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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.

Dec 19, 2015

Kapatid Network TV5 Host Christmas Party To Announce Their New Shows For 2016

TV5 HOSTED a Christmas lunch for the press at the new Novotel Hotel in Cubao. The affair was hosted by Tuesday Vargas and MJ Marfori, and it also served as a presscon for them to introduce Viva Boss Vic del Rosario as their new Chief Strategist for Entertainment in 2016. A teaser trailer showing their offerings for the new year was also shown.

Among the new shows they will introduce is “Ang Panday” starring Richard Gutierrez and Alonzo Muhlach, “Bakit Manipis ang Ulap” with Claudine Barretto and Diether Ocampo, “Tasya Fantasya” with a star from another network to play the title role (they can’t announce yet who she is as her contract from her present station has yet to expire), “Kagat ng Dilim” with horror stories to be directed by Erik Matti, and “Born to be a Star”, a reality show searching for the next top multi-media star with Aiza Seguerra, Mark Bautista and Rico Blanco as the judges. Existing TV5 shows that will still be seen next year include “Wattpad Presents”, “ParangNormalActivity”, “LolaBasyang.com”, “Happy Truck ng Bayan” and “Hi 5”.
Current TV 5 contract stars who are not in the new shows include Derek Ramsay, Jasmine Curtis Smith, Janno Gibbs and Ogie Alcasid. But Boss Vic says that although they will be using their own Viva stars, resident stars of TV5, including Artista Academy discoveries, will continue to be part of the new shows. The fact that Viva is now very much in the picture is obvious in the teaser trailer, which was narrated by Yassi Pressman, a Viva talent.

Of course, some writers are questioning the roster of shows this early. Someone even quipped they hoped that the TV version of “Tasya Fantasya” will be as successful as the earlier movie version, which is one of Kris Aquino’s biggest blockbusters at the box office. (It was already remade on TV by GMA-7 starring Yasmien Kurdi.) They also pray that the “Panday” will be as big a hit in the ratings as ABS-CBN’s earlier version starring Jericho Rosales shot in the Ilocos sand dunes and where his romance with Heart Evangelista was set on fire.