Thoughts on Jodi Sta. Maria Winning P1 Million on Minute to Win It

Remember the topic about ABS-CBN game shows’ overdependence on celebrities as contestants?

Last night on ‘Minute to Win It: Last Man Standing’, Kapamilya actress Jodi Sta. Maria became a millionaire by completing the ‘Mouth to Mouth’ final challenge. She bested fellow finalist (and Kapamilya resident comedian) Pooh, in the process bagging a total of P1,070,000.

Congrats ulit Jodi! weeeeeeee! #MTWIJodiskarte https://t.co/YNR0YL6Bhi

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Jodi became the second celebrity to win a million on ‘Minute to Win It: Last Man Standing’. Last July, another Kapamilya actress in Meg Imperial also won P1 million.

It’s a shame to see ABS-CBN win in an unfair manner. Although ‘Minute to Win It: Last Man Standing’ maintains a consistent lead over GMA’s ‘Wowowin’ in the ratings, it is obvious that the good nature of Willie Revillame’s show is making a fool out of Luis Manzano.

Let’s face it, Luis is a great host, no doubt. But he’s no Willie Revillame, whose willingness to give away prizes to deserving and hard-luck individuals despite his past brushes with controversy make him an icon in Philippine game shows today.

The selfish nature of ABS-CBN game shows continue to overshadow its success in general. Looking at Jodi Sta. Maria’s victory last night, two options could be in the offing for her.

These options are:

  1. Keep the P1 million prize to herself (a selfish move)
  2. Give away the P1 million prize to charitable causes (a selfless move)

To be honest, the second option makes sense. After all, ABS-CBN prides itself in the corporate slogan ‘In the Service of the Filipino’, so why not give it away in order to contribute to society.

Still, it doesn’t change the fact that ABS-CBN is shutting out the Filipino people as far as participation in game shows are concerned. Unless their perception changes, this action will only serve to disrespect the network’s corporate brass.

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8 thoughts on “Thoughts on Jodi Sta. Maria Winning P1 Million on Minute to Win It

    • Overall, however, celebrities are dominating ABS game shows. And it’s not a good thing. Kung sabihin mong boring ang walang celebrity, insulto yun sa taong bayan. They deserve to play, period. But ABS doesn’t seem willing to hand it over to them, so malaking kahihiyan yun sa kanila.

  1. Luis Manzano’s game shows from Monday to Sunday, namely MTWI and FF were ended at the same week. Masyadong overexposed na siya. Thoughts?

    • Add to that his hosting chores on The Voice Teens and you got a guy that has too much screen time at this point. ABS should’ve realized this from the start. Madami namang young hosts sa roster nila, ba’t pa si Luis ang ginamit?

      It truly shows how underappreciated the other talents are. Some of them are actually multi-talented in acting, singing and hosting, and with a successful track record of development ABS should’ve given them a chance. Too bad they put too much faith on Luis who is more on hosting at this stage of his career.

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