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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.

May 25, 2021



YASSI PRESSMAN left “Ang Probinsyano” after almost five years and she’s now hosting “Rolling In It Pilippines”, a luck-based game show that started in the U.K. and now  popular worldwide.

 Contestants will have the chance to play with their favorite stars and they can win up to P2 million. 

This is another winning collaboration with TV5, Cignal TV and Viva Entertainment, replacing the song competition “Born to Be a Star Season 2” where Jeramaeh Trangia won the grand prize. 

This is the third game show of Viva on Cignal-TV5 along with “The Wall” hosted by Billy Crawford and “1000 Heartbears” hosted by Xian Lim. How did Yassi prepare as host of “Rolling In It Philippines”? 

“It’s really something new for me as I’ve never been a game show host and now, I’m all alone as host, so the pressure is all on me,” she says at the zoom presscon. 

“To prepare, I also watched past episodes of the UK show and we had plenty of rehearsals to prepare me. 

"I always read the script thoroughly and Director Bobet Vidanes told me that I have to memorize all the mechanics. I also asked advice from Robi Domingo who’s a good host, and he gave me a lot of pointers.”

As host, she gets affected by the contestants. 

“It’s really very exciting and I want all the contestants to win. I am moved by their personal stories. 

"All of them have valid reasons why they join the game and where and how they will use the money if they’d win so, kung pwede lang, lahat sila swertihin at manalo.”

How did she get the job? 

“They just called me if I want to be a host and I’m very excited so I accepted it. I really want to thank ‘RoIIing In It UK’, Viva, Cignal and TV5 for trusting me. 

It’s an honor to be the host of such a spectacular show. It’s a big challenge for me, but more than anything else, excited na akong mapanood ang contestants and all the viewers. 

You just have to deal with the opportunities that come your way. Sobrang nadadala ang emotions ko para mapasaya ang viewers and contestants, kaya nawawala ang boses ko.”

During the zoom presscon, Yassi gave a virtual tour of their fabulous electronic set with a giant cash board, plus gold and silver coins that determine what amount the contestant would win. 

They showed a sample round with the presscon host DJ Chacha as the contestant who had to be coached to be able to answer the questions Yassi asked to her. She won P760,000. It looks like a truly very thrilling game show.

Who are the celebrities that Yassi would love to be a guest in the show? 

“Siempre, I’d love to have my ‘Probinsyano’ family para mag-guest as contestants. But Coco Martin has a lock in taping now na mahabang-mahaba, so maybe after they’ve done it na.” 

Why did she leave “Probinsyano”? 

“Because of schedules. Mahirap na rin ituloy ang lock in taping, but i’m very thankful to Dreamscape and to Coco Martin for my role as Alyanna because the exposure really had such a big impact on my career. 

"I was so surprised when they called me and gave me the leading lady role. I also want to thank Coco for giving my character a very good exit, as he promised.” 

“Rolling In It Philippines” premieres on June 5 at 7PM. Catch-up episodes will also air on Sari Sari every Sunday, 8PM, starting June 6, available on Cignal TV CH. 3 and SatLite CH. 30. 

It can also be watched Live and On-demand via Cignal Play App. Download for FREE for Android and iOS users.