Not like it used to be.

Hi! I’m Agent P, and I’ve just been addicted to online TV.

Yes, I am slow. :lol:

It started when my local cable provider sucked big time. Coincidentally, Globe offered to upgrade by net connection at home and threw in this lovely contraption called an Android box which allowed my not-too-smart TV to connect to the internet via WiFi and let me install these lovely streaming apps and watch it on the big screen. Since then, I dropped my cable subscription and signed up for everything that’s available in my country: Netflix, iFlix, HOOQ, Fox+, with YouTube and Viki thrown in for good measure. Thanks to these apps, I was able to update myself with the latest on K-entertainment. I haven’t really plunged myself back to the world of K-dramas, though; too much commitment for that. :P But I have been watching a lot of Korean variety shows and music clips, so I’ve been a little bit abreast with the latest trends.

Nowadays, I’ve been literally hooked on HOOQ. True confession: the only reason why I signed up on HOOQ is because they have Alden’s drama series, Victor Magtanggol, on their line-up. :hihihi: However, I discovered that HOOQ has a vast collection of classic Filipino movies and TV shows as well as a good number of indie films. It’s the classic movies that had me deciding to continue my subscription after the free trial period expires. Finally, I can watch those movies any time I want instead of waiting for it to be aired on Cinema One or PBO. I have practically the entire roster of Regal Films movies from the 80’s on my playlist. :hihihi:

Which brings me to this anecdote. (Damn, I sound so random. :grin: Then again randomness has always been my blogging style, so whatever.) One of the first old Pinoy movies which I watched on HOOQ is Ten Little Indians, released in 1982 and starring William Martinez; Herbert Bautista (now Mayor of Quezon City) and his two siblings Hero and Harlene; and the WEA Twins. (How classic is that? :lol: )

I just remembered seeing it at a movie house when I was a little kid and remember crying buckets over it, so I checked it out.

I got the shock of my life.

The movie started out just like a typical Regal movie in the 80’s (although this one was actually released by Good Harvest Films, a subsidiary of Regal). William’s character was a mentally-challenged guy who has fantasies of being a cowboy who hates Indians (as in Native American Indians). At one point, while in his cowboy fantasies, he kidnapped a bunch of children and their teacher, because they wore costumes as the ten little Indians for a school program. That alone is reeking of political incorrectness.

And then it gets uglier.

While in the mountains, cowboy and Indians eventually developed affinity with one another until they chanced upon a group of gangsters. The gangsters beat up the cowboy; raped the teacher in front of the kids (!); verbally abused the female children through sexual innuendos; attempted to rape one of the girls because the gangster wasn’t satisfied with the teacher (!!!!!) (there’s even a cringe-worthy scene where they were asking the girls’ ages and found the 8-year-old ‘too young’ while the 10-year-old ‘pwede na‘ Oh God that was disturbing); shot and killed one of the boys point-blank, in front of the others; and two other boys got killed so that the rest of them can escape.

I was thinking: if this was shown today, it would definitely be slapped with an R-18 rating. That is, assuming it gets shown at all. I’m pretty sure it will generate a lot of disapproving buzz from netizens who always find something to complain about.

And then it hit me: I saw this film when I was a child. At a movie theater. I don’t even remember who I saw it with, but most probably my cousins who were also minors at the time.

I don’t remember finding it offensive at all. Or did I even understand what was going on then?

Times have really changed.

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Speaking of things that have changed…

I saw these from my social media feeds today.

1. Mr Weatherman’s fanmeets now have mandatory group photo ops with the attendees;
2. One Filipina Shinhwa Changjo was recognized by some Shinhwa members at an event in Korea. As in the members know her by face and name;
3. Shin Hye Sung wore a Penshoppe hoodie, given by a Pinoy fan.

I wonder: if I didn’t give up on the Kpop scene, maybe someday I’ll finally get my moment with my Korean idol? In 20 years, maybe? Most of my fellow Clouds got it at the 13-year mark…

This last paragraph is random as hell. :lmao:

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My heart swells with pride.

You know that ecstatic feeling I had when Ricky Martin did that groundbreaking performance of The Cup of Life at the 2000 Grammys and subsequently winning the Best Latin Performance Award on that same night?

Or that burst of happiness when it was announced that Rain was chosen as one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World? Well, the first one, anyway. :grin:

I’m having that very same feeling now.

Congratulations, Team Alaala! This recognition for the masterfully-crafted docu-drama capped with fine performances from its cast is truly well-deserved. :clap:

As for Alden Richards, my heart is bursting with pride at this latest feather on his already colorful cap. But somehow, I knew this would happen. He’s battered and bruised from all the stupid bashing lately – ironically, from within his own fandom… or is it? :rolleyes: :think: – and every time such a thing happens, Alden receives a blessing. The universe just works that way. :smile:

Greater things are coming your way, Alden. I just know it.

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Actually…

Hi, guys. Anyone still here? :smile:

I haven’t been able to blog that much lately. The past few weeks have been difficult for me and my family. Coupled with Hell Season at work, I didn’t have that much time to do anything else. It was culminated with my father’s passing last week.

To cheer me up, my friend brought me to Eat… Bulaga! last Saturday. It was my first time back at the studio after almost a year. A few things have changed since then, some of which I can’t discuss publicly because I’m not yet equipped to deal with butthurt fans at the moment. :shutup: I did have one thing I want to blog about.

Last Saturday, I got to experience being one of the 37 judges for EB’s ACTually game. :thumbup:

We got lucky to be seated at that spot where they place the judges. They counted 37 people and we made the cut. As a judge, we were repeatedly asked to do one important thing: NO BIASES. Even if you’re a fan of Alden and Maine (who are both on Team Yellow), you have to judge the game fairly. I was like, how the heck do I avoid being biased when it comes to Alden?

I found out later on that it was quite easy for me to do so. We’ll get into that.

As part of the judging panel, we were automatically given limited edition Eat… Bulaga! t-shirts. In one size. And it’s MEDIUM. Ahm, how the heck do I fit my XL-self in a medium shirt??? It turned out that I’ve lost so many inches since late last year that my shirt size is now medium. :shock: Not sure if I should be happy about it, though, I mean given the circumstances around why I lost so much weight…

Then, we were given our ‘tickets’, i.e. the boards we needed to cast our votes for either the Blue or Yellow Team.

Cut to the game proper. The Blue Team was composed of Jose Manalo, Wally Bayola, Allan K, Baste, Anjo Yllana and the lone female member Pia Guanio. On the opposite side, Ryzza Mae Dizon, Ryan Agoncillo, Ruby Rodriguez, Luanne Dy, Maine Mendoza and Alden Richards comprised the Yellow Team. If we talk of biases, I should be rooting for Yellow. I mean, most of my favorite Dabarkads are there.

It turned out, I voted for Blue all the way.

Admittedly, Yellow Team was better in Round 1. However, I still voted for Blue. Sorry, but I found it off when they resorted to using ‘kilig’ to get votes. :nono: I know for a fact that it’s for that reason why Yellow won that round. Quite a number of ‘judges’ were squealing in delight when the “engagement ring” came out that they didn’t bother concentrating on what the Blue Team did next. In the next few rounds, it’s like the Yellow Team focused on utilizing the AlDub kilig instead of thinking of more creative ways to use the featured item. I think that’s how the Blue Team beat them. C’mon, Jose Manalo is on the Blue Team. If that guy finds even the smallest hole of opportunity to slay the opponent, he’ll grab it. Their attack on the next few scenes, particularly on the toilet brush as windshield wiper and plastic pitcher as a megaphone was so out of the box – pun intended ;) – even the opposing team was impressed. There was a collective round of applause from even the EB staff and crew after the Blue Team’s megaphone stunt. :clap:

So yeah. Even if I kinda let my biases kick in on the first round because my vote was actually against Yellow’s pakilig stunt and not really in favor of Blue, I believe that overall, I voted based on who I think deserves it more based on the criteria given to us, ie., Acting, Creativity and Teamwork. Sorry, Alden.

Majority of the judges felt the same way. Even if they’re mostly AlDub fans, they still dropped their biases and gave their votes and eventually the win to the Blue Team. :thumbup:

I almost got swayed when Alden sang an Adele song, though. :dream: More of this, please!

For those who missed the episode, here it is. Credits go to Eat… Bulaga‘s official YouTube channel.

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I think it’s safe to say that Boss Madam has officially become Eat… Bulaga‘s flagship segment.


While the rest of us were watching Joke Nos. 1 and 2, the studio was abuzz with preparations for Boss Madam. Ms Jenny was hands-on in prepping Ryzza Mae, Alden and Mama Ten (Boss Madam, Patrick and Kendoll, respectively) for their scene. I guess Boss Madam is the new Kalyeserye?

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Boss Madam.

Backstory:

A few years back, I was a transferee at a new audit team and was super-delighted to know that this new team has a TV set in its field offices. Why? Because, at last, I wouldn’t have to wait for episodes of The Ryzza Mae Show to be uploaded on YouTube so that I can watch it. Yes, I was a staunch follower of Ryzza Mae Dizon ever since she won Little Miss Philippines in 2012 and became known as “Aling Maliit” on Eat… Bulaga!

The thing is, the TV sets were requested by my then-Team Leader because she’s addicted to the rival show (Be Careful With My Heart). But since Be Careful… would usually be aired at around 11:45am, we would catch the first 15 minutes of TRMS before she switches channels (at which, I would later on download the TRMS episode to watch it in full). Eventually, even she got smitten by Ryzza’s charms that Be Careful… was forgotten and the TV channel would stay until Eat… Bulaga!

Forward to the latter part of 2017.

I very rarely tune in to Eat… Bulaga! by that time, particularly during J4A; no need to ask why, I guess? I do remember tuning in one time during lunch at the office and found myself laughing my ass off at Ryzza’s antics as the new Barangay Jokers character, Boss Madam. :lmao:

I’ve known Ryzza to have that innate wit and comedic timing, and this segment is her chance to show to the world once again why she was tagged as the Phenomenal Child Star some five years ago. I mean, she did not have the distinction of being the youngest talk show host for nothing. She still has that charisma, and years of experience working with the country’s top comedians have honed her craft. :thumbup:

Boss Madam is already a hoot, as it is, with Ryzza Mae, Hopia and the TMB boys (Miggy, in particular), but you know, Eat… Bulaga! did not reach 39 years in the business by resting at their laurels. (I mean, they did have some lulls, but they always manage to bounce back.) It’s 2018, so it’s time to introduce new characters to spice things up. Enter Boss Madam’s driver, Patrick, and the new Executive Assistant, Kendall. Characters played, much to everyone’s surprise, by Alden Richards and his PA, Mama Ten. :shock:

Alden playing Patrick without much of a prior clue was already a surprise, but Mama Ten playing the Executive Assistant? To say we were stunned by the appearance of the “28 year-old stunner from Laguna” was an understatement. I can practically hear the collective “HUWAAAAT!!!” from the viewers, even those who are not Alden fans but are familiar with Mama Ten. And she played the role with so much flair. Those of us who are familiar with Alden and Mama Ten’s dynamics in real life are now looking forward to every episode just to see the role reversal, since Kendall is Patrick’s immediate boss in the story. We want to see Mama Ten bully Alden for once. :hihihi: Whoever thought of casting Mama Ten as Kendall is a freakin’ genius. :clap:

So now, I am once again locked down on my seat at the pantry every lunch hour to tune in to Boss Madam. And I’m not the only one.

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Manang and me.

Second blog entry in a row. And there’s a third one coming up. I’m on a writing mood and I’m taking advantage of it. :hihihi:

I’ve just finished watching Dear Uge: Manang and Me featuring Alden Richards, Odette Khan and Lloyd Samartino. This episode basically proves two things: (1) that Alden Richards is quite capable at being effective in comedy, and I’m going to be fair here and say that his being part of Eat… Bulaga! and Kalyeserye played a huge role for that; and (2) Alden Richards has chemistry with EVERYONE he is paired with, and that includes Odette Khan. (And Eugene Domingo, too, even if they only had one short scene together.) I just love seeing him and Ms. Odette together onscreen. I’m not sure if they’re close in real life, but they truly made the relationship between the Brian and Manang characters very believable. That last part where ‘Manang’ made a surprise appearance for ‘Brian’ and they were hugging as if they truly missed each other? That was just lovely. :drool:

I wish for Alden and Ms. Odette to have a another project together, preferably something longer like a movie or drama.

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