"It really gets my goat when Mike Enriquez in that annoying tone of his would spend a good 2 minutes introducing or making bola about Pia Guanio who would deliver the most inane showbiz bit that would get me screaming "Who the hell cares!" After his intro the camera would shoe this Pia clad in the most style-challenged (am being kind about it pa ha!) outfit. God! I wish she fires (or strangles) her stylist or doesn't she earn enough to get a non-fly-by-night stylist? Last night what really got me again was that Enriquez couldn't even pronounce Iran's Ahmadinejad correctly. He sounded really stupid, and to think he's some bigwig in GMA7's news dept! I said (no, screamed) I am so over local 6;30 news!!! Well anyway, I always tune in at 10pm in Channel 23 with Mari Kaimo."
This comment got me laughing so hard because I have been thinking the same thing. I know "style" and distinctiveness are part and parcel of a broadcaster's bag of tricks, but I still have to meet someone who actually enjoys Mike Enriquez' way of broadcasting. I do not actually get annoyed when I hear Mike Enriquez, but I wouldn't say he would be on my list of newscasters I would like to listen to. I know a lot of people though who likes watching Mike Enriquez because he makes them laugh. A newscaster who makes people laugh? Now I know where Wazzup Wazzup got the inspiration.
And that comment about Pia Guanio's outrageous outfits on 24 Oras hits the nail on the head. There have been many occasions when I wondered the same thing - why is she wearing that...that..contraption on her body? On some days, it does look like someone draped a rag haphazardly on her body and forgot all about it.
I must be getting old because I miss the good old days when the newscast was straightforward and done in a very professional manner by the likes of Tina Monzon Palma, Frankie Evangelista, and Angelo Castro. In those days, the newscasters did not do cartwheels and emotional hara kiri on public television. They sat down, looked straight at the camera, and delivered the news as professionally as they could.
And because classes have not started yet, I have had time to watch the early evening shows on TV. I am not sure it is exactly a blessing. There are times when the whole experience borders on the surreal. Yes, I have watched a few episodes of Pinoy Big Brother Teen Edition.
Forget about the show being a "teleserye ng totoong buhay." Unless we all exist in a parallel universe where Hitler succeeded in propagating a certain standard, there is no way that all normal people could look like those teens. There is nothing in that show that approximates real life; and in this edition, they are not even trying anymore to show some semblance of normal life in the show. It's not just that the kids are all good looking. Everything in the show is so contrived.
Yes, this is an edition that has hormones written all over it in upper case letters. No wonder they have started to make the challenges more physical. They had to! I will not venture to say more and cite examples because I don't want people who have been clueless until now to begin hyperventilating. (In this country, feigned intelligence is truly a dangerous thing. Those who get second hand information react more violently than those who actually have first-hand knowledge of things. Take for example Sec Ermita's pronouncements about The DaVinci Code - he admits he has not read the book, but he has a mouthful to say about it. Sigh).
And since we are talking about local television, I am just wondering if something happened to all other commerical models and endorsers in the last three months because every darn time I switched on the idiot box and an advertisement comes on, it is either Tweety de Leon and her kids, Manny Pacquiao, Kris Aquino and Candy Pangilinan that I see. (All those presumably pretty girls in those shampoo commercials do not count, those ads are all about bionic hairs that have a life of their own).
So I guess it's not just me. I've noticed that most bloggers are taking it slow lately - everytime I go on line, I check out some of my favorite bloggers and most are on a hiatus. Must be the summer heat (which PAG-ASA says is officially over. Really? Promise?) or must be the relative calm in the political environment. My friends in the stockmarket have been all agog in the last few days over the upturn in the market. I hope the run continues; God knows we all deserve a bull run after almost ten years of bottom fishing in the local stockmarket.