Face to Face (Philippine TV series)
Face to Face is a Reality TV Show
Reality television
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 aired by Filipino broadcasting network, TV5
Associated Broadcasting Company
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. It is based on The Jerry Springer Show
The Jerry Springer Show
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with a Filipino
Filipino people
The Filipino people or Filipinos are an Austronesian ethnic group native to the islands of the Philippines. There are about 92 million Filipinos in the Philippines, and about 11 million living outside the Philippines ....

 cultural perspective, predominantly with "marginalized and impoverished guests". It is advertised in the Philippines as the First talakserye on Philippine television and Barangay Hall on air. The aim of the show is to attempt to resolve minor conflicts between two arguing parties, designated as red and white teams.
In reviewing the program STIR Editor in Chief Edgar O. Cruz said: "The back-of-the mind thought is that joiners are acting since they are paid" and described portions as "not very believable" and "not realistic". He added "The show gains more credibility points by being more spontaneous." While some critics claim that the show is scripted, host Amy Perez, claims that it is not.

The show is popular but controversial and the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board
Movie and Television Review and Classification Board
The Movie and Television Review and Classification Board is the government agency responsible for rating television and film for the Philippines. Recently, the MTRCB was given the additional task of rating various video media . It is under the executive powers of the Office of the President...

 has requested that the show "tone down physical altercations between guests".

Program details

The program aims to make a Televised Barangay Tanod Hall, a local mini-police station where people take arguments to be heard by Tanods (Peace-keeper Group). 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.

Any citizen in the Philippines who can speak Tagalog
Tagalog language
Tagalog is an Austronesian language spoken as a first language by a third of the population of the Philippines and as a second language by most of the rest. It is the first language of the Philippine region IV and of Metro Manila...

 can file any complaint about someone which will become the basis for an episode. The production crew go over the records available and choose which cases to present on the show. They will then interview the two parties and provide background about the problem.

During the show, the host, Amy Perez, will talk to the complainant in-person to describe the problem. This is the Puti or white side. The Sawsaweros (male studio audience involver) and the Sawsaweras (Vice-Versa),may ask some questions or make statements, along with the persons originally involved. After a live interview with the complainant, the opponent is brought on stage and forms the Pula, or red side.

Next there is a confrontation, which often results in an argument or even a fight on the stage. As the show progresses, both sides may add another person, to persuade the live audience. Before the guest go on the stage, they undergo security inspection for the safety of both arguing parties. At most key points in the show the host will ask the audience which side they are on, which is answered by the audience by raising signs with the colors for each side. The stage crew is always prepared for a fight and interdicted by two bouncers, designated B1 and B2 while a production crew and the security unit are the backup if more than two people are involved. In most cases the fight scenes are removed from the daytime version of the show, but left in the primetime edition, which is a 60 minute replay. The evening edition is always inspected by the MTRCB before it is broadcast. Paramedics are also available in case of serious injuries.

The Trio Tagapayo can also give tips and advice to prevent fights. This group is composed of a lawyer, a psychologist and a priest who give legal, psychological, spiritual advice and counseling to the two parties. Occasionally the show invites a guest expert as appropriate to the conflict involved.

The show sometimes ends with statements from the involved parties that they are not yet ready to be friends again or resolve the problem. After giving the final resolution or not, the host pronounces her final thoughts (or Amy-nan) on the issue. The show also conducts a follow-up to confirm if there is progress or not.

Untold Stories mula sa Face to Face

Untold Stories Mula sa Face to Face is a weekly docu-drama anthology on TV5 and is a spin-off of Face to Face. The show features stories featured on Face to Face and began airing on September 9, 2010.


  • 2011 PMPC Star Awards for Television's "Best Drama Anthology".

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