OK, ok… before I get started on this article I have to admit something. I might as well get it out in the open, before I make a fool of myself. Normally when I am writing an article for this site (or any of my other sites), I try to choose a topic that I know something about. Either something that I already am familiar with, or something that I can research a bit and gain a little knowledge about before I write my article. A lot of times I write about my opinion of a certain topic. In case you were not aware, I am the world’s leading expert on my own opinion! It’s true!
Today is different, though. I want to admit right up front that I am writing about something that I know absolutely nothing about! I am writing about something that I am generally aware of, but it is something which I simply do not understand. The topic is something that I have, in general terms, observed over a few years and still have pretty much zero understanding of. And, I’m still gonna try to write an article about it! (This will be a first!)
So, here it goes.
Are you Kapuso or Kapamilya?
That’s right, you read it right. Are you Kapuso or Kapamilya? Kapuso, which I believe means “Heart” in Tagalog (I know Puso means heart anyway) is the “slogan” or “motto” of GMA TV Network. Kapamilya, which I am quite sure means “Family” in Tagalog (at least I know that “Pamilya” means family in Bisaya) is the “slogan” or “motto” of ABS-CBN TV Network.
Somehow, people in the Philippines go around identifying themselves as Kapuso or Kapamilya. You can’t be neither, as far as I can tell. You really have to align yourself with one Network or the other! It seems that it would be pretty much “unthinkable” to remain unaligned!
So, which network are you? I will tell you at the end of this article where I stand, OK?
It’s kind of funny, though, because from what I can tell, if you are an actor who appears on GMA, you can’t (or should not) appear on ABS-CBN. If you are an actor who appears on ABS-CBN, you can’t (or should not) appear on any shows on GMA.
It all seems strange to me, because where I come from, in the USA, people in show business go on whatever network will have them, no matter what network their show is on. For example, let’s look at today’s king of action – Kiefer Sutherland, “Jack Bauer” on the ultimate action show, “24.” You know, the “beep, beep, beep” guy? OK, 24 is on Fox TV, I believe. (Yep, I just Googled it, 24 is indeed on Fox). But, do you think that Kiefer goes on The Tonight Show (NBC)? How about on the Late Show with David Letterman (CBS)? You better believe he goes on both of them!
What about viewers? Lots of people watch 24, right? Well, just as many also watch CSI. But, 24 is Fox, and CSI is CBS. How could you possibly watch both? I mean… If you watch CSI, you ARE CBS, right? You mean you switch channels and watch 24 too? Oh my! Is it legal? Well, OK, I am sure it’s legal, but is it moral? Ethical? Well, in the outside world, switching channels is OK! From what I can tell, though, here in the Philippines you must choose – Kapuso or Kapamilya? I’m not entirely certain, but there might even be a law requiring you to choose, and once you choose you cannot legally switch between stations! Again, I am not entirely certain on this either, but I think that remote controls just may be banned too, because you don’t need a remote control when you can’t legally change channels!
See what I mean? It’s all a very confusing mess. It is also making me wonder. If your parents are Kapuso, can you be Kapamilya? Or, would you need to move out of the house and get your own place if you want the opposite network from your parents? I think it might be. Is there a certain age when you must make the required choice? Certainly, a 2 year old would not be expected to “side up,” right?
Well, where do I fall? I promised I would tell you at the end of the article, right? Well, here it is…. I really don’t care one way or the other! (Is that legal?)
Don’t pay much attention to this. As far as I know, there are no laws on this rivalry. This is really just a bit of humor, poking fun at the whole rivalry! Like I said at the get-go, I really don’t know anything about this anyway. If any of you Filipinos reading this article can explain it all to me, I’d be most grateful!