Post Colonial Analysis of ABS-CBN’s TV Patrol

TV Patrol is a news program daily aired on ABS-CBN. It is anchored by Ted Failon, Noli De Castro and Korina Sanchez. Applying post-colonial analysis on the text, we can tease out elements that manifest the cultural dimension of colonialism of the Philippines.

First let us see the content of the news. Predominantly they are about crime and poverty. These are the topics that make it on the broadcast. This situation articulates how Third World countries such as the Philippines are viewed not only by other countries but all the more, the Filipino themselves. The text is manifesting that meaning that the Philippines is a poor and unsafe country. The text participates on how Filipinos view themselves and their view on the place where they are living in. I think this further encourages their high regard for other countries and culture, especially the First World countries, particularly those at the West. Filipinos then assume that their country is poor and so much left behind as compared to other nations.

Meanwhile, on particular episodes of the broadcast, there are news feature that highlight the power relations between the Philippines and the US. This is about the landmark case about the death of Jennifer Laude, a Filipina, and the suspect Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton of the United States Marine. The treatment on the news is an attempt to break the notion on the raw view about the US. It is a crime news but makes it more crucial is that the suspect involves a foreigner, particularly an American. Moreover, the whole concept of the Visiting Forces Agreement are being constantly discussed in the recent broadcasts, which I found to be a radical approach on the analysis of the relations of the two countries involved.

Another content of recent episodes is about the upcoming Noche Buena. This highly celebrated tradition, which appears to have been normalized as a Filipino culture, is a product of the colonization of the Spaniards, for this is part of the Roman Catholic ideology. The news feature on the prices of the food products for Noche Buena, articulating the act of consuming during this season, supports the practice of capitalism, a certain ideology that benefits those of the elite, especially those from the outside.

Ted Failon and Noli de Castro are in coat and tie, which I found to be very western. This suggests that meaning that these are the kind of garments that make one look powerful and credible. Looking on the other elements of the text, how the anchors dress up and package themselves also manifest colonial mentality. Ted Failon and Noli de Castro are in coat and tie, which I found to be very western. This suggests that meaning that these are the kind of garments that make one look powerful and credible. Looking back at the history, these are of no origin to the Filipino culture. The primary actors in the broadcast also communicate and articulate that western notion on how people should dress up.

However, I notice the constant use of the setting of a highway when field reporters do their live reports in the text. The usual background shows jeepneys and tricycles that are the dominant modes of transportation of Filipinos. This simple strategy, for me, is an attempt to feature a particular culture of Filipinos.

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