Tuesday, December 6, 2016

UTO-UTO SYNDROME: The Folly of Philippine TV

Our TV ratings in the Philippines is comedic in a big way. We have two big multinational rating agencies proclaiming completely different results. On one side, we have AGB Nielsen used by GMA, TV5, CNN Philippines, Net 25, etc while Kantar has Abs-Cbn on the other side. I often laughed at the schizophrenic reporting I read on some sites. One post now could be declaring that Abs-Cbn shows were leading, according to Kantar, while the next post would proclaim GMA dominating, according to Nielsen. The weird situation satisfies the caprice & need of everybody- but still, one wonders, what is the true picture?

Even while I was championing the Big 3 young loveteams of Abs-Cbn, I was always baffled by the station being watched in Manila: be it in a dentist office, a canteen, a government office, etc., it was always turned on on GMA. I mentioned before, even my mother's TV was stuck on GMA. I myself don't watch TV very much, I am mostly connected to the web. Well, except local news.

I mostly thought low of GMA because of how it allows itself to be made inferior by Korean shows (I actually like  GMANEWS TV, mostly it had no political agenda like it should be, but I was often disgusted by the ShopTV & Korean shows that clutter what could be the country's finest news  TV; it could be the most credible news station around, with interesting travel & food shows, without the unrelated clutter).

Lately, in my early evening runs, running 7 kilometers through 2 subdivisions, I was struck by the sound of TV along the way. Again, GMA. I turn around in a public market where I drink buko & eat some fruits for electrolytes, rest awhile & I would see a TV turned on. Encantadia. Alyas Robin Hood. I lambasted GMA before in previous posts because of its unnecessary subservience to Korean delusions, but if you have noticed, I couldn't help lately but feature more & more GMA stars. Its popularity gnawed at me. But somehow, there was a disconnect between the popularity of its shows and the relatively lackluster radiance of its stars. To be sure, the station have great-looking stars but somehow, their visibility in people's screens were not translated into a more radiant stardom. Instead of cluttering its screen with the Korean shows, it could have copied the propaganda methods of the Koreans instead, and presto, it could have had bigger stars because they were easier to sell with their superior looks compared to the plain-looking Koreans.

Encantadia & Alyas Robin Hood are a watershed for GMA. It is resurgent & apparently the ripples have unnerved the competition. Abs-Cbn's strategy has always been to clear its competitor's swamp: recruit its stars, now it has been reduced to competing for the superfluous Korean shows. Which had low ratings mostly so you wonder why they even figure now in the game; they might just be resurrected because they suddenly became the bone of contention so would have to be publicized heavily to become viable.

I expected more on Abs-Cbn because it was supposed to be bigger. I could cut GMA more slack because it was supposed to be weaker. But both forgot they were big powers in many areas of the world because of the teleserye.

For all the low self-regard of the Filipinos in their home grounds, they figure high in  international waters. The teleserye is one of the biggest telenovela products in the world, competing in many areas of the world...& wonder of wonders, it is bigger than the Korean drama series in all the areas where they meet head on. How could they have been fighting over a product whose claim to ratings just came from propaganda in the local arena? Now they just might be forced to participate in the propaganda so they can sell their folly. And in the process make bigger their competition.

They forgot they are helping sell their competition which has been sabotaging them as they tried to make headway into the world (read Tales of SABOTAGE at the sidebar). Will it stop sabotaging them considering it doesn't have their looks (despite their propaganda that they are the most beautiful Asian "according to Asian themselves", the looks are the biggest reason why the Koreans were the perennial bottom-dwellers in the Peruvian & other non-Mongoloid charts for a decade now)  and their successes despite the lack of a propaganda machine?

Pinoys lack appreciation of their strengths. It appears we are still at the easily impressionable hillbilly stage, and seeing our biggest broadcast stations acting like uto-utos from the boondocks is really baffling...

Monday, December 5, 2016

Never-ending Masochism of Pinoys: At Least ... KATHNIEL has a new teleserye LA LUNA SANGRE

Well, I have been on vacation & the news of the upcoming TV shows of ABS-CBN I got to know only now. Nobody among my friends bothered to email them to me, now I know why.

First the good news, Kathniel will have a new teleserye. I got the trailer below. Nice title btw.

The bad news, Abs-Cbn is trying to revive the careers in the Philippines of the washed-up Koreans the sponsors of whom have sabotaged its stars in many parts of the world as documented in this blog. The most recent was in Peru (read at Tales of SABOTAGE in the sidebar). It's obvious there are Western footprints behind the Koreans who want the latter to be the dominant pop cultural force in these parts as a resurgent China and East Asia become the focus of the world. But it's also obvious that after a decade, the Koreans were already a spent force here. Their kpop is not popular, their drama series don't rate. Their only claim was one hit film recently among a bunch of flops (The Thais had a hit here in Shutter & the Japanese had the The Ring & the rest of the genre so that doesn't mean a thing). The only saving grace is the alleged big online hits of Korean shows from the Philippines- but that is not even a proof the Filipinos were watching. We have more than a 100,000 Korean migrants & nearly 800,000 Korean tourists and all these would be watching online for shows from their homeland because that is how nationalistic they are.

So why would Abs-Cbn be promoting Korean shows now & be part of the propaganda machine propping up the myth of the Korean wave? Can the upsurge of GMA shows in the ratings be giving it cold feet (Encantadia & Alyas Robin Hood are lording over the ratings)? Its usual strategy to deny the other its strength like recruiting the big stars of the latter has now been reduced to competing with GMA in its usual fallback to snap alleged big hits in Korea which turned out to be flops here anyway? If the previous alleged big hits in Korea didn't rate here before, why promote other alleged big hits now?  Is it worth feeding the inferiority complex and masochism of Pinoys just to revive spent foreign competitors just because one is having cold feet due to stronger local competition?


Monday, November 28, 2016

HURRY WITH THE 3RD LIZQUEN TELESERYE: FOREVERMORE/ «Мен саған ғашықпын»  shown again in Kazakhstan 31Kanal

In 2015, Forevermore was shown in Kazakhstan and it became the first teleserye to be shown in Central Asia. It became so big a hit its stars, the Lizquen loveteam composed of Liza Soberano & Enrique Gil became the hottest Pinoy idols in the area. The second teleserye of the pair, Dolce Amore, was just shown earlier this year. Guess which replaced it? The reissue of the first. The Kazakhs couldn't wait for the third Lizquen teleserye.

It should be remembered that 2 of the films of the loveteam have been shown on 31Kanal: She's The One and Just The Way You Are. Another Enrique Gil teleserye was also shown in the same channel, Muling Buksan Ang Puso.

Saturday, November 26, 2016


Let's see if Julia Barreto will finally have a click loveteam. She has two possible partners in this movie. As the evolving vamp among the current crop of young stars, I can see Julia Barreto playing a Bea Alonzo-Arci Muñoz mix types roles eventually. It's about time that she matches the strides achieved by her contemporaries. This movie, included in the Metro Filmfest come December, might just do the trick.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

COMING SOON: Love, 2 Million Naman Para Sa Bahay Natin Sa Probinsiya O

I am still on vacation but I can't help myself. This is just too delicious. It's politics but this is so big I am sure a movie version will be shot in time. The Pambansang Boytoy, Ronnie Palisoc Dayan, was just nabbed & he readily admitted they've been on for 7 years. Lagot si Pambansang Sugar Mommy, the eerie Senator Leila De Lima, she suddenly became a second-rate comedian. I guess Eugene Domingo will be the perfect actress to interpret her.

Frankly they should have shown the sex videos just to prove it was her. Truth has no gender, so is sex, & the claim that it was a violation of woman's rights & dignity was inane. The penis she was allegedly sucking in the video belonged to a man (the more it should be shown because it bolsters gender equality), and since she had been denying all along she was the one in the video, then it should be shown just to prove if she was lying or not. Truth sets everybody free.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Best Actress nominee at International Emmy for PANGAKO SA YO/THE PROMISE/LA PROMESA: Next time, Jodi Sta. Maria

I am still on vacation but this news didn't escape me. The German actress prevailed eventually as the Best Actress in a telenovela in the recently concluded International Emmy in New York. But being nominated for Best Actress in the International Emmy's was already an extraordinary feat.
Congratulations anyway, Jodi Sta. Maria...

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Battle of the Sexy Posts: How about Max Collins?

I'm not so sure anymore if hot-blooded males are still my biggest readers. It's true Arci Muñoz & Ellen Adarna are consistent hit-getters but there are already more boys in our Most popular Posts. If you look at our Most Popular Posts list at the sidebar, Kenneth Medrano matches the girls' consistency. Surprisingly, our relatively new post on Pinoy Big Brother participant Tanner Mata just reached the Top 10 list. The 11-20 slots in the list feature more boys waiting to break into the column: Luis Hontiveros, Mark Neumann, etc. Meaning, the gays & the girls among our readers are not behind the hot-blooded males, they just have more varied tastes.

How about Max Collins? Surprisingly my previous post on her had a big international patronage but it stalled and just hovered shy of the Top 10. She is still sexy and she deserves to be appreciated.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

ARIGATO, TOKYO: Sarah Geronimo wins Asian Best Performer in 2016 Classic Rock Awards in Tokyo, Japan

Japan is not only the biggest direct investor in the Philippines (it puts its money where its mouth is), it is also fair & devoid of trying-hard delusions like those of a certain delusional Northeast Asian neighbor which sabotages fellow Asians just because of the delusional pretensions of its so-called stars who were actually devoid of star quality.

Pinay pop star Sarah Geronimo just won the Best Asian Performer Award in Tokyo.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

HOW TO MAKE A STAR 101: "Tsuper Hero" DERRICK MONASTERIO sings REYNA (OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO) plus starmaking propaganda tips

Note: I changed the title of the post. Like always, the meat of my posts are the comments. Below are nice tips on the use of propaganda in star-making. One can surely pick up tricks.

GMA has a few interesting loveteams, like that of Derrick Monaterio & Bea Binene. They have a good vehicle in Tsuper Hero, fantaserye being a time-tested successful recipe for the station. I wonder if the GMA people have noticed their young stars have a weak presence in the social media space. Their videos only have a few hits while lesser known stars have hundred times those. They haven't learned much from the propaganda tricks of the Koreans with whom they love to play uto-uto frequently. The patronage of GMA in the urban areas around the metro is still strong, and social media is strongest here so there is a clear hole there in their strategy.  The Koreans have proven a mistaken perception of  "popularity" can be manufactured through a well-oiled propaganda machine, and the best way is to not neglect possible damning signals of unpopularity in the social media. GMA lacks its own trolls to gush over its videos on Youtube, for instance. Somebody should be assigned to raise the hits to 100,000 within a week. How can they create a bandwagon if they don't have a minimum infrastructure to create a popular, however contrived, hook for their stars? If the Koreans, who are not star material, have the gall to propagandize themselves, why not GMA with its infinitely better-looking stars?

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

UH-UH... It Should Have Been Frontal, Ellen !...

Things are really getting interestingly sexy in local showbiz. Ellen Adarna is making some bold moves... we would like to encourage her to up the ante... we are egging her, in fact...

Friday, November 4, 2016


There are two Africa-wide broadcast companies that distribute content in many countries in that continent. The two with the biggest footprints are My TV Africa & Startimes, both regular patrons of Pinoy teleserye. Teleserye has built a loyal following in the continent since the original Pangako Sa Yo took the continent by storm in the early part of the 2000's. Teleserye battled it out initially with the pioneering telenovela of the Latin Americans, with the emergence later on of other successful series-producing countries like India & Turkey but teleserye remained a big force in the continent.

Recently, Startimes asked the readers of its Facebook account, which among the leading content providers in Africa (Philippines, Turkey, India and the Latin American countries of Venezuela, Colombia & Mexico) is practically the most loved. You can gauge the prevailing sentiment from the responses.

It's good that teleserye is raising the flag of  Asia in Africa. High ratings don't lie, even the most thick-faced propaganda machine can't make that up.

A few more responses below:

KAPIT-TUKO KOREAN-STYLE: Anatomy of the Fake Fame & How To Cling Desperately (plus Tips on How To Mob an Unknown in an Airport)

I'm a keen student of the use of Propaganda and that is probably the appeal of Showbiz to me (that is, besides Politics, another propaganda-driven enterprise). Most of the reality we see is mostly propaganda, especially politics. And once you see the "script", "reality" loses credibility, like what is happening to the mainstream political press where it is not so taken seriously anymore these days. While the gullible would still be expected to be the majority, there would come a time when you are not sure anymore, like now. When the tricks have been revealed, the magic is gone. You can feel the shift in  the dynamics & everybody can appreciate the true  reality more clearly once the propaganda was unmasked.

Same in Showbiz. If you have read the biography of the Rolling Stones, you would have known the various tricks to propel their popularity. When they were just starting, their manager hired people to scream, to present a fake popularity which the gullible entertainment press lapped up & consequently wrote about a hot new band, triggering the subsequent bandwagon of real fame (they still had no money to bribe in the beginning so the innocence of the press was genuine).

Reading the Comments in this blog actually led me to discover another propaganda mirage. One of the biggest propaganda creation is the so-called Korea Wave. At a time when the so-called Korean boybands supposedly sold hit albums after hit albums (when nobody could be heard singing their songs), the local producers thought there was a new trend so they created their copycats as usual instead of investigating who was the real buyer of the albums. While previous trends (which up to then only came from the West) produced local hit groups, nobody among the Kpop copycats succeeded. Was there really a trend, or just a propaganda ruse? True, songs from boybands a la One Direction were hot locally in the airwaves- but why the immediate demise of the local kpop copycat bands? Were some here, who were supposed to know better, still not capable to distinguish the true from the fake before committing their cash to a supposed trend?

 One could expect novelty as an initial kick to a phenomenon but when a bandwagon did not arrive for the fake one, the ruse would eventually implode. Like what has happened with the Koreans. Actually, if you read the propaganda sites created to pretend popularity, it is humming the usual pretend narrative as if nothing happened. But, as a reader once commented, it took a little blog like ours which pricked the balloon of propaganda. Suddenly, reality focused: low-rating of kdramas, no Korean melody in the airwaves (no  budget to support their own albums for a decade?), etc. That is how flimsy the "popularity" was, you don't have to do much, just redirect the attention to the fact. This also happened in Peru: if you read Korean propaganda, they were very popular in Peru. But this blog discovered that they were shown there for almost a decade, true- but all those time, they were in the bottom of the Peruvian charts, earning 1-2% rating, managing to be noticed slightly only when the Pinoy teleserye Bridges of Love (Puentes de Amor) was shown there & consequently upgraded Asian profile. One can only guess the reasons how they managed to be shown for a long time there with those low ratings and it's definitely not due to their popularity. What was clear was, as one reader put it, their lack of shame in pretending popular & clinging kapit-tuko in a market which has been resistant to them for a decade. What better proof of unpopularity?

Frankly, all of these should have been  something to just laugh about. But unfortunately, they were apparently willing to sabotage a fellow Asian- the Pinoys-  just so they could delude themselves & believe their own  propaganda (read Tales of SABOTAGE in the sidebar). Part of the kapit-tuko package of delusion? It's obvious they will sabotage (more assiduously) for a long time yet.

These are interesting times because they are undertaking big efforts to reshape back reality to the narrative of their propaganda. Their propaganda machine is doing double-time in regaining whatever momentum they thought they had. Unfortunately, the basic reason why they didn't succeed, & won't succeed again, is (as one reader put it) they didn't look the part. They can't change how they look no matter how Plastic Surgery advances, or how strong the propaganda noise, so we know how this still would end up.

But at least, we could learn from their propaganda tactics. We definitely should be wiser before we commit our cash to a supposed trend. Also, we could definitely use the modus operandi of using fake fans. One can always blame  fake fans as scapegoat- they can be as noisy or  combative when protesting for you no  matter if you are a permanent inhabitant of the bottom of the ratings like when they protested the Pinoy teleserye "La Promesa" in Peru when they sensed the Pinoys had more appeal to a market which rejected them for a decade. Oh, anyway, the fake fans don't have to be combative always- they have their other uses too. They can be ordered to mob you no matter how unknown you are in the airport.

Thursday, November 3, 2016


Currently showing are two Pinoy Indie films which earned accolades in the international film festival circuit. It's always wise to balance our knack to celebrate the popular (AKA commercial) successes of  Pinoy films with our appreciation of the more "intellectual" side of the industry.
Great films.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Elmo Magalona - Kay Dali (OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO)


The latest music video of rising young star Elmo Magalona was just released on October 27 but already, Russian-subtitled videos were released in the Russian VK, the Facebook equivalent of the Russian-speaking space, an area where Pinoy teen stars (and their loveteams) have become  hot pop idols of late.