MANILA, Philippines (2nd UPDATE) – Popular noontime show “Wowowee” will be replaced by a new game show led by Kris Aquino starting July 31, an ABS-CBN official announced Tuesday.
Aside from Aquino, “Pilipinas Win na Win” will also be hosted by Robin Padilla and "Wowowee" female hosts Pokwang, Valerie Concepcion and Mariel Rodriguez, said Bong Osorio, head of ABS-CBN Corporate Communications.
“It is a game and variety show that will surely bring joy, energy and hope to Filipinos all over the world,” Osorio said in a statement.
“'Pilipinas Win na Win' will be managed by director Johnny Manahan, creative director Bobot Mortiz, business unit head Jay Montelibano, and executive producers Phoebe Anievas and Rancy Recato. It will be aired after 'Showtime,’” he added.
Osorio said the camp of Willie Revillame, the on-leave host of “Wowowee,” has been informed about the changes. He also confirmed that Revillame will be given a new TV show.
“'Pilipinas Win na Win' will replace 'Wowowee.' Willie Revillame, through his manager, was already informed about this new development. He was also notified about the new program being planned for him and this will be announced in due time,” he said.
In May, Revillame went on indefinite leave following an outburst on "Wowowee" where he threatened to leave the show. It was triggered by fellow Kapamilya talent Jobert Sucaldito’s alleged non-stop criticisms of the noontime show.
Prior to Tuesday's announcement, speculations about Revillame’s return to “Wowowee” have spread. He would supposedly make a comeback on July 31.
Revillame, however, declined to confirm the reports. He merely shrugged his shoulder when recently asked by ABS-CBN News to confirm the rumors.
Aquino is expected to return from her vacation in the United States on Friday to give her time to prepare for the new afternoon television program.
In a message sent to ABS-CBN News, Aquino, who recently quit celebrity talk shows “The Buzz" and “SNN: Showbiz News Ngayon,” said she is excited to be back on television.
"I'm happy to be part of the new noontime show, and to work with Robin, Pokwang, Mariel and the whole production team. I'm excited to be back on television," she said.
When sought for her reaction, Pokwang burst into tears when told about the new show. She said she is still waiting for the final instructions of the ABS-CBN bosses.
"Talagang nagulat ako. Wala akong kaalam-alam. Thank you. Salamat po," she said.
Concepcion’s talent manager, Becky Aguila, said the new show “is a big surprise.”
"This is a big surprise for us. We thank ABS-CBN management for the wonderful blessing,” Aguila said.
Padilla, who became the guest host of “Wowowee” for 2 weeks, was thankful to be given a new show on ABS-CBN.
"Masayang masaya ako pero hindi hamon ‘yon sa akin kundi pagsilbi sa tao. Wala akong hangad kundi mapaligaya ang mga kababayan ko sa lahat ng sulok ng daigdig," Padilla said. -Report from Mario Dumaual, ABS-CBN News