The Filipino Channel (TFC) in Japan delivers not just entertainment and news with Filipino-oriented content from its parent company ABS-CBN Corporation and content suppliers, but also opportunities for Filipinos in Japan to bond with their families.
ABS-CBN started reaching out to Filipinos in Japan in 1999 via a partnership with WINS Japan. The launch was a fulfillment of ABS-CBN chairman emeritus Eugenio Lopez Jr.’s dream to build “bridges on the air.”
“The vision of our chairman emeritus was to be in service of the Filipino worldwide, wherever they may be. Through cable, satellite, video on demand (VOD), mobile and the Internet, the company’s thrust is to make TFC available on many platforms and devices,” said ABS-CBN Japan managing director Enrique Olives.
In 2007, TFC saw the opportunity to establish its own office in Japan. ABS-CBN Japan launched its Internet Protocol television VOD service in the same year.
Challenges came in the wake of the global economic crisis. In 2011, the Great East Japan Earthquake struck. The TFC team aided the Filipino victims, working with the Philippine government in Japan by collecting donations and organizing telethons and feeding programs in the affected areas.
“TFC Japan would like to be the conduit of connecting the Filipino community both to their homeland and their other kababayan in Japan,” Olives said.
Truly, the bridges that our chairman emeritus once dreamed of have assumed many forms, but the commitment to service continues to be just as strong.
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