"Kung Ako Ikaw" replaces three sitcoms of GMA Kili TV

by Nerisa Almo
Jul 14, 2007
Kung Ako Ikaw promises new twists in a comedy show. Program manager Redgie Magno says, "It's not pure reality, may fun element 'to kaya comedy-reality. Kasi ‘in' ngayon ang mga reality [shows], di ba, so we're trying something different."

GMA-7 presents its newest show, Kung Ako Ikaw, considered to be the first comedy-reality show on Philippine television.

Kung Ako Ikaw is a comedy program mixed with reality, which replaces three sitcoms of GMA Kili TV during Monday to Wednesday—Who's Your Daddy, Bahav Mo Ba 'To,? and Nuts Entertainment Just 4 Play. While the first two shows were suddenly stopped from airing, which is just temporary according to GMA-7 program manager Bang Arespacochaga, Nuts Entertainment Just 4 Play will take the slot of HP: Highest Level Na on Saturdays.

However, despite the impermanent shut down of Bahay Mo Ba 'To? and Who's Your Daddy?, Keempee de Leon and Joey Marquez—who were main cast members of the two shows, respectively—will reprise their character roles, namely Harold and Tsong.

Each week, starting on Monday, July 16, Kung Ako Ikaw will feature three celebrities who will be tasked to do menial jobs and referred to as "Manggagawa." They will do a themed job under one supervisor who will be called "Bisor." The "Bisor" is the expert on the particular job featured per week and will be the one to set the criteria for rating the "Manggagawa."

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The "Bisor" will decide who will be the winner based on the performance of the celebrity. The audience will also take part in deciding who among the celebrities performed best. The audience may start voting for their bet on Monday night up to Wednesday night, when the winning "Manggagawa" will be announced in a live episode.

The winning celebrity will receive P100,000 while the "Bisor" will get special prizes. Meanwhile, a lucky winner from the text voters who voted for the winning celebrity will be given a prize of P20,000.

COMEDY-REALITY. Since GMA-7 claimed that Kung Ako Ikaw is the first comedy-reality show in the Philippines, entertainment press asked how is it different from QTV-11's Day-Off and the defunct reality show Extra Challenge.

Joey answered, "Malaki po ang pagkakaiba kasi itong reality na aming ginagawa ay hindi mabilisan. Hindi ito karera kundi dito ipapakita kung paano talaga gagawin ng tama [ang trabaho]. Kasama dito, ang mga magdedesisyon kung sino ang dapat magwagi, hindi kami kundi ang "Bisor" at saka yung manonood."

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And how are they going to inject humor in this show?

"Iinterbyuhin namin kung paano ang ginagawa nila, nag-uusap kami ni Keempee, minsan pag-aaralan namin kung paano gagawin, at baka subukan din namin. Hindi naman nakikita nagkakamali rin kami, nakikita rin namin ang pagkakamali namin," Joey explained.

END OF SITCOMS? After GMA-7's sudden change of programming was aanounced, some members of the press had speculations that GMA-7's Kili TV shows were not rating.

But Keempee, who was saddened by the decision about Bahay Mo Ba 'To?, denied this assumption. He said, "It [Bahay Mo Ba 'To?] was doing good maganda naman ang rating, marami naman ang commercial load. Mag-a-anniversary kami sa September dapat, third year."

The comedian explained that it was an executive decision and they accepted what happened after it was explained to the staff of the show. Keempee observed, "Siguro 'yon ang trend kasi and style ngayon, more on reality-based [shows]. Kahit sa States ngayon 'yong buhay ng artista talaga, di ba? ‘In' kasi ang reality ngayon, 'yong sitcom, sabi nga nila, nandiyan lang naman iyan, e, anytime pwedeng gumawa ng sitcom."

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In connection to this, Arespacochaga also explained that they might bring back Bahay Mo Ba 'To?, which did well in the ratings game. She said, "Hindi lang kami gumawa ng final episodes kasi, unang-una, marami kaming advances kasi advace mag-taping sa mga sitcoms, e.

"When we decided to launch madami na kaming nakabangko. But, actually, we don't wanna end it kasi it can come back anytime. So we're still looking forward to that now."

Meanwhile, GMA-7 vice president for entertainment TV Marivin Arayata assured that their talents from the three shows that have been replaced will still have projects in the Kapuso network.

She said, "Yung ibang mga [artista] sa mga shows [na nawala], naka-line-up na sila sa ibang shows, like drama. Hindi naman mawawalan ng shows. Iyong iba naman may existing na, di ba, like two shows na sila. So naka-line-up na sila sa mga future program ng GMA."

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Bong Revilla will be having a new show by August, Rufa Mae will join the jurors in Showbiz Central, while Ronaldo Valdez will have a soap opera. Tessie Tomas, on the other hand, is still in Europe, according to Keempee.
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Kung Ako Ikaw promises new twists in a comedy show. Program manager Redgie Magno says, "It's not pure reality, may fun element 'to kaya comedy-reality. Kasi ‘in' ngayon ang mga reality [shows], di ba, so we're trying something different."
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