As the nation celebrates the 118th Philippine Independence Day, a lone cable channel – a new player in town, has just aired its first telecast under Pilipinas HD channel spearheaded by Pilipinas HD founder and President Manolo ‘Chino’ Trinidad – a Filipino veteran TV sportscaster and former Philippine Basketball League (PBL) Commissioner whose rose to fame attributes to his eloquent manner of speaking when it comes to sports and even hosting programs on radio and television.
From the launching pad held in Makati a few days before Pilipinas HD goes on air, Chino expressed his belief in showing the country the true pride of heroism, culture, and heritage via his new channel. Chino revealed that Pilipinas HD will showcase the best and the brightest not only among the country’s revered and known heroes, but will also showcase the extraordinary deeds of ordinary Filipinos who have made a difference in the lives of others and their communities.
During the launch, he made sure that guests and friends in attendance shall get a glimpse of what Pilipinas HD has to offer. He even invited ‘historical figures’ of the greatest moment in Philippine history to grace the occasion. We saw Jose Rizal, Gregoria de Jesus, Apolinario Mabini, Emilio Aguinaldo, Gregorio del Pilar, and Heneral Antonio Luna mingling with the crowd and were introduced as part of Pilipinas HD’s upcoming feature show, Duyan ng Magiting. “Sa araw na ito, gusto kong sariwain natin, ano ang Pilipinas 118 years ago? Sino iyung mga nagbigay ng pagkakataon na makalasap tayo ng kalayaan na meron tayo ngayon?” Trinidad’s speech as he welcomes the country’s greatest heroes and contributors to Philippine Independence.
Just when television content is known to seek the negative, PilIpinas HD seeks to redefine and retool Filipino viewers with heart-warming and features and narratives of what makes the FIlipino a great race.
“We are at a crossroads in our history when we must seek to know and understand the past in order for us to move faster, higher and more effectively into the future. We need to tell our children the greatness and the nobility of being Filipino. We simply tell the truth as it deserves to be told, in the eyes of historians, experts and story-tellers who researched, studied or saw recent history unfold,” Trinidad said.
Trinidad also made an appeal to all cable providers to catch Pilipinas HD’s signal on June 12 which coincides with the Philippine Independence Celebration so that the general public can watch Pilipinas HD for free from June 16-30.
“Please understand that this is not a purely business endeavor. Our higher goal is to build a nation of patriots who will work together for a better Philippines. We need to make future generations of Filipinos proud of our heritage. A country and people who know their past is better equipped to move forward, “ Trinidad added.
Trinidad also urged the public not to wait for June 30 make change happen. He said that eveyone can contribute to nation-building by simply following traffic rules, disposing of garbage properly or following simple, basic laws.
The Pilipinas HD launch was graced by a stellar cast of political leaders, sports stars, and community movers who are one in the goal of seeing the best in the Filipino that included International bowling hall of famer Paeng Nepomuceno, Philippine Television pioneer and former Senator Eddie Ilarde, MTRCB Chairman Atty. Toto Villareal and Mandaluyong Mayor Benhur Abalos.
Nepomuceno lauded Trinidad’s pioneering effort to showcase the indomitable spirit of the Filipino not just in sports but in everyday life.
Ilarde, on the other hand, said that he is proud to be part of a great moment in media history.
Abalos, a historian by academic training, also pledged support and thanked Trinidad for giving him the opportunity to do what he has long wanted to do— that is, show the world that Filipinos are a great people.
Filipino artists Jun Aquino was also invited and was given an honorable mention as the painter showcased a preview canvas of an upcoming mural depicting heroism that will be unveiled on August 2016.
Among the first features of Pilipinas HD is Duyan Ng Magiting, an attempt to celebrate the greatness of our nearly forgotten heroes of the Philippine Revolution of the late 1800s.
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