ABS-CBN's temporary absence on air isn't stopping the Kapamilya network from producing content that's informative, entertaining, and inspiring. This, as it recently launched "Online Kapamilya Shows" or "OKS"—a set of digital-only originals Filipinos can catch anytime and from anywhere across the globe.
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Exhibiting the well-loved "tatak Kapamilya" that has graced local television for around 65 years, OKS' snackable and sharable programs carry a wide range of topics—from the more pressing like current events and health to the more entertaining like gaming and pet care. These will be streamed on ABS-CBN's various digital properties.
OKS starts the week with Pamilya Kowentuhan, on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 5 PM, featuring Pamilya Ko stars JM De Guzman, Sylvia Sanchez, Joey Marquez, and Maris Racal sharing the spotlight with families at home and Kapamilya frontliners. It follows with Promdibate, every Monday at 6 PM, with real-life couple and comedian-thespians Kim Molina and Jerald Napoles "debating" over the latest and most relevant issues through a rap battle.
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The Gold Squad's Kyle Echarri, Francine Diaz, Seth Fedelin, and Andrea Brillantes bond with each other through new challenges on their YouTube channel, on Tuesdays and Fridays 6 PM. (The popular Kadenang Ginto alumni are coincidentally celebrating their first vlog anniversary this month with 2.14 million subscribers.)
Speaking of Kadenang Ginto, Romina and Daniela are thrust back to the spotlight through KG Online, every Wednesday 12 NN. The show has "trending rivals" Beauty Gonzales and Dimples Romana face off in home challenges related to health, knowledge, and beauty while in lockdown—all for the benefit of their chosen charities.
ABS-CBN's newest digital platform finds a hot property in Paligayahin Niyo Ako, starring Ang Lihim Ni Ligaya stars Ivana Alawi, Kit Thompson, Argel Saycon, and Raven Molina, every Thursday 9 PM. The show reveals a weekly dating challenge that'll get the guys fighting for Ivana's affection—with a romantic Zoom date as the prize!
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It gets as hot every Friday 11 AM, starting with Confessions With The Momshies where Magandang Buhay's resident Momshies Jolina Magdangal, Melai Cantiveros, and Karla Estrada get to listen to revelations netizens have sent in. It follows with At Home with Banana Sundae at 7 PM, placing Banana Sundae stars Angelica Panganiban, John Prats, Pooh, Jason Gainza, Ryan Bang, and Zanjoe Marudo now in digital and sharing updates with each other from home.
The weekends are busier with the following: Doc Knows Best, featuring Jodi Sta. Maria and Dr. Suzie Mercado offering free medical consultations, every Saturday 11 AM; Harapan Kay Mamang, tasking Pokwang as a "pambansang kapitbahay" ready to offer advice and laughs to viewers, at 4 PM; Love Thy Chika, presenting Ruffa Gutierrez in conversations about anything and everything under the sun with her Love Thy Woman co-stars Yam Concepcion, Xian Lim, Kim Chiu, Christopher de Leon, Sunshine Cruz, and Eula Valdes plus mom Annabelle Rama, every Sunday 12 NN; and KaPET Lang, having Angelica Panganiban, Billy Crawford, and Coleen Garcia talk a day in a life as pet owners, at 5 PM.
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A weekend bonus: I Can See Your Voice’s Luis Manzano, Andrew E, Alex Gonzaga, Bayani Agbayani, Angeline Quinto, Kean Cipriano, and Wacky Kiray, staging online games sure to be laughter-filled with Bingo Ka ‘Day and Hula Who on weekends at 6 PM.
Last but not the least, Boy Abunda goes online on weekdays 5, 7, and 9 PM with TWBA Express Updates—a five-minute round-up of the talked about showbiz news and issues!
On the evening of May 5, ABS-CBN shut down its free broadcast in compliance to the National Telecommunications Commission's cease-and-desist order over the network's franchise issues. It now anticipates the passing of House Bill No. 6732, which if ever shall grant ABS-CBN a provisional franchise to operate until October 31, 2020.
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