Sunday, September 20, 2009

Batang BATIBOT Ako!

Shame on those who didn't get to watch this 100% Pinoy children's show for you don't know what you just missed out. Batibot, the Pinoy version of Sesame Street, is definitely one of the most awarded children's TV show back in the days, both locally and internationally. My mom even got the chance to work as a script writer of the show [way the go mom!] and mingled with the cast members, crew and staff. My brother also recalls being in the studio having fun with the puppets especially Pong Pagong and Kiko Matsing.

But despite those numerous awards and priceless lessons that it provides then kids ages 12 and below, the show ended June 30, 2002 due to its decline in TV ratings. The said decline is also due to the growing popularity of other cartoon channels like Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon.

To those who were lucky enough to have shared some part of their youth with Batibot [which literally means small but strong and robust], the experience and the timeless stories and lessons will always be cherished and treasured. If only our modern day kiddie shows would be this brilliant and not just a mere copy or simply a second grade show relying on their computer generated effects. The spirit of the show was simply incomparable with those of today...


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