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. Continue reading Post Colonial Analysis of ABS-CBN’s TV Patrol

A Postcolonial Analysis of TV Patrol Reports on the Jennifer Laude Case

Gruesome murders of innocent people are heard in the news every now and then. However, only few of these incidents receive as much media coverage as the recent killing of Jennifer Laude. One of the reasonable explanations for the constant reporting on the case is that the media capitalizes on the country’s deep-seated resentment towards their former American oppressors by presenting a clear binary opposition of bida (Jennifer Laude, or Filipinos in general) and kontrabida (prime suspect Joseph Scott Pemberton, or the whole US military present in the country). Continue reading A Postcolonial Analysis of TV Patrol Reports on the Jennifer Laude Case

Imortal Universe: An Analysis on the ABS-CBN’s TV Series Imortal

In a world where supernaturals are believed to exist, two equally powerful races live – the Lobos and the Vampires. They have been in battle with each other since the start of time because of their differences in ideologies and truths. Continue reading Imortal Universe: An Analysis on the ABS-CBN’s TV Series Imortal

“Looking At A Different Lens” A Discourse Analysis on the Korean Drama, City Hunter

Ever since radio and television began broadcasting here in the Philippines, Filipinos have been borrowing shows from foreign countries as part of the programs. Soap operas are one of the pioneering types of programs in Philippine broadcasting and it has been enjoyed by Filipino families all over the country. Personally, I am not a fan of watching soap operas because most of them are full of drama and the plots are mostly full of cliché, but I watch some episodes from time to time because my family always gather in the living room to watch primetime shows in the evening. One of the shows I watch with my family are Koreanovelas. I have observed that those who start watching a particular Korean drama cannot stop (unless they have the complete copy of entire drama) until they finish all the episodes. Continue reading “Looking At A Different Lens” A Discourse Analysis on the Korean Drama, City Hunter

Oh, the Irony: A Deconstruction of ABS-CBN’s Magkaribal

We Filipinos live in a collectivistic culture. Be it a birthday, a work event, or funerals, these interactions always turn into an elaborate social gathering when placed in a Philippine context. Such is our investment in collective assemblies that it is hardly surprising how our media’s focus is almost always on the basest unit of society: the family.

When it comes to Filipino soap operas, it’s no exception. There are your arcs of siblings and/or rivals separated at birth, infidelities and mistresses and children out of wedlock, and the standard unattainable love interests. ABS-CBN’s 2010 suspense drama soap Magkaribal (in English, Rivals) follows the story of two sisters, Anna and Angela (with the pseudonyms Victoria and Gelai, respectively), who are separated as children and later find themselves rivals in the fashion industry without knowledge of their familial connection.

Continue reading Oh, the Irony: A Deconstruction of ABS-CBN’s Magkaribal