Michael V. shares key to longevity in show business: "Don't rest on your laurels."

Michael V. (middle) shares that a true creative genius is someone who never stops improving his craft: "Eventually may makakatapat ka, e. May makakaisip na gumawa ng something na mas creative dun sa ginawa mo at mas magugustuhan kaysa dun sa ginawa mo. So bago pa nila maisip yun, sana makagawa ako ng isa pang bala.” The host of Killer Karaoke Pinoy Naman is joined in this photo by TV5 President and CEO Noel Lorenzana (left) and Entertainment Divisio


“I’m all for killing the network wars,” declared Michael V. during his contract signing with TV5 for the game show, Killer Karaoke Pinoy Naman.

In a press conference held this Friday, October 25, Michael said that he’s thrilled to return to the Kapatid Network where he first started his career as a comedian via the gag show, Tropang Trumpo.

“I’m excited dahil dun ako nagsimula talaga. Gusto ko makita yung pagbabago.

“Before, na-experience ko yung quality ng entertainment sa TV5 at nagkaroon ako ng dahilan para lumipat sa ibang network.

“Ngayon, excited ako dahil may dahilan para bumalik ako.”

He was quick to clarify though that he signed up with TV5 just for Killer Karaoke Pinoy Naman.

It is the Filipino franchise of Killer Karaoke, an American singing competition with a twist.

While the contestant performs a chosen song, various obstacles will unexpectedly arise to prevent him/her from finishing the song number.

TV5’s Entertainment Division Head Wilma Galvante further explained the basic mechanics of the show.

“Hindi alam ng contestant kung ano’ng challenge. Pero may choice siya of song. Dapat kantahin niya ng maayos. Dapat huwag siya ma-out of tune, ‘wag siyang titigil in the midst of the obstacles.”

“May levels, e. Sa final round, may tatlong contestants na maiiwan. May turntable na nagti-tilt. Kapag mas mahaba ang time, mas lumalaki yung prize, which can reach over P100,000 pag na-max.”



NON-EXCLUSIVE CONTRACT. Michael is quite in demand these days as he is also busy with his regular shows on GMA Network, including Bubble Gang, Eat Bulaga, and Pepito Manaloto.

According to the talented comedian, the very reason he chose to be a non-exclusive artist is for him to have the freedom to do shows that he really believes in.

Never mind the fact that having a network contract would mean stability for his showbiz career.

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“Yun nga, e. Hindi siguro ako yung gano’ng klaseng tao na magpapa-guarantee.

“Naniniwala siguro ako sa sarili kong kakayanan kaya pakiramdam ko kaya kong itaguyod ang sarili ko kahit ‘di magpa-exclusive sa isang network.

“Ang yabang ko ba? Parang ang yabang ng dating ko. Hindi… Prinsipyo [ko lang yun] siguro.”

Asked how he managed to keep on fielding projects after 23 years in the industry, Michael replied, “Unang-una magaling ang manager ko.”

After pondering some moments about it, he added, “Siguro dahil sa pangalan na naitaguyod mo—yung reputasyon.

“Alam siguro ng mga network [boss] o kahit sinong producer na kapag pinagawa ako ng isang project aalagaan ko talaga.

“I’ll see to it na hindi magpi-fail. Gagawin ko lahat para maging successful ang project.”

CREATIVE GENIUS. During the press conference, Wilma, who used to be a senior vice-president for entertainment in GMA Network, attested to Michael’s undeniable talent, stressing his involvement in the conceptualization of most of his shows.

Michael humbly refused to be called a “creative genius,” however, stating that there are still a lot of things he has yet to achieve in terms of his craft.

“Sabi ng iba, do not rest on your laurels. That’s exactly what I’m trying to do.

“Kasi you have to be two steps ahead. Dapat three or four pa, everytime na may ginawa kang something na na nag-click at kinatuwaan ng mga tao.

“Eventually may makakatapat ka, e. May makakaisip na gumawa ng something na mas creative dun sa ginawa mo at mas magugustuhan kaysa dun sa ginawa mo.

“So bago pa nila maisip yun, sana makagawa ako ng isa pang bala.”

As an artist, Michael shared that his inspiration comes from simple day-to-day occurrences.

“Everyday items. Basta ang aspiration mo lang is to entertain, you’ll find ways.”

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Killer Karaoke Pinoy Naman will air its pilot episode on TV5 on November 16.


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