The 2014 KathNiel Movie “She’s Dating The Gangster” Surpassing Classic ’80s Or ’90s Pinoy Movie “Ang Utol Kong Hoodlum”?

March 9, 2014
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Kathryn Bernardo And Daniel Padilla on the recent “Got To Believe” “Best Fair Ever” Event. (Photo courtesy of Facebook fan page with hashtag “#G2BBestFairEver” via

After the successful ending of hit teen-oriented primetime TV drama Got To Believe on ABs-CBN last March 7, 2014, the fans of Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla—known as “KathNiel”—would be excited to watch an upcoming Philippine-based online novel adaptation She’s Dating The Gangster, to be shown on movie theaters between 2nd and early 3rd quarter of 2014 produced by ABS-CBN Star Cinema.

Hmm, will the movie—the story about a teen boy named as Kenji de los Reyes (Daniel) who joined a gangster and intend to have a relationship with Athena Dizon (Kathryn)—surpasses a known classic ’80s or ’90s Philippine action-romance movie Ang Utol Kong Hoodlum formerly played by Robin Padilla?

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Got To Believe Best Fair Ever 2014 (#G2BBestFairEver)

March 3, 2014

The hit teen-oriented nightly TV drama series of 2013 Got To Believe that started on August 26, 2013 has come to an end on March 7, 2014. But although the scenes of the show—as well as Be Careful With My Heart, Juan de la Cruz, Dugong Buhay, etc.—use a true 4K resolution (3840 x 2160 pixels) 24-frames-per-second (fps) Motion JPEG 2000 (MJPEG2) digital movie format made from digital SLR cameras, and while ABS-CBN currently uses full-power analog TV transmission NTSC-M [standard definition (SD) 525-line video scan or 480i in equivalent digital video resolution] that will discontinue on New Year’s Day 2016 giving a way for digital TV switch-over, I wish that the network should try to re-broadcast the said TV show in full high definition (HD) digital video content 1080p in the future over the recent adoption and trial roll-out of Japanese platform ISDB-T UHF DTV transmission. [The DVD release of Got To Believe is now available in the market (in MPEG-2 widescreen video dual resolution synchronized from original master MJPEG2 scenes).]

Before the show would bid goodbye to the TV viewers who—even the majority of the (teen) girl fans of KathNiel (stands for Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla as the lead role of the show)—impressed to watch it as well as a good positive reviews from various Philippine entertainment newspaper press, I visited over the Facebook and Twitter fan page of the show <#G2BBestFairEver> about the recent “Best Fair Ever” amusement event at Circuit Makati last March 2, 2014. I wasn’t able to approach the said event because I didn’t have to get a ticket pass, but here are the following images I downloaded from the fan page:g2bbestfairever-001g2bbestfairever-001_2g2bbestfairever-002g2bbestfairever-002_2g2bbestfairever-003g2bbestfairever-003_2g2bbestfairever-003_3g2bbestfairever-004g2bbestfairever-005g2bbestfairever-005_1g2bbestfairever-006g2bbestfairever-007g2bbestfairever-008g2bbestfairever-009g2bbestfairever-010g2bbestfairever-013g2bbestfairever-014_1g2bbestfairever-014_2g2bbestfairever-015g2bbestfairever-016g2bbestfairever-017g2bbestfairever-018g2bbestfairever-019g2bbestfairever-019_2g2bbestfairever-020g2bbestfairever-021g2bbestfairever-021_2g2bbestfairever-022g2bbestfairever-023g2bbestfairever-024g2bbestfairever-024_2g2bbestfairever-024_3

Uploaded images from the users of and with search keyword “#G2BBestFairEver”. Used with permission via

2014 Net Income Target of ABS-CBN To Reach More Than 2 Billion Pesos?

February 26, 2014

In spite of recent typhoon-struck areas in Eastern Visayas in November 2013 resulting a slow recovery of both free-to-air and cable TV broadcasting, there were a prediction that ABS-CBN would intend to reach more than 2 billion peso net income target for the year 2014 following the successful two respective “300 million peso gross income per movie title” of January to February 2014 produced by ABS-CBN Star Cinema such as Bride For Rent and Starting Over Again for a total of 600 million pesos. The affiliated movie company of the network would try their best to earn more movie gross sales in the coming months of March to December 2014, if and only if the quality of their upcoming future movie titles should always be perfect fitted for most meticulous movie audiences. The current cost of modernized movie theater establishment to enter is 150 to 180 pesos per person.

According to my own respective casual analysis and prediction, the following two graphical text presentation, though my draft may not based from actual reliable sources from business news, shows that (1) ABS-CBN have had recently reached a total of more or less 3 billion peso net income of 2013 (of combined 2013 mid-term national and local election TV ads, TV and radio broadcasting spending thru regular advertisement and stock market, Internet videostream service iWanTV and, and recent various 2013 Star Cinema movie titles); and (2) the network would generate a projected hundreds of millions of pesos of movie gross sales of future Star Cinema movie titles for the month of March to December 2014, in addition from the recent 600 million peso total movie gross sales of two movie titles of January to February 2014 and of the projected 1.2 to 1.4 billion peso net income (including a new mobile videostream app service iWanTV of second generation ABS-CBN Mobile SIM launched in November 2013) for the next twelve months of 2014.

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Even without national and local election campaign period TV ad, the projected 2 billion peso net income target of 2014 may be compared from previous 2 billion pesos net income of 2011, about one billion peso down from 3.1 billion pesos of net income after the 2010 presidential election campaign.

If the prediction would be possibly true, ABS-CBN should not always be confident on that matter, so therefore the network—through the monitoring and enforcement from the Kapisanan ng mga Broadkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) and Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB)—should practice prudence, modest, decent, and respect to entertain and inform to loyal TV viewers without any form of abuse in order to attract various media advertisers. Even loyal TV viewers of its main competitor GMA Network, which is a non-KBP member, may not welcome to admit to watch ABS-CBN free-to-air VHF TV channel and future Star Cinema movie titles due to their own criticisms against ABS-CBN and content-wise and fanfare to watch GMA-7 TV shows. (GMA Network has reached 2 billion pesos of net income of 2013 of combined election advertisement and regular advertisement for radio and TV show airing.)

In the meantime, ABS-CBN, in the recent Retail Bonds Listing ceremony at the Philippine Stock Exchange in January 2014, has recently announced a proposed 6 billion peso budget (effective by the end of 2014) for future expansion of ABS-CBN TV broadcasting facility, such as (1) 4 billion peso state-of-the-art sound-proof large-area-highly-elevated concert stage type TV studio; (2) 1 billion peso digitized TV broadcasting equipment upgrade in full HD content as well as possible expansion of cable TV provider Sky Cable; and (3) 1 billion peso installation of Japanese DTTV platform ISDB-T transmitter at ABS-CBN Mega Manila TV tower facility and all ABS-CBN regional TV tower facilities that will launch by 2015 before the December 31, 2015 deadline of digital TV switch-over.


TV5 Philippines TV Tower Reinforcement In Novaliches Quezon City 2014

February 24, 2014
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A TV tower of TV5 in Novaliches, Quezon City, Manila, Philippines having veiled with nets for a reinforcement (and repainting?) steel lattice structure.

After the successful (1) reinforcement and repainting of the entire structure and (2) replacement of analog TV transmitting antenna of ABS-CBN TV tower from 2008 to 2009, the TV tower of TV5 Philippines (formerly ABC-5 [“ABC” stands for Associated Broadcasting Company]) in Novaliches, Quezon City that was replaced analog TV transmitting antenna in 2007 is now in turn for a reinforcement (and repainting?) of nearly rusted lattice steel structure before constructing an even higher tower mast. Then if it will finish this for a few months, the tower will install and run a new (either Hitachi or Jampro) UHF DTTV transmitting panel antenna [“DTTV” stands for digital terrestrial television] using a Japanese platform Integrated Services for Digital Broadcasting – Terrestrial (ISDB-T) transmission. As part of terrestrial TV digitalization project, TV5 introduced the said platform in 2012, formerly assigned on UHF TV channel 35 (596 to 602 MHz) with a combined HD and SD digital video format.

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A graphical representation of TV tower reinforcement of TV5 in Novaliches, Quezon City having with UHF panel antenna, as part of terrestrial TV digitalization using ISDB-T.

Even though ABS-CBN TV tower had already install Jampro UHF DTTV panel antenna in 2013 and run it in ISDB-T transmission; and PTV and Eagle Broadcasting Corporation already tried and tested the aforementioned Japanese platform, other terrestrial TV networks such as GMA-7, Solar TV, UNTV, and various religion TV networks may also follow to upgrade from their current full-power NTSC-M analog TV transmission to ISDB-T transmission in accordance from the cooperation and agreement of National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) that is currently finishing the ISDB-T IRR draft before the end of 3rd quarter of 2013, in order to roll out ISDB-T transmission and receiver by 2014 or 2015 before the target date of December 31, 2015 analog TV switch-off (ASO) or digital TV switch-over.

TV5 Philippines is currently negotiated and controlled by Mediaquest owned by the management of chairman and CEO Manny V. Pangilinan company group that controls PLDT, Smart, and Cignal in 2010. Although the former ABC-5 and then TV5 was originally owned by Tony Boy Conjuanco from the opening date of 1992 until present, the network went a fairly controversial negotiation with Malaysian-based Media Prima Berhard in 2007 in order to have a full rehabilitation and modernization of their facility following the reformat of their TV station ID and TV show concept. Amidst from the criticisms of GMA Network, local company provider Media Prima Philippines—formally known as MPB Primedia—defended TV5, since only Media Prima Berhard from Malaysia may be responsible to create their own selected regional south-east Asian headquarters like Indonesia and Philippines and negotiate low-rated private-run TV networks.

Top Quality Content Daytime And Primetime Philippine TV Soaps Of 2013

January 6, 2014

Year 2013 was the most challenging year: the time on recent pork barrel scam; the time of tragic marine event such as corral reef collision in Tubataha Reef and collision between cargo ship of Sulpicio Lines and 2GO passenger ship; the time of recent natural calamities such as earthquake in Bohol and strong typhoon in Eastern Visayas; the time of horrifying bus accident along major roads; and the time of victorious world-class Philippine talent such as various international beauty contest and even boxing match. And aside from this, we often experienced to watch the hottest and the most satisfying Philippine TV soaps of 2013 on conventional free-to-air terrestrial analog TV for most middle to lower class households, while an upcoming roll-out of Digital Terrestrial Television (DTTV) using Japanese platform Integrated Services for Digital Broadcasting – Terrestrial (ISDB-T) was not present until 2015.

But before we wrap up the recent 2013 event and welcoming the year 2014, here are the recent highlights of competing Philippine TV soaps of 2013:

  • The hit daytime family drama Be Careful With My Heart continues to soar top-notch formula of gigling love scenes such as junior-senior (JS) prom night, intentional good kissing couple, marriage engagement, and even grand wedding day. The controversial guy-to-gay relationship primetime drama My Husband’s Lover had often applaused by many lesbian-gays-bisexual-transgender (LGBT) communities and even some loyal GMA-7 TV viewers around Metro Manila and even key major provincial cities, regarding about the sensitive issue of same sex couple in reality as well as the legality of same sex marriage in some key rich countries, in spite of strong scrutiny of many conservative family Christian Catholics in the Philippines that often opposed such explicit practice.
  • The creation of critically acclaimed and highly praised hit teen-romance drama Got To Believe—the title inspired from the lyrics of classic love slow pop song performed by Canadian singer David Pomeranz—has changed the landscape of entertaining many young audiences about the sensitive issue of teen couple in reality that must be controlled by parental consent. The Daniel Padilla-Kathryn Bernardo tandem TV tandem of the show was much better than the original movie version of Claudine Barreto and the late Rico Yan. GMA-7 had often tried to detrone the said TV show of ABS-CBN side in terms of viewership as it introduced the shows such as Prinsesa ng Buhay Ko and Kahit Nasaan Ka Man for most loyal teen to young-adult GMA-7 TV viewers, but although they got a few highly ranked TV household share the quality of the two aforementioned TV shows were not enough. The “Kath-Niel” fans camp, on one hand, had often criticized Prinsesa ng Buhay Ko as an imitation of Got To Believe.
  • GMA-7 had often promised to their loyal TV viewers being requested to the network to produce their own TV soaps claiming to succeed Ina Kapatid Anak on ABS-CBN. It introduced Mundo Mo’y Akin relatively based on the past televised Carlo J. Caparas comic creation Bakekang, but although the show got good high TV household share in Metro Manila and nearby suburbs while waiting to watch the airing of My Husband’s Lover most Philippine entertainment critics often slapped the show as low quality on every content of the story and acting stint.
  • The world of fantasy TV soaps have had gradually progressing in terms of good story. On ABS-CBN side it introduced Juan de la Cruz showing the story of young heroic swordsman against vampire wolves. TV5 introduced Kidlat as a heroic lightning man and Cassandra Warrior Angel as a heroine angel. GMA-7, the only network behind successful mainstream fantasy soap Mulawin in mid-decade 2000s, introduced horror drama Ang Aso Ni San Roque, epic action fantasy drama Indio, mystic-action romance drama Genesis, and Mulawin-based fantasy drama Adarna, but the four mentioned TV shows got only low TV household share even though the network gradually increased TV household share on drama shows such as Mundo Mo’y Akin and My Husband’s Lover.
  • While the show With A Smile failed to detrone Be Careful With My Heart on daytime morning block, GMA-7 continues a strong offensive move against current ABS-CBN afternoon drama block to maintain its daytime afternoon dominance on the majority of only tens of thousands of TV households and even thousands of out-of-home (OOH) free-to-air analog TV units in Metro Manila and its nearby provinces. Among the afternoon drama shows with gradual quality were Mga Basang Sisiw, Maghihintay Pa Rin, Unforgettable, Pyra, and Bukod Kang Pinagpala. Before the hit horror-fantasy comics creation TV show Galema on ABS-CBN was introduced, GMA-7 introduced Kakambal Ni Eliana; both of these were about a person with a snake creature. And aside from Be Careful With My Heart and Got To Believe as a highest grade quality drama programming, GMA-7 runs up with a applausible mature-audience-only drama program Magkano Ang Pag-Ibig?.
  • ABS-CBN took their own pressure to re-adjust their strategy to produce an instant formula of high quality daytime afternoon soaps to give delight of their loyal ABS-CBN TV viewers in spite of low TV household survey in daytime during the absence of controversial variety-game TV show host Wille Revillame in 2010. Among the shows were children musical drama May Isang Pangarap, hit primetime horror-fantasy Juan de la Cruz prequel series My Little Juan, and action drama Dugong Buhay.
  • ABS-CBN TV drama shows such as revival classic TV show Annaliza and Huwag Ka Lang Mawawala, although they got a gradual high quality story and acting stint with some episodes committed an SPG logo advisory from MTRCB due to the depicting scenes of a form of violence, got only low TV household share in Metro Manila and nearby suburbs due to a majority of TV households and OOH watching GMA-7 shows such as Binoy Henyo, Prinsesa ng Buhay Ko, and My Husband’s Lover.
  • TV5 often took an “experiment” to produce their own TV soap a bit gradual quality content with a gradual formula in spite of low TV household survey due to a majority of two major giant local TV networks such as ABS-CBN and GMA-7. Among the feature TV5 soap of 2013 were Misibis Bay, Undercover, and Madam Chairman.
  • GMA-7 introduced a back-to-back revival of past TV soaps in the 90s based on the creation of GMA-7 classic TV drama scriptwriter RJ Nueva. On primetime block it was Annakarerina competing with Juan de la Cruz on the same time slot, and on daytime block it was Villa Quintana.
  • There were a typical fantasy TV soaps of GMA-7 about a mysterious abandoned old house surrounding a secret zone to enter a mystic fairy land. The title of the TV show was entitled Home Sweet Home. In the end, bad luck for the show as it was committed a low quality storytelling. Oh well, ABS-CBN has momentarily substitute such aforementioned junky show and introduced an even better concept: a typical light family sitcom entitled Home Sweetie Home to be aired every Sunday night starting first week of January 2014.
  • As game show segment Pinoy Henyo on Eat Bulaga became a hit, there were a typical family drama that often use and substitute a title called Binoy Henyo, a story about a little boy having an intellectual mind. Sometimes the show may be either a typical mini daily children sitcom or rather a simple fantasy melodrama. However, the show had no serious impact of the content of the story and acting stint to the audience. Not until the ABS-CBN side introduced Honesto relatively based on a fairytale story of Pinocchio.

If you want to know what feature Philippine TV soaps of 2013 got a highest grade of quality content standing on the top rank and what worst feature Philippine TV soaps of 2013 got a lowest grade of quality content, click here in PDF format.

Top 20 Year-End Countdown Of Feature Songs Of 2013 On Mega Manila FM Radio Airwaves

January 2, 2014

So what are the main criteria to qualify the feature songs of 2013 being aired on various FM radio stations in Metro or Mega Manila Philippines to reach the top rank standings?

  • Number of successive airplay or play count of feature brand new songs everyday per year at all FM radio stations, whether variety or pop music broadcast format.
  • Number of successive requests of feature brand new songs from the listener by phone call, SMS, Facebook, or Twitter to various FM radio stations.
  • Overall impact of majority of number of listeners being heard of popular feature brand new songs on FM radio.

So here are the shortlist of top feature songs of 2013 based on number of requests and successive play count on various FM radio stations in Metro or Mega Manila:

20. Gimmie Gimmie Gimmie — Beenie Man
19. Girl On Fire — Alicia Keys
18. Diamonds — Rhianna
17. When I Was Your Man — Bruno Mars
16. Sa Isang Sulyap Mo — 143 (with a version of Bryan Termulo)
15. Help Me Get Over You — Jonalyn Viray (from My Husband’s Lover OST)
14. Sana’y Magbalik — Jovit Baldivino
13. Ikot-Ikot — Sarah Geronimo
12. Segundo — Yael Yuzon
11. Dati — Sam Conception featuring Tippy Dos Santos and Quest
10. Lord Patawad — Basilyo
9. Bumalik Ka Na Sa Akin — Silent Sanctuary
8. Chinito — Yeng Constantino
7. Treasure — Bruno Mars
6. Wrecking Ball — Myley Cyrus
5. Just Give Me Your Reason — Pink featuring Nate Ruess
4. Roar — Katy Perry
3. Sirena — Gloc 9 featuring Ebe Dancel
2. Buko — Jireh Lim
1. Gentleman — PSY

Runner Up (not included on Top 20 list):  Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke; various Julie Ann San Jose singles such as I’ll Be There, Bakit Ngayon, and For Everything on some variety FM radio stations such as Barangay LS and Energy FM (due to a shorter play count on regular airing in spite of numerous request); various songs exclusively aired on DWRR-FM “MOR” such as Oha! (Kaya Mo Ba ‘To) by Enrique Gil; Nasa Iyo Na Ang Lahat by Daniel Padilla (due to a shorter play count on regular airing in spite of numerous request); various foreign pop songs featured only on pop music FM radio stations.

Sources: My own partial fabricated results closely based on recent results of various FM radio program specials from Energy FM, Pinas FM, Monster Radio RX, RT FM, Magic FM, Home Radio, and DWRR FM. FM Radio stations such as Big Radio, Win Radio, Love Radio, YES FM, iFM, Barangay LS, and Star FM may not have FM radio program specials of year-end countdown.

What Target Audience Would Gain On Various Philippine Movies Of 39th Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) 2013 Entries?

December 18, 2013

Whether or not most Filipino citizens would support various 39th Metro Manila Film Festival 2013 Philippine movie entries in order to gain a target gross income of about Php 800 million to be used for a relief effort of Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) at about 10% share (or estimately Php 80 million), here are the list of target Filipino audiences of various movie titles of the said festival, a possible number of movie theaters per feature movie titles per establishment, and a projected rankings in terms of gross earnings:

Identity of Target Audience For Feature Movie Title

  • For the fans of Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla of hit teen romance primetime drama Got To Believe, ABS-CBN Star Cinema together with Regal Films introduces Pagpag: Siyam Na Buhay.
  • For the fans of loyal televiewers of longest-running noontime show Eat Bulaga, M-Zet Films, an entertainment production company behind Enteng Kabisote (a set-back of hit fantasy sitcom TV series Okey Ka, Fairy Ko) film franchise partially owned by Vic Sotto, My Little Bossing starring Ryzza Mae Dizon and James “Bimby” Yap-Aquino.
  • For several TV viewers of ABS-CBN watching a hit TV talk sitcom Gandang Gabi Vice hosted by Vice Ganda who also appeared on daytime interactive talent show Showtime, Girl Boy Bakla Tomboy produced by ABS-CBN Star Cinema and Viva Films.
  • For most adult male folks who wanted to watch Pinoy action movies even though they (and even many rich-class Filipino citizens who only support Hollywood movies) may not welcome to support Pinoy Movie junkies (including a possible top-grossing MMFF 2013 movie entries as shown above earlier), Boy Golden (starring ER Ejercito) and 10,000 Hours (starring Robin Padilla), both produced by Viva Films.
  • For a fellow Visayan (and even other Filipino folks around the Philippines) Catholic followers in the Philippines, Pedro Calungsod: Batang Martir starring Rocco Nacino.
  • For some ABS-CBN, GMA-7, or TV5 TV viewers that often support stage-comedian veteran actress Eugene Domingo, Kimmy Dora: The Prequel of Kiyeme.
  • For some loyal GMA-7 TV viewers, young or old, Kaleidoscope World starring Yassi Pressman and Sef Cadayona produced by iACT Productions and MEDIAKOM and released thru GMA Films.

Number of Movie Theaters Per Title And Movie Rankings

  • About two or three movie theater rooms per establishment, such as major malls or any form of amusement centers, would be possibly assigned among the “big three” movie titles because of strong charismatic popularity to the audience, namely My Little Bossing, Pagpag: Siyam na Buhay, and Girl Boy Bakla Tomboy.
  • Only one movie theater rooms per establishment would be assigned on the remaining five feature movie title entries under the “big three”, namely Boy Golden, 10,000 Hours, Pedro Calungsod: Batang Martir, Kimmy Dora: The Prequel of Kiyeme, and Kaleidoscope World.
  • Of the eight qualified feature movie title entries, a possible projected standing in terms of movie grossing according to my own prediction would be My Little Bossing at first rank, Pagpag: Siyam na Buhay and Girl Boy Bakla Tomboy at a wrestling second to third rank, and the rest would be fourth to eighth rank.

Oh, by the way, the suggested movie ticket price of various commercial Philippine movie theaters (if and only if about more than 100 to 200 available legitimate movie theaters) would be about projectedly Php 150.00 to Php 190.00 per audience fitted for most average to lower-income families. Even though all feature movie titles are already produced in full 16:9 widescreen compatible to 720p, 1080p, 4K, or 8K digital video format on future digital TV broadcast, some feature Philippine movies offer Dolby Digital audio track, some conventional (voice-dubbed) analog mono audio track.

Twitter Hashtag Trending of ABS-CBN vs GMA-7 TV Shows An Alternative of TV Survey in the Philippines?

November 29, 2013
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A graphical re-enactment of Twitter hashtag Philippine trend table, showing that Twitter users who were loyal ABS-CBN and GMA-7 TV viewers create various form of hashtags containing the title of their favorite TV show to post on Twitter message.

If you are a Twitter user living in the Philippines, and once you open Twitter web graphic interface, by surprise or shock you often saw numerous Twitter messages being loyal and supporter of various competing ABS-CBN and GMA-7 TV shows: some appraised, some distracted. The secret? There was a system as part of a major feature of Twitter: to show which “tagged title messages” become the greatest and the lowest. A recent development was about the “greatest and lowest tagged Philippine TV show title Twitter post messages”, reflecting a possible fact about the most popular and most watched Philippine TV shows in reality.

Benefits And Use of Twitter Hashtags

Even though if you use your registered Twitter account and ever refuse to contact and send your short message to another Twitter account via “@Twitterusernameaccount” with a maximum of 140 characters, you might post your short statement with the inclusion of hashtag—in which its purpose is to serve as an instant reference of an important name of event or identity that can be easily search by using a Twitter seach text box on its web interface—by typing a number sign (#) sign followed by a title such as:

  • #nameofevent
  • #nameofperson
  • #nameofplace
  • #nameofmotiveortime
  • #titleofpresentation

There are a variation of hashtag titles being posted on Twitter at present that can be found on the left portion of its web graphical interface. You can note the respective highest to lowest hashtag Twitter post in particular order from first to tenth row, known as trending. When you left-click the hashtag title, you can see that various Twitter messages citing their full praises or distraction in a particular event have include a hashtag.

The Case of Twitter Hashtags of Various Philippine TV Shows

GMA-7 Chairman and CEO Atty. Felipe Gozon, in the recent 2012 Philippine Ad Congress with the theme “Change The Game”, was open to fully aware the use of social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter as an alternative tool to monitor the respective number of “likes” and particular top trend hashtag as an actual TV audience count from a loyal GMA-7 TV viewers who were often wise to support various GMA-7 TV shows to watch over conventional CRT analog TV sets from middle-to-lower-class households in the Philippines. ABS-CBN and TV5 were also open to use both Facebook and Twitter aside from their current official website of TV network whose purpose is to post only their latest development of TV show projects, news events, and event caravan; same with the current activity of GMA-7 official website.

Currently, various Philippine TV audience camps of the supporter of ABS-CBN and GMA-7 that often use Twitter have had found many ways to post various forms of Twitter hashtags over Twitter post that reflect the support of competing various TV artists and TV shows in reality. Of course, such activity may often regarded as a “blockbuster popularity level” in terms of TV viewership. The format of posting hashtags based on recent Twitter post under “Philippine trends” category list were as follows:

  • #titleofTVshowepisodeorevent
  • #nameofartistorcasttandem
  • #nameofindividualartist

If you wanted to see a variety of hashtag titles being Twitter posted in the Philippines, simply click “Change” over Twitter hashtag trend table while in “Worldwide Trends” or “US Trends” default and click “Philippines” in order to shift to “Philippine Trends” category. Some hashtag titles under “Philippine Trends” category may have a separate “name of TV shows”, “name of personalities”, and “name of motive or event”.

Featured TV Shows Posted on Trending Twitter Hashtags (2012 to 2013)

ABS-CBN (with lots of trending hashtag): Be Careful With My Heart, Got To Believe, Juan de la Cruz, Showtime, ASAP, The X Factor Philppines, Pilipinas Got Talent, The Voice Philippines

GMA-7 (may or may not have trending hastag): My Husband’s Lover, Protegé Artista, Sunday All Stars

Others: Eat Bulaga* Super Sireyna 2013 Finals (*Note: The TV show is only a blocktimer to GMA-7.)

Visit Google search website and type a search keyword syntaxtitle of TV show Twitter trending topic hashtag” to show the recent image grab taken from Twitpic, Facebook, or various blog page.

Attractive To Media Advertisers?

The criticisms of various media advertising practitioners thought that the trending Twitter hashtags of various ABS-CBN and GMA-7 TV shows do not replace the current operation of competing TV survey agencies such as AGB Nielsen and Kantar TNS, and do not guarantee that the commercial-run TV networks would carry more commission financial gains from the sponsors of various TV ads the growing number of TV households or audience would able to buy feature product items. Another concern—thru the supervision of various entertainment news press being accredited by Philippine Movie Press Club (PMPC)—is that the advertisers not only monitor the quality and moral values of various TV shows being controlled by Kapisanan ng mga Broadkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) and Movie And Television Review And Classification Board (MTRCB) but also an actual transparency of TV audience count on every [current roll-out of free-to-air analog] TV unit in homes and out-of-home (OOH).

So, shall we trust the claimed result of Twitter hashtag trend of competing ABS-CBN and GMA-7 TV shows at present? Whether it is a positive or negative effect in terms of fair competition, and even without using Twitter, what was most important to the Philippine TV audience is to become meticulous on every content of TV shows.

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Mobile Videostreaming On A Second Generation ABS-CBN Mobile SIM 2013

November 24, 2013
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A second generation ABS-CBN mobile SIM package, released November 18, 2013, not only affordable GSM-based calls, SMS, and mobile Internet but also mobile video streaming via IWanTV. The first generation ABS-CBN SIM, being collaborated by Globe Telecom, was introduced in mid-decade 2000s.

When multimedia messaging service (MMS) was adopted in the Philippines in mid-decade 2000s following a roll-out of 3rd generation GSM-based unit with full graphical color, still image capture, video streaming, and mobile Internet streaming capability, TV networks ABS-CBN and GMA-7 went a joint venture with either Smart or Globe to introduce an experimental roll-out of first generation mobile video streaming of ABS-CBN and GMA-7 TV shows with limited quality using an older H.261 video codec with a resolution of 128 x 96 pixels, a frame rate of 12 fps, and a bit rate of 28 kbps. The service was short-lived and discontinued, as most Pinoy Netizens would opt an alternative video streaming service to watch an uploaded videos of either ABS-CBN or GMA-7 TV shows such as YouTube on broadband Internet., on one hand, introduced an online premium monthly subscription video streaming service in 2003. Various ABS-CBN TV shows being recorded from local TV broadcast feed use Windows Media Video 9 video codec and encoded with digital rights management (DRM) that can be played on Windows Media Player 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12 only by online payment basis to the Internet users. Firstly was ABS-CBN Now!, then TFC Now! by late mid-decade 2000s, and finally the service was seperated between local video streaming service (exclusively for Sky Broadband and Bayan DSL subscribers) in 2012 and international video streaming service in 2012. Both IWanTV and use DRM-encoded H.264 video codec under Adobe Flash graphics web interface.

Back in mid-decade 2000s (about 2004, 2005, or 2006, I don’t know the exact year it was released) ABS-CBN went a joint venture with Globe Telecom to create a first generation ABS-CBN mobile prepaid SIM, dubbed “Kapamilya” SIM addressing a further affordable GSM-based mobile call and short messaging service (SMS) service rates, but that offer was discontinued due to lower number of subscriptions and because of full majority of competing popular mobile network services. In the second quarter of 2013 ABS-CBN and Globe Telecom collaborate together again a second time to create a second generation ABS-CBN mobile prepaid SIM, not only on affordable GSM mobile call, unlimited SMS, and 4G mobile Internet streaming access but also a mobile video streaming. Yes, that move would attract for most loyal ABS-CBN TV viewers that often miss to watch their favorite TV shows without sacrificing to reach through their traditional TV sets—whether (near defunct) CRT or widescreen LCD/LED/Plasma—at home.

The second generation ABS-CBN mobile prepaid SIM was officially released November 18, 2013 two days after a beneficiary concert for Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan in international code name) victims that hit in Eastern Visayas region, following an official TV ad (featuring various ABS-CBN artists) of a new SIM service version exclusively aired on ABS-CBN main local TV channel. Available in the market at selected stalls, it claimed a bonus service fee at about 1-peso GSM call rates for ABS-CBN SIM-to-ABS-CBN SIM subscribers.

Smartphone And Tablet PC Unit And Mobile Broadband Internet Requirements

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A second generation ABS-CBN mobile SIM is comparable to Globe Tatoo mobile Internet Stick SIM.

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In order to access mobile video streaming aside from call, SMS, and Internet browsing, ABS-CBN SIM requires Apple iPhone/iPad, Android OS capable smartphone or tablet PC, Windows Phone OS smartphone, and many other smartphone or tablet PC unit with different OS.

As current fixed broadband Internet such as PLDT myDSL requires desktop PC and even current mobile broadband Internet stick such as Globe, Smart, and Sun require laptop PC, so as second generation ABS-CBN Mobile SIM requires the following list of smartphone and tablet PC units available in the market today:

  • Apple iPhone (4, 4S, 5, 5C, 5S or higher version)
  • Apple iPad (3, 4 or higher version)
  • Android OS capable mobile smartphone or tablet PC with latest mobile dual-core or quad-core CPU (MyPhone, Cherry, Torque, Coby, Polaroid, O Plus, StarMobile, Skyworth, etc.)
  • Windows Phone (7 or higher) capable mobile phone (such as Nokia)
  • Other leading consumer electronics brand of mobile smartphone and tablet PC with other OS system (Sony Xperia, Samsung Galaxy, LG, Acer, etc.)

The above mentioned smartphone and tablet PC units must have a built-in HSPDA (3 Mbps or 7.5 Mbps) internal mobile broadband Intenet 4G network modem as well as Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n (100 Mbps or higher) capable to receive mobile video and Internet streaming. However, use of older version of Apple iPhone or iPad or older Android OS capable or other OS smartphone or tablet PC unit without 4G network—even conventional GSM-based mobile phone unit of the past—was not accessible.

Promo Access Mobile Video And Broadband Internet Streaming

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Want to enjoy promo rates on mobile video streaming and Internet surfing, as shown on poster on some stalls that avail ABS-CBN Mobile SIM? LEFT CLICK THE SCREEN TO ENLARGE FOR DETAILS. (From left of the poster: characters from daytime family drama “Be Careful With My Heart”, used with permission of ABS-CBN.)

Just as most present mobile phone networks in the Philippines such as Smart, Talk n Text, Globe, Touch Mobile, and Sun that offer SMS registration-based promo call, SMS, and mobile Internet services at affordable service fee, various smartphone or tablet PC users that use 2nd generation ABS-CBN mobile SIM may key in the following SMS syntax with respective feature promo Internet and video streaming access service fee and send to 2135:

  • For 15 pesos loaded prepaid fee subscription, KOL15 (30 MB iWanTV mobile video streaming and mobile Internet streaming, 1-day validity, unlimited iWanTV mobile video streaming via Wi-Fi)
  • For 20 pesos loaded prepaid fee subscription, KOL20 (45 MB iWanTV mobile video streaming and mobile Internet streaming, 1-day validity, unlimited iWanTV mobile video streaming via Wi-Fi)
  • For 50 pesos loaded prepaid fee subscription, KOL50 (120 MB iWanTV mobile video streaming and mobile Internet streaming, 5-day validity, unlimited iWanTV mobile video streaming via Wi-Fi)

If they did not use promo access system by SMS registration, then they would opt 1 peso per 1 MB mobile video or Internet streaming service fee, free from 800 MB Internet streaming promo service limit that would disable Internet access for 1 day mainly because it was Globe-powered service just like Globe Tatoo mobile Internet promo rates.

Mobile Video Streaming Specifications

The official website of second generation ABS-CBN Mobile SIM access did not mention an actual specifications of mobile video streaming to play various ABS-CBN TV shows currently in standard definition (SD) format 480i at default, but because of 1 peso per 1 MB and basic promo service charge access giving basic digital video quality content here is my own predicted specification:

  • Video codec: H.264
  • Video resolution: 320 x 240 pixels
  • Video aspect ratio: 4:3
  • Video frame rate: 12 fps
  • Video bit rate: 140 to 180 kbps
  • Audio codec: AAC
  • Audio frequency range: up to 14,000 Hz
  • Audio track: Mono
  • Audio bit rate: 10 to 15 kbps

If ABS-CBN would switch from SD to high definition (HD) format 720p or 1080i once the roll-out of ISDB-T DTTV transmission will fully commercialize, then the mobile video streaming content would possibly change from 4:3 aspect ratio to 16:9 aspect ratio depending on reconfiguring a given resolution and frame rates and even service fee rates.

Other Mobile Videostreaming Service?

The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) had been approved to roll-out the second generation ABS-CBN mobile SIM, mainly because its system was stable during test run of mobile video streaming and Internet access except for roaming. No related issue of possible radio interference among other mobile broadband Internet service as well as GSM calls and SMS/MMS.

As of this writing, there were no available, possible speculation via reliable sources that TV networks TV5 and GMA-7 would imitate the concept from ABS-CBN mobile service currently negotiating with Globe Telecom that operates nationwide 4G network service. If ever, for example, both of the two aforementioned TV networks would do this in reality, then they would run on Smart or Sun 4G network, with the same service rate as that of ABS-CBN mobile but with different SIM configuration and different SMS registration on promo mobile Internet and videostreaming.

There seems to be a form of “duopoly” for negotiating between a TV network and a leading mobile network in the Philippines, depending on a possible impact to offer for many people who have had on their side of favorite local TV channel in the Philippines. The Kapisanan ng mga Broadkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) will keep monitoring the behavior of competing local TV channels together with their own mobile videostreaming service aside from conventional analog TV broadcast, in spite of deferment of KBP-member by GMA-7.

Mobile Analog TV And ISDB-T One-Seg DTV Stream Service

And if ever the roll-out of second generation ABS-CBN mobile SIM and even possible speculation of future roll-out of a SIM made by GMA-7 and TV5 offering mobile videostreaming would not be successful, there were an alternative to watch various local TV channels such as the use of built-in analog TV tuner on most Philippine-made dual-SIM mobile phone models such as MyPhone, Cherry Mobile, Torque, Star Mobile, etc. Secondly, various local TV networks would expect an upcoming roll-out of combined full-segment and one-segment ISDB-T transmission compatible for built-in ISDB-T tuner on most portable digital devices such as smartphones, tablet PC, and portable gaming consoles, to be launched by 2014 or 2015 before the switch-over from analog TV broadcast to DTV service on December 31, 2015.

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Sarah Geronimo On Background Music Of “Ikot-Ikot”: A Rip-Off? (Follow Up)

October 30, 2013

For the past few months I posted and investigate about the latest hit single Ikot-Ikot from the latest studio album Expressions performed by Filipina singer-actress Sarah Geronimo of Viva Entertainment being aired on radio and TV, here I’ll share a comparison between the two song pieces on the following two music video from, one from Superhuman performed by Chris Brown featuring Keri Hilson, and second just as I mentioned above earlier. The question of whether the music pieces would be likely the same or different (that is, the originality of the content) will be answer by playing these and hear these in order to judge yourself.

Here are my observation:

  • The opening intro and even outro background music between Superhuman and Ikot-Ikot may have a similar melodic tunes by playing a piano but have a different style of composition.
  • The following first and second stanza of Ikot-Ikot starts from low-key mode to an even regulated, powerful mid-range key mode singing skills (a powerful high-key mode on the end portion of second stanza), while the first and second stanza of Superhuman may consist of a powerful mid-to-pre-high-key mode singing skills. Therefore they were slightly the same or different.
  • A chorus lyrics piece portion of Ikot-Ikot is similar to a starting portion of chorus lyrics of Superhuman. Reaching to the near end of chorus lyrics portion between the two songs were quite similar but different in timing of syllable singing style.
  • The bridge lyrics between the two were different: on Superhuman having only low-key mode singing a line of “Look, it’s a bird” — “No, it’s a plane” style; on Ikot-Ikot having a powerful high-key mode singing a line of “I’d been convinced”.

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Sarah Geronimo On Background Music Of “Ikot-Ikot”: A Rip-Off?