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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 13, 2020


BILLY CRAWFORD is so lucky as he has two new shows on TV5, but with different producers. 

Since TV5 opened their station to blocktime buyers, so many content producers have started producing new programs for them. 

One of them is Brightlight Productions which is the company behind Billy’s daily lunchtime show that starts airing on Monday, October 19, “Lunch Out Loud”, and Viva Entertainment which produces “Masked Singer” that starts airing on October 24, a Saturday.

So how is it to be a new dad to their son, Baby Amari?

“Words can’t really express what I felt when I first saw our son,” he says. “Of course, first of all, we have to thank God for giving us our own angel. And I salute my strong, brave wife for what she went through in giving birth to him. 

I have nothing but gratitude and respect for her. It’s a life changing experience and the past few nights, walang tulugan talaga, but it’s okay. We enjoy every minute of it. I can’t be more in love with my wife and our son.”

He’s now definitely much more inspired to work and he considers Baby Amari as a lucky charm since no less than two new shows came to his lap after ABS-CBN lost its franchise. 

He welcomes doing “Lunch Out Loud” with Alex Gonzaga and their co-hosts. In “Masked Singer Pilipinas”, he’s the host with Aga Muhlach, Cristine Reyes, Matteo Guidicelli and Kim Molina as the celebrity jurors. 

“Masked Singer Pilipinas” is just one of the five new shows that Viva is producing. 

The others are: “Ghost Adventures” - a comedy-horror series with Benjie Paras as Jack, a ghost whisperer, with Empoy Marquez and Kylie Versoza joining him in his hilarious adventures, to be shown Saturday nights starting October 31.

“Bella Bandida” - Ryza Cenon in her first title role as a new superhero promoting woman empowerment loosely based on Francisco V. Coching’s comic novel of the same title. This will start on November 23, along with “Kagat ng Dilim”, a horror anthology to make viewers scream with fright to be directed by top directors like Richard Somes, Lawrence Fajardo, Paul Basinillo, and Rae Red.

Last but not the least on the list of Viva’s first 5 on TV5 is “Onstage”, where you can relish the moments that made history in the concert scene. Catch your favorite artists perform their hits and more! 

Some of the titles to look forward to are: Anne Curtis’s “Anne Kapal Forbidden Concert”, “Revolution: The JaDine Concert”, “The Crew: Billy Craword, Sam Concepcion and James Reid”, “Playlist”, “SiKat Ako: Katrina Velarde Concert”, “Martin & Side A”, Martin Nievera 3D, Martin Nievera and Sarah Geronimo’s “What Love Is?”, and more Sarah G’s concerts, such as “In Motion”, “The Next One”, “From The Top”, and “The Great Unknown”.