Willing Willie’s pilot episode on TV5 an embarassment to ABS CBN

ABS CBN, through its motion for a temporary restraining order (TRO), failed to stop Willie Revillame’s much-awaited comeback on television with the showing of  Willing Willie, which started airing its pilot episode on TV5 last Saturday. It was well-attended by the networks top honchos—Chairman Manny V. Pangilinan, President and CEO Atty. Espinosa, VP Bobby Barreiro, Head of Entertainment Percy Intalan and special guest Senator Manny Villar. Also present were: Dra. Vicky Belo and sweetheart Hayden Kho, comebacking singer Anthony Castelo, Eddie Gutierrez and wife Annabelle Rama and Daisy Romualdez.

Kapatid’s first game show smoothly went on air as scheduled, much to the chagrin of Kapamilya president Charo Santos-Concio over the court’s decision. According to a ruling issued by Judge Luisito Cortez of Regional Trial Court 84, which came out a day before the airing of Willie’s show, ABS CBN “failed to discharge the burden of proving that there exists an urgent need for the issuance of a TRO to prevent great or irreparable injury that it might suffer.”

For Willie’s fans who trooped to TV5 studios, it was worth the wait. It was “Tuloy ang Saya. Tuloy ang Pag-asa as the show’s tagline says. Willie delighted his audience with his “123 GO”  game with 50 players who battled out in a multiple choice contest. A winner took home P10,000 by just answering simple questions. In “Family Apir,” a funny, highly physical game where players just pop up balloons in each other’s lap in the shortest possible time, a group won another P10,000.

In  “Spin A Wheel”  portion, Willie called his favorite members of the audience, the seniors or the lolas to join him on stage. And while he was singing his love song, the lolas surrounded him and hugged him, some with tears in their eyes. The 18 elderlies won P500,000, which they divided among themselves. Willie assured that in the following episodes, the winner can take home a brand new car, house and lot and one million pesos by just spinning three roletas spelled W-I-L.

The next days will bring another segment “Wiltime Bigtime,”  the heart and soul of Willing Willie featuring people from all walks of life —teachers, students, soldiers, ordinary workers like basurero, labandera, sidewalk vendors, etc., to air their sentiments about life, yet give inspiration to all as they tell their stories and win a prize.

Last Saturday’s pilot episode of Willing Willie was exactly the reason why the public clamored for Willie’s return to television, a game show that is both fun and touching, “may kurot sa puso.” Willing Willie airs from Monday to Friday at 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and every Saturday from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.


With Endless Love off the air, will it also mean an ending for Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera’s tandem?

GMA 7 must have been so affected by all the negative remarks hurled at its prime time princess Marian Rivera particularly during the last weeks of Endless Love when Marian got entangled in a showbiz war with the Padillas, involving Endless Love co-star Bela Padilla.

For weeks, Marian hogged the showbiz headlines due to her alleged badmouthing toward Bela whom Marian got so insecure about because she was Dingdong’s girlfriend in the teleserye.

Towards the end of the series, GMA obviously tried some damage control to negate the issues against Marian to no avail. And now, a new partner for Dingdong in the new GMA drama series is about to unfold. Do we hear Marian Rivera being shelved from new projects until all issues against her have died down?

GMA should allow her to rest…and even longer, place her in a character rehabilitation course so her bad mouth could also rest and maybe, just maybe,  she would realize how fleeting fame is, here today, gone tomorrow. It could happen to her in a wink of an eye, that is, if her arrogance and prima donna attitude will not change.

For all we know, GMA could be in the eyeing stage on who among its new stable of talents could be the next Marian Rivera. Well, Marian could go back to mother roles again.  Evelyn Diao

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