Richard Gomez will soon be seen in two shows on primetimetelevision: the action series Codename: Asero and the upcoming game show FamilyFeud. This marks the first time that the matinee idol will try hosting a game show.
"We're taping in two weeks' time and siguro pagkatapos nun,magda-dry run kami nun," narrates Richard during the luncheon hostedyesterday, September 19, by the NMPP (Nagkakaisang Manggagawa ng PelikulangPilipino). He says that this new game show will replace Arnell Ignacio's GoBingo, which is airing right before 24 Oras in GMA-7.
The first week will feature showbiz families but thesucceeding weeks will feature non-showbiz families. He reveals that around tenother applicants auditioned to be the host of Family Feud, but he was theone chosen by FremantleMedia to lead the show.
"Marami kaming pinag-audition, more than ten celebrities nanag-audition at sinend nila sa Fremantle. Sila ang nag-decide. Hindi ko alamkung bakit ako ang pinili. I just did my best dun sa audition. Nag-researchlang ako online kung paano tumatakbo yung show."
Prior to his audition, Goma (Richard's nickname) searchedfor videos showing how they play Family Feud in the United Kingdom andother countries. "The whole show—frombeginning to end. Meron silang mga contestants dun."
In the game show, two families will compete against eachother to name the most popular responses to a common question that was posed to100 people. There is a prize of P150,000 that will be accumulated every dayuntil the winning family is defeated by the challenging family.
What is interesting, according to Goma, is the fact thatpeople don't necessarily have to be related in order to form a "family." Hesays that this will initially run for one season but he hopes that this will beextended.
ON KRIS AQUINO. Since Family Feud shares thesame timeslot as Kris Aquino's Kapamilya, Deal or No Deal, is he afraid ofchallenging the seasoned game show host?
"It's a big task considering established na talaga si Krispagdating sa game shows. Malaking assignment at challenge para sa amin, lalo nasa akin dahil first time ko ito to do a game show," says Richard.
He adds, "I heard Kris really wanted to do Family Feud kasiisa sa mga paborito niya ‘to. Kaya lang, nakuha ng GMA-7."
Will this show get in the way of the friendship of KrisAquino and Richard's wife Lucy Torres? "No, no. As a matter of fact, may lunchsila together today."
Kris already knows that Richard will be hosting the showthat will be her direct competitor. What is her reaction to the news? "She'svery happy for me," says Richard.
The press then asked Richard if Kris used the same line as she toldCharlene GonzaleZ: "pa-star ka!" During the Randy Ortiz fashion show lastSeptember 4, Kris kidded Charlene for wearing a blue-and-brown outfit thatsupposedly did not match the motif of the event. (Click HERE to read related article)
Richard recalls, "In fact, I heard about it [the incident]right after the show. May nagkuwento kaagad sa akin."
MIGUEL ZUBIRI'S DONATION. The NMPP is a four-year oldNGO that aims to give benefits to its 4,000 members—all of whom were part orcontinue to work for the movie industry. Richard currently serves as thevice-president of internal affairs of the NMPP.
During the event, Richard expressed his appreciation forSenator Miguel Zubiri's initial P2.5 million donation that will go to thescholarship fund of the NGO.
Richard points out the objective of the NMPP. "Itinayo naminito dahil ang daming tao sa industriya natin na naghihikahos dahil sa pagbagsakng movie industry. Tinayo namin ito as a welfare organization."
Why is there a need for a group like this? "Alam naman natinduring the heyday of Philippine cinema, ang output ng film industry almost 200pero ngayon, average na lang ng 40 movies a year. Ang daming na-dislodge namaliliit na manggagawa. As a matter of fact, 'pag nagpapatawag kami ng generalassembly, maraming tao ang hindi nakakarating kasi wala silang pamasahe,"relates Richard.
There are three criteria that need to be fulfilled by thosewho want to avail of the scholarship: the applicant's father and/or mother mustbe a card-bearing member of the NMPP; the family must be proven financiallyincapable of supporting the schooling of the potential scholar; and theapplicant must have good academic standing.
The tuition fee of 10 to 15 scholars will be shouldered bythe NMPP when they enroll in state-run universities. Three of them will betapped to take up courses related to filmmaking such as mass communication,editing, etc.
According to Senator Zubiri, he will shell out another P2.5million in December to help subsidize the housing project of the NMPP.