Kudos to SHOWTIME
I have changed. After a long stressful day at work I have no other place to go to but home. I don’t really stay at the office anymore because I would rather spend more time at home than wasting time inhaling second hand smoke and exchanging gossips with my colleagues. Life’s a bit like a routine for me. I am actually looking for something new for a change.
I normally logout from work at 10am and it usually takes around 10mins from the office to my house. The moment I stepped inside the house I tell my daughter and nieces that, “it’s time”. When I say that one liner, they know what to do. They simply oblige and change the channel to SHOWTIME. This is a TV talent show at channel 2 ABSCBN around 10.30am and ends at lunchtime. Surprisingly this talent show has beaten the high rated talk show SIS on the other channel. I believe with a very short span of time competing against SIS, the said program was defunct.
Going back to Showtime. This program showcases the talents of the Filipinos nationwide. I’ve seen different groups performed as far as the northern part of Luzon to the southernmost part of Mindanao. To the poorest barangay or barrios of the provinces to the richest land in the country. It just means that the show is open to everyone and to anybody who has the guts and the will to show their talents. By the way, the program is open to any talent but generally speaking, most or almost all has performed dance and acrobatic skills. But it is indeed open to any talent performed by a group.
The group is being judged based upon their extraordinaire talent, evidently. The performing group should have a “wow” factor (let’s forget the “x” factor thing) and must have a strong impact to the judges and viewers. There are 5 judges. The television viewers are rating four of the judges. If they had a rating of below 25% then they will be evicted from the show. The only judge who has a staying power is Vice Ganda. He kinda makes the show more fun because of the way he judges and of course his funny comments as well. Thus making the show a bit different from the usual Filipino talent shows. It makes it even more exciting when he is saying his trademark spiel “Dahil diyan, may nagtext!”. I think the contestants are working hard on their routines in order to please the head judge Vice Ganda. Sometimes, Vice Ganda gives the not-so-pleasant comment to the contestant. Though he is a tough judge to please he has a benevolent heart and if he likes you he will even help the group in his own way.
One time a group from South Cotabato went to audition in the show. They came in Manila on December 31, 2009. On the day that they arrived they were caught in surprise to see that there were no auditions that day. The group has a 1-way ticket from the province to manila and they will just take their fare from their winnings from the show. Since they have no money they made an acquaintance and they were referred to join a dance contest somewhere in Montalban, Rizal. They were supposed to be the winner as they were told. An accident happened during their performance. One of the members stepped on a confetti roll and because of it the poor dancer has crushed his 2 knees. The boy was brought to the hospital but since they had no money he was just given primary care and seated on a wheel chair. It was a series of unfortunate events for them but still they continued on with their journey and waited for the audition. They were a strong team and they got in the show. On the day of their performance the team showed a strong dance routine and it was a bit different from the other usual dance acrobat group. After their performance, Vhong Navarro and Anne Curtis introduced the group by telling the audience and viewers the group’s unfortunate story. Vhong was very touched and he was wiping a tear while he is telling the story. Everyone went silent and listened carefully. Andrew E. gave the boys a a good rating, as well as Osang, and the legendary Filipino rockstar Pepe Smith even admired the determination and will power of the group. Then last to judge was Vice Ganda. I was waiting for him to make okray the group’s performance and so he did. But he did something, which made me admire his good and generous heart. He did not give the group a perfect 10 score but he gave them something more than winning the contest price. He pledged to give donation to the boy who crushed his 2 knees and gave the boy another chance for his passion in dancing. Vice Ganda gave this boy a new lease in life. I was dumbfounded because who would’ve give a stranger 50,000 with nothing in return? I would doubt myself giving away my hard earned money to someone. I’ll give something else na lang. But Vice Ganda gave me a reason to admire him as a person not as a performer. I may not be a part of the show but I am indeed proud that I was able to see someone who gave a stranger a new life after crushing his dreams. I thank you Vice Ganda. You made me realize that not all stangers are bad. Not all people have the same level of kindness. Your show does not only showcase the Filipino talents but it also show the whole world what is the true Filipino hospitality and it shows how we take care of our fellowmen. You showed the whole world that we Filipinos are not only known for being corrupt and scams. We know how to share our blessings not only within our backyard but also to anyone who needs help.
Showtime is a life changing show. I have no other word but praises to each and everyone who thought of creating the program. It not does not only define the word “talent” but also showed the meaning of helping people to show their passion.
To Anne Curtis, I thought you’re just a pretty face in television but I was wrong. Since I started to follow your show I must admit that you are a person with a kind heart and you bring smile to your viewers face as well. I hope you keep it up gal. I never saw you being as a maarte person in the show. I like it because you know how to establish rapport to your viewers. I hope you and Sam Milby get back together; friends will still be okay though. (Just kidding!)
Vhong Navarro, you are also someone to look up to. You are very kind to your contestants and I never heard a single negative comment that you gave to them. I think you are one of the most humble actors that I’ve watched on television. I think you will be one of the future Dolphy or Vic Sotto. (In acting only, not in love life perspective…just joking!) You and Anne look cute together, though.
Kuya Kim, I was so surprised that you’re so good in live hosting. Keep up the good work and more energy to your sir! I can see that you are a strong successor of your dad. I hope you do join politics again and make Manila City more proud.
Tedd and Jugee. You guys are awesooommme! Who would’ve thought that the skinny, funny, singer guy would do best in hosting! I liked it so much when you put variety in your hosting job. And you are so funny together with Jugee.
And Jugee, you are cute man with your crazy antics. You never ran out of funny ideas. Keep it coming and more fresh ideas, okay?
From 1 week of being off the air, things are a bit matamlay but it’s okay. We enjoyed MAGPASIKAT. It was hilarious because you made celebrities do something different. I wish I could watch the show live someday. I want to experience and feel the excitement the live audience feels when they are in the studio.
Well, as of this writing SHOWTIME is back on air, at last! I never would’ve imagine what it’s gonna be without my fave noontime show? I can’t last more than a week without you guys. All our prayers were heard and it’s great to see you guys again. Kudos to the staff and crew of SHOWTIME! NO words can describe the happiness you are giving everyone who watches your show. Well maybe that’s why you call it, “It’s your show, it’s your time, and it’s SHOWTIME!