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A Farewell To ‘Matanglawin,’ ‘Failon Ngayon,’ and More Shows of ABS-CBN’s Current Affairs Division

The department in charge of ABS-CBN’s documentaries and other educational shows has been axed following Congress’ vote to deny the network of its franchise

Itong mga nakalipas na araw ay parang walang katapusan,” wrote Chiara Zambrano, a news correspondent who’s been a part of ABS-CBN for years and whose visage and voice have been a familiar balm to many people tuning into the news at the end of a long day.

On Saturday, July 18, the day after thousands of ABS-CBN employees and several departments received the devastating news that they would be laid off or no longer be in business, Chiara took to Facebook to mourn the loss of the Current Affairs division.

For years, that division had been in-charge of documentaries and other educational shows that aired on ABS-CBN. These included Matanglawin, Failon Ngayon, My Puhunan, Umagang Kay Ganda, S.O.C.O., Rated K, and more. 

Patay na po ang Current Affairs ng ABS-CBN,” Chiara wrote. “Ang buong department na gumagawa ng mga dokumentaryo, weekly magazine show, educational programming, payong medikal.”

Sila ang gumagawa ng mga mahahalagang istorya ng mga ordinaryong tao, kwento mo at kwento ko, yung hindi ibinabalita sa news, pero importanteng mapakinggan ng lahat.

Wala na sila. Wala na silang lahat.”

But ABS-CBN’s Current Affairs division wasn’t the only department devastated by the company-wide retrenchment—the list is long, going all the way from all of TV Patrol’s regional stations to FM radio station MOR 101.9; ABS-CBN Sports to majority of the Creative Communication Management division. These are but some of the named casualties following Congress’ 70–11 vote to deny the network of its franchise. 

Di mo pa rin makita ‘yung chilling effect?” Chiara asked. 

“Killing effect. There,” she said. Fixed it for you.”

Below, a farewell to the shows of the Current Affairs division—shows that many of us had grown up with, spent our days regularly with, and were used to seeing on our television every morning and every weekend. 

Photos from ABS-CBN