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We aim to positively influence the content of our local TV programming in terms of values portrayed; decency in speech, dressing and action; contribution to intellectual development of viewers; promotion of a healthy love for country; and, respect for religious beliefs.

Repost: It’s simply good manners and right conduct… period

Posted on : 24-09-2016 | By : TAG | In : Feedback, Letters

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I THANK the Inquirer for the encouraging letter of Antonio Calipjo Go, academic supervisor of Marian School of Quezon City, titled “Teach students: Take morality seriously” (Opinion, 8/24/16).

Go articulated well our sentiments, as parents, on the rising incidence of teenage pregnancies. Good manners and right conduct must be imbued among the young in schools. Values are reinforced by parents who are duty-bound to teach children at home, by word and example, the beauty of chaste love. Indeed, character is caught not taught.

Movie and television networks have a crucial role, too, in molding the minds of the youth.  Films and TV programs must have contents that are worthy of emulation, in line with nation-building. In this regard, lawyer Toto Villareal is doing an excellent job, as chair of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB), in instilling self-regulation among TV network operators. We hope that he will continue with his fruitful work as head of the MTRCB.

We teach children that love can wait and that sex, which is sacred, is done only within marriage and should be open to life. Education is a serious obligation of children who finish their studies and find work first before they get married. Responsibility is taught and shown to them even when they are still young. Early on, students must learn on how babies are made, that a man and a woman ought to get married first.

—CHING D. AUNARIO, chingauna@yahoo.com
Source: http://opinion.inquirer.net/96930/simply-good-manners-right-conduct-period#ixzz4L8i00AUu

 

‘Heneral Luna,’ ‘AlDub,’ and a hopeful new start with Our Lady of Namacpacan

Posted on : 30-01-2016 | By : TAG | In : Feedback, Movies, Reviews, TV

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Published on November 20th, 2015 at Inquirer.net

The movie “Heneral Luna” is a must-see for every Filipino trying to find his identity and seeking answers to what’s happening in our country today. And these days there seems to be a shining star hovering above us with the “AlDub” phenomenon (“#AlDub Fever,” Supplements, 10/21/15).

The spiels or nuggets of wisdom the “kalyeserye” offers serve as reminders of the time-honored values of respect for the elderly, chaste love, family bonding, sincerity, simplicity, honesty, truthfulness, among others. The more than 35 million “AlDub” tweets is an astounding feat. It could be an indication of the nation’s preference for the above-mentioned Filipino values, as verbalized by Lola Nidora of the “kalyeserye.” Lola Nidora suggests pleasant food for thought that every Filipino can relate to and that are essential in nation building.

Brothers Antonio and Juan Luna were from Badoc, Ilocos Norte, where a museum has been built in their memory. Their mother was from La Union where a town has rightly been named, Luna, in their honor.
The town of Luna was formerly called Namacpacan, an Ilocano word to extol the native trait of hospitality among the residents. It is here that the miraculous Shrine of Our Lady of Namacpacan is being popularly venerated today.

The story goes that Our Lady’s image was commissioned in Spain by an Augustinian priest assigned in Ilocos Sur. It was shipped to the Philippines in 1871, and was heading for Ilocos Sur when a storm forced the crew to seek refuge along the coastline of Darigayos, a barrio of Namacpacan.
When the storm subsided, they tried several times to continue their journey, but to no avail since strong winds would always force them back to the port. Finally, the ship’s captain decided to carry the image by land. But the carriage of Our Lady would not budge. So they thought that Our Lady, now in an old church beside the South China sea, must have chosen Namacpacan as her sanctuary.

Adjacent to the church is a museum containing the adorned dresses of Our Lady, lovingly preserved through the years. We once attended a 6:30 a.m. Holy Mass in Luna, and it was awesome to behold another majestic image of Our Lady on stained glass, atop the church entrance, as the morning sun shined through it!
In 1906, the town’s name was changed to Luna, from Namacpacan, but the town folks who became very attached to Our Lady of Namacpacan, kept her original name. By a special decree of Saint John XXIII, Our Lady of Namacpacan was canonically crowned on Nov. 24, 1959 (Novena to Our Lady of Namacpacan, The Blessed Virgin of the Immaculate Conception).

Through the intercession of Our Lady of Namacpacan we may yet discover our Filipino identity, as inspired by Jerrold Tarog’s masterpiece of a movie, “Heneral Luna.” Knowing our strengths and weaknesses, we may yet rise up as a nation to redeem ourselves and look to the future with renewed optimism to change for the better, for the sake of future generations. There is hope, starting with the coming elections, by choosing wisely the people who will lead us.

Contributed by:
CHING D. AUNARIO (chingauna@yahoo.com)

‘Character-building a lifetime project, needs proper guidance’

Posted on : 02-12-2015 | By : TAG | In : Feedback

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Originally posted in PDI – 12:46 AM July 24th, 2015

THE MOVIE and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) has been recently reported in several media outlets, expressing serious concern about the welfare of minor housemates in the reality show “Pinoy Big Brother (PBB).”

After reading “PBB: Our goal is character-building; MTRCB: Adult guidance needed,” a news report that appeared last July 10 in Inquirer.net, we could not resist putting our two cents in.

We all know how “PBB” works and how its shows are run.

TAG Commends MTRCB

Posted on : 20-03-2015 | By : TAG | In : Feedback

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MTRCB

TAG would like to express its long overdue commendation to MTRCB for the tireless and effective efforts of its Chairman Toto Villareal and the Board Members for the promotion of value-based media and empowered media viewership. The Chairman often emphasized that the family is the cradle of the life of a person, where one is formed in values and in virtue.

The Matalinong Panonood para sa Pamilya ni Juan at Juana campaign has been launched in various towns and cities, in schools and corporations, all over the country. It is a media literacy program where they explain the revised MTRCB ratings for both movies and television programs; and advocate the importance of protection in media of vulnerable sectors such as women, children, persons with disabilities, and senior citizens. Its campaign to reach out to more people at the grassroots level aims to promote public awareness and help everyone to be vigilant and more enlightened in determining good entertainment.

MTRCB has become an enabler for both the television networks and producers, on the one hand, in terms of self-regulation and audience-sensitivity and the audience on the other, (particularly the family) in regard to viewer empowerment especially as regards the MTRCB ratings and classification system as well as its other initiatives and advocacies. MTRCB has also tied up with NGO’s for the promotion of Filipino family values and with dioceses for the protection of the physical, moral, intellectual and social well-being of the youth. MOU’s (Memorandum of Agreement) are entered into between MTRCB and the cable industry stakeholders to render effective rating advisories to the viewing public and for the promotion of value-based television programming.

We would like to express, as well, our gratitude for the “learning session” he gave our members last year and for the sumptuous merienda treat. Congratulations, Mr. Chairman to you and all your collaborators for a great job! More power!

Impressions on Pope Francis

Posted on : 20-03-2015 | By : TAG | In : Feedback

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POPE FRANCIS, OUR HOLY FATHER
IMPRESSIONS ON HIS VISIT TO THE PHILIPPINES ON JANUARY 15-19, 2015

Pope Francis
Television, newspapers, magazines, the internet and mass media were full of stories covering the visit of Pope Francis in the Philippines on January 15-19, 2015. It had a profound effect on the lives of many people with faith renewed as they somehow came closer to God. Here are some thoughts as inspired by the Pope’s visit:

‘Heneral Luna,’ ‘AlDub,’ and a hopeful new start with Our Lady of Namacpacan

Posted on : 07-01-2015 | By : TAG | In : Feedback, Movies, Reviews, TV

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Published on November 20th, 2015 at Inquirer.net

The movie “Heneral Luna” is a must-see for every Filipino trying to find his identity and seeking answers to what’s happening in our country today. And these days there seems to be a shining star hovering above us with the “AlDub” phenomenon (“#AlDub Fever,” Supplements, 10/21/15).

The spiels or nuggets of wisdom the “kalyeserye” offers serve as reminders of the time-honored values of respect for the elderly, chaste love, family bonding, sincerity, simplicity, honesty, truthfulness, among others. The more than 35 million “AlDub” tweets is an astounding feat. It could be an indication of the nation’s preference for the abovementioned Filipino values, as verbalized by Lola Nidora of the “kalyeserye.” Lola Nidora suggests pleasant food for thought that every Filipino can relate to and that are essential in nation building.

Brothers Antonio and Juan Luna were from Badoc, Ilocos Norte, where a museum has been built in their memory. Their mother was from La Union where a town has rightly been named, Luna, in their honor.

The town of Luna was formerly called Namacpacan, an Ilocano word to extol the native trait of hospitality among the residents. It is here that the miraculous Shrine of Our Lady of Namacpacan is being popularly venerated today.

The story goes that Our Lady’s image was commissioned in Spain by an Augustinian priest assigned in Ilocos Sur. It was shipped to the Philippines in 1871, and was heading for Ilocos Sur when a storm forced the crew to seek refuge along the coastline of Darigayos, a barrio of Namacpacan.

When the storm subsided, they tried several times to continue their journey, but to no avail since strong winds would always force them back to the port. Finally, the ship’s captain decided to carry the image by land. But the carriage of Our Lady would not budge. So they thought that Our Lady, now in an old church beside the South China sea, must have chosen Namacpacan as her sanctuary.

Adjacent to the church is a museum containing the adorned dresses of Our Lady, lovingly preserved through the years. We once attended a 6:30 a.m. Holy Mass in Luna, and it was awesome to behold another majestic image of Our Lady on stained glass, atop the church entrance, as the morning sun shined through it!
In 1906, the town’s name was changed to Luna, from Namacpacan, but the town folks who became very attached to Our Lady of Namacpacan, kept her original name. By a special decree of Saint John XXIII, Our Lady of Namacpacan was canonically crowned on Nov. 24, 1959 (Novena to Our Lady of Namacpacan, The Blessed Virgin of the Immaculate Conception).

Through the intercession of Our Lady of Namacpacan we may yet discover our Filipino identity, as inspired by Jerrold Tarog’s masterpiece of a movie, “Heneral Luna.” Knowing our strengths and weaknesses, we may yet rise up as a nation to redeem ourselves and look to the future with renewed optimism to change for the better, for the sake of future generations. There is hope, starting with the coming elections, by choosing wisely the people who will lead us.

Contributed by:
CHING D. AUNARIO (chingauna@yahoo.com)

MTRCB’s plug useful for public

Posted on : 22-08-2014 | By : TAG | In : Feedback, Letters

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Reposting the commentary sent by Ching Aunario and Jello Agoncillo regarding the opinion sent via Inquirer.net (“An atrocity that MTRCB should spare moviegoers,” Opinion, 6/13/14).

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Repost: MTRCB scores with prompt move

Posted on : 17-07-2014 | By : TAG | In : Feedback

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TAG is on a roll! Below is the repost of another letter from TAG member Ching Aunario published in Inquirer.Net:

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Repost: In classifying movies, MTRCB is only doing its duty

Posted on : 17-07-2014 | By : TAG | In : Feedback

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Below is a repost of a reaction sent by our TAG member Gerly de Castro regarding a letter sent to Inquirer.net:
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Repost: Inquirer Editorial (August 17, 2013) – TV for Kids

Posted on : 11-09-2013 | By : TAG | In : Feedback, Interesting Articles

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TAG would like to repost here Inquirer’s Editorial published last August 17, 2013 plus a reaction to the Editorial by Fr. Ces Magsino. This is for the benefit of our readers who are keenly interested on the topic of TV viewing for kids.

TV for kids

Philippine Daily Inquirer, 11:43 pm | Saturday, August 17th, 2013

Source: http://opinion.inquirer.net/59071/tv-for-kids

In the Philippines, the TV set is now as much a member of the family as Nanay and Tatay. Many parents plunk their children down in front of the screen and leave them to be distracted while the adults go about their business. That television has taken on the all-important role of “babysitter” ought to ring alarm bells, especially because some parents essentially trust its content as not only safe but perhaps even good for their kids.

Big mistake. It’s not for nothing that TV is called a “wasteland”—as much for its brain-numbing variety shows that carry risqué jokes and sadistic games as the gory news footage that are shown even during times when children are sure to be watching. This was already a major cause of concern last year when Grace Poe, then the chair of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board, championed a child’s summit that gathered officials of government agencies and broadcasting network executives and culminated in the signing of a memorandum of understanding toward the protection of children through TV. But as Poe remarked in her welcome address, “No amount of government legislation or initiative will ever be enough if parents do not take on the primary role of protecting their children. In our classification campaign, we remind viewers:  Ang  tamang  gabay  ay  naguumpisa  sa  bahay.  (The correct guidance begins at home.) We can lay the groundwork for child protection but, ultimately, it is the parents’ informed judgment that counts most.”

Earlier this month, or more than a year later, the MTRCB held another child’s summit—now officially called the Family and Child Summit—at the University of the Philippines campus. Has there been a sea change in TV programming in terms of upholding children’s interests since then? Well, that the likes of Vice Ganda continue to lord over prime time is not encouraging. The mood at the summit was one of urgency. TV audiences, particularly parents who cringe at TV’s incursion into their homes with offensive material will do well to heed Cultural Center of the Philippines chair Emily Abrera’s call (“[Parents should] withhold patronage of offensive TV programs… Be insulted. Complain. We are not faceless, voiceless, powerless.”) or child psychologist Honey Carandang’s question (“How can television become the ally, and not the enemy, of parents in imparting positive values to children?”).

But are TV executives listening?

This year, the MTRCB stepped squarely into the fray. Its chair, Eugenio Villareal, summoned executives of ABS-CBN in connection with “disturbing scenes” that “compromised the innocence of both child-actors and child-viewers” in the controversial but immensely popular Sunday comedy show “Goin’ Bulilit.” The board had noted scenes that “make children mouth language [on] topics like inflicting physical harm on others, put-downs of one’s spouse, cheating in elections, and the commission of wrongdoing…” After the meeting, the network promised to address the board’s concerns and to institute measures such as appointing a resident child psychologist for the show and a three-month review mechanism.

Meanwhile, one of GMA 7’s hottest programs is “The Ryzza Mae Show,” which features the very young Dizon regularly interviewing adults—an activity that requires the pint-sized host to talk about topics beyond her ken. That and her reputed killer schedule are a reminder that the networks must protect not only their young viewers but also their young actors. The two child summits dealt with this labor problem, resulting in reminders on strict adherence to the Department of Labor and Employment’s requirements for minors.

It thus remains a challenge to both the MTRCB and parents and guardians to tame TV and use it, as Carandang suggests, as a teaching tool. At this year’s summit, Poe, now a senator, reminded everyone of the fundamental responsibility: “If we are to succeed in self-regulation, the audience, particularly parents, should be empowered with information—specifically, the importance of age-appropriate classification. Networks, film producers and industry stakeholders should understand that though we have different professional goals, we [agree] that our most important role as individuals is that of being a parent.”

Read more: http://opinion.inquirer.net/59071/tv-for-kids#ixzz2cJVV0PwH

 

Excellent editorial on children and TV

Philippine Daily Inquirer 8:58 pm | Sunday, September 1st, 2013

Source: http://opinion.inquirer.net/60115/excellent-editorial-on-children-and-tv#ixzz2dhPiOQ4y

 

The Aug. 18 editorial, “TV for kids,” was excellent. It said important points about television and the duties of parents and the upbringing of children.

If we want to develop our nation and assure our future we have to raise the children well. And for good or for evil, television is very much part of the lives of children in our day and time.

Good work and keep it up!

 

—FR. CECILIO L. MAGSINO, cesmagsino@gmail.com

Teenage Pregnancy Can Be Avoided

Posted on : 19-07-2013 | By : TAG | In : Feedback, Interesting Articles

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News items on increasing teenage pregnancies have been headlined in newspapers.  One recent article was titled “A ‘silent crisis’” (Inquirer, 7/8/13),  which mentioned that  “the number of babies born to teenage mothers (aged 15-19 years) rose from 7.1 percent to 11.7 percent” (National  Statistics Office).  Indeed,  “it is a difficult enough situation for a teenager finding herself pregnant or responsible for a newborn, even as she struggles with issues of identity and autonomy.”

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Walang Hanggan – What Values are Shown?

Posted on : 26-11-2012 | By : tvadvo_vina | In : Feedback, Letters, Reviews

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TAG’s Ching Aunario and Gerly de Castro wrote to Philippine Star c/o Ms. Ana Maria Pamintuan, Editor-in-Chief, to express their comments regarding the TV series “Walang Hanggan” that was produced and aired by ABS-CBN.

Photo credit here.

Click “Read Full Article” to view the content of the letter.

No to RH Bill

Posted on : 03-11-2012 | By : tvadvo_vina | In : Columns, Feedback

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TAG supports LIFE. Thus, we do not believe in the RH Bill for various (and very valid) reasons. And as a show of support, we would like to re-publish an article by Dr. Villegas in Inquirer.net about why we are saying “No” to the RH Bill.

The original article is found in this link.

Feedback to MTRCB: Walang Hanggan

Posted on : 16-09-2012 | By : admin | In : Feedback, Letters, Reviews, TV

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Below is a letter sent by TAG members to MTRCB Chair Mrs. Grace Poe-Llamanzares last 06 July 2012:

Kid-friendly TV Hours Should be Set by Law

Posted on : 16-09-2012 | By : admin | In : Feedback, Letters

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Published on http://opinion.inquirer.net/34231 
Philippine Daily Inquirer

This refers to the news item titled “DepEd releases rules for law shielding kids from TV violence” (Inquirer, 7/17/12), on the launching last July 17 of the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of the Children’s Television Act of 1997 (Republic Act 8370).