The Manny Villar-owned Advanced Media Broadcasting System was awarded the frequencies of analog channel 2 and digital channel 16 at the beginning of this year. And although AMBS did not immediately have the resources or even content to fill those frequencies, they have rushed to flip the switch on the new ALLTV network. Thus, ushering in the next chapter in what has been a very colorful and tumultuous history in Philippine media.
Growing up, I would be at home with my grandparents and aunt who would take care of me while my parents were hard at work during the day. Aside from playing with my toy cars or drawing on paper (and the walls), part of that daily routine included watching Days of our Lives with my grandparents and aunt.
I’m of the opinion that when it comes to television, the Philippines deserves more options. Not less. For almost two decades, the country’s entertainment and news options have been dominated by what has essentially been a duopoly between ABS-CBN and GMA Network. ABC-turned-TV5 has been a distant 3rd, despite multiple stop and start efforts to bolster their position in the industry.
Today, May 30th, marks the 10th anniversary of the premiere of what I think is the gold standard of not just non-American, international versions of The Amazing Race, but of the entire franchise itself. Season 2 of The Amazing Race Australia is about as close to perfect as you can get with a TAR season.
The Winter Olympics are wrapping up in Beijing. And it’s certainly been an interesting and controversial Olympic Games. Of course, there hasn’t been an Olympics without controversy in a long time. But these Games in Beijing brought a lot of issues into the spotlight long before the Olympic flame was even lit. And then there’s the controversies that popped up after that Opening Ceremony that nobody (or maybe some) ever saw coming.
After checking out VXON’s debut a few weeks, it got me wondering about what else P-pop has to offer. Aside from the huge strides SB19 has made to reenergize Filipino pop music the last few years, I’ve been only vaguely aware of how much “P-pop” is booming lately. Without TFC or GMA Pinoy TV subscriptions for now two years, my only exposure to potential P-pop artists or songs are when they randomly pop up on the Twitters or the TikTok or a YouTube recommendation.