August 04, 2009

Really tasteless, ABS-CBN

(Gabby Lopez, chairman of ABS-CBN Corp. really knows how to thank Tita Cory for returning the network and Meralco to their family. Photo from Top 100 Pinoys.)

FILIPINOS abroad were enraged this afternoon after finding out they had to whip out their credit cards to pay for The Filipino Channel's (TFC) livestreaming of the necrological services for former President Corazon C. Aquino.

So, many of them had to switch to GMA TV's livestreaming instead, that in fairness, was so overwhelmed at some points that many had to constantly refresh their connections. Thankfully, the connection held up and improved later on, w/c was very much appreciated by our kababayan abroad.

Earlier, some people already called our attention to the text game raffle by Umagang Kay Ganda, requiring the audience to give answers based on Tita Cory's wake/funeral arrangements. (Kuya Kim: Sang simbahan dinala ang labi ni Presidente Corazon Aquino?) In exchange, those who get the correct answer will get P300 worth of cellphone load.

In previous days, there were numerous complaints about Wowowee and how it's host has been conducting the show while a live feed of the wake was being shown. Honestly, I've never expected exemplary behavior from someone like Willie Revillame. And frankly, many of us know why Revillame hasn't been kicked out of the network yet, his services to Mr. Gabby Lopez being above and beyond the call of duty.

But turning Tita Cory's wake into a "text game" and making people pay for a live stream of her necro services is truly tasteless, ABS-CBN. This is how the Lopez family thanks Tita Cory and her administration for returning the network and Meralco to their family? Tsk, tsk. Barya-barya lang talaga, Gabby ano?

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PUBLIC ADVISORY (c/o GMA TV News): Updated schedule for Cory Aquino services Mla Cathedral: public viewing resumes 9pm Tues to 4am Wed, closed 4-7am Wed. Funeral Mass: 9am.

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