‘Tara Na’ to pilot June 21 over TV5-Cebu

by Maria Eleanor E. Valeros, #CebuBloggingCommunity

CEBU CITY, PHILIPPINES — An events and travel show is set to air every Sunday from 7:30 to 8:30 am over at TV5 Cebu beginning June 21.

In a recent presscon, it was announced that “Tara Na!” is to provide viewers up-to-date info on recent events and travel destinations as well as the many places and happenings to look forward to in the Visayas region.

Tara Na will be hosted by Cordova Vice Mayor Mary Therese “Teche” Sitoy Cho, Gino Galicia, and TV5 Artista Academy graduate Benjoe Leoncio. Artista Academy is a talent search staged by TV5 Manila.

The production crew looks at 13 episodes for the first season. According to director/producer Cris Damo, the filming material is of premium quality already. “Ikapasigarbo gyud ni nato ang quality sa production. Thanks to technology.”

(“We certainly can take pride of this show production-wise”).

When asked if she’s ready on forms of media picking on the show as, sort of, ‘prosthetics’ to several controversies hounding Cordova, Sitoy-Cho said that she is ready for such. “We will not be talking about politics. I won’t be answering issues through this program. But I can’t veer away from negative comments that may arise once the show goes on air.”

“What we hope is that the public may know the real Cordova. We start with Gilutongan, our marine sanctuary. It offers the real story of our people, fishing as livelihood.”

Cordova, in recent years, figured on banner stories in various media platforms because of cybersex. But in another incident, Cordova has been a victim too of environmental crime when oil spill caused by a collision of a passenger ship and a cargo ship devastated significant patches of mangrove forests.

The title of the show, by the way, embraces all Visayans – Warays and Ilonggos. The medium is a variety of English, Taglish (Tagalog-English) and Bisglish (Binisaya-English) to make it all-embracing.###


‘No more heavy drama for TV5’

by Maria Eleanor E. Valeros, #newmedia specialist

CEBU CITY, PHILIPPINES (Jan. 31, 2015) — TV5 executives introduce here today new programs veering away from the usual telenovelas, usually occupying primetime slots.

Following the highly successful and historic “Happy sa 2015: Philippine New Year Countdown” which marked TV5’s impressively festive and spectacular 2015 grand welcome, the Kapatid Network continues its happy streak with 10 new program offerings that start the year with lighter, more pleasing and positively entertaining shows this first quarter.

“Happy Wife Happy Life” with Danica Sotto-Pingris et.al. is among these new programs for Q1. Airing from Monday to Friday, it gives viewers a peek into the perks and challenges of being partners in life of the country’s basketball superstars.

Melvin Sixto C. Nubla, head of network marketing, said that they are veering totally from heavy dramas. “There is drama still but this is already incorporated into our comedy programs like Mac and Chiz (Sunday nights) starring Derek Ramsey, Empoy Marquez, Bianca King, among others. Di naman maiiwasan may drama talaga yan mixed with comedy,” Nubla shares.

He emphasizes that fixing the grid is also to prevent going head on with other networks, as TV5 recognizes that there can be no real number one or number two in this industry, but that there has to be specific audiences to cater to such as the male viewers who have sports on top of their preferred viewing list.

“We are now clear on what to provide, we have acknowledged the demand, and our repositioning is foremost to promote a happy culture among our viewers,” Nubla added.

To learn of this roster of new TV programs, click on tv5.com.ph where Video on Demand (VOD) is available. TV5 mobile app and Sports 5 app featuring free and fresh streaming of PBA games can be downloaded.###