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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.

Aug 23, 2023



JOSE MANALO and Wally Bayola are excited to be chosen to be the new hosts/pranksters of the gag show originally hosted by Joey de Leon, “Wow Mali”. 

It’s now aired on TV5 and the home of funny, fell good shows, Buko Channel, and its reinvigorated title is now “Wow Mali: Doble Tama!”, with double the laughs and double the fun!!!!

Recognized as the country’s original prank show on TV, “Wow Mali” was a big hit among Filipinos when it first aired in 1996.

Packed with hilarious ‘candid camera’ pranks and matched with the witty hosting of seasoned prank master Joey De Leon, the show instantly became a household term for nonstop laughter, practical jokes, hilarious bloopers, and naughty tricks. 

This August, this memorable legacy show returns to deliver leveled up naughty mischief, hilarious gags, and tricky antics as “Wow Mali: Doble Tama.” 

This is hosted by none other than this generation’s wackiest comedy duo and now the show’s new Prankmasters, Jose Manalo and Wally Bayola. 

This is the 4th show of Jose on Saturdays. He’s seen as one of the hosts of “E.A.T.” on TV5 at noontime. 

Then on GMA-7, he is seen in two shows at primetime. He is one of the judges in “Battle of the Judges” at 7:15 and he is a regular in the cast of the sitcom “Open 24/7” at 9:30 PM. 

And now, he is also a mainstay prankster in “Wow Mali”. No wonder some folks are calling him the new king of local TV.

“Sinuwerte lang po na dumami ang shows ko kung Sabado,” he says. 

“Nagpapasalamat po ako kay Lord sa dami ng blessings na ibinibigay Niya sa akin.  

"Itong ‘Wow Mali’, this was offered to us noong may pandemic pa at ang una naming ginawa ni Wally ay dumiretso kami kay Boss Joey de Leon para bumusina sa kanyang mamanahin namin ang memorable show na sinimulan niya.

"Nagpapasalamat nga kami kasi ibinigay naman niya ang blessings niya sa amin. 

"Don’t miss it kasi tatawa kayo talaga nang todo-todo dahil sobrang bago at kakaiba ang pranks na gagawin namin dito, all for good clean fun to make your weekends truly bright and very happy!”

Co-produced by APT Entertainment & Cignal TV for TV5, “Wow Mali: Doble Tama” is set to bring a double-dose of laughter and surprises 

with its huge dose of new-generation humor, more ribtickling segments, and outrageously wacky parodies. 

Mark your calendars and get ready to be on “CSL (Can’t Stop Laughing)” status the Wow Mali way! Catch “Wow Mali: Doble Tama” this August 26 at 6:15 PM on TV5 with same-day airing at 7:00 PM on BuKo Channel! 

Forget your problems and worries. 

For behind-the-scenes, sneak peeks, hilarious clips and interactive content of “Wow Mali: Doble Tama,” follow TV5’s social media pages.