Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Audience Share, Philippine TV: A Few Curiosities

The table below was done by Kantar. We can see here that ABS-CBN dominates overwhelmingly nationwide though GMA still hasn't lost its foothold in the national capital region. This reflects on the TV ratings churned out by both Kantar & Agb Nielsen, both multinational rating agencies,  on a regular basis where some nationally-popular programs supposedly turned out to be less popular in Manila, the nation's capital. A curiosity which at many times made me incredulous because some of those alleged popular programs in Manila, where I live, I practically didn't know anyone watching them, nor did I even get a drift they existed at all. Does this mean the inertia of habit, or allergy to remote control, is the dominant factor in loyalty to television channels in Manila?

Is this state of things too convenient? Exclusive channel loyalty, really?

 I consider myself a "post-TV" person- I multitask & surf more the internet than watch TV but if ever I'm seated before the tube, I would more often than not be juggling through many channels, not to mention I still would be holding my smartphone or a tablet & many times, I have the laptop opened on my lap. An open channel may not even mean anything- like a doctor friend has a TV in his clinic waiting room & the channel was never changed since it was installed. I asked him what's the channel & he didn't know. But the thousands of patients & their companions who have waited in that room through the years must have thought that was his favorite channel. But the truth is, he never watches TV, he was too busy making money.

 But it's true, many people are a creation of their habits. The remote control is one of the de rigueur gadgets but a lot of people would rather brave a dodgy program than change the channel. I wrote before of my mother who never changed her channel through the decades & it took my recent intervention to pull her out of the inertia of her habits & discover a new world. Now she's stuck in her new channel because she still won't bother with the remote control. But is the Manila viewing public mostly seniors who never got comfortable with the remote control?

Personally, I consider the table below as just a guide. Statistics is not an exact science, how could an arbitrary sample ever be worthy to represent the truth of the whole market. Moreover, it doesn't capture the true whole market considering the millions of hits generated by the 10 million Filipino diaspora on the online viewing outlets (they have a big buying power because of the big remittance money that drives up the national consumption power). Ratings serve more the advertisers, just so they have an idea where they are sinking their money into.

But real popularity?

I have mentioned before of the inconsistencies of the ratings to reality. For example, a loveteam which was supposed to have rated higher on TV in Manila was practically unknown in Manila while the one who was supposed to have rated lower filled the Araneta Coliseum in Manila with their concert. Or another had a box-office hit films afterwards, in Manila and beyond while the supposedly high-rater has faded into oblivion.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

THE SWEETEST WEDDING: "Dolce Amore" Finale Starring LIZQUEN & IAN VENERACION as Priest

Well, one can not gorge on sweets forever or the calories would pile up. The hit teleserye Dolce Amore has finally shunned the calories and packed up after 6 months.

It is still being shown in Kazakhstan.
зрителям из Казахстана и России, это финал. не смотреть видео, если вы не хотите потерять саспенс в финал.

Monday, August 29, 2016

LATIN ASIAN TELESERYE: Meanwhile in Latin America... They are still dubbing LA PROMESA?

I have to admit I am a fan of the Mexican dubbers who did the Spanish version of Bridges of Love (Puentes de Amor). I was so fascinated by the Spanish Latino version that I actually finished watching Puentes de Amor from beginning to end in one of the Spanish-speaking sites which included Puentes de Amor as one of the telenovelas offered in their sites, a first for an Asian telenovela. This should give a hint to those marketing Pinoy teleseryes: Teleseryes are Asian but they are more- they are also  Latin Asian, able to pull both the Asians & Latins because both can see themselves in a Pinoy teleserye. I think, Puentes de Amor made a splash in Peru to heights not ever scaled by the South Korean dramas which have entered the market years earlier because the diversified Peruvian society could see something of themselves reflected by what they saw in the Pinoy teleserye unlike in other purely Asian dramas. The new label will also lessen the insecurity of certain Asians who tend to commit sabotage if they felt they were overshadowed in the Asian tag.

Up until the appearance of Puentes de Amor in Peru, the Asian dramas, mostly from South Korea, languished for nearly a decade at the bottom of the charts dominated by telenovelas from Peru, Mexico, Colombia, Turkey & even Greece. It might be a big mystery how they still bothered to show  South Korean dramas for nearly 10 years despite being perennially in the bottom of the Peruvian TV ratings (free like those being shown free in the Internet?) but the unexpected success of the first Pinoy teleserye in Peru definitely lifted the profile of the other Asian dramas. Strangely, that stoke the insecurity of the usual suspects instead. Another Pinoy teleserye was already bought, Pangako Sa Yo (La Promesa) but for some mystifying reason, the usual "avid" South Korean "fans" went on another sabotage campaign which has become common lately against the resurgent Pinoy stars & films in many parts of the world by apparently the same suspects (read the links below; read also  Tales of SABOTAGE in the sidebar, where many of the cases of sabotage done on the resurgent Pinoys were annotated).

La Promesa didn't replace Puentes de Amor, but it turned out it's not because of the sabotage. As of August 25, the dubbers were still busy dubbing La Promesa. Hector Cuevas Ireta below has just dubbed Egoy (the character of Grae Fernandez) in La Promesa.

As I said, I am a fan of  the Mexican dubbers...

Read about the sabotage on La Promesa in Peru

 1. SABOTAGE OF PINOY TELESERYES IN PERU: Now we know why they are bitter & cruel (as if they weren't used to the lowest ratings. VERY "POPULAR KUNWARI" INDEED!!!)

2. LA PROMESA" in PERU: KATHNIEL is coming to Peru & the "Popular Kunwari" are at War

3. Meanwhile, in Peru... LA PROMESA, Muy Pronto?

Friday, August 26, 2016

NOW SHOWING: Pambansang Sugar Mommy?

Frankly sex has always been farthest from my mind when I thought of  Senator Leila de Lima. She had this matronly image like any late middle-age mother that you tend to associate her with the images of busy kitchens & grandchildren. I kinda felt icky when I saw her hair turning blondie but still, I never associated the nagmumurang kamias signs as just that-  nagmumurang kamias. As it turned out, nagmumura talaga...

Cesar Mancao. Driver Dayan (with the tusok-tusok face according to Sandra Cam). Then Warren. Were there others? One thing that softened her image was when I learned she made mano publicly to the father of Dayan once, according to then Governor Espino of Pangasinan. Alas, Senator de Lima must have had aspirations of being a dutiful daughter-in-law. She must still be trying to be a dutiful daughter-in-law despite her reported dalliances with blue-collar men. Fetish of a woman at the last quarter of her life?

Don't mind this post. I just love analyzing human nature & Senator Leila de Lima has turned into a really very interesting subject lately.

Thursday, August 25, 2016


Nigeria is the biggest country in Africa, an oil power, and it is the center of Nollywood, the second biggest movie industry in the world behind India's Bollywood.

Currently, there are four Pinoy teleseryes being shown in Nigeria.

Forevermore & Be Careful With My Heart @ My TV

Doble Kara & Pangako Sa Yo @ Startimes Novela E1

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

PINOY MELTING POT: Karanjit Singhdole is Man of the Year 2016

The Philippines is of course a melting pot of many races, and fortunately, mostly beautiful specimens of each race settled in this land (really, I'm not joking). This Sta. Rosa, Laguna native is a fine representative of the handsome Indian look in the Philippines, and he deserved to win the first international Man of the Year 2016 held in Indonesia.

Monday, August 22, 2016

A MAJOR WORLD SOAP PRODUCER: List of Pinoy Teleseryes Being Shown in Africa

Pinoy teleseryes & Latin American telenovelas have had a tight competition over the African soap market since the 2000 version of Pangako Sa Yo took the continent by storm more than a decade ago. Pinoy teleseryes never looked back and have become primetime staples in the continent's major markets like Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, etc. The competition has grown tighter through the years, made livelier by the resurgence of Indian & Turkish telenovelas, but it was good the Pinoys have already developed a lasting connection to its African audience and continue to be appreciated by them, like in many parts of the world. The challenge is for Pinoy producers to up the ante and be up to the task of being one of the major international forces in world telenovelas.

Here is a list of the teleseryes being shown in Africa, as culled from a Facebook group of African fans of Teleseryes.

1. Be Careful With My Heart- Nigeria, Ghana & Cameroon @ My TV Africa

2. Forevermore- Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon @ My TV Africa; Kenya @ KTN

3. Tomorrow Belongs To Me/ Sana Bukas Pa Ang Kahapon- Tanzania @ Star TV

4. Doble Kara/ Identical Twins- Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon, Kenya, Uganda & Tanzania @ Startimes Novela E1

5. Pangako Sa Yo/ The Promise/ Assurance- Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon, Kenya, Uganda & Tanzania @ Startimes Novela E1

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Meanwhile, in Samoa... TOMORROW BELONGS TO ME/SANA BUKAS PA ANG KAHAPON @ Primetime, 9 PM,TV1Samoa

I was still clueless about Pinoy teleseryes when this was shown in 2014 in Manila. But I'm definitely a believer now- Pinoy teleseryes have become a major international force and this one doesn't disappoint. Bea Alonzo is outstanding here. As always.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

NOW SHOWING: My Driver, My Lover

Politics can beat the plot of most films at times.

Reality could be stranger than fiction. Politicians could be more loose than the presumably more notorious artistas. When the President divulged that a lady senator had her married driver as a lover, he definitely wasn't abusing his power as she claimed but doing a great service to the nation. A politician's private life has a great bearing on a politician's official acts. A big question mark emerged as to the senator's judgement & integrity, thus her credibility. Has her bedroom secrets compromised her already to foreign intelligence agencies & powers? The apparent "poor" judgement of West German leader Angela Merkel in her presumably anti-German policies with regards to the refugee problems is attributed by certain quarters to her being compromised by foreign powers for some supposedly "blackmailable" secrets. Blackmailable secrets are usually the reason for baffling official acts of politicians with apparently poor judgement in their personal lives.

While noisily protesting about alleged human rights violations despite the popularity of the Duterte anti-drug  campaign, was Senator de Lima actually at the end of a string pulled from somewhere else?

They should pursue this case. If there is a video, they should release it online (it will be interesting not for its prurient value). And if it turns out to be true, Senator de Lima should resign.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016


We're still on vacation but I decided I just got to post this one. It's not about showbiz but it was as spectacular as any CGI-generated special effect of a blockbuster disaster movie. Very picturesque to boot, the tornado prancing behind the skyscrapers near the bay forming a sleek foreground for its powerful pirouettes.

A video posted by shinshenanigans (@shinshenanigans) on

Monday, August 15, 2016

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Meanwhile, in Peru... LA PROMESA, Muy Pronto?

So we return to Peru...

In many articles, we described how the Pinoy teen stars have been happily resurgent in many parts of the world... only  to be  sabotaged by the now familiar villains. We look again at the Peruvian end where we described in previous articles the usual modus operandi of  some alleged Korean drama "fans" in apparently sabotaging the showing of the Pinoy teleserye La Promesa.  While the successful time-slot of the first Pinoy teleserye to be shown in Peru, Puentes de Amor, was taken over by another Korean drama, it turned out there was another reason why the showing of La Promesa was postponed. Apparently the dubbing of the Pinoy teleserye was not finished on time.

Nevertheless, it came to our attention that the same sabotage modus operandi was continuing (see pic below). No need to react though. It's obvious, they are now only making themselves ridiculous, nobody pays them much attention there anyway. For nearly a decade, the Korean dramas have been shown there but they consistently languished with 1-2% percent viewership at the bottom. Still,  they were tenacious in clinging there despite the humiliation of being at the floor of the ratings of all the telenovelas coming from Mexico, Turkey, Colombia and the Philippines (all the while their propaganda machine was noisy about their alleged  popularity). But it's good they hang on there for many humiliating years more because they were finally lifted when Puentes de Amor arrived and they rode its coattails in the ratings. One result of the success of Puentes de Amor was the South Korean drama which was shown before it was noticed to be there after all.

TRANSLATION : In its place put a Korean drama, they are better

The Pinoys have been actually a boon to the South Koreans. That reminds us of what is happening in the Russian VK. With the popularity of the Pinoy stars after the success of Forevermore, certain fanpages of Pinoy stars were actually established by the same propaganda people of the South Korean stars, capturing the audience of the Pinoys, which otherwise didn't pay much attention to them, as ready objects of their propaganda.

Of course, that is only one of the uses of the Pinoys. Many fanpages of Pinoy stars have been established in the VK but most of them mysteriously disappeared. But some just as mysteriously reappeared in another form? That's for another post, as part of our series investigating the mysteries.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016


Actually, I was not aware of this particular 2015 list.  Nobody bothered to take it seriously because it was so ridiculous. It was a day when the meaning of Beauty became synonymous with Comedy. Pity, nobody lingered to savor the joke. More out of revulsion? I only got to know it yesterday. The undermining of resurgent Pinoy teen stars are still ongoing like I described in the Scandals series though it evolved into subtler undermining tricks after it was first exposed in this blog: in a forum where some Pinay teen actresses were being lauded, this list was suddenly uploaded, clearly intended to undermine. As expected, the list turned into a laughingstock instead. Apparently, the list is still constantly recycled in the propaganda network of the villains: they most likely treated it as a propaganda coup, though it was practically useless because only a few bother with them anymore anyway. They don't have to admit it but they have simply become washed-up years ago. The only noise remaining comes from their propaganda outlets. For a special purpose?

The list of supposedly "most beautiful people" were dominated by ordinary-looking South Koreans so that promptly destroyed its credibility. There was no hassle because there were no subscribers or readers who would withdraw their membership for pure revulsion (For one, when I use lists in this blog,  I use only accountable ones from magazines or subscription websites where ridiculous lists can mean withdrawal of  subscriptions or membership altogether). It was a website like any website, but apparently it was handy for psy-op operations like this one. Needless to say, it failed to deliver .

I decided to write about this now because it appears the villains have upped the level of  their delusion. Inadvertently, the new developments suggested a bigger conspiracy which would need updating our understanding of this issue. The hallmarks of a tired playbook were there: say some truths but speak more lies that could be confused with the truths. Show some really beautiful faces and insert simple faces that must be confused as beautiful too. The gimmick has become hackneyed: the list was simply ignored (though even true beauties Kathryn Bernardo & Liza Soberano were used as supporting cast to give credibility to the charade).

In the usual conversations about beauty among friends where beautiful people is the favorite topic, Koreans still don't figure at all though their propaganda machine is rampant here. The list was actually hilarious: the houseboy-looking rocker was supposedly one among the "Top 10 most handsome in the world" though I couldn't find any among my female & gay friends who doesn't think he's ugly. Gigantic leap indeed from being ugly to the Top 10 Most Handsome in the world, that's hard to beat! The "most beautiful girl of the world" was just as ridiculous: she was not ugly but definitely looked out of place among the really beautiful ones in the list (and none among them were her countrywomen).
 The problem is that the more credible lists might be degraded by ridiculous lists such as this. Of course, we know this pseudo-affirmative gimmick has been done so many times before by pretentious campaigns that people are now jaded. Many, like me, laughed when they actually saw it. So did all my friends.

My college professor friend thinks the South Koreans are being used. The question is for what purpose?  I first thought that this was a simple pro-Mongoloid campaign but my  friend had a different take: This looks like a pro-Mongoloid campaign on the outside but the fact that the promotions done were lopsidedly in favor of the South Koreans over the Chinese & Japanese (who incidentally have far bigger markets & relatively more interesting culture & people) revealed  another story. Throwing some crumbs to the Chinese & Japanese  was just done to recruit them to a Mongoloid campaign which actually has its ultimate aim in their own denigration, especially to the Chinese, the main target. For example, China & Japan were given 4 slots each in this Top 100 list but 8 were given to the South Koreans. More critically,  they were made irrelevant in the international  promotion infrastructures given to the Koreans. For one, the Koreans were even allowed to use the illegal pirate sites for promotions  and we know who actually control these sites. The Korean promotion is to give them a headstart as the trendy & beautiful Mongoloid face of Asia, undercutting the ascendancy of the soft power potential of the resurgent Chinese, the feared cutural hegemon of the near future. An unorthodox  geopolitico-cultural war?

What do I think? Frankly, I couldn't care less. People have long seen through these tired social engineering  gimmicks. My only concern is that now that their perennially unrequited desire to be the most beautiful Asian is undercut by the popularity of the Cute Pinoys who became resurgent despite the lack of a propaganda machine, what will that make of the Cute Pinoys? More sabotage?

AKO AY NANDIDIRI: When Having Sex Means Puking At Each Other, When Marrying Means Swallowing One's Vomit

Most of the contributors to this blog are gay and they are all well-educated, two of them are medical doctors and one is a free-thinking college professor. I sought their help when I decided to get serious with this blog. I don't have much time to read about Pinoy showbiz news nor watch teleseryes but I have these showbiz addict gay friends who now always give me the heads up on showbiz happenings. It was actually my gay assistant who informed me about the Pacquiao alleged gay slur drama. Four of the gay contributors were present in the coffee house when we discussed this and our discussion really opened my eyes. There's another side to this issue & I thought why shouldn't I be the champion of this side through this blog.

Most gays don't join this fake bandwagon sorrounding Gay Marriage. For one, this issue makes the typical Pinoy gay puke. Straight guys here are cheap & a self-respecting gay won't be caught sucking another gay man. As one said,"Lalaki ang hanap nila, di pekeng lalaki!* In fact one bravely commented:"I am gay but I am a proud homophobic. I puke merely thinking of having sex with another gay man".

Now why would a self-respecting gay marry somebody who makes him puke when having sex with? How can love grow when they vomit at each other?

In effect, Gay Marriage is a campaign to politically blackmail gays to swallow their vomit & have sex though their whole being is telling them to puke. Just so they belong? How foolish.

Just like the fact that Blacks are still the poorest after all the Black minority rights campaign, it turned out Gay Mariage doesn't matter in the end because so few gays ultimately marry  in those countries which adapted it. Somebody chose to forget most gays actually would rather puke than have sex with each other.

I took this info from
Let's look at Holland, the first country which adapted Gay Marriage in 2001:

As you can see, the biggest number was in the first year (the suckers were probably excited by all the political pang-uuto in the first year) but the interest gradually fell with each year, dropping very low indeed. If there would have been a clamor for Gay Marriage there, it should have been increasing, but the small numbers just kept declining proving this was merely a useless political stunt. Somebody just wanted to manipulate gays for a political aim (I'll discuss this in Part 2). With this paltry result, why bother with all these noisy political noise especially in a country like the Philippines where gays have refined taste and having sex with another gay man makes them vomit? Reminds me of all the big headlines about  the fight for Black minority rights from the 60's but circa 2015 the US Blacks were still burning Ferguson & Baltimore because they would turn out to be still the poorest.

The clamor for Gay Marriage is fake because most gays are revolted by the thought of having sex with a gay man, how much more wed one? Of course, there would still be a few with strong stomachs who can fool themselves to swallow their vomit and say it is love but should we even have to change our way of life centered on an important institution like family just to kowtow to every marginal deviant? Should we disallow beauty pageants just because it would discomfort the majority ugly? Should we shoot the paltry rich just because they offend the majority poor?

Even the  poster figure in the local LGBT scene, a comedian named Vice Ganda turned out to be a connoisseur of straight basketball players. If he is sincere in fighting for gays, why shouldn't he be a true gay model, why doesn't he flaunt a parlorista lover instead? Is money involved in these kinds of campaign? The LGBT groups here, who financed them before they hoodwinked the hooked members to contribute the token funds (the main fund comes from the dark sponsors?)?

Really curious...

It gets curioser in Part 2

SCANDAL!!! PART 6: I Can Not Be Corrupted, Sorry! It Won't Be Fun Anymore so No Way

About 5 days ago (August 6, 2015), the figurehead of the propaganda front masquerading as fan club of Pinoy artists in the Post-Soviet space contacted me in my VK account and offered me to relieve him in his post. That in effect, I can become the new administrator AKA figurehead of their propaganda front whose lies I just began to document and expose (so far I exposed one in my blog & another one in my VK account). He admitted that at least 95% of what they were publishing were true (only 5% were lies?) but he claimed it was his companions who did those without his knowledge. I'm not judging him if what he's saying was true, he might have been actually used because it's de rigueur that propaganda fronts use innocent figureheads to pretend plausible deniability. Needless to say, I rejected him outright. Not out of any emotional reasons, but more on practical considerations. The propaganda front was established there for a particular reason and they are not to stop now. But the fact they were found out, documented and exposed has already produced the effect I was expecting: they have to make it appear they are not what they actually are and make good 100% in what they are doing. The Pinoy artists will only benefit for the meantime. In fact, I've toned down my VK account, limiting myself only to publicity of the Pinoy artists with films being shown in Kazakhstan and let them feature more Pinoy stars. I only do this for fun, but that's their career.

Above is part of the message of the Admin of the Fake Pinoy Group (We use direct Google translation  in order that I won't be accused of putting my own interpretation): "I have noticed that you are keen on Filipino culture, you do not want to become a manager in the group? Will no longer be propaganda, and I will give all the control to you. I have very little free time"

 But of course, the 5% lies are what that front is about. It's just a matter of time, every animal has its own DNA which it has to act upon... but even then, we've been tipped off beforehand, we will be there waiting.

 Now, if they indeed had seen the light and reinvent their genes, so much the better. Anyway, their work is really puny in the scheme of things. The Pinoy artists have already made inroads that even the villains haven't achieved in that area, and Pinoys won't need them as much as they needed to piggyback on the Pinoys in the limelight. As we have shown, this front is used by the villains to capture the Pinoy fans as ready captive for South Korean propaganda (Scandal 4 & 5).

 With this latest turn of events, we saw how they really operate, but which I expected because that's the textbook procedures in counterpropaganda: coup d'etat at the top. Reminiscent of the move to turn in the stars who were the original target of the initial sabotage, or the blatant influence on admins of some local fan clubs.

 Frankly, I don't find the South Koreans as threats. They have very obvious deficiencies which are fatal roadblocks to their big ambition (Plastic Surgery has its limits, for one). It's actually funny that they were caught doing what they were not supposed to be doing (just like the politician being caught dipping his fingers to the pie: if he was not caught, nobody would have been the wiser). But these are mere hiccups if they want to set things right.

 As I mentioned, I made a deliberate decision to limit myself in my VK account on the stars with films shown in Kazakhstan (or any place in the world where they are hot, for that matter). That is now beginning to be felt on my blog. This blogging is supposed to be fun, and I find it more fun monitoring the inroads of the Pinoy stars in their international forays. So far, I find only few of our local stars as interesting and it would be more fun zeroing in on only those who are interesting.

 As to the question of James Reid, have I really turned my back after the Houseboy-looking Rocker incident? My change in tactic was just a coincidence. In the beginning, I fed mostly Jadine articles because I was always thinking of my South American readers, my initial international readers. Moreover, ever since I stoked a diversionary intrigue to deflect the blowback of the Para Sa Hopeless Romantic flop on the Jadine love team, readers have looked to this blog as a Jadine fanatic. Wrong, it was just that I saw some bad moves, and it was like instinctively saving a baby from being run over by a speeding car. But the fact that I was mostly featuring the team limited my audience. When I started featuring Lizquen, the deluge of the readers made me really think but I played it slow so as not to offend. Then I got my perfect alibi: the Houseboy-looking Rocker incident was a perfect time to shift gears. I actually received unsolicited emails which said they understood. Whatever they understood, I am not sure. If ever On The Wings Of Love is shown in Kazakhstan or anywhere else, I'll be promoting them again. The Houseboy-looking Rocker Incident didn't mean a thing: James Reid will still have his handsome face so that means the villain still lost. They sabotaged him because fans loved his handsome face in the first place.