6th Media Monitor First Class here (bonuses apply) #universityofthephilippines #UPDiliman

6th Media Monitor FIRST class here (bonuses apply)

       The sixth media monitor of the first class can be posted here, with deadline extended to Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 10:00 am. (members of the NXT class can post, not here, but in the next  window.) 

     Based on last week’s discussion of the MTRCB standards, one may include a monitor post of the following: teleseryes, Korean telenovelas (or Taiwanese/ Mexican, etc aired in the Philippines), game shows, “reality” format programs, lifestyle (food/ fashion/ travel/fitness, etc.) films/movies (current), sports programs, music videos (current) or streaming music shows, etc. 

     Bonuses not yet submitted can be posted here, provided only one post per week will be credited.

     Happy reading and viewing!

13 thoughts on “6th Media Monitor First Class here (bonuses apply) #universityofthephilippines #UPDiliman


    Beauty and the Beast is a fantasy-musical live adaptation of the Disney classic which was released in cinemas nationwide. It follows the story of a prince who is trapped inside the body of a beast, who can only go back to his true form when he experiences true love. The film was rated G, or General Audiences, by the MTRCB. According to their standards, this is what constitutes a G rating:

    “A film classified as “G” shall, in the judgment of the Board, meet the following criteria:

    Theme – The film should not contain violence, threat, abuse, horror, or other themes that may cause fear or disturbance to a young child’s mind.
    Language – The film may contain dialogue or other word representations beyond polite language, but profane, offensive, and sexually-suggestive language or gestures shall not be allowed.
    Nudity – The film may contain occasional, as well as natural non-sexual nudity.
    Sex – The film cannot contain and depict sexual activity.
    Violence – The depiction of any violence must be mild, brief, infrequent, and unlikely to cause undue anxiety or fear to young children.
    Horror – The depiction of horror and frightening scenes should be mild, brief, infrequent, and unlikely to cause undue anxiety or fear to young children.
    Drugs – There shall be no depiction of, or reference to, prohibited drugs or their use.”

    Personally, I believe that Beauty and the Beast did not deserve this rating because although it seems innocent and that it does not feature malicious themes, whether it be sex, drugs, violence, nudity, language, or horror, it probably deserved a PG rating. Arguments for it being a G-rated film include its treatment of romance not being of sexual nature and was “innocent”. There was no nudity in the film.

    However, some might contest this because there were two uses and variations of the word “Damn”, and from my personal observation, it might be a violation of the Language part of the guidelines set by the MTRCB. Also, some might say that it may violate the Horror aspect as well, because of the presence of the Beast character, but the producers made sure that the film was not scary.

    Some more contentions against the G rating include what some may say are violent scenes, such as villagers trying to kill the Beast and wolves attacking people. Also, a controversy that surrounds the film is its inclusion of homosexual characters, especially because it is marketed towards children. In my opinion, the presence of gay characters do not constitute a higher rating, but in a dominantly Catholic country, it is a surprise that the controversy has not been a big one in our country.

    In conclusion, I would like to say that Beauty and the Beast probably deserved a PG rating over a G rating. In the US, their classification and review board for films, the Motion Picture Association of America, rated the movie PG for “frightening images, peril and action violence.” I agree with their decision and only because of those reasons, not because of the inclusion of gay characters.

  2. [6th Media Monitor]

    In the news segment of Umagang Kay Ganda aired this March 22, there was a news story on people who allegedly sold drugs. In the story, it showed the faces of the alleged drug traffickers even if there is not judicial motion on their guilt yet, and they are being assumed guilty without a trial. Based on the PPI code of ethics “I shall presume persons accused of crime of being innocent until proven otherwise. I shall exercise caution in publishing names of minors and women involved in criminal cases so that they may not unjustly lose their standing in society” which was clearly violated by the program in the news segment.

  3. A “celebrity game show” called I Can Do That was aired last March 19, 2017 showing famous celebrities doing difficult stunts. The show was Rated PG because of the following reasons: 1.) It was a live telecast of the performance and some participants may accidentally utter profanity or foul language 2,) Most of the stunts are dangerous and unsafe. Young viewers may view them as entertainment and might imitate them. It is therefore good practice to rate this game show as RATED PG.

  4. [6th Media Monitor]

    A television show from ABS-CBN, Goin’ Bulilit, is an ongoing comedy television show every Sunday at 6pm wherein children deliver the jokes and gag lines. Though the show is mainly for kids with its opening line “This show is for adults, ALSO”, it is still rated PG because some of the jokes and lines are not meant for kids without parental guidance. Despite having no problem in language, nudity, sex, violence, horror and drugs, some themes are still not appropriate for their target audience, especially when the kids are portraying older people. The show had been called a few times by MTRCB for exhibiting inappropriate themes for children.

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