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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.

‘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)

“How to Choose a School for your Children” with Mon and Ladybird Pineda

Posted on : 11-05-2015 | By : TAG | In : TV

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LIFE Show of Alliance for the Family Foundation Philippines (ALFI) is a must-see for TV watchers as vivacious Television personality, Marlyn Feliciano Lopez, discusses with knowledgeable guests about current topics relevant with the times. Airs Tuesdays, 9:10 – 10 pm on Global News Network, Channel 213 Skycable, Channel 8 Destiny Cable.

An episode in Life show, “How to Choose a School for your Children” with Mon and Ladybird Pineda.

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TV Review: Nathaniel (ABS-CBN)

Posted on : 11-05-2015 | By : TAG | In : TV

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TITLE : “NATHANIEL” CATEGORY : TELESERYE

TV CHANNEL: ABS CBN DAYS: Monday to Friday Time Slot: 7:40 p.m.

LEAD STARS:
Marco Antonio Masa as Nathaniel
Gerald Anderson
Shaina Magdangal

PRODUCER: Carlina dela Merced

DIRECTOR:
Darnel Joy Villaflor
Francis Xavier Pasion

SYNOPSIS:

Nathaniel is the story of an angel who is sent back to earth with an assigned mission to restore man’s faith in God and remind them that there is goodness in everyone’s hearts. Nathaniel while still a baby died in an accident and at age 7, returns to earth as an angel who will earn back his wings when he has accomplished his mission.

Your Face Sounds Familiar (ABS–CBN)

Posted on : 30-03-2015 | By : TAG | In : TV

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Your Face Sounds Familiar is an international show which has already been produced in various countries all over the world and is now the newest celebrity musical competition on Philippine television, ABS-CBN. In the Philippine version which made its debut last March 14, 2015, eight celebrities engage in a fun competition by performing live and impersonating different international and local musical icons week after week. The challenge for the celebrities is to undergo a total transformation in order to impersonate the look, the moves, and the voice of the musical icon assigned to them.

‘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)

On Surrogate Motherhood: “Ina Kapatid Anak”

Posted on : 02-12-2012 | By : tvadvo_vina | In : Reviews, TV

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An ABS-CBN primetime teleserye, Ina Kapatid Anak is a story about the family – a surrogate mother, a sister and a daughter. It features a powerhouse cast composed of four of the hottest young stars of their generation Kim Chui, Xian Lim, Enchong Dee, and Maja Salvador; highly-acclaimed seasoned actors Janice de Belen, Cherry Pie Picache and Ariel Rivera; and well respected veteran stars Ronaldo Valdez, Pilar Pilapil and Eddie Gutierrez. It is directed by Don Cuaresma and Jojo Saguin.

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Be Careful With My Heart: A Review

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

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This is one of the few or even rare teleseryes with many positive values portrayed within the family. A description of the characters will attest to this observation.

The female lead star, MAYA DELA ROSA (played by Jodie Sta. Maria), is a simple, idealistic provincial girl who dreams of becoming a flight stewardess but in a twist of events, ends up becoming a nanny for a wealthy family in Manila. She took the job in exchange for an educational scholarship from her boss, Richard Lim. She is very family-oriented and will do everything to make her family’s life in the province comfortable. She has an innocent charm, yet confident, and has a very positive attitude in life.

The boss, RICHARD LIM (played by Richard Yap), is a widower who happens to own an airline company and indeed very influential in the airline industry. He trapped MAYA into being a nanny for her youngest daughter. Aloof and strict at first, having just lost his beloved wife, he adjusted fast (with help from MAYA) and became a dedicated father, doing his best to spend time with his children. He would postpone office meetings or reschedule them to be present in his children’s school activities. He would celebrate birthdays, go out of town to bond with the family, including the extended family.

With the mother’s death, the three children of RICHARD became problematic – the eldest, LUKE, next, NIKKI, and the sweetheart of the family, ABBY. It is praiseworthy to hear ABBY calling her older siblings, Kuya and Ate. MAYA took it upon herself to bring RICHARD closer to his children and eventually, she succeeds in rebuilding the Lim family. MAYA’s very positive view of life enabled her to persevere in inculcating good values within the family, often bridging the gaps among them. Her “kapit-bisig” motto brought her strength to move on, no matter the difficulties.

Indeed, this series is a wholesome viewing for the family.

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:

TV Review: Amaya

Posted on : 29-10-2011 | By : admin | In : Reviews, TV

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The long weekend has finally begun! Lets start off with a TV review by our TAG member Girlie Lucila on GMA’s groundbreaking Epicserye Amaya. What do you think of the show? Would you recommend it for students to watch? Leave your comments below or on our Facebook page.

TV Review: My Binondo Girl

Posted on : 14-10-2011 | By : admin | In : Reviews, TV

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Sorry for the brief hiatus but were back with more TV Reviews for you guys to read. Kim Chiu breaks off from the Kimerald loveteam and stars in her very own Teleserye “My Binondo Girl”. So what does our TAG member Gerly think of it? Read on to find out! Remember to comment below or post on our Facebook or Twitter page after. Do you recommend the show? What do you think of the story and is it good for your children to watch?

TV Review: Iglot

Posted on : 15-09-2011 | By : admin | In : Reviews, TV

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Check out our latest TV review by member Gerly de Castro about channel 7′s latest Fantaserye Iglot

TV REVIEW: IDOL

Posted on : 14-09-2010 | By : admin | In : Reviews, TV

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A new tv review by Mrs. Gerly De Castro about the new show from ABS-CBN, Idol starring Sarah Geronimo. Have a review on other shows? Download the TAG Assessment sheet on the sidebar to get started!

Have you seen the show? What do you think of it? Should parents allow their children to watch the show?
Comment on the section below or Tweet us by adding @TVadvocacy to your tweets

TV Review: Unang Hirit

Posted on : 21-06-2010 | By : admin | In : Reviews, TV

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Unang Hirit

Category: Morning Talk Show

TV Channel: GMA 7                    Days: MON – FRI                 Time: 5:15AM

Hosts: Arnold Clavio, Suzi Entrata-Abrera, Lyn Ching-Pascual, Rhea Santos, Drew Arellano, Winnie Monsod, Arn Arn etc.

Summary:

Lives up to its name since it may be the first thing you see on TV as it starts as early as 5:15am.  Made up of sections categorized as either informative or entertaining.  The “informative” segments are: Front Page (headlines), Boses ng Masa (poll section), Pasada Balita (radio news),  Bantay Panahon (weather report), MMDA Traffic Report, and Unang Balita (other news/breaking news).  The entertainment portion includes Showbiz Banner (showbiz news), You Got d’ Look…alike (actor-audience look alike), UH Top 10, UH Mobil Tambayan (live portion on the street), Boses ng Bayan (tips & comments from the viewers), and People Places & Events (calendar of cultural events).  The other segments – UH Exclusives (special features), Ms. Shoppingera (best deals & sales), Ka Style ko si Idol (fashion/wardrobe and their prices) and UH’s Gimmick Portion (miscellaneous topics) are very entertaining, practical and informative.

Review:

You will definitely wake up with this show.  The show starts of with its fast paced news that endeavors to keep its viewers up to date with current events.  The manner of reporting is consistent with GMA’s balanced reporting.  The viewers are also informed of other matters.  The weather of the day, the timely traffic report  and the best deals in shopping.  Even the fillers are quite interesting as they share sensible tips on what’s healthy or give practical insights into the ‘day to day’ living.  The entertainment portion not only informs but is unique as it encourages interaction with the audience.  There are contests that allow one to participate live while the others just require you to send in your text messages.  And you get to win big prizes for your efforts in waking up early and keeping awake.

Unang Hirit’s many lively hosts are truly “wacky” as they seem to make it their personal responsibility to ensure that its audience stay awake and are kept on their toes during the whole course of the show.  They may seem all fun and highly amusing but they are also witty and truly professionals.  They behave and dress appropriately according to the segment of the show.

What are your thoughts about the show and/or the review? Comment below or tweet us by adding @TVadvocacy to your tweets!

Public Encouraged to Report Non-Child Friendly Television Shows

Posted on : 18-08-2009 | By : admin | In : TV

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The public may now report “non-child friendly TV shows” to the National Council for Children’s Television (NCCT) by typing BANTAYTV(space)NAME?AGE?ADDRESS?MESSAGE to 700-6228 or BANTAYTV(space)TV PROGRAM(space)DATE OF AIRING to 700-6228, as gathered from a news item of the Inquirer on 31 July 2009,  as follows:

TV monitored for offensive content

WITH ABOUT HALF OF PROGRAMS on television containing violence, the Department of Education (DepEd) launched on Wednesday a “Bantay TV” campaign, which asks viewers to report “offensive” scenes and dialogue that they believe are not suitable for children.

DepEd Secretary Jesli Lapus said the campaign was designed to convince TV networks and advertisers to promote child-friendly shows.

He said the campaign hopes to reduce by at least 20 percent the incidence of “vulgarity, discrimination, sex, and violence” on television.

Lapus said children in Metro Manila now spend about 3 hours a day in front of the television screen.

He said an average child would have watched 5,000 hours of TV by the time he or she enters Grade I and 25,000 hours by the end of high school or “more time that what would be spent in a classroom earning a college degree.”

Lapus said he believed “excessive violence, sex, and foul language on television are threats to our children’s well-being.”

“The TV that you are monitoring could be equal if not more influential than our teachers, because children spend more time with the TV monitor,” said Lapus, echoing a still controversial view.

DepEd, the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB), the National Council for  Children’s Television (NCCT), and Smart Communications recently inked an agreement that would allow the public to send complaints to the NCCT via text messaging, the telephone, or through the Internet.

Members of the public can report “non-child friendly TV shows” to the NCCT by typing BANTAYTV(space)NAME?AGE?ADDRESS?MESSAGE to 700-6228 or BANTAYTV(space)TV PROGRAM(space)DATE OF AIRING to 700-6228.’”

Congressmen Time with Bingbong Crisologo

Posted on : 10-11-2008 | By : admin | In : Feedback, TV

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I watched Congressmen Time last 30 October 2008, 8 pm on ChanneI 4 where Bingbong Crisologo and Senator Francisco Tatad were featured on your views regarding the Reproductive Health bill.

It was a very enlightening talk show and we are glad that Bingbong Crisologo pointed out his objections against the RH bill, namely, 1) the unjust penalties imposed on those who oppose it; and, 2) that you stated that no money should be involved in the implementation of the bill.

May we also point out the harmful effects of the Bill in its entirety:  Firstly, the RH bill is a threat to the moral health of society. It has serious adverse effect on the family as it encourages promiscuity, having many sexual partners without commitment.  Extra-marital sex is encouraged as the free use of pills, condoms and other contraceptives is made legal and conveniently available.   Many families can be broken down due to infidelities.   Sex is good if done within marriage of a matured man and woman who give themselves unconditionally to each other for life.  Sacrifice is an ennobling value of the Billings natural method as it strengthens the love of the spouses, enhances their relationship and bonds their family closer.  The family is the basic cell of society and a healthy family makes up a healthy, happy society.

Secondly, the RH bill promotes the use of abortifacient drugs that prevent the implantation of the fetus and are harmful to women’s health.  The RH bill can misguide millions of Filipinos into offending God by committing sin against the 5th Commandment not to kill.  Divine law is above human law. The Congressmen and women who approve it are all accountable for their misleading decisions/actions.  The higher their authority  and influence,  the greater their responsibility to the Creator who made man’s reproductive capacity for a noble reason.  All that He created is good and has a purpose.  For Congress to deny it is the gravest injustice committed.

Thirdly, the RH bill imposes stiff penalties and imprisonment to those who object to it.  This is in violation of human rights and freedom  The bill also requires sex education to school children that weakens parental authority over them and urges the young to have early sexual activity.  Sex education can make children more traumatized, hence, more harmful to them,  than educated.

Fourthly, the huge P2 billion allocation to implement the RH Bill to prevent pregnancy, which is not a disease, can be put to better use like  investing the funds in the sound formation and education of the young who will be the nation’s future leaders with moral fiber.  Build more classrooms, give scholarships to poor, deserving youth, increase/upgrade the salaries of teachers. The substantial fund can also be used for countryside development to induce foreign investments and provide more jobs. Indeed, productivity, not contraceptives, will end poverty. Human capital is our best saving grace.  The OFWs keep our economy afloat with their enormous inward foreign remittances.  They endure the sacrifice of working abroad, away from their families and loved ones.  So why would Congress eagerly want to reduce the number of  “heroes” of the country?

We pray that all congressmen will totally reject the RH bill and that Bingbong Crisologo will help enlighten his colleagues in congress to follow his good example as well. Being a congressman is for the best avenue to spread the Commandments of God.  We cannot be cafeteria-style Catholics who choose to believe and practice only the Commandments that agree with our materialistic and hedonistic lifestyles.

The Congressmen are duty bound to uphold their mandate under our Constitution – to defend life from the moment of conception,  the sanctity of marriage and the well-being of the family

Ching D. Aunario
chingauna[at]yahoo.com