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Sixth Incarnation of MTV in the Philippines to Launch Tomorrow

A revival of MTV in the Philippines will be launched tomorrow. (Logo courtesy of Viacom International Media Networks)

A new version of MTV in the Philippines will be seen anew.

On Tuesday, August 1, the sixth incarnation of MTV’s Philippine channel will officially launch in a majority of cable and satellite outlets in the country. This new channel, a collaboration of Viacom and Solar Entertainment, will be known as MTVph.

Viacom International Media Networks vice president and general manager Paras Sharma is excited to revive the MTV brand in the Philippines, saying:

“We are thrilled to work with Solar Entertainment Corporation to not only bring a brand new MTVph into the Philippines, but expand MTV’s reach across platforms. We already have a strong MTV fan base in the country, so this move solidifies our on-going commitment to bolster local programming to cater to the viewing preferences of our Filipino young audience.”

The premiere will coincide with the 36th anniversary of MTV in the United States. Before YouTube became the go-to-source for popular music videos, it was MTV that popularized the vehicle, turning unknown artists into superstars almost overnight with the help of music videos.

However, the history of MTV in the Philippines is anything but memorable. There have been five prior incarnations of MTV in the country, none of which lasted as long as the original.

  • MTV Asia (1992-96) – Aired on Channel 23 licensed by Ermita Electronics Corporation. Viacom and STAR TV joined forces for this venture, until the latter’s decision to launch Channel V eventually led to its demise.
  • MTV Philippines (1996-2000) – Channel 23 was acquired by ABS-CBN and rebranded as Studio 23. MTV continued to air in the channel during the daytime, but its broadcast ended after ABS-CBN launched MYX.
  • MTV Philippines (2001-07) – By far the longest-lasting and most popular incarnation, the original MTV Philippines was aired on Channel 41 24/7 through a partnership with Viacom and the Nation Broadcasting Corporation. The partnership ended once NBC and Viacom parted ways.
  • MTV Philippines (2007-10) – A partnership with Viacom and All Youth Channels, this version of MTV was the first to air exclusively on cable and satellite. However, AYC chairman Francis Lumen ended the partnership in 2010, and for the next four years, the MTV seen in the country was that of MTV Southeast Asia.
  • MTV Pinoy (2014-16) – Viacom and Viva joined forces to launch the more recent localized version of MTV. Unlike previous incarnations, MTV Pinoy aired mostly Filipino-dedicated content. After its dissolution, an MTV Pinoy block aired on MTV Southeast Asia for a few months.

Now that this latest incarnation of MTV in the Philippines will be launched anew, a few questions remain.

  • Will it become relevant in the age of YouTube and other streaming services?
  • Will Solar’s recent poor financial history play a big factor in this venture?
  • Will MTV be able to compete against contemporaries MYX and Channel V?

One can only hope that MTVph will make a lasting impression and not suffer the same fate as its previous incarnations. That said, if Solar can somehow put their finances into order, then MTVph will be in good shape in the years to come.

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Billboard Hot 100: August 5, 2017

Here are the Top 10 songs from the Billboard Hot 100 for the week of August 5, 2017.

1. Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber – Despacito. No. 1 last week.

2. DJ Khaled feat. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – Wild Thoughts. No. 2 last week.

3. Bruno Mars – That’s What I Like. No. 4 last week.

4. DJ Khaled feat. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne – I’m the One. No. 3 last week.

5. French Montana feat. Swae Lee – Unforgettable. No. 9 last week.

6. Ed Sheeran – Shape of You. No. 5 last week.

7. Imagine Dragons – Believer. No. 7 last week.

8. Shawn Mendes – There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back. No. 8 last week.

9. Sam Hunt – Body Like a Back Road. No. 10 last week.

10. Charlie Puth – Attention. No. 13 last week.

All videos of the Top 10 songs can be viewed above. Our thanks to Billboard for this week’s Hot 100 Top 10.

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A Summary of TV5’s New Blocktimer Shows

TV5 is soldiering on with the help of blocktimers.

Over the next two days, three new programs will make their way into TV5’s lineup. They are:

Travel 360

A new travel show to be hosted by Kim Sarreal, Carla de Castro and Bien de la Paz, ‘Travel 360’ will highlight various places of interest while giving prospective travelers tips on how to enjoy one’s vacation to the fullest.

Bloggers TV

Hosted by Adele David, ‘Bloggers TV’ is a lifestyle program that is dedicated to the passion of blogging. It will take a look at the latest events and happenings that every blogger should love.

Both programs will be produced by Style International Company. The up-and-coming group is known for three things: event promotion, marketing and advertising.

Meanwhile, a third program will be a co-production of TV5 and Coca-Cola Philippines. ‘Coke Studio PH’ will feature live performances from some of the country’s up-and-coming and highly recognizable musicians.

Some of the confirmed performers on the show include Reese Lansangan, Jensen and the Flips, BP Valenzuela, Autotelic, Gracenote, Ransom Collective, Franco, Sandwich, Ebe Dancel, Noel Cabangon, Moonstar 88, Abra, Gabby Alipe, Raimund Marasigan, Curtismith and Buddy Zabala. ‘Coke Studio PH’ will also be streamed live on YouTube.

At this point, the short term is becoming apparent when it comes to TV5’s local fare. With the network still reeling from last year’s disaster, the best that they can do at this point is to hook up with blocktimers to produce quality content that should satisfy even the most hardcore of Kapatids.

With that, good luck to the three shows that will air on TV5 this weekend. It may be short and sweet, but the effort should be worth it.

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Billboard Philippines Hot 100: July 24, 2017

Here are the Top 10 songs from the Billboard Philippines Hot 100 for the week of July 24, 2017. The list will also feature the top local performer of the week, highlighting the best performing single from a Filipino artist or band.

1. Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee feat. Justin Bieber – Despacito. No. 1 last week.

2. DJ Khaled feat. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne – I’m the One. No. 2 last week.

3. Ed Sheeran – Shape of You. No. 3 last week.

4. Bruno Mars – That’s What I Like. No. 4 last week.

5. Bruno Mars – Versace on the Floor. No. 5 last week.

6. The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey – Closer. No. 6 last week.

7. The Chainsmokers feat. Coldplay – Something Just Like This. No. 7 last week.

8. Clean Bandit feat. Sean Paul & Anne-Marie – Rockabye. No. 8 last week.

9. Charlie Puth – Attention. No. 9 last week.

10. Jason Derulo feat. Ty Dolla $ign & Nicki Minaj – Swalla. No. 10 last week.

Top Local Performer

14. Iñigo Pascual – Dahil Sa’Yo. No. 18 last week.

All videos of the Top 10 songs can be viewed above. Our thanks to Billboard Philippines for this week’s Hot 100 Top 10.

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Time’s Up: Luchi Cruz-Valdes Must Retire The Mic

No one is as hard-working and determined as Luchi Cruz-Valdes.

The head of News5 is a do-it-all woman. Behind the scenes, she supervises the overall operations of the department, and on-screen, she anchors important programs and newscasts to occasionally critical acclaim.

Unfortunately for LCV, the ongoing situation within News5 is unbearable. Many of the department’s mainstays have departed for either greener pastures or a life of privacy, and the inability to find immediate replacements both within and outside the organization has put tremendous pressure on Luchi herself.

To make matters worse, Luchi was placed in the hot seat herself a number of times. There were rumors that she would step down as the head of News5, and yet these were put to rest.

And coming off recent surgery, Luchi’s on-camera work was significantly reduced of late. For all intents and purposes, she has relinquished her hosting job on ‘Relasyon’ in favor of the former head of Radyo5 Gladys Lana-Lucas, and her appearances on ‘Aksyon Prime’ and ‘ReAksyon’ were increasingly infrequent.

Still, TV5 has trust on Luchi Cruz-Valdes as far as on-screen roles are concerned. Which is why starting this Saturday, they gave the head of News5 a weekly debate series called ‘Manindigan’.

Airing every Saturday at 7:30 p.m., ‘Manindigan’ is an hour-long series that will tackle some of the issues that affect the country today. The series is essentially ‘ReAksyon’ in a forum format.

While ‘Manindigan’ will only be aired for a short period of time, it is clear that the on-air side of Luchi Cruz-Valdes is waning in significance. Last Monday, she anchored TV5’s coverage of the State of the Nation Address, but working the coverage by herself (with a little help from Ed Lingao) is career suicide considering her age and increased pressure of her job.

Perhaps the time has finally come for Luchi to retire the microphone and leave the anchor’s chair altogether. It would be better for her to focus on behind-the-scenes work full-time, something that contemporaries Ging Reyes, Marissa Flores and Armie Jarin-Bennett pride on doing.

No offense, but with News5 in must-improve or else mode, Luchi should focus on being the head of News5 instead of doubling as an on-screen talent at the same time. A commitment to restore News5 to its former glory is a must for her at this point.

Stepping aside may be the hardest thing to do, but for Luchi Cruz-Valdes, the time has finally come. Time to hand the reins over to younger journalists who are willing to gain experience in every way possible.

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Epic Fail: GMA Airs Teleseryes on SONA Day

It was mostly memorable State of the Nation Address for President Rodrigo Duterte.

The speech lasted a better part of two hours, nearly half of which deviated from the original script and contained some profanity. Most major and minor Philippine television and radio networks went all out to deliver the most comprehensive wall-to-wall coverage of the SONA.

Unfortunately, there is one network that failed to take the SONA seriously. Enter GMA Channel 7.

While most networks were busy dealing with Duterte’s State of the Nation Address, GMA simply stood pat and did virtually nothing. From 2:30 to 4:15 p.m., they aired afternoon teleseryes ‘Ika-6 na Utos’, ‘Impostora’ and ‘Haplos’ on the day of the SONA, an uncharacteristic deviation from more recent years.

Consequentially, when the time to air the actual SONA arrived, ‘Haplos’ was cut short 15 minutes in. After that, Pia Arcangel, not Mike Enriquez, Mel Tiangco and Vicky Morales, was at the scene to present a somewhat brief pre-speech and post-speech report of the SONA.

If that is not enough for Felipe Gozon and company, it was sister station GMA News TV that actually picked up the slack. Channel 11’s coverage, which was anchored by Jessica Soho and Arnold Clavio, was a redemption of sorts for the network after their inability to air an extensive coverage of the SONA the past two years.

Overall, GMA’s decision to air teleseryes on SONA day came back to haunt them. The network’s programming organizers underestimated the SONA’s unpredictable nature, as evidenced by the fact that the SONA ended well before 6:30 p.m.

As a result of the SONA’s lengthy duration, Monday’s episode of ‘Haplos’ was left unfinished, and it remains to be seen if GMA will reair that very episode in full later today. Had they become aware of its unpredictability, they could have preempted all of their afternoon teleseryes and devote themselves to the SONA instead of leaving one of them incomplete.

In the end, GMA’s latest gaffe should be a harsh lesson for everyone involved. One can only hope that they will learn from this mistake and do the right thing come the 2018 State of the Nation Address.

Otherwise, expect more of the same jokes from critics and haters alike. That said, good luck GMA in correcting this failure.

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