Monday, April 19, 2010

Batibot: A Childhood Fave Makes A Comeback

Huwag kayong aalis, babalik kaagad ang Batibot!

Don't you leave just yet, Batibot will return quickly!

This is their catchphrase before this children's show goes into commercial. Well, its been decades and the show Batibot is finally coming back on air at its new home on channel TV5! Yay!

For Moms who grew up in the 80s in the Philippines, Batibot just stirs up a lot of fond memories growing up.

Batibot is the local counterpart of Sesame Street and like the CTW production the show has puppets, animation and storytelling. The show is all set in a happy little neighborhood in the city called Batibot. Batibot in the vernacular means "small but strong and robust"

Photos from Batibot Facebook Page 

The cast is lead by notable thespians who are forever known in their roles as friendly neighborhood people- Kuya Bodjie (Elder Brother Bodjie) who tells stories, Ate Siena (Elder Sister Siena) who breaks into song while giving out advice to kids, Kuya Ching (Elder Brother Ching) who is a funny jeepney driver.

Magandang umaga mga bata! ako si kikong matsing at paborito ko kumain ng saging!
Good Morning kids! I'm Kiko the Monkey and I love to eat bananas!

Kiko Matsing reminds me of Oscar the grouch, his body hidden behind wooden crates or boxes and just stays there throughout the show. But unlike Oscar, he's not grouchy at all, he just likes to asks a lot of questions.

The iconic Batibot mascot Pong Pagong (Pong the Turtle) who eats KangKong (water spinach). He stretches his neck out when he's happy

Batibot is currently in production and will air very soon as announced by TV5. Hope we could all introduce our kids to an old childhood fave- for every generation needs a show like Batibot.

Perlas na bilog wag tutulog tulog sabihin sakin ang be bi bo bu!!!!

Round pearl, don't sleep just yet, tell me the be bi bo bu!!!!


Ibyang said...

they're my husband and i's favorite!!!! until now we still sing some of the songs we learned from the show.

hope they release DVDs too :)

madhatter said...

Hi Ibyang,

I hope they could do renditions of the old songs in the new Batibot show :)

Can't wait for a DVD boxset too!

moonchild117 said...

Being an 80s baby, I am absolutely happy that TV5 is breathing new life to an iconic children's show that has molded many Filipino kids back then. Aside from those in Nick Jr., this will be a show that I'd be glad to introduce to my daughter.

80's Pinas said...

Hi mommy cow! I happen to have a blog of my own that I made to help me as I go down memory lane and I did a blog about Batibot's comeback. I hope it's okay with you that I featured your blog (this in particular) in my site. I just put a link there so that (if there are readers) they can access your blog right away. Just message me if you like otherwise. Thanks! I enjoyed reading your blog! =) Tc!

madhatter said...

Thank you 80s Pinas for linking my post! Can't wait for Irma Daldal and her Chuwari-wariwahs!

80's Pinas said...

it's my pleasure, mommy cow! =) it's good to know that many people are really thrilled and excited for Batibot's come back. Good thing you mentioned Irma Daldal, I almost forgot her!

Have a nice day to you, mommy cow! TC! =)

80's Pinas said...

oooh,I almost forgot..I'm sorry I forgot to put a pic of your blog in my post. But you can check it now, I already posted a pic of your blog along with the link! =))

Lhot said...

Hi Mommycow,

I was browsing the internet to hopeully find info re Batibot DVD and I was brought to your blog.

We live in Spain and I'd like my daughter to learn tagalog that's why I really want her to be able to watch Batibot. I know it will be a great help for me in teaching her my native language. I too, grew up with and I absolutely love it.

I will be following your blog if you don't mind. I liked your article and surely it will be sweet to be linked with another Filipina mommy blogger. This will make me feel connected to mommy "happenings" and "what-have-yous in Pinas :) (and maybe get updated when Batibot releases DVD! yay!)

Kurly said...

Yes please let me know if this becomes available on DVD. Need to see Batibot here in the US.