There may be tons of new shows offered on cable TV (and even Netflix) now. But really, nothing compares to the good old programs of our local channels from way, way back. No special effects, no CGI, no cheesy love teams, and no complicated storylines required, yet, you still got the best entertainment a kid could ever ask for.
FHM already made a list on some of your favorite anime during your childhood days. Now, for the ultimate Throwback Thursday vibe, we’re putting the spotlight on some of the country’s locally-produced TV programs that became a every kid's obsession once upon a time.
1) 5 and Up (1992 to 2002)
Admit it, you were one of the many who wished to become a 5 and Up-per. The show was entertaining and informative, and it looked like the kids were just playing! And you know what made the show even better? The super cute Maxene Magalona and Chynna Ortaleza!
2) Ang TV (1992 to 1997)
You know how it goes: “4:30 na… Ang TV na!” Your go-to TV show during your puberty years, Ang TV was the first ever youth-oriented variety show in the Philippines. Remember the expression "Nge?" Yep, this was where that all started.
3) ATBP (Awit, Titik, at Bilang na Pambata) (1994 to 1998)
Learning numbers and letters were never boring thanks to Ate Remy, Mang Berting, Bb. Karunungan, Kuya Miguel, Pipo at Tingting, and Kapitan Bilang. If only actual schoolwork was like that...
4) Batibot (1984 to 2002)
Batibot is probably the most popular and most memorable show on the list, given it was the longest-running one (1984 to 2002). Remember Kiko Matsing and Pong Pagong?
5) Bayani (1995 to 2001)
Now, this one’s the real hero (If you know what we’re talking about). Along with Ana, Noli, and Lola, you took a trip down memory lane, relived our country’s history, and met some heroes along the way—all while in the comfort of your home. Bayani is the HEKASI class that you wouldn’t dare miss.
6) Hiraya Manawari (1995 to 2003)
Another educational television show, Hiraya Manawari was a fantaserye that tugged on your heartstrings.
7) Math Tinik (1997 to 2004, re-aired 2009-2010)
Math Tinik made math look as easy as, well, 1-2-3. Those hard-to-solve equations and complicated fractions and decimals were nothing to Charlie, Patricia, and Miss Math Tinik.
8) Sine’skwela (1994 to 2004)
Remember Agatom, Anatom, Ugat-Puno, and Palikpik? Sineskwela proved that science is not boring when you have these characters guiding you through experiments.
9) Wansapanataym (1997 to 2005, 2006 to 2007, 2010 to present)
Wansapanataym became part of every Filipino family’s Sunday routine. The program showed you magical worlds and interesting characters. And oh, hearing the show’s intro song was also a reminder that there was school the next day. Damn it.