PEP YEARENDER 2021: Trending TV Moments

by James Patrick Anarcon
Dec 27, 2021
Trending TV moments of 2021
Here are some of the trending TV moments that happened in 2021! (L-R, clockwise) Scenes from Init sa Magdamag, Wish Ko Lang, Pinoy Big Brother, and ASAP Natin 'To
PHOTO/S: ABS-CBN / GMA-7

The television industry is back in full swing this 2021.

It has since recovered from a year of airing replays and erratic TV programming brought about by the pandemic and the shutdown of ABS-CBN in 2020.

Teleseryes, reality shows, and live events all had their share of intense moments and bloopers that caught the attention of viewers and netizens, and became trending topics on social media.

In random order, PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) looks back on some of the trending moments that happened on Philippine TV this 2021:

1. KD Estrada and Anji Salvacion’s heartbreak story in Pinoy Big Brother

One of the trending moments on the tenth season of Pinoy Big Brother (PBB) was the story of KD Estrada and Anji Salvacion. The two singers of ASAP Natin ‘To used to be involved in a close relationship, but already broke up upon entering the PBB house.

While the two became close again inside the PBB house, Anji established her boundaries and clarified that she could only offer friendship, especially since she was having a hard time grasping KD’s situation.

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KD had been open in saying that he has been experiencing anxiety since he entered the PBB house.

In a heart-to-heart conversation aired on November 11, Anji got straight to the point and turned down KD.

“I wanted to get this straight na there will never be a chance. I wanted to say this to you, there will never be a chance for us to have a romantic relationship.”

A sobbing KD later talked to Anji and admitted he was hurt that Anji did not reciprocate his feelings. “I’m sorry if I seem I’m such the worst person in the world, but it just hurts that you said you never felt the same way.”

Even then, KD and Anji have remained friends inside the house.

KD Estrada in tears after Anji Salvacion turns down his feelings towards her.

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2. Alexa Ilacad and Albie Casiño figure in “peanut butter” war inside the PBB house.

One of the highlights of PBB season 10 was the misunderstanding between Alexa Ilacad and Albie Casino over a jar of peanut butter.

From their team's weekly budget, Alexa wanted to buy herself a little jar of peanut butter, but Albie felt it was more “practical” to buy one kilo of chicken.

Later, Albie got irked with Alexa hid the peanut butter jar, “Napakawalanghiya mo naman. Lahat tayo dito gutom.”

In the end, the two fixed their misunderstanding right before Albie was evicted from the PBB house.

Albie Casino, Alea

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3. The Clash contestant Reign Lanz misses a note at the end of her performance.

The Clash season four contestant Reign Lanz performed Mon del Rosario’s song, “Sino Ang Baliw?” for the first round of the competition.

Reign had a flawless start and gave her all. But at the end of her performance, she was not able to hit the note.

During the panel, Reign admitted that she was dismayed by what happened. She told the judges, “Medyo disappointed po kasi iyong dulo, hindi po ganun iyong pag-rehearse ko.”

Judge Ai-Ai delas Alas suggested that Reign could have saved her performance by highlighting her uniqueness as a performer.

Ai-Ai explained, “Minsan kasi sa isang performer at singer, hindi naman kailangan iyong sobrang magaling ka kumanta, minsan may mga paandar din iyan.

"So kung ito ang kanta mo, minsan siguro, lagyan mo ng baliw-baliwan ka. Minsan hindi lang tungkol sa kanta, minsan iyong uniqueness mo as a performer."

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To make light of the situation, Ai-Ai then said that if she were in Reign's place, she would have resorted to dramatics.

“Kung ako, magbabaliw-baliwan ako. Naku, neng, pasok ka kapag nagbaliw-baliwan ka diyan ‘tapos with matching kahit papaano, iyong boses mo naman is okay, pasok ka diyan. Kapag gumulong ka diyan, neng, pik pak boom shakalakala ang ibibigay ko sa iyo!”

“Pik Pak Boom Shakalakala” is Ai-Ai’s line each time she is blown away by contestant's performance.

Unfortunately, Reign lost to co-finalist Lovely Restituto and was unable to advance to the next round.

Reign Lanz sings Sino Ang Baliw in The Clash

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4. Darren Espanto flubs song lyrics during ASAP performance.

In the October 3 episode of ASAP Natin ‘To, Darren Espanto missed the lyrics for his song-and-dance number of Bobby Brown’s “Little Step.”

Darren had a confident start as he danced his way to the stage, but fumbled when it was time for him to sing. He was not able to read the lyrics on the teleprompter and ended up mumbling through the song.

He attempted to maintain his composure during the dismal performance, and gestured for the production team to scroll up the teleprompter.

During the interlude of his performance, Darren said, “That’s how you know we’re doing a live show, everyone! ASAP Natin ‘To!”

After the number, Darren said in his spiels, “Guys, lesson learned today, kapag live tayo, huwag tayong magre-rely sa teleprompter. Dapat memorize mo iyong lyrics mo.”

Darren Espanto encounters blooper on ASAP

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5. Karen Davila “literally” turns a new leaf on TV Patrol.

Karen Davila’s return to TV Patrol on October 1 became a trending topic on social media when a leaf landed on her face while she was doing her outro. At the time, she was stationed outside ABS-CBN’s ELJ Building.

As Henry Omaga-Diaz was delivering his spiels, Karen was just smiling at the camera when a leaf landed on her face, almost distracting her.

When Karen posted the blooper on Twitter and Instagram, she wrote in the caption, “literally turning over a new leaf.”

Karen Davila's leaf blooper on TV Patrol.

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6. Julia Montes reunites with Coco Martin as she becomes the “huling pag-ibig” of Cardo in FPJ's Ang Probinsyano.

Julia Montes was supposed to return to showbiz in 2020 after a two-year hiatus. However, this was halted by the pandemic when her projects got shelved.

In 2021, Julia finally staged her comeback when she joined the sixth year of FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano as Mara, the new leading lady of Coco Martin’s character, Cardo. She was even introduced as the “huling pag-ibig” of Cardo.

Of course, the CocoJul fans were happy to see their favorite love team on screen again.

Aside from Julia, more stars joined FPJ's Ang Probinsyano on its sixth year. These include Joseph Marco, Rosanna Roces, Roi Vinzon, John Estrada, and the Megastar Sharon Cuneta.

Julia Montes is Cardo's huling pag-ibig in Ang Probinsyano

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7. Claire Castro and Myrtle Sarrosa’s “malamyang sampalan” on Nagbabagang Luha.

Newbie Claire Castro received mixed reviews for her portrayal as Cielo, the rebellious sister of Glaiza de Castro, in GMA-7’s TV remake of Nagbabagang Luha.

Being the kontrabida, Claire had to do intense catfights with her co-stars, including Myrtle Sarrosa.

One of the scenes called for Claire and Myrtle to slap each other after a confrontation.

Some viewers found the scene "malamya."

In a PEP.ph interview, Nagbabagang Luha leading man Rayver Cruz came to Claire’s defense, saying that “napakagaling niya doon sa project and nakita ko iyong willingness niya na matuto talaga, lalo na sa ganoon kabigat na project and talagang pinagbutihan niya.”

Claire Castro in Nagbabagang Luha

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8. Gerald Anderson’s white boxers scene in Init sa Magdamag.

On March 24, 2021, the Internet heated up with a steamy teaser to Init Sa Magdamag featuring lead actor Gerald Anderson in his white boxer briefs.

The scene showed Yam and Gerald's respective characters, Rita and Tupe, as roommates.

Tupe, who was complaining about the heat and, at the same time, trying to seduce Rita, suddenly took off his clothes and stripped down to his white boxer briefs.

In just 20 hours since the video was first uploaded on Facebook, it earned 2.3 million views with netizens gushing over Gerald’s physique.

Gerald Anderson and Yam Concepcion's steamy scene in Init Sa Magdamag.

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9. Shido Roxas’ lunok blooper in Wish Ko Lang!

In August 2021, Wish Ko Lang! trended for an episode featuring Christopher de Leon and Shido Roxas.

In the story, Shido's character died of a heart attack, and a scene showed Christopher crying over his dead body in the morgue.

Netizens were quick to spot Shido gulping as he pretended to be dead, and the video clip went viral on social media.

Shido reposted the article leading to the viral blooper, saying, "Kayo na lang po ang wag huminga at gumalaw ng 2 mins [peace emoji] [hug emoji]."

Shido Roxas' lunok blooper in Wish Ko Lang

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10. Catriona Gray trends for “Venezuela” blooper during Binibining Pilipinas pageant.

Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray trended on social media during the coronation night of Binibining Pilipinas 2021 held on July 11, 2021.

It was after she announced “Venezuela” instead of “Valenzuela” when Valenzuela City’s representative, Meiji Cruz, entered the Top 13.

The words "Venezuela" and "Catriona" quickly entered the trending topics during the coronation night.

On Twitter, Catriona replied to a netizen who found her blooper cute and related it to another trending moment during the pageant: “Ito po ang sagot ko kay Tito Boy, when it’s okay not to be okay. Char. [laughing with tears, peace sign emojis]”

Boy Abunda also trended for his “very challenging” question during the pageant, which was: "When is it okay not to be okay and when is it not okay to be not okay?"

Catriona Gray trends for Venezuela blooper in Binibining Pilipinas

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11. Bea Alonzo's first appearance in All-Out Sundays.

After transfering to GMA-7 in July, Bea Alonzo finally appeared in the October 3 episode of the Kapuso variety show All-Out Sundays (AOS). Her appearance made it to Twitter's trending topics.

Clad in a pink gown with a long trail, Bea performed “I Can See Clearly Now” by Jimmy Cliff. She also had duets with big stars of the Kapuso network.

After she was welcomed by the show’s hosts, Bea remarked, “Ang saya-saya ko kasi sa wakas nasa AOS stage na ako. I’m thankful dahil ang dami ko agad nakilalang Kapuso ngayon.”

Prior to being a Kapuso, Bea started her career in ABS-CBN and was a Kapamilya for 20 years.

Currently, Bea is preparing for her shoot with Alden Richards for their movie A Special Memory.

Bea Alonzo in All-Out Sundays

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12. Netizens tag Mel Tiangco "first Pinay on Mars" as viewed on 24 Oras report.

GMA-7’s flagship news program 24 Oras went viral on social media on February 22 for its report on the successful landing of NASA's Perseverance rover on planet Mars. The historical event in space took place on Friday, February 19, 2021.

The 24 Oras report featured the three Filipino-American engineers among the thousands of scientists and technicians involved in the mission.

While delivering the report at the studio, the augmented reality (AR) graphics made news anchor Mel Tiangco appear like she was on Mars!

Netizens were amused by the AR graphics that they tagged Mel as the “kauna-unahang Pinay sa Mars!”

Mel Tiangco is the First Pinay on Mars

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Here are some of the trending TV moments that happened in 2021! (L-R, clockwise) Scenes from Init sa Magdamag, Wish Ko Lang, Pinoy Big Brother, and ASAP Natin 'To
PHOTO/S: ABS-CBN / GMA-7
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