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GMA Pits Cartoons vs. Sunday Mass on Other Networks

In an unexpected change of schedule, GMA decided to move ‘In Touch with Dr. Charles Stanley’ to an even earlier timeslot, at the wee hours of 4:00 a.m. Then come 6:00 a.m., a mix of cartoons and anime started airing on the network.

What GMA did is disrespectful and insulting to the Christian religion. Sunday is supposed to be a day of relaxation, rest, recreation and recollection, and yet GMA decided to become desperate by airing cartoons at 6:00 a.m. in hopes of drawing more kids who lacked the motivation to go to church. It is a counter-programming strategy that has gone too far, and GMA deserves a lot of flak for it.

Putting cartoons on an early Sunday morning were nothing new to GMA. Older viewers of the network may remember the time when ‘Word of Hope’ and Cathedral of Praise’s ‘Dawn of Revival’ were being aired before the general entertainment programs. That was back when GMA’s logo was a rainbow. But once the network decided to change its logo into a rainbow-colored heart, they decided to drop most of the religious programs by 7:00 a.m. and air animated programs. From then on its religious programming was restricted to the sunrise hours, before relegating them to the wee hours as of today.

GMA should realize that the majority of the Philippine population remains under the Roman Catholic religion. Going to church, if not watch the whole mass on television, is an obligation for every Catholic family. But by counter-programming them with cartoons every Sunday at 6:00 a.m., GMA seems to promote the notion that they are ‘anti-Catholic’, and in doing so, they try to lure away people from the church and back into their homes, which is not a good idea.

In the end, GMA’s decision to counter-program the Sunday Mass with cartoons will backfire on them. Sorry to the loyal Kapuso viewers, but it is a decision that definitely does not sit well within the Catholic majority in the Philippines.

Notes: Family Rosary Crusade resumed its broadcasts on the new ABS-CBN Sports+Action yesterday. It now airs at 5:00 a.m. Also, the Healing Eucharist on ABS-CBN Channel 2 is now simulcast on Sports+Action Channel 23 every Sunday at 6:00 a.m.


24 thoughts on “GMA Pits Cartoons vs. Sunday Mass on Other Networks

  1. James Ty III says:

    Ralph, GMA is airing Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader on Kapuso Movie Festival now vs Vice Ganda’s Petrang Kabayo on ABS.

  2. James Ty III says:

    Ralph, News TV will air an old QTV show Sana’y Muling Makapiling (formerly Reunions) with Jessica Soho starting tonight at 7:15 pm right after Idol sa Kusina. That show will replace Good News with Vicky Morales which moves to Mondays at 8 pm.

    Also, Ground Zero (the Vicky M documentary about a possible super quake) airs at 9 pm tonight and Motorcycle Diaries with Jay Taruc at 10 pm also tonight.

    Another sign of News TV reformatting for the worse.

    • Sana bumalik ang ganitong Sunday Mass sa GMA. Right now ang perception sa GMA ay ‘anti-Catholic’ sila, which is the reason why bumababa yung ratings dahil di nila ‘to tinatarget. On the other hand, ABS-CBN has been earning many viewers because their programming is usually based on Catholics values. And the Philippines is predominantly Catholic, kaya paano magiging competitive ‘tong GMA if they were unable to attract this religious majority?

  3. James Ty III says:

    Ralph, the concert of Martin Nievera and Regine Velasquez will be aired on SNBO next Sunday, Feb. 23, on GMA after Imbestigador. Pls promote it in your blog.

  4. joy alvarez says:

    Its been many weeks now that we have bn trying to locate IN TOUCH every 6am. Our family is watching every sunday.This kind of programming shld be prioritized every sunday.NOW IS THE TIME FOR SALVATION. People need this. Please move it back to the 6am time slot or make it 7:00am so everybody can watch. God bless you.

    • GMA made a bad decision to put cartoons at 6:00 a.m., in hopes of attracting kids who don’t want to go to church. In my opinion, what GMA did disrespected the Catholic Church. Trying to lure away kids from the churches and watch cartoons on TV is not good at all.

      • James Ty III says:

        Not airing religious shows is not just another big problem for GMA. Last Sunday, it aired a John Cena movie dubbed in Tagalog, which the station always does.

        At least, GMA is airing Rachelle Anne Go’s send-off concert this Sunday on SNBO.

  5. KG says:

    In a turnaround of events, Family TV Mass, produced by the SVD-MCFI (FTVM was aired over IBC 13) was aired earlier this morning on GMA.

    That means, opisyal nang bumalik ang pageere ng mga catholic TV mass ng Kapuso Network.

    • James Ty III says:

      At least that’s a good step for GMA. They earlier removed Kap’s Amazing Stories and now, they removed GMA Blockbusters on Sunday nights while also bringing back Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho to the 7:45 pm time slot.

      • That said, GMA should keep this Sunday Mass going, rather than again deviating from the norm. They’ve been non-sectarian for far too long, now some Catholic representation is needed to drive the network back to relevance.

        There was one problem, however: unlike the other Sunday masses on TV that are rated G, this one is PG. It should be G as it applies to all ages.

    • Wag mo problemahin yun. In the past meron ding mga istasyon na umere ng Catholic at hindi Catholic na programa. ABS-CBN Sports+Action, in particular, is airing Family Rosary Crusade (a Catholic program) and Friends Again (Protestant non-sectarian). Kahit nga noong wala pang Net 25, mga Iglesia ni Cristo programs magkahalo sila ng mga Catholic programs in the past.

  6. Jake Jacinto says:

    In the regional level, here in Cebu, CCTN 47 is Cebu’s no. 1 home-grown TV channel, because its programming are mostly targeted on Cebuanos who are Catholics.

      • Jake Jacinto says:

        It contains Catholic religous programming, but at the same time, it also contains dramas, entertainment shows, and news and public affairs shows, and I think most of their talents are Roman Catholic. The owner of CCTN 47, the Limchuas, are Catholics, that’s why they created this channel in Cebu. They also have the CCTN chapel, whose church services are held every Sunday, I think, and also the Oasis of Love, a singing choir composed of Catholic children.

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