ABS-CBN Regional Channel (ARC), dubbed ‘the channel that speaks your language’, can now be seen by a global audience as it launches in cable, satellite and digital platforms in key countries worldwide.
ARC, distributed by the largest and leading Philippine multi-media conglomerate ABS-CBN Corporation, through its subsidiaries and affiliates, delivers now to a global audience a mix of news, entertainment and lifestyle programs featuring the current affairs and endemic culture of each major island in the Philippines.
First launched as Regional Network in the Philippines in 2016 to bridge the capital city of Metro Manila to the rest of the Philippines through content, ARC is now broadcast globally to serve as a link for Filipinos outside the Philippines to their homeland; to narrow the gap via content; and to reconnect the growing number of young Filipinos who have assimilated the culture of their second homes.
Now reaffirming its tagline of “bringing Filipinos closer to home”, ARC delivers content offerings in local languages: Tagalog, Cebuano, Bikol, Chavacano, Waray and Hiligaynon across different platforms in different territories including cable, satellite (TFC direct-to-home) to digital (program genres on TFC IPTV and TFC online in North America, Oceania, Europe, Africa, Middle East and the rest of Asia.
Revisiting Their Hometowns
With the use of satellite and digital technology, ARC traverses the boundaries to deliver updates from several points in the Philippines:
Rediscovering Their Roots
From north to south, ARC showcases the sub-cultures in each of the three major islands of the Philippines through magazine shows such as: MagTV Na,” a tele-magazine show highlighting the best of each region which also airs in regional versions: Atin `To (Baguio); Oragon (Bicol); Cebu (Cebuano), Amiga (Bacolod), Asenso Ta (Cagayan de Oro); Magnegosyo Ta (Davao), and De Aton Este (Zamboanga or Chavacano version).
Reconnecting With Fellowmen
ARC also brings viewers to a virtual reunion with their fellow Filipinos or kababayans from the same regions as it gives them a glimpse of the latest events.
From information and entertainment to public service, ARC’s service goes beyond through:
From television to music, ARC also provides far-reaching content as it brings music ranging from Original Pilipino Music (OPM) and hits in the vernacular via radio stations MOR 101.5 Bacolod and MOR 97.1 Cebu.
According to Ned Legaspi, Global Content Head, “ABS-CBN through its subsidiaries and affiliates, has been unwavering in trying to reach out to Filipinos outside the Philippines through content that highlights the best of the country and inspires Filipinos to be the best they can be. While we have already explored a wide range of content delivered in platforms that suit the overseas Filipino lifestyle through the years, we continue the search for relevant content as part of our commitment”.
Legaspi adds: “The launch of ARC brings our mission deeper. It does not only bring together the regional shows in the major languages of the homeland but also showcases a beautiful fusion of the sub-cultures that define our country. Through ARC, we hope to bring them the language of their youth and help them go about their lives as global Filipinos while remaining anchored on their roots”.
ARC joins the other channels distributed by the subsidiaries and affiliates of ABS-CBN which include the world’s biggest source and distributor of Filipino content across platforms The Filipino Channel (TFC), ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC), Cinema One Global, DZMM Teleradyo (audio channel in the U.S.) and MOR 101.9 and other channels available in key countries worldwide such as Cinemo.