Tom Rodriguez

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?


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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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‘The Cure’ Fails Its Experiment To Subside FPJAP Supervirus

A CAT may have nine lives but GMA’s such a numerical attempt failed to beat down the unstoppable supervirus of Mother Ignacia (i.e. FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano).

By Friday (July 27), The Cure (dir. Mark A. Reyes) will close out with 65 episodes with, unsurprisingly, no signs of finale fanfare from social media handles.

Here is an except from From the Tube‘s on the series:

The story of ‘The Cure’ involves an experimental drug that kills cancer cells, but the side effect of it is that a highly dangerous and contagious virus called Monkey Virus Disease (MVD) will mutate and cause seizures and violent outbreaks to infected people. The disease quickly spreads throughout the country and will only continue to do so unless a cure can be found.

Married couple Charity (Jennylyn [Mercado]), a former registered nurse, and Gregory (Tom [Rodriguez]), a clinical research associate in a pharmaceutical company, are living a happy life with their daughter Hope (Leanne Bautista), until Greg’s mother Agnes (Irma Adlawan) is diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Agnes is given an experimental drug, but her health got worse as she is infected with MVD.

That drug, in turn, was discovered by Dr. Evangeline Lazaro (Jaclyn Jose), who works in the same company as Greg. With MVD continuing to wreak havoc across the country, it is up to Charity and Greg to find the necessary cure and prevent the inevitable.

The Cure’ also stars Mark Herras, LJ Reyes, Jay Manalo, Ronnie Henares, Glenda Garcia, Diva Montelaba and Arra San Agustin, with a special participation from Ken Chan.

Kantar registered The Cure‘s recent rating, from July 17 to 20, 2018, ranging from 15.5-16.6 while their adversary took advantage with 42.1-44.4 when at the latter’s primary storyline, the vow of Cardo Dalisay (Coco Martin) and Alyana (Yassi Pressman) was renewed.

Like their eight attempts since September 2015, the “Cardo Curse” triumphed. In other words, they are not immune to fight against an institution amidst a very devious storyline and genre.

Its replacement, the 10th competitor, Victor Magtanggol (starring Alden Richards, dir. Dominic Zapata) will be tackled in the Turf later this week.

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The free-to-air Philippine TV guide for Holy Week 2016

Behold the wood of the wondrous cross, of which the Prince of Glory and of Mercy redeemed us, sinners.

Behold the wood of the wondrous Cross, of which the Prince of Glory and of Mercy redeemed us, sinners.

HOLY WEEK will come early this year but it will not be the earliest in the range in the Gregorian calendar. The earliest falls from March 15-21 (happened in 1818, to happen in 2285) and the latest falls from April 18-24 (happened in 1943, to happen in 2038). This year, the most sacred week for Filipino Christians will start on March 20 (Palm Sunday) until 26 (Black Saturday).

Timow’s Turf comes back temporarily from educating the electorate in order to look out on the guide to Holy Week on free-to-air Philippine television. This scope will last until Easter Sunday, March 27.


The Turf’s TV Zeitgeist 2014: GMA

THE NEW YEAR will be handed over in 6 days but before we bid adieu to 2014, here is the look back of what happened over the boob tube on GMA and its sister channel, GMA News TV. (more…)

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.

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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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