The boob tube has surpassed the motion pictures in popularity as it became the “all-in-one” package to a lot of people. It brings us news, makes us cry with dramas, laugh our asses off with comedies (which are very rare now), and amazes us with the talent Filipinos only possess with the different reality and talent shows out there. In line with that, the television has also been the venue to a lot of the most memorable and groundbreaking happenings that brought Filipinos closer to the world and vice-versa.
With that, I present to you my choices for the ten best local shows of the year:
10. MAY TAMANG BALITA (GMA News TV)
Host: Ramon Bautista, Sheena Halili | Timeslot: 10-11 PM, Thursdays
It’s been a long time since we’ve seen a satire/news parody format in local tube that effectively works. May Tamang Balita can rely on the marvelous Ramon Bautista (who can carry the show on his own), but the segments of the show (Pa-Star is my favorite) can stand on its own already. Indeed, it’s the perfect stress reliever for people who opt to stay at home on Friday nights.
9. HEADSTART (ANC)
Host: Karen Davila | Timeslot: 8 – 9 AM Mondays-Fridays
Probably what I consider as the best talk show in local TV, Karen Davila’s Headstart is actually the perfect way to start the morning. Here’s a show that gets to have the most controversial and interesting personalities from all walks of life being asked questions that are not contrived, stupid, and shallow. Plus, it gets to involve the audience as you can tweet your questions before the show starts. We need to have more of this in our local stations.
8. SA NGALAN NG INA (TV 5)
Cast: Nora Aunor, Christopher de Leon, Rosanna Roces, Eugene Domingo | October 3 – November 4
Probably one of the biggest projects of the year, the Superstar’s comeback must come out with a bang, and through Sa Ngalan ng Ina, she was able to introduce herself to the younger crowd. She has nothing else left to prove as her performance in the show just made us recall that she is, indeed, the one and only. This family drama is the type of project that rakes up Emmys, and certainly, one of the better shows this year.
7. AMAYA (GMA 7)
Cast: Marian Rivera, Aljur Abrenica, Gina Alajar, Gardo Versoza | Mondays-Fridays, 7:45 – 8:30 PM
Since she’s the biggest star in their network, Marian Rivera deserves nothing but the best project that her network can give. After remakes one after the other, GMA gives her a historical epic that was well researched and well produced. As proven by the great costumes, fantastic art direction, and a good ensemble, Amaya is a gem in GMA’s primetime schedule.
6. JUNIOR MASTER CHEF PINOY EDITION (ABS CBN 2)
Host: Judy Ann Santos | Saturdays, 6:45 PM / Sundays, 7:15 PM
This year, the Master Chef mania has invaded the Philippines, and it is no surprise that everyone’s favorite is the Junior Master Chef spin-off. After all, who wouldn’t be amazed with little kids cooking better than most of us? Frustrated cooks perhaps. And while many people are skeptic if we can follow the big mark left by the original version, Judy Ann Santos and the kids continue to impress us week in and week out in the most delicious program of the year.
5. MAALAALA MO KAYA (ABS CBN 2)
Host: Charo Santos-Concio | Saturdays, 8-9:30 PM
After some appetizing kiddie chefs, the perfect way to sustain the momentum is by providing a weekly drama that features some of the most affectionate, amazing, heart wrenching, incredible stories one can ever know. This year, Maalaala Mo Kaya celebrates its 20th year (that’s two decades of episodes there), and with episodes such as Tsinelas (the AJ Perez episode), Kape (the Kim Chiu-Edgar Allan Guzman), and Tungkod (the Angel Aquino-Brillante Mendoza helmed episode shot in Palawan). From the looks of it, MMK still tops itself every single year.
4. 100 DAYS TO HEAVEN (ABS CBN 2)
Cast: Connie Reyes, Xyriel Manabat, Jodi Sta. Maria | May 9 -November 18 2011
The only drama that made you cry per episode; it made us think about second chances and how fragile a human is. Sure, it may sometime be predictable and too cliched, but that does not mean it won’t make you feel affected. Led by the triumvirate acting prowess of Reyes, Manabat, and Sta. Maria, this drama knows which buttons to push and make us cry with every scene, situation, and delivery.
3. GANDANG GABI VICE (ABSCBN 2)
Host: Vice Ganda | Sundays, 9:45 PM
Vice Ganda provided entertainment now seven days a week with Gandang Gabi Vice. This time, he does it solo and no holds barred when it comes to guest episodes. This is the closest (though still somewhat censored) one can get to those comedy concert bar performers. With episodes like those of Ethel Booba, Judy Ann Santos, and Noli de Castro, GGV is the perfect relaxing Sunday night experience.
2. EAT BULAGA
Host: Vic Sotto, Joey de Leon, Tito Sotto | Mondays – Saturdays, 12 noon – 2:30 PM
Undeniably the best noontime show the Philippines will ever have, Eat Bulaga does not rely on the fact that they have 32 years under their name already. What’s incredible is that the segments are still fun (Pinoy Henyo will never get old), the hosts’ chemistry never fizzles, and it truly entertains you from start to finish. The Sugod Bahay/Juan for All, All for Juan segment alone is worth the watch already. Also, they launched a documentary (Kuwentong Dabarkads) and a coffee table book this year. Once again, 2011 is definitely a milestone for Eat Bulaga!
1. MINSAN LANG KITA IIBIGIN (ABSCBN 2)
Cast: Coco Martin, Lorna Tolentino, John Estrada, Amy Austria | March 7 – August 19, 2011
And my top choice for the local TV show of the year, Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin has a very controversial story line that can and might offend those who they portrayed, yet they still tried to be as versatile while keeping it interesting as well. It featured a great ensemble with three generations of acting royalties providing some of the most memorable acting moments of the past year. No wonder, this show won Drama Series plums, together with Coco Martin and Lorna Tolentino’s portrayals, and will go down as one of ABSCBN’s best telenovelas.
So, what are your choices for the local shows of the year?