By Michael L. Tan
Look at your home and reflect on how it has changed in its functions. It used to be that the home was mainly a place for the family to eat together and, at the end of the day, sleep in. Some family socialization took place in the home but, before the advent of television, much of social interaction—within the family, with other relatives, friends and neighbors—took place outside. You still see it today even in our cities, where cramped living spaces force families to sit in the street and interact with neighbors.
I agree with Nestor Torre when he wrote about the controversy (and even scandal)-oriented weekly drama show, “Magpakailanman” (“Controversy-oriented TV shows go for the jugular,” Saturday Special, 8/2/14). Its recent episodes dramatized “hot” or “touchy” topics, such as a mother-and-son team of abortionists, a person with both female and male reproductive organs, and two married women-friends who swapped partners. In its eager desire to attract viewers, the TV show could really get a reputation of being exploitative.
We highly commend the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) chair, lawyer Eugenio “Toto” Villareal, for his decisiveness in ensuring quality in TV programs and making them fit for public consumption by taking immediate action on broadcast infractions (“MTRCB requires TV morning show ‘Unang Hirit’ to apologize,” Entertainment, 12/11/13).
Admittedly, Supertyphoon “Yolanda” was the worst, most devastating and deadliest typhoon ever to hit our country.
By Romeo D. Bohol
It’s an object lesson on how to squander political capital: President Aquino preempts prime-time TV programming to defend Budget Secretary Butch Abad’s Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP)—and reaps rebuke.