Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Sana Ngayong Pasko

I don’t know why the GMA network chose to include the events of Ondoy in their new soap opera’s storyline. I find this action of theirs very insensitive. The new show, titled Sana Ngayong Pasko (lit. Hopefully This Christmas), is the network's Christmas special offering—I doubt the show would bring Christmas joy.  The miniseries seems to be capitalizing on the recent disasters. Are they mocking the victims of Ondoy and Pepeng?

Just recently, many were killed and left homeless by the typhoons Ketsana and Parma. The last count I remembered there were; 648 killed, 85 missing and 7 million people affected.

I shout foul to the depiction of a typhoon and flood in the storyline. I can’t imagine what the writers were thinking when they were writing this story. I can’t imagine the more what the network executives were thinking when they approved this.  

When we write stories or create a show we always think about who will read or watch it—we think of our audience. GMA Network should have been prudent about how the people are to view their new show. People view things differently.  

In Japan, an episode of the Pokémon TV series was not aired for involving an earthquake. The episode, ‘Battle of the Quaking Island! Barboach VS Whiscash!!,’ was originally set to air in Japan on November 4, 2004, but was skipped due to the episode's similarities to the Chūetsu earthquake on October 23, 2004. To think it was a cartoon series. 

The Japanese people didn’t want to subject their audience to further suffering.  When something went bad we try our best to forget about it. And, it is really hard when it keeps playing back in our minds.  How much more when we see it on television?

I just wish GMA would have seen it as I saw it. We will never forget about these disasters—no one will. It will always be remembered, especially by those who are directly affected by the typhoons. These people are trying to rebuild their lives. The GMA network should have been more considerate. 

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