With the theme “Reaching and Engaging More Filipinos Nationwide and Worldwide,” Aliw Broadcasting Corporation officially introduced Aliw 23, its digital broadcast television and free-to-air channel, on June 23 at The Podium Hall in Mandaluyong City.
More than 300 guests composed of industry leaders, government officials, advertisers and partners, including advertising agencies and ALC officers, attended the event.
The well-attended, highly anticipated launch signified a major progression for Aliw Broadcasting Corporation as it expanded its presence in the country’s television industry by building upon the accomplishments of its Home Radio and DWIZ brands.
Aliw Broadcasting Corporation is one of the broadcast media assets of the ALC Group of Companies—alongside RPN and Nine Media, which owns and operates CNN Philippines.
“This achievement fills me with confidence that my father, the late Ambassador Antonio Cabangon Chua would have been proud to witness the expansion of the business he established. Serving the Filipino people has always been his vision, and establishing a broadcasting channel was one of his aspirations for the ALC Group. I am certain he would be delighted to see this dream become a reality,” said D. Edgard A. Cabangon, ALC Group Chairman and Aliw Broadcasting Corporation CEO.
On January 5, 2022, the National Telecommunications Commission granted Aliw Broadcasting Corporation a Provisional Authority to operate and maintain a Digital Television (TV) Broadcasting System in Metro Manila/Mega Manila using Channel 23. This grant has paved the way for the corporation to offer high-quality content and entertainment to a wider audience.
Four months later, on May 6, 2022, the channel launched its broadcast with a live video feed of DWIZ, known as IZTV. The following year, on January 30, IZTV was relaunched as ALIW Channel 23.
On June 19 of this year, Aliw Broadcasting Corporation blessed its newly constructed studio for Aliw Channel 23, located at the 20th floor of Citystate Centre on 709 Shaw Blvd., Brgy. Oranbo in Pasig City.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was preceded by a Thanksgiving Mass officiated by Fr. Harley Flores, Deputy Chief Chaplain of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and Chancellor of the Military Diocese.
ALC Group Chairman and Aliw Broadcasting Corporation CEO D. Edgard A. Cabangon was joined by Aliw Broadcasting Corporation executives led by General Manager Randy Cabangon, Executive Vice President Atty McNeil Rante, Vice President for Business Development Dennis Antenor, Jr. and Vice President for Sales and Marketing Marvin Estigoy.
“Today, we have come together to commemorate the inauguration of the Aliw Channel 23 studio, a symbol of our dedication to delivering meaningful and accurate content to our viewers. This new facility will serve as a hub for creativity and innovation, enabling us to continue our mission of providing high-quality programming to our audience,” Cabangon said.
Cabangon added that the launch of Aliw Channel 23 will complete and further solidify the presence of the ALC Media Group across print, radio, television and social media.
The media conglomerate also owns BusinessMirror, Philippines Graphic, and Pilipino Mirror.
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Atty. McNeil Rante, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Aliw Broadcasting Corporation, expressed the channel’s dedication to public service, stating: “We will continue to be of service to the Filipino people by providing only the truth and unwavering public service.”
Aliw 23 aims to become a trusted source of information and a platform for engaging content that resonates with its audience, Rante added.
One of the key features of Aliw 23 is that all its programs can be viewed free of charge, without any subscription required.
Offering Free-to-Air (FTA) services, Aliw 23 broadcasts in unencrypted form, allowing any person with the appropriate receiving equipment to receive the signal and view or listen to Aliw 23 without requiring a subscription, other ongoing cost or one-off fees (pay-per-view).
This accessibility ensures that the channel can reach a wide audience and fulfill its mission of connecting with Filipinos nationwide and even globally.
Aliw 23 officials said the channel is committed to providing relevant news and entertainment on a global scale. “The channel has prepared a diverse range of meaningful segments and programs to deliver a complete television experience for its viewers.”
Aliw Broadcasting Corporation is part of the ALC Group of Companies, a conglomerate that operates in various industries, including insurance, banking and finance, pre-need services, memorial care, hotels, real estate and media, among others.