

Time is not just simply marking the ending and the beginning but also the continuity. We closed the book of 2016 and we just opened and wrote the first two pages of the New Year as we wrote our constantly-improving strokes in the critical (post-truth) era.


#ZG16: The Turf’s 16 Philippine TV Memories of 2016


ANOTHER YEAR will come to a wrap — two days to be exact but 2016 was not sweet as it meant to be but it tasted too sour and too bitter — be it in the aspect of entertainment, sports and local & global politics.

And the Turf understands about it but before we say “good riddance” or any uttering to release such frustrations from this annus horribilis, let’s all recall the top 16 moments that transpired over television in the Philippines.

Hold on to your judgments because it’s a hell of a bumpy ride.


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…)

The Turf’s TV Zeitgeist 2014: UHF Networks

[READ AT YOUR OWN RISK! To my readers of this final installment of TV Zeitgeist 2014, I apologize in advance of those who are offended by the content but the motto of this WordPress site – “let it be printed in wisdom and truth” – will continue to uphold. Thank you.]

THE NEW YEAR will be handed over in 3 days but before we bid adieu to 2014, here is the look back of what happened over the boob tube on the selected and noticeable UHF networks (except ABS-CBN Sports + Action and Aksyon TV).


What’s wrong with the Manila Bulletin’s TV Guide?

IF YOU SUBSCRIBED to the Manila Bulletin, of course, by physical printing, you would read some news articles on government agencies and normal citizens and editorials praising whoever is in charge of the government or a nation. Not only that, they also remind the feast day of a saint or a solemnity and the Mass readings like an almanac.

The Bulletin is the oldest continuous broadsheet in the Philippines and one of the three major English broadsheet dailies since 1900. Every February 2, their anniversary day of its maiden issue, they release a special complimentary yearbook all about the incumbent Government officials, the clergy from the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), the nations and even higher educational institutions.

Indeed, MB is an Official Gazette, Catholic Almanac and World Almanac combined friendly for the readership in Classes A, B and C. (more…)