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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Oct 11, 2013

John Prats Sure It's Isabel Oli He Wants To Tie The Knot With

JOHN PRATS leads the new hosts of “I Dare You, Season 2” that starts airing tonight on ABS-CBN after “MMK”. With him are Robi Domingo, Melai Cantiveros and Deniesse Aguilar of PBB Unlimited. An original concept, the game is different from season 1 that featured only celebrities. This time, the contestants are ordinary folks called Bidang Kapamilya and they get a Celebrity Kakampi. In the pilot episode, John himself becomes a Celebrity Kakampi along with Jewel Mische.

They’re assigned in Masantol, Pampanga, which is almost always flooded, to conduct a medical mission and relief operation via helicopter, with Jewel herself as the pilot. They also undergo army training on air, land and water. It was so strenuous that John threw up from overfatigue.

“What’s good about this season is the immersion in the lives of the Bida Kapamilya contestants,” says John. “Before, you just have a task like magtinda kayo sa palengke, tapos na. With the immersion, I now get to understand other people’s lives better. The challenge is bigger.”

The show is directed by very young directors, Alco Guerrero and John Moll. It’s big-budgeted as they use 7 to 10 cameras per taping. They started taping the show a year and a half ago (way before Melay got preggy) and each episode takes anywhere from one week to one month to complete.

“Mahirap gawin as it involves so many people,” says John Moll. “Editing wise, it’s a nightmare kasi with so many cameras, ang dami naming footage na pagpipilian. Some celebrities actually live with their Bida Kapamilya team for several days or even one month.”

Some of the Celebrity Kakampis who were present at the presscon were Dennis Padilla (who acted as a coach to some kids in Tondo learning football), Baron Geisler (who acted as a volunteer firefighter), Japoy Lizardo (a taekwondo champ who did ballroom dancing to help poor kids) and Joj and Jai of PBB Teens (who helped streetchildren as scavengers in garbage dumps).

About his lovelife, after being linked to Heart Evangelista, Shaina Magdayao, Rachel Anne Go and Bianca Manalo, John says he’s sure that his current girlfriend, Isabel Oli, is the one for him. They have seriously talked about marriage and they both feel they’re ready to take the plunge. See article, Camille Prats Acts As Matchmaker To Her Kuya John And Isabel Oli.

“But I haven’t formally proposed to her,” he says. “That will be a surprise. I’m sure she’ll make a good wife kasi hindi siya masyadong driven about her career gaya ng ibang career muna ang priority. She sees herself settling down with me. Very positive ang influence niya sa’kin at wala na akong hinahanap pang iba.”

Join John Prats, Robi, Deniesse and Melai as they showcase Filipinos who brave through life’s challenges in ABS-CBN’s newest realiserye “I Dare You”. For updates, like facebook.com/IDAREYOUSEASON2 or follow ang @IDareYouS2 on Twitter and @idareyouofficial on Instagram.