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.

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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.

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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.


Turning Back Time

January 8, 2018

“The past is unchangeable, but the future is unwritten.”
-Jenna Petersen

Have you ever regretted something that should’ve or shouldn’t have been done in the first place? Have you ever thought of turning back time to fix your mistake? Have you ever done something and later on realize what you did was a big mistake? Have you ever had a lot of regrets and you don’t know what to do? Have you ever tried to move on from those regrets? I bet those are some questions you have in mind.

A lot of people say the only ways to turn back time are the music you grew up with and the old pictures of yours. But when it comes to real-life situations, it’s not the case. If only time travel is possible, then it would’ve been easier to go back in time to fix your mistakes. That would probably be the only way to prevent yourself from regretting something. However, it’s impossible since there’s no machine which can let you travel back. It kinda reminds me of the DeLorean in Back To The Future.

If you were to do it all over again, would you change a thing?

Here are a few examples. You took a course, but later lost interest in it & realized that you should’ve taken an easier course or a course you’re more interested in. You broke up with your girlfriend because of complicated problems, but later realized that you should’ve fixed that relationship & kept it from falling apart. These are the time where you’d think of turning back time.

Time is constant. Once you’ve done something, you can’t change it, whether you regretted it or not. You still have the chance to fix that mistake since it’s never too late. However, you’ll face some consequences. It may not be that easy, it may take a long time and you may not get the results you expected.

If you wanna go back in time, how far would you go?

Here are my Top 5 tracks about turning back time:

  1. Eddie Money – I Wanna Go Back
  2. Cher – If I Could Turn Back Time
  3. Kenny Rankin – Regrets
  4. Aqua – Turn Back Time
  5. R. Kelly – If I Could Turn Back The Hands Of Time

Writer’s note: I was supposed to call this post Regrets, but I find it too sad for it to be a title.


PRR 2017 Part 2: Philippine Radio in Review

December 31, 2017

2017 has come to a close. But before we bid goodbye to this year, here is a look back at what happened in the world of Philippine Radio. Previously, we traveled back to 2007. For this part, we will discuss the Top 10 radio-related events in Metro Manila (and other key cities).

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1. Change Has Come To PBS

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As the State-Run Philippine Broadcasting Service celebrated its 70th year, a lot of changes had happened to its stations. Thanks to DG Bong “Sonny” Aportadera and DDG Carlo “Carlo Jose” Villo for making the changes possible.

Last February 2, 104.3 FM2 was launched with a Classic Hits format, with an emphasis on 80s & 90s. This gave in some competition with Retro 105.9.

Last June 5, Radyo Ng Bayan was rebranded as Radyo Pilipinas 1 738, along with some new programs. Throughout the next 2 months, most of its provincial stations rebranded to that name.

Last September 18, Radyo Pilipinas 2 918 was launched, merging Sports Radio with Radyo Magasin. Its programming consists of mostly sports from SR, with some general information from RM.

Last November 1, 87.5 FM1 was launched with a CHR/Top 40 format. This is the 1st station on the FM band, as well as the 1st non-commercial station with such format.

Big news also came to 2 of its stations towards the end of this year. According to the latest Nielsen Radio Survey, FM2 is ranked #1 on the ABC market, and RP1 is ranked #7 among the AM stations.

2. Oomph! Goes Halo Halo

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Last May, all Viva radio stations were relaunched as Halo Halo, with an all-OPM format. This is another first of its kind in Cebu, Davao & Zamboanga.

Prior to this, the Oomph! brand was axed last February. However, its Top 40 brand was retained.

3. A Smooth Reformat to Memories

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Last March, Smooth FM stations in Baguio & Cebu rebranded as Memories, with a Classic Hits format. They now play music from the 70s, 80s & 90s. These left Baguio with no Smooth AC outlet, and Cebu with Crossover as its only Smooth AC station in the market.

4. Home Radio is Back Home (Literally)

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Last June 30, Home Radio scrapped its Top 40 format in favor of its old Easy Listening format. Management realized that the station would sell better with its original format. Over the next few days, its. A month later it launched its special programs, notably Emotions in Motion & Solid Gold Sunday (later known as Sunday All-Day Classics).

Prior to this, Home Radio Cebu was the first one to revert to its old Easy Listening format last February. After the Manila station, the other provincial stations followed suit.

5. Former MBC Alumni Get Energyzed

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Energy FM’s “Sarap” concept, which was introduced back in 2014, didn’t fly as a lot of listeners liked its old concept better. Around 2 years later, it scrapped that concept in favor of its old one, but it wasn’t much back on track until the former DJs of MBC stations moved to the station.

On December last year, Papa Jack resigned from Love Radio after 12 years due to timeslot problems. A month later, he moved to Energy FM. Last March 20, he went back on air in his usual timeslot as Papa J, which later on became Papa Jackson.

On May 20, Kuya Chico, who was formerly from Tag in Dubai, followed suit. He became the station’s morning DJ. A few days later, he & Papa Jackson brought back their Friday night program Gabi na, Kabahan ka na!, a revival of Gabi na, Gising Na!.

Justin Taylor, who left Easy Rock last May, also joined the station this July. Now known as Justin, he became one of the station’s voiceovers. Last October, he launched his weekday program called Punto Dekada, which plays 90s music.

Recently, Sisa Usisa (formerly known as Glenn Garci) joined the station as Kapitana Sisa.

6. The Return of Dobol B on News TV

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Last April 24, GMA News TV became relevant once again by returning its DZBB teleradyo portion, Dobol B sa News TV. This time, it has a longer timeslot, running from 6am – 11am.

7. Bible on the Radio

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At the beginning of this year, DZBR began its test broadcast. On March, it was launched as Bible Radio. It is currently the only AM station in Batangas.

8. The Return of the Bandido

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At the beginning of December, DZRJ returned the Radyo Bandido brand. The following week, the 8TriMedia brand disappeared, with some of its programs, such as Kasangga Mo Ang Langit and Lapid Fire, integrated to DZRJ’s programming.

9. Monsters are Alive Again in GenSan (and Zamboanga)

Last June, after around 10 years off the air, the station in GenSan went back on air as Monster EZ 88.7. It plays a mix of Top 40 & Smooth Jazz music. It used to be known as City of Dreams, airing a Smooth Jazz format. And recently, there are times where it’d relay Davao’s BT.

Last December, after 10 years off the air, the station in Zamboanga went back on air as a relay of Manila’s RX.

10. Big Shoes to Fill in

This is also the year 2 DJs have entered the competition between late night programs of mass-based stations.

Last February, YouTube star Lloyd Cadena returns to radio via Love Radio to fill in the timeslot left by Papa Jack(son). He now hosts Let’s Talk About EX with Kara Karinyosa. Prior to this, LC used to be with iFM back in 2015-16 with his program, Gabi ng Hanash.

Last March, Papa Dan, after around 13 years with the station since its Campus Radio days as Dan the Man, left Barangay LS to be with his girlfriend in Australia. Papa Bol (formerly from Barangay FM GenSan) took over Dan’s place.

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Sorry if I missed some other events. But, the list goes on.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!


PRR 2017 Part 1: 2007

December 25, 2017

2017 is about to end in a week. But before we bid goodbye to this year, here is a look back at what happened in the world of Philippine Radio. This year’s PRR is divided into 2 parts. For this part, we’ll travel back to 10 years ago. That is 2007, the year big changes occurred on PH radio. We’ll discuss the 7 stations which either made its debut or met its demise.

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1. RT to Hit

January 1: 99.5 RT rebranded as 99.5 Hit FM. A week later, it launched its new programs. David’s House & Sunday sessions were the only programs retained. Hit was similar to RT, but it targeted the younger audiences and focuses more on content than music. It was managed by Dick Rees, who was also an RT DJ.

Prior to the change, RT signed off for the last time on December 18 the previous year. And it remained on air without a brand throughout the remaining days of that year.

2. Heart: Liter than K-Lite

January 1: 103.5 K-Lite rebranded as Heart 103.5 with a Soft AC format. It was managed by Joe Mango, a former Magic DJ who also managed Jam & Wave at that time. However, Heart lasted for only less than 6 months. This will be further explained at #5.

Prior to the change, the DJs of K-Lite bade goodbye on air on November 30 the previous year. And it remained automated throughout December of that year.

3. From Campus to Barangay

February 14: Campus Radio 97.1 rebranded as 97.1 Barangay LS and reformatted from Top 40 to mass-based. It also used its slogan Forever!, which was used back in the mid to late 90s. Most of the DJs remained, albeit under different names.

Prior to the reformat, WLS was ranked #7 on the overall market, making the only Top 40 station to enter the Top 10, hence the slogan the #1 Pop Music Station. Despite the ratings, the sales were low. This paved RGMA head Mike Enriquez to reformat the station in order to reclaim their losses. The avid listeners were disappointed about the reformat big time.

4. Joey & XFM

April 9: 923 Joey rebranded as 92.3 XFM. It was the only station in the metro which played ambient, chill, down-tempo, electronica, house & club music. After a few months, the format didn’t sell. In late July that year, it added tracks which were played during the Joey era.

5. Heart Got Maximized

June 19: 103.5 K-Lite rebranded once again as 103 1/2 Max FM with a Top 40 format. It was managed by Sgt. Pepper, another former Magic DJ. Bearing the slogan In Tune with Manila, its format resembles of its sister station Magic.

6. RJ Went Underground

July 16: After almost 6 months off the air, 105.9 went back on air in low power, playing mainstream rock. It was later identified as RJ UR 105.9, aka Underground Radio. Similar to RJFM, it followed the 3 songs in a row rule, consisting of 1 classic rock, 1 modern rock & 1 pinoy rock. A few months later, it launched its new programs. And every 5am, it played an hour of Eraserheads music, a counterpart of the all-Beatles program aired at the same time on RJFM.

Prior to this, Ramon Jacinto bought its airtime lease in late 2006. By this time, the station was known as Blazin’ 105.9, which held an Urban format. And Blazin’ went off the air by late December that year.

7. Dazzling Music No More

January 11: DWDM 95.5 went off the air unannounced. I was very disappointed about it. I had been listening to this since 2002. Around May 8, it went back on air, albeit during mornings only. It went off the air again the next month. It remained off the air for the next 4 years.

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Stay tuned for Part 2, wherein we’ll review this year’s Top 10 events on PH radio.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!