“The weekly program is an upgraded version of my past concept from almost the same format which I used to direct during the term of ex-President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. This lasted for several seasons also aired over the government-owned PTV-4, now simply known as PTV(without the 4), as part of the station’s new branding.” – William G. Mayo, film director
There is no stopping the Philippine Motion Picture Directors Association (PMPDA) a.k.a. Kapisanan Ng Mga Direktor Ng Pelikulang Pilipino (KDPP) from making its presence felt under the administration of Pres. Rodrigo Roa Duterte. This organization is now headed by film and TV director William G. Mayo, and in hindsight is closely working with a group of Filipino movie directors under the Film Academy of the Philippines (FAP).
“All systems go for the pre-tapings of a new weekly TV program billed Unlad-Bayan which will soon be aired over PTV with a replay on the TV station of Eagles Broadcasting System,” revealed Mayo.
Interestingly, if not intriguingly, the said TV program will be hosted by the controversial Assistant Secretary of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), Mocha Uson, who has been given the green signal by her boss Martin Andanar to go ahead with her first public service hosting job on Phil. TV.
For sure Mocha’s bashers must be gnashing their teeth and eating their hearts out with this development but to the delight of her almost six million followers on Facebook. Touted as the “Queen of Blogs,” Mocha Uson was especially handpicked by the director himself to host the said weekly TV show. The informative talk show will have the highly-awarded Director General of the FAP, Leo Martinez, as Mocha’s co-host. Leo is famously known for his winningest and charming character on TV as Congressman “Manhik-Manaog.”
Obviously, the famous comedian will provide the comedic flair into an otherwise serious and boring talk show on what’s up with government service and all. The pre-taping was done in one of the studios of the humongous and imposing Mowelfund Plaza (located at 66 Rosario Drive cor. Ilang-Ilang St. Brgy. Immaculate Conception, Cubao, Quezon City).
During the said taping, we felt the lump in the throats of some people in the production staff who had anticipated the coming end of the heydays of the famous Mowelfund Plaza as a foundation and one-stop shop for the needs of amateur and professional filmmakers, alike. Reportedly, said building will soon be taken over by private interest groups who will convert its ample lot area into a swanky subdivision. We leave at the moment the ticklish issue of many industry people opposing the slated demolition of the Mowelfund Plaza building.
In any case, veteran film and TV director William Mayo is himself the brainer of the aforesaid TV program and the director, as well. Mayo further disclosed:
As film director, William is often associated with his works as director for blockbuster action films that he used to helm for Regal and Viva and other independent film productions. He has helped groom the relatively unknown Jeric Raval from Pampanga into becoming a bankable action star in his own right alongside the other famous action stars of the mainstream movie industry.
His mammoth film in the past, Lapu-Lapu (with Lito Lapid in the lead), was hailed by his peers and members of the FAP who unanimously bestowed it major honors, among others, Best Director and Best Picture at their past annual Luna Awards.
On the other hand, we asked Mocha Uson her expectations about the talk show at hand, to which she said: “This weekly show as I was made to understand by its creative team is touted as the nearest and most informative talk show on Phil. TV and definitely an antidote against fake news and disinformation. So, my co-host Direk Leo Martinez and myself, will have to work around that paradigm, that is to provide the viewing public accurate and updated information on the progress and developments of various government programs and projects under the Duterte administration. The program shall serve as the people’s monitor and medium by which to keep track of the progress of all government projects and other social services throughout the country.” Has she got any qualms about hosting an informative public service TV talk show on national television for the first time? “With my ample experience filtering communications sent to us from the Office of the President down to the grassroots level, including TV guesting and communications on Social Media, as well, I think I’m most ready to face this medium which is not actually new to me. As you know since day one I have been one of the staunchest self-imposed endorsers of Pres. Rodrigo Duterte’s candidacy and a believer, as well, that the President with the support of all his constituents, that one day he can deliver his promise of change for all of us Filipinos,” Mocha concluded.
Director William Mayo holds his two thumbs- up of approval for the courage of Mocha Uson to face her massive fan-based following on TV for the first time including of course her detractors, and in conclusion he said, “ No guts, no glory!”