Skip to main content


Filipinos felt the massive loss of ABS-CBN’s presence on free TV and radio as the network became a trending topic on Twitter while typhoon Rolly was lashing the country since the network is constantly present when calamities strike.  

Twitter was abuzz on November 1 as netizens expressed that ABS-CBN could have played a major role in disseminating timely updates about the typhoon to Filipinos, especially those living in remote areas that only ABS-CBN Regional could reach. 

Even former Vice President Jejomar Binay chimed in, saying that ABS-CBN has left a great void since it was ordered to cease its broadcast operations, and no network has been able to fill in the shoes of ABS-CBN yet. 

“Sadly the closure of ABS-CBN, including its radio and regional network, has left a noticeable void that has yet to be filled by the other networks,” he said in a statement. 

He also stressed the importance of media during calamities, adding that “in far-flung areas beyond the immediate reach of government, such information from media can spell the difference between life and death.” 

The former VP even explained that the effect of ABS-CBN’s shutdown should serve as a lesson on how decisions made based on politics alone can have a colossal impact on the lives of ordinary Filipinos.  

Binay has been supportive of the network’s franchise renewal. In fact, he even volunteered to become a coordinator in Makati for “Pirma Kapamilya,” a signature campaign that aims to bring back ABS-CBN through a “people’s initiative.” 

Two more prominent personalities voiced out their sentiments on ABS-CBN’s significance during calamities.  

Former COMELEC commissioner Goyo Larrazabal said that many Filipinos are ‘in the dark’ as typhoon Rolly barreled over Luzon because a major news source was shutdown. 

“You know what could have helped disseminate information about the incoming storm and how to get ready for it? @ABSCBNNews. But they were denied a franchise…so now many people are in the dark,” he tweeted. Goyo’s tweet received 6.8K likes and 1.5K retweets. 

Former consultant of the government’s Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for COVID-19, Dr. Tony Leachon, echoed Goyo’s point.  

Tony’s tweet said, “We have a dearth of information coming from main media stations with the absence of a top broadcast station. We are missing the regional situationers of the development of the typhoon, hotlines for donations, and experts’ opinions. Over communication saves lives.”  

Meanwhile, as violent winds and intense rains poured over Luzon, netizens also showered ABS-CBN News with thanks because of its dedication to deliver the latest news about typhoon Rolly even without a franchise through its “Bagyong Rolly Special Coverage” on TeleRadyo, ANC,, and on its social media accounts. Even on Kapamilya Channel, ABS-CBN showed timely advisories about the situation in different parts of the country.  

For Twitter users @itsdaryllsworld and @Rudolphian16, ABS-CBN is truly practicing its slogan, “In The Service of the Filipino.” 

@PLongkiao praised ABS-CBN News for the “good update,” while @yeppudakanie appreciated ABS-CBN News’ initiative to organize a special coverage on typhoon Rolly.  

ABS-CBN News may only have a few resources at this time after its franchise wasn’t renewed, but it has showed us that it has remained undaunted in serving the Filipino even in the midst of a pandemic.   

ABS-CBN News is also Sagip Kapamilya’s main partner in bringing relief to affected Filipinos, that’s why other netizens said they wish ABS-CBN was the network given a franchise.


Popular posts from this blog

KathNiel launches anti-cyberbullying campaign

More than fighting evil vampires at La Luna Sangre as Tristan and Malia, Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla fight cyberbullies in real life. Kicking off their anti-cyberbullying campaign as Cybersmile Ambassadors, KathNiel together with Philippine Red Cross (PRC), the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) and Kathniel’s fan base KDKN Solidarity Community, Inc. along with volunteer-individual and other fan group supporters conducted a simultaneous event dubbed as “Give Blood. Fight Cyberbullying” last Nov. 5 at the PRC Headquarters and across 18 (initially targeted 22) other PRC blood centers nationwide.


Universal Pictures has just revealed the first trailer and poster of the highly anticipated action-thriller “Jason Bourne” marking the return of Matt Damon to his most iconic role.  Paul Greengrass, the director of “The Bourne Supremacy” and “The Bourne Ultimatum,” once again joins Damon for the next chapter of Universal Pictures’ Bourne franchise, which finds the CIA’s most lethal former operative drawn out of the shadows. For “Jason Bourne,” Damon is joined by Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassel and Tommy Lee Jones, while Julia Stiles reprises her role in the series. Frank Marshall again produces alongside Jeffrey Weiner for Captivate Entertainment, and Greengrass, Damon, Gregory Goodman and Ben Smith also produce. Based on characters created by Robert Ludlum, the film is written by Greengrass and Christopher Rouse. Opening across the Philippines on  July 27, 2016 , “Jason Bourne” is distributed by United International Pictures through Columbia Pictures.

Smart assembles top gamers Alodia, Christine, Dexie, and Nix for star-studded GIGA Arena video

Mobile services provider Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) has pulled off an ambitious crossover moment as it brought together top gaming celebrities for a star-studded video for GIGA Arena, the first all-in-one esports platform for Filipino mobile gamers.   The one-minute video features Alodia Gosiengfiao, Dexie Diaz, Christine Samson and Nix Gaming, who are among the most prominent Filipino streamers today.   Alodia rose to international fame for her elaborate cosplays and streaming, and is now the co-founder of Tier One Entertainment, which aims to revolutionize the esports landscape in the country. Like Alodia, Christine Samson is both a cosplayer and streamer, and dabbles into commercial modelling and a TV hosting. On the other hand, both Dexie Diaz and Nix are among the country's top Mobile Legends streamers today with 6.6 million and 4 million Facebook followers, respectively. In the video, these top gamers were transported to the various dimensions of the GIGA Arena and it