Gameplan host search turnover
Manila, Philippines - One month after the Gameplan host training boot camp, the 6 host aspirants were brought together in a rooftop resto somewhere in the metro. Executive Producer Jake de Guzman sat them down and made them relive the roller coaster ride that’s been the host search. From making audition tapes to reporting in front of the camera, from being interviewed to doing the interviews, from climbing mountains to surfing the seas, the six finalists told their stories, remembered what it was like, and relished the bond they had formed as friends.
In coffee shop nearby, former Gameplan hosts were gathering in secret. Jake says that “There was something special about that afternoon. For the first time in Gameplan history, all five generations of hosts were getting together in front of the cameras. And there was no more apt occasion for that than the turning over the show to the next generation of hosts.”
“It was a special time for us,” Jake says, “And we wanted to create a ritual and pass on symbols that communicated how important we thought the Gameplan legacy was for us.” At 5 pm that afternoon, Jake began the ritual and had Amanda, Inez, Ally, Ton, Juls and Mike line up.
After a few words, former hosts Yas Mapua, Rufi Parpan, Wowie Meloto, Tricia Chiongbian, Akikko Thomson, Rovilson Fernandez, Suzi Entrata, and Paolo Abrera walked out and faced the finalists.
Copying from the format of a reality show, Paolo Abrera led the former hosts in turning over the show, “In behalf of five generations of Gameplan, and 13 former hosts, we have the honour of (calling out hosts 14 and 15.”
Holding a cap with the Gameplan logo and the number 14 on the side, Tricia Chiongbian called out her cousin Amanda Fernandez — who became the first of the next generation of Gameplan hosts.
Suzi holding cap numbered 15 called out Ton Vergel de Dios — someone she saw regularly in the Probe Productions offices when he has a six year old reporter for “5 & Up.”
Jake says, “Originally we had only planned for 2 hosts — a guy and a girl. And everything we announced publicly was about that. But when we brought all 6 finalists to Pico de Loro we felt the old Gameplan magic and realised that the show was always about a group of friends, a barkada.” With an unplanned reality-show twist, Rufi Parpan announced, “We’re not done yet, Gameplan has always been about a group of friends. And in Pico de Loro, the producers remembered the magic that a barkada brings to Gameplan. So one more of you is going to join the ranks of Gameplan hosts.”
Rovilson Fernandez then takes out a third cap with the number 16 on it and calls out Juls Rodriguez.
With that, Gameplan, a show that started in 1995 and went off the air in 2008, comes back in 2013 with a new generation of hosts. Jake says, “Every generation of hosts for Gameplan really represents their time. I seriously think the 3 we chose are not only the Gameplan hosts of this generation but also are the perfect hosts for to carry on the show’s DNA. Amanda is Tricia’s cousin – the Gameplan DNA literally runs in her blood. Ton grew up seeing Paolo & Suzi doing the show because 5&Up was also produced by Probe. Julian has the Gameplan spirit in his soul – he has an unquenchable thirst for travel, adventure, and meeting inspiriting people and telling their stories.”
How will the new generation of Gameplan host fare? Find out as we at Rappler bring you their stories of adventure in the air, on the ground, and in the water. And that’s the Gameplan! - Rappler.com
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Paolo Abrera: Gameplan. Harder, faster, stronger
Suzi Abrera: Gameplan for a new generation
Rovilson Fernandez: Gameplan 24/7/365
Tricia Chiongbian: My Time in Gameplan
Akiko Thomson: Gameplan - the best days of my life
Carlo Ledesma: The Gameplan DNA
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