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[Pre-SONA Special] Can PTV really be editorially independent?


[Requested by MJH]

[AUTHOR’S NOTE: In the run-up to President Rodrigo Duterte’s final State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday, we will tackle one of the legacies between him and the media. This blog post is dedicated to Howard Johnson, a BBC correspondent in our country and Jules Guiang, who is now in Rappler.]

PLANTITO-STYLED SONA. Last year, President Rodrigo Duterte personally delivered his penultimate (5th) State of the Nation Address in Batasang Pambansa with limited attendance to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

FINALLY, the last SONA of President Rodrigo Duterte is upon us. After this, there will be no more rants that come from his bruised ego heart, right? (SPOILER: Not quite, he has more every week after this.)

His valedictory SONA will be a verdict to judge his legacy but the people had already decided before that and they knew who will succeed him for next year’s election.

Before he will deliver his last annual speech to the 18th Congress this Monday afternoon inside Batasang Pambansa, I would like to share an excerpt of his maiden SONA on July 25, 2016 (with ad-libs):

To better manage public information, a law should be passed – I’m addressing Congress– to create the People’s Broadcasting Corporation, replacing PTV-4, [applause] the government-run TV station, which now aims to replicate international government broadcasting networks.  Teams from these international news agencies — I’d like to mention those interested BBC — are set to visit the country soon to train people from government-run channels to observe. Ito ang gusto ko — tutal pera naman ng tao — to observe editorial independence through innovative programs [applause] and intelligent treatment and analysis of news reports, as well as developments of national and international significance.

The government’s Bureau of Broadcast Services, better known as the Radyo ng Bayan,  shall undergo upgrading to make it financially viable and dependable for accurate and independent, and enlightening news and commentary. Radyo ng Bayan will be integrated with the PBC.

As we are presently setting up a Presidential Communications Satellite Office in Davao City, PBC will also put up broadcast hubs in the Visayas and Mindanao. [applause] Davao City will also be the first site of the first Muslim channel, to be called Salaam Television, [applause] and the first Lumad channel. [applause]

Pres. Rodrigo Roa Duterte (July 25, 2016)

Well, he fulfilled about the Salaam TV which took off a year later as the People’s Television Network (PTV) digital subchannel but the Lumad channel didn’t and became a TV program. He got the Mindanao Hub at his bailiwick in Davao City — which was opened last year — became fully operational since last March. (This is going to be used as a weapon for its remaining die-hard supporters in their interpretation of his legacy.)

Legislation regarding the People’s Broadcasting Corporation remains pending in Congress. By now, the chance to make it will be slim as the 3rd Regular Session of this current Congress will have the shortest number of session days on account to the filing and campaigning of politicians for May 9, 2022.

But look at a specific passage of text earlier, what does editorial independence mean? Did they ever try to uphold it?

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Crossing the Bridge of No Return, One Year After


(NOTE: This post serves as Quarterly Open Pit No. 16. Consider this as my candid confession post; it’s hard to hold your silence but this has to be done.)

The Bridge of No Return crosses the Military Demarcation Line (MDL) between North Korea and South Korea. The name comes from the final ultimatum that was given to prisoners of war brought to the bridge for repatriation. Once they crossed the bridge, they will never go back, even if they later changed their minds.

FIFTY-TWO TUESDAYS AGO, the Philippine media industry has inevitably crossed the metaphorical bridge of no return amidst the new normal. The landscape of television has shifted forever and many of us — including yours truly — will be remembered and be traumatized.

While some audacious politicians say they’re not affected by that. It truly did. It affected not just the mental health of both those who are laid off and those who remained with more heavier workload. It also affected the job prospects (not just for Mass Communication graduates but also for Electronic Communications Engineering) and felt the chilling effect of government agencies like the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) when it comes the overall progress of digital terrestrial television (DTT) transition and the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) on their revenue stream.

While some enforce callously for closure and healing (babang luksa) tomorrow after a year, its wounds are still fresh in their inerasable memories.

While the sore winners say it’s “no big deal,” it unfolded to be a consequential move, especially in the far-flung areas.

Since the start of this year (2021), I cannot utter the name of the former TV network or its corresponding nickname anymore — and I euphemized them —  because saying its name is a “mortal sin.” Not to mention, I glaringly omitted their programs and/or described them indirectly. (Reminder: I didn’t include their teleseryes because it’s not our policy, enforced before 2020, to tackle upcoming and ending teleseryes in detail.)

I have imposed a “Give Chance to Others” Policy; the answer of why I’ve done that will be tackled after.

Come tomorrow, they’ll celebrate this as the “Day of Thanksgiving” with prideful taunts on the other side while ignoring their errors. In this post, I’ll tackle two invectives you probably hear from them and how I appropriated them with the current progress.

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The Hindsight That Was 2020: How the Surviving TV Networks Fared? (Part II)


[NOTE: If you haven’t read the first part of our year-ender, click HERE before proceeding.]

“If I knew back then what I know now. / If I understood the what, when, why and how. / Now it’s clear to me. What I should have done. / But hindsight is 20/20 vision.”

~George Benson, “20/20” (1985)

THE FIRST year of the New Decade is ending. When we began, this is a year that we expected a “perfect vision” or a show of ambition and surprises. However, we did not foresee an outbreak encroaching the world.

The COVID-19 pandemic puts a halt to the production of those things we looked forward to and puts precarious precautions on the essentials. Coupling with the premeditated fall of a prominent media giant, the surviving competitors fought rapaciously over broadcasting rights much worse than we initially thought or regained and repurposed.

In this two-part of the year-ender, how did the remaining TV networks respond? (NOTE: Let’s just pretend that ABS-CBN and the ZOE deal that forms A2Z are no longer relevant to discussions anymore because, well… you voted for it, you asked for it.)

In the second part, we will tackle the minor networks that garnered significant differences this year.


IBC 13

The real antipode to the fallen media giant regained prominence but not similar to its former glory nearly half a century ago. Instead, the neglected and utterly forgotten state-sequestered TV network was repurposed into a distance learning channel through DepEd TV from Monday to Saturday daytime. The biggest sacrifice, other than ending EZ Shop, is they have to pull the plug on El Shaddai after 28 years and the plan of SMAC Television Production’s Gen Z-hosted and performed noontime show.

In August, the worker’s union claim of perennial mismanagement was at a bad timing as it was eclipsed by the PhilHealth money heist. First, the reported amount of unpaid benefits since 2008 was P 278 million but that was just peanuts compared to PhilHealth’s P 15 billion. Second, PhilHealth’s theft has a much indirect effect on workers; public and private workers around the country are affected since we indirectly pay their premium contributions from our paychecks (they’re mandatory). Third, PhilHealth matters because of universal health coverage that any member would come to their aid when they get sick (especially with the lingering pandemic) as IBC is supposed to convey delivery of education and information.

While their broadcast franchise doesn’t expire until 2025, privatization is the obvious solution to end the myriad of problems but considering the current situation, the initiative couldn’t push anytime soon or worse, it won’t pursue anymore if DepEd TV becomes a permanent staple (which, in fairness, is a much better use of airtime than showing replays of government propaganda shows and home shopping but we’re in doubt over their financial standing).

PTV

The pandemic has introduced the daily Laging Handa public briefing since mid-March but it veered away from its intention from being an information handler when it comes to the virus into a front act for Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go.

One personality was no longer seen this year: Jules Guiang. The only dissenter in the roster of talents spilled his outspokenness on Twitter by comparing the labor issues of his employer and the fallen media giant which led to his consequential exit that exposed the true colors of Vasra’s broadcast and internal company culture.

During the budget hearing for the Presidential Communication Operations Office (PCOO) in the House of Representatives last September 10 (the same day the National Telecommunications Commission revoked the frequencies of ABS-CBN after an absence of a valid franchise), Secretary Martin Andanar wanted to compete with commercial broadcasters. Why now? Whatever happened to the fully-fledged public broadcaster promised in President Duterte’s maiden SONA four years ago?

Last December 5, PCOO inaugurated the Mindanao Media Hub in the President’s bailiwick in Davao City.

By this time, they are planning to air a noontime show with a working title, Good Laughternoon. The hosts are mostly from participants of Miss World Philippines and comedians who were formerly employed by Allan K’s two closed comedy bars (Klownz and Zirkoh).

CNN Philippines

This channel is barely changing operations-wise, other than the focus on the pandemic coverage and the entry of Rico Hizon. Twice the channel went off the air because of the presence of COVID-positive employees in their HQ in Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong and thus, they have to be disinfected.

During the U.S. presidential debates season, they are very interrupted due to daily issues here at home like the Speakership show and red-tagging personalities.

At the moment, no room for improvements has been recommended or formulated — even though they have slight drift (i.e. cartoons from Cartoon Network) from living up to its name for pure news and public affairs.

NET 25

Another prominent TV network that gained attention this year is this UHF TV network near Templo Central in Commonwealth.

During the dual period, they aired a talent show (Tagisan ng Galing) and a noontime show (Happy Time), starring Anjo Yllana, Janno Gibbs and Kitkat. Robin Padilla has two projects from this channel — Unlad: Kaagapay sa Hanapbuhay (an informative program) and Kesayasaya (a musical sitcom).

Two instances are arising from the fallout of Mother Ignacia: the entry of Vic De Leon Lima in their flagship newscast Mata ng Agila; and few versatile talents starring on their first teleserye Ang Daigdig Ko’y Ikaw.

Two prominent beauties came to this network: Emma Mary Tiglao joined the early evening newscast while PBA courtside reporter Apple David became one of the presenters of the breakfast show Pambansang Almusal.

Net25 has promising program offerings this year — even the contemptuous due to obvious religious alignment — but not everyone can reach this network. Despite being the pioneer network in our country’s digital terrestrial TV, they are barely accessible on the free and digital airwaves.

You have to rely on cable (depending on where you live) and on social media with a dependable internet connection.

ETC

For 2020, Solar Entertainment is eating their humble pies after losing the carriage disputes of NBA and the ambitious Easy TV offerings since last year. This year, ETC continued such feasting. This channel’s offering was intentionally targeted for feminine and young adult demographics; this year, it into a significant channel drift by adding an old Filipino classic film block called ETCinema and a Tagalog-dubbed Turkishnovela (Endless Love) in their ETCerye.

BEAM

If a wanderer is portrayed as a digital TV channel, then Broadcast Enterprises and Affiliated Media (BEAM) fit the bill.

These past few years, their channel serves as a digital TV playground where they have no defined purpose than GMA or NET 25 — call it an experimental laboratory, if you will.

This year, two events transpired for that company. On July 30, their broadcast franchise was renewed for another 25 years after affixing President Duterte’s signature. Three months later, the Chooks-to-Go 3×3 tournament gets a dedicated subchannel from this network.


That Being Said…

The year 2020 will forever be an exceptional year and a turning point. EXCEPTIONAL, where the way of life is significantly different than before and a TURNING POINT, where one major player’s fall has made a domino effect on our media consumption.

Few things will be sure arising from the lessons of this sagacious year:

  • There will be an overall setback in terms of broadcasting innovation.
  • The analog switchover (initially scheduled for end-2023) will certainly push anew to an indefinite date.
  • This will signal a sudden acceleration of younger demographics (from the younger half of millennials onwards) abandoning free TV and move on to online streaming (e.g. Netflix, iWantTFC or Kumu) — after attending online classes or working from home.

To paraphrase a quote from Spanish filmmaker Antonio Banderas, people are not that patient anymore.

So what will 2021 bring us? We don’t know but we have crossed the bridge of no return.


ONCE AGAIN:

I thank the 200+ Facebook users who like our Page, which total to 505 likes.

I thank the following people that defined 2020 for me: Miguele Torres, Rey Refran, Jayson Bustamante and Zyle Samuel A. Hernandez. I also want to thank Trendrod Box for being a complement to this one-man band of a project.

In Twitterlandia, Prof. Danilo Arao, Peter Cayton and JP Tanyag.


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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 PEP.ph’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

Durations:

  • 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 PEP.ph, 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.

Radio

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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Government Media: From Zero to Top 10 in the Ratings Game (and an Afterthought)


[Requested by Rexdel Yabut Mallari]

IN YOUR very own words, what is your impression whenever you hear the term “government-owned media”?

If you once were skeptical then you believed, then good for you. Otherwise, if you still assessed with negative connotations, then I cannot blame you.

The requester was more of a radio enthusiast than of television. So, let’s start over discussing his prime form of media before us.

Radio

Before Duterte came, the ratings of radio stations owned by the Philippine Broadcasting Service (PBS) were nowhere to be found, not even on Top 10.

Enter Martin Andanar and Bong “Sonny B” Aportadera in the picture.

Having the experience and close connections with the President, both decided to take a staggering overhaul over the inherited state-owned media similar to the BBC Radio.

On February 2 last year, the old Business Radio 104.3 FM became FM2, a commercial-free classic hits station, Spotify-style with government PSAs, government-aligned news and less DJ talk. During the first nine months of inception, the station was ranked No. 1 in the ABC market.

According to the Nielsen’s July 2018 ratings received from automobiles within the Mega Manila market, FM2 was placed No. 9.

Last All Saints’ Day (November 1), FM1 87.5 (DWFO) launches on a Top 40 CHR and OPM format for the youth. So far, the date of formal launch is not yet announced; thus, not registered in rating game.

On the AM band, Radyo ng Bayan 738 kHz became RP1 since June last year and Sports Radio 918 kHz became RP2 began three months after. Currently, the general AM radio station was able to reach at the edge of the Top 10.

Television

While the radio division is impressive, the television counterpart is another story.

The ratings of PTV is neither mentioned nor accessed via search engines to any entertainment news sites, unlike the South Triangle Duopoly, with differing firms.

For the hoi polloi, it seems Vasra is not watchable unless you are a subservient supporter of President.

Until last August 14 when the Senate Blue Ribbon committee, chaired by Senator Richard Gordon, summoned the two Tulfo brothers, former Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo and officials from People’s Television (PTV) and the Department of Tourism (DOT).

They were summoned after the Commission on Audit’s 2017 report issued last late April over the state-run television network’s P 60-million ad deal between the executive department and the state network’s loyal blocktimer, Bitag Media Productions (owned by her brother, Ben) without proper documentation.

The findings dismissed Wanda from the Cabinet, made a mockery by commercial commentators and infuriated a colleague (Jules Guiang) of the network yet they insist that they will not return the money.

During the hearing, the ratings for the network from May to August were projected. As PTV presumably subscribes to Kantar, Kilos Pronto, the program in extremis, was ranked 83rd overall but network-wise, it was placed 37th.

As with people’s intuition, the PCSO Lotto Draw (primetime edition) indeed aced the ratings for the network. What comes after Lotto was not PTV Sports but live presidential engagements, the primary staple and a big hindrance of the network from being a fully-fledged public broadcaster.

Afterthought

On the aforementioned Senate hearing, Gordon ordered to improve PTV and how does one’s network improve? Obviously, it is the programming operation itself.

At that week, two of four mainland Chinese programs, Beijing Love Story and Jimao, were premiered on the network under “China TV Theatre” package — a week later than advertised — which the Turf should have made a full insight, had not been overturned.

Such programming “betrayed” the spirit of the slogan of Para Sa Bayan and the network’s Charter, as quoted in the Declaration of Policies, as amended:

SEC. 2. Declaration of Policies. – In consonance with the Constitutional recognition of the vital role of communication and information in nation-building, and the important aspect played by the broadcasting industry, it is hereby declared as the policy of the State to:

“(a) Fully develop communication structures suitable to the needs and aspirations of the nation and in accordance with a policy that respects the freedom of speech and of the press;

“(b) Give priority to education, science and technology, arts, culture, and sports to foster patriotism and nationalism, accelerate social progress, and promote total human liberation and development;

(c) Develop the broadcasting industry as a medium for the development, promotion and advancement of Filipino nationalism, culture and values that serve as an instrument in the struggle for Filipino sovereignty, identity, national unity and integration; [Emphasis mine]

“(d) Harness the resources of the government and the private sector towards a close, continuous and balanced cooperation in order to take advantage of technological advances in the broadcasting industry;

“(e) Maintain a broadcast industry system that serves as a vital link for participative democracy and effective government information dissemination through developmental communication, free from any political or partisan influence and held accountable directly to the people;

“(f) Encourage the development and broadcast of balanced programs which feature, among others, educational, wholesome entertainment, cultural, public affairs and sports; and

“(g) Provide quality alternative programs for the benefit and moral upliftment of the citizenry.”

Nonetheless, it proved that it still reflects as a mouthpiece of a sitting presidential administration — a practice that has been done for 44 years. In this case, it is inferred to be the reflection of his foreign policy towards mighty Beijing.

Nevertheless, who is watching those programs anyway other than its intended audience?

Most people tend to watch for the trinity of major general genres — entertainment, sports and news — and PTV barely even have those kinds to offer.

Speaking of the network’s Charter, the whereabouts of the People’s Broadcasting Corporation (PBC) bill they had promised from the 2016 SONA is nowhere to be found.

We presumed that both houses of Congress just lay there on the table without notice, as they are bombarded with pressing issues and putting their political fortunes at risk for next year’s election, which pushes the bill’s fate towards failure.

When will the recent rating of such programs for the network be released? Possibly, when the follow-up hearing is summoned or on the budget hearing where PCOO is involved.


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The Turf’s Midyear Report 2018


THE FIRST HALF of 2018 is nearly ending but before we head on the second half, it’s time for a midyear recap of the nine noteworthy and hidden-now-amplified moments of Philippine media.

Why nine? It’s the half of 18, obviously.

These stories are arranged in no particular order.

New League, New Crowd

MPBL 2018 logo

Initiated last January 25, the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League – a spiritual successor to late 1990s Metropolitan Basketball Association — was participated by 10 teams, all hailed from Luzon.

Despite no intention to be a competitor to the PBA, the geographically based basketball league drew much crowd from the professional league of corporate teams.

Since June 12, the league expanded almost thrice to 26, divided between the Northern and Southern Conference, making it difficult for S+A to cover and at the same time, crushing the ongoing FIFA World Cup.

As of press time, they are now currently playing in the Datu Cup.

Loss of Billboard PH

bbph

The last update of the localized Billboard charts was on January 15 – the same day, overshadowed, the SEC revoked Rappler’s registration.

While there is no official explanation for that inactivity, the probable reason is the breach of contract between Billboard USA and Algo-Rhythm Communications for undue obligations. Some, ludicrously, said that it was intended with the rise of Ex Battalion (which “Hayaan Mo Sila” charted No. 2 in Philippine Top 20) and IV of Spades.

Their website domain that holds it is now vacant; their loss is gain for FM radio station’s biased charts and third-party socmed-based chart aggregators.

End of the Road for Two Things

2nd Avenue logo

Solar Entertainment’s 2nd Avenue parked at the dead end on June 5 (until Saturday for provincial) after 12 years. On the free-to-air territory, it marked the restoration of original RJTV and at the same time, its analog transmission finally shut down, marking it as the second channel to go digital after Light Network 33.

Nonetheless, Solar introduced their encrypted digital TV box, competing against ABS-CBN TV Plus, called Easy TV Super Digibox.

Cable Shakeups and Online Streaming

Cord Cutter

The first half of 2018 trembled the local cable industry — both on cable channels and providers.

On the cable provider, Dream Satellite TV, the pioneer direct-to-home satellite television service since 2001, closed shop with mounting debts and unpaid fees.

On cable channels, fate was done in different methods:

  • Renaming. After almost 19 years, Lifestyle became The Metro Channel last April 2.
  • Specialization downsizing. Last May, Bloomberg Philippines’ programs were downsized and integrated to One News after their license expired.
  • Shutdowns. On New Year’s Day, Jack CT (Solar) shut down. ABS-CBN closed Tag and their Regional Channel on January 15 and at the end of that month, Hero finally bade farewell for anime fans. Toonami SE Asia followed suit two months after.

While GMA did not venture further into cable, it launched its Online Exclusives (ONE). Ex Battalion did not join in the fray until last June 11.

It’s Overtime

Last February, ABS-CBN did an unthinkable tactic to kill Ika-6 na Utos’ popularity before the near end of the early afternoon teleserye that lasted a year and three months. They forced to go overtime in It’s Showtime — particularly on Tawag ng Tanghalan — with Vice Ganda spending time with his/her comedic bantering over the microphone. The tactic affected other shows that come after with GMA fought back by extending their early evening newscast (24 Oras) or Wowowin. The practice of setting time on the airing of the shows, including imposing the digital clock in GMA’s news program, was omitted.

The antics from ABS continue, trying to compete Contessa, but to no avail were better in ratings.

After IANU concluded, it’s one of the leading ladies, Ryza Cenon, jumped ship to Mother Ignacia, joining FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano.

Mekeni, Mekeni, Maraming Controversy

baganiABS-CBN’s primetime fantasy series Bagani faced criticisms before its premiere on March 5. On casting, it was particularly over Liza Soberano (hold her “sinigang” quip) and on the portrayal of the namesake came from historical societies, indigenous groups and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED). While it is too late to change casting for the former, to appease the latter, a disclaimer was incorporated to recognize the indigenous peoples using the term and drew inspiration.

Despite its derivation from Philippine mythology, the show currently did not end up as serious as other fantaseryes — either here or its rival – which drew Suzette Doctolero, the head writer on GMA, to a boil, particularly on portraying Babaylans.

Nearly Forgotten

Remember Brillante Mendoa’s Amo that was promised on TV5 (now, The 5 Network) last year? The show was nearly drowned out due to the sporting deal with ESPN and fixing their identity.

Brillante Mendoza Amo

The network signed the deal with Netflix to distribute it over the streaming service platform to the global audience in April 9 as the first Filipino series. However, not everyone is pleased due to the message it delivers but Netflix — having an array of original and borrowed series — gives anyone choices.

After almost two weeks in the global premiere, the network finally aired the series every Saturdays.

105.9 FM: The Cursed Radio Frequency

If you’re in the Metro Manila market, you have heard about the recent change over that radio frequency.

The radio station, as Like 105.9 FM, dressed for the sixth time (fifth in the blocktimer) as an Adult Top 40 station, “trying to beat Mellow 94.7” (JRDV, 2018) without prior notice on May 26-27 weekend — not even in social media.

Ominous signs why they concelead their announcement happened since November: downsizing of DJs, the significant rise of neighbors’ recognition which translates to unsatisfied performance and unpaid debts from the last blocktimer as RETRO.

The Turf initially called it the IBC 13 of FM Radio while Kim Martin, a resident commenter of From the Tube, called it a Lindsay Lohan.

PTV under fire

People’s Television Network (PTV) caught on spotlight last April when the Commission on Audit found out in the GOCC’s audit report that 60 million pesos worth of ad placement from the Department of Tourism to Ben Tulfo’s media outfit (being a blocktimer for the network) had no proper documentation.

It made Jules Guiang, one of the network’s talents who is principled but politically different from the echo chamber, outraged. Because of that emphasis, the issue of conflict of interest between then-Secretary Wanda Teo and her brothers surfaced.

While Wanda was finally sacked, her brothers temporarily left from the limelight and returned in radio in the Philippine Broadcasting Service, covering on the television, still doing the thing they do best (or worse, depending on one’s standpoint): worshipping Duterte in high heavens. The money is never returned, despite being said.

For PTV, they are planning to air shows from mainland China as China Theatre, dubbed in Filipino, come August.

Special mentions:

  • ABS-CBN News going full HD
  • Launch of ANC X
  • Changes in ABS-CBN regionally produced shows due to DTT: ending Agri Tayo Dito and Mag TV Na (Kapamilya Mas Winner Ka on the weekend) and consolidation TV Patrol regionals next week
  • GMA’s 24 Oras went over a week-long “dressing room” change in character generation
  • Sherlock Jr., despite the criticism from the title and the style of the trailer, actually deviated from Arthur Conan Doyle’s adaptation or from the BBC.
  • MNL48 formation on It’s Showtime (and underlying controversy from fans)
  • Launch of LIGA
  • One billion YouTube views of Wish 107.5’s YouTube channel
  • Departure of DJ Gino Quillamor from Monster RX 93.1

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