Summary Of Face To FaceFace to Face is a Philippine reality tabloid talk show aired on TV5 and hosted by Amy Perez. This Talakserye (two parties throw allegations with each other called TALAK in native language) was first aired on television on March 22, 2010 and still on-going. It is a public service program as it bills itself as a “Barangay Hall On-Air”, with a reality/talk show format that brings two opposing parties together to air their sides in front of a live audience.
It is a Philippine version of the US Television’s The Jerry Springer Show, patched with Filipino cultural perspective, prevailing with “boundaries and underprivileged guests” who cannot afford to have their own attorneys and cannot file cases on court. Face to face goals to finally put an end to the minor conflicts between two arguing parties, with the help of a group of counsellors that represent the legal, emotional, and spiritual aspects of living.
The show is one of the most popular talk shows in the Philippines yet it is also proven to be provocative because of the violence shown in the talk show. For this reason, the Movies and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) has appealed that the show to control physical confrontations.
The shows main goal is to help the people solve their cases in a Barangay Hall setting, a local mini police station where they take arguments to be heard by Tanods (peacekeepers). It also aims to give the audience lessons drawn from the story. The counsellors try to help the complainants solve the problem, and give them advices as well.
Anyone who can speak in Tagalog can file any complaint about someone, which will become a basis for an episode. They choose then which cases to present on the show by going over the records available with the help of the production crew. Then, interview the two parties and provide circumstances of the problem.
During the show, the complainant in-person will describe the problem. The host, Amy Perez (Tyang Amy), will talk to the complainant and ask several questions to hear a side of the story. There will be two sides of the story. The first side that was heard will be the Puti or white side. The Sawsaweros (male studio audience involver) and the Sawsaweras (female studio audience involver), may ask some questions or make statements, along with the persons originally involved. Once the complainant is already interviewed, the opponent is brought on stage and completes the two sides of the story, making up the Pula or red side.
After the red side is brought out, the confrontation starts that results in an argument and even starts a fight on stage. Before the guests go on the stage, they go through security inspection for the safety of both arguing parties. As the show advances, both parties may add another person, to convince the live audience. In the Boto-Hans portion (botohan means to vote), the host will ask the audience which side they are on, which answers by raising their signs with the colours for each side. The stage crew is always prepared for a fight and interdicted by two bouncers, designated as B1 and B2 while a production crew and the security unit are the backup if more than two people get into the fight. 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. Before they air the evening edition it is always inspected by the MTRCB before it is broadcast. In cases of serious injuries, paramedics are also available.
The three advisers or also known as Trio Tagapayo give tips and advices to prevent fights. This group is composed of a lawyer, a psychologist, and a priest who give legal, psychological, spiritual advice to the complainants and the opponents respectively. Sometimes, the show invites a guest expert as appropriate to the arguments involved.
Sometimes, the show ends with statements from both sides that they are not yet ready to forgive whichever party is found in fault and 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. Usually the points from the host, is the summary of the whole story. The show also conducts a follow-up to confirm if there is progress or not.
In mid-2012, the host Amy Perez announced on the show that she is expecting to have a baby and was planning to take a leave from the show for a whole year to focus on her child. That same episode, she also introduced host/actress Gelli de Belen as her temporary substitute.