Two months since its launch TV5’s Happy Truck Ng Bayan is succeeding in its aim to bring cheer and entertainment to Filipinos all over the country. From its first stop in Tondo to its most recent travel to Pampanga, the program has realized that going outside the studio is still the most genuine way to inspire people and make them smile.
A brainchild of TV5’s Chief Entertainment Content Officer Wilma Galvante, Happy Truck Ng Bayan was designed with the audiences in the mind. Instead of asking them to leave their homes and go to the studios, Galvante thought of literally bringing the show to the barangays—a first-of-its-kind innovation on Philippine TV.
“We want the audiences to let TV5 come closer to their homes and make us a part of their daily lives. Of course, the way to do that is to literally go where they live and knock at their doorsteps,” said Galvante.
Hence, TV5’s most ambitious project for 2015 was born. Happy Truck Ng Bayan pooled together TV5’s biggest stars to ensure that the Happy Network delivers its promise of bringing Sunday noontime happiness. Leading Happy Truck Ng Bayan’s powerhouse ensemble of stars is Kapatid singer-songwriter Ogie Alcasid, who also got a taste of happiness as he himself became reunited with long-time friend and partner-in-crime Janno Gibbs in the show.
“It’s always a pleasure working with him in a project,” Alcasid shared. “It feels good to collaborate with a good friend like him. We complement each other. Apart from the game part, the program has its music segments as well so Janno and I can have song numbers together. I’m glad that he has joined TV5.”
Happy Truck Ng Bayan is also hosted by Derek Ramsay, Gelli de Belen, Mariel Rodriguez-Padilla, Jasmine Curtis Smith, Empoy, Tuesday Vargas, Kim Idol, Eula Caballero, Martin Escudero, Alwyn Uytingco, Ritz Azul, Valeen Montenegro, Toni Aquino, Tom Taus, and TV5’s kilig stars Mark Neumann, Shaira Mae, Akihiro Blanco, Chanel Morales, Sophie Albert and Vin Abrenica.
Producers are already planning to go to key cities in Northern and Southern Luzon, as well as populous areas in Visayas and Mindanao.
Happy Truck Ng Bayan airs every Sunday at 11:30 a.m. on TV5.