Commentary: At the Elliptical Road of a Presidential Debate, Rules and #NetworkWarCulture

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(Elliptical Road, Intersection. At the Intersection of a Presidential Debate, Rules and #NetworkWarCulture. 😃)

*puts Media Studies hat on*

Philippine media and entertainment is ripe for critique and analysis. Anyone could write a thesis paper on any number of topics relating to the unique environment that the media has cultivated in the Philippines.

Indeed, look no further than the “Only in the Philippines” reality of #NetworkWarCulture.

Sunday, March 20, 2016 saw the second of three Philippine presidential debates. It was a dramatic event behind the scenes and on the debate stage. In today’s social media-obsessed world, especially in the Philippines, anyone and everyone can give their opinions or make comments, valid or not. And when it came to this #PiliPinasDebate2016 (emphasis on the hashtag because the Philippines loves to trend), there is much to discuss. Continue reading


Pre-First Impression Review: My Wait for TV5’s Baker King

Right up front, TV5’s Baker King is off to a very good start. The series, so far, is a faithful adaptation of the blockbuster Korean original with a careful, just right helping of Filipino flavor mixed in. (Full First Impression Review here.)

But let’s rewind a little bit first.

It was 2010 when Baker King, Kim Tak Gu aired on KBS in Korea to huge numbers, earning a “national drama” title, raking in awards and propelling the careers of its lead actors Yoon Shi Yoon and Joo Won. It captivated audiences around the world, myself included. In fact, I wondered if Continue reading

I’m Off to the Philippines! =)

It’s that time again! My family and I will be traveling to the Philippines this month. And as it’s always meant, my access to the internets will be limited (or, more likely, nonexistent!) for the entire trip.

So definitely no Kamen Rider Drive or Shuriken Sentai Ninninger. But I may still be able to watch The Amazing Race if local cable/satellite carries AXN. =) I likely won’t be able to post recaps either way though.

Anyway, will still be very busy for the next three weeks as a brand new “season” of The Amazing Race Philippines: DryedMangoez Edition will be rolling out Monday-Thursday! Woohoo!


One thing on this trip though, I’ve got the entire seasons (so far) of Grimm and Supernatural, so I might finally be able to catch up with them! Plus, I’ll be armed with all of the much talked about Kamen Rider Decade and the rest of Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger I have yet to see.

So, I hope everyone has a good May! See you in four weeks. =)

Commentary: The Double Standards of Philippine TV (And Its Current Sorry State)

When Wowowillie went off the air in October 2013, people were celebrating the fact that class would finally be restored to Philippine noontime television. Gone would be Willie Revillame and his sexy dancers, on-air tampos and Filipino sob stories.

It is now May 2014. And in just the last week, Philippine noontime has seen indignant hosts, gays choking after getting polvorons stuffed into their mouths and being insulted and an old man feeling up a pretty young thing.

No, Willie Revillame isn’t back on television. But by those descriptions, you could very well be thinking of Kuya Wil, right?

And yet, barely a social media peep out of such so-called entertaining displays. But why? Because we all know if it really were Willie Revillame talking back to his director or network, making inappropriate jokes or making sexual advances toward a pretty young girl, you’d definitely hear about it. The MTRCB would be involved. All-knowing celebrities would tweet their sanctimonious disapproval.

Actually, that did happen. It regularly happened. But you don’t see the same faux outrage against the likes of Vice Ganda or Joey de Leon.

Wowowee, Wowowillie and everything in between was trash. Pure garbage. Unclassy. Nonsense. Waste of time. Yet Eat Bulaga and It’s Showtime are both beautiful pillars of the celebrity-based Filipino society. That’s the popular opinion, right?

Now I’m not writing this to defend Wowowee-tachi or Willie Revillame.

Well, I am. But that’s not my main point here. I’m writing to look at just why such double standards exist. Continue reading

International Versions Prove The Amazing Race Can Still Be Amazing

For the last few seasons, many dedicated fans of The Amazing Race have voiced their concerns and opinions that the show was losing its luster. Casting has been poor, tasks uninspired, Legs horribly designed.

Season after season, it seems the American original of what has become a true international franchise is stuck in cruise control.

But now it seems Bertram van Munster and Co. have to get themselves back into first gear. TAR lost the Emmy to The Voice last month, only their 2nd loss since the Reality-Competition Program category was introduced. The week after, the season premiere of TAR23 notched the show’s lowest premiere ratings ever. And now according to preliminary ratings, this week’s episode 3 may have garnered a series low 1.8 rating in the important 18-49 demo. Even a normal 0.1 adjustment up when the final ratings are released would still make it the lowest rated episode ever, tying it with the 2nd episode of TAR22 last February which went up against the Oscars.

TAR has been one of the steadiest shows on television, despite being a 12 year-old veteran, regularly placing in the Top 30 every week in recent seasons. But the show has still been on a steady ratings decline, albeit slower than the rest of network television.

The series low ratings this week are not yet cause for panic, but definitely a cause for concern and at the very least a wake-up call for the TAR brain trust to really step up their game for the currently in pre-production TAR24. Continue reading

How I Got Caught in the Korean Wave – An Appreciation for Lovers in Paris and Someday

Hallyu, or the Korean Wave, is at a peak these days and only continues growing. Korean music and drama are attracting fans, not only out of Korea or even Asia, but all over the world. Fans from all over the Americas, Africa, and Europe are going crazy over Kpop idols and romantic heroes and heroines. Continue reading

What’s Wrong (and Right?) with Power Rangers Samurai?

With Power Rangers Samurai finally returning with new episodes (for better or worse) this weekend, let’s take a look at the series highlights (and plenty of lowlights) so far, and why the season has drawn plenty of comments from both ends of the spectrum. Continue reading