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MANILA, Philippines - The millionaire fever is back on IBC-13. Beginning on February 25, 2012, Saturday, the world’s most popular high-rating game show is taking the Philippines by storm once again.

Hosted by Drew Arellano, “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” is back with the new season loaded with exciting additional lifelines, updated set technology, and the chance for a lucky player to become 2 million pesos richer. The production is the Philippine franchise of the British quiz show of the same title. On Saturday nights at 8:30 p.m. slots. “As we enter our new season, we promise the viewers that we double the fun, excitement, and tension in the seventh season of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” That’s our final answer,” said Arellano. To date, the game show has already given away more than P2 million in total prizes in its six-season run.

For the initial episodes of the all-new season of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” smart kids could be a few questions away to become young millionaires as the tension-filled game show features honor students recommended by their schools to get this once-in-a-lifetime chance to win P2 million. On top of the jackpot that will be split to the kid player and his/her respective school, win or lose, “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” will award all the kid players college scholarships. The overnight-millionaire dream is alive once again as Filipinos take their chance to defy the pressure from the hot seat for P2 million jackpot. To help the player along the way, the hot seat contestant can use lifelines available. Aside from pre-existing 50-50 and Phone-A-Friend lifelines, the new season of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” introduces added lifelines that will make the game even more exciting: People Speak and Switch. Through People Speak, the studio audience who answers correctly will have the chance to win up to P20,000. The Switch lifeline, meanwhile, entitles the contestant to switch out the original question for another question of the same value.

The game show that pioneered the craze over game shows on Philippine TV after returned in May 2009 via its new home TV5 and return on IBC-13 in February 25, 2012. For the last decade since its debut in the UK in 1998, “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” has dominated the ratings game around the globe with international versions spawning in over a hundred countries, including its top-rating Philippine version.

While the elimination of players in the past was through Fastest Finger First round done in the studio, hot seat hopefuls this time will be selected through mall auditions. To register in the mall editions, text MILLION (space) Name/Age/Gender/Address to 2256 (Example: MILLION Mark Sy/21/M/12 Leo St., Quezon City). Each text costs P2.50 for Smart and Globe subscribers, and P2.00 for Sun Cellular subscribers. Don’t miss the new season of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” starting on February 25, Saturday, 8:30pm on IBC.

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