TV Maria Foundation Philippines, Inc., or simply TV Maria, was created to fulfill the vision of being the Filipino Catholic TV Channel here in the Philippines.
It is owned by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), and is managed and financed by the Archdiocese of Manila for the CBCP.
Indeed, the Catholic Church of the Philippines has yet to have its own television channel. Mainly, this is what TV Maria aims to address.
TV Maria is a national Catholic television channel broadcasting from Manila, Philippines. Owned by TV Maria Foundation Philippines (a non-profit, non-stock organization under the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Manila), it airs 24 hours a day and is currently available on major and provincial cable operators, and via online live streaming.
Most of the station's programs are both in-house productions and packaged shows from the Jesuit Communications Foundation, Kerygma Foundation, Family Rosary Crusade, Society of St. Paul, and other Catholic groups.
The Roman Catholic Church recognizes the importance of keeping up with the times to reach out to a greater number of people. And TV Maria is its means to cater to a Filipino audience who are hungry for God's Word through television as well as through various alternatives such as the internet and the cellphone.
TV Maria Foundation Philippines, Inc. – or simply known as TV Maria – is a non-profit, non-stock religious organization of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines through the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Manila. Its work mainly involves evangelizing the Catholic faith through television and internet broadcasting, plus other forms of modern communication. It promotes not only the importance of communication and information in building a nation but also the importance of interweaving these with Catholic Filipino values.
TV Maria began test broadcasting on January 1, 2006, and began regular transmission on December 8, 2007, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.
On August 13, 2013, during a press conference for the upcoming Philippine Conference on New Evangelization, Archbishop of Manila Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle announced that TV Maria finally granted its free-to-air television franchise from the National Telecommunications Commission.
Starting 2015, TV Maria began to broadcast its Misa Nazareno mass from historic Quiapo Church live via video streaming, as well as certain Papal Masses via EWTN. Since Holy Week 2016, TV Maria also started live broadcasts of Holy Week activities in the Manila Cathedral using widescreen format.