Walk down memory lane with this list of top Philippine television Youth Oriented shows of the last 30 years. Ever since public television started 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 no particular order:
Ang TV is a youth-oriented variety show in the Philippines. Ang TV was inspired by “Kaluskos Musmos”, (a popular Philippine kiddie gag show in the ’70s and its foreign counterpart “The Mickey Mouse Club”).
Johnny Manahan, a Filipino director, enlisted a group of kids & pre-teens to create the first ever youth-oriented variety show in the Philippines.
Many of the Philippines’ current celebrities are from “Ang TV”. Active Filipino artists from “Ang TV” include Claudine Barretto, Angelu de Leon, Gio Alvarez, Jolina Magdangal, Rica Peralejo, John Prats, Camille Prats, Paolo Contis, Kaye Abad, Angelica Panganiban and Patrick Garcia.
Batibot is a children’s television program from the Philippines, inspired by Sesame Street. Aired in 1984, with the name Sesame!, and eventually renamed Batibot several years after. Batibot in the Philippines means “small, but strong and robust”. As Sesame!, the program used both English and Filipino as the media of communication, but after evolving into Batibot, the show became a completely Filipino language children’s educational show.
It was produced by the Sesame Workshop (Children’s Television Workshop) and Philippine Children’s Television Foundation, Inc. (PCTVF). CTW broke this relationship with PCTVF in 1989.
5 and Up is a tele-magazine television show for preteens, which premiered in the Philippines from May 1992 to July 2002. The Youth Oriented show was produced by Probe Productions, Inc. (PPI) and aired on GMA 7 before it was cancelled in July 2002.
Gimik was a Filipino teen drama series aired and produced by ABS-CBN. The series premiered on June 15, 1996 until the last series on February 13, 1999.
Reruns will air on November 19, 2011 on its International Channel Cinema One Global Saturdays part of its new revamped channel.
Goin’ Bulilit (lit. Goin’ Kids) is a children’s comedy show aired and created by ABS-CBN in the Philippines. It is a gag show featuring cute kids in various comedic situations.
The show aims to provide laughter towards the audience by showcasing gags, sketches, and segments. The cast is composed of child actors, excluding Dagul, who portrays different roles ranging from young to old characters every week to bring entertainment.
Tropang Potchi (lit. Troop of Potchi) is a Philippine TV program created for kids sponsored by Columbia International Food Products which aired on GMA Network. Set in a modern milieu, the program aims to encourage youth to promote traditional Filipino values through comic narrative stories and exciting feature segments.
Reel Love: Tween Hearts is a Filipino youth-oriented series created by Kit Villanueva – Langit, under the direction of Gina Alajar and produced by GMA Network. It boasts the network’s homegrown tween stars headed by Barbie Forteza, Joshua Dionisio, Bea Binene and Jake Vargas. The series premiered September 26, 2010. The show has been extended three times until it has reached fourth season.
The series concluded on June 10, 2012, with 87 episodes all in all. It replaced by Together Forever, another teen drama on its timeslot.
ATBP or Awit, Titik, Bilang na Pambata is a Filipino Youth and Educational show premiered in 1994 and produced by ABS-CBN.
Bayani is a classic children’s series that dramatizes the extraordinary adventures of two ordinary elementary school student, Noli and Aya, into different episodes in the History of the Philippines where they come to meet and learn about the richness of the Philippine’s forefathers and heroes. These are stories that are not only full of lesson about history, but aim to inspire the essential values of patriotism and love for one’s rich and noble heritage as a Filipino.
Hiraya Manawari means “reach your dreams” has elaborated good morals and life’s greatest lessons about love, family, respect, honesty, discipline and other values. The stories of each episode were simple and easy to understand yet made a great impact on its viewers.
TGIS (Thank God It’s Sabado) is a popular Filipino youth oriented show aired on GMA Network from 1995 to 1999. It airs every Saturdays, and produced by GMA Network, and VIVA Television. The series was last aired in 1999, and replaced by Click.
The story begins with the life of 4 close friends, Peachy, Wacks, Kiko and Chris. Wacks and Kiko met Mickey in a basketball game and they became good friends. Peachy met her old childhood friend, JM when she was riding her bicycle. JM suddenly hit Peachy’s bike with his car. Love blossomed between them. But the couple only lasted for a while because JM was still in love his ex-girlfriend, Michelle. So he broke up with Peachy. But then when he was with Michelle, he realized that Peachy is the one he truly loves. Unfortunately, when he went back to Peachy, he saw her lock in an embrace with Joaquin. Since then, JM and Joaquin competed for Peachy’s love and attention while Mickey and Cris started developing their love affair from a joke they actually created. After Rain entered the group, JM finally let go Peachy after realizing that Peachy loves Joaquin more. In the midst of love developing among friends, the bond between them has strengthened.
Tabing Ilog (The Riverside / The Riverbank) is a popular youth-oriented Filipino television drama series which aired on ABS-CBN Channel 2 for more than four years from late 90’s to the early 2000s. It was topbilled by Paula Peralejo, John Lloyd Cruz, Patrick Garcia, Jodi Sta. Maria, Paolo Contis, Desiree del Valle, Baron Geisler and Kaye Abad which the story circulates on their friendship and find their paths in finding new friends.
The premise of the series focuses on the friendship of best friends Anne, Eds, Badong, James, Rovic, Fonzy, Corrine and George.
Wansapanataym (Filipinisation of the English phrase once upon a time) is a Philippine fantasy-drama anthology produced and aired by ABS-CBN. The series aired in 1997 until 2005, then re-aired from 2006 to 2007. On September 11, 2010, the series aired again on ABS-CBN’s weekend primetime block with new episodes, and remakes of past episodes.
Sine’skwela is the first Educational Television show of ABS-CBN. It explains scientific concepts by using situations that are familiar and easy to relate to, in an effort to make the lessons more interesting and comprehensible for children.
Math Tinik attempts to change the common fear of the Math subject by trying to make it appealing to students. Like Sine’skwela, Math Tinik uses likeable characters and familiar scenes as well as objects found in daily life to explain concepts and solve mathematical problems.
I hope you enjoy reminiscing about these favorite classic Youth Oriented TV shows from the past. There were so many good programs I guess in the past two decades. We’ve showcased some of the most popular and ground breaking.
Do you have any personal favorites? Share this if this brings back your childhood memories.