They have been Philippines’ biggest, largest, most innovative and most powerful television broadcast companies today, but both claims one is above the other. With stronger television shows each is giving out to the audience and with brighter stars they claim their company had established, both stations has no way of giving up the claim as the country’s number one tv station.
It has been ABS-CBN’s greater days in 1986 when President Cory Aquino gave back the tv stations’ power to its owner, the Lopez’s since it was sequestered by the late dictator Philippine President Ferdinand E. Marcos during the time of his declaration of Martial Law in 1972.
Since then, ABS-CBN 2 has managed to be the nation’ number one television station with such shows “Ang TV”, “Abangan ang Susunod na Kabanata”, “Maalaala Mo Kaya”, “Dick & Carmi”, “Palibahasa Lalaki”, “E, Kasi Babae”, “Kapag May Katuwiran, Ipaglaban Mo”, “Sa Linggo NAPO Sila”, “Hoy, Gising” and “TV Patrol” to name a few.
GMA-ARTS 7, which has emerged as the best station in early 80’s and gave us such monumental classics as “Lovingly yours, Helen”, “Anna Liza”, “Student Canteen”, “Penthouse”, and “GMA Supershow” has managed to only make a better second station to ABS-CBN in mid-80’s with such flagships as “Spotlight”, “Ober da Bakod”, “Mikee”, “Vilma”, “Bubble Gang”, “That’s Entertainment” and “SST”.
It was a long years of ABS-CBN stay in the number one spotlight, but GMA-7 didn’t take their chance into nothing in getting back its glory days to catch on the number spot, with each new elected CEO chairman, Atty. Felipe L. Gozon, the tv company making it sure to get back the audience trust by giving station a Christian station with its formidable showcasing of the best news and public affairs shows such as “I-witness”, “Emergency”, “Frontpage: Ulat ni Mel Tiangco”, “Saksi”, “Debate” and its fostering of the long-time number one show, “Eat Bulaga”.
But ABS-CBN has a solid and tested formula in its tear-jerking soap opera such as the hits “Mara Clara”, “Pangako sa ‘yo”, “Esperansa”, “ Mula sa Puso”, “Bituin” and the Thalia starrers “Rosalinda” and “Maria Mercedes”. ABS-CBN wouldn’t mind being stolen of the number one spot in News and current affairs but instead gave focused on their soap operas and musicals in “ASAP”, “Keep on Dancing” and “Magandang Tanghali, Bayan”.
GMA-7 saw another chance of making a climb to get closer to ABS-CBN with its non-stop anime such as “Ghost Fighter”, “Doraemon”, “Voltes V”, “Lupen”, “Hunter X Hunter”, “Pokemon”, “Knock Out”, “Detective Conan” and “Daimos” making it the anime capital in the land. Soon after, GMA-7 again took a chance and successfully made the company claim the comedy capital with its roots of comedy shows thru their kilitv such as “Cool Ka Lang”, “Nuts Entertainment”, “Idol Ko si Kap”, “Kakabakaba ka ba?”, “1 for 3”, “Da Boy and Da Girl”, “Lagot ka, Isusumbong Kita” and the longest running comedy show “Bubble Gang”.
ABS-CBN seemed confident that they hold the claim as still the country’s number one tv station with its wide margin in the rating games in the Visayas and Mindanao according to AGB Nielsen and the fact that they are the number one distributor of Filipino tv shows across the globe via its international broadcast network the TFC, but on the other hand had a hard time in stopping the rival network getting close to them.
ABS-CBN found new sets of stars in Bea Alonzo, John Lloyd Cruz thru their successful soap opera “Kay Tagal Kang Hinintay”, “It Might Be You” and “Maging sino Ka Man” and started a fantaserye thru former ABS-CBN drama queen Claudine Barretto via another hit “Marina”.
GMA-7 seemed never to give up and gave their supporters a brand new of soap opera which they call telefantasia thru their telebabad block with a surprise hit “Mulawin” that made Richard Gutierrez and Angel Locsin as GMA-7’s certified top actors of their generation. Soon after, they followed it with other crowd favorite telefantasias such as “Encantadia”, “Asian Treasure”, “ Majica” and a lot more.
“Mulawin” made a mark in television history, with the strong back-up of Paolo Bediones’ “Extra Challenge” and Dingdong Dantes and Jolina Magdangal’s first star search in the country, “Starstruck”, GMA-7 clinched the number one position in the rating games in Metro Manila.
Up to these days, GMA-7 and ABS-CBN never stop giving their respective audience creative shows for their delight.