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ABS-CBN’s First in the Philippine Broadcasting History (Part 5)

Posted by rency0722 on February 25, 2010

As we go through the digital age, ABS-CBN will mark again histories in line with their shift to digital television

ABS-CBN in High Definition (Fan-made)

FIRST Broadcasting Network to Enter Digital Television

  • ABS-CBN currently applied for Digital TV service and will utilize Digital Video Broadcasting – Terrestrial (DVB-T), with the joint venture to Europe’s Impeq Technologies to implement digital signals throughout the country. Besides, these digital signals also allow households to watch ABS-CBN, Studio 23, and the company’s 6 other affiliates in High Definition (HD) Format.

Balls HD


  • Balls HD, broadcasting ABS-CBN Sports like UAAP and NCAA in SkyCable HD, is the first channel to simulate broadcasting in High Definition format

UAAP and NCAA in High Definition


  • UAAP Season 73 Men’s Basketball is the first program to be broadcasted in HD locally, with their media partner ABS-CBN Sports. UAAP Season 73 Men’s Basketball is shown on HD on its whole season in Balls HD, SkyCable Channel 166. As of now, ABS-CBN Sports planned to offer NCAA HD, in line with the continuous UAAP in High Definition format.

Tambayan 101.9 HD Radio

FIRST Network-based Radio Station in the country to operate in HIGH DEFINITION RADIO.

  • DWRR 101.9, now reformatted as Tambayan 101.9 San Ka Pa? Has now utilized high definition radio as part of their reinforcement plan on giving their listeners the greatest quality of any radio stations could have. HD Radio offers 5.1 digital surround sound audio quality, as well as greater signal reception.

Sony HDC-1400 Camera

FIRST to acquire HIGH DEFINITION cameras for DTTV shift

  • ABS-CBN, in partnership with Sony, acquired 24 multi-million HDC-1400 Portable Studio cameras in line with the upgrade of their studio facility in the ABS-CBN Headquarters in Quezon City.


FIRST TV Network to operate tapeless productions in Southeast Asia

  • With the use of newly-intergrated Sony XDCAM HD cameras, ABS-CBN once again dethroned any other TV networks in the country to do tapeless productions. Last 2008, ABS-CBN, in partnership with Sony, used Sony Professional Disks instead of tapes in recording TV shows and live streamings.

Inside ABS-CBN's HD OB Van

FIRST to have an HD OB Van

  • In line with the network’s migration to digital television broadcast, ABS-CBN, with Snell Kahuna, purchased SD/HD multiformat switchers for full-HD integrated production. Aside from that, ABS-CBN upgrades their Outside Broadcast (OB) Vans from SD to HD, which became the first in the Philippine History.

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ABS-CBN’s First in the Philippine Broadcasting History (Part 4)

Posted by rency0722 on February 25, 2010

The newest and latest firsts from ABS-CBN

ABS-CBN Interactive

First to introduce Interactive Media Website

  • ABS-CBN Interactive (ABSi) was launched in 1996 to enhance the multimedia’s strength online. ABSi administrates the main website and other services such as KText, and all other ABS-CBN Multiply Sites.

ABS-CBN and Multiply

FIRST Network to license a social networking site online

  • In 2008, ABS-CBN bought license in Multiply from Baton Rouge, Florida, USA to expand its accessibility online. Now, every ABS-CBN program has its Multiply Site, offering streaming and media to be downloaded.

1" Helical Video Tape

FIRST to utilize 1 inch Helical Video tape

  • 1964 was the year ABS-CBN used 1” Helical Video Tape, a first in a TV history.


FIRST to utilize Betacam format

  • Betacam format was the most popular format used worldwide. In 1987, ABS-CBN was the first network to utilize Betacams to record a program.

ABS-CBN Newsroom

FIRST electronic newsroom

  • With the birth of TV Patrol, ABS-CBN was the first network to use electronic newsrooms in broadcasting the lastest news all over the Philippines.

ABS-CBN Licensing Group

FIRST to venture into Licensing and Merchandise

  • ABS-CBN Licensing Group was the first network-based department to produce merchandising items from ABS-CBN programs. It was all started in1996.

Super Inggo at ang Super Tropa

FIRST Filipino-made animation studios

  • ABS-CBN Animations, bringing the first locally-animated TV series Super Inggo at ang Super Tropa, 2009. Led by Guia Jose, a part of the creative team of Hannah-Barbera, an animation studio that made the Jetsons and the Flinstones popular of, ABS-CBN Animations is one of the FIRST in the television industry offering more sophisticated animations locally-produced in the country.

You Change My Life

Owns the HIGHEST Grossing Movie of All-time

  • As of this writing, ABS-CBN Film Productions, also known as Star Cinema, owns the highest grossing Filipino film of all-time, with venture to Viva Films. 2009 film You Change My Life, starring John Lloyd Cruz and Sarah Geronimo, is the sequel to their 2008 movie A Very Special Love, which is also one of the highest-grossing Filipino flick of all-time. Garnering 230.44 million pesos, beating its sister film in terms of the film production outfit, Sukob, which has only 186.41 million pesos in 2006.

Star Cinema logo

Has the HIGHEST-GROSSING Films of all-time

  • Star Cinema owns 8 of the highest-grossing flicks of all-time. List includes Caregiver of Sharon Cuneta (P 147M) at 8th place, One More Chance by Bea Alonzo and John Lloyd Cruz in 2007 (P152.79M) at 7th, Judy Ann Santos’ comeback film in Star Cinema and 2006’s MMFF box-office film  Kasal, Kasali, Kasalo (P162.37M) at 6th, Ai-Ai delas Alas’ first box-office film Ang Tanging Ina in 2003 (P177.82M) at 5th, co-ventured with Viva Films is a 2008 flick A Very Special Love (P179.57M) at 4th, Claudine Barretto and Kris Aquino’s horror movie Sukob (P186.41M) at 3rd, 2008 MMFF’s box office movie of the year, Ang Tanging Ina Nyong Lahat with P197M and 2nd and topmost is another co-ventured film with Viva, John Lloyd Cruz’ and Sarah Geronimo’s You Change My Life with P230.44M on box-office tallies, or over $ 4.7M according to Box Office Mojo.

Sky Cable HD

Owns NUMEROUS Number of Cable TV Channels

  • ABS-CBN has now 15 cable channels including its main station ABS-CBN and UHF Studio 23. These are Cinema One, Myx, Balls, Balls HD, Velvet, Knowledge Channel, Hero TV, Lifestyle Channel, Maxxx, Pinoycentral TV, ANC, Tambayan 101.9 TV, and DZMM Teleradyo 630. Besides, ABS-CBN also offers pay-per-view channels like Pinoy Big Brother and Pinoy Dream Academy 24/7.

ABS-CBN Publishing

Formed the LARGEST magazine distribution network in the country

  • ABS-CBN Publishing covers 200 key cities and municipalities all-over the Philippines.

ABS-CBN Publishing Guam

The FIRST OVERSEAS Filipino Publisher

  • With the help of ABS-CBN’s The Filipino Channel, ABS-CBN Publishing has been recognized as the first Filipino Publisher to have overseas significant sales.

ABS-CBN Tower Reinforcement Project

ABS-CBN will TOP the TALLEST STRUCTURE in the Philippines’ list.

  • ABS-CBN is currently reinforcing their TV Tower in ABS-CBN Broadcasting Complex in Quezon City, providing that the network is getting ready to migrate in digital TV. The TV transmitter, locally and currently situated within a height of 198 meters, will be in a high-rise, succeeding its rival network TV transmitter, GMA Network’s Tower of Power (237 meters), leveling up to almost 250 meters. This will give ABS-CBN much better reception on Mega Manila, and gaining again their reigning ratings for 13 consecutive years.

SNN Hosts

FIRST to bring a showbiz entertainment news program in primetime slot.

  • In 2008, Showbiz News Ngayon, or SNN, is the first entertainment news program in the primetime slot, hosted by the Queen of All Media, Ms. Kris Aquino and King of Talk Shows, Mr. Boy Abunda.

Melason in Love

FIRST Realiserye (Reality-Teleserye)

  • After Pinoy Big Brother Double Up’s success, PBBDU Big Winner Melissa Cantiveros and 3rd Big Placer Jason Francisco has done the first realiserye in the Philippine TV history. With the title Melason In Love, the program aims to show how Melissa and Jason loves each other even outside the real world of the Big Brother House.

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ABS-CBN’s First in the Philippine Broadcasting History (Part 3)

Posted by rency0722 on February 25, 2010

The Part 3 of ABS-CBN’s superlatives

ABS-CBN at night

Reigning the LONGEST in HIGHEST TV Ratings

  • ABS-CBN reigns for 16 years straight in the TV ratings from their comeback in 1986 up to 2003.

ABS-CBN's Mara Clara

Aired the LONGEST Running Primetime Soap Opera

  • “Mara Clara”, starred by the Queen of Philippine Soap Opera Ms. Judy Ann Santos and Gladys Reyes was the longest primetime soap opera in the history of the Philippine television in straight 5 years (from 1992 to 1997)

The Face of 60 Years of Soap Opera

Owns the HIGHEST Rated Soap Opera in the Philippine TV

  • Also by the Philippines’ Soap Opera Queen Judy Ann Santos, “Esperanza” was the highest rated soap opera in the Philippine TV history, garnering 58% in Mega Manila and 63.5% in National Urban TAM ratings (NUTAM).

Game KNB?

Has given the Philippine TV’s HIGHEST Jackpot Cash Prize for a Game Show

  • Game KNB? drawn the highest jackpot prize in the history of Philippine TV with Php 5 Million.

Meteor Garden

Bought the Philippines’ FIRST Top-Rated Asianovela

  • Starring the Taiwan’s No. 1 Boyband, F4, and Barbie Xu, “Meteor Garden” was the Philippines’ first Asianovela to be aired on the country. Like Mexicanovelas, Meteor Garden was also dubbed and garnered the highest rated Asianovela in the Philippine TV history, with 63.8% on the NUTAM.

ABS-CBN's Rosalinda

Philippine TV’s TOP-RATED Mexicanovela

  • Thalia’s “Rosalinda” was the highest rated Mexicanovela in the country with NUTAM ratings of 68.9% on its July 13, 2000 episode.

Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao

Broadcasted the HIGHEST EVER Philippine TV Show and TOP-RATED among Philippine Sports Broadcast.

  • Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao’s match over the defeated Morales of Mexico entitled “Hataw Pacquiao, Laban ng Bayan” was the highest rated Philippine TV show ever in the history of the Philippine TV, with NUTAM ratings of 83.5% in 2006 and also the top-rated Philippine sports broadcast.

ABS-CBN Tower Entrance

Has the HIGHEST Multimedia Conglomerate Asset Base

  • ABS-CBN has an asset base of Php 34 Billion or US 707.09 Million dollars as of March 2009.

ABS-CBN's roster of stars

Has the LARGEST Number of Employees in a Broadcasting Company

  • The Philippines’ Largest Network has a number of employees with 7000+ as of 2008, the largest number of employees employed in a broadcasting company. Prior to this is being the home in some of the most powerful and bankable celebrities in the Philippines, as well as the most powerful executives in the Philippine Media and Entertainment

Pinoy Big Brother Season 1

Home of the Philippines’ FIRST Franchise of an International Reality Show

  • Endemol, a Netherland-Based TV Network, brought the franchise of the first international reality show in the Philippines via ABS-CBN, “Pinoy Big Brother” launched in 2005 where unfamiliar people lived in Big Brother’s House for 100 days without any communication from the outside world.

ABS-CBN's Marina

Philippines’ FIRST Fantaserye (Fantasy Soap Opera)

  • Claudine Barretto starred in the Philippines’ First fantaserye via ABS-CBN last 2004 entitled “Marina”, a story about a mermaid that wishes to have feet.

ABS-CBN's Basta't Kasama Kita

Philippines’ FIRST Action-serye and FIRST Live Ending of a Teleserye

  • Also, ABS-CBN broadcasted the first action-serye in the Philippines in 2004 entitled “Basta’t Kasama Kita” of Judy Ann Santos and Robin Padilla. This action-serye also breaks the ground when it did the first live ending in the country’s TV history.

ABS-CBN's Kampanerang Kuba

FIRST Cinema Remake in a Teleserye

  • ABS-CBN also ground broke the first cinema remake in a teleserye (also known as sineserye) in 2005 when a cinema hit of the present Batangas Governor Vilma Santos-Recto entitled “Kampanerang Kuba” was remade by young actress Anne Curtis with the use of modern and advanced prosthetics.

Maalaala Mo Kaya

LONGEST running drama anthology

  • For over 18 years of being the number one drama anthology, Maalaala Mo Kaya touched every hearts of Fili[ipino people as the longest drama anthology in the history of Philippine TV.

ABS-CBN's Bituin

Philippines’ FIRST Modern Musical Soap Opera

  • ABS-CBN made the first modern musical soap opera, with the one and only Superstar Nora Aunor and Carol Banawa, entitled Bituin.

ABS-CBN's Bandila

Philippine TV’s FIRST TV Show to be nominated in the International Emmy Awards

  • The late-night newscast “Bandila” proudly to be nominated in the previous 2007 International Emmy Awards beating 800 entries worldwide in the News and Current Affairs Category, and known as the first Filipino program to be nominated in the said prestigious award.

ABS-CBN and Double Vision's Kahit Isang Saglit

FIRST Teleserye to be nominated in the International Emmy Awards

  • With GMA Network’s tie-up for being nominated, ABS-CBN once again has nominated one teleserye in the International Emmy Awards in 2009. Kahit Isang Saglit, a joint-venture of Malaysia’s Double Vision, is nominated in the Best Drama category while Angel Locsin’s portrayal of her role in Lobo was nominated in the Best Actress category.

ABS-CBN's Pangako Sa'yo

FIRST Filipino Show to be Franchised Internationally

  • The second highest rated teleserye in the Philippine TV history, “Pangako Sa’yo” starring Jericho Rosales, Kristine Hermosa, Eula Valdez and Jean Garcia, was the first Filipino TV show to be franchised abroad namely in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Singapore, Kenya, Ghana, Cameroon, Tanzania, Namibia, Zambia, China, Botswana, Guam and the USA.

ABS-CBN's 50 years logo

Philippines’ FIRST Extensive Documentary Done About Philippine Television History

  • When ABS-CBN turned 50 in 2003, the project was done for the first extensive documentary about Philippine TV History entitled “50 Taong Ligawan: The Pinoy TV History”

Filipino-American Visionary Awards

FIRST TV Station to Bring Home the Legend Media Pioneer Award

  • In the First Filipino-American Visionary Awards held last month at the Kodak Theatre USA, ABS-CBN, the largest multimedia corporation, bagged the Legend Media Pioneer Award for encapsulating the brightest stars of the television and pioneering the multimedia broadcasting in the Philippines.

Ernie Baron: ABS-CBN's Weather Icon

First network to introduce 3D weather forecasting state-of-the-art facility

  • With the extent of producing state-of-the-art weather forecasting, ABS-CBN done the first 3D weather forecast through the mother news program, TV Patrol, in 1996.

Asian TV Awards

First Philippine network to be recognized in Asian TV Awards

  • ABS-CBN’s Maalaala Mo Kaya, bagging the Best Actor award from Roderick Paulate

ABS-CBN: Beyond Television

Philippines’ FIRST media corporation to offer beyond television existence

  • Being the largest multimedia conglomerate, ABS-CBN has to offer beyond television existence of a broadcasting network, from recording, to film, to merchandising and publishing, regional and international broadcasting and in the future, to offer digital television services.

Takbo Para sa Kalikasan

FIRST network to simulate a run-for-a-cause program

  • ABS-CBN’s Takbo Para sa Kalikasan in 2000 was the first run-for-a-cause program done by a TV network, in line with its network slogan, “In The Service of the Filipino”, with the help of ABS-CBN Foundation. Presently, Takbo Para Sa Kalikasan is under the management of ABS-CBN’s Bantay Kalikasan, with its new title “Takbo Para sa Ilog Pasig” for the rehabilitation of the Pasig River.

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ABS-CBN’s First in the Philippine Broadcasting History (Part 2)

Posted by rency0722 on February 24, 2010

A sequel to my earl post, once again, the ABS-CBN’s first in Broadcasting history.


FIRST TV Broadcaster to Venture Philippine Telecommunication Network

  • With the acquisition of the Lopez’ to Sarmiento Telecommunication Network (then renamed Philippine Telegraph and Telephone Company or PT&T), it became the first TV venture to a Philippine Telecommunication network.

ABS-CBN logo in the 80's

The ONLY TV Network in Color

  • In the mid-70’s, ABS-CBN was the only Philippine TV Station in color and increased their programming up to 8 hours a week.

Typhoon Isang

Philippines’ FIRST Telethon was done in ABS-CBN

  • On July 17, 1972, “Damayan”, the first telethon was gathered by big stars such as Dolphy, Vilma Santos and Nora Aunor to help the devastated places in the country affected by the Typhoon Isang.


FIRST Simultaneous Microwave Transmission Over The Country

  • “Bridges on the Air” became a reality on 1988 using the acquired PT&T and simulcast programming over Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao using microwave transmission.

ABS-CBN Foundation

The Country’s FIRST Media Based Organization

  • ABS-CBN incorporated the operations for relief and public service named ABS-CBN Foundations in 1991

Star Magic

FIRST Media Talent Center Venture

  • ABS-CBN Talent Center (renamed Star Circle and now Star Magic) was the first TV Media talent center to develop a stable of new stars for the network

TV Patrol World

Airs the LONGEST Running Primetime Newcast

  • “TV Patrol” will celebrate its Silver Anniversary in 2012 since in its inception in 1987

FIRST Filipino Program Aired Internationally

  • The longest primetime newscast program, “TV Patrol”, was the first Filipino program to be seen abroad in September 1992.

ABS-CBN's PanAmSat

FIRST TV Broadcaster to Venture International Telecommunication Network

  • With the venture of ABS-CBN, the country’s largest network, to one of respected international telecommunication network, PanAmSat (Pacific – North American Satellite), ABS-CBN switched from international taped telecasts to live satellite feeds.

ABS-CBN Film Productions - Star Cinema

FIRST Media Conglomerate to Expand into Philippine Movie Production

  • ABS-CBN expands its growth to Philippine movie production by Star Cinema with its debut movie turned into a blockbuster movie, “Adan Ronquillo”. Now, ABS-CBN Film Productions, Inc renowned as the Philippines’ largest film production, next to Regal Films.

The Filipino Channel

FIRST TV Broadcaster to Expand TV Programming Abroad

  • As ABS-CBN signed historic lease with PanAmSat, ABS-CBN expands its broadcasting into The Filipino Channel (TFC) with now 80% viewership throughout the globe from Middle East, North and South America, Europe, Africa and Australia-Pacifica.

1992 Barcelona Olympics

Owned the FIRST Live Philippine Broadcast Rights for International Sports Event

  • 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain was the first Philippine broadcast of an international sports event was owned and aired the rights of ABS-CBN.

1994 Miss Universe Sushimita Sen

With the FIRST and TOP-RATED Live Philippine Broadcast Rights for International Beauty Pageant

  • Like the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, ABS-CBN owned the rights to broadcast live of the 1994 Miss Universe Pageant, the first live Philippine broadcast for international beauty pageant and also garnered the highest rated live broadcast with an average NUTAM rating of 62.5%.

ABS-CBN Global Ltd.

Owns the Philippines’ FIRST International TV Station

  • ABS-CBN has now the first Philippine TV network to have an international TV station in North America, now it is used as TFC office in North America.

ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC)

Philippines’ FIRST Broadcasting Network to Own A Terrestrial Cable Channel

  • Sarimanok News Network, now known as ABS-CBN News Channel or ANC, was the first terrestrial cable channel owned by a broadcasting network in the Philippines, also the first terrestrial cable channel to simulcast 24-hour continuously of news and current affairs programming.

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ABS-CBN’s Firsts in the Philippine Broadcasting History (Part 1)

Posted by rency0722 on February 24, 2010

I was to update my list of the firsts in the Philippine Broadcasting History of ABS-CBN, the Southeast Asia’s No. 1 Television Network. Here is the first part of the list.

The current ABS-CBN logo

Asia’s FIRST Commercial Television Broadcasting Network and Philippines FIRST Broadcasting Network

  • ABS-CBN was founded by James Linderberg and Antonio Quirino (owns ABS 3) and Eugenio Lopez Sr. (owns CBN 9) on June 13, 1946.

ABS-CBN logo from 1972

Philippines’ FIRST and LARGEST Communication Media Conglomerate

  • The two first television networks formally merged on February 1, 1957. The merging of ABS 3 and CBN 9 formed the Philippines’ largest media conglomerate.

ABS-CBN's Student Canteen

Philippines’ FIRST Noontime Variety Show

  • ABS-CBN aired the first noontime variety show “Student Canteen” that provides innovative blends of contests, games, musical performances and superb hosting for noontime entertainment.

Aired the FIRST Philippine Game Show

  • Like the first noontime show, ABS-CBN also aired the first game show in the Philippines entitled, “What’s My Living?”


Owns the FIRST Provincial TV Station in the Philippines

  • June 14, 1961 when ELJ (Eugenio Lopez, Jr.) built the first provincial TV station in Cebu airing 4 hours with the tallest tower (in that time) in Cebu measuring 216 feet.

ABS-CBN's Hiwaga sa Bahay na Bato

Philippines’ FIRST Soap Opera

  • “Hiwaga sa Bahay na Bato” was the title of the first Philippine soap opera aired in ABS-CBN in 1962.

ABS-CBN's Buhay Artista

Philippines’ FIRST Comedy Show

  • Dolphy was the main star in ABS-CBN’s and Philippines’ first comedy show entitled “Buhay Artista” in 1964.

ABS-CBN and RCA color television

Brought the FIRST Philippine Color TV Broadcasting

  • With the joint venture of ELJ to Radio Corporation of America, Philippines now enters the world of color TV broadcasting.

FIRST Marathon Election TV Coverage in the Country

  • The largest media corporation ground breaks the first marathon election TV coverage on November 14, 1967 entitled “Halalan ‘67” that airs polls and updates for straight 36 hours on television.

ABS-CBN's Sarimanok

Philippines’ FIRST Media Conglomerate to Win an International Prestigious Giving Body

  • ABS-CBN won 2 Gold Medals for Excellence in the New York TV and Film Festival for the Sarimanok Station ID.

ABS-CBN’s FIRST Color Station ID in the Philippine TV

  • The internationally-awarded Sarimanok Station ID was the first station ID in color.

ABS-CBN Broadcasting Complex

The Philippines’ FIRST Broadcasting Center and the MOST ADVANCED Broadcasting Center was built by ABS-CBN

  • On December 18, 1968, ABS-CBN built the most advanced media facility in the Philippines, the ABS-CBN Broadcasting Center in Bohol Ave., Diliman, Q.C., next to NHK in Japan

1968 US Elections

FIRST Philippine TV Broadcaster that Broadcasts Live Satellite Transmissions Abroad

  • ABS-CBN uses the first live satellite transmission abroad like John F. Kennedy’s Funeral and the 1968 US Elections in New York

Ruby Tower

Used the FIRST Microwave Transmission Coverage

  • 1969 was the year when Ruby Tower collapsed and be broadcasted in TV using the first microwave transmission coverage on a multi-cam Outside Broadcast (OB) Van

Man on The Moon

Broadcasted the FIRST Philippine TV Coverage of an Interplanetary Event

  • People of the Philippines witnessed the man’s first step on the moon when ABS-CBN delivers “Man on the Moon” coverage, the country’s first TV telecast of an interplanetary event via satellite, anchored by Bong Lapira that airs live feeds and updates with annotations in the Philippines with the country’s brightest scientists.

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