Edu Manzano hosts Endemol quiz show "1 vs. 100"

by Jocelyn Dimaculangan
Sep 4, 2007
Aside from hosting Pilipinas Game KNB?, Edu Manzano has been tapped to be the quizmaster in the Endemol game show 1 vs. 100, which premiered last August 25.

ABS-CBN recently launched 1 vs. 100, a new game show hosted by Edu Manzano that requires more than just mere stock knowledge or plain luck. Boasting of imported equipment from Japan, China, Germany and the US, this quiz show is touted as the most expensive game show produced by the Kapamilya Network.

1 vs. 100 will have a single studio player go against a mob of 100 contestants in a battle for the P2 million top prize, relying on his or her general knowledge, ability to strategize, and the will to win.

"Ang galing ng isa ay kayang tapatan ang galing ng isang daang tao," said Alou Almaden, ABS-CBN business unit head. "It's a modern day version of David versus Goliath, wherein the studio player brings home the cash prize or the mob members split it."

Playing a very important role that will bring excitement and tension to the game is the host. Almaden believes Edu fits the role to a tee because of his credibility in hosting game shows.

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"Edu is the perfect choice because he is intelligent, funny, and compassionate. He is able to maintain his authoritativeness while being able to make contestants feel at ease and connect with viewers," said Almaden.

1 vs. 100 is franchised from the Dutch production company Endemol, the makers of hit shows Deal or No Deal, Dream Academy, and Big Brother. The Philippines is the second Asian country following Vietnam to have its local version of 1 vs. 100, which has gained a wide following in the Netherlands, USA, UK, France, Germany, Spain, Australia, among others.

In the game, the studio player must outlast a mob of 100 people coming from different sectors of society or fields of expertise by answering a series of questions, each corresponding to a cash value. Members of the mob who answer incorrectly get eliminated.

But if the studio contestant answers incorrectly, the remaining members of the mob get to split the prize and play in the next round. They will be called the "Unbeatables" and one of them will be selected as the next studio player.

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Only three chances will be given to the studio player to ask for help from any of the members mob when in doubt of his or her answer. At the end of each round, the lucky studio player may choose to take home the pot money or face the mob for the chance to bring home the P2 million jackpot.

Edu dispelled fears that only geniuses stand the chance to beat 100 contestants single-handedly. "You really don't have to be a born genius to win because we will be asking general questions. It's your strategy and fighting spirit that matter here," he said.

In the pilot episode aired last August 25, fifteen mob members won and split the pot money accumulated by Ai-Ai delas Alas. They returned last Saturday as the "Unbeatables" and faced Brod Pete, who also lost to the mob.

Edu Manzano's 1 vs. 100 airs every Saturday, 7:30 pm, on ABS-CBN.

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