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29th PMPC Star Awards for TV Predictions   Leave a comment

While it’s obvious by now that the PMPC Star Awards for Television isn’t really what you’d call as prestigious, it’s probably the closest award giving body there is to local TV. That’s why it’s still somehow relevant. Besides, every now and then there are still some inspired lineup and wins from this group even if it’s at the expense of mostly boring ones. That’s why year in and year out, it’s still fun to predict these things just to see which direction they decide to be in every year. Anyway, let’s see which craziness they’d do. Here are my predictions for this year:

best station

Best TV Station

  • ABS-CBN (Channel 2)
  • ABS-CBN Sports+Action (Channel 23, still listed as Studio 23)
  • AksyonTV (Channel 41)
  • CNN Philippines (Channel 9)
  • GMA (Channel 7)
  • GMA News TV (Channel 11)
  • IBC (Channel 13)
  • Net 25 (Channel 25)
  • PTV (Channel 4)
  • TV5 (Channel 5)
  • UNTV Life (Channel 37)

It still amuses me why the PMPC still bothers including all the other stations when during the previous 28 years, the award has gone to either ABS-CBN and GMA only. That said, it’s refreshing to see both CNN Philippines and ABS-CBN Sports + Action here. However, they must do up the cleaning and leave PTV, IBC,and Aksyon TV to rest. As for who’s winning it, it seems like they’re still on a Kapamilya high so I guess it’s another year where Quezon Avenue trumps over Kamuning.

PREDICTION: ABS-CBN 2
ALTERNATE: GMA7

drama series

Best Primetime Drama Series

  • Bagito (ABS-CBN)
  • Bridges of Love (ABS-CBN)
  • Forevermore (ABS-CBN)
  • Hawak Kamay (ABS-CBN)
  • Nathaniel (ABS-CBN)
  • Pari ‘Koy (GMA)
  • The Rich Man’s Daughter (GMA)

Surprisingly enough, there isn’t an overwhelming frontrunner this year. There’s no really huge ensemble show like last year’s winner Ikaw Lamang. I think Bagito and Pari Koy are fillers here and they didn’t get any other nomination outside of this one. The Rich Man’s Daughter failed to come close with GMA’s previous same sex drama My Husband’s Lover in 2013, and even that lost the race. The race is probably between Nathaniel (high rated show promoting good moral values) and Forevermore (the show that really launched the Lizquen pairing), and I give the edge to the former.

PREDICTION: Nathaniel
ALTERNATE: Forevermore

daytime drama

Best Daytime Drama Series

  • Ang Lihim ni Annasandra (GMA)
  • Flordeliza (ABS-CBN)
  • Healing Hearts (GMA)
  • Kailan Ba Tama ang Mali? (GMA)
  • Nasaan Ka Nang Kailangan Kita (ABS-CBN)
  • Oh My G! (ABS-CBN)
  • The Half Sisters (GMA)

With no Be Careful with My Heart in the running anymore, this category could go to many contenders. The Half Sisters has been one of those rare shows that passed the one-year mark especially in this current time when dramas would run nine months the longest. And it still hasn’t showed any signs of ending yet. But then there’s also FlordeLiza which received three acting nominations and is seen as the comeback of Marvin Agustin and Jolina Magdangal in ABSCBN. And despite not getting nominations for its cast(outside of Breakthrough Actor and Actress), Nasaan Ka Nang Kailangan Kita is a Ricky Lee creation and one whose prestige can go well with the voters. Actually, you could pick any from the three.

PREDICTION: Flordeliza
ALTERNATE: The Half Sisters

drama lead actor

Best Drama Actor

  • Alden Richards (Illustrado / GMA)
  • Daniel Padilla (Pangako Sa ‘Yo / ABS-CBN)
  • Eddie Garcia (Give Love on Christmas presents: The Gift Giver / ABS-CBN)
  • Gerald Anderson (Nathaniel / ABS-CBN)
  • Jericho Rosales (Bridges of Love / ABS-CBN)
  • Paulo Avelino (Bridges of Love / ABS-CBN)
  • Piolo Pascual (Hawak Kamay / ABS-CBN)

There’s no Coco Martin in the race this year, so it’s hard to pin down which direction they’d go here. It’s one Kapuso actor vs. six Kapamilyas here, but we’re talking about the biggest Kapuso actor there is. Thus, I feel like PMPC will jump on the bandwagon and reward Alden Richards the win here. It’s not as if it hasn’t happened before (Dingdong Dantes won in 2010), and he’s playing the role of the country’s national hero. You know it says something that they went all the way back to his Ilustrado project just to nominate him here, so they’d waste no time not giving him the actual win. That said, if not Richards, I think they’ll use this Coco-less field to reward either Paulo Avelino or Gerald Anderson who both are still winless here.

PREDICTION: Alden Richards, “Ilustrado
ALTERNATE: Paulo Avelino, “Bridges of Love

drama lead actress

Best Drama Actress

  • Aiko Melendez (Give Love on Christmas presents: The Gift Giver / ABS-CBN)
  • Angelica Panganiban (Pangako Sa ‘Yo / ABS-CBN)
  • Coney Reyes (Nathaniel / ABS-CBN)
  • Empress Schuck (Kailan Ba Tama ang Mali? / GMA)
  • Jodi Sta. Maria (Pangako Sa ‘Yo / ABS-CBN)
  • Jolina Magdangal (FlordeLiza / ABS-CBN)
  • Maja Salvador (Bridges of Love / ABS-CBN)
  • Shaina Magdayao (Nathaniel / ABS-CBN)

Let me begin by saying it’s really surprising that Empress Schuck ended up as the lone Kapuso representative here considering that she’s a kontrabida in an afternoon soap opera. That said, I think the on air rivalry of their characters will just translate here with the two Pangako Sa’Yo characters battling it out. Back in 2000, Eula Valdez won over Jean Garcia in this same race with the latter winning the following year. As for this one, I see Jodi Sta. Maria finally getting her overdue win especially after she failed to win one for her turn in Be Careful with My Heart. Watch out for Jolina Magdangal though considering the amount of baity materials her character had gone through in Flordeliza. 

PREDICTION: Jodi Sta. Maria, “Pangako Sa’Yo
ALTERNATE: Jolina Magdangal, “FlordeLiza

drama supp actor

Best Drama Supporting Actor

  • Baron Geisler (Nathaniel / ABS-CBN)
  • Carlo Aquino (FlordeLiza / ABS-CBN)
  • Edu Manzano (Bridges of Love / ABS-CBN)
  • JM de Guzman (Hawak Kamay / ABS-CBN)
  • Mike Tan (The Rich Man’s Daughter / GMA)
  • Ronnie Lazaro (Pangako Sa ‘Yo / ABS-CBN)
  • Tirso Cruz III (Hawak Kamay / ABS-CBN)

To be frank, I’m certain that if JM de Guzman didn’t screw up his second chance, you know he has this one locked. But then again, I guess it will go to one of their two favorite character actors: Baron Geisler for his role as the evil villain in Nathaniel, or Carlo Aquino in Flordeliza. I’m giving the edge to Geisler simply because his is a more flat out evil role here and the three performances this category has awarded are all kontrabida turns.

PREDICTION: Baron Geisler, “Nathaniel
ALTERNATE: Carlo Aquino, “FlordeLiza

drama supp actress

Best Drama Supporting Actress

  • Amy Austria-Ventura (Pangako Sa ‘Yo / ABS-CBN)
  • Carmina Villaroel (Bridges of Love / ABS-CBN)
  • Eula Valdez (Illustrado / GMA)
  • Irma Adlawan (Forevermore / ABS-CBN)
  • Jean Garcia (The Half Sisters / GMA)
  • Sheryl Cruz (Strawberry Lane / GMA)
  • Sofia Andres (Forevermore / ABS-CBN)

It’s sooooooooo PMPC to nominate Eula Valdez and Jean Garcia against each other the same year they nominated Jodi Sta. Maria and Angelica Panganiban in Lead. You know they’re trying to score that all four would attend and have that epic reunion photo. That said, I have no idea who’ll win here considering this is only the category’s third year of existence and the previous two years were back to back wins for KC Concepcion. If that’s any indication, maybe they like their younger actresses, so I guess I’ll have to go with Sofia Andres here.

PREDICTION: Sofia Andres, “Forevermore
ALTERNATE: Amy Austria-Ventura, “Pangako Sa’Yo

child performer

Best Child Performer

  • Alonzo Muhlach (Inday Bote / ABS-CBN)
  • Ashley Sarmiento (FlordeLiza / ABS-CBN)
  • Chlaui Malayao (Yagit / GMA)
  • Harvey Bautista (Wansapanataym presents: “Remote ni Eric” / ABS-CBN)
  • Jana Agoncillo (Dream Dad / ABS-CBN)
  • Marco Masa (Nathaniel / ABS-CBN)
  • Xyriel Manabat (Hawak Kamay / ABS-CBN)
  • Zaijian Jaranilla (Hawak Kamay / ABS-CBN)

I think Jana Agoncillo is considered as the breakout young child discovery of the year, and as shown by her two nominations, the PMPC is fond of her. But knowing that she has no chance to win in New Female TV Personality, this might be where they reward her. Watch out for Marco Masa considering that the only winners here are two performances headlining their own show (Andrea Brillantes’ AnnaLiza and Raikko Mateo in Honesto.)

PREDICTION: Jana Agoncillo, “Dream Dad
ALTERNATE: Marco Masa, “Nathaniel

comedy series

Best Comedy Program

  • 2 1/2 Daddies (TV5)
  • Home Sweetie Home (ABS-CBN)
  • Ismol Family (GMA)
  • Luv U (ABS-CBN)
  • Mac and Chiz (TV5)
  • Pepito Manaloto: Ang Tunay na Kwento (GMA)
  • Vampire Ang Daddy Ko (GMA)

The presence of the two TV5 comedies here at least provided some diversity, regardless of their actual quality. And due to lack of competition anymore in the Youth Oriented Program, 3x winner Luv U has been transferred here instead. But then, count on current winner Home Sweetie Home to bag a consecutive one. The show hasn’t been canceled anyway, and it’s still doing good in the ratings.

PREDICTION: Home Sweetie Home
ALTERNATE: Luv U

comedy actor

Best Comedy Actor

  • Clarence Delgado (Goin’ Bulilit / ABS-CBN)
  • Jayson Gainza (Banana Split Extra Scoop / ABS-CBN)
  • John Lloyd Cruz (Home Sweetie Home / ABS-CBN)
  • Michael V. (Pepito Manaloto: Ang Tunay na Kwento / GMA)
  • Ryan Agoncillo (Ismol Family / GMA)
  • Sef Cadayona (Bubble Gang / GMA)
  • Vic Sotto (Vampire Ang Daddy Ko / GMA)

With his new Asian TV Awards nomination this year for his turn in Pepito Manaloto, expect Michael V to win his fifth trophy in this category. That said, it’s not wise to dismiss current champ Sef Cadayona targeting back to back wins as the Bubble Gang representative or Jayson Gainza who has yet to win one here despite being nominated multiple times already for his work in Banana Split.

PREDICTION: Michael V., Pepito Manaloto
ALTERNATE: Sef Cadayona, “Bubble Gang

comedy actress

Best Comedy Actress

  • Angelica Panganiban (Banana Split Extra Scoop / ABS-CBN)
  • Carmi Martin (Ismol Family / GMA)
  • Manilyn Reynes (Pepito Manaloto: Ang Tunay na Kwento / GMA)
  • Mutya Orquia (Goin’ Bulilit / ABS-CBN)
  • Rufa Mae Quinto (Bubble Gang / GMA)
  • Ryzza Mae Dizon (Vampire Ang Daddy Ko / GMA)
  • Toni Gonzaga (Home Sweetie Home / ABS-CBN)

Since 2000, Rufa Mae Quinto has won this category eight times, so it’s a bit of a giveaway that as long as she’s nominated, then she’s in contention for the win. And considering the dire emptiness of this category, then this can be an easy ninth win. That said, if they decide to have both Amor and Claudia win, then they might give this one to Angelica Panganiban so that they’d both be rewarded on Star Awards night.

PREDICTION: Rufa Mae Quinto, Bubble Gang
ALTERNATE: Angelica Panganiban, “Banana Split Extra Scoop

single performance actor

Best Single Performance by An Actor

  • Alex Medina (Ipaglaban Mo! episode: “Niloko Niyo Ako” / ABS-CBN)
  • Arjo Atayde (Maalala Mo Kaya (MMK) episode: “Liham” / ABS-CBN)
  • Coco Martin (Maalaala Mo Kaya (MMK) episode: “Watawat” / ABS-CBN)
  • Edgar Allan Guzman (Maalaala Mo Kaya (MMK) episode: “Box” / ABS-CBN)
  • John Lloyd Cruz (Maalaala Mo Kaya (MMK) episode: “Hat” / ABS-CBN)
  • Matt Evans (Ipaglaban Mo! episode: “Nasa Maling Landas” / ABS-CBN)
  • Mike Tan (Magpakailanman episode: “8 Shades of Gay: The Tubato Family Story” / GMA)

It’s really a battle of two PMPC favorites in this category. On one hand, there’s Coco Martin who has won four of the last six years in Best Actor: Drama category. Chances are, when he’s nominated, you know he’s winning. Add the fact that he still hasn’t won in this category, and it’s for the most buzzed about MMK episode of the year about the SAS44 soldiers, and you know it’s a shoo-in already. But then there’s Arjo Atayde who has won one Star trophy the last three years: New Male Personality in 2012, Drama Supporting Actor in 2013, and this exact category last year. I’m actually predicting a tie, but look at Mike Tan to possibly upset since they tend to favor gender bender performances here.

PREDICTION: Coco Martin, Maalaala Mo Kaya” and Arjo Atayde, “Maalaala Mo Kaya
ALTERNATE: Mike Tan,”Magpakailanman

single performance actress

Best Single Performance by An Actress

Current winner Sunshine Cruz is in contention again so she can easily do a repeat back to back win in this category just like Gretchen Barretto in 2009 and 2010. Then it’s not safe to dismiss the Superstar Nora Aunor in the race especially since she played a comfort woman haunted by her past in Karelasyon. And then there’s Angel Locsin possibly winning seven years since her first if the voters are big fans of the two-parter SAF44 special. Right now, I’d give the edge to La Aunor winning here.

PREDICTION: Nora Aunor, Karelasyon
ALTERNATE: Sunshine Cruz, “Maalaala Mo Kaya

new actor

Best New Male TV Personality

  • Alonzo Muhlach (Inday Bote / ABS-CBN)
  • Jemuell Ventinilla (Yagit / GMA)
  • Joshua Garcia (Nasaan Ka Nang Kailangan Kita / ABS-CBN)
  • JV Cruz (Iskoolmates: May Pakialam Ka! / PTV)
  • Kurt Ong (Wansapanataym presents: “My Kung Fu Chinito / ABS-CBN)
  • Kyle Blanco (Bridges of Love / ABS-CBN)
  • Sancho Vito (Let the Love Begin / GMA)

This is surprisingly a weak year for new male actors as a lot of these are really fringe contenders. But then sometimes, this is the type of an open category that gives them the freedom to choose really random contenders such as 2009 winner JR de Guzman for TV 5’s Midnight DJ. I’d say Alonzo Muhlach wins this one just for being the easiest choice here. Incidentally enough, it was also in 2009 when a child star last won here (Zaijan Jaranilla for May Bukas Pa) which tied him with previously mentioned JR de Guzman. Maybe this year Alonzo ties with a random contender too. Who’s your bet?

PREDICTION: Alonzo Muhlach, Inday Bote
ALTERNATE: Joshua Garcia, “Nasaan Ka Nang Kailangan Kita

new actress

Best New Female TV Personality

  • Ali Forbes (Pinay Beauty Queen Academy / GMA News TV)
  • Jana Agoncilo (Dream Dad / ABS-CBN)
  • Loisa Andalio (Nasaan Ka Nang Kailangan Kita / ABS-CBN)
  • Maine “Yaya Dub” Mendoza (Eat Bulaga!/Kalyeserye / GMA)
  • Maris Racal (Maalaala Mo Kaya (MMK) episode: “Lobo” / ABS-CBN)
  • MJ Lastimosa (Maalaala Mo Kaya (MMK) episode: “Takure / ABS-CBN)
  • Stephanie Yamut (Yagit / GMA)

Two words: MAINE MENDOZA. ‘Nuff said.

But really, it’s such a strong category and a lot of these other nominees would have won in much weaker years. But it can’t be refuted that this is Maine Mendoza’s year, and there’s no one more fitting to win this one than her. She really is the female TV personality to look for this year. The only way I see the others winning this is if there’s a tie, and you know even that is unfair.

PREDICTION: Maine Mendoza, Eat Bulaga
ALTERNATE: Maris Racal, “Maalaala Mo Kaya

male tv host

Best Male TV Host

  • Billy Crawford (It’s Showtime / ABS-CBN)
  • German Moreno (Walang Tulugan with the Master Showman / GMA)
  • Luis Manzano (ASAP 20 / ABS-CBN)
  • Martin Nievera (ASAP 20 / ABS-CBN)
  • Robi Domingo (ASAP 20 / ABS-CBN)
  • Vice Ganda (It’s Showtime / ABS-CBN)
  • Wally Bayola (Eat Bulaga! / GMA)

Sure it’s not the traditional hosting per se, but Wally Bayola has been doing the equal lifting as we enjoy the daily Kalyeserye episodes. Lola Nidora has been a huge part of Pinoy pop culture especially this year that if Allan K can win this category in 2011, you know it’s Wally Bayola’s to lose.

PREDICTION: Wally Bayola, Eat Bulaga
ALTERNATE: Billy Crawford, “It’s Showtime!

female tv host

Best Female TV Host

  • Anne Curtis (It’s Showtime / ABS-CBN)
  • Julia Clarete (Eat Bulaga! / GMA)
  • Pia Guanio (Eat Bulaga! / GMA)
  • Sarah Geronimo (ASAP 20 / ABS-CBN)
  • Toni Gonzaga (ASAP 20 / ABS-CBN)
  • Vina Morales (ASAP 20 / ABS-CBN)
  • Zsa Zsa Padilla (ASAP 20 / ABS-CBN)

Toni Gonzaga has been dominating this category winning four of the last five years that you know it will just be an additional trophy to her mantle case for this year. That said, the only time she lost was to Anne Curtis two years ago, and since they’re duking out here again, maybe she’d be the one to dethrone her too.

PREDICTION: Toni Gonzaga, ASAP 20
ALTERNATE: Anne Curtis, “It’s Showtime!

As for the rest of the categories, here are my predictions:

Best Drama Mini-Series

PREDICTION: Ilustrado
ALTERNATE: Give Love on Christmas

Best Drama Anthology

PREDICTION: Magpakailanman
ALTERNATE: Karelasyon

Best Gag Show

PREDICTION: Goin Bulilit
ALTERNATE: Banana Split: Extra Scoop

Best Musical-Variety Show

PREDICTION: ASAP 20
ALTERNATE: It’s Showtime

Best Reality Show

PREDICTION: I Do
ALTERNATE: Pinay Beauty Queen Academy

Best Reality Show Host

PREDICTION: Toni Gonzaga-Soriano, Bianca Gonzalez-Intal, Enchong Dee and Robi Domingo, “Pinoy Big Brother: 737
ALTERNATE: Toni Gonzaga-Soriano, Bianca Gonzalez-Intal, John Prats and Robi Domingo, “Pinoy Big Brother: All In

Best Game Show

PREDICTION: Wowowin
ALTERNATE: Celebrity Bluff

Best Game Show Host

PREDICTION: Luis Manzano, “Kapamilya, Deal or No Deal
ALTERNATE: Willie Revillame, “Wowowin

Best Talent Search Program

PREDICTION: Talentadong Pinoy 2014
ALTERNATE: Bet ng Bayan

Best Talent Search Program Host

PREDICTION: Billy Crawford, “Your Face Sounds Familiar
ALTERNATE: Toni Gonzaga, Luis Mazano, Robi Domingo, Alex Gonzaga, “The Voice of the Philippines Season 2

Best Celebrity Talk Show

PREDICTION: Aquino and Abunda Tonight
ALTERNATE: Gandang Gabi Vice

Best Celebrity Talk Show Host

PREDICTION: Vice Ganda, “Gandang Gabi Vice
ALTERNATE: Kris Aquino, Boy Abunda, “Aquino and Abunda Tonight

Best Showbiz Oriented Talk Show

PREDICTION: The Buzz
ALTERNATE: Startalk

Best Male Showbiz Oriented Talk Show Host

PREDICTION: Ricky Lo “Startalk
ALTERNATE: Joey de Leon,”Startalk

Best Female Showbiz Oriented Talk Show Host

PREDICTION: Toni Gonzaga, “The Buzz
ALTERNATE: Kris Aquino, “The Buzz

Best Educational Program

PREDICTION: Matanglawin
ALTERNATE: Swak na Swak

Best Educational Program Host

PREDICTION: Kim Atienza, “Matanglawin
ALTERNATE: Jennlyn Mercado, “Sarap with Family

Best Documentary Program

PREDICTION: I-Witness
ALTERNATE: Reporter’s Notebook

Best Documentary Program Host

PREDICTION: Sandra Aguinaldo, Kara David, Jay Taruc, Howie Severino, “I-Witness
ALTERNATE: Jiggy Manicad, Maki Pulido, “Reporter’s Notebook

Best Documentary Special

PREDICTION: Spratlys: Mga Isla ng Kalayaan
ALTERNATE: #PUSO2019: Ang Pambihirang Love Story ng mga Pinoy sa Basketball

Best News Program

PREDICTION: State of the Nation with Jessica Soho
ALTERNATE: Bandila

Best Male Newscaster

PREDICTION: Julius Babao “Bandila
ALTERNATE: Erwin Tulfo,”Aksyon Prime

Best Female Newscaster

PREDICTION: Karen Davila, “Bandila
ALTERNATE: Jessica Soho,”State of the Nation

Best Morning Show

PREDICTION: Umagang Kay Ganda
ALTERNATE: Unang Hirit

Best Morning Show Host

PREDICTION: Umagang Kay Ganda hosts
ALTERNATE: Unang Hirit hosts

Best Magazine Show

PREDICTION: iJuander
ALTERNATE: Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho

Best Magazine Show Host

PREDICTION: Susan Enriquez, Cesar Apolinario, “iJuander
ALTERNATE: Jessica Soho,”Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho

Best Children Show

PREDICTION: Tropang Potchi
ALTERNATE: Homework

Best Children Show Host

PREDICTION: Sabrina Man, Miggy Jimenez, Isabel “Lenlen” Frial, Nomer Limatog, Miggs Cuaderno, and Kyle Daniel Ocampo, “Tropang Potchi
ALTERNATE: Aira Binas, Gerard Pangusan, Rissey Reyes, Alex Reyes, and Fred Lo,”Hi-5 Philippines

Best Public Affairs Program

PREDICTION: The Bottomline with Boy Abunda
ALTERNATE: Bawal ang Pasaway kay Mareng Winnie

Best Public Affairs Program Host

PREDICTION: Boy Abunda, “The Bottomline
ALTERNATE: Winnie Monsod, “Bawal ang Pasaway kay Mareng Winnie

Best Public Service Program

PREDICTION: T3: Alliance
ALTERNATE: SOCO: Scene of the Crime Operatives

Best Public Service Program Host

PREDICTION: Tulfo brothers, “T3: Alliance
ALTERNATE: Vicky Morales, “Wish Ko Lang

Best Travel Show

PREDICTION: Biyahe ni Drew
ALTERNATE: Business Flight

Best Travel Show Host

PREDICTION: Drew Arellano, “Biyahe ni Drew
ALTERNATE: Venus Raj, Cristina Decena,”Business Flight

Best Lifestyle Show

PREDICTION: KrisTV
ALTERNATE: Gandang Ricky Reyes

Best Lifestyle Show Host

PREDICTION: Kris Aquino, “KrisTV
ALTERNATE: Ricky Reyes, “Gandang Ricky Reyes

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5 Best ABS-CBN Christmas Station IDs   Leave a comment

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When we think of Christmas, we’re reminded of a lot of things: completing the simbang gabi, the smell of fresh puto bumbong and bibingka, colorful Christmas decorations in Ayala, and endless shopping mall sales. Oh, and the  launch of ABS-CBN’s annual Christmas-themed station ID. Starting back in 2003, ABS-CBN’s tradition of producing these videos definitely adds more excitement to the holiday season. A dozen years later, it’s clear that they aren’t competing anymore with anyone when it comes to station IDs; as a matter of fact, they’re running this game already. ABS-CBN has already mastered the art of producing such that launching it is considered an event of its own already. Last week, they’ve finally released the one for 2015 with the theme “Thank You For the Love!” (which you can watch here) and sung by their triumvirate loveteams Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo, James Reid and Nadine Lustre, and Enrique Gil and Liza Soberano, alongside The Voice Kids 2 champion Elha Nympha and her coach Bamboo.

Let’s do the perfect holiday throwback as we go back at five of their best Christmas station ID outputs yet.

5. “Lumiliwanag ang Mundo sa Kwento ng Pasko” (2012)

2012 was when ABS-CBN started the tradition of incorporating their different advocacy in their station IDs. When previous years would simply focus on doing reenactments of the different Christmas traditions, they’ve now included snippets of the actual gift giving and helping to the victims of the different typhoons, as well as interviews to the survivors. Consider it tacky or exploitative if you like, but no doubt it started the trend of the heart tugging stories that makes the holidays feel really more about love.

Highlights:  Dawn Zulueta putting up her lantern in her US grapevine house, a shot of an old Ivatan couple setting up their lantern, and Gerald Anderson visiting a barangay severely affected by the typhoons.

4. “Magkasama Tayo sa Kwento ng Pasko” (2013)

2012 was the trial year, but 2013 was when they fleshed out more of these different human Christmas stories of Pinoys all over the world. It started with Gemma, an OFW based in Hong Kong narrating that she would miss the holidays to earn more money for her family. Then there’s a habal-habal driver in Cebu, Kim Chiu’s “family” that she visited for a reality show years before, and a married old couple based in the US now among many others. This year’s jingle, sung by The Voice Philippines coaches and top four, is also one of their catchier ones.

Highlights: Piolo Pascual surprising the OFW in Hong Kong, Judy Ann Santos visiting survivors in the Woman’s Crisis Center, and John Lloyd Cruz giving tribute to a loyal ABSCBN employee.

3. “Angat ang Ligaya ng Pasko” (2006)

Now if you’re fed up with the current format of the dramatic ones, the 2006 is a perfect throwback to the heydays when the station ID is less than four minutes, and Christmas is mostly seen as a purely festive celebration. Using APO’s Christmas classic “Tuloy Na Tuloy Pa Rin ang Pasko“, only this time sung by Orange & Lemons, this station ID is probably what detractors of the current format prefer. It’s short but it’s starstudded, it’s colorful and still celebratory, and those network wars fanatics can’t accuse it of being self-serving.

Highlights: That Church scene with Sharon Cuneta “reading” probably a Bible verse to the audience (also filled of the different Kapamilya celebrities), the late Johhny Delagdo dressed as Santa Claus giving gifts to children, and that final shot of the late Comedy King Dolphy, Susan Roces, Maricel Soriano, and Judy Ann Santos (talk about star power) leading other celebrities off the church.

2. “Star ng Pasko” (2009)

This is probably the greatest Christmas jingle ABS-CBN has ever produced. Fresh off the wounds of Typhoon Ondoy that year, combined with the “Bro” fever from their then primetime series May Bukas Pa, this is the song that we can safely call as the Christmas theme of 2009. Literally all the choirs in the country have included it in their repertoire of songs, and whether you visit malls or schools, this is the only song that’s being played. And you’d understand why. This has captured the essence of the Filipino spirit, and how Christmas is still seen as a day of love, a tradition that will never fade. The actual video delivers as well, with everyone waving their own star shaped lanterns, nevermind if they’re all singing the chorus for more or less, nine minutes.

Highlights: The little kid in the beginning pulling a set of lanterns from the mud, the lanterns forming a star-shaped creation in the middle, Kris Aquino with her new born son Bimby in the video.

1. “Isang Pamilya, Isang Puso Ngayong Pasko” (2002)

They say that the first one is really hard to beat, and in this case, that’s really true. The first Christmas-themed station ID they’ve made would probably put any other station IDs to shame when it comes to star power wattage. You have the late Comedy King Dolphy and the Action King Fernado Poe Jr., as for starters. Then fans of those so-called actressing would be delighted, as this also featured Superstar Nora Aunor, Star for All Seasons Vilma Santos, Diamond Star Maricel Soriano, and Megastar Sharon Cuneta in it. If I have to list the 100+ Kapamilyas in it (ranging from teleserye actors to musicians to the News & Current Affairs people), we’d probably never reach the end.

Highlights: Vilma Santos dancing with a student in the classroom, Nora Aunor lighting the huge candle, FPJ doing his trademark salute before Dolphy releases the lantern on top of the huge Christmas tree.

What are your favorite Christmas station IDs?Happy Holidays everyone!

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12 Best Local Shows of 2012   7 comments

Local television in 2012 have been filled with star studded primetime dramas, variety specials, and more interesting shows to watch to. With every personality trying to get a TV gig nowadays, it’s safe to say that TV is indeed one of the most powerful form of message delivery these days. For 2012, these are the shows that took top honors:

Showbiz Inside Report

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12. SHOWBIZ INSIDE REPORT (ABSCBN 2)
Hosts: Ogie Diaz, Carmina Villaroel, Janice de Belen, Joey Marquez | Saturdays, 3:00-4:00 PM

This Saturday showbiz oriented program of ABSCBN is different from the usual fare of tsismis related shows nowadays. It does not need guests on its studio just to discuss something. Each host usually does canned and a long interview that tackles beyond the usual promoting questions that personalities are usually asked. It also does not hurt that the four hosts have charming rapport with one another and that the audience can be a part of the discussion via Facebook and Twitter.

Luv U

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11. LUV U (ABSCBN 2)
Cast: Miles Ocampo, Kiray Celis, Igi Boy Flores, Marco Gumabao | Sundays, 3:15-4:00 PM

Usually the time slot for teen dramas, the usual 4PM Saturday barkadahan show has shifted to the Sunday 3PM slot, and there’s no better show to represent it than ABSCB’s Luv U. Unlike previous shows, it does not go beyond the usual teens acting as mature dramas that past youth oriented programs tried to depict. This one is very tongue in cheek, light, and fun, and that’s where the show’s strength lies.

MMK

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10. MAALAALA MO KAYA (ABSCBN 2)
Host: Charo Santos-Concio | Saturdays, 8:00-9:30 PM

The only one who made the list for the second consecutive year, the longest running drama anthology in Asia is still far and away one of the best showcases not only of acting performances but some of the most interesting stories as well. This year alone we saw the award winning Kamao with a boxer Coco Martin, Edgar Allan Guzman as a gay student wanting to be a seaman in Bangkakng Papel, and my personal favorite, the Angel Aquino-Jane Oineza starrer Manika about a young girl’s cursed beauty.

Himala Ngayon

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09. HIMALA NGAYON (ABSCBN 2)
Premiered: December 9, 2012

Premiering as a special documentary on Sunday’s Best, this documentary by Sari Dalena and Keith Sicat about the behind the scenes details of what is arguably the best film in local cinema, Ishmael Bernal’s Himala was premiered to local viewers nationwide. It is just fitting that this was the year they showed it after the restoration of the film in its 30th anniversary. Watching this documentary was such a blast and I’m not sure it’s not just the cinpehiles and the Noranians who enjoyed this.

Pinoy Adventures

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08. PINOY ADVENTURES (GMA 7)
Host: Richard Gutierrez | Saturdays, 6:00-6:45 PM | May 13, 2012 – September 29, 2012

Despite the show being canceled now, it was still a blast to see Richard Gutierrez travel all around the country to find the most engaging activities and learn more about the cultures of different provinces in the Philippines. From Palawan to Bukidnon and from Surigao del Norte to Bicol, we witnessed interesting things that’s why it’s sad that it only lasted for a season.

Dolphy Alay Tawa

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07. DOLPHY ALAY TAWA: A MUSICAL TRIBUTE TO THE KING OF PHILIPPINE COMEDY

When the Comedy King passed last July, it is given that the whole showbiz industry regardless of network, genre, and age will mourn as we all lost an icon. One good thing that came out of it was this joint benefit concert that featured talents from the three biggest stations in the country. Simultaneously broadcasted over at ABSCBN, TV5, and GMA, history was definitely made this time around.

Storyline

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06. STORYLINE (ABSCBN 2)
Host: technically, nobody | Fridays, 11:00 PM

Now nearing its fifth year on air and with almost 300 episode under its belt, Storyline has maintained its quality given the range of the theme of its episodes. Headlined by the tandem of Patricia Evangelista and Paolo Villaluna, this weekly documentary shows gives much of the thinking and realizing part to its audience rather than spoon feeding them about it. We need more of this in local television, but I’m also thankful that we have at least there’s one that already exists.

Inside the Cinema

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05. INSIDE THE CINEMA (Cinema One)
Host: Boy Abunda | Every first Tuesday of the month, 7PM

This informative movie talk show is probably the closest one that we’ll have in terms of tackling the different experiences of important people in the film industry with their past efforts. Think of  Brillante Mendoza discussing the moment before he was announced to be the Cannes Best Director or Amy Austria discussing her disappointment with her Bubbles film, this discusses moments in movie making that are too good to be true. And for this year alone, Boy Abunda got the likes of Cesar Montano, Gina Alajar, and Nora Aunor to discuss what’s inside the cinema.

Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho

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04. KAPUSO MO, JESSICA SOHO (GMA 7)
Host: Jessica Soho | Sundays, 7:30-9:00 PM

Just this year alone, this magazine shows has picked up awards from the PMPC Star Awards for Television, PMAP Makatao Awards for Media Excellence, USTv Student Choice Awards, Gawad Tanglaw Awards, and even the 6th Hildegarde Awards for Women in Media & Communication. Need I say more? Jessica Soho’s covered topics range from really anything and everything under the sun, and that’s what makes the show fresh when you watch it every single week.

Zoren-Carmina

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03. ZOREN-CARMINA: ALWAYS FOREVER, A WEDDING LIKE NO OTHER
Premiered: November 24, 2012

Probably the celebrity wedding of the year, there’s no better way to be a part of it than by watching how this fairy tale unfolds right before our eyes. And by the time that the couple has exchanged their I Do’s already, there’s literally not a single dry eye in the room.

Walang Hanggan

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02. WALANG HANGGAN (ABSCBN 2)
Cast: Coco Martin, Julia Montes, Paulo Avelino, Richard Gomez, Dawn Zulueta | January 16-October 26, 2012

Probably the year’s biggest primetime drama, this ABSCBN soap opera that included three generations of actors in it from veterans like Susan Roces and Helen Gamboa to the likes of Richard Gomez and Dawn Zulueta up to the next in line such as Coco Martin and Julia Montes, Walang Hanngan has been both a critical and commercial success during its ten-month run. The show has been the most widely watched and has left a lot of pop culture references in it. It will definitely go down as one of the most prominent TV dramas in soap opera history.

Be Careful with My Heart

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01. BE CAREFUL WITH MY HEART (ABSCBN 2)
Cast: Jodi Sta. Maria, Richard Yap | Mondays-Fridays, 11:15 AM – 12:00 NN

And probably the biggest surprise in local television this year is Be Careful with My Heart. Thinking about it, this is the little show that could. And it actually did! But given more time to think, there is no surprise why this certainly hooked to all demographics. This simple tale of an optimistic young lass who aims to be a flight stewardess yet ends up as a household maid captured the hearts of the whole country with its natural and positive approach. This show proves that a program does not need a major villain for people to watch it. And it does not need a young loveteam for it to actually work. And with that, I say kapit bisig!

That’s it! What are your favorite shows in local boob tube? Pipe them in the Comments section! 🙂

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