Top 20 Philippine TV Shows of All time
Walk down memory lane with this list of top Philippine television shows of the last 50 years. Ever since public television debuted in 1953 with Antonio Quirino's Channel 3, the television medium has been an integral part of Philippine culture and society. Here are the top twenty shows in rank order:
4) Balintataw pioneered cultural television with its emphasis on adaptation of literary plays for the medium. Channel 4's claim to fame and directed by Cecile Guidote-Alvarez who founded Philippine Educational Theater Association, Balintataw was a groundbreaking drama anthology that featured TV plays by Bert Florentino and world literary greats such as Anton Chekhov. It pioneered cameos of important movie stars such as Nora Aunor.
5) Tawag ng Tanghalan was an amateur singing contest where offkey contestants were abruptly stopped and summoned off-screen by a loud buzzer. Some of the big names in popular music scene were discoveries of this contest, such as Nora Aunor, Ric Manrique, Diomedes Maturan, Edgar Mortiz, and many more. It was hosted by Lopito and Patsy.
7) Gabi ng Lagim was the first TV horror show.
11) Aawitan Kita is an all-Filipino musical show featuring kundiman and ballads. It debuted post martial law and featured Armida Siguion-Reyna. The show is important especially because of Siguion-Reyna's rediscovery of long lost Tagalog and kundiman songs.
13) Santa Zita and Mary Rose was the first show to dare take on TV programming addressed to household help. Santa Zita was the patron saint of domestics and Mary Rose was none other than Mary Rose Jacinto, its patron. The show was produced by lovable Jesuit Father James Reuter.
15. Batibot -any Filipino child who grew up in the early 1980s would certainly not forget this children's show that featured such lovable puppets as Pong Pagong and Kiko Matsing, as well as real people like Kuya Bodjie and Ate Sienna. The educational show was patterned after Sesame Street, although in lovely Philippine setting.
16. Eat Bulaga -the definitve noon-time show in philippine television, Eat Bulaga is now on its third decade of bringing fun and entertainment to Filipino viewers. Hosted by Tito, Vic, and Joey, and an array of other hosts and hostesses, Eat Bulaga hits the number 1 ranking among noontime shows.
17. Spin-A-Win -a popular TV game show hosted by the beautiful Jeanne Young.
18. Hiwaga sa Bahay na Bato -the first philippine drama program in television.