‘Face to Face’ taping in Oro draws crowd-A A +A
Saturday, August 18, 2012
KAGAY-ANONS were given a rare chance of watching the taping of “Face to Face,” the first TV-reality talk show in the country aired over TV5, at the De Lara Park of the provincial capitol grounds late last month.
The segment was hosted by Gelli de Belen with B1 and B2 and the show’s “Trio Tagapayo” composed of a lawyer, a psychologist and a priest.
Two opposing camps were given the chance to have a forum that aims to enlighten their issues. They eventually ended up reconciled at the end of the show.
The show’s staff first did an intensive research in the different barangays of the city and later chose “three conflicting families” to become the guests who gamely made their part without a script.
During the show, the two conflicting parties would reveal their problems while the sawsaweros (male studio audience) and the sawsaweras took part and asked questions.
Later, there was confrontation, argument and a fight on stage.
The audience, which included Misamis Oriental Governor Oscar Moreno, enjoyed watching the show and got amazed at how the “trio tagapayo” gave their advice to resolve personal issues from the three conflicting parties.
Moreno, who is supporting the program, provided assistance to one of the guests who needed to undergo physical therapy for him to get well and start a new life with his family.
The show will be aired by mid-September.
Nel San Luis, the show’s executive producer, said “Face to Face” is patterned after “The Jerry Springer Show” but with a Filipino cultural perspective, predominantly with the "marginalized and impoverished” as guests.
San Luis said the program aims to make a Televised Barangay Tanod Hall, a local mini-police station where people take arguments to be heard by tanods (village watchmen).
She said it also aims to give TV viewers and the live audience lessons by showing the complainant's problems that the hosts and the trio-tagapayo try to solve.
The show is hosted by Amy Perez but San Luis said she is pregnant and was on an indefinite leave.
“That is why de Belen temporarily became the pambansang kapitana for the Cagayan de Oro episode,” she said.
San Luis clarified that all their guests were not paid to release their personal sentiments on air, as what others think.
“They were only given a token of appreciation and a small amount after the show,” she said.
Aside from taping the show, free legal and spiritual counsel from their “payo ng bayan” were also held.
Distribution of rice, canned goods and other freebies were also done as part of as the show’s “regalo sa bayan.”
San Luis said the success of their taping in Cagayan de Oro means they would be coming back to the city for more surprises.
“More is yet to come or perhaps, an expansion of TV5 here in Cagayan de Oro,” she said.
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on August 19, 2012.