On-the-Job: The object of our obsession

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Saturday, April 26, 2014

THE only getaway when your mom starts ranting about your laziness, the saviour when your aunt separated from her husband, or perhaps the only thing that keeps you going on amid life’s cruelty.

Yes, these are those so-called telenovelas and soap operas. I bet Filipino families’ night would be incomplete without these drama shows aired every night.

It is but common to us Filipinos being so sweet and melodramatic, always interested in topics on love and the likes. Let a class watch a movie on world history and majority will be bored, others may even fall asleep, but let them watch a movie about love and they will be alive and will even cheer at the end.

You may have noticed but we have a common format in Philippine Television. May it be GMA’s, or ABS-CBN’s or TV5’s, name it, we all have the same structure when we talk about these shows.

Early in the morning? Telenovelas. Noon? A little rest because there’s noontime shows. Afternoon? Telenovelas again for the whole afternoon until 6 or 6:30. Then there’s evening news. But after the news? Telenovelas AGAIN. You seldom see breaking news and when there is, we may even blurt out, “Ka-bitin sad oy!”

I was shocked the moment I opened my facebook account, it was so full of hashtags like #TLW, #TheLegalWifeTurnedtheAngryWife and the likes. And then I realized the posts everywhere is all about a show on Channel 2, The Legal Wife.

It was No. 1 topic in Twitter worldwide and most posts on Facebook.

I have nothing against these mushy TV shows about being in love, finding a prince charming all ready to pick you up from your loneliness, about suffering a heartbreak, crying it all out and punching someone in the face to let the pain go away from consuming you, and of course moving on, standing up and finding another man/woman for you.

Yes, this is all good. This is not surprising anymore, considering the fact that we Filipinos are naturally sweet and lovable. We all want good vibes for the rest of our lives. We even love good news because we are somehow tired hearing the opposite.

But a whole day full of it? I guess that is too much.

Yes, too much. But why do people don’t feel like it’s too much? Why do they or we keep patronizing these kinds of TV format? Why do we love telenovelas too much that even the Philippine TV keeps feeding us these pieces of I-don’t-know-how-you-call-it?

I don’t and can’t really blame the network management for having this kind of format. They feed us this because this is what we lap up. I think the person who should be responsible enough to say to say enough, is the consumer.

Again, I have nothing against teleseryes because I am entertained. But, majority of the people don’t know about Bangsamoro Agreement and thinks this is only for ARMM.

Mothers bluster about how expensive electricity is without even knowing that this is because of watching TV the whole day.

Parents cry about their child being a drug addict without them even knowing that this is because they watch and watch and watch TV forgetting the responsibility of being a parent.

To quote from my favorite blogger and writer, Jayson Benedicto, the formula should be,

“Less Drama. More informative segments. Less Drama. More time for news programs. Less Drama. More Batibot and Sineskwela. Just less. Not none.” (Pamela Jay F. Orias)


On-the-Job are articles written by interns of Sun.Star Davao for this summer. Pamela Joy is a student of the Mindanao State University-Marawi Campus.

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