Category: Television

Inspired with Anna Olson at the Asian Food Channel

Inspired with Anna Olson at the Asian Food Channel

I love watching cooking shows and have always been on the lookout for new ones.  While I’ve been blogging for almost ten years, I’ve never been invited to a launch of a cooking TV series.  That’s why when I got an invite to the launch of Chef Anna Olson’s new show c/o Cignal, AFC and Canadian Beef, I couldn’t contain my excitement! Read More

Proposal Daisakusen: Operation Love

Proposal Daisakusen: Operation Love

I have a friend named JB.  He is very very much in love with his female best friend.  Actually, he was in love with her ever since they started their friendship and he didn’t even realize it.  Spectators/Common friends (including me) all noticed it but he kept denying it saying that he only treated her as a sister.  However, actions speak louder than words and it only showed love, love, love, and only love!

Good thing that finally after x number of years, he realised that he was in love.  The problem was he can’t seem to tell her how he really feels.  He may be scared that he might lose the friendship.  But boy, it’s just too obvious that I felt that the only thing left for him to do is to confess.  Sadly, I feel that he will not confess even after she finds someone else or if she gets married.  I’m afraid that my friend will regret not having the courage to tell her he loves her.

Hallelujah Chance!

You’ll hear the main character of Proposal Daisakusen: Operation Love chant those two words in every single episode.  What does Hallelujah Chance mean?  For Iwasa Ken, those are his magic words and could change his life.

Proposal Daisakusen: Operation Love is a Japanese drama shown last 2007.   Considering I don’t follow Japanese TV series made me wanna thank my friend who convinced me to watch it.  He was really persistent to the point that he was pestering me every single day to push me to spend time watching all eleven episodes plus the special feature film shown after that.

Last holy week, I was able to finally watch the whole story of Proposal Daisakusen: Operation Love!  It was definitely one of the BEST TV series I have seen in my lifetime.  I’m not exaggerating!  If my friend took a lot of time convincing me then I’m going to use this blog entry to convince you to watch it too!  I spent one whole day watching but it was all worth it!  There are just too many lessons to learn, too many things to reflect with and too many scenes that can touch your heart.

Proposal Daisakusen tells the story of five individuals who have strong friendship.  It focuses though on Iwasa Ken who was attending Yoshida Rei’s wedding.  He realises that he is losing Rei forever thus feeling miserable all throughout the wedding.  Luckily, a fairy lives in the church and gave Ken a chance to go back into the past so he can confess to Rei what he feels…

  • Yamashita Tomohisa as Iwase Ken
  • Nagasawa Masami as Yoshida Rei
  • Eikura Nana as Oku Eri
  • Hiraoka Yuta as Enokido Mikio
  • Hamada Gaku as Tsurumi Hisashi
  • Mikami Hiroshi as the Yosei/Fairy

Proposal Daisakusen Correlation Chart

There is one catch though.  The fairy can let Ken go back to the past through the photos shown during the slideshow at the wedding.  Ken will be able to relive that moment where the photo took place.  However, he must return to the present once the photo has been taken.

Ken is not skilled in courting or in facing his romantic feelings thus he couldn’t do anything during his first attempt in time travel.  All he did was change the expression of Rei resulting to her smile in the photo.

But what do we know?  The fairy came back as soon as the second photo on the wedding slideshow showed up.  Apparently, Ken had more chances in professing his love to Rei.  Will he be successful this time?

I won’t expound more because I do not want to give spoilers about Proposal Daisakusen: Operation Love.  You have to watch it to appreciate it.  One thing you must do is to have a roll of tissue beside you while watching so that you can get some when you ended up crying.

I, for one, was crying all throughout.  It was that bad that the next day, my eyes were so swollen, I couldn’t even open my eyes!

The more important thing about the whole experience is there are a lot of lessons to remember by.  Proposal Daisakusen didn’t just talk about love but also friendship.  There were so many words of wisdom.  Even the theme song is sooooo beautiful!

Here are some of the valuable & memorable lines from the TV series:

  • We might quarrel in the future, and there will be a lot of complaints and there will be times of mutual cold war, but still, I hope that you’ll always be by my side.  I will take care of you for life.  Please marry me.
  • There is nothing more pitiful than someone who tries to gain others’ praise by showing off.
  • In the world of architecture, the concept of coincidence is unthinkable.  There would be no result if it’s not built piece by piece. everything is consequential.
  • That’s a lot of hard work.  Even when it’s so hectic right before the wedding.  To girls, their wedding is a once in a life time moment of their life, right?  So there’s no such thing as doing too much.
  • If human strive hard, there are many things that are possible.
  • You’re a flower beyond my reach no matter how I try.  I know this clearly.  So please, because you’re the woman of my dreams, don’t play into his hands so easily.  Don’t get in relationships that will only make you cry.
  • Even though his body is so small, i think he’s the biggest man in the world.
  • The important thing is not lamenting about the past now, but rather to change the present for the future.
  • Ask, and it shall be given.  Seek, and you shall find.  Knock, and it shall be opened to you.
  • Those who say they’ll do it tomorrow are idiots.
  • Men cannot let go of their first love.  Women, on the other hand, cannot let go of their final love.
  • No matter how hard one tries to change the past, one cannot change themselves.  Instead of regretting about the past, what’s most important is to change the present for the future.
  • You should keep looking for the door of miracles. Unless you keep wishing for that, the door of miracles will never open for you.  The key to open the door of miracles exists only in your heart!

Now, why did I mention my friend JB at the start of this article?  Because I wish he will have a fairy like in Proposal Daisakusen when our female friend gets married in the future.  I know it is impossible but I hope one day, JB will finally realise that keeping his feelings to himself will hurt him more.  Maybe he has a chance after all!

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TV5 News Team Launches 360-Degree Multimedia Platforms

I was invited by TV5’s Social Media Head, Carlo Ople, to attend yesterday’s launch of News5’s latest offerings.  We started off at a restaurant wherein we asked 2 top TV5 executives, Ray C. Espinosa (President and CEO) & Roberto V. Barreiro (Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer) about the much-awaited change that will happen with TV5’s news reporting.

TV5 News Presscon

Basically, there are 3 major things that would change the way we see journalism.  TV5 news arm, News5, is really going all out.  Innovating & changing the way they deliver news.  I did ask some questions to both but I’ve gotten to know better at the Launch Party during dinner time.

  • 92.3 NewsFM Radyo Singko

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Wow!  Never could I imagine that a news station will ever come on FM Radio.  News5 is doing just that by pioneering 92.3 NewsFM Radyo Singko.  They are hoping to reach a wider audience by bringing in news reports and talk shows on FM.  Making it more interactive as well by getting inputs from listeners.  Especially the ones who appreciate the change.

taxi drivers as part of 92.3 NewsFM Radyo.jpg

I also like that they enlisted the help of taxi drivers to be part of their team.  Helping provide up-to-date news to us while they’re on the road.  If you see 92.3 NewsFM stickers on the taxi you’re riding on, you’d know they’re part of 92.3 NewsFM Radyo Singko team.

  • Interaksyon Website

Interaksyon website TV5 News

Another addition is an all new website called Interaksyon where we’ll get updated with the latest happening in the country.  Whether we’re in the country or abroad, we can be sure that we get the news and reports that we need.

interactive website TV5 news interaksyon

One important aspect is that Interaksyon has tied up with 2 organizations that would be very essential for us.  Organizations such as MMDA for synchronized traffic updates and Metra for weathercast.  I myself is excited to see the all new Interaksyon.  If delivered as promised, it’ll surely be a part of my everyday life.

  • AksyonTV UHF Channel 41

Aksyon TV Channel 41 TV5

A 1st in the Philippines, finally a 24/7 news and sports channel for FREE!  AksyonTV is News5’s non-stop news and sports channel without the need of a cable subscription.  It can be seen starting February 21, 2011 on Channel 41 (Channel 29 in Davao & Cebu).

AksyonTV basically delivers the latest national & international news continuously.  This also include sports news.  Most of the shows will be in Filipino & Taglish.

Roch with Martin Andanar TV5

Martin Andanar will be the main face for news & sports.  He will be joined by a team of news anchors, reporters & correspondents who has first-hand access to news that will benefit viewers like you and me.  News anchors such as Cheryl Cosim, Paolo Bediones and the Tulfo brothers.  I had the privilege to meet them last night.  I was star-strucked 😛

AksyonTV will also have talk shows.  Guess what?  Popular personalities like Dick Gordon, Carlos Celdran, Dong Puno & Teddyboy Locsin will headline it.  Wow!  I’m especially excited with Gordon’s show called “Duelo”.  I’ll tune in on February 21 for sure.  I’m glad we have more channels now for non-stop news 🙂

Aside from the awesome way News5 presented their innovations & new channels, there was one thing that really stuck in my mind.  (See below video for a glimpse of the launch).

News5 is taking that extra step.  Doing their best to provide more than what is expected of them.  They trained reporters to be able to provide first aid.  See, they are always on the field.  And situation calls for it when help is needed.  News5 team is more than ready to help aside from being able to give us most-updated news 24/7.

first aid TV5 News Team

Truly admirable & exciting.  Something to look forward to, definitely.

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Lost the TV Series

The famous TV series Lost has recently just ended.  It started airing on ABC last September 22, 2004 & ended last May 23, 2010.  I can’t believe that I really watched each & every episode of Lost for 6 long years.  That’s a total of 6 beautiful, exciting seasons.  Since I live in the Philippines, I was only able to watch Lost on my laptop 🙂

Lost’s story evolves around a group of survivors whose plane (Oceanic flight 815) crashed in a mysterious island.  During the course of the season, I was actually a bit lost with the storyline.  Thus, the title “Lost” actually meant me being lost too with what was happening in the TV series.  It also meant the survivors being lost in an island.

When I finished the last episode of Lost, it was then that I was finally no longer lost with the storyline.  I have to admit that I had to seek help to understand the plot better.  I asked a colleague who finished the series, I also searched through the net but it was this video that finally made me understand the story, and the video below is definitely one of the most unique summaries to LOST that I have seen yet.  I hope it also helps those who haven’t seen the show, or still don’t understand the plot.

The series has a large cast but I would say my favorite would always be Sawyer (played by Josh Holloway).  Well, mainly because he is hot, hot & hot!  Any complaints? hehehe!

Here are the main cast:
Lost Cast

  • Jack Shephard (Matthew Fox)
  • Kate Austen (Evangeline Lilly)
  • Hugo “Hurley” Reyes (Jorge Garcia)
  • James “Sawyer” Ford (Josh Holloway)
  • John Locke (Terry O’Quinn)
  • Sayid Jarrah (Naveen Andrews)
  • Jin Soo Kwon (Daniel Dae Kim)
  • Sun Hwa Kwon (Yunjin Kim)
  • Claire Littleton (Emilie de Ravin)
  • Charlie Pace (Dominic Monaghan)
  • Benjamin Linus (Michael Emerson)
  • Juliet Burke (Elizabeth Mitchell)
  • Desmond Hume (Henry Ian Cusick)

I’m just glad that even though Lost was one of the most expensive TV series in history, it was still successful enough to actually complete the story.  I somehow feel bad that a lot of other TV series was just axed because of low viewers turnout.  Really glad Lost was able to retain 11 million viewers till the end.  This was I think the 1st TV series I was able to watch from start to finish.  Here’s a quick summary of each season.

Season Summary
Season 1
20040922 to 20050525
this is where it all began.  Survivors of plane crash lands on a deserted island.
They will need to work with each other to survive.
Season 2
20050921 to 20060524
Conflict between the survivors & “others”-the island’s habitants are seen here.
Hatch is explored & Dharma Initiative is revealed.
Season 3
20061004 to 20070523
We got to know who the others are, why they are in the island & who leads them.
Survivors made contact with the outside world.
Season 4
20080131 to 20080529
The freighter Kahana has arrived to the island, motives to be known.
Six survivors was able to leave the island, they’re called Oceanic Six.
Season 5
20090121 to 20090513
Survivors travel back in time.  More Dharma Initiative dealings.
Have a peek on the history of the island, about Jacob & his enemy.
Season 6
20100202 to 20100523
All the confusions/questions that we had during the 1st five season can be answered.
You’d get to see what happened to the survivors of Oceanic 815.  TV series ends.

Lost was definitely one of the best TV series I have ever watched!  One of my top 10 definitely!   Hope you were able to catch it too. If not, you might want to buy their complete DVD set.  It’s worth it 🙂

My Rating for Lost: 5 out of 5 stars.



The Lopez Group is a conglomerate of businesses open by the Lopez family.  This group includes Benpres Holdings and of course, who can forget ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation & BayanTel telecommunications company, among other businesses.  LopezLink, on the other hand, is the monthly publication of the Lopez Group of Companies.  It talks about the latest from the Lopez’s many businesses.

For example, If you open LopezLink you will see LopezLink 2009 Year End Report.

You will discover that it wasn’t a good year for the Lopez Group but it wasn’t a bad year either.  The past year had business as usual for the Lopez Group.  LopezLink reported a lot of activities but I will share only a few that caught my attention:

  • Kapit Bisig Para as Ilog Pasig was launched by ABS-CBN Foundation managing director Gina Lopez.
  • Benpres last August 2009 bought back US$260M outstanding debt from Avenue Asia Group.
  • ABS-CBN had an exclusive coverage of US Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton’s visit as well as earning P1.79B.
  • Meralco entered into an investment and cooperation agreement with PLDT (march)
  • First Philippine Holdings Corporation becomes, Integrated Management Systems certified.
  • ABS-CBN Foundation Bantay Bata 163 is “most popular corporate social responsibility (CSR)” project
  • Energy Development Corporation, First Philippine Holdings Corporation and ABS-CBN get highest scores in corporate governance.
  • Energy Development Corporation takes over Mindanao 1 and 2 geothermal power plants in North Cotabato.
  • goes online.
  • Sagip Kapamilya lead Lopez Group to mobilize relief and rehabilitation
  • Energy Development Corporation turn overs Palinpinon and Tongonan Power Plants in Visayas to Green Core Geothermal .
  • More than 22,000 participated with A Run for the Pasig River by KBPIP

LopezLink also talked about the Knowledge Channel and the Department of Education renewed basic education tools development partnership.  This was during the recently held Knowledge Channel Stakeholders Awards (KOSA).  What happened was, Knowledge Channel Foundation Inc. and the Department of Education signed a memorandum of agreement that renewed their partnership.  The purpose of this agreement is the continued partnership to develop basic education tools through the Knowledge Channel.

One of the aims of the Knowledge Channel Foundation is to broaden the channel’s reach from the existing 2,000 schools even as it continues its advocacy by keeping up with trends in technology and new ways to advance development of children.

Another interesting development is Knowledge Channel and Citi Philippines’ partnership.  They will be launching a series that will teach simplified economic and financial concepts.  The title of the series will be “Estudyantipid”.  The show how to save money properly.  It aims to teach about basic econ concepts like wants, and needs; wealth; interest and inflation.

Here is the trailer for that show:

Another program the Knowledge Channel is pushing for is the 10 episode, “Mi Isla,” which will be about how to save the environment.  It will focus “Center of the Center” where marine life is very rich.  This area is found in the sea route that is enclosed by Batangas, Marinduque, Mindoro Occidental, Mindoro Oriental and Romblon provinces.  This show was filmed in Verde Island.

LopezLink also have forums if you want to participate.  This is LopezLink Forum & where I last posted on LopezLink.

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