TAG's Mission:

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.

TV Review: Nathaniel (ABS-CBN)

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




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

Marco Antonio Masa as Nathaniel
Gerald Anderson
Shaina Magdangal

PRODUCER: Carlina dela Merced

Darnel Joy Villaflor
Francis Xavier Pasion


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



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.

TAG Commends MTRCB

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



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



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


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


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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Posted on : 25-07-2014 | By : TAG | In : Announcements


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Repost: MTRCB scores with prompt move

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


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


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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Year of Faith Series 12

Posted on : 24-11-2013 | By : TAG | In : Faith Series



(Ref. CCC Part 4, Sections 1 & 2)


We come to the final part of our series which is Christian Prayer.

“Great is the mystery of faith.” The Church professes this mystery in the Apostles’ Creed (Part One) and celebrates it in the sacramental liturgy (Part Two), so that the life of the faithful may be conformed to Christ in the Holy Spirit to the glory of the Father (Part Three). This mystery, then, requires that the faithful believe in it, that they celebrate it and that they live in it in a vital and personal relationship with living and true God. This relationship is prayer. (CCC 2558)


Pope Francis

Transcript of Pope Francis’ Message at the PCNE

Posted on : 22-10-2013 | By : TAG | In : News



Thursday, 18 October 2013

My dear brothers and sisters in the Lord Jesus Christ,

I greet all of you with  the peace and joy of Our Lord. The first Philippine Conference on the New  Evangelization is a worthy offering to the Year of Faith. For this I thank all  of you, my brother Bishops, the priests, religious men and women, seminarians  and the lay faithful who organized and are participating in the conference. I am  happy to learn that you came to Manila from different parts of the Philippines  and Asia. The Holy Spirit is actively at work in you. The Church of Christ is  alive!

Through this conference, I hope you would experience again the loving  presence of Jesus in your lives, that you would love the Church more and that  you would share the Gospel to all people with humility and joy. Don’t get tired  of bringing the mercy of the Father to the poor, the sick, the abandoned, the  young people and families. Let Jesus be known in the world of politics,  business, arts, science, technology and social media. Let the Holy Spirit renew  the creation and bring forth justice and peace in the Philippines and in the  great continent of Asia that is close to my heart.

Please pray for me, I need it. I promise to pray for you, especially to Our  Mother the Blessed Virgin Mary, Star of the New Evangelization.

Mabúhay ang Pilipínas! Mabúhay ang Asia! Pagpaláin kayó ng Dios!
[Viva le Filippine! Viva l’Asia! Vi benedica Dio!]

God bless you in the Name of the Father, of the Son, of the Holy Spirit.


Year of Faith Series 11

Posted on : 02-10-2013 | By : TAG | In : Faith Series


(Ref. CCC Part 3, Section 2, Chapter 2, Articles 7 & 10)


The Seventh Commandment: YOU SHALL NOT STEAL.


By these two commandments God ordains respect for the goods of others. The seventh commandment regulates our external acts in relation to the goods of others and the tenth regulates our interior acts in their regard.

Violations of the seventh commandment will be grave or venial according to the amount stolen or the harm caused by the action. In the event of grave sins, there is an obligation to return the goods or their equivalent value. These sins cannot be forgiven without at least the intention of making restitution in so far as it is possible to do so.


Posted on : 13-09-2013 | By : TAG | In : Tidbits



Catch and watch “Lorenzo” today and tomorrow, September 13 and 14, 2013 at 1pm and 6pm in De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde SDA Theater, 5th Floor, SDA Building, 950 Pablo Ocampo Street, Malate, Manila.  Produced by Christopher de Leon, music is by Ryan Cayabyab, book and lyrics by Juan Ekis, Paul Dumol, in collaboration with Joem Antonio.

A must see!  Excellent and beautifully portrayed, this musical play is about the first Filipino Saint Lorenzo Ruiz.


Saint Bernadette College of Alabang – Talk to Parents on Educating the Children about Sexuality

Last September 7, 2013, Tony and Ching Aunario gave a presentation on educating the children about sexuality to parents at the Saint Bernadette College of Alabang in Muntinlupa City  at the SBCA Basic Education Building.  The talk was arranged by the SBCA’s  Principal, Mrs. Ma. Flordeliza Rabonza de Guzman, for the First Quarterly Parenting Talk.  The school offers education from Nursery to College, with a population of about 500.  Mr. Jun-jun Butaslac, President of SBCA’s Parents Association, actively participated in the lecture-presentation.

Focus was made on the virtues of Holy Purity and Chastity which were discussed at length to highlight their vital importance in the children’s formative years.  The talk referred also to the Reproductive Health (RH) law now pending in the Supreme Court which conducted the Oral Arguments.  The RH law, among others, aggressively promotes the use of free contraceptives that encourages promiscuity, and mandatory sex education in schools to children that should be taught primarily by parents in a loving atmosphere of the family. Moreover, discussion was made about the concern regarding the increasing teen-age pregnancies from 7.1% to 11.7% as reported recently by the National Statistics Office (NSO).  In absolute figures, this translates to millions of unwed young mothers who are unprepared with the responsibility of taking care of the newborn.  A question and answer portion ensued to further elucidate the points taken up in the presentation.

Emphasis was likewise focused on the crucial role in social responsibility of television network operators, film makers, advertisers, fashion setters, media men and women.  They can enhance the content of  TV programs, movies, advertisements, fashion and media works that inspire ennobling ideas, images, messages, signals  and values to portray positive role models for the young who are our hope as future leaders imbued with moral fibre.

Repost: MTRCB Summons Ryzza Mae Dizon Show and Eat Bulaga Due to the “Child-Unfriendly Scenes”

Posted on : 12-09-2013 | By : TAG | In : Columns, News, Reviews


TAG is reposting recent articles found in the web regarding MTRCB’s action on some TV shows which refers to children.
By Kim Bartolome On September 5, 2013

The Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) has summoned GMA’s back-to-back shows The Ryzza Mae Show and Eat Bulaga regarding“alleged child-unfriendly scenes.”

On September 3, the government agency announced through its Twitter account that officials concerned with Eat Bulaga and The Ryzza Mae Show have been asked to attend a mandatory conference before the agency’s Ad Hoc Committee to be held this Thursday, September 5.

In a letter posted on its Twitter account, the MTRCB cited incidents in the two GMA-7 shows that will be investigated further:

The MTRCB Release the following statement regarding the summon to Ryzza Mae Show and Eat Bulaga:

The MTRCB called the programs Eat Bulaga and The Ryzza Mae Show to mandatory conference on 05 September 2013 for scenes allegedly insensitive and unfriendly to childre.

In Eat Bulaga’s 29 July 2013 episode, a host spat juice into the face of child actress-host Ryzza Mae Dizon. And during the 14 August 2013 episode of Ryzza Mae Show, a guest told the said child actress-host “landing bata ka” – to which the latter replied by pleading that she was just a child, and asking the said guest not to be harsh on her.
These scenes palpably violate the dignity of the child and have to be addressed by the show’s producer, TAPE, Inc., as well as GMA Channel 7 over which the said shows air.

The MTRCB hopes in the cooperation of all those concerned in finding out what caused these scenes, who are responsible therefor, and what immediate and concrete measures to be done so they do not happen again. In this connection, the MTRCB reiterates its serious and urgent concern for the welfare of children who are most vulnerable in media and entertainment.

Repost: Inquirer Editorial (August 17, 2013) – TV for Kids

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


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