Watching television can actually be so addicting. I remember our big AKAI TV that had a door like a cabinet’s. My mom would usually lock the “door” to prevent me from watching TV and make me study. My technique then was to cry until they’d all get irritated by my whimpering and finally, they’d switch on the TV.
I had this habit of dourly reading the newspaper, and this made the people think I’m such a geek. But the truth: I was memorizing the TV guide, which listed all the shows of the five channels from first broadcast till sign off.
There were a couple of programs that I can still vividly recall to this day. I was a fan of channel 9 and 13, where all the great cartoons were shown. I cried each time the Voltes V couldn’t volt in, when Candy-candy couldn’t find her home, and when Aphrodite A of Mazinger-z couldn’t use her high-powered boobs for battle. There was also the all-time favorite Kulit Bulilit, where I auditioned but was advised that I was too young. I followed Flordeluna and fought with my classmates who were pro-Annaliza.
Disney was banking on Mickey Mouse and it sure was a hit. Popeye wanted me to eat vegetables. Sesame Street wanted me to know my neighbors and learn the basics.
I even joined in one of the contests on TV. My yaya brought me to the studio almost everyday, and dressed me up differently for each visit, so the show would let me join the contest. I was always a hit!
There was also Nino Muhlach, whose film reruns on TV never failed to excite me.
TV during my childhood was very simple. But I was not allowed to watch much of it. I couldn’t understand why then.
Now I see Disney, which scares me whenever I see teens hugging each other. I get to watch the channel’s teen shows and see what the kids wear and like, including how they act and react. Yikes! Eeew! Ano na ang nangyari sa TV?
When I see the girls dancing in their bikini outfits, I ask myself, “Is this normal?” When I watch cartoons and the characters that hurt each other, I wonder if that is all right. Aside from the TV airtime, there is also the Internet where people can watch all the shows they missed. How convenient!
Now, I am a believer of giving the kids the inconvenience of watching a show on a limited time because that way, they are being disciplined.
Times have changed. TV watching can no longer be part of one’s “hobbies” in a friends’ slumbook. TV has become dangerous to an extent. Ano na ba ang nangyayari? Where are the shows that molded the mind of the children to become better citizens? Why do most shows feature people who are in dire need and encourage everyone to be a star? I have nothing against it personally. I just wish that my kid can watch more good shows. Why do you think May Bukas Pa was a major hit? It was a major hit because the series gave people hope, highlighted the positive values, and underlined being and doing good. It was a good series.
Television is a powerful medium, which is also a major contributor to nation building. Parang bigla bang bumigat? Kasi totoo, e. TV is free. It’s for everyone. It can either bring hope or change the way viewers see life. It can open the eyes of people and make them see reality or distort truth.
I have to commend the program of Ms. CheChe Lazaro in the episode titled “Dalawang Mukha ng Hustisya.” It was a feature about the controversial Visconde Massacre case. It showed the lives and sentiments of the two parties involved: Mr. Vizconde and the Webbs. To this day, I am still bothered by that episode. It still makes me think, what if Hubert isn’t guilty at all?
It opened my eyes, which got emotionally blinded 15 years ago on how I perceived the case. It struck me how media can make or break a person. Grabe! You should watch that episode. Iba!
I saw The Correspondents episode about Maria Ressa, who shared her story and thanked Ms. CheChe Lazaro, who became her mentor. Kakaiba naman pala itong si CheChe. Hindi mo basta ma-Che!
I was surfing the TV channels when I stumbled upon TV5’s shows. Nakakatuwa din naman yung show na Oplan Zero Tambay, which aims to eradicate the street “tambays” by giving them work. How inspiring! The birth and aggressiveness of TV 5 challenge ABS-CBN and GMA-7 to give the viewers better shows. Wala naman akong sinasabing kailangan, e, ma-nominate ito sa CMMA (Catholic Mass Media Awards) para okay siya. Sana lang, maging more considerate ang lahat sa mga after effects ng ipinalalabas natin sa TV. The complicated plots should be shown at a latter time when kids are already asleep.
In the end, it’s not all about ratings. It’s putting up a good show. Ratings will surely follow. Daling magsalita, di ba. Alam ko naman mahirap gawin. Kapal ko, di ba, bilang alipin din naman ako ng ratingsgiven my line of job. Writing this blog, however, is the least I can do. It all boils down to the parents’ supervision whenever their kids are watching. We also have to practice what we preach. TV or not TV, it’s really a choice. Go!