Wednesday, 02 March 2011 14:12
To ABC TV 5 and ABS-CBN TV Network, the courts in Metro Manila are not enough for their do or die rivalry in prime time television programming from the national capital of Philippine entertainment — Quezon City.
Intentionally or not, they had brought their wars outside Manila in Davao City over the weekend. On Saturday evening, February 26, “Willing Willie”, a new variety show of controversial TV host Willie Revillame on ABC TV 5, magnetized a football size ground crowd for its first outing in Mindanao at the Agro Foundation College by the mouth of Davao River at Ecoland.
Davaoenos and other entertainment-starved populace from nearby Davao and Cotabato provinces as well as Agusan and Bukidnon braved volatile cold weather not much of co-host Shalani Soledad, erstwhile presidential sweetheart nor the ASF sexy dances but the color of money and its drips along the three-hour evening program.
Like what he was doing in “Wowowee”, his noontime program in ABS-CBN, Willie is again giving away money especially to segment players or plain guest audiences with extreme financial succor.
The best thing that climaxed the Willie show in Davao was when one of the six contestants in the talent portion at the closing canto of the program got the jackpot of prizes – Pl-million cash, a car and a Camella Home unit. The winner was an elderly woman from Catalunan Grande, one of the l4 barangays in Talomo district, this city. She and her jobless and retired banana plantation worker had been renters all their lives. The show was overwhelmingly successful amid a fine weather.
On the following day, ABS-CBN mounted its first out-of-town ASAP program in the upstream of Davao River at the sprawling Crocodile Park with veteran and new discoveries in the entertainment world.
In contrast to Willing Willie show, the ASAP noontime presentation was soaked in an intermittent rain. However, the mammoth crowd bathed in the rain to watch their favorite television and movie stars perform in the makeshift stage.
Although money factor was absent in the show, the audience still enjoyed the rare opportunity of seeing in person the artists before their very eyes. Expect the producer and organizer of the show to also claim success of their Davao performances.
Part of the rating game showdown toward their advertisers, an added attraction is the ABS-CBN-Revillame court battle.
By Satur P. Apoyon-PNA
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