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
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:
#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:
#16. Barangay 143: Desperate to Win
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.
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:
#14. The Songbird’s Flight Back
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
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
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:
#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:
#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:
Oh, the same would apply for Victor Magtanggol.
- 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