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Why Vic Sotto is excited about ‘The Million Peso Money Drop’

Vic Sotto. (Paul Mata/TV5)


Who wants to be a millionaire? In Vic Sotto’s new game show for TV5, you’re already one at the start of the game. The trick is to hold on to your money…and not drop it.

Naturally, the man everybody calls Bossing is excited about “The Million Peso Money Drop”, the latest Endemol franchise to hit Philippine television.

“I am excited dahil ibang klase naman ang laro ito. Kasi sa simula pa lang, hawak na ng mag-partner na contestants ang isang milyong piso,” he said during a press conference on Thursday at the KB Studios in Cainta.

Of course, holding on to that million – 40 bundles of P25,000 each – is the challenge of the game as the pair of contestants must answer eight trivia questions with multiple-choice answers.

The reality of having cold hard cash in your hand and seeing it vanish little by little with every mistake you make can be nerve-wracking for the contestants. You can win big or lose it all.

So far, Bossing says only the “Money Drop” franchisees in Argentina and Germany have had winners who went home with their million intact.

Compared to “Who Wants To Be a Millionaire”, which he hosted for three seasons, Vic finds “The Million Peso Money Drop” much more intense. The former, being a more traditional, cerebral quiz show, takes time to heat up.

“Dito, umpisa pa lang mataas na agad ang tension. At may itataas pa. Iba ‘yung feeling na mararamdaman mo. Kasi may background music pa ‘yun. Tapos biglang tahimik. Eh ang taas ng babagsakan o drop ng pera,” he said.

Because it’s a new show with a new format, Bossing said he had to do his homework. “I try to follow everything. Especially if it’s a game show like this. Kasi meron silang ‘bible’. Meron silang sets of rules. Kaya if I need to memorize, ime-memorize ko everything. Then I put my personal touch,” he explained.

He and the show’s director, Bert de Leon, have asked the Endemol people to allow him some room for levity during certain moments of the game. But Bossing realizes he can’t treat the game as a joke.

“We are talking of real money here. There are times I have to be serious. I can’t joke. ‘Yung pag-handle ko sa contestants, mas strict dito. May portion na makaka-tsika-tsika ako sa contestants pero hindi ko sila puwedeng tulungan. Alalay lang ako. Dabarkads lang ang dating,” he said.

What would be his tip to future contestants of the show?

‘The motto here is if you’re sure of the answer, you have to be brave. If not, you have to be smart. Wala naman talagang strategy except ‘yung tapang. You have to be a risk taker. Pero alam mo kung kelan ito gagamitin. Kailangan din na magkaroon ka ng trust sa partner mo. Kasi nakita ko na, meron nang nagkakagalit. Half-way through pa lang, hindi na nagkakasundo,” he noted.

Getting along is key for somebody like Bossing, who is one of the few talents able to network-hop in all the three major networks.

“Kapuso, kapatid, kapamilya. Hanggang maaari kasi, gusto ko kaibigan ko lahat. Na I can work with everyone. ‘Pag pelikula, gumagawa ako with Star Cinema. ‘Pag napunta naman ako sa EDSA, Kapuso ako. Pero ngayon, nandito tayo, one hundred per cent Kapatid ako.”