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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


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


MTRCB’s plug useful for public

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


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).





Walang Hanggan – What Values are Shown?

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


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.

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


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).

The Church is consistent; individual Catholics are not

Posted on : 17-10-2010 | By : admin | In : Columns, Feedback, Letters



SHOOTING STRAIGHT By Bobit S. Avila (The Philippine Star) October 09, 2010

We do have our share of e-mailed letters or commentaries in response to our articles, especially on the various topics we write about, and I always respond to our readers, regardless of whether their comments are good or negative with the exception of those who often send us insulting letters. So allow me to reprint some letters that we got in the past three weeks.

Kung Tayo’y Magkakalayo Letter by Gerly de Castro

Posted on : 18-07-2010 | By : admin | In : Feedback, Letters


Below is a letter by our member Gerly de Castro about the recently concluded ABS-CBN show Kung Tayo’y Magkakalayo


July 13, 2010

ABS CBN Broadcasting Corporation

Quezon City

Attention: Ms. Daisy Parungao

RE: Postscript – Kung Tayo’y Magkakalayo (Teleserye)


I write in connection with the recently concluded teleserye, Kung Tayo’y Magkakalayo which has been another success for ABS CBN. I am indeed concerned, though, with the teleserye’s plot and presentation, more so because the story revolves around the family.

These are some of my concerns – the countless brutal killings, the merciless and sickening kidney operations, the suicide of the Supremo with no remorse whatsoever for all his misdoings, Ringo’s suicidal tendencies and corrupt ambitions, Robbie’s anger and hunger for revenge at all costs.

On the other hand, there were good points – Mama Pet’s perseverance to save her apo, Gwen’s self sacrifice which left her no choice due to the threat on her mother’s life.

Overall, the characters played their respective roles very well, there is no doubt that they can act. But perhaps for future teleseryes, the producers can emphasize more the positive values of life – such as healthy habits for character building, matters related to and for intellectual development, love and respect for our country; and lessen the negatives – anger, envy, greed (the capital sins), revenge, brutalities.

Thank you and we look forward to more substantive teleseryes from you, one that depicts and speaks of your being Kapamilya.

Gerly de Castro

TV Advocacy Group

Email: tagalabang@yahoo.com.ph

Cc: MTRCB Chairman Consoliza Laguardia

PDI Columnist Mr. Nestor Torre

Sex for pleasure means using person as object

Posted on : 21-05-2010 | By : admin | In : Feedback, Letters, Reviews


Sex for pleasure means using person as object

Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 22:23:00 05/04/2010
THIS IS IN REACTION TO THE MARCH 5 editorial titled “Intolerance” which stated: “the problem with the intolerant attitude of the two good bishops is that, as far as contraception is concerned, they want Catholic doctrine to effectively dictate government policy”; and went on to claim that “even if all Filipino Catholics were to accept that teaching in full, it is still ‘only’ a religious teaching; it cannot be used to decide state affairs.”

We believe in the dignity of man and the sacredness of life. Everyone is duty-bound to participate in shaping the moral character of our society. And we thank the good bishops for reminding us to mind our morals. Who else will teach us about morals? As citizens and taxpayers, we have a right to be represented in the policy-making process of the government.

The Catechism on Family and Life for the 2010 Elections, prepared by the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Family and Life, clarifies tolerance as “respect for the right of other persons to profess a different opinion and belief. However, tolerance cannot be understood as believing that other peoples’ points of view are equally good as one’s own, since this would blur the lines between good and evil and renounce the judgment of a sound and well-informed conscience.

“In fact, publicly proclaiming one’s own beliefs is a service for dialogue, because through this way others can know exactly what and how one thinks. One offers one’s thoughts for reflection to others while respecting their beliefs, but without assuming that all beliefs are equally valid.”

As Archbishop Burke said: “Always and everywhere evil cannot be called good for the sake of accomplishing some other good end.”

Contraception aims to obstruct conception, which is beautiful if done within marriage. And marriage is the total and unconditional self-giving of a man to a woman for life. In practicing contraception, it is like the spouses telling each other, “I love you as long as we do not give birth.” And since abortifacient drugs cause cancer in women, it is also like the husband telling the wife: “I love you as long as we do not give birth, even if it will endanger your life.”

The implicit message of the health department in giving away condoms is: Have sex galore; we will provide free, unlimited supply of condoms!

Is this the kind of society that we want? What an ineffective, short-sighted solution to the AIDS problem. The use of condoms abets wanton multiple sex partners, thus, spreading AIDS faster; it also encourages depravity, infidelity, sensuality, permissiveness.

Men and women are persons before all else and for this reason, sex cannot be used for pleasure only. Otherwise, it would mean using a person simply as an object.

We would rather prefer that government teach the public by word and deed: Be faithful to your spouse, avoid AIDS. This has a lasting, positive, effect on society, in line with nation-building.


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A reply by Dra. Cabral

Posted on : 19-05-2010 | By : admin | In : Feedback, Letters


Below is a reply by Dra. Cabral on a letter previously posted here at www.tvadvo.com. If you have not read the letter, click HERE to read the article.

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14 April 2010



Dear Ms. De Castro:

This has reference to your letter dated 27 February 2010 regarding condom use and HIV/AIDS. While we respect your views, allow us to express our side on the matter as well.

You seem to be under the impression that the Department of Health (DOH) regards condom use as the be-all and end-all of the anti-HIV/AIDS campaign. That is not the case. Correct and consistent use of condoms is but a part of a three-pronged strategy, which also includes abstinence and fidelity to just one sexual partner. Condoms are a controversial topic and have gotten extensive media attention, perhaps leading to the mistaken belief that we are solely relying on such a strategy to stem the rise of HIV/AIDS cases in the country. Our programs, plans of action and educational materials will show that we also place importance on the merits of abstinence and responsible sexual behavior. Condom use is just one of a myriad of interventions targeted for specific situations and groups of people. Please be informed that beyond the condom brouhaha, the DOH and its partners from various sectors have been working hard to educate the public, provide counseling, testing and support services, provide antiretroviral medication to those infected and scale up the over-all national response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The problem is real and it must be addressed decisively.

We give due respect to your views regarding the issue of condoms and HIV/AIDS. But we are also firm in our belief that we must operate within the exigencies of the real world. We have nothing against those who choose not to use condoms on the basis of their moral or religious convictions. But not everybody can and will choose to be bound by these moral standards. Such is a necessary aspect of any democratic society. We recognize that many Filipinos cannot practice abstinence or fidelity to just one sexual partner, and we cannot force them to do otherwise so long as their acts are not contrary to law because, as we have said earlier, legitimate sexual behavior between willing married couples and consenting single adults are within the sphere of rights protected by our Constitution. We also recognize the right for those already infected to lead normal lives, including the freedom to engage in sexual relations with their spouses or partners. For them, there must be a safety net, which would be correct and consistent condom use.

Establishing a culture of immorality or promiscuity is not the goal of the DOH. We are simply providing the public with the platform to make a free and informed choice regarding the HIV/AIDS issue. We are not imposing condom use on Filipinos, nor are we disregarding other preventive methods. You have to give credit to the capability of Filipino adults to make free and rational decisions once the choices have been laid out before them, instead of expecting them to immediately engage in wanton, unbridled sex because of condoms. We believe that we as a people are more than that.

Thank you for allowing us to air our side.

Very truly yours,



A letter to Dra. Esperanza Cabral

Posted on : 14-05-2010 | By : admin | In : Feedback, Letters


Here is a letter written by one of our members, Mrs. Gerly De Castro dated February 27, 2010 to Dra. Esperanza Cabral of DOH.


Secretary, Department of Health

San Lazaro Compound

Sta. Cruz, Manila

Dear Dra. Cabral:

It pains me to see you on television a few days ago openly and strongly defending the proliferation of condoms in order to avoid AIDS. If the objective is for health reasons, would it not be better and healthier if one simply abstains from sexual relations, specifically between persons who are not married to each other? Why let loose our moral values for a moment of pleasure?

I would like to quote some lines of a chapter (Sex: Creation and Recreation) in the book entitled, “Arise and Walk”, which are very relevant to this matter.

“Our human body is sacred. We have to treat it as such. If we allow the animal part of us to prevail over the spiritual, it would not take long before we convert our body into a bazaar of carnal goods, an epitome of a decadent world devoid of moral values…..A person is someone, and is meant to be helped, understood, respected, cared for and loved. He or she is not something to be used, bought, possessed, taken advantage of and disposed of. But roles have been inverted by our highly materialistic and hedonistic society. Whereas persons are used, things are loved. The subjects (of right, honor and title) have become objects (of fun, exploitation and pleasure).”

The author also wrote: “God has a definite plan for human sexuality and it is quite simple. Sex is meant to be used only between a man and a woman in a lifelong and exclusive alliance of conjugal love. God intended sex for marriage…..It goes without saying that sex is ordained towards the transmission of life because the natural consequence of sexual union is a new life, a child.”

I share the sentiments of many parents and friends who value human life and its corresponding virtues of chastity, modesty and continence.


Gerly de Castro

Silang, Cavite

Email: decastro_ge@yahoo.com

Letters: Living It Up

Posted on : 01-09-2008 | By : admin | In : Feedback, Letters, Reviews


Sent: 24 July 2008
Channel: GMA 7
Show: (TV) Living It Up

Dear Sir:

I am writing you on behalf of the Television Advocacy Group (TAG) whose aim is to “positively influence the content of local TV programs”. We do this by monitoring local shows and critiquing them through letters we send to their producers or the TV broadcast stations. Letters to their major sponsors are also targeted to make them aware of the impact the shows are making towards the viewing public.

This letter is to provide you feedback on the show “Living It Up”. Its really a pleasant and good show. I found your show both interesting and entertaining. There were episodes that were not just informative but very educational. I found this particularly to be true with the episode that showcased Japanese culture (and this has been my favorite so far) last June 4. I wish you would feature similar topics like focusing on the culture of other countries. Recently, your show has kept me up to date with the current trends.

Your presentation is hip and psychedelic. I like the colors and the letters that introduce the different segments of the show. The atmosphere is perky and the hosts are very animated. The show itself is lively – there is never a dull moment.

I wish though that the wardrobe/outfits styles would be changed. Its our thinking that the show would be more effective if the people looked more professional and simple/modest. I liked it when Mr. Tim Yap adopted Japanese costumes to fit the subject matter. It was really cool!

More power to your show.


Betsy Ramos

Letters: Ako Si Kim Samsoon

Posted on : 24-07-2008 | By : admin | In : Letters, TV


Sent: 19 July 2008
Channel: GMA 7
Show: (TV) Ako Si Kim Samsoon

Dear Ms. Galvante:

I watched Ako Si Kim Samsoon the other week as I have seen and liked its Korean version with English subtitle. I have also seen its dubbed version in Tagalog, although not the complete series. It’s a light and funny show, very entertaining.

There is though a marked difference in the language used, in the way the mother of Cyrus (Carmi Martin) delivers her dislike for Kim Samsoon – such words as “isang katerbang mura ang matatanggap niya sa akin”, “magkakaroon ng malaking guerra”. And when Cyrus introduced Kim Samsoon to his mother for the first time, she slapped her at sinabunutan pa. I have never seen nor heard these words from the Korean version. Why can we not be more civil and decent in our use of words and actions? And the mother’s assistant, does the show need someone gay? In the Korean version, the assistant was an uncompromising lady.

These are my thoughts which I would like to relate to you. What I was hoping was for us to match the Korean presentation style with its customs and traditions, or, better yet, to surpass it but I was disappointed.

Gerly de Castro
TV Advocacy Group-Alabang Chapter


Letters: The Debutante

Posted on : 14-07-2008 | By : admin | In : Letters, Reviews, TV


Sent: 10 July 2008
Channel: QTV 11
Show: (TV) The Debutante

Dear Sir:

I know that reality shows are the “in” thing and I guess when you decided to create “The Debutante”, which is shown on QTV 11 every Monday at 7 o’clock,  it’s just you guys joining the bandwagon.  Personally, I fail to see the beauty or even relevance of these types of shows.  What I usually see is the ugliness in the hearts of man being personified.  People are being exploited as participants of these programs since they are forced, through their own greed, to hurt or be hurt just so they can win.   And you guys can really start them young.  The young ladies in your show are no better.  I noticed that as the show progresses, they begin to exhibit weaknesses in their character – easily swayed by their peers.  They also become so full of themselves as they whine and cry a lot, and are being portrayed as egotistic brats.

Good TV shows or even movies starring kids are appreciated when they show certain virtues being acquired by the children in the end.  While the story develops, the individuals grow in good habits like loyalty, friendship, courage, honesty, etc. With reality shows it’s the opposite because as pressure mounts the sense of competition becomes more fierce. Suddenly the theme is to win at whatever cost.  There is only me and the heck with the others.  And kids, since they are young and are easily molded, being immersed in this setting, run the risk of learning, acquiring, developing the wrong attitudes.  They may have picked up a skill or two in the show but these are mere tricks that would help them get ahead of the game.  And what,  pray tell us,  is the show imparting to its audience who are, unfortunately, very young?  Not to do the best in what you are doing but be the BEST no matter what. It’s scary but the show seems to have forgotten that these are young human beings not to be taken lightly or be used for rating’s sake.

And finally, these contestants are vying to be the Ultimate IT girl. “It”, the last time I checked in the dictionary, pertains to an object.  Where’s the human dignity in that?

I hope that your show will help mold the minds and, more importantly, the hearts of the participants and the audience,  as your contribution to nation-building.  Please strive to inculcate virtues and values for only thus will you be able to help develop a  compassionate, just  and humane society.

Thank you.

Very truly yours,
Elizabeth Zavala
Television Advocacy Group


Letters: The Sweet Life

Posted on : 14-07-2008 | By : admin | In : Letters, Reviews, TV


Sent: 10 July 2008
Channel: QTV 11
Show: (TV) The Sweet Life

Dear Sir:

I really loved the Project Time portion of the show, “The Sweet Life” which is shown on QTV 11 every Wednesday to Friday at 6 o’clock. Its very practical and the instructions are very very easy to follow. With just simple materials and using everyday tools, you get to produce very nifty, chic, and at times, elegant items. And the way Ms. Lucy Gomez demonstrates how to create these things is so natural that you would think any person could do it. It’s so effortless that I know even my kids can, and I was thinking of making the activity a bonding moment with them. I must comment though that I am glad that it is shown at the end of the program.

Sad to say that I am quite distracted and at times uncomfortable with what Ms. Lucy and Ms. Wilma wear in the program. There are a lot of cleavages seen and sometimes their outfits can be described even “skimpy.” I would like to reiterate once again (because this is the second time I am writing to QTV about this) that the two young ladies who host this talk show are very beautiful and would be able to carry any outfit, so why not make their attire modest? I think it takes a lot of creativity to dress smart and stylish without resorting to the “sexy” look.

I would like to go back to my habit of watching the whole show because I found it to be vastly entertaining and their topics quite interesting. But when I get to see their revealing clothes which I find quite offensive, it makes the whole watching experience no longer enjoyable.

Please have Ms. Lucy and Ms. Wilma dress more decently to be role models for the viewers, young and old, and demonstrate that modesty can be very compatible with style and beauty.

Thank you.

Very truly yours,

Betsy Ramos

Cc: MTRCB, Mr. Nestor Torre, Viewfinder, Phil Daily Inquirer

Letters: PhilStar Article, Drama – An Apostolate

Posted on : 04-07-2008 | By : admin | In : Columns, Feedback, Letters


Sent: 13 June 2008
Newspaper: PhilStar
Article Title: Drama – An Apostolate
Written by: Fr. James B. Reuter, SJ

Dear Sir:


This is in reaction to the article of Fr. James B. Reuter on 07 June 2008 entitled “Drama – An Apostolate!”

I am happy to note that someone in media like Fr. Reuter is reminding that “Our current media men and women should realize that their job is an apostolate… And they would not lose their following if they tried to present the truths of the Gospel… In the heart of every Filipino there is a hunger for God.”

The current state of the television industry, which should be a vehicle to teach values, leaves much to be desired. We see gyrating girls clad in skimpy attires dancing as background for hosts in prime time TV shows such as Wowowee, The Singing Bee and Eat Bulaga. Girls flaunt their cleavages and almost exposed breasts. Are these the role models impressed upon the young and old who ogle and stare at them?

TV should educate the viewers and not used as avenue to stimulate their sexual urges through the brazen exposure of the dancers’ bodies. TV network operators, producers, hosts, actors, actresses, dancers, etc. should give respect and dignity to the human body. They have the responsibility to use television as a medium in nation-building. The TV show Goin’ Bulilit should portray roles appropriate for young children and not usurp adult behaviour in a negative way.

Beauty is not measured by how much exposure is given to the girls’ bodies. And this is an invitation for ‘fashion designers to combine modesty with beauty and style’, as a noted writer puts it.

Indeed, media men and women can be God’s spokespersons through their works imbued with His teachings on prudence, fortitude, temperance and justice. Moreover, an honest profession done for the glory of God can be sanctified and that the extraordinary fulfilment of one’s daily ordinary duties are effective avenues to spread Christ’s message, as taught by St. Escriva, whose feast day we celebrate on June 26. Media people are encouraged to offer their vocation as the Saint wrote: “You are to be yeast within the great multitude that make up humanity…. In this way, with God’s grace and your own correspondence to it, you will act as leaven throughout the world, adding quality, flavour, and volume to the bread of Christ so that it can nourish the souls of others.” (Forge, 973)

Thank you.

Very truly yours,

Mrs. Ching D. Aunario
chingauna [at] yahoo [dot] com

cc: MTRCB, Channel 2, Channel 7