Nite Writer’s 2011: A Look Back

Before we hug 2012, let me give you a rundown of the Nite Writer’s 2011. This year has been very fruitful for me and this blog space. It was this year that Nite Writer found its new home with WordPress from its silent residence in Blogspot. With the encouragement of a blogger and twitter friend, I was convinced to transfer home. And from then on, it was a year of excitement for this nocturnal scribe.

I must say this is a year of Fellowship. A year when I gained a lot of new friends from the blogging world, from Twitter world and Facebook community pages. I never expected my network would grow like that in a just a year, now I can really say I am friendly (What The Fun. LOL).

It was also a year of blogger events, as I have attended 2 great blog awards nights. The first was the Globe TATT Awards, which is very meaningful as it is my debut to the blogging/social media world. That was very memorable not only because I am with my twitter friend slash loveteam (from #quiztionatics and #teamaquarius) Angel (I’m thinking if I should change my name to Phil, LOL), but because I have met personally, friends from social network which I never expected I would. Sharing a room with the icons of social media and blogging was such an honor and a great achievement. Who would not be proud meeting THE Maria Ressa, who is an icon and idol in journalism. The event also facilitated my personal encounter with my idol in blogging, the man behind the name Professional Heckler, Loi Reyes Landicho and other social media personalities like Tonyo Cruz, Beth Angsioco, and THE Divine Lee. Indeed Globe TATT Awards was one of the highlights of my 2011.

Few weeks before 2011 bid goodbye, I was also lucky to be part of another prestigious blog awards which according to Otep Zablan, is one of the top 3 major-major blog awards in the country, the Saranggola Blog Awards. More than fielding my entries in 4 categories and hoping for a “debut-luck” win, getting to know new blogger friends and being part of it’s advocacy to promote Filipino writings is more than enough. The experience of my first SBA is all worthwhile and it also led me to become part of the U-Blog family.

This year also was marked by different Twitter and FB contests that I joined and won. Because of Close-up Philippines FB community, I was able to gain new friends and just before Christmas they gave me 2 movie passes (what a nice Christmas gift). And because also of this community, I was able to know other twitter and FB pages that runs online contest which I all joined like the Binalot contest which I won 2 free meals, the Samsung White Christmas wishlist contest and others. Because of this I can really say, I Love Social Networking.

All in all this year has been very good for me in terms of being connected to people. I may not be a fan of Nokia phone but I would barrow their phrase Connecting People, because this year I know part of Nite Writer’s goal which is To Write to Connect and Re-Connect with People is somehow achieved. From the previous average of 2-3 views per day on Nite Writer’s previous home, it now averages 30-35 views per day, which is not bad for a small blogger like me. And for 2012, I will continue to write stories and commentaries which are close to my heart. Stories that will not only inform but will inspire (I hope so, hehe) and anything that comes to my mind regardless if it’s popular or not. As a friend say, Write to Express not to Impress.

Thank you to all who have passed by this small space (I just hope whenever you pass by, you can leave any comments, violent or non-violent) and to all who have been part of my 2011. From the bottom of my heart I appreciate you all (Why am I sounding cheesy now? haha) and Nite Writer will continue till the next and the next and the next years to come.

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“Every NOW is Tomorrow’s History, so I will Never get Tired of Telling a Story”

Let’s Vote In

Warning : The next post you are going to read contains campaign materials. Reader participation is highly advised.

“And the TATT goes to…”

With the rise of social media and the popularity of different social networking sites, Globe Telecom has come up with its first ever Globe TATT Awards.

Geared towards recognizing greatness and excellence in social media, the award is divided into different categories such as, The One, Ballbreaker, Stylisimo, Indie Rocker, Wordslayer, Artiste, Techie Junkie, Thought Mover, Video Slinger and The Advocate. Each finalists on the said categories were screened and will be judged by the TATT council composed of people in the likes of Gang Badoy and Maria Ressa, which will comprise the 70% of the finalist’s score. The remaining 30% will come from the people and their followers (20% online popularity, and 10% for public votes done on the Tattoo website).

After looking at all the finalists I’ve chosen to vote for finalists from 3 categories; The Advocate, Thought Mover and Wordslayer for the reason that these are people I’m following on twitter and for my belief on their convictions, causes and endeavors.

For THE ADVOCATE it’s Elizabeth Angsioco (@bethangsioco) of the Democratic Socialist Women of the Philippines. I first knew her through her stint in Boy Abunda’s The Bottomline, and from there I was able to know how passionate she is with her advocacy specifically the RH Bill. Her intelligence, eloquence, passion and energy have convinced me to vote and campaign for her.

For the #THOUGHT-MOVER it’s Tonyo Cruz (@tonyocruz) of www.asiancorrespondent.com and www.tonyoCcuz.com. He is one blogger that I idolize because of his great writing skills. No wonder he became finalist because of his famous ideas such as #sentisabado and #tonyoasks. He also carries with him great passion for his causes and advocacy that is why although my crush Bianca Gonzales is one of the contender for thIS award I’m giving my vote and conviction to him.

Lastly for the WORDSLAYER is no other than the Heckler himself Loi Reyes Landicho (@hecklerforever) of the famous and award winning http://professionalheckler.wordpress.com. First time I’ve read his blog I already subscribed to it. His humor is so infectious that you cannot resist to look forward to his upcoming post. I think much has been said and written about him, and I believe the twitterverse and online community will agree with me that he really deserved all the awards and accolades he has achieved and will be achieving. His really a friend of the words and twin of humor, and for that I’m giving him my vote.

Now it’s up to you to exercise your rights. But I would encourage you to vote for these people as I believe they embody the true social media greatness. So what are you waiting for, vote now. Just go to http://tattoo.globe.com.ph/tattawards/vote and look for their names on their corresponding categories.

*Credits to the owners of the photo
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“I only campaign for causes, advocacies and people I truly believe in”

School Homecoming

Speaking in front of an audience was never my forte but I always dream of it cause I want to impart inspiration to those who will listen to whatever I have to say. Last April 1, I was given the opportunity to address the graduating class of Gagalot-Taytay Elementary School (my former Elementary School). I was never surprised as I have long envisioned it will come to that point. (I think I’m a clairvoyant.kidding.) When I was told the theme of the commencement exercise, I felt relieved cause that was the topic I really want to be speaking about “Youth’s Role in Social Transformation”.

The preparation towards the day is quite intense, thinking of what to wear, how should I look like, while at the same time preparing for the “script”. Writing the speech is something more arduous (although I love the theme), I find it hard to make the speech short and concise, taking into consideration also that my audience are grade school pupils. I want as much as possible to use simple words that the kids will enjoy to listen to avoid them from falling into sleep. Weeks have past and I have yet to finalize my rhetoric, not until the day before the event. At the night before the graduation I have finally came out with the final version of the speech that I will be reading in front of them.

On the day itself all the anxiety disappeared. It was a nice homecoming having been welcomed by the school principal who used to be my Grade 1 teacher. During the ceremonies I can’t help but be nostalgic on the days when I’m still studying there. Seeing the kids on the graduation gowns and cap, I suddenly felt “Am I that Old”. But I just convinced myself, no “I am the youngest graduation speaker to have stood in this stage” (lol).

After all the rites and ceremonial process on that day, then came my turn to take the stage. After being introduced by the Emcee, I then held the rostrum and started to deliver. With my script being held in front of me, I just suddenly broke into my innate talkative nature and forgot to follow what I have strenuously written. All the bubbles of nervousness popped out as all the words just came out of my mouth unstoppable. And after (I think) 20 minutes of talk, I’ve concluded my “lecture”.

Seeing the smile of my parents who was there watching in front of me and the smiles of the parents, the teachers of the students, I just felt, “mission accomplished”, my job is done. I may not have uttered the most brilliant words during that day but I know in simple talk I have made them believe that they can do something to fuel the change that our country needs. That the torch of hope is still burning and that hey only need to hold onto it and share it to others so that light will spread.

Below is the transcript of the speech I have delivered.

District Superintendent Dr. Merandilla
Mayor Filo Guera and Members of the Municipal and Barangay Councils
Principal Ma’am Myrna Dorado
Faculty Members
Parents
Graduating class of 2011
Ladies and Gentlemen

Good Afternoon!

Before I start let me first congratulate all the graduates and their parents. At bago ako magsimula may ipapagawa muna ako sa inyo. Mga graduates pede bang lapitan nyo ang inyong mga parents at bigyan nyo sila ng isang mahigpit na yakap at matamis na halik. (ok thank you, pede na ulit kayo umupo)

It’s an honor for me that after 17 yrs, I’m standing here again on this stage to speak in front of you. It was in 1994 when I was also standing here delivering my valedictory speech in front of my fellow graduates of Batch ’94. Di ko na nga maalala yung speech ko nun, and unfortunately nawala na rin yung copy ko. 17 yrs may be long enough, pero sa bilis ng takbo ng panahon at mga pagbabagong nagaganap, masasabi kong ang mga araw na yon ay parang kailan lang.

As I looked back on those days, I saw that many changes and transformations have already transpired. Nung mga panahong yun hindi pa kame covered court kaya tiis kame sa init ng araw during our graduation and any events na ginagawa dito. Hindi pa rin sementado yang kalsada naten kaya lupa yung nilalakaran namen para lang makapasok. In fact sa loob ng classroom eh nakapaa kame at ung mga tsinelas ay iniiwan sa labas para hindi magkadumi ang classroom. Yung ibang school buildings din ay hindi pa nakatayo and wala pa kameng sementadong bakod nun, kaya madali magcutting class, pero hindi ko naman po yata ginawa yun or hindi ko lang maalala. hehehe. Kaya masasabi ko na maswerte kayo ngayon. You are experiencing more convenient school environment than what we have before. May bumubyahe nang sasakyan kaya pag tinatamad kayong maglakad pede na kayong sumakay. Nung kame walang choice kundi maglakad, pero masaya naman kasi we walk in groups kaya kulitan din pagpasok at paguwi. Isa pa alam ko mas malalaki na ang mga binibigay sa inyong baon ngayon tama ba? Siguro mababa na yung 10pesos na baon ninyo sa isang araw? Nung panahon ko ang pinakamalaki kong naging baon is 2 pesos. Kung sabagay mura pa kasi nuon ang mga tinda, yung isang tasa nga ng lugaw namen sa canteen ay bentsingko lang, tapos may tinapay na tig singkwenta lang. Nauso din samen nuon yung mga tornohan, ngayon ba may gumagawa pa sa inyo nun or alam nyo ba kung ano yung tornohan? Uso samen yun dati eh, mangongolekta araw araw ng bentsingko yata tas yung maiipon ibibigay dun sa sasahod ng torno per week. It’s some sort of learning how to save from our baon na rin at yun ang nagturo saken pano magmanage at magpahalaga sa pera. Kung inaakala po ninyo na mayaman kame hindi po, siguro medyo nakakangat sa iba pero hindi po kame mayaman at hindi rin po kame pinalaki sa luho. Nagpapsalamat nga po ako sa mga magulang ko kasi tinuruan nila kame ng kapatid ko na maging kuntento sa kung anong meron kame. Although nag-aabroad po ang tatay namen nuon, naibibili lang po kame ng bagong damit pag pasko or may special occasions lang. At masasabi ko po na tumatak talaga saken yung aral na yun kasi hanggang ngayon ay nadala ko pa rin. Tulad ngayon na kahit medyo maganda na yung sweldo ko, bumibili lang po ako ng mga gamit na talgang kelangan ko. Hindi ako yung tipo ng tao na bumibili dahil lang sa uso yan or dahil may ganyan yung kaibigan ko. Bibili lang ako pag gusto ko nang bilhin yung gusto ko at pag talagang kelangan ko ung bagay na un. Kaya kayong mga gradutes kung kaya nyo magipon from your baon gawin nyo kasi hindi madaling kitain ang pera. Siguro yung iba sa inyo hingi lang ng hingi no, tas yung iba nagagalit pa sa nanay or tatay pag hindi napagbigyan. Lagi ninyong tandaan hindi nila pinupulot ang pera, pinaghihirapan nila yun, malalaman nyo rin yan pag nagtatrabaho na kayo. Ok tama na nga sa mga reminiscing part baka magkaiayakan pa tayo dito. Lets go down to the business now, bakit ba kayo andito at bakit rin ba ako andito.

Graduation maybe as sweet as a candy, but it doesnt end here. The journey to learning is a never ending process, especially that we are living in a community of people who are expected to work with each other. Yes indeed its a moment of celebration for you and your parents as you have just finished the initial process in the ladder of education, but it doesn’t end here. This is another start to a more complex stages of studies that you need to endure and work hard again. As what Dr. Jose Rizal said ‘Ang Kabataan ang Pag-asa ng Bayan’, you, including us youths of today are entrusted a task to build this country, to make efforts in tranforming our weakenign society. And what’s the best way to achive that is through Education. We need to educate ourselves so that we can share our talents and skills to our community. Each one of us is an important unique part of our society, we cannot propel our country into the progress that we dream if we will not contribute on its realization.

Siguro iniisip nyo na bata lang kayo at wala kayong magagawa, at siguro iniisip nyo na yung achievements nyo ngayon na nakatapos na kayo ay magagamit nyo lang para sa sarili nyo at sa pamilya ninyo, ngayon pa lang sinasabi ko sa inyo, kailangan kayo ng ating bayan. Lahat kayo, lahat tayo ay may responsibilidad para sa bawat isa sa ating pamayanan. diba nga may kasabihan tayo na ‘No man is an island’, ibig sabihin nun, dapat tayo magtulungan at makibahagi sa bawat isa kung gusto naten maaiangat ang ating pamayanan. Lahat tayo ay dapat makilahok kasi kung palagi na lang tayo hindi kikibo at hindi kikilos, yung para bagang tanggap na lang ng tanggap ng kung anong meron, hindi talaga tayo uusad. Sabi nga ni Maria Ressa sa isa nyang tweet or sa isang article yata un, wala raw karapatan magreklamo sa hindi magandang serbisyo ng gobyerno ang mga taong hindi naman bumoboto. Para lang din yan yung mga todo mangarap na sana manalo sa lotto pero hindi naman tumataya, di ba walang nangyayari at nanatiling pangarap na lamang. Tamang tama lang na sa edad ninyo ay matututunan nyo na ang concept ng ‘Social Responsiblity’ (narinig nyo na ba yung term na yun?) Kung hindi pa, madali lang yun maintindihan,isipin nyo na lang ang isang laro na pang grupo. Diba para manalo ang grupo nyo dapat lahat kikilos, lahat may parte kung anong gagawin, kasi kung may isa dyan na hindi ginawa yung parte nya, kahit gaano katalino or kagaling ang mga miyembro ng team nyo, hinding hindi kayo mananalo. Ganun din ang social responsibility, lahat tayo dapat nagtutulungan lahat tayo dapat ginagawa ang parte naten para maisakatuparan naten yung pagbabago na matagal na naten minimithi. napakasimple lang naman kung pano gawin yun eh, wag magpasaway. Ako aaminin ko minsan nagpapsaway din ako, especially sa Manila pag nakasakay ako sa bus, tapos pag bababa na ko, hindi ako ititigil sa lugar kung saan ako pumara kasi may tamang babaan. Minsan naiinis ako sa drive, kasi imbes na bababa ako dun sa dapat kong puntahan paglalakarin pa ko. Pero tama naman yun driver diba, sinusunod lang nya yung batas na may tamang babaan. Alam ko marami dito ang minsan ganyan din yung pagiisip na para maging pabor or komportable saten eh magpapsaway sa kung ano yung tama at dapat. Isa pa sa basura, nagkalat na nga ang mga basurahan at may nakalagay pa kung nabubulok at hindi nabubulok pero nagtatapon pa rin sa kung saan saan at sa hindi tamang lalagyan ng basura. Pero may dahilan dyan, dahil dun tayo lumaki, yun ang sistemang kinagisnan naten at yan ang pinakasagabal kung bakit hanggng ngayon pangarap pa rin ang pagunlad naten. Kung napapanood nyo yung hearing ng corruption sa AFP,(nanonood ba kayo ng balita?) sabi nung isang general na nakakurakot ng milyon milyon, kaya daw nya ginawa yun kasi yun na daw yung dinatnan nya, yun na daw yung sistema na inabutan nya, kaya sumunod na lang sya. Bakit daw nya iibahin eh nakikinabang naman sya. Oo nga naman, bakit nga naman nya pipigilan yung ganung sistema eh dahil dun nagiging kumportable ang kanilang pamumuhay. Hindi na nya inisip na maraming naghihirap na Pilipino dahil sigruo hindi nya naisabuhay yung concepto nang social responsibility. At yan ang hamon sa inyo mga graduates, dahil bata pa kayo, kaya nyo pang baguhin ang sistema, kaya pa naten baguhin kung anong dinantnan naten para yung mga susunod sa atin tamang sistema na yung susundan nila. Diba napakagandang buhay ang nagaabang sa mga magiging anak at apo naten na maunald na pamayanan na yung kalalakihan nila, na disiplinado na ang lahat at nagtutulungan. Lahat nman yan nasa isip lang eh, tignan nyo ngayon ang Lucban, sino pang magaakala na maipapatupad nila ang zero plastic campaign nila. Alam ko nung unang nipropose yan eh tiyak marami rin ang kumontra na kesyo ang hirap mamimili na walang plastic bag at kung ano-ano pa, pero ngayon lahat sila bayong at paper bags na ang ginagamit, at nagawa nila yun kasi lahat ng mamamayan ay nakiisa at nakilahok para sa pagbabago na yun. Wala naman talaga imposible kung magkakaisa at makikilahok ang lahat eh. Sana nga dito saten gawin rin yun eh (maari po kaya yun Mayor). Kasi napakalaking bawas sa basura at tulong sa ating kalikasan talga kung mababawasan ang paggamit ng mga plastic.

Maraming bagay talaga ang magagawa naten para sa pagbabgo ng ating bayan at marami rin tayong magagawa para sa ating mga kababayan kung gugustuhin lang naten. Hindi po sapat na dahilan na, mahirap lang kame hindi ko kayang tumulong. Kilala nyo ba si Kuya Ef, si Efren Peñaflorida, ung CNN hero last year. Diba hindi rin naman sya mayaman at bata pa rin sya nung sinimulan niya yung Kariton Classroom nya. Pero dahil sa determinsyon at paniniwala at pagnanais nya na tumulong at baguhin ang kapalaran nung mga batang hindi nag-aaral sa lugar nila eh nagtagumpay sya sa hangarin niya. Kung maikwento ko na rin po, currently ako po ay head ng isang organization na noon ay inakala kong hanggang pangarap lang din. Matagal ko na po kasi talaga pangarap na magkaron ng isang charity foundation na tutulong sa mga nangangailangan. Syempre nung bata pa ko at nagaaral pa lang, kala ko hindi ko kaya kasi hindi naman nga kame mayaman inisip ko na hindi ko kayang abutin yung pangarap na yun. Nung nagkatrabaho po ako, nanatili yung pangarap na yun, hanggang isang araw ng December 2007, nagiisip ako, ano kaya magandang Christmas gift na hindi para sa sarili ko pero para sa mga ibang tao. Kasi po sa manila dami ko nakakasalubogn sa kalye na mga nananamilos, mga taong grasa at matatanda na parang inabandona na ng kanilang mga pamilya. Tapos sa hilig kong makinig nga radio (DZMM), lagi ko naririnig kay Karen Davila yung World Vision na sa halagang 400 per month daw ay pede ka na kumuha ng isang batang scholar. Naisip ko kumuha kaya ako ng isa, kasi ang mura 400 pesos tas mapagaaral mo na yung isang bata. Kinausap ko yung ilang barkada ko sa office namen, sabi ko kuha tayo ng scholar sa World Vision, tig 100 tayo (nagtipid pa rin eh no). eh pumayag naman sila. Tapos nalaman din nung ibang ka-opisina namen yung balak namen na project ayus sumali na rin sila kasi sabi sabi nila gusto din nila ng mga ganung charirty work, at the same time mura lang naman. Ayun nagstart sa 6 hanggan sa umabot ng 30 yung members namen nun taon na un, so bago magpasko ng 2007, imbes na 1 bata lang, 6 na bata po yung na-sponsor namen. Hanggang ngayon continuos pa rin yung pagdami ng memeber, merong nawawala pero mas marami naman yung pumapalit, kaya for 3yrs ng org namen may nagawa na po kame ng 3 outreach programs, 2 sa bahay ampunan at 1 sa home for the aged plus yung tuloy tuloy na scholarship program namen dun sa 6 na bata. Tapos this coming school opening at may nakaschdule kameng back to school outreach program sa isang public elementary school sa Pagsanjan,Laguna. Yung High School batch naman po namen, nagkasundo rin nun nag reunion kame na kumuha ng 1 scholar sa Liceo, yung scholar po namen eh 4th yr na sa pasukan. Ganito po yung sinasabi ko na ang pagtulong at pakikilahok sa pagbabgo ng ating pamayanan ay hindi tumitingin sa edad at kalagayan sa buhay. Maaring bata lang, pero kung maraming bata naman ang magututulungan ay marami pa rin pagbabagong maisasakatuparan.

Isa rin po itong hamon sa ating mga magulang, dahil kung ang mga kabataan ang pag-asa nang bayan, ang mga magulang naman po ang pagasa ng ating mga kabataan. Kasi kayo po ang magiging ehemplo or modelo nila. Diba sabi nga kung anong ginagawa ng mga matanda ay syang ginagawa ng mga bata, kaya dapat po ipakita naten sa mga anak naten,na sang-ayon tayo sa pagbabago, na kaisa tayo sa paghuhubog ng ating pamayanan. Kasi kung magulang na mismo ang pasaway ano pang aasahan naten sa mga anak diba. Tulad nung sa Willing Willie (napanood nyo po ba?), no offesement po sa mga fans ni Willie, ako naman eh natutuwa rin minsan sa kanya. Pero minsan nga lang eh sumosobra na. Napanood nyo po ba si Jan-Jan, yung batang pinagsayaw na parang macho dancer sa Willing willie. Yung magulang mismo ang nagturo ng mga ganung bagay dun sa bata, so pag laki nun iisipin nun na tama lang yung ginagawa nya kasi yun ang pagapapalaki sa kanya ng magulang nya eh. Mahalaga po ang tungkulin naten sa ating mga anak kasi tayo ang lagi nilang nakakasama. Dapat tayo ang magtuturo sa kanila kung ano ang tama at mali at dapat nakikita nila na isa tayo sa mga nagsusulong ng pagbabago dahil para rin yun sa kanila. Sabi ko nga po, lahat tayo at parte ng formula ng pagbabago, kung ipagwawalang bahala naten yun ay mananatili nalang tayo sa kasalukuyan naten kalagayan.kaya kung hindi pa po tayo nag-uumpisa para maging socially responsible, umpisahan na po naten. Sabi nga sa bagong staion id ng ABS-CBN (napanood nyo na po ba) BIDA BEST ngayong tag-araw, kaya umpisahan na po naten maging BIDA BEST MAGULANG para sa ating mga anak at para sa ating komunidad. Kasi ang pamayanang nagkakaisa nagtatamasa ng ginhawa.

I think I have talked long enough (baka inaantok na kayo). let me just sum it up. Education is an empowerment to every individual. It gives us wisdom and intellect to make us competitive in this world. But this intellect that we acquire should not only be use for our personal gains. We live in a society and we share with the world’s resources, so it is nothing else but fair to share also our skills and talent to our fellowmen who are also part of the community we live in. We are responsible for ourselves and our love ones but we also have social responsibility to our fellowmen. Social change and transformation may look impossible for some but with our collective efforts and joined hands we can reach the change that we longed wanted. Just push for it, keep on trying, keep on moving, cause the only thing that can stop us from changing is to stop wanting to change. As what Michael Dell of the Dell Corporation said “It just takes hard work and a dream. Most who finally leave this school never imagine that they’re going to change the world. Yet every one of you will. How you change the world, is all up to you to decide”. So decide to change the world and it will change, work to change the world and it will. We just need to focus on the change the we want and work on it. Live to inspire and live to encourage. As what the singer Jim Paredes said “If you can inspire yourself, You can inspire Others”. So be the inspiration of change and be the change that the our country needs.

Again congratulations to all the graduates, last bit of advice, BE A READER, read, read read. You can learn so many things in reading and through reading you can be informed of whats happening in our society so you will know how you can respond to the call of social responsibility.

Thank you very much and again Good Afternoon.

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“Speak not to make an Impression but to give an Inspiration.”

Is Kapamilya Network A Teleserye Network?

TV has always been part of my life. Whenever I’m in idle, I used to be in front of the television watching my favorite shows. Prior to the re-launched of ABS-CBN in 1987, I think our TV is set to either channel 9 or channel 7. I cannot vividly remember the shows I enjoyed watching then but I know Eat Bulaga was part of it and I can remember Harry Gaser and Cathy Santillan as the ‘in’ newscasters then. When ABS-CBN was re-launced which also gave birth to TV Patrol, from then on, the Star Network has become the star also of our TV at home, and from then until now I’m a certified Kapamilya follower.

ABS-CBN has always been part of my life being a TV addict. During my school days, TV was never taken away from me, as I was able review and do my assignments even in front of TV. Thanks to my mother (my father is an OFW then) she allowed me to multitask during those days. My frequent bonding with the television also made me dream of becoming a journalist and follow the likes of Kabayan Noli de Castro, Ted Failon, Korina Sanchez, Angelo Castro and CheChe Lazaro (but I never consider it as a lost dream, cause I consider myself a Netizen Journalist now. hehehe). From then until now I used to follow every news programs of ABS-CBN (with the exceptions of some Kapuso Documentaries). In fact even in social media specifically Twitter, I am a follower of mostly Kapamilya newscasters and reporters. Having said that, I am now dismayed by how the ABS-CBN management is treating the NCA department. Yes indeed, maybe they are gaining more money with the Entertainment department but is Kapamilya Network a Teleserye Network only?

Taken for Granted?

For quite sometime now, with the flooding of teleseryes in ABS-CBN’s primetime block, NCA programs are seemingly taken for granted as they are pushed on the midnight block which is formerly owned by the color stripes. While it is ABS management’s prerogative to give more airtime to the entertainment shows (as I’ve said earlier maybe it gives more profit) they should also consider that there are people who are NCA program fanatics and followers. Kung dati ay hanggang 2 or 3 teleseryes at entertainment programs lang ang naghahri sa primetime, ngayon ang primtime block ay may 5 teleserye na, may 1 koreanovela at isang showbiz oriented show pa. Yung paboritong news program ko nga na Bandila ay minsan ko nang tinawag sa twitter na “CROSS-OVER NEWSCAST” kasi nagkocross ng 2 araw. Magsisimula ng before midnight at matatapos after midnight. Because of that the weekly current affairs shows have no choice but to be aired on a very much later timeslot, thus making it un-synchronized with the networks programming schedule. If you will take a look at the programming line up, for example XXX is slated on Monday evenings but since primetime Mondays are dedicated to teleseryes XXX became an early Tuesday current affairs show. And with that late airing, many NCA followers are failing to watch the shows because before it come out on their TV sets, they are already making love with their respective beds.

It’s quite disappointing to see that it seems ABS-CBN management is taking for granted the NCA programs. Are they really only for the entertainment department just because it remits bigger revenues? As I look at the TV ratings then and now, NCA programs have really declined in audience share mainly because of the timeslot they are in. During those times that the weekly current affairs shows aired at 11pm, they dominate the ratings game vs GMA’s public affairs show. But currently, Kapuso News and Public affairs shows have beaten its Kapamilya counterparts with higher ratings. Ang dami pa naman magagandang shows and NCA department like Storyline, and Patrol ng Pilipino, but because of their timeslot many people were not able to watch. If only it will be put on an earlier time I believe its audience share and ratings will go up considering ABS-CBN’s large following.

I hope ABS-CBN’s top management (Ms. Charo and Mr. Gabby Lopez) will consider this. Can’t they see the trend, that putting shows on a later time is taking its toll on them? Say for example the teleseryes scheduled on the later timeslots, they are also suffering from low ratings and audience share Look at what happened to Imortal, when it was on an earlier timeslot it landed on rank 1 many times, but when it was transferred on later time, it succumbed to its Kapuso competitor. Sino nga naman ba ang maghihintay sa isang palabas na sobrang late na umere, lalo pa’t ang bilis na ng attention span ng mga viewers ngayon at marami naman ibang shows na kapareho ng format, so the initial reaction is ilipat na lang. Most specially when it comes to news programs, why would I wait for Bandila which will come out before midnight when there is Saksi already available at 11pm? Of course to an ordinary viewer, they will settle for Saksi cause they will be able to know the news, and at the same time they’ll be able to get to sleep early.

I am hoping the management will take notice of this, cause I’m really a loyal follower of their NCA programs and I’m disappointed that they are lagging behind Kapuso public affairs shows maybe because of its program scheduling. Sana ay maglaan ng panahon ang mga namamahala na tignan at silipin ang naturang aspeto na maaring nagiging dahilan kung bakit ang ibang network ay nakakaungos na pagdating sa national ratings at audience share. Of course what’s more important is the quality of the shows being offered to the viewer but how can the audience appreciate it if they are not able to watch it. ABS-CBN is dubbed as the Asia’s Most Admired Media Company, so I think it’s right time to address the issue on its timeslot so as to balance the admirations that it is capable of illiciting. The attention and support that they are giving to the entertainment department should be the same attention and support that should be given to the News and Current Affairs department. I once watched the Storyline episode featuring Maria Ressa and she said something (with regards here leaving the company) like “ABS-CBN is not gearing towards that”. I just assumed that it is something about managements support for the news department, but am not really sure and I hope I am wrong in assuming that. As what their slogan says “Panig sa Katotohanan, Panig sa Pagbangon ng Bayan”, I hope the ABS-CBN management will invoke their “Panig sa Entertainment pati na sa News Department”.

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