Remembering Habang Kapiling Ka

October 3, 2018
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Last June, I watched Habang Kapiling Ka on Fox Filipino until the end of its run by the end of July. Top billed by Victor Neri & Angelika Dela Cruz, this teleserye was directed by the late Maryo J. delos Reyes, who also directed Nino & Pari Koy, among others. For the first few episodes, I just took a peak on it. When I found it interesting, I ended up watching it in the long run. And it was my first time to see:

  • A Teleserye of GMA from the early 2000s. I grew up watching ABSCBN.
  • Albert Martinez, Amy Perez, Chin Chin Gutierrez & Toni Gonzaga on a GMA Teleserye.
  • Amy Perez portray a kontrabida role. I first know her for hosting TV5’s Face To Face.
  • Tandem of Richard Gutierrez & Chynna Ortaleza. They were paired since Click days, way before Richard was paired with Angel Locsin.
  • 3 Gutierrez siblings/half-siblings in 1 teleserye.

As I watched along, I also observed a lot of interesting things:

  • Pierre Paolo as the third wheel of Donna & Basilio. In real life, Chynna & Railey used to be in a relationship.
  • Alejandro’s rivalry with Marius, especially when it comes to Olivia.
  • Helga’s flamboyant kontrabida moves.
  • Alejandro’s fondness of smoking. You’d see him smoke several times in that show.
  • Salve making her revelation in the Church.
  • Marius going against the relationship between Basilio & Donna just because of Alejandro.
  • Tootsie Guevarra’s rivalry with Toni Gonzaga. They’re friends in real life.
  • Half-brothers Tonton & Richard portraying as father & son.
  • The bumpers used in Season 2, wherein each character has its own bumper.

HIGHLIGHTS

The show was divided into 2 seasons. Refer to Jimpy Anarcon’s blog regarding HKK. Since I began watching it in the middle of season 1, I’ll explain its selected highlights, based on my observation. The relationship of Julius & Erica was destroyed twice. First, Erica caught Julius allegedly having a baby with Magnolia. And second, upon the death of Julius’ stepson, he blamed Erica for bringing him bad luck when she entered his life again. After the accident involving Erica, Olivia & Marius, Erica was recovered, Olivia was brought to the asylum & Marius was picked up by Divine & came back as the new Kenji Ogata. Salve revealed that Emilie & Pierre Paolo are twins & Olivia is Erica’s real mother. Fausto also revealed that he’s the real father of the twins. These revelations made the latter shocked & hard to believe. While Erica was in coma, Nonoy stepped in the picture & became friends with Basilio. He’d soon fall in love with Erica. Divine made a plot to trap Helga & Olivia in an island, which was part of a certain resort. As a result, Helga was “killed” by Divine & Olivia was arrested for the alleged murder.

Here’s my summary of Season 2 or Ikalawang Yugto, based on my own understanding. It began when Olivia was in Jail for allegedly killing Helga. Erica lived a high life & kept on getting drained by Divine’s lies. Alejandro was released from jail & lived with Donna, who went from riches to rags. They took different paths to earn money, with the former going the easier way by selling drugs & the latter having a job. Basilio became rich & lived a high life after his stay in the US. Pierre Paolo owned a business. Marius made a plot to end his disguise as Kenji, go back to his old identity & reunite his family, which drove Divine berserk. Julius & Emilie were married & owned a business. Nonoy was engaged to Erica. Helga, unknown to them who thought she was dead, was still alive, thanks to an Indian who changed her life. As she slowly revealed herself to a lot of people, beginning with Erica, she’d do everything to correct the wrongdoings she had done in the past. And the story went on until Alejandro & Divine were killed after a failed attempt to sabotage Julius’ & Erica’s wedding. Pierre Paolo learned to accept that Basilio & Donna are meant to be for each other.

COMPARISON WITH MAY BUKAS PA

After a few episodes, I found out some similarities between this show and May Bukas Pa, a show I watched when I was in High School, in terms of their characters’ relationships.

Albert Martinez & Tonton Gutierrez:

  • HKK: Alejandro & Marius. Alejandro attempted to kidnap Olivia, but got killed by the police in the end.
  • MBP: Enrique & Mario. Before Enrique’s death, they became friends by the time he realized that Santino was his son.
  • Similarities: They are bitter rivals with the former wanting to get what the latter has.

Albert Martinez & Chin Chin Gutierrez:

  • HKK: Alejandro & Helga. Alejandro doesn’t love Helga as much as he loves Olivia.
  • MBP: Enrique & Teresa. Enrique wasn’t aware that Santino was his son with Teresa, who was killed by Malena. Until the time he requested a DNA test between him & Santino.
  • Similarities: They were never married, but had a child together.

Tonton Gutierrez & Jaime Fabregas:

  • HKK: Marius & Fausto
  • MBP: Mario & Fr. Anthony
  • Similarities: They are allies who help each other at times needed.

THE CAST NOWADAYS

Angelika dela Cruz – After this show, this Esperanza actress moved back to ABSCBN, where she portrayed mostly kontrabida roles. She moved back to GMA after a few years later. She’s recently seen in Ika-6 Na Utos as part of its extended cast.

Victor Neri – After a few years later, he retired from showbiz to become a chef. A few years ago, he stepped out of retirement. He was recently seen in Pinulot Ka Lang Sa Lupa & Super Ma’am, wherein he portrayed as the tamawo king Agalon.

Albert Martinez – After a few years in GMA, he moved to ABSCBN, where he starred in several shows, such as Maria Flordeluna (where I saw him for the first time), May Bukas Pa & The Good Son. He’ll be seen in Kadenang Ginto, which will premiere next week, as of this writing.

Snooky Serna – She still stars in various shows both in ABSCBN & GMA, notably Capt. Barbell, Angelito: Batang Ama & My Faithful Husband. She’ll be seen in Pamilya Roces.

Tonton Gutierrez – This Pangako Sayo actor still stars in various shows in ABSCBN, TV5 & GMA, notably Etheria, May Bukas Pa (where I saw him for the first time), Aryana & That’s My Amboy. He’s currently seen in Ika-5 Utos.

Richard Gutierrez – This Click actor later on became one of GMA’s biggest stars, where he starred in Mulawin (where I saw him for the first time), Codename: Asero, Capt. Barbell & Love & Lies, until 2013, when he became a freelancer. After his stint with TV5, where he starred as Panday, he’s currently with ABSCBN.

Chynna Ortaleza – This Click actress still stars in various shows in GMA, in which she was paired with Richard until a couple of years later. She’s currently seen in Victor Magtanggol.

Toni Gonzaga – After a few years in GMA, this former Eat Bulaga co-host moved to ABSCBN, where she rose to fame with her acting & singing career. She’s currently seen in Home Sweet Home.

Railey Valeroso – After a few years later, this Click actor semi-retired from showbiz. Since a few years ago, he lives a private life. He was recently seen in Dahil May Isang Ikaw.

Chin Chin Gutierrez – After this show, she moved to ABSCBN. She retired from showbiz in 2010 to become a nun.

Ruffa Gutierrez – She still occasionally stars in various shows both in ABSCBN & GMA. She was also a TV5 talent, wherein she hosted Artista Academy.

Alma Moreno – She still occasionally stars in various shows both in ABSCBN & GMA, notably Eva Fonda, Angelito: Batang Ama & Pusong Ligaw.

Zoren Legaspi – He still stars in various shows in ABSCBN, TV5 & GMA, notably Mulawin, Agua Bendita & the 2015 remake of Marimar. He’s currently seen in Kapag Nahati Ang Puso.

Amy Perez – This Palibhasa Lalake actress moved back to ABSCBN after a couple of years. She was also with TV5 for a few years, where she was known for hosting Face To Face. She’s currently a co-host of It’s Showtime.

Yul Servo – He still occasionally stars in a number of teleseryes in GMA. He’s now a congressman of Manila’s 3rd district. Prior to that, he was councilor of the said district for the previous 2 terms. He was recently seen in Oh My Mama & Tadhana.

Jaime Fabregas – This Sic O’Clock News actor still stars in various shows both in ABSCBN & GMA, notably Kampanerang Kuba, May Bukas Pa (where I saw him for the first time), Iglot & Ang Dalawang Ms. Real. He’s curently seen in FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano.

Tootsie Guevara – She retired from showbiz after a couple of years. She now lives in the US, working as a market executive.

Patricia Ismael – She still stars in a number of teleseryes in GMA. She was recently seen in The One That Got Away.

Tetay – He still stars in various shows in GMA. He was recently seen in Contessa.

Long Mejia He still occasionally stars in various shows both in ABSCBN & GMA. He was also a TV5 talent.

Nonie Buencamino He still stars in various shows in ABSCBN, TV5 & GMA, notably Tanging Yaman (where I saw him for the first time), Machete & My Faithful Husband. He’s currently seen in Asintado, which is on its final week, as of this writing.

Lloyd Samartino He still stars in various shows in ABSCBN, TV5 & GMA, notably Love Spell, Capt. Barbell, Machete & My Faithful Husband. He was recently seen in The One That Got Away.

Sheree – This former Viva Hot Babe still stars in a number of teleseryes in GMA. She was recently seen in Kambal Karibal.

CRANK IT UP

Habang Kapiling Ka is considered a classic teleserye from GMA during the pre-Mulawin era. It is as good as the teleseryes I watched on ABSCBN back in the early to mid-2000s. I think Fox Filipino should focus more on airing GMA’s shows from the 90s to mid 2000s, like Twin Hearts & Sana ay Ikaw ng Nga, instead of the recent ones which they currently air. Or GMA should set up a digital channel similar to Jeepney TV, albeit focusing on shows from 2000s & older.

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Retro Gets A Like

August 8, 2018

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On the afternoon of May 25, Retro 105.9 quietly went off the air. After 4 years on the air, the first station in the metro with a Classic Hits format was axed abruptly. This left FM2 as the only Classic Hits station in the metro. The next day, it went back on air, this time as Like FM 105.9, with an Adult Top 40 format, picking up competition with Mellow 947.

BEFORE RETRO CLOSED SHOP

A year ago, Domingo C. Garcia stopped funding the station, leaving Tito Ojeda the only one running the station. As a result, management decided to cut back on costs by firing most of the DJs, retaining Karen & Joshua on the fold. The former management had debts to pay to the owner of the frequency, Bright Star.

Since Holy Week, news broke out that Retro would soon come to an end. By this time, we made guesses about its new format, whether it’d be Easy Listening-leaning Classic Hits or Classic Rock. An insider said that this format is “a path least traveled”. This month, premature news came in that Retro was near its end. It was hard to predict when as we waited week by week.

By the time Retro signed off, it was revealed that Jimmy Jam & JJ Sparx, both of them who used to be part of Retro during its first months as Music Director & Station Manager respectively, took over the station, with the help of Korean investors.

FIRST WEEKEND

After 2 months of Test Broadcast, Like FM had its official launch last July 28. Ryan (of Mellow 94.7) first went on air at 6am with The Lighter Side. He first explained the profile of Like FM to us listeners, including the format, which is a mix of Adult Top 40 & Talk. 9am came Jovi with Tea Time.

3pm came Rev. Jack Cole. I have no idea who’s behind that voice, but it’s definitely NOT Jimmy Jam, not even DJ Kane. He plays 90s music in his program, which is unnamed for now.  H-Town (of Magic 89.9, 103 1/2 Max FM & Wave 89.1) took over the evening with The Hype Show, where he plays Hip Hop, similar to his former show The Flow.

The next day, Devon went on air at 6am, followed by Dee (of Mellow 94.7) by the mid-morning. And fashion blogger Adi Amor took over at noon with her own talk show Fashion Cents. What’s good with these jocks, including Ryan & Jovi, are that they came prepared with their first topic on their 1st day on air.

For now, the Weekday contains Jovi in the mid-morning, Ryan at noon & Dee & Devon pairing up for The D&D Show in the evening. The morning & the 4pm-8pm slots are still unoccupied, but I’m hoping Jimmy Jam & JJ Sparx can occupy each of them.

MY THOUGHTS

The format of Like FM was supposed to be all-80s to go head to head with FM2’s programming. It turned out to be a hybrid of Top 40 music mixed with a handful of old stuff in which we call Hot AC or Adult Top 40.

The first time I peaked into it, I had a hard time predicting the format. So, I made an observation on the station’s playlist for a certain hour and, based on my results, it focuses more on the 2010s, a moderate amount of 2000s, and at most 3 songs from the 80s/90s. I guess that’s good enough to be called Adult Top 40.

I didn’t expect Retro to end abruptly. It’d have been better for me if they retained the format with a bit of tweaking. It had such a vast playlist compared to FM2’s.

The format is good, it reminds me of RT’s playlist from The Drive era back to The Best Music era. However, there are a few flaws. The Like FM brand is used in various stations in Visayas. And its slogan Where Hot AC Lives is somewhat blunt. A lot of Hot AC stations use Today’s Best Variety, More Variety from the 90s to Today, Today’s Music without the Rap (or the likes) as their slogan. I suggest they could use one of those slogans.

Let’s just hope Like FM will give Mellow a run for their money and regain its success Retro had before.


Kambal Karibal Bows Out This Friday

August 2, 2018

As a long-time viewer of Kambal Karibal, here’s FTT’s thoughts regarding the show.

From the Tube

After 178 episodes, ‘Kambal Karibal’ will be history.

The GMA Telebabad series will officially come to a conclusion Friday night. And while it enjoyed a long and stellar run, its ratings performance was anything but impressive.

‘Kambal Karibal’ was led by Bianca Umali as Criselda, Pauline Mendoza as Crisanta (Criselda’s dead twin sister), and Miguel Tanfelix as Diego. Kyline Alcantara, as Cheska, played a key role as a villain who made Crisanta’s life a living hell and was eventually possessed by the spirits of both Crisanta and Criselda.

The series had a wider following than everyone thought. Many, in particular, praised the acting chops displayed by breakout stars Pauline Mendoza and Kyline Alcantara, and as ‘Kambal Karibal’ progressed, so did the praise for the two young talents.

Yet despite the fact that ‘Kambal Karibal’ was by far the strongest and most compelling GMA primetime series in recent memory, the series…

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Desribing Kambal Karibal’s Characters

June 26, 2018

I’ve been a viewer of GMA’s top-rated primetime series Kambal Karibal since Christmas vacation. In my post, I’ll describe some of the characters in my own understanding. The red denotes the hypocrites of the show, while the blue denotes the humble ones.

Crisanta – She’s too kind, as described by her twin Crisel. She’s innocent & studious. She prioritizes her studies over love life. She even tries to show love for her shallow-minded stepmom Teresa, even if she was abused by her. She knows it’s bad to hit back at enemies, even if Crisel saves her by hitting them. She’s always in the hot seat for every wrongdoing she didn’t do, even when she’s now in Cheska’s body.

Criselda – She’s too cruel & selfish. She protects Crisan by hitting her enemies, but gets the latter in trouble as a result. She’s always in a beef with Crisan over Diego. Instead of listening to Crisan, she insists that she’s lying even if she’s telling the truth. She’s a prick for listening to the Black Lady’s commands & destroying Crisan’s life instead on believing in Crisan. I initially labelled her as a hypocrite for trying to destroy Crisan’s life big time, when she was in the latter’s body. It turns out that she learned how be good, thanks to Geraldine.

Cheska – The real Cheska was a spoiled brat. She disrespects people who get into her way. She blames Crisan for being loved by Diego & her stepmom. It’d have been a good thing the real Cheska died because of her wrongdoings. But, no thanks to Black Lady, she went back.

Noriel – A supportive friend of Crisan. She’s the only friend who’s an expert of spirits & ghosts. Too bad her only weakness is Black Lady, who traumatized her.

Geraldine – She’s heartwarming & kind. She shows care for Crisan, at that time she wasn’t aware that she’s her real daughter, than Cheska. Everytime she gets mad in a certain situation, she finds it hard to believe the truth. On the other hand, instead of listening to both sides, she’d side on one person instead of the other one who is really innocent. She became a prick for siding with Cheska (Crisel) after the latter was caught on an accident while fighting with Crisan. After Crisel switched bodies with Crisan after the former won over the latter’s body, Geraldine is still a prick after siding with Crisan (Crisel). At first, I wanted to label her as a hypocrite for believing the lies brought by Crisel & Raymond without listening to what the innocent says. It turns out that she’s just confused.

Teresa – She’s selfish & talkative. She often thinks about money than going the hard way to earn it. She doesn’t know how to take care of kids, just like what she did to the twins. Instead of listening to her stepdaughter Crisan, she insists that the latter is wrong.

Raymond – The mastermind behind breaking the relationship of Geraldine & Allan. Just like his cousin Teresa, he’s selfish. He spoils Teresa by giving her money. This psycopath does something for himself, not for his family, not even for Diego, his real son whom he claims otherwise. He does something wrong to win Geraldine. Everytime he does something wrong, he hides it by passing his fault to someone innocent, but gets in trouble once the truth is revealed.

Doc Manuel – He’s Diego’s lifesaver. Unlike his son Raymond, he accepts his faults and knows what’s best for his family, especially for his grandson Diego. He does everything to make up for the losses of Diego by giving him what Raymond never gave to him.

Allan – He’s innocent & kind. He accepts his faults and can do everything to make up for his losses. He’s concerned about his family.

Diego – He earns money the hard way by sidelining as a food vendor rather than getting them the easy way. He’s the opposite of his estranged dad, wherein he thinks of Crisan, his mom who’s jailed for a crime she didn’t commit & the family who took care of him. However, he was stupid for a few instances. He called Cheska (Crisan) a criminal for committing a crime she never committed instead of listening to her, thanks to the lies brought by Crisel. He was even fooled by Raymond. It’s a good thing he’s making up for his mistakes.

Mackoy – A childhood friend of Crisan, he’s very protective. There are times when he’s jealous when someone else, especially Diego, is in love with her. Whenever Crisan is in trouble, he’ll do anything to defend her. He believes that she’s innocent, knowing that she’d never hurt any person.


A Reaction to the Promotion of Sen. Tito Sotto to the Senate Presidency

May 29, 2018

From the Tube

Welcome to the ‘Tito Sen’ era.

Monday afternoon marked a changing of the guard at the Senate, as erstwhile Senate President Koko Pimentel relinquished his position in favor of Vicente ‘Tito’ Sotto III. The long-time senator/entertainer will now take on a more arduous task of leading the Senate for the next several years.

It also means that ‘Tito Sen’, as his co-hosts at ‘Eat Bulaga’ call him, will no longer join his fellow Dabarkads at the said noontime show for an indefinite time period. Given the many responsibilities of a Senate President, it was only fitting for Sotto to leave ‘Eat Bulaga’ since he would stay busy even during days without Senate sessions.

Sotto, nearing 70, has served a total of four terms as Senator. He had been elected to the Senate on four different occasions: 1992, 1998, 2010 and 2016.

The selection of Tito Sotto as Senate President earned…

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Retro @ 4

March 28, 2018

Today marks the 4th year of Retro 105-9. I’ve been an avid listener of Retro since day 1. And it’s been a few months since a lot of things have changed in this station. According to insiders, Domingo C. Garcia stopped funding the station months ago. As a result, Tito Ojeda was left as the only one running the station. This is probably the reason why management decided to cut back on costs. But that was not yet the big news.

TIMELINE

Last November 4, news broke that all the DJs, except Karen & Joshua, were fired from the station. It was initially planned that some of the DJs would be back with a new contract, but this was discontinued due to budget constraints. By this time, Retro is no longer at the top of the upscale ratings.

By November 20, the brand was shortened to just Retro 105-9. The DCG was dropped from the brand, and reinstated in a few stingers as a DCG Radio. Along that came a new Top-of-the-hour ID which was voiced by an Englishman (I have no idea who), and a daily show called Drive Time, which airs every 6-10 am/pm.

As for the Drive Time, each day has its own feature: 80s on Monday, 90s on Tuesday, Easy Listening (Feel Good music) on Wednesday, New Wave on Thursday, Disco on Friday & 60s on Saturday. Prior to their debut, it had its soft launch 2 weeks before. By that time, it seemed that management was planning on something.

Early December, Karen went back on the air, on the Morning slot. She still delivers the news after her timeslot, albeit pre-recorded, from mid-morning to the rest of the afternoon.

Retro welcomed the New Year with a new logo and a new set of stingers provided by the same Englishman. I’m not sure if they were made by a certain jingle company. This doesn’t mean Joshua is no longer the VO. He still provides some stingers & timechecks.

A week later, The Triggerman came back, albeit on Weekends only, with his Top 20 @ 12. And he’s doing it for free.

WHERE ARE THE JOCKS?

Now that Karen & Triggerman are running the show, along with Joshua providing the extra stingers, we may be wondering where Retro’s former DJs are up to nowadays.

Joey Pizza now goes on air on FM2 every Saturday afternoons, completing a Saturday treat for RT avid listeners. The Mole occasionally sits in with the Triggerman during Weekends. As for the other DJs, I have no Idea.

MY THOUGHTS

“As a radio programming student, I say it seems 105.9 FM is doing something good in terms of their Music Direction. I’ve been glued to the station for a few days already, and I say their mix is very good. I’ve heard stuff I haven’t heard on radio for quite a time. Except for a few bits which I believe could be improved, I have been enjoying their programming. Give it a listen.”

-Mike Pedero

Now that the station is automated, the playlist is consistent and the flow is good. A stark contrast to Retro with DJs coming from different stations, wherein each of them has his own playlist or musical bias. However, the song rotation pattern isn’t that good, we’d get to hear the same certain sequence the next day. For example, the songs you heard on the 10pm hour last night were also played on the 1pm hour today.

Regarding their music scope, they should axe the 60s from the playlist & create a Sunday morning block for that. Replace the 60s on the Saturday block with something else, perhaps OPM or Classic Rock.

Regarding its Drive Time concept, I’m fine with most of their daily genres, but there are some flaws. 4 hours in the morning and 4 hours in the evening is too much for a certain genre. It affects Retro’s ratings, since they air during primetime. It’d be better if Drive Time would be aired every night instead.

As for the names of the Drive Time features, We Love The 80s and Livin’ In The 90s are OK. But, the other names sound repetitive since we hear the same words twice. For example, Disco Friday, Drive Time Fridays. They should tweak the name a bit. I could suggest names for them: Midweek Feels Good for their feel good music, New Wave Mayhem for New Wave, Solid Gold Disco for Disco, and Groovin’ With The 60s for 60s.

I have no comment regarding the comeback of the Top 20 @ 12. I guess it’s due to listeners’ demand. There’s nothing I can do about it. For me, instead of bringing it back, it’d be better if he revived it as a syndicated Top 40 countdown, similar to AT40.

It’s a good move the DCG was dropped from the brand. The brand is now shorter and makes more sense. But, I’m puzzled that they still call it a DCG Radio, since Garcia is no longer funding the station (and its sister stations) anymore.

Even without the DJs around, and despite some flaws in its song rotation, I’m enjoying the flow so far. Not to mention I’d switch to FM2 or Home at times. The features I listen to the most are We Love The 80s & Feel Good. I hope they’d add at least 3 DJs in the fold to fill in the Weekdays. With this kind of setup, I’m sure Retro will survive for the months to come.


Remembering DXRJ 1476

February 15, 2018

Back in summer of 2010, I was searching for AM stations from Mindanao through eRadioPortal. And I discovered DXRJ 1476, a sister station of RJFM broadcasting from Iligan. It rarely went under the brand Radyo Asenso, which is the brand used by RadioCorp for all of its stations, and they weren’t affiliated with each other. Until now, I don’t know much about the history of this station. It probably was on air since the 80s. Anyway, here’s my listening experience on the now-defunct DXRJ.

MY LISTENING EXPERIENCE

I was an occasional listener of DXRJ since that summer. And that’s where I learned a lot of Bisayan words. There was a time when I didn’t get to sleep just to wait for it to sign on. That time, I was finishing my homework. It even opened its own UStream channel around late 2011, so we listeners would know what was happening inside their booth. Since then, I was more hooked on to its UStream than eRadioPortal.

DXRJ Booth

Booth of DXRJ (via UStream).

It signed on at around 2:30am and signs off at around 10:30pm, though there were times where, at around 10pm, it’d simulcast the feed of Voice of America. Ramon Jacinto’s Philippines, My Philippines was its sign-off song. And it even has around 20 SIDs. It aired hourly newscasts only during mornings, including its half-hour newscast at 7am. The name of its morning show was based from ABSCBN’s AM stations, I’m sure you know what I mean. It also had a show dedicated to its listeners called the DXRJ Fans Club. And it had a few shows which serve the community of Iligan, inculding City Hall Reports.

DEMISE

Back in mid-2013, they didn’t go on air, even on UStream & eRadioPortal. Later on, I realized that it closed shop at that time for unknown reasons. Recently, an RJFM relay station was opened in Iligan via 88.7 MHz (close to the frequency of its other relay in CDO). And the rest is history.