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    Deal or No Deal P2M Win: Coincidence or Conspiracy?

    A Year of Rants: Local TV stuff

    I give GMA7 credit for being on top of the charts for having more, albeit slightly, creativity over their pierce rival ABS-CBN beacuse, admittedly, both these network's creative people should be given fresher ideas rather than the old amnesia, ampon, kawawa characters and plots of their soaps.

    aptain Barbell's story is a clone of Smallville- no doubt about it.

    The upcoming Asian Treasures easily recognized as Indiana Jones and Lara Croft copy-cats in costumes.

    ABS-CBN's been importing much stuff that's why I recommend re-training their creative people for running out of creative juices where they usually rely on imports, rehashed storylines and kilig factor. How I also hate seeing lip-synching actresses on tv who can't really carry tunes and yet people are asking for more.

    I happen to catch a glimpse of the final of Pinoy Dream Academy and again I was dismayed at what I saw. Those old school people behind the franchise wanted to mold Yeng, the ultimate winner, into a performer to fit into their formula fit for geriatrics. Imagine a talented singer/songwriter with highly obvious rock/alternative inclinations, made to sing pop songs dressed in formal gown. The scholars were made to sing like they're using a videoke machine as in plakado, kuhang-kuha ang original mentality-- call them the "de kahon" talents.

    Soon, the new batch of singers will eventually replace the old winners of singing tilts since no fresh talents are discovered and no composer came up with new songs; most of them will come up with albums filled with hit songs of long ago. (remember Nina's remake of Julia Fordham original done as if she sang from a Magic Sing)

    Try to tune in to MYX and count the number of recycled songs erroneously labeled as OPM. How can those songs be called OPM when they're not even original? Even the rendition is just a copy of the first one without even thinking of a new arrangement. "Naubusan na ng nota" if not for the dumb Boom Tarat-tarat song fit for kids yet sang in endless loops by adults that's hurting my eardrums ringing with tinnitus. Sorry, but, Lito Camo's songs are for children only, no social relevance and with the monotonous beat coming from an electronic keyboard's pre-programmed drumbeat.

    Pinoys, like everyone else, should strive for originality and creativity. Most contests nowadays, churn out passable singers mimicking foreign artists' styles. Take the case of Sarah Geronimo who still couldn't shake off the style of Celine Dion.

    Whenever fresh innovation is noticeable, old school contest judges give a thumbs down like when a fresh rendition of Gary Valenciano's Di Bale Na Lang was performed by Nyco Maca, Vernie Varga, one of the judges with old formulaic mentality, gave a pathetic low score for such a fresh outstanding performance and later giving a flimsy excuse the she though ms Maca didn't personally arrange the number.

    Pinoys, you need to step up, innovate and drop the plakado mentality to really break free from the downward spiral. No point in bragging Freddie Aguilar's Anak made waves because that was ages ago.

    It's not piracy as main culprit of the moribund music and movie industry-- it's the lack of talent of the supposed talents and innovation present in most imports. There are only a handful of good ones produced in a year-- the rest are filled in by mediocre productions and recycled songs unearthed from the dustbins of history.

    and for those producers of singing and talent searches, most contestants can be stars for quite some time using archaic formulas and conformance to present norms and standards; what makes a true star is going beyond the usual to really stand out and outlast the usual "cute" ones who really have no star qualities except a sweet smile.

    Metro Manila Film Festival

    Another year has passed and it's time for me to watch a local movie of two I've been doing for the last five years or so.

    This time is no different from the last ones. The losers were so bitter of not having won the awards and again threatening things like a boycott
    and other stuffs.

    Similar to elections, nobody loses in filmfest awards; there are only winners and the cheated.

    The Visiting Forces Agreement

    This is what happens when you put ignorant people, elected by ignorant voters (i prefer to use this than stupid), who can't pass laws that have no loopholes. There are many lawyers in the senate who ratified the agreement and yet they didn't see (or turned a blind eye) to that glaring hole presently debated regarding the custody issue.

    But if the claim of an anonymous diplomat declaring that the US really wanted the VFA to be vague and not specific, and that Washington insisted on a take it or leave stance, it's simply another case of strong bullying the weak.

    How I wish the Philippines learn a thing or two from Vietnam-- the fastest growing economy in the world--second only to China, who went to war and won against Uncle Sam. Vietnamese are doing it sans the aid of Uncle Sam, doesn't hang on to the coattails of the yankees, and poised to overtake RP in economic standing.

    Filipinos must learn to stand on their own and work hard for true independence.

    Deal or No Deal P2M Jackpot: Coincidence or Conspiracy?

    I only happened to watch four episodes of Deal or No Deal last year but
    to tell you the truth, Three of the four times, the contestant became a millionaire. I don't know about the third one, dec 28 episode, where
    the briefcase chooser won only a measly P67k.

    How's that for my batting average!

    Since I saw the guy wound up winning a cool 2 million pesos but these thoughts keep on bugging me, the paranoid tutubi that I am:

    Terry Lim Cua, a Chinese, naturally chose the number 8 briefcase. Note Kris Aquino can also be seen with a photo of that briefcase. (My favorite number is also 8 with my own reason). The number 8 is regarded to be a lucky number by the Chinese. That number 8 briefcase turned out later to contain the P2M jackpot prize.

    It's the last day of the year for DOND to make a blast of an episode so they better make it a big one.

    Though it's possible, it's highly improbable to avoid the last briefcase containing P500k and P1M in the endgame

    Upon learning of getting the P2M grand prize, there was no extreme excitement nor flabbergastedness seen on Mr Cua usual of persons winning such a prize.

    Did the stars really align themselves that fateful night for such an impeccable endgame?

    Was the P2M jackpot just a hype to prop up their ratings pinned under mighty Captain Barbell's weight?

    For ABS-CBN bigwigs, letting someone win the prize is a surefire way to win the ratings game even for just a day and end the year
    on a high note.

    Was it lucky coincidence or a conspiracy?

    Your guess is as good as mine!


    (btw, I don't proofread my posts so it's full of errors aside from being incoherent and lacking in unity for I type in front of the computer and publish without even editing. The grammar police are busy so spare me. This post also made me sound like my friend, the prolific blogger/writer R.O. of ExpectoRANTS! :)

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    posted by backpacking philippines @ 9:22 PM,

    7 Comments:

    At Jan 9, 2007, 8:54:00 AM, Anonymous Toe said...

    Great post! Well said and I agree with a lot of what you said... like Yeng's dress and the total lack of creativity of ABS-CBN (can't be too sure of GMA since we don't have GMA in Cambodia though I know you're right with Captain Barbel). And I absolutely can't stand boomtarattarat... it's demeaning... and yes, if I hear it, it does leave a tinnitus in my ear.

     
    At Jan 9, 2007, 3:59:00 PM, Blogger Senor Enrique said...

    I, too, agree with what you said about the lack of originality in our local evening TV lineup. The same with music -- they all tend to sound alike.

    Oh well ...

     
    At Jan 11, 2007, 10:20:00 AM, Blogger R. O. said...

    Haha, starring role pa ko sa post na 'to. If you're looking for originality, listen to the millions of bands today. Renaissance, if you ask me.

     
    At Jan 11, 2007, 10:45:00 PM, Anonymous Ferdz said...

    Hay naku! Kaya ako mga pirated DVD ng series at downloads n ng ang pinapanood ko. Hahaha!

     
    At Jan 12, 2007, 2:35:00 AM, Anonymous Dylan Gozum said...

    I can sense that you wrote this with a racing mind and a wildly beating heart. So spur of the moment hence the honesty.

     
    At Nov 3, 2008, 7:52:00 PM, Anonymous sam said...

    hmm, i was thinking about "anak" while i was in the bathroom (hehe) and how we're proud of that song and thought that we've been bragging about it for too long. then i read this blog! ^_^

     
    At Nov 3, 2008, 9:13:00 PM, Blogger tutubi said...

    sam, yeah, an old rant post of mine...something i've avoided to to do in this blog for quite some time now. probably do it again in the last week of the year...

    don't get me wrong, anak is a great song, but it has really been years and no other song was able to follow it..."naubusan ng nota" mga pinoy composers...yan tawag ko. look at OPM countdowns, the OPM is a misnomer because most of the songs are NOT Filipino originals :(

     

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