Launched in August last year, the program exclusively produced by premier Filipino network, ABS-CBN Japan Inc. (TFC Japan) and Interproduce Inc., was one of the first to deliver the good news on the Philippines emerging as a tiger nation in Asia via Balitang Japan’s second season. In a media conference facilitated by the Philippine Economic Team together with the Bangko Central ng Pilipinas, the team shared that the Philippines is on the right track to economic development.
In September, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Albert Romulo discussed bilateral relations with Deputy Prime Minister Katsuya Okada, Senator Hajime Ishii and Minister of Foreign Affairs Koichiro Gemba. Barangay Japan was there to cover the momentous event.
Barangay Japan did not only provide information but avenues for Filipinos in the region to shine. Galing ng Pinoy shared the stories of Pinoys who made it in the Land of the Rising Sun. The segment featured the outstanding winners of TFC’s first and truly worldwide competition – TFCKat.
Aside from mainstream entertainment, Galing ng Pinoy also featured highlights on Philippine culture. The Asian Women Friendship Society, a prestigious organization aimed at bringing together women of different cultures, has long been headlined by Japanese and foreign nationals. For the first time in 15 years, the group tasked the Philippines to head the annual celebration. Under the leadership of Madame Theresa L. Lopez, wife of His Excellency Manuel Lopez, Philippine Ambassador to Japan, her team showcased the Philippine culture through colorful dance, homegrown music and export-quality products for the international market.
The long list of success stories continues as Negosyong Pinoy shared the stories of Pinoy entrepreneurs who have managed to establish their own businesses in a foreign country.
While Barangay Japan celebrated the successes of Filipinos, it also presented the real but sometimes painful stories of kababayans. Pinang’
Serbisyong Pinoy continued this kapamilya spirit alive as it provided tips on where to find free services, ranging from legal to socio-civic assistance in the second season. Meanwhile, Kaganapang Pinoy, showcased the latest happenings and the places to be in Japan.
From news to lifestyle, Barangay Japan season 2 was the complete package. The show continued to serve a buffet of classic and contemporary cuisine in Lasang Pinoy. Meanwhile Buhay Pinoy also shared the lives of people of interest. One of the highlights of the 2nd season was an investigative report on retired jockeys from the Philippines who were offered jobs as jocks but were hired as horse groomers in the Ibaraki prefecture and in Hokkaido. Barangay Japan was the first bring their plight out in the open. To date, these jockeys continue to fight for their rights in court.
With informative and enlightening segments that helped Pinoys lead their lives in Japan while ensuring they are in touch with home, Barangay Japan is a testament of TFC’s continued commitment to be with their journey through life as Filipinos in a distant land.
Barangay Japan Season 2 was hosted by Sharon Francisco; co-hosts and Jujitsu players Ramil Lagasca and Maxiell Nadin. Season 2 episodes and the hosts can still be watched via TFC’s video-on-demand and official online service www.tfc.tv.