Friday, February 28, 2020

Meddlesome Actors

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Although the production team would acknowledge that the flow of a series on TV comes from the collective brains of the writing pool and director, few would acknowledge that other parties can influence the outcome. To earn income, networks must have a strong programming lineup that would ensure viewership, and when viewership is high, advertisers scramble to place their ads. Thus, the program should attract viewers and a strategy is to place popular personalities in the cast.

Nonetheless, while the production team strives to entertain the viewers, several factors can affect their work. Even if the writers have a concrete and solid plan on how the story will flow, a suggestion or a request from someone can require revisions. Take the case of two popular celebrities in a network.

Male Personality (MP) has spent many years building his career and reputation. His work hours are impressive and MP took advantage of the break he was given to improve his craft. MP thus endeared himself to the production team and the network as well. During an early significant project, MP flexed his muscles when he felt uncomfortable with Fellow Lead (FL). Equally talented and appealing, FL can match or even surpass the acting of MP. One day, the production team got word of a request from MP. He wanted the scenes of FL to be reduced. Apparently, MP did not want to be overshadowed by FL. MP got his request and the writers went back to the drawing board.

Similarly, Female Celebrity (FC), who projects a goody-two-shoes image, might not be as innocent. In a project, FC shared top billing with Pretty Actress (PA). PA can act well regardless of the role. Even if she has a cameo, she will still give it her all. Meanwhile, FC is as reliable in the acting department, but in terms of fanbase, her network is wider than that of PA. That fact did not matter, as FC suggested certain revisions be done in their project. When PA read the last parts of her scenes in the project with FC, she could only wonder why her character was not included until the very end despite being a major player.

‘The secret of my influence has always been that it remained secret.’ ― Salvador Dali

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It seems there’s been a lot going on this past week. I thought what I called my birthday week would be somewhat uneventful, with just the usual filming of “The Voice Teens” battle round rehearsals and mentoring, plus personal celebrations before and after. Nope, that was definitely not the case.

When I showed up to start my workday on Friday, the building was in its usual state of hum and hubbub, except that every employee was dressed in white with ribbons on their chests in the colors of the ABS-CBN logo.

A solidarity rally was scheduled for that evening and everyone was unified with the dress code for the day. My filming day would end around the time the rally was to begin.

However, quiet would not be the word of the day. Not at all.

The day before, Thursday, there was already buzz that one of our beloved coaches Sarah Geronimo was getting married on this day in a secret ceremony somewhere in the metropolis.

I got an e-mail from my boss here at the Inquirer asking if there was any truth to it, and I answered with a, “Huh? She’s filming today!” I was in another part of the city getting ready for an event.

A lot of the staff at “The Voice” didn’t actually think it was true, because she was present and working without any sign of stress or rushing. A bunch of us were on Facebook jokingly discussing it, not thinking for even a minute that this whole wedding thing was anything but a sham.

Then, on Friday, as I was walking from my dressing room to the studio, the news that ended up reverberating throughout the city… and eventually the country… met us head-on: SHE GOT MARRIED! SHE ACTUALLY GOT MARRIED!

So many questions started firing from and in all directions: Where did it happen? What time did it happen? Who knew about it? How on earth did they keep it a secret?

But here’s the most important question for any of us to ask: Is she happy?

I would like to believe the answer to that question is yes.

Later that evening, as I was having supper with a bunch of friends close to home, a video call from her husband came in. I got to see her face, completely scrubbed of make-up, flashing a brand-new piece of hardware on her finger, with him flashing his own. And she looks happy. They both do. Truly, peacefully, undoubtedly happy.

To the new Mr. and Mrs. Guidicelli, my most heartfelt congratulations and best wishes!

Ohhhhhhh, this full week of taping is going to be so much fuuuuuuuun!

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Thursday, February 27, 2020

Sanity Over Cash

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After much thought and consideration, Practical Actor (PA) decided to stop pursuing a long-awaited project with Another Actress (AA). Over the years, PA and AA have proven that with good material and promotions, their partnership can bring in impressive box-office results. Thus, any producer would surely be happy to grant their demands for a project to push through.

On the one hand, money would be good, which means PA and AA won’t have to worry over finances even during retirement. On the other hand, PA is worried over the stress working with AA might bring. Their fans would love to seem them together again, but PA and AA have remained deaf over requests of their followers.

Many factors have led to creating a wedge between PA and AA and the project. However, financing is not a problem, as many have indicated interest in investing. As for the material, PA and AA would ensure that they would have the best available story. Besides, top production people would be willing to direct PA and AA.

Despite all the plus points, PA has dropped out of negotiations. Having had previous encounters with AA, PA chose not to live through those moments again, which he seems to be confident on happening when they start to work together. Accordingly, he does not want to be used and their private lives exploited. Even if he loses potential income, PA would rather not touch a project with AA with a ten-foot pole. Thus, for now, fans who dream of seeing PA and AA together onscreen will need to learn to accept that such partnership might be hard to achieve in this lifetime.

‘There is no such thing as a stress-free life. No evidence has ever been presented which suggests that a stress-free life can ever be achieved. Stress can be managed, relieved and lessened, but never eliminated.’ ― Gudjon Bergmann

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President Rodrigo Duterte has accepted the apology of broadcast giant ABS-CBN for airing a smear ad against him by opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV.

“Nandiyan na eh (It’s already there.) I accept the apology, of course,” Duterte told reporters Wednesday at Malacañang.

But Duterte said ABS-CBN should just donate the remaining ₱2.6-million the network owes him for its failure to air his political advertisements during the 2016 election.

Despite accepting the apology, Duterte was noncommittal on the renewal of the TV network’s fate, refusing to say whether he will approve or reject a bill passed by Congress granting ABS-CBN a fresh 25-year franchise.

He said he may consult the media whether or not to approve the bill on ABS-CBN’s franchise.

ABS-CBN President and CEO Carlo Katigbak publicly apologized to Duterte during the first congressional hearing on their franchise at the Senate, over the airing of the advertisement which questioned if a tough-talking, cursing politician would be a good fit for president.

"We are sorry if we offended the President. That was not the intention of the network. We felt that we were just abiding by regulations that surround the airing of political ads,” Katigbak said Monday.

‘Critical move’ with House
Duterte is also keeping a hands-off approach to Solicitor General Jose Calida’s bid to void ABS-CBN’s franchise through a quo warranto petition before the Supreme Court.

“Ang problema nitong sa [The problem here with the] SolGen, once he makes an official statement that there is violation of law then I cannot just tell him to stop,” he said.

He said the fate of ABS-CBN’s franchise lies with Congress, adding that the “critical move” is with the House of Representatives which is yet to hold a single hearing on bill seeking a new franchise.

Duterte said he has never and will not interfere in congressional deliberations on the issue.

House Committee on Legislative Franchises vice chair Rep. Tonypet Albano said Duterte's acceptance of ABS-CBN's apology paves the way for a better timing for the House to take up the TV network's franchise and for them to have a "good hearing."

"In the coming days, weeks, and months, we expect to tackle this franchise bill and show the world that we as legislators in the House are fair, honest, and hard working to promulgate a justifiable and amicable decision for ABS-CBN and its employees," Albano said.

It is still not clear when the House will finally schedule ABS-CBN's franchise for hearing. Congress only has six session days to tacke the TV network's franchise before it goes on a break from March 14 to May 3.

ABS-CBN's existing franchise expires May 4 — the same day Congress returns from a seven-week break..

ABS-CBN’s proposed franchise has yet to move in the House of Representatives, with the legislative franchises committee just beginning to receive comments about it, while the Supreme Court has deferred discussions on Calida’s quo warranto petition to March 10.

The House formally asked Wednesday the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) to give ABS-CBN a provisional permit so it can continue operating pending the renewal of its franchise.

It also requested the same for ABS-CBN's subsidiaries and affiliates, including ABS-CBN Convergence, Sky Cable Corporation, and Amcara Broadcasting Network, Inc.

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said this would be enough to make sure the network continues operating even beyond the expiry of franchise, but added that a similar move from the Senate would provide a “tougher armor” for the NTC in the event of a legal challenge.

Resolutions have been filed in both houses of Congress seeking to extend ABS-CBN’s franchise pending its renewal, but some Congress leaders said this is not needed as the NTC has granted provisional permits in the past even without the legislature’s action.

A 1994 agreement between the House, the NTC and the media group Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas provides a mechanism for media entities with expiring Congressional franchises.

The memorandum of understanding states that the NTC "shall continue to issue and grant permits or authorizations to operate" for radio and TV stations for a two-year period as long as there is a pending bill seeking to renew its franchise.

However, former Chief Justice Reynato Puno said this could no longer be done, since a 2003 Supreme Court decision, which he himself penned, had ruled that there is a need for an existing license before a corporation can operate.


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