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Aren’t you surprised with the emergence of various televisualities? Are you one of those who binge-watch a whole drama episode in just a day in Netflix or VIU or other streaming sites? When was the last time you watched in the Philippine television?

Finally, what will happen to the Philippine television now that we are open with different televisualities with just a tap or click of our fingertips?

The National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP) Division of Humanities explores the current state of Philippine television, as well as that of Philippine Television Studies. In a historical perspective, it situates Philippine television in what may be called the “post-ABS-CBN shutdown” period, where free TV is reinventing itself after being repressed by the state, and consequently, where emergent televisualities are sprouting in many alternative forms and platforms.

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Streaming sites: Viu and Netflix

The Division members examine the lay of the land as it also reflects on emergent televisualities being sought given the constrictions of the pandemic and the current broadcasting milieu. In this discussion, emergent televisualities broadly refer to: 1) current TV broadcast platforms like digital broad/narrowcasting (YouTube, Vimeo, etc); 2)  paid streaming (Netflix, Viu); 3) social media-casting (events, gaming), among others; 4) new local production practices contending with minimum health protocols; and 5) audience patronage, or new viewing practices (“bingeing”) involving current TV formats (Asianovelas/Koreanovelas, Turkeynovelas, Boys’ Love, web drama, etc).

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The members will share the results of their exploration in the emergent televisualities via a webinar titled, Emergent Televisualities/ Papausbong na mga Telebiswalidad" on July 21, 1PM via Zoom and via NRCP Research Pod Facebook Page (https://m.facebook.com/nrcpresearchpod/).  You can also join via zoom, register at https://bit.ly/NRCPTelevisualtiesDiscussion-Register.

Some of the key questions to be pursued are the following: What makes Philippine Television Studies a relevant project in this tumultuous moment of history? What directions should the field take? How can it empower both audiences and the industry, and make televisual practices, collectively taken, an emancipative undertaking?

The panel is composed of Louie Jon Sánchez (Ateneo de Manila University/University of the Philippines, Diliman), Jane Vinculado (University of the Philippines, Diliman), Mary Jessel Duque (De La Salle University, Manila), and Michelle Camille Correa (Ateneo de Manila University). The discussion will be moderated by Ma. Crisanta Nelmida-Flores (University of the Philippines, Diliman).