ABS-CBN looks back on 65 years of television via 2019 Christmas station ID

by James Patrick Anarcon
Nov 19, 2019
PEPsters, what can you say about the 2019 ABS-CBN Christmas station ID "Family is Forever?"

ABS-CBN brings loyal Kapamilya viewers on a trip down memory lane through its 2019 Christmas station ID.

Dubbed "Family is Forever," the 2019 ABS-CBN Christmas station ID incorporates elements and lyrics from 65 years of its station IDs, plus Christmas features of ordinary people in 2009, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018.

The almost 13-minute video opens with this written message: "Balikan natin ang ilang alaala sa 65 na taon nating pagsasama."

The Kapamilya station's 2019 Christmas ID also features old news footage capturing how the Filipino spirit has remained intact despite the onslaught of super typhoons Ondoy in 2009 and Yolanda in 2013.

The Voice Kids season four coaches Sarah Geronimo, Bamboo, and Lea Salonga, as well as the grand finalists, are next heard singing the "Family is Love" song, which goes by the lyrics, "Pinag-isa tayo ng Diyos at pag-ibig, may iisang puso at iisang tinig. Forever, forever—family is forever."

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The next part shows the opening clip of ABS-CBN's Christmas station ID of 2009. Titled "Bro, Ikaw ang Star ng Pasko," this station ID shows parols carried by a little boy walking along a muddy path in the aftermath of typhoon Ondoy.

The video switches to a now grown-up Zaijian Jaranilla holding a parol. Zaijian was one of the main stars featured ten years ago, in the 2009 ABS-CBN Christmas station ID. He was then the lead star of the Kapamilya network's top-rating series, May Bukas Pa, which popularized the use of "Bro" as a way of addressing God.

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Three kids are also shown singing the "Star ng Pasko" as their Christmas carol.

Add to this, the 2019 Christmas station ID features ordinary people also singing the "Star ng Pasko" song, including fishermen from Baseco, farmers from Nueva Ecija, doctors and nurses from Taguig, call center agents from Pasig, and members of the Philippine navy.

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Pinoys from Cebu and Davao, shoemakers from Marikina, and priests and seminarians from Pasig are likewise shown singing the "Star ng Pasko" song, which is mixed with the lyrics "Forever, forever—family is forever."

A woman from Tahanang Walang Hagdan and a family of three also sing lyrics picked up from the 2015 ABS-CBN Christmas station ID "Thank You For The Love."

Construction workers from Rizal, stewardesses and passengers from an airplane, Filipinos from Hong Kong and Canada, and a teacher from Tiaong Elementary School in Guiguinto, Bulacan, are next shown singing the 2017 ABS-CBN Christmas station ID theme song, "Just Love."

Passengers riding an ordinary bus lead the singing of the 2018 ABS-CBN Christmas station ID theme, "Family is Love."

The station ID also shows the repairs being done to Baclayon Church in Bohol after it was destroyed during the 2013 earthquake. Viewers also get a glimpse of the M/V Eva Jocelyn ship that became typhoon Yolanda's tourism symbol.

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Villagers from Bohol and Tacloban, soldiers from Zambaonga, Ondoy survivors from Marikina join in singing the "Family is Love" theme.


The part that follows features ABS-CBN stars reuniting with regular folk who were formerly featured in past station IDs.

The Kapamilya network also exhibits old photos from previous station IDs.

The following announcement is flashed onscreen: "Inimbitahan namin ang ilan sa ating mga Kapamilya mula sa mga nakaraang station ID."

One of them is a young girl who survived typhoon Yolanda in 2013. She was featured in the Kapamilya station ID that same year.

Wearing a "Tulong Na, Tabang Na" shirt, the girl is now all grown up. "Tulong Na, Tabang Na" shirts were originally sold by ABS-CBN to raise funds for the victims of Yolanda.

Nanay Baby Cerdena, who was teary-eyed when Kim Chiu and Xian Lim surprised her with a visit in the 2013 Christmas station ID, is again surprised by Kim in this year's video.

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They are soon after joined by Love Thy Woman actors Xian, Yam Concepcion, Sunshine Cruz, Eula Valdes, Zsa Zsa Padilla, and Christopher de Leon.

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Koro Bangkal Magbikin, featured in the 2018 ABS-CBN Christmas station ID, is joined by Kadenang Ginto stars Dimples Romana, Beauty Gonzalez, Andrea Brillantes, Francine Diaz, Albert Martinez, Richard Yap, and Seth Fedelin.

In the 2016 ABS-CBN Christmas station ID, Roy Lawagan, a lawyer from the Mountain Province, was featured with Magpahanggang Wakas stars Jericho Rosales and Arci Munoz.

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This time, Atty. Lawagan is surprised by the Pamilya Mabunga of Pamilya Ko: Sylvia Sanchez, Joey Marquez, Kiko Estrada, Kid Yambao, Kira Balinger, Maris Racal, Mutya Orquia, Raikko Mateo, and JM de Guzman.

Arci is also part of Pamilya Ko, but she is not in the station ID.

The hosts of It's Showtime—Vice Ganda, Vhong Navarro, Karylle, Jhong Hilario, Ryan Bang, and Amy Perez—surprise Teresita Cachero and Carlo Bautista. They were first featured in the 65 Years ng Kwentong Kapamilya station ID aired also in 2019.

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Teresita was a contestant of "Tawag ng Tanghalan," where she got a hug from Vice.

Rated K host Korina Sanchez has a chat with Amy Mesias, who was likewise featured in the 65 Years ng Kwentong Kapamilya station ID.

ASAP Natin 'To hosts Regine Velasquez, Ogie Alcasid, Moira dela Torre, and Erik Santos hug Anthony Bendo, who was himself featured in the 65 Years ng Kwentong Kapamilya station ID.

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Julius Babao and Karen Davila mingle again with the Response and Action Force Team volunteers of Las Pinas City. They were together for the 2016 station ID.

Banana Sundae stars Pokwang, Ritz Azul, Ryan Bang, Jason Gainza, and JC de Vera mingle with Paul Abubakar, Dra. Khaye Abubakar, and Dra. Kristel Anne Echano, who once shared their story in the 65 Years ng Kwentong Kapamilya station ID.

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Members of the dance group El Gamma Penumbra, who were also seen in the 65 Years ng Kwentong Kapamilya station ID, spend time with ASAP Natin 'To hosts Sarah Geronimo, Gary Valenciano, Yeng Constantino, Maymay Entrata, Edward Barber, and Darren Espanto.

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Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil, who will top-bill the upcoming series Make It With You, spend time with Jan Aure Gascon, who was featured in the 65 Years ng Kwentong Kapamilya station ID.

Arnel Aba, a handicapped swimmer featured in the 2016 Christmas Station ID, spends time with ASAP Natin 'To hosts Piolo Pascual, Enchong Dee, Morissette Amon, Jona, and Martin Nievera.

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Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla make merry with people of the Noordhoff Craniofacial Foundation Philippines. The institution was featured in the 2016 ABS-CBN Christmas station ID.

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The General's Daughter cast members Arjo Atayde, Ryza Cenon, and Maricel Soriano meet up with educators from Philippine Institute of the Deaf, who were part of the 2014 ABS-CBN Christmas station ID.

The De Vega family, who was with Toni Gonzaga during the 65 Years ng Kwentong Kapamilya station ID, is surprised again by Toni, this time with Home Sweetie Home stars Alex Gonzaga, Bayani Agbayani, Rio Locsin, and Miles Ocampo.

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SanDugo cast members Ejay Falcon, Aljur Abrenica, Jessy Mendiola, Elisse Joson, Cherry Pie Picache, and Vina Morales spend time with Fr. Jesus Garcia Manabat Jr., who was seen in the 65 Years ng Kwentong Kapamilya station ID.

Rudy Gaspillo and Ariel Barrion, who were featured in the 2016 Christmas station ID, are joined by Kahit Minsan Lang stars Richard Gutierrez, Christian Bables, and Rafael Rosell.

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Maalaala Mo Kaya host and ABS-CBN executive Charo Santos-Concio joins Women's Care Center members. The institution was featured in the 2013 Christmas station ID.

Other women from the same institution are surprised by Starla lead actress Judy Ann Santos and cast members Enzo Pelojero, Jana Agoncillo, Joel Torre, Joem Bascon, and Raymart Santiago.

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The Killer Bride cast members Maja Salvador, Geoff Eigenmann, and Joshua Garcia spend time with Estero de Paco volunteers, who were part of the 2014 Christmas station ID.

Your Moment hosts Vhong Navarro and Luis Manzano and judges Nadine Lustre and Billy Crawford make time with other volunteers from the same institution.

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Delilah Dalusag, Emma Nepomuceno, Marilyn Daiton, and Zenaida Jugo, from the 65 Years ng Kwentong Kapamilya station ID, mingle with Magandang Buhay hosts Jolina Magdangal, Melai Cantiveros, and Karla Estrada.

Dolores Frando from the 2017 Christmas station ID receives a hug from TV Patrol anchors Noli de Castro and Gretchen Fullido.

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The Garcia family, a family of soldiers seen in the 2018 Christmas station ID, does the salute with A Soldier's Heart actors Gerald Anderson, Carlo Aquino, Nash Aguas, Vin Abrenica, Jerome Ponce, Yves Flores, and Elmo Magalona.

The hosts of Umagang Kay Ganda, Amy Perez, Winnie Cordero, Gretchen Ho, Jeff Canoy, Ariel Ureta, and Jorge Carino, pose with the Vista Family, who were featured in the 65 Years ng Kwentong Kapamilya station ID.

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Marielle Hernali from the 2016 Christmas station ID is surprised by TV Patrol anchors Ted Failon and Zen Hernandez, while Jefferson and Jhison dela Pena from the 2017 Christmas station ID are seen with Bernadette Sembrano. Ted attended the graduation of Marielle, while Bernadette helped out the dela Pena brothers in the first station IDs featuring them.

The Noblezada Family from the 2018 Christmas station ID mingle with FPJ's Ang Probinsyano stars Coco Martin, Lorna Tolentino, Yassi Pressman, John Arcilla, Bianca Manalo, Rowell Santiago, Michael de Mesa, and Susan Roces.

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Other Kapamilya stars shown in the station ID are: Kahit Minsan Lang lead actress Bea Alonzo; Darna lead actress Jane de Leon; iWant Originals stars Jodi Sta. Maria, Zanjoe Marudo, Julia Barretto, and Herbert Bautista; Nang Ngumiti ang Langit stars RK Bagatsing, Sophia Reola, Nayomi Ramos, Miguel Vergara, and Krystal Mejes; Ipaglaban Mo hosts Atty. Jose and Jopet Sison; and Los Bastardos lead stars Albie Casino, Marco Gumabao, and Joseph Marco.

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The 2019 ABS-CBN Christmas station ID closes with a series featuring ABS-CBN executives, stars, and employees from previous station IDs 1988, 2013, 2016, and 2019.

PEPsters, what do you have to say about the 2019 ABS-CBN Christmas Station ID?

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