Filipinos are pleasant by nature, unwilling to rock the boat. One of the country’s core values after all, is pakikisama or being agreeable, just going with the flow. We shy away from confrontations to protect a kapwa Pilipino’s amor propio.
Sitata Tasyo is the record scratch to all that.
Sitata Tasyo, GMA News TV’s central character in its election awareness plug series, is the antithesis to the usual pleasant, cajoling voices that urge voters to choose wisely. In less than a minute per edition, Sitata Tasyo attacks wrong old world values head-on, pointing out archaic and flawed voter practices that elect human errors into office.
Sitata Tasyo uses wit, sarcasm, irony, and sometimes even impatience in pointing out what’s wrong – and what could be ideal – in choosing our leaders. But no one takes offense as Sitata Tasyo resembles everyone’s cool, caring uncle. He has his hair in a ponytail, and his everyday garb is as colorful as his language.
Sitata Tasyo is voiced by GMA Post Production director Vincent Gealogo. The series’ look and content were handled by Program Support Department manager Catherine Ko, Ghani Madueno and Anna Cajudo, and Joseph Saguid. Jeffrey John Imutan animated all the episodes.
And if you listen closely enough, you will hear the distinct voices of Kara David and Love Anover in the series.
Sitata Tasyo is a character conceptualized by GMA News and Public Affairs officer Jaileen F. Jimeno.
Catch Sitata Tasyo on GMA News TV Channel 11.
Bridging the art of spoken word to mainstream audience
After releasing his first poetry book in March, Juan Miguel Severo has reached another milestone with Habang Wala Pa Sila, which is now on its second printing.
This career highlight for the spoken word extraordinaire comes less than a month after his jam-packed book launch.
Severo successfully bridged the art of spoken word to mainstream audiences nationwide as evident in another successful book signing recently at National Book Store, Trinoma.
Fans were beyond thrilled as Severo signed books, took selfies, and performed poems from Habang Wala Pa Sila.
Habang Wala Pa Sila is a collection of Severo’s spoken word pieces, some of which have gone viral on Facebook. As the title suggests, most of the poems in the collection were written during times when the young poet was waiting for a companion, a colleague, or a past love.
Severo’s unlikely role as the voice of poetry for the millennials first began with the viral video for his piece, Ang Huling Tulang Isusulat Ko Para Sa’yo, which was shared by thousands on social networking sites. This was followed by his breakout role as Rico on the primetime show, On The Wings of Love.
Released by ABS-CBN Publishing, Habang Wala Pa Sila is the latest addition to ABS-CBN Publishing, Inc.’s successful line of bestselling books. Severo joins an elite roster of authors that includes Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago, Alex Gonzaga, Georgina Wilson, Solenn Heussaff, and Ramon Bautista.
The book is now available in all leading bookstores and newsstand nationwide for 185 pesos.