ABS-CBN Cebu celebrates 25 years

By Carine M. Asutilla, ABS-CBN News Central Visayas

Posted at Jul 12 2013 10:49 PM | Updated as of Jul 13 2013 06:49 AM

CEBU – Eugenio "Geny" Lopez Jr., popularly known as "Kapitan", once dreamed of creating "bridges in the air."

His dream came true when he started ABS-CBN Cebu.

Lopez dreamed of linking all the regions in the country and making Filipinos as one despite differences in local cultures and languages.

In 1961, ABS-CBN started operating with a 4-hour telecast. But in 1972, former President Ferdinand Marcos declared Martial Law, forcing ABS-CBN’s main office and its regional station in Cebu to close down.

But in 1986, the Philippines escaped dictatorship through the People Power Revolution, and the Lopez family regained control over the station. This also became the start of rebuilding Kapitan's dream.

In June 28, 1988, ABS-CBN Cebu was reopened with the region's first ever newscast that uses the Cebuano language: TV Patrol Cebu.

A comprehensive newscast in Cebuano was brought to each and every home in the region, tackling all the local issues.

ABS-CBN Cebu became part of history in its first ever extensive coverage of Sinulog Festival as well as its wide coverage on the Ormoc Tragedy in 1991.

To date, ABS-CBN Cebu offers not only news but entertainment programs that brighten up Cebuano homes.

In line with the celebration, ABS-CBN Cebu hosted an appreciation party Thursday night at the Shangri-La Mactan Resort and Spa.

Hundreds of clients and news sources came and were honored for their trust and support for ABS-CBN Cebu.

ABS-CBN President and Chief Executive Officer Charo Santos-Concio thanked all the Kapamilyas in her speech.

"Thank you for making it happen, thank you for being Kapamilya, and thank you for the next 25 years of caring and sharing, growing and glowing, planting and reaping," said Concio.

"Our vision stays the same, our dream stays the same to be part of Filipino home…Laugh with them, cry with them, sing with them, and helping them help themselves," she added.

A satellite icon was also unveiled during the party as a symbol that ABS-CBN will continue its mission in linking all the Filipinos around the world.

"Cebu has always been the number one regional station and we expect that it will continue to be a very valuable part of RNG Network," said ABS-CBN Chairman Eugenio "Gabby" Lopez III.

The night was filled with music, dancing, and singing as local talents of ABS-CBN Cebu brought entertainment to the crowd.

Kapamilya star Piolo Pascual also graced the event to serenade the crowd.

ABS-CBN Channel Head Cory Vidanes also introduced the Kapamilya shows that viewers should watch out for, including the teleserye of ABS-CBN’s newest star Julia Barretto.