6 iconic Kapamilya game shows we enjoyed

Games shows continue to be a source of amusement and even inspiration for Filipinos. The thrill and excitement keep viewers on the edge of their seats, while the stories of contestants and their quest for victory touch the hearts of viewers and give them hope as they watch from their homes.  

ABS-CBN, in its mission to tell the stories of Filipinos and showcase their talent, determination, and knowledge, has produced many game shows that captured the imagination of people and became part of the TV routine of families. On June 5, another Kapamilya game show will be launched on Kapamilya Channel and A2Z to bring joy and hope to Filipinos every Saturday and Sunday night. Find out more about this new offering below as we take a trip down memory lane to remember some of the iconic and well-loved Kapamilya game shows. 


1) Game KNB? 

Who could ever forget “Game KNB?” that was hosted by Kris Aquino and then by Edu Manzano? The show’s theme song, which uses the sound of a cellular phone, became so popular it became the ringing tone of most people. Even phrases like “Abante Ako” and “Game Na,” which were used on the show, also became part of the vocabulary of every Filipino. Now "Game KNB?" is back as a digital game show on Kumu hosted by highly in demand host, Robi Domingo.


2) Kapamilya, Deal or No Deal 

Hosted by Kris Aquino and then by Luis Manzano, “Kapamilya, Dear or No Deal” easily became a favorite show among Filipinos when it premiered in 2006. The show’s format is simple: A contestant picks one brief case that they believe contains the top prize. But it’s the grand entrance of the 26K models sashaying with the brief cases to the opening theme that made the Philippine franchise iconic. Of course, there’s the mysterious “Banker” too, whose identity added another enticing layer to the show. 


3) Bet On Your Baby 

“Bet On Your Baby” is perhaps the most adorable game show ABS-CBN aired. Hosted by no less than Judy Ann Santos, the show features families with toddlers ages two to three years old who then try to guess how well their kid can play a certain game in order to win a cash prize. The show is funny and unpredictable as parents try their best to motivate their kid to play inside the baby dome. 


4) Minute To Win It 

Luis Manzano is the face of this thrilling game. Contestants have to face a series of challenges that require agility, focus, and strategic thinking in 60 seconds. The show became so popular that it had different formats including “Head to Head Challenge,” “Last Kid Standing,” and “Last Man Standing,” among others. “Minute To Win It” also had an experiential game in the ABS-CBN Studio Experience that once occupied TriNoma that allowed the public to experience the game with their friends and families. 


5) 1 vs. 100

One of the exciting games ABS-CBN aired was the Philippine version of "1 vs. 100" hosted by Edu Manzano. It's a game against all odds as one contestant ("The One") faces 100 other contestants, or what the show calls as "The Mob" in hopes of getting the P2 million grand prize. For each mob member eliminated, "The One" gets to collect money, but if "The One" makes a mistake at any point in the competition, the game ends and he or she gets to go home with nothing. 


6) Family Feud 

Hosted by Luis Manzano, the country’s version of “Family Feud was a source of laughter as families from different walks of life – ordinary Filipino families, showbiz royalty families, cast of a TV series or movie, and more – compete to guess popular responses to survey questions to win. Players have to really think fast in this game that sometimes generate the funniest answers.


7) Everybody, Sing! 

Here is the newest original Pinoy game show from ABS-CBN that will surely become a hit among Filipinos. “Everybody, Sing!” is hosted by the Phenomenal Box Office Star Vice Ganda and will finally air on June 5 on Kapamilya Channel, Kapamilya Online Live, and A2Z. After being put on hold due to restrictions caused by the pandemic, the first community singing game show in the Philippines is ready to bring light and joy to Filipinos as it challenges 25 players, who come from the same background, to join forces to win up to P500,000.

Bayanihan is the name of the game as there is no competition against all players who have to unite and help one another in order to win. It definitely takes a village for everybody to be happy in “Everybody, Sing.”