No wonder we don’t have a TV Guide

For the last few weeks, I’ve been trying to catch the GMA 7 show “Pinoy Abroad.” The problem is finding out what time it’s on. Sounds like an easy enough problem but I’m afraid finding out the timeslot of a show on a local channel these days is anything but easy.

Whenever I see an advert for “Pinoy Abroad” during a commercial break I wait for them to tell me the time it’s on but instead they just say, “Pagkatapos ng ‘Saksi’ (After ‘Saksi’).” Then for a nanosecond you can see the lineup of evening shows. No time, just the name of the shows. So it’s after “Saksi,” and “Saksi” is after “Nuts Entertainment,” and that’s after “Sassy Girl Chun Yang,” which is after “Sugo,” and the list goes on until it hits “Extra Challenge.” Now the question is: what time does “Extra Challenge” start?

This is so frustrating.

I just checked the website and it says “Pinoy Abroad” is on at 11:55. You’d think that by stating that the show is on at 11:55, that GMA keeps to their schedule. But it’s almost 10:20 and “Sassy Girl” has just begun. The website says that “Nuts Entertainment,” the show after “Sassy Girl,” is on at 9:55. Sheesh. No wonder they don’t announce the timeslots on TV. That would be false advertising since none of the shows begin and end the same time every single day.

At this rate, “Pinoy Abroad” will air way past midnight.

8 Comments so far

  1. anna l. (unregistered) on October 5th, 2005 @ 11:41 pm

    my problem exactly! i’ve become addicted to big brother (the shame) and it started on a diff. time everyday. must be glued to the set, like, 20 mins. before so i don’t miss any part of it. -_-;


  2. mela (unregistered) on October 5th, 2005 @ 11:45 pm

    Anna! Big Brother?! 0_o Who would have thought…

    I’m kidding! :P

    Good thing my brother watches Sassy Girl Chun Yang (harhar!) so the TV is tuned to 7 now.


  3. nina (unregistered) on October 6th, 2005 @ 12:51 am

    Ah, I remember the time when our TV only gets channel 7, and I practically memorized their show schedules =_=

    That’s the thing that used to frustrate me.. shows keeps on getting pushed back because of the commercials. Not only that, they even CUT the episodes either to 1) make the show fit the time slot, commercials and all; 2) stretch the series even longer. I don’t know which is worse.

    Full House, the Korean soap, I discovered was only 16 1-hour episodes long. What should have been only an 8-day show became 8-weeks. Even more, I think.


  4. Ramon (unregistered) on October 12th, 2005 @ 1:25 pm

    I think TV stations do this thing so you’ll just stick to their station, watch other shows you dont intend to watch(and their accompanying commercials), and memorize their schedules instead of checking your watch.

    its stupid and annoying for some of us viewers, but i guess it works for them…


  5. Batong Buhay (unregistered) on October 27th, 2005 @ 10:48 am

    Gusto ko lang bigyan ng pansin ang pagpunta ng Team ng Pinoy Abroad dito sa New Zealand lalo na sa Auckland. Napansin ko na ang pakikipanayam nila ay naka-sentro lang sa isang grupo ng Pinoy, ang CAPO. I wish to state that not all and I say heaps of Filipinos do not belong to this organisation. Filipinos are scattered around here and CAPO has no monopoly over us. I wish Pinoy Abroad could have done a more extensive research about Filipinos in New Zealand specially Auckland.


  6. mela (unregistered) on October 27th, 2005 @ 7:35 pm

    When I was still working for a newspaper, one thing I learned was that the major TV networks in the country do not research. Maybe the fact that the show has very limited time has something to do with their oversimplification of how things are in New Zealand, but still, I wouldn’t really count on them having researched extensively on their topic.


  7. ciao (unregistered) on December 13th, 2005 @ 10:35 pm

    Hi!!! I feel quite disappointed on how you reacted to Pinoy Abroad’s NZ episodes. To Batong Buhay, it would be highly appreciated if you could watch NZ part 3 on jan 11. To Mela, thanks for the comment… I just feel sad to hear a comment like that… I think things are not oversimplified though time is really a problem but honest to goodness they are doing their best to produce quality stories…

    Anyway, comments are always welcome to pinoy abroad … ;-)Thanks a lot!!!


  8. regine ramos (unregistered) on January 12th, 2006 @ 11:55 am

    hello anyone,

    napanood ko kasi un pinoy abroad interesado ako dun sa website to find work but di ko ma access paano kaya may iba kaya

    thanks,



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