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.
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.
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:
#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:
#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):
#6. Meme-ification of Police Reports
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…
#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:
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:
#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).
#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:
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:
- 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.
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Photos (not counting GIF) courtesy of: Inside Manila, Adobo Tech and Time Magazine