REVIEW: Pinoy Family Feud brings more fun, “chika” than what the survey says
It’s fun, it’s classic, it’s hip, it’s giddy, cheesy, and maybe somewhat a spin-off of The Buzz maybe? No, it’s not a new showbiz talk show that made us glued once more to the TV on a weekend afternoon.

It’s actually a game show—another local incarnation of the legendary worldwide franchise Family Feud. And on ABS-CBN, the show presents not only the usual stuff that captured the hearts of TV game show fanatics for four decades, but also the kind of buzz, topics, and even the gobbledygook so endearing to the Pinoy’s heart.

Hot chika
Not to mention “chika” that’s so hot, host Luis Manzano can’t help but dare to ask. In the premiere episode on Saturday, April 9, Contestant Arron Villaflor could not escape it. Is he courting fellow “All of Me” family member Yen Santos, asked the irrepressible host—to which Arron gave an adoring affirmative confirmation. He also declared “Reyna ng Love Life” Pokwang of the Nathaniel team and reminded her about the presence of fiancé Lee in the audience that made the comedienne tell her love to just stay and watch.

The next day had a stunned Angeline Quinto cornered: “Ano ba talaga ang status niyo ni Erik?” The “Queen of Teleserye Theme Songs” just acceded to her rumored partner, who was the head of the “ASAP Singers” family. “Single, kasi dalawang pinag-isa,” says Erik Santos. Then Luis just needed to ask Angeline, “Mahal mo ba si Erik?” Angeline replied, “Oo.” He also asked Erik, who gave the same answer. “Mabuhay ang bagong kasal!” Luis greeted both.

Their competitors from the Be My Lady family were not also spared. Daniel Matsunaga was asked to describe his feelings and emotions to her lady, Erich Gonzales, in Filipino. He said: “Mahal na mahal ko siya. Siya ang pinakamalaking gift sa buhay ko. Pag wala siya sa akin, wala akong meaning sa buhay.” Then Luis told Erich to return the favor in Portugese: “Obrigado meu amor. Eu te amo (Thank you my love. I love you),” she said.

Enjoyable spin
Quite a blissful and heartwarming sidelight in what was seen as a diverting and enjoyable spin from the Family Feud format. This new version directed by game show whiz Arnel Natividad, indeed provided a delightful package irresistible to the Pinoy audience. While the initial episodes had celebrities as contestants, wherein the “chika” ingredient, a “sample” showcase of their talents, and trivia about them were really a no-brainer, succeeding episodes that would feature non-celebrities and real families will surely inject interesting facts, and maybe a talent showdown as well, from the families and their individual members.

Survey questions posed were so very close to popular Pinoy consciousness and knowledge, making it very interesting and engaging. Questions, which were both simple yet tricky, covered what we normally face on a daily basis, like “Paboritong meryenda ng Pinoy,” “Mga nilalalaman ng balikbayan box,” “Mga bagay na sinusubo pero hindi nilulunok,” and “Mga lugar kung saan madalas mag tsismis.”

As these are asked to the usual 100-strong survey respondents, all these contestants gave ingenious, spot-on, and sometimes provocative, out-of-this-world, comical answers that surprisingly appear on the survey board. But of course, who would not mention “champorado” as the top answer in “Mga masasarap kainin kapag umuulan” or “litrato” in “Mga bagay na nagpapaalala sa yo sa dati mong minamahal,” or “bida” in “Mga salitang madalas sundan ng contra.”
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