Saturday, September 17, 2011
Friday, September 9, 2011
John En Marsha (English: John and Marsha) was the longest-running and most watched prime time comedy sitcom in the Philippines during the 1980s that aired on RPN (Solar TV). It starred Dolphy with the late Nida Blanca, Dely Atay-Atayan and Maricel Soriano.
RPN 9 has a special place in Philippine Broadcasting history and that history is shared by RPN9 Newswatch -- which is probably the longest running English Newscast in the Philippines on free-to-air TV.
Newswatch still airs at 5:00 PM everyday on what is now ETC.
Being a sequestered TV station, RPN9 along with IBC13 was confiscated from the Benedictos. During the Arroyo Administration, Solar TV managed to get become part owner of RPN9 through a curious process which somewhat fails to answer a few crucial issues:
-- From whom did Solar buy the shares or equity from?
-- What due diligence was performed to ascertain the right valuation of shares for the station? How was this translated into equity?
Since RPN9 is a sequestered asset, shouldn't it have been bidded out rather than just GIVEN to Solar TV?
Thursday, September 8, 2011
|Aurora Arcade with Mamonluk. (Paulo Alcazaren from Facebook)|
You can see the Mamonluk Restaurant ...years later Hong Ning competed with it for cheap Chinese fare (most famous of which was their Jumbo Pao --- so fresh that when you bit into it ...it would go "Meooow!). My mom bought us school supplies from the famous Vasquez Brothers store somewhere there.
|Rizal Monument with Aluminum Extension Tower. (From Paulo Alcazaren on Facebook)|
Paulo Alcazaren notes:
Fifty years ago, on the eve of Rizals 100th birth anniversary, some people figured that the good doctor's monument needed an update. Juan Nakpil designed a steel and aluminum 'extension' to the original 1913 landmark to give it additional height ...not that Rizal was vertically challenged, but because a brand new theater was supposed to rise behind the monument. The theater was never built and the extension was removed after much public oppobrium. The theater design eventually was resurrected by Nakpil and built in Makati - the much missed Rizal Theate