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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.

Sep 3, 2023



ERIC NICOLAS is elated to be chosen by the PIE Channel to host their daily game show, “Mukhang Perya”, seen Monday to Friday at 6 PM. 

“Lahat ng games sa mga peryahan, mapapanood nyo rito sa ‘Mukhang Perya’ pero mas malalaki ang mga premyo,” he says at the show’s launching. 

“Kung puede nga lang magpasok kami ng ferris wheel sa set para maging perya talaga, ginawa na namin. Gagawin sana namin yung karera ng daga, kaya lang nang lumabas na yung daga, nagtakbuhan lahat ng staff.”

Unlike the other PIE Channel shows that are taped, his is seen live from the studio. 

“Yes, live po ang show namin every night kaya abangan nyo kasi masaya talaga dahil anything goes. I want to thank PIE Channel for giving me the chance to host this feel good show.”

Eric really rose from the ranks. He was taking up fine arts but dropped out due to financial problems.

He started in showbiz as a dancer and stand up comic, then he became a jester in live shows like ‘Wowowin’ and ‘ASAP’. 

He entertains the studio audience while the show is having a commercial break.

It was in ‘Wowowin’ where he got to first appear on camera as Willie Revillame’s assistant in the game segment “Hep Hep Hooray”.

Eventually, he went into acting and did supporting roles in various TV series like “Kokey”, “Angelito, Batang Ama”, “Tiagong Akyat”, “Dolce Amore” and the sitcom “Home Sweetie Home”. 

He became a contestant in the celebrity edition of “Your Face Sounds Familiar” and he was a hit with the audience, easily eclipsing the other contestants in the show. 

Luis Manzano reveals that Eric once joined the game show “Minute to Win It” and he won P1 million pesos.

“Kaya lang, yung natalong contestant, sabi, gagamitin sana niya yung premyo pambili ng wheelchair ng misis niyang may sakit,” adds Luis.

“So si Eric, he said siya na ang bibili nung wheelchair. Kaso, ang halaga pala nung wheelchair, P950,000 kaya wala na halos natira sa kanya.”

“Mukhang Perya” is part of PIE Channel’s Pindot PIEnalo block. Seen weekdays from 6 to 7 PM, Eric as game master is assisted by BB Gurlz Freshe and Angelica and PIE Jock Zendee. Online KatroPIES can win as much as P30,000 daily by participating through their cellphones. 

The show also has a 9 PM edition to close the Pindot PIEnalo block, with PIE Jocks Gillian Vicencio, Gello Marquez, Seham Daghlas, Rans Rifol, and Cianne Dominguez joining BB Gurlz Freshe and Angelica. 

On weekends, “Mukhang Perya” is shown at 6 PM and 9 PM, with Negi as Game Master, PIE Jocks Nicki Morena and Kevin Montillano, and BB Gurlz Freshe and Angelica bringing on the fun and keeping the cash prizes coming for our perya-loving KaTroPIEs.   

The Pindot PIEnalo experience is made possible when KaTroPIEs watch, engage, and win on PIE by registering on pie.com.ph. Every click or pindot increases their daily chance of winning points, cash, or prizes and gaining meaningful connections and experiences. 

Aside from pie.com.ph, you can also view PIE on free TV by rescanning your digital box, cable TV through Sky Cable, CableLink, and more, the PIE official YouTube channel, and in the GLife section of the GCash app. 

PIE is a product of the partnership among innovative entertainment company KROMA, the country’s leading storyteller and content creator ABS-CBN, and the largest corporate venture builder in the Philippines, 917Ventures. 

PIE is a tradigital entertainment experience that is present on multiple touchpoints:  TV, digital, and on ground.