Richard Gomez surprised and happy about his new distinction from Anak TV Seal

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Richard Gomez's wish to host a game show was granted by GMA-7 this year, plus, he got a big bonus: a thumbs up from the Pinoy viewers, young and old.


Survey says, "Richard Gomez is one of the most admired TVmale personalities this year."

Indeed, the 42-year-old actor's popular line in his gameshow Family Feud has become germaneto his popularity among Pinoy viewers.

The annual nationwide survey—which had 4,500 respondents,including children—was conducted by Southeast Asian Foundation for Children andTelevision, which advocates responsible and kid-friendly TV programming andimproved TV viewing in Philippine households. The results (Click this link to view complete list of winners) were released a fewdays ago, and it's Goma's first time to receive an Anak TV Seal award.

In a phone conversation with PEP (Philippine EntertainmentPortal), Richard could not hide his elation. The good news was relayed to himby the executive producer of Family Feud yesterday afternoon,December 5.

"I am very surprised and very happy," the host-actor said. "Kasiibig sabihin, that's how people see my character now either on TV or in person.That also means they see me as wholesome."

As an actor, we know that he can be very intense in terms ofattacking his character. As a showbiz talk-show host, he can be veryopinionated. As a sportsman, he's very competitive. But as the host of Family Feud, he's more relaxed, breezyand charming.

He related, "Hosting the show is a great move. Nakita talagang tao yung other side ng personality ko sa FamilyFeud."

The former matinee idol now joins the ranks of other popular television personalities: MikeEnriquez, Arnold Clavio, Julius Babao, Ted Failon, GaryValenciano, Aga Muhlach, Robin Padilla, Edu Manzano, Cesar Montano, PioloPascual, and John Lloyd Cruz, including newbies Kim Atienza and Gerald Anderson.

Richard said, addressing the respondents, "I am very happyabout winning this award. Thank you so much for choosing me. It's really asurprise to me."

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He ended gleefully, "Double celebration ito para sa akinkasi the other night, si Lucy naman ang napili bilang Best Female Host [fortalent search show Shall We Dance?]sa PMPC Star Awards."


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