#ABSCBN taught Filipinos all the WRONG values

The way Opposition partisans, specially those among them loyal to the Aquino-Cojuangco feudal clan (a.k.a. the Yellowtards) screech about the shutdown of ABS-CBN’s radio-based broadcasting operations, you’d think an institution essential to Filipino life had met its demise. Much of the brouhaha is centred around the testimonials of ABS-CBN talents themselves such as Pinoy Big Brother alumna Kim Chiu who, in a drama-laced tililing rampage, swore by her employer’s ability to open doors for the Batang Yagits of this world and turn people’s lives around.

Filipinos should stop, step back, and put their thinking caps on to take stock of what is really going on here. The Yellowtards are, once again, weaving the same old perverted narrative around the ABS-CBN circus that they had used for more than thirty years to emotionally blackmail Filipinos into marching en masse in lockstep to their dishonest cause. Indeed, ABS-CBN itself is the weapon of mass stupidification that had long been the jewel in the Yellowtards’ arsenal of mass persuasion.

Think of it for a minute. Under the command of the ABS-CBN-Yellowtard Axis are “artists” whose very livelihoods involve getting into people’s heads and keeping them hooked. Partisan and “activist” communities are propagating what are essentially emotional appeals with zero underlying intellectual substance using the showbiz star power of ABS-CBN “talent”. This is worse than dishonesty. It is an effort to create a cult following and not the enlightened society that is key to a successful democracy.

So back to the question on whether ABS-CBN live up to their mission statement of being “in the service of the Filipino”. Are they, really? The sorts of irrational emotionalism that the network aided by its supporters aim to create is no different to the mass hysteria that left 88 dead (some reports say 73) in 2006 as fans of the now defunct ABS-CBN product Wowowee stampeded for free tickets and big prizes being dangled before them by the show’s producers.

Despite this tragedy, the star host of the program Willie Revillame evaded accountability and managed to bag for himself a gig with another practically identical show, this time under the TV5 network, dubbed Willing Willie. The show, which premiered in 2010, went on the become embroiled in another controversy, this time for condoning child exploitation where, in one episode, a six-year-old child was encouraged by Revillame to engage in a striptease act. A BBC report following the incident suggested that Philippine entertainment programming could be “abusive” in nature.

Are these programmes helping the poor, as Revillame and his fans maintain, or are they taking advantage of people’s desperation?

Joey Reyes, a film director and critic, said these shows were seen as a panacea for the problems of the poor.

“They exploit the fact that people need a sense of hope,” he says.

Not only that, contestants who recount the saddest personal stories are often the ones to win the most money, with the result that they “almost celebrate poverty”, according to Mr Reyes.

This seems to be the crooked playbook used by ABS-CBN to further its interests, whether these be in its core media business or in the national politics of the Philippines within which it is deeply-invested. But, over the three decades that ABS-CBN have lorded it over the Philippines’ airwaves, a key question persists:

What productive values have they actually imparted on Filipinos?

The venerable Filipino writer Francisco Sionil José in his short note “ABS CBN: A Requiem” posted on Facebook nailed it…

The Filipinos do not really need ABS-CBN. It does not produce goods or food. It has certainly entertained millions but it did not diminish poverty. Again, freedom worked for the rich—but not for the Filipinos.

It is very hard — virtually impossible — to argue against that, simply because it is true. The tragedy here is that ABS-CBN might just succeed in this latest drama production because showbiz thinking almost always trumps all else in the Philippines.

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27 Comments on “#ABSCBN taught Filipinos all the WRONG values”

  1. To stampede and die , for the sake of winning a ticket, for a prize show, is very stupid. You can see how low the mentality of most Filipinos. Our TV networks like the ABS CBN, contribute to the make the Filipinos, as dumb as they can be….stupid telenovelas; nonsense gameshows; partisan politics; mouthpiece of YellowTard politicians; promoting cult personalities of crooked and incompetent politicians; etc…

    ABS CBN contributed nothing to the improvement of the mindsets of Filipinos. on the other hand; it is an advocate of fake news; misinformation; disinformation; partisan politics; biased opinions and propaganda machine of the, YellowTards and the Aquino Cojuangco political axis…

    Close ABS CBN permanently, it will be for the good of all Filipinos . It is a rotten TV network, polluting the Airwaves !

  2. Nothing beats American and Western values. No wonder why the West won world domination in the first place unlike most of Filipinos who don’t cope up and instead watch TV, porn, and use Facebook whole day. Also, instead of working hard, they complain and sometime reason out in the wrong bull**** way.

  3. ABS-CBN programming is entertainment. What is wrong with having fun, benign0? Do you want programming to be like North Korea/ China where we all celebrate our dear leader?

    There’s a lot of trashy tv everywhere. “Too hot to handle” is a show about sex and is the most popular in Netflix.

    Also what type of “values” does GRP promote exactly. Benign0 the TURD is a traitor who left the country for Australia, and started a chi-chi “blog ” spreading HATE against filipino culture and promoting martial law.

    Is the value that GRP promoting to be a RACE-traitor?!?!? What level of TURD do you have to be to promote such a thing benign0 ?!?!

    1. You should have known better that Benigno is either a sympathizer or a paid hack or both of Marcos and Arroyo family. All his blogs promote hate against the enemies of Arroyos and Marcoses. These are: Aquino clan, Catholic Church, ABS-CBN and the Filipino masses. GRP articles are mainly about criticisms of all these four enemies of Arroyo and Marcos while you won’t find any articles related to criticisms against President Marcos and President Arroyo and their families here.

      These two Presidents: Marcos who ruled for 20 years as president and Arroyo who ruled for 9 years, despite their long reigns compared to other Presidents in the Philippines, failed badly to transform the Philippines into a first world country the moment they left the presidential seat and yet Benigno wanted the Filipino people to believe in these two and should only get rid of Aquinos and their allies. What a shit! If Benigno hates Aquino family and all those who are associated with them, he should also have hated Marcos and Arroyo since they also failed miserably in their presidency.

      The Philippines was and is still a third world country even when Duterte finished his term and despite without ABS-CBN on Filipino channel. ABS-CBN was out on air from 1972 to 1986 during Marcos period and despite that, the Philippines and the Filipino people did not have good image in the world during those years. It did not prove otherwise.

      1. Grasping on straws, aren’t we?

        It seems a lot of people here didn’t even realize that the SYSTEM is the problem and not necessarily the people in it.

        It’s just another EMO nonsense against those two hated last names. Grow up.

      2. *sigh* another emo-inducing cuck spouting nonsense.

        Aquino clan, Catholic Church, ABS-CBN and the Filipino masses? They mostly represent the dysfunctional Filipino culture as we experienced up until now. You want them to write against hated lastnames like Marcos and Arroyo, citing that ‘they failed miserably in their presidency’ while trying to discredit their accomplishments because the media said so. Meh, that’s not how it works.

        Marcos over 20 years is a two sides of the same coin approach. Lots of roads, bridges, and other infrastructures that we are using today? Who had that built? After Marcos left, neither Cory nor her successors give a shit about infrastructure. In other words, there are projects left and right, but they remain in the drawing boards, instead of being implemented as before. And yet, they call that development. Not to mention the fact that the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant would help us in the long run. But stupid Cory hated Marcos so much that she gave into pressure from anti-nuclear group based in Germany and threw away the project like it wasn’t worth millions of pesos. Cory’s refusal to open the BNPP started our downward spiral. And you’re gonna blame Marcos for that? Bullshit.

        I love how you’re totally EMO against Arroyo w/o ever realizing that those 9 years of her presidency was hit by crisis after crisis after crisis, so on and so forth. Loved how you ignore these important factors like how her administration handled the SARS outbreak in 2003; how development in the provinces gave much more importance than Imperial Manila and how her administration managed to keep the country’s economy afloat during the 2008 global financial crisis. And I remember how the Lopez family conducted a successful smear campaign through ABS-CBN against Arroyo when she had plans to put Meralco back to government ownership; i liked her idea, though. Because when Meralco is under government ownership, not only it will end the company’s monopoly but it will lessen your issue on your electric bill. And don’t tell me you vehemently support the Hyatt 10 because the fact is that they’re crooks themselves. You were told that they resigned due to the Hello Garci scandal, but in truth, the reason they resigned is because GMA wouldn’t allow them to do things their own way. Look, most of them were later hired into Noynoy’s cabinet; the most notable crooks are 3 of them (Dinky Soliman, Cesar Purisima, and Florencio Abad) that are involved in several graft and mishandling cases.

        So are they miserable failures? Hardly. Because the fact is that emo asshats like you have contributed to their miserable failures. The only way for the Philippines to become a First World country is not to look on leaders. But to change the system. And to dismantle the abominable 1987 Constitution because it haunts our past, plagues our present, and affects our future. If you think the Philippines and the Filipino people didn’t have a good image during 1972 and 1986, then it’s much worse after 1986.

        It’s time for Filipinos to lean more on objective history. No time for selective thinking. But for idiots like you, feelings are more important than facts.

        1. I’m not surprise you are one big Marcos and Arroyo apologist with that long rhetoric as your response. Whatever Marcos good deeds maybe they don’t impressed me. I expect those infrastructure for 20 years he’s been in power because that’s the job of the president. He took the presidency in the 60’s while the Philippines was the no. 1 in Southeast Asia. I had expected it to be the same when he left office that the Philippines will still be the no. 1 in Southeast Asia if Marcos was that good but it did not happen at all in spite of him having absolute power during martial law. He even shut down ABS-CBN for 14 long years. On the other hand, Arroyo administration and her family had so many controversies that deserve criticisms. Both of them did not transform the Philippines into a powerhouse in Asia despite their long years of Presidency. If both the Aquino presidents had criticisms on their own, those two above should have been dealt the same. But GRP chose to ignore and selected only to criticize the Aquinos and their allies which is basically my point here and that’s why I concluded that GRP authors are sympathizers or paid hack or both of Marcos and Arroyo. Whatever you say, this cannot be denied.

          You think the system is the problem but the truth is the people controls the system. The people especially the government can change that dysfunctional system as what Duterte bragged about his agenda of “change” that means he believes he can change the Philippines. If it is not true, then the point is you should just blame everyone and not only few people like the Aquino. But that system sounds really absurd and that generalizing will not be a solution to Philippine problem.

        2. @Jason:

          Nope, you’re missing the point.

          So you fully admit that Marcos did better than his successors? Interesting. BTW, he shut down ABS-CBN for 14 years due to his gripe against the Lopez family. Bottom line: people like you demonize Marcos yet you took away what he did for the country.

          On the other hand, most of the criticism against Arroyo are more based on exaggerations and mostly a media creation. People keep on blaming Arroyo because the media highlighted their faults and made her supposedly “anti-masa”. And you fell for that nonsense? Bullshit.

          Here’s something that you don’t even know: most of the GRP writers wrote more on Aquinos because they contribute the dysfunction Filipino culture and I’m referring to their influence: business, politics, media, everything. You accuse them being paid hacks for these hated lastnames but you come across as a clueless, emotional hack who is feeding too much Yellow media. Why don’t you go to Rappler, PDI, or even Pinoy Ako Blog instead?

          Now on topic: you forgot to add something – what you’re saying is what we call of half-truth. You said it’s the people who control the system is the problem but who put up that system in the first place? It’s Cory and her cronies, remember? Hereby I stand by my own statement while you just want the status quo to remain.

          Follow your own advice, son. BTW, blaming on two most hated surnames is too hypocritical on your part.

        3. Thouser,

          I didn’t say he is better. He is supposed to be better because he was president for 20 years. I expected the Philippines to be first world the moment he left office but it didn’t happen at all. So you’re saying now that Marcos made it personal to shut down ABS-CBN and not based on laws? ironic, what kind of lawyer is he?

          What facts can you give me now to counter those what media have against Arroyo are all biased so that I will believe in you?

          So, if GRP authors criticize Aquino only because they were not good people then they should not criticize Marcos and Arroyo because they are good people and are not dysfunctional presidents? Are they or are you that blind? or are you just one biased sympathizer or paid hack? BTW, the news website that Benigno used as his sources for his new articles came mostly from Inquirer and Rappler, so that means he goes most of the time to these websites. What do you say?

          So you have Arroyo for 9 years and Duterte in power now for almost 4 years, they should have changed the system especially Duterte for his promise “change is coming” if you think Cory Aquino’s system is the problem.

          Blaming on Aquino only and not others who also failed to make the Philippines a 1st world country is a big biased emotional hypocritical one like you.

        4. @Jason:

          Here’s the problem – you’re expectations are too high and you think 20 years or 9 years are enough to transform the Philippines into a First World country whole Singapore took 30 years to become a First World country. And you heard me right: he had a personal gripe against the Lopez family that he shut down ABS-CBN yet he also took Meralco, previously owned by the Lopezes, and turned it into government ownership.

          Oh yes, you should know that the media are totally against Arroyo during that time that you would notice every bias and and every spin they made, especially how the Lopezes launched a successful smear campaign through ABS-CBN when she put up and idea to turn Meralco back to government ownership. But it never happened due to that smear campaign.

          In a blog, you can write whatever you like and you can use any source whatever you wish. Not only they use Rappler and Inquirer but also the Manila Times. BTW, Philippine mass media had a lot of ‘criticism’ against two tainted surnames yet there is little to zero criticism against the Aquinos since they the darlings of the media. That’s also being biased on their part. And you should be glad that these two tainted surnames are not even spoiled brats like Noynoy and Kris. And I could never even say they’re dysfunctional presidents because what makes one dysfunctional is the system and the culture.

          I love how you tried to point out those 9 years of Arroyo’s presidency yet you missed the fact that she even pushed for Charter change but it never happened. And you will say she failed but just like I said, the mass media are against her. And please, 9 years isn’t enough to change a system. You’re expecting too much.

          You wanted me to blame everyone when you’re clueless about the fact that our downward spiral have started after 1986. And if someone here is a big, biased emotional, hypocritical one, it’s the people who are easily manipulated on whom to hate and whom to love by just a simple whim.

        5. Why would I not expect? Marcos assumed the presidency when the Philippines was a leading country in Southeast Asia even ahead of Singapore and South Korea at the time but when he left office in 1986, Singapore, Malaysia and South Korea took over the lead. 20 years are enough for the president to transform the Philippines into 1st world especially when it had already a good foundation in 1960’s. The truth is, he shutdown ABS-CBN and gave this to his cronies. He forced to take ABS-CBN against the law and it also was the same case against the contract of MERALCO.

          I don’t buy to that biases that media were having against Arroyo. If all was true, the government can easily charge libel cases against those media at that time under the laws and made them pay but it did not happen. You failed to provide facts so it means it’s all based on your own biases. BTW, the media will not decide on the fate of MERALCO from ABS-CBN but the Supreme Court no matter how the media twisted it. So that means, Arroyo had no legal basis against ABS-CBN on MERALCO case.

          My point is GRP writers like to follow those you’ve mentioned “yellow media” and make their own opinions from there. That means they got their opinions from articles of their enemies. Sounds funny.

          I heard from Noynoy Aquino interviewed by the mass media how he complained against these media people for the latter’s biased reporting so what goes on to other presidents, the same happened to him as well. You are just clueless to media business; bad news sell more than good news. I hope it clears your mind. The government can always file a hundred libel suits if they think media have no basis against them.

          So, if I don’t expect from Arroyo and Marcos to change the system from their long years of presidency and for you they should be given enough leeway then it is right to give leeway to two Aquino presidents as well. If you blame Aquino for failures, it’s right to blame Marcos and Arroyo for their failures also. That would be fair. But you and GRP writers are unfair that means you are one big biased hypocrites.

          Since the year 1986, the failures of the Philippines was somewhat a contribution of the effects from Marcos presidency for his failure to make Philippines a 1st world and up to the president now so it is fair to blame all of them. Don’t blame Aquinos only because that would make you weak.

        6. Why would I not expect? Marcos assumed the presidency when the Philippines was a leading country in Southeast Asia even ahead of Singapore and South Korea at the time but when he left office in 1986, Singapore, Malaysia and South Korea took over the lead. 20 years are enough for the president to transform the Philippines into 1st world especially when it had already a good foundation in 1960’s. The truth is, he shutdown ABS-CBN and gave this to his cronies. He forced to take ABS-CBN against the law and it also was the same case against the contract of MERALCO.

          Yes, and? He knows how the Lopez family being powerful and taking MERALCO and putting it into government ownership is a good thing. Now when Cory brought ABS-CBN back to the Lopezes and even MERALCO back to their owner, it became the opposite. And you’re still scratching your heads about why the Philippines had one of the highest electricity rates in the world.

          I don’t buy to that biases that media were having against Arroyo. If all was true, the government can easily charge libel cases against those media at that time under the laws and made them pay but it did not happen. You failed to provide facts so it means it’s all based on your own biases. BTW, the media will not decide on the fate of MERALCO from ABS-CBN but the Supreme Court no matter how the media twisted it. So that means, Arroyo had no legal basis against ABS-CBN on MERALCO case.

          You’re underestimating what the Lopez family can do and what the media can do. Quoting Malcolm X: “The media is the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that’s power. Because they control the minds of the masses.” And because of this demonization campaign made by the Lopezes through ABS-CBN that she decided to pull off. Too bad she did. And you’re grasping on straws on this one.

          My point is GRP writers like to follow those you’ve mentioned “yellow media” and make their own opinions from there. That means they got their opinions from articles of their enemies. Sounds funny.

          What’s funnier is that you don’t realize that they can use ANY information available. Tough luck for ya.

          I heard from Noynoy Aquino interviewed by the mass media how he complained against these media people for the latter’s biased reporting so what goes on to other presidents, the same happened to him as well. You are just clueless to media business; bad news sell more than good news. I hope it clears your mind. The government can always file a hundred libel suits if they think media have no basis against them.

          And you’re clueless about the fact that despite Noynoy’s claims yet he had the media on his back that they will do anything to make his image clean. Noynoy didn’t even need to sue for libel since he got his own allies from the media. Thus, I stand piece on Arroyo that most of the media are against her.

          So, if I don’t expect from Arroyo and Marcos to change the system from their long years of presidency and for you they should be given enough leeway then it is right to give leeway to two Aquino presidents as well. If you blame Aquino for failures, it’s right to blame Marcos and Arroyo for their failures also. That would be fair. But you and GRP writers are unfair that means you are one big biased hypocrites.

          The problem here is that you’re too much focus on the political standpoint while we are focusing not just political but also the social and economical standpoint. You should know that the Aquinos are what contributed what it became our dysfunctional culture and it lasted for 30 years. You’re also unfair since you lash out at two tainted surnames so that makes you one big biased hypocrite, just like your fellow Yellows.

          Since the year 1986, the failures of the Philippines was somewhat a contribution of the effects from Marcos presidency for his failure to make Philippines a 1st world and up to the president now so it is fair to blame all of them. Don’t blame Aquinos only because that would make you weak.

          I never thought that Marcos was the author of the 1987 Constitution…

          The problem with people like you is that you keep on blaming Marcos as if he shattered the country when it was the post-Marcos presidents shattered it even more. It’s funny that you would want to blame Marcos for not opening the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant when it was Cory, with her deep hatred of Marcos, threw the project away like it wasn’t worth millions of pesos.

          Blaming on two tainted surnames not only makes you weak but also stupid. If we let our emotions get the better of us, we don’t really see what’s going on. Unfortunately, you went EMO on this one.

        7. Thouser,

          Then you finally acknowleged the fact that Marcos was a big failure in his 20-year presidency. And you also acknowledged as a fact that Marcos took over the ABS-CBN for 14 years and gave it to his cronies since you did not make objections to my claim. Assuming as you said it was a good thing to take MERALCO for Filipinos but if it was done against the law by taking it forcefully then it will never be right. He should be the one to uphold the rule of law since he was a lawyer and a president.

          And you are quoting malcomn out of context. As I said above bad news sell in the media business. If media did not have evidence but only heresay as a source of their reporting, Arroyo and other ordinary individuals can always turn to the court for damages cases against erring reporters and let the court decide to determine the basis. You like speculations but don’t want to take this into court for legal action only means you depend on your emotional outburst only. If she was compelled by the media that means her legal standpoint for action against ABS for MERALCO was weak.

          You missed my point. Earlier, you were the one who compelled me to stick to “yellow media” as my source of info. but I stated you the facts that GRP writers too likely to believe in “yellow media” by quoting them as their source of info. and not only see them as biased ones. Hence, your mistake.

          Aquino was not highly favored by the media otherwise yellow color would win the presidency in 2016. Don’t start with “it’s because of social media” because majority of Filipino voters – the masses heavily relied on TV in 2016 as their source of info. Arroyo, during her term, should have used gov’t legal council to sue media entities if as you said is true about media against her.

          If you think it was only the last 30 years the Philippines became dysfunctional so the Filipino people who toppled Marcos prior to Cory’s term were not dysfunctional for that matter. And within the past 30 years, Arroyo became part of those years so it is safe to say she’s also part of it or she succumed to that dysfunction otherwise she would have successfully made a difference if she was really sincere. Tough arguments you have there.

          I raised the issues against these two presidents here because I haven’t read any articles against them here as if they were blameless during their tenure as presidents. That’s why I suspect GRP writers are paid hack of Arroyo and Marcos family.

          Unfortunately for you, you allow your biases without solid evidence to back up your claim here. You debate more with emotions rather than reasons when you defend these two erring presidents. No wonder you are a solid apologist of these two presidents and a slave guardian of GRP website.

        8. @Jason:

          If you think it was only the last 30 years the Philippines became dysfunctional so the Filipino people who toppled Marcos prior to Cory’s term were not dysfunctional for that matter. And within the past 30 years, Arroyo became part of those years so it is safe to say she’s also part of it or she succumed to that dysfunction otherwise she would have successfully made a difference if she was really sincere. Tough arguments you have there.

          More like people who toppled Marcos prior to Cory’s term were fooled or they had their own selfish agenda. And yes, Arroyo had no choice to go with the flow with the current political system. She knew she would have a lot of political enemies if she tried to make a difference. Instead, she played smart.

          Unfortunately for you, you allow your biases without solid evidence to back up your claim here. You debate more with emotions rather than reasons when you defend these two erring presidents. No wonder you are a solid apologist of these two presidents and a slave guardian of GRP website.

          Same can be said to you. Because you love to lash out at two tainted surnames not out of reason but deep hatred, conditioned by the “Yellow media”. So you’re an Aquino apologist? You love to brag about Marcos and Arroyo being ‘failures’ yet the Aquino-Cojuangco feudal clan can never do wrong, right? You’re already a Yellow slave guardian if we put it that way. Because you’re only emotional with your belief that these two tainted surnames have shattered the country. Not.

        9. Thouser,

          They were not fooled but had enough. There was no ABS-CBN, social media and 1987 constitution during years 1972-1986 but people were able to unite. During martial law, Marcos had an absolute power in government. He even had his own constitution. He also controlled the mass media where he replaced ABS-CBN by government media managed by his cronies. Safe to say the rise of Cory Aquino into presidency was merely the fault of Marcos. Same with the rise of Noynoy Aquino was Arroyo’s fault and the rise of Duterte was Aquino’s fault. People have had enough of them.

          If Arroyo had no choice but to play safe and play smart that means she was a useless leader in getting rid of that dysfunction as you said. You can say it isn’t easy but nothing comes easy in presidency, thus, she should not have taken that position in the first place. Hence, she was part of that dysfunction because she didn’t dismantle it and that means she’s a dysfunctional leader so to speak because she went with the flow in the end. Trying to change will not convince me. Either you are a successful or a failure. That should be the criterion.

          I lashed out at these two names here because they were not criticize here but were rather defended by GRP writers when they have many rooms to be criticize. What I only read are more on criticisms against Aquinos and allies. Therefore, I’ll stick to my earlier claim that GRP writers are either loyalists or paid hack or both of Marcos and Arroyo family. So the pattern of their articles are already program to be partial and full of biases. Thus, they have no moral ascendancy to lecture the Filipino people on what to believe and what not since they are not promoting to be objective in the first place. To be clear, I’m not siding any president. They all made bad decisions to me and they all deserve criticisms. Unlike you, you will fight tooth and nail in defending the already erring Marcos and Arroyo presidency without solid basis. That makes you an absolute apologist and a weakling.

    2. You’re missing the point. It seems you’re totally fine with low-quality entertainment as long as it entertains you, is it?

      You keep mentioning “Too Hot to Handle” but the things that I watched in Netflix are “Ultras”, “Sunderland Till I Die”, “Extraction”, “Narcos”, and Brillante Mendoza’s “Amo”. Too bad you have shit taste.

      And here you are spreading love for the dysfunctional Filipino culture and promoting rebellion and insanity. News flash: you represent what the author is against.

      Like I said, banning you is a better choice since all you did is to insult the authors of this blog. That’s not how it works, son. Only Yellowtards do that.

  4. Ouch, the Ultra Stampede. I remember it as clear as day. During my college days, that is. And about that Boyet incident in Willing Willie, I was totally appalled.

    This is what happens when Willie Revillame had all the control of his program. When he moved to GMA-7 for Wowowin, he was on a leash.

  5. Benign0,

    You don’t really understand the issue. Let me enlighten you by quoting from one the most intelligent Filipinas of ABS CBN:

    “Sa classroom may batas, bawal lumabas? Oh bawal lumabas. Pero sinabi, ‘pag nag comply ka na bawal lumabas pero may ginawa ka sa pinagbabawal nila. Inayos mo yung law ng classroom niyo at sinubmit mo ulit. Ay, puwede na pala ikaw lumabas.”

    Gets mo na brod? Ang galing ni Kim Chiu mag paliwanag ano? I dare you to make a rebuttal to her great argument mentioned above.

  6. One time I decided to be a guess of a certain tv show out of curiosity never really watched tv more keen on reading stuff online. I remembered fairly well how things transpired inside the studio like everything is scripted even that live reality tv show. People will be asked “Lakasan po natin tawa natin! Lakasan!” “Pag sinabi pong palakpakan! palakpakan! more energy!” that itself is not entirely bad it is indeed for the sake of the show we wouldn’t like a reality tv show that do not showcase vigor, fighting spirit! noise! because indeed it would be boring but it really marks an Illusion. You know when Foreigners says that thing about Filipinos still able to smile despite a calamity descended upon them – I do not think I can smile in those circumstances.

    However when certain tv culture have became norm to quell or garner support of the common folks using the very same elements of the media – thinking that this one source is the sole authority in spreading information or whatnot, with the renown figure through the decades a brand existing even before your great grandfather an indisputable reputation. You can see it how wicked the tv shows is using that “paawa-kaawaan” effect is like really getting in my nerves. With all the sobs stories you hear, self-pitiance for the whole country to see or even the world. It seems like it has become the main attraction mainstay in the televisions. Keep crying on camera, keep showing how desperate you are for money, keep at it keep howling how life have treated you unfairly and did nothing about it but get so happy for 1 day minuscule of prize money that will last for a month then repeat wait for another tv show coming at your door to give you happiness – the emotional circus ride of kabits, iniwan, fuccbois, nambabae, etc. is a thing too unless you have a food vlog I’m all in. Like it has been normalize by a famous one or not to vlog about it I have no problem at all about those vlogs that showcases their own talents, pure dancing skills, martial arts skills, art, playing musical instruments, because this good folks don’t need dramas to garner support nor have “paawa-kaawaan” effect for the prize or get big.

  7. Allow me to express my most profound and detailed thoughts on what is wrong with ABS-CBN, whose claim as the Philippines largest network has failed in its responsibility to uplift Filipino mindsets–especially if one has to view this vis-a-vis the phenomenon of South Korea’s K-Pop. What the Lopez network wishes to promote their network seems far from the changing realities of the times. Here goes my discourse:

    Kapamilya versus K-Pop?

    People have opposing views about the ABS-CBN shutdown. Some may claim that it is a violation of press freedom while others, a much-deserved death due to the network’s reported violations of the franchise law set by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC).
    But whatever opinions Filipinos do have, the ABS-CBN shutdown is a reflection, of you may say, a microcosm of what is wrong with the Philippines in terms of mismanagement and you may add, cultural bankruptcy.
    True, ABS-CBN grew at a very alarming rate, in its credo to lay claim of being ‘the Philippines’ largest network. But beneath its audacious claim insiders are aware on how the network has become a snake pit of intrigues, with news reporting that has become so biased and sensationalist, further spewing divisiveness and confused mindsets. Not to be outdone are its entertainment programs that are so escapist, insipid, and formula-oriented instead of aesthetically or morally uplifting. These are a reflection of the crass commercialism that has bred intellectual poverty among Filipinos whereas instead of instilling pride or advocating strong values, promotes what you may call moral irresponsibility.
    On another angle, if ABS-CBN lays claim that its Kapamilya talents are among the best that the Philippines can boast about, why is it that they are not able to penetrate the expanded global market the way K-Pop has conquered? In contrast to the Kapamilyas whose reach sadly seems limited to Filipinos residing abroad, K-Pop and K-cinema has gained hundreds and millions of devotees from people as diverse as British, Norwegians, Germans, Israelis, Uzbekistanis, Japanese, Thais, Singaporeans, South Africans, Australians, Argentinians and, despite those Trump trade wars, even Americans!
    Observe also the way Korean celebrities carry themselves in public, both in real life and through social media, where they show that very big difference. K-Pop personalities maintain that strict sense of decorum that is globally correct and sensitive whereas they talk strictly about their careers, the different movie roles that are into and how these enhance their versatilities as talents, the latest in K-fashion and the finer points of Korean culture such as its rich culinary heritage and renowned natural landmarks. Plus, they show great interest in embracing and understanding the different cultures of their devotees from throughout the globe. You can also credit the phenomenal success of things Korean, be it K-Pop/K-Cinema, Samsung smart phones, LG flat screen TVs, Gangnam fashion as well as the health wonders of kimchi and that novel culinary phenomenon sangyupsal, all that not only have won the hearts of the global community, but have generated much more to the coffers of the Korean economy as well!
    The Kapamilya stars, by comparison, fail. Instead of broadening their mindsets and their creative mettle the way K-celebrities do and serve as natural Ambassadors for their country, its brands and its heritage, Kapamilyas seem to be of less substance due to their hackneyed, stereotyped roles, their parochial, mediocre mindsets and the way they wallow in petty intrigues just for the sake to be in the so-called ‘ratings game!’ There are times when Kapamilya comedians also engage in racist and sexist jokes that offend the sensitivities of both indigenous as well as foreign ethnic groups and the LGBT community, who do deserve a great deal of respect.
    Just as we sympathize with the rank-and-file and everyday earners of ABS-CBN who will lose their jobs—this also includes those hardworking production staffers who had to bear with the imperious attitudes of their talents, both news and showbiz, who are all good in making a clean façade in public—it is high time the top honchos of that network that claims to be no. 1 also suffer the harsh consequences of their own irresponsible actions, in the DISSERVICE of the Filipino people!

      1. Nice strawgrasping right there. Sometimes, never trust The Guardian. Only commies read that.

        And who would’ve thought that this year’s Oscar winner for Best Picture is a Korean film? I’m referring to “Parasite”. It’s a great film.

  8. One of the funny things about this ABS-CBN shutdown is that the noisiest, shrillest cries of pain and dismay come from upper class types. Not just perfumed upper class types, mind you, but always angry, always online Woke™ types.

    You would think those people, on a normal, Duterte-free day, would have nothing to do with jologs, Tagalog speaking, IQ-depleting shows like Showtime or Generic Infidelity Drama #69 but no.

    There they are, taking a break from their English language Netflix binging to #DefendFreedomofSpeech! Plastering their FB’s and Twitters with wokescolds in Tagalog that these Arrneow types can’t pronounce.

    Imagine their sort saying something like “kasalanan na ang manahimik sa panahong ito” – Baka mabulunan pa sila.

    Now, remember that the filth that ABS-CBN has injected into the minds of your ordinary, non-woke, non-elite Filipino for all these years. And take a long, hard, look at the way the enlightened woke types raise hell over ABS-ShitBN’s shutdown.

    You would think, are they keeping their perfect, 21st century entertainment and enlightenment for themselves while the lumpen wallow in their filth?

    Nope, there’s no conspiracy to dumb the masses here, ladies and gentlemen! Move on and have a nice day!

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