Forever A Kapamilya: 14 Former and Current Employees Express Support For ABS-CBN
When NTC issued a cease and desist order against the media giant, people rallied online to show their support
Tuesday was a grim day for entertainment, press freedom, and people-oriented service. ABS-CBN Broadcast Corporation was issued a cease and desist order by the National Telecommunications Commission, and everything else after that—from the final sign-off to the bosses’ reassurances—happened so quickly, all in the span of a few hours. That evening’s broadcast of TV Patrol would be the network’s last for a while, and after playing the country’s national anthem, millions of television sets all across the Philippines went dark.
As current employees of the corporation grieve for what’s lost, those formerly employed by the network also joined in to offer their words of support, encouragement, and even lamentation. They may no longer be with ABS-CBN, but one thing is guaranteed: They will, forevermore, be a Kapamilya. Here are 16 of the most touching and emotional tributes to ABS-CBN, a place that many people will always call home.
“This is not the end, this isn’t final. We will see you again real soon,” says Jane Kingsu-Cheng.
“It's been my life purpose to be #InTheServiceOfTheFilipino people as ABS-CBN has taught me,” says Lui Jimenez.
“Hiling ko lang, maging mulat at mapagmatyag ka,” writes Rhia Diomampo-Grana.
“Ang swerte ko sa ABS-CBN,” says Jhofer Eleria.
“Kaya natin 'to,” says Pat Buenaobra. “Kapamilya tayo.”
“Inalagaan siya ng ABS, and molded her to be a just, honest, strong, considerate, kind, and humble leader to the stations where she was assigned,” writes Roda Roca Ungao about her sister who worked in ABS-CBN.
“I am the person I am now because you have molded me. 15 years of sweet memories I will forever be grateful of,” reminisces Miles Bernedo.
“ABS-CBN has been part of the lives of more than a million Filipinos and will continue to be in the service of the Filipino, may prangkisa man o wala,” writes Sofie Sinco Quiray.
“To ABS-CBN, thank you for giving countless opportunities to so many people, thank you for being a blessing to those in need, thank you for entertaining the masses, thank you for being in the service of the Filipino people,” says Kim Wee Ebol.
“Naniniwala akong ang laban na ito ay inyong mapagtatagumpayan at patuloy kayong maninindigan dahil sa pagmamahal sa bayan,” says Lara Denice Alfaro Cabagnot.
“We must continue to pray for justice to prevail in the end. But we remain, and will always remain, in the service of the Filipino,” says Engelbert Apostol.
“Stay strong Kapamilya,” says Sthanlee B. Mirador.
“Nalulungkot ako sa biglaang pag shutdown nito,” writes Hershey Neri. “Hindi lamang ang mga kaibigan ko ang mawawalan ng mga trabaho–mawawalan rin ang sambayanang Pilipino ng libre at accessible na impormasyon, ng katuwaan at kagalakan, ng isang tagapagpahayag ng katotohanan.”
Lead photo from @kate_paras