My Abs-Cbn Studio Tour Experience!

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Exactly a week ago I was fortunate to be part of a tour that I never thought exists. Although I haven't asked anyone if there happens to be the same event the previous years or if it's an annual event (which I hope so!). I'd still want to think that it's the FIRST EVER ABS-CBN DAVAO PRESS TOUR, because for me, it was a lot of firsts. Additionally, out of momentary vanity, I just want to think of it that way because it's the first time in the longest time that the world revolved around me! Hahaha. 

Last October 2010, I was in Manila for WordCamp and a School Fieldtrip and since then I never had the chance to come back. I also never thought I would be back in Manila until October this year for WordCamp 2012. But who would have thought that I'd end up going there 2 months before I expected. Thank God! I was lucky to get an invitation from Ms. Razelle of Abs-Cbn for an all expense paid tour in Manila. :-)

If going to Manila isn't one of my 'firsts', then flying with Philippine Airlines and and having "Combi" for airline snacks is. Everything felt "burgis" (a term my friends and I use to refer bourgeoisie) until combi came into our hands! Mother of all biscuits! Okay fine, let's skip that part.

It's also the first time that I've done a decision that is as quick as lightning. In a matter of seconds I said yes to the invitation because I know it's going to be a great experience and who the hell am I to decline such a special invitation anyway?

And so...I went.


We arrived Manila around 8:00 pm. We were picked up by an Abs-Cbn van from the airport to our hotel, but we got hungry and decided to stop by at a weekend food night market in Ortigas. I forgot the name of the place (I'm sure it wasn't Bancheto though) and I forgot to take pictures too. ZzZ. But we had a nice dinner and finally proceeded to La Breza Tower (a Condotel), which is only a couple of blocks away from the Abs-Cbn compound.


Abs-Cbn Davao Press Tour Day 1

That morning, our epic tour started at the Abs-Cbn Studio Tours and Shop Center. We were then briefed about the nature of the tour, our itinerary, followed by a video showing us the history of Abs-Cbn.

Press Briefing - with Sir Ian, Jesse, Zhaun, Mam Stella and Manong Bert.

From there, I learned from our tour guide that the acronym of Abs-Cbn means - Alto Broadcasting System - Chronicle Broadcasting Network. But since the creatives behind ABS are smart, they came up with another meaning for Abs-Cbn and that is "All the Brightest Stars Come from the Biggest Network". Pretty clever, right?

Studio Tour

Studio 10 was the first studio we went to on our tour. Studio 10 is the biggest and is used for the network's hit Sunday Musical Variety show "ASAP". Interestingly, it can only hold about 456 audience at a time. What looks like an Araneta Colosseum every Sunday noon on tv is actually just a figment of your imagination. LOL. Just kidding! But hey, do you want to know how they do that? Alright, here's a clue: The answer lies below this and above us!

Studio 10 - The biggest studio in Abs-Cbn.
 We also passed by the studio where Showbiz Inside Report Studio is set. We just passed by because some of the crew and staff were busy setting up the studio.
Then we went to Kris TV Studio! Unlike most studios, this studio shares the same weight of exclusivity with that of SHOWTIME and ASAP Studios. The reason behind that should be apparent! Indeed, Ms. Kris Aquino has her own studio and no other show can use this except for Kris TV.

After Kris TV, was my favorite studio, the Abs-Cbn Newscenter! From the lights to the big LCD touch screen monitors, tv screens, cables and camera-ish stuff (see first photo below), everything looked so modern around the studio that I felt like I'm caveman from the Paleolithic era. By my next visit, I promise to bring with me a tuxedo!

Finally we went outside the main building to have snacks at their cafeteria in preparation for a 3-Hours Showtime Experience! The Showtime studio by the way is the last studio we visited. :-)



To be continued. . .


Stay tuned for my Abs-Cbn Tour Series. . .and some backlogs too! Hahaha.

Here's a teaser!

Note: Updated! Thank you. :-)

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30 comments

  1. Nice experience when visiting/touring a TV Station of our country. Introduce a degree of positive bias. Your next stop GMA. Hahahahaha. Joke.

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    1. Oh, you...Hahaha. I saw their building though. I'm not sure if touring inside a skyscraper sounds great.

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    2. Hi do you know who we can call in for the tour package for abs cbn here's my email jhefgarcia@blader.com send me the info thanks!!

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    3. hi can you give me contact number who assisted you in abs-for tour package rate///thanks

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  2. my only visit here was our field-trip in college back in 1998 and the show that we watched after the tour was "Today with Kris", if I remember it right...oppsss.. am I that old already... :D

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    1. Now that you mentioned "Today with Kris", I must say that Kris is still older than you. Hahaha

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  3. wow .. i wish i could visit as well ... nice tour on the compound . you are a lucky guy :D

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  4. I live very near ABS-CBN, but I've only been there once - when I guested in MyMyx many years ago, haha!

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  5. I also had a studio tour years ago and was able to watch ASAP courtesy of my friend who works in ABS-CBN.

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    1. You should know that it's hard to watch ASAP without any invitation. Most people booked for years just to watch that 3-Hours musical. We're lucky! :-)

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  6. Never been to ABS-CBN.I always wanted to watch a tv show there and be part of the crowd and contestants.

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    1. It's such a wonderful experience! More of that on my next post. Hehehe

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  7. Never been to ABS since and could not be happening in the near future or so but your pictures shows how happy you are with your tour.

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  8. Nice experience. And to be continued? Making a suspense on this trip ey.. Well I am sure you enjoyed it very much...

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    1. Yeah to be continued. I feel like our Showtime and ASAP guesting deserves to be posted separately. :-)

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  9. Reminds me of the tours they give in CNN. Thanks so much for sharing this!

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  10. Bongga talaga si Kris! I would have been amazed at the newscenter, too. I don't get to watch a lot of tv but I would have wanted to take a peek at the studio used by The Buzz! Hahahaha!

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    1. I'm not quite sure of this but I think The Buzz shares the same studio with Showbiz Inside Report.

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  11. Wow! You're lucky to experience a studio tour. I can't recall the last time I visited one. Probably ages ago pa. XD

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  12. oh cool. wish i could also experience the same thing.hehe

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  13. Wow your tour was great. I hope that I can also go there.

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  14. I appeared in a couple of ABS-CBN shows as model/extra so I've been to their studio a couple of times. The places of the photos seems familiar to me as well. Btw, I love your header! Awesome. :)

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    1. Wow, you must have lots of photos with celebs. Hehehe. Thank you Grysh! :-)

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  15. This is nice! hehehe!
    and I like the caricature much!
    I would love to take this tour!

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  16. Hello! I'm working at ABS-CBN but to tell you, I never got to roam around the studios though I get to pass by Studio 3 (Showtime/Deal or No Deal) on my way to the Cafeteria (fondly called Caf). And the last tour I had was on 2008 when I was still in College. It has always been my dream to at least walk where the stars used to, and the feeling truly is so magical. Feels like nothing compares to the fulfillment it brings. So glad to know that you had a whale of time visiting the Kapamilya network. Please keep sharing your experience to us. :)

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  17. Hello! We, BS EcE students, would like to organize a field trip at ABSCBN.
    How much is the tour?
    We really hope for your quick reply.
    my E-mail: rpc_3@yahoo.com
    We really need the information as soon as possible. Thank you!

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  18. Hello! We would like to organize a school field trip at ABSCBN.
    How much is the tour?
    my email: rpc_3@yahoo.com
    We need the information as soon as possible. THANK YOU! :)

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