Nothing perhaps best represent TV5's claim of offering alternative programming than the so-called first "talakserye" on local television titled Face to Face.
Face to Face, as described by main host Amy Perez, "brings together two opposing parties in a forum that aims to resolve misunderstandings by providing advice from counselors and opinions from the audience."
The intriguingly offbeat talk show tackles various real-life issues perceived too touchy for television viewing. Episode titles such as "Babae Ipinagpalit ni Lalaki sa Isang Bading," "Santa Salbahe," and "Rebelasyon: Ayaw ko na sa Aking Karelasyon" are not really the type of subjects commonly viewed on local television.
Other topics discussed include two mag-kumares fighting over their respective sari-sari stores competition, a guy engaged in a confrontation against three lesbians, an abused mother fighting against her annoying son and daughter-in-law, an angry group composed of gay beauty queens protesting over a stolen title, and much, much more.
The program aims to resolve the heated conflict with the assistance of the Trio Tagapayo comprised of legal counsel Atty. Persida Acosta, spiritual adviser Fr. Gerry Tapiador, and clinical psychologist Dr. Camille Garcia.
Adding color to the show are the segments "Face-Off," "Facebuking," "Just Face It," and Amy-nan"—where the host express her own thoughts about the issue on hand.
MOTHER OF REALITY SHOWS. But while others eventually patch things up, some unfortunately refuse to reach an agreement both on and off cam.
"As much as we want all of our subjects to reconcile, wala din naman kaming magagawa if they don't want to," Amy mentioned to PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) during an interview conducted at Alex III restaurant in Tomas Morato, Quezon City.
Fans of the show labeled it as a worthy "guilty pleasure" while some likened it to a tragic car crash one just couldn't help but look at. Face to Face—in a time where reality shows are abundant—come across as the most genuine among the lot.
The scenes unfolding are no different from what's happening inside a cramped barangay hall or a small court room in any town or city. "Only that there's a camera documenting all the drama and tensed exchanges going on between the subjects," said Amy.
Amy acknowledged Face to Face's novelty feature as its top selling point. But there's nothing surprising in terms of public interest in watching feuding parties slugging it out for everyone to see.
"The mere fact that Filipinos love boxing only goes to show na gustong-gusto nating nakakapanood ng bangayan. Pero hindi naman ibig sabihin na puro bangayan ang mapapanood nila sa Face to Face. Kasi more than the arguments and gusto talaga namin is 'yong idea na nakakapag-usap 'yong bawat party, nailalabas nila 'yong problema nila and they're given the importance knowing na nakikinig ako and nakikinig 'yong Trio Tagapayo. Ngayon 'yong pagbabangayan nila that is something you cannot dictate kasi emosyon na nila 'yon, e. That's how they feel," explained Amy.
Catch Face to Face daily from Monday to Friday at 11:00 a.m. with replays every late night on TV5.