5 Pinoy TV hits with valuable life lessons

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FILE PHOTO: A Filipino couple watch President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on TV inside their tomb turned home at the North Cemetery on July 16, 2005 in Manila, Philippines. (Source: Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)
FILE PHOTO: A Filipino couple watch President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on TV inside their tomb turned home at the North Cemetery on July 16, 2005 in Manila, Philippines. (Source: Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)

As technology advances, so do the media we create and consume. Before the age of streaming and online content, however, TV was our main source of entertainment and information.

These days, Philippine TV is flooded with an avalanche of shows making it difficult for viewers to choose quality programs that would not only pique their interest but engage their minds and impart valuable lessons as well.

Here's a look at some of the best Pinoy TV hits over the years, as well as the lessons they've taught their audience.

Daisy Siete (GMA)

The Sexbomb Girls rose to fame in the early 2000s as they performed for more than a decade in the country’s longest-running noontime show, Eat Bulaga. They quickly became a household name and soon landed starring roles in their own soap opera, Daisy Siete.

Even before the Me Too era, the show pioneeringly tackled a lot of feminist issues that Filipino women from all walks of life could relate to. The story followed young girls on the cusp of womanhood, trying to make their way in this world. The Sex Bomb girls were often portrayed as dainty and meek – providing stark contrast to their personalities as dancers in Eat Bulaga.

Encantadia (GMA)

Apart from offering younger generations a glimpse of the world from Filipino mythology, Encantadia also showed how greed for power can destroy relationships, as depicted in the power struggle between sangre Pirena and the protagonist Amihan. Tackling environmental themes, it also taught its audience about the imminent disaster that could happen if nature loses its balance.

Face-To-Face (TV5)

On this show, which has been dubbed the "Filipino Jerry Springer," counselors with legal, psychological, and spiritual expertise mediated minor conflicts between disputing parties. It aimed to teach viewers how to resolve conflict without resorting to violence.

Mara Clara (ABS-CBN)

The successful Kapamilya hit is a story of forgiveness and friendship. The plot begins with protagonist Mara and her rival Clara being switched at birth.

As soon as they cross paths, Clara makes Mara's life miserable in every way possible. Later on, however, they find out about their real identities. Everything in their life is turned on its head. In the end, the two resolve to put their differences aside, finding it in their hearts to forgive each other. Although they were only in their teens at the time, Mara and Clara showed Filipino viewers that even the fiercest of rivalries could blossom into the strongest of friendships.

May Bukas Pa (ABS-CBN)

The story follows the life of a young orphaned boy named Santino who is adopted by Franciscans. The boy, who is miraculously able to meet Jesus is given the power to heal.

With his newfound power, Santino finds himself in a series of adventures in the fictional town of Bagong Pag-asa as he sets out to do good in the community. It tells the audience that age and, poverty and the lack of a family are not hindrances in helping others.

Ana Catalina Paje is a development journalist passionate about grassroots communication geared towards genuine social change. She also writes about showbiz, lifestyle, and all things Pinoy pride. The views expressed are her own.

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