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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 16, 2016

Ogie Alcasid Is Now Officially A Kapamilya As Judge In 'Tawag Ng Tanghalan' And 'Your Face Sounds Familiar: Kids'

OGIE ALCASID was officially presented to the press by ABS-CBN as a Kapamilya artista in a solo presscon introducing him as one of the judges of “Your Face Sounds Familiar: Kids” that starts airing on January 7. He will sit in the jury alongside Mr. Pure Energy Gary Valenciano and Megastar Sharon Cuneta. The musical competition will give total transformation to eight kiddie celebrity performers, who will impersonate local and international music icons and provide viewers with a concert-like entertainment experience. He's also a judge in "Tawag ng Tanghalan".

Was it easy for him to decide to be a Kapamilya? “No, especially when you are at the crossroads of your career,” says Ogie. “It’s the Lord who helped me to come back here. It was the right time and it was a process. I was invited several times to guest here in various shows and the welcome was very warm. They reminded me, dito ka naman nagsimula, e. And it’s true. My first TV show was ‘Small Brothers’ with Janno Gibbs in 1993, followed by ‘Mana-Mana’ and ‘Game na Game’. In 1994, Ms. Cory Vidanes got me to be the tourist guide of the Miss Universe candidates and that’s where I met my first wife. Then they offered me ‘Your Face Sounds Familia: Kids’. Gusto ko raw ba? And why not? How can you say no when I will be with good friends Gary Valenciano and Sharon Cuneta? And with kids pa. So the program really appeals to me.”

Ogie says he has signed an exclusive multi-platform contract with ABS-CBN, which means he can also in teleseryes and do movies. What makes him a perfect judge for “Your Face Kids,” however, is his solid background as a comedian both on television and in film. Having received various awards for his comedy work, Ogie has played different characters and performed gags that appeal to an all-ages audience. His expertise will be seen in “Your Face Kids” as he critiques the live performances of celebrity kids, namely child star Alonzo Muhlach, “The Voice Kids” Seasons 1 and 2 champions Lyca Gairanod and Elha Nympha, “The Voice Kids” artist Justin Alva, Yey! channel host Sam Shoaf, “Langit Lupa’s” Xia Vigor, “FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano’s” Awra, and “Dance Kids” champion AC Bonifacio of Lucky Aces. How will Ogie be as judge?

“It’s important that they enjoy what they are doing, yung panggagaya nila ng ibang artists. Magiging mabait ako sa mga bata pero magiging mas maloko ako nang kaunti, may humor, may joke ang pagja-judge ko.”

Don’t miss the premiere of “Your Face Sounds Familiar: Kids” in January 7, 2017. For updates, like www.facebook.com/yourfaceph, or follow @YourFacePH on Twitter and Instagram.