Revisiting DepEd TV

OH BOY, the country’s public school system begins its school year this Monday (September 13); it will be another school year without face-to-face interaction as COVID-19 continues to spread violently with various variants while our vaccination efforts lag. (The rest of the world is resuming face-to-face instructions with minimum health and safety protocols in place save Venezuela and us.)

Last year, parents and teachers were concerned about their children’s ability to continue their education in the face of the pandemic, as Department of Education Secretary Leonor Briones desired. Furthermore, due to the President’s premeditated and petty motive, access to the most popular educational TV channel in the country was lost or limited because the company that made that channel lost its broadcast franchise.

At last, a solution was found; DepEd TV was born. 

In this blog post, we will revisit the state-sanctioned distance learning program: What went right? What went wrong? Are there any localized options?


GMA delivers two new shows: One is sure, the other in doubt

Manny Pacquiao goes back to TV hosting on "Manny Pacquiao featuring Sport Science."

Manny Pacquiao goes back to TV hosting on “Manny Pacquiao featuring Sport Science.”

WITH HECTIC SCHEDULE of training leading to another bout against the undefeated, young American boxer Chris Algieri this November, Manny Pacquiao set back to return to GMA as the host of his eponymous sports show featuring ESPN’s Sports Science, come September 14.

The upcoming educational show will be part of the Sunday morning educational block on the Kapuso Network with Drew Arellano’s AHA! and Chris Tiu’s iBILIB. The incoming program will replace Kap’s Amazing Stories hosted by Sen. Bong Revilla, whose reputation was ruined by the PDAF scam and is currently in jail since last June.

The non-boxing roles on TV of the 35-year-old jack-of-all-trades of Sarangani include:

  • Hosting an evening variety game show “Manny Many Prizes,”
  • Co-starring with Marian Rivera on his sole sitcom, “Show Me Da Manny,” and
  • Collaborating with then-Ateneo (now Rain or Shine Elasto Painters) basketball player Chris Tiu on “Pinoy Records.”

With Pacquiao’s confirmed delivery, comes another show with a doubt of pilot airing.

tom rodriguez

Tom Rodriguez is set to host “Don’t Lose the Money.” The show still has no date of first airing, as of press time.

For the first time in few years, the Kapuso Network acquired a new game show franchise from RTL Germany. The new game show, Don’t Lose the Money, will be hosted by Tom Rodriguez, well-known for his role as Vincent Soriano on the most controversial and discussed teleserye of 2013, My Husband’s Lover.

The mechanics of the game is much simple: two teams with four contestants each must take grueling physical challenges. The team who finishes effectively and efficiently will earn a corresponding amounts. The most money the team earns will take home the dough.

The last time GMA grabbed any franchise rights (overall) was in 2009 with Hole in the Wall from Japan, hosted by Yaya and Angelina (portrayed by Michael V. and Ogie Alcasid) of the Spoiled Brat skit of Bubble Gang. The last comprehensive game show franchise once hold by the Kapuso Network was Family Feud under Richard Gomez.

The date of the new game show is yet to be announced.

With Seven’s new shows up for grabs, one confirmed and one in doubt, will GMA’s critics be satisfied or remain unconscionable? Keep an eye on those dates and subsequent press releases.

Update (September 1): Don’t Lose the Money will be shown on September 22.

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[Photos courtesy of Philippine Entertainment Portal]