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


GMA 7’s 24 Oras in a Post-Colonial Lens

For a number of years, the Philippines have been colonized by different nations around the world producing a melting pot of cultures, traditions and races. Our identity as Filipinos has been greatly influenced by the Spanish, American, Japanese and even our neighboring countries because of our openness in accepting their cultures. Now in the era of globalization, we are still in the arena wherein our very own culture and tradition is adopted from the more powerful cultures in the world. And media, being a product of this union of cultures, is not spared from its influence. Continue reading GMA 7’s 24 Oras in a Post-Colonial Lens

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