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Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
Format Quiz show
Created by Intercontinental Broadcasting Corporation
David Briggs
Developed by Viva Television (2000-2002)
TV5 (2009-2015)
IBC Entertainment TV (2010-present)
Directed by Arnel Natividad (2000-2002)
Bert de Leon (2010-present)
Presented by Current
Drew Arellano (IBC, 2010-present)
Former
Christopher de Leon (IBC, 2000-2002)
Vic Sotto (TV5, 2009-2015)
Country of origin Philippines
Language(s) Filipino
English
No. of seasons IBC:
10
TV5:
11
No. of episodes IBC:
n/a (airs weekends)
TV5:
166 (as of June 22, 2014)
Ikaw Na Yun!: 1
Production
Executive producer(s) Rowie Valencia
Lorna Feliciano
Running time 60 minutes (with commercials)
Distributor Celador
Broadcast
Original channel IBC (2000-2002, 2010-present)
TV5 (2009-2015)
Picture format 480i (SDTV) (2000–2002, 2009–2015)
1080i (HDTV) (October 4, 2015–present)
Original run IBC
November 13, 2000 – December 14, 2002; July 17, 2010 – present
TV5
First incarnation:
May 23, 2009 – October 2, 2010
Second incarnation:
May 15, 2011 – February 26, 2012
Third incarnation:
July 1, 2012 – October 7, 2012
Fourth incarnation:
September 8, 2013 – January 11, 2015
Fifth incarnation:
May 10, 2015 – November 22, 2015
Chronology
Related shows UK version
US version
External links
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire page

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? (also known as WW2BAM) is a Filipino game show based on the original British format of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?. The main goal of the game is to win 2 million Philippine pesos (earlier 1 million) by answering 13 multiple-choice questions correctly. There are five lifelines: 50:50 (fifty-fifty), People Speak, Ask the Audience, Phone-A-Friend and Double Dip.

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? was broadcast from 2000 to 2002 on the government-sequestered Intercontinental Broadcasting Corporation, produced by Viva Television,[1][2] and was hosted by actor Christopher de Leon and returned on IBC in July 17, 2010 currently hosted by Drew Arellano (as of October 9, 2010) and previously hosted by Christopher de Leon for 2000-2002. On May 23, 2009, it returned under a new home over TV5,[3] with actor-host-comedian Vic Sotto as the new host.[4][5]

The show's season finale last October 7, 2012 to give way give way to another game show hosted by Sotto, Million Peso Money Drop (the Philippine version of Million Dollar Money Drop created by Endemol).

However, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, will return on air on TV5 by September 2013 for a new season together with Pinoy Explorer and Wow Mali! Pa Rin in exchange to the now defunct talent show Talentadong Pinoy while the show continue to air on IBC every weekends. This incarnation ended on January 11, 2015 in preparation for the launching of Move It: The Clash of the Streetdancers on January 25, 2015. The show returned on May 10, 2015 at 7pm, replacing Move It: The Clash of the Streetdancers which held its Grand Finals before the launch of the new incarnation.

The show broadcast on IBC and worldwide via IBC's international brand Global IBC, it airs every Sunday at 7:00pm (PST) after PBA. In August 1, 2016, the game show moved to IBC's Primetime Ang Dating early evening block on August 1, 2016, replacing Glory Jane. It airs from Monday to Friday at 5:30pm (PST) as the lead-in to the network's flagship national evening newscast, Express Balita.

Currently, it is one of the highest rating programs of IBC and one of the longest-running game shows in the country that blazed a trail in Philippine television since its inception on November 20, 2000. The show is a top-rater in its time slot and it started the era of game show in the Philippines.

GameplayEdit

Originally, the contestants must first play a preliminary round, called "Fastest Finger First", where they are all given a question and four answers from the host and are asked to put those four answers into a particular order. The contestant who does so correctly and in the fastest time goes on to sit in a chair in the center of the set, known as the "Hot Seat," and play for the prize.

Once in the Hot Seat, the contestant is asked increasingly difficult general knowledge questions by the host. Questions are multiple choice: four possible answers are given (labeled A, B, C, and D), and the contestant must choose the correct one. Upon answering a question correctly, the contestant wins a certain amount of money. After questions, the host will ask the contestant "is that your final answer?" When a contestant says "final" in conjunction with one of the answers, it is official, and cannot be changed.

For the first few questions, there is a possibility for the contestant to leave with no money if they fail to reach the guaranteed amounts.

IBC VersionEdit

The first version of the show was hosted by actor Christopher de Leon. The first season of the original Millionaire, which began on November 13, 2000, had its 15th question prize of P1,000,000. In 2001, the final question's prize was doubled to P2,000,000.

In November 13, 2000, it airs every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 8 to 9 p.m. On July 7, 2001, it extended on Saturday from 8 to 9 p.m. when the timeslot moves to 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday as of July 9, 2001. It means that the game show has attracted a wide viewership.

The show lost its popularity soon after its original studio in Parañaque City (Viva Television Studio, the same one used by the Philippine version of The Weakest Link) was destroyed by a fire, and after the show moved to Riverbanks Center in Marikina City. The last original episode was aired December 14, 2002.

No one has ever won the game by way of answering all fifteen questions correctly in this incarnation. There have been two contestants who went the closest: DLSU professor Amelita Lopez-Forbes and actress Sharon Cuneta, who each answered 14 questions correctly and won a million pesos in separate instances in 2001.

On July 2010, after an almost 10-year hiatus, IBC announced to comeback of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? with Drew Arellano relaunch on July 17, 2010. The show aired at the IBC studio in Broadcast City, Capitol Hills, Diliman, Quezon City. Drrw's hosting for Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? marks his homecoming of sorts to IBC, where he bannered the daily throwback show, Retro TV. A promo is being sponsored by the network in connection to comeback acquired license of the international version of the game show.

On November 13, 2010, the show was celebrated on its 10th anniversary of the game show since 2000.

On September 15, 2013 with two options like the High-risk Money Tree has one safe haven amount of #₱20,000 and four Lifelines are Fifty-fifty, Ask the Audience, People Speak and Phone-A-Friend in more times, in addition of a new lifeline: Double Dip. While the Classic Money Tree has two safe havens are amount of #₱20,000 and #₱150,000 and Three Lifelines: Fifty-fifty, People Speak and Switch having more times.

The money tree used in the IBC version is as follows (bold values indicate guaranteed amounts):

  • Money Tree (2000)
  1. ₱1,000
  2. ₱2,000
  3. ₱3,000
  4. ₱5,000
  5. ₱10,000
  6. ₱20,000
  7. ₱30,000
  8. ₱40,000
  9. ₱50,000
  10. ₱100,000
  11. ₱200,000
  12. ₱300,000
  13. ₱400,000
  14. ₱500,000
  15. ₱1 MILLION (top prize)
  • Money Tree (2001–2002, 2012-2013)
  1. ₱1,000
  2. ₱2,000
  3. ₱3,000
  4. ₱5,000
  5. ₱10,000
  6. ₱20,000
  7. ₱30,000
  8. ₱40,000
  9. ₱50,000
  10. ₱100,000
  11. ₱200,000
  12. ₱300,000
  13. ₱500,000
  14. ₱1,000,000
  15. ₱2 MILLION (top prize)
  • High-Risk Money Tree (2013–March 28, 2015)
  1. ₱1,000
  2. ₱3,000
  3. ₱5,000
  4. ₱10,000
  5. ₱20,000
  6. ₱35,000
  7. ₱50,000
  8. ₱70,000
  9. ₱100,000
  10. ₱150,000
  11. ₱250,000
  12. ₱400,000
  13. ₱600,000
  14. ₱1,000,000
  15. ₱2,000,000 (top prize)

As of April 5, 2015, the program replaced the 15-question format with the new 13-question format. Still, they also being the 5 Lifelines (Phone-A-Friend, Double Dip, Fifty-Fifty, People's Speak and Ask the Audience).

On August 1, 2016, the game show moved to a weeknight slot under Primetime Ang Dating and airs at 5:30pm in order to challenge ABS-CBN's Minute to Win It: Last Man Standing and GMA's Wowowin. The same day, the program devided into two formats. On Monday to Thursday, the preliminary round Fastest Fingers First (Monday to Thursday) where the set of contestants are played to become a studio player/contestant for sit in a chair for the hot seat. On Friday, a celebrity player invited to play in the show for the hot seat. To beef up the primetime ratings of IBC, Who Wants to be a Millionaire? gained itself as a lead-in program in the pre-primetime slot, which is before to the network's flagship news program, Express Balita.

  • Money Tree (April 11, 2015–present)
  1. ₱1,000
  2. ₱5,000
  3. ₱10,000
  4. ₱20,000
  5. ₱30,000
  6. ₱40,000
  7. ₱50,000
  8. ₱100,000
  9. ₱200,000
  10. ₱300,000
  11. ₱500,000
  12. ₱1,000,000
  13. ₱2,000,000 (top prize)

2009-2015: TV5 VersionEdit

On April 2009, plugs about the "comeback" of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? started airing on TV5 and is the first show taken from IBC). Vic Sotto was also announced to host the show. A promo is being sponsored by the network in connection to its comeback.[6]

On January 9, 2010, Sharon Cuneta, who appeared in the previous incarnation became the first winner of the series after she correctly answered the final question worth ₱2,000,000. Then followed by Karl Jonathan Aguilar last September 18, 2011.

The show returned September 15, 2013 with two options like the High-risk Money Tree has one safe haven amount of ₱20,000 and four lifelines are Fifty-fifty, People Speak and Switch, in addition of a new lifeline: Double Dip. While the Classic Money Tree has two safe havens are amount of ₱20,000 and ₱150,000 and Three Lifelines: Fifty-fifty, People Speak, and Switch. The Phone-a-friend lifeline was also removed during the fourth incarnation.

The third ₱2,000,000 winner by Eduardo Gaeilo Pajinag, Jr. in October 20, 2013.

  • First incarnation (Season 1 to 4)
  • Second incarnation (Season 4 to 7)
  • Third incarnation (Season 7 to 9)
  • Fourth incarnation (Season 10 to Season 13)
  • Classic Money Tree (2009–present)
  1. ₱1,000
  2. ₱3,000
  3. ₱5,000
  4. ₱10,000
  5. ₱20,000
  6. ₱35,000
  7. ₱50,000
  8. ₱70,000
  9. ₱100,000
  10. ₱150,000
  11. ₱250,000
  12. ₱400,000
  13. ₱600,000
  14. ₱1,000,000
  15. ₱2,000,000 (top prize)

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  • High-Risk Money Tree (2013–2015)
  1. ₱1,000
  2. ₱3,000
  3. ₱5,000
  4. ₱10,000
  5. ₱20,000
  6. ₱35,000
  7. ₱50,000
  8. ₱70,000
  9. ₱100,000
  10. ₱150,000
  11. ₱250,000
  12. ₱400,000
  13. ₱600,000
  14. ₱1,000,000
  15. ₱2,000,000 (top prize)

The show returned on May 10, 2015 with a brand new format. The program replaced the 15-question format with a new 12-question format. Money Trees were not named instead they are just identified as Money Tree 1 and Money Tree 2, respectively. To distinguished both Money Trees, the first one has two "Safe Havens" (Question #2 and #7) and it has 3 Lifelines (Phone-A-Friend, Switch and Double Dip). Meanwhile, Money Tree 2 have only 1 "Safe Haven" (Question #2) and 4 Lifelines (Phone-A-Friend, Switch, Double Dip and Fifty-Fifty). The "People's Speak" Lifeline from the preceding incarnations was removed and it was replaced by the return of Phone A Friend.

  • Money Tree 1 (2015)
  1. ₱10,000
  1. ₱20,000
  1. ₱35,000
  1. ₱50,000
  1. ₱70,000
  1. ₱100,000
  1. ₱150,000
  1. ₱250,000
  1. ₱400,000
  1. ₱600,000
  1. ₱1,000,000
  1. ₱2,000,000 (top prize)
  • Money Tree 2 (2015)
  1. ₱10,000
  1. ₱20,000
  1. ₱35,000
  1. ₱50,000
  1. ₱70,000
  1. ₱100,000
  1. ₱150,000
  1. ₱250,000
  1. ₱400,000
  1. ₱600,000
  1. ₱1,000,000


  1. ₱2,000,000 (top prize)

Top-prize winnersEdit

Sharon Cuneta (January 9, 2010)Edit

₱2 million (15 of 15)
According to Act 4 of Macbeth, which is an ingredient the witches added to their potion?
• A: Serpent's fang • B: Dragon's tail
• C: Lizard's leg • D: Bat's tooth
Sharon Cuneta's question

On January 9, 2010, Sharon Cuneta once again played on the show and won ₱2,000,000, making her the first top prize winner in the Philippine franchise's history, three days after her birthday. [7] References to her first appearance, especially the 14th question asked, were made during her game. All of the money she won was played for charity and was donated to the Hospicio de San Jose.[8] Coincidentally, the 13th question in her game was about the orphanage's exact location. A translation of the question can be seen on the right.

Karl Jonathan Aguilar (September 18, 2011)Edit

₱2 million (15 of 15)
What is the name of the list of old books prohibited by the Roman Catholic Church for its members?
• A: Index Literatura Prohibitre • B: Index Librada Prohibantum
• C: Index Librodo Prohibitore • D: Index Librorum Prohibitorum
Karl Jonathan Aguilar's question

On September 18, 2011, the Philippine version gained its second top prize winner in the person of IT specialist Karl Jonathan Aguilar.[9][10] The final question involved the name of the Index Librorum Prohibitorum with the other options being made-up but similarly-sounding names. Of note, he did not use his lifelines up to the ₱600,000 question. When his last lifeline, Phone-A-Friend, was used during the final question, he was given one of the wrong answers. Also, the first fourteen were asked in the previous episode aired a week before. The translation of the question that Aguilar answered correctly can be seen st the right.

Gaeilo Pajinag, Jr. (October 20, 2013)Edit

₱2 million (15 of 15)
What is the title of poem by Lewis Carroll that uses nonsense words?
• A:Gibberish • B:Jabberwocky
• C:Twaddle • D:Gobbledygook
Eduardo Gaeilo Pajinag, Jr.'s question

The Philippine version show produced its third top-prize winner in the person of IT auditor Eduardo "Gaeilo" Pajinag, Jr. on October 20, 2013. According to him, he auditioned seven times before being accepted on his 8th audition.[11] He is the first winner of the new money tree, the High-Risk money tree. The final question was about Jabberwocky, the poem written by Lewis Carroll where he used nonsense words. The other options were synonyms to "nonsense." After carefully deducing on his answer, to the extent that he mentioned where the dance group Jabbawockeez got their name, he ultimately went on to win the 2-million peso top-prize.

Who Deserves to Be a Millionaire?Edit

For four episodes starting from December 12, 2009 to January 2, 2010, a special charity edition of the show was held called Who Deserves to Be a Millionaire?. [12] Each episode comprised one celebrity and a representative from his/her chosen charity playing as a team. Rules stayed the same. The tradition returned on December 4, 2011. The Philippines was the second country to use the Deserves title and format; the first was Nigeria in 2007.

The following are the celebrities who played in this special edition and the prize that they each won:

Celebrity gamesEdit

2012Edit

2013Edit

2014Edit

2015Edit

2016Edit

2017Edit

Production teamEdit

  • Executive In-Charge of Production: Ginny Monteagudo-Ocampo
  • In-Charge of Production: Gina P. Borinaga
  • Director: Arnel Natividad
  • Executive Producers: Rowie O. Valencia and Lorna Javate-Feliciano
  • Make-Up Artist: Weng Legaspi

Awards and NominationsEdit

GCIC Innovative AwardsEdit

  • 1st GCIC Innovative Awards (Most Innovative Game Show Host) - Won (Drew Arellano)
  • 1st GCIC Innovative Awards (Most Innovative Game Show) - Won

Eduk Circle AwardsEdit

  • 2014 Winner, Best Game Show Host of the Year (Drew Arellano)

GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment AwardsEdit

  • 2017 Winner, Male TV Host of the Year (Drew Arellano)
  • 2017 Winner, Most Popular TV Program-Talent (Search/Reality/Talk/Game)
  • 2014 Winner, Top Game Show

USTv Student Choice AwardsEdit

  • 10th USTv Student's Choice Awards (Students’ Choice of Game Show Host) - Won (Drew Arellano)
  • 10th USTv Student's Choice Awards (Students’ Choice of Game Show) - Won

PMPC Star Awards for TelevisionEdit

Catholic Mass Media AwwardsEdit

  • 36th Catholic Mass Media Awards (Best Game Show Host) - Won (Drew Arellano)
  • 36th Catholic Mass Media Awards (Best Game Show) - Won
  • 35th Catholic Mass Media Awards (Best Game Show Host) - Won (Drew Arellano)
  • 35th Catholic Mass Media Awards (Best Game Show) - Won

Gandingan: UPLB Isko't Iska's Broadcast Choice Awards AwardsEdit

  • Gandingan 2013: The 75th UPLB Isko’t Iska’s Broadcast Choice Awards (Best Game Show) - Won

Golden Screen TV AwardsEdit

  • 10th Golden Screen TV Awards (Outstanding Game Show Host) - Won (Drew Arellano)
  • 10th Golden Screen TV Awards (Outstanding Game Show) - Won

Gawad Tanglaw AwardsEdit

  • 2016 14th Gawad Tanglaw Awards (Best Game Show Host) - Won (Drew Arellano)
  • 2016 14th Gawad Tanglaw Awards (Best Game Show) - Won
  • 2015 13th Gawad Tanglaw Awards (Best Game Show) - Won
  • 2014 12th Gawad Tanglaw Awards (Best Game Show) - Won
  • 2013 11th Gawad Tanglaw Awards (Best Game Show Host) - Won (Drew Arellano)
  • 2013 11th Gawad Tanglaw Awards (Best Game Show) - Won

KBP Golden Dove AwardsEdit

  • 2016 Winner, Best TV Game Show Host (Drew Arellano)
  • 2016 Winner, Best TV Game Show
  • 2014 Winner, Best TV Game Show Host (Drew Arellano)
  • 2014 Winner, Best TV Game Show
  • 2013 21st KBP Golden Dove Awards (Best TV Game Show) - Won
  • 2012 KBP Golden Dove Awards (Best TV Game Show) - Won

Anak TV Seal AwardsEdit

  • 2016 Anak TV Seal Awardee (Most Well-Liked TV Program) - Won
  • 2015 Anak TV Seal Awardee (Most Well-Liked TV Program) - Won
  • 2014 Anak TV Seal Awardee (Most Well-Liked TV Program) - Won
  • 2013 Anak TV Seal Awardee (Most Well-Liked TV Program) - Won
  • 2012 Anak TV Seal Awardee (Most Favorite TV Programs) - Won

ReferencesEdit

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit

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