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New Show Tackles Taboo Filipino Issues

rsvp talk showThis article was written by Yong Chavez for ABS-CBN North America Bureau on September 1st, 2011.

RSVP” is The Filipino Channel’s (TFC) newest US-based weekly talk show and it aims to get their viewers engaged through an honest discussion of issues.

“RSVP” hosts actress G Tongi, Dr. Tess Mauricio and their guests will discuss sensitive issues such as challenges faced by bi-racial Pinoys, Filipinos’ obsession with whitening products, and what people do to be stars in the Philippines.

“We talk about issues that men don’t want to hear and women are too afraid to talk about and that in itself is very intriguing,” said host G Tongi.

“RSVP” is directed by ABS-CBN talent RD Alba and has Michael Carandang, an Emmy Award-winning producer of “The Tyra Banks Show” and “America’s Next Top Model,” as its show runner.

“People ask me all the time, ‘O, you’re going from mainstream to TFC, bakit, why?’ I’m like, ‘Why not?’ I think, Filipinos, it’s a great community here. If you produce a show for them that they love, I think that’s a great accomplishment by itself. I was born in the Philippines. I grew up in the Philippines so to be an immigrant and to move in the US regardless of how successful I’ve become in the US, it means nothing to me and my family if I can’t contribute sa mga Filipinos. TFC has been on for so many years and it cured my homesickness noong nasa Indiana ako,” said Carandang.

It was The Filipino Channel that brought them together.

Mauricio, a highly respected dermatologist in America who has been a guest on US mainstream shows like “The Doctors,” “The Rachel Ray Show” and “America’s Next Top Model” as a beauty expert, sought out Carandang after watching him featured on TFC.

In an episode, Mauricio will share the truths about beauty treatments, including the ones being marketed in the Philippines despite being considered unsafe by heath professionals.

Growing up, Mauricio also struggled with her skin color due to the pressure in the community to be as light-skinned as possible.

“In the Philippines, there’s all this obsession about obtaining white skin, bleaching to a point where it’s really unhealthy both physically, emotionally and psychologically. I was able to share about a topic that’s close to my heart,” Mauricio said.

Their first season’s guest list include notable Filipino and Filipino-American celebrities and also American newsmakers.

One of their upcoming guests is the so-called “Octomom” Nadya Suleman, who opens up like she has never before in her mainstream TV interviews.

G Tongi said she is excited for the chance to pursue an outlet that is very different from acting.

Her fans will also get to see her kids for the first time on the show.

“We did an episode where we discussed being bi-racial. I was really able to talk about that. It was a huge sigh of relief to be able to open up and share that about myself,” said G Tongi.

In their premiere episode on September 10, former Philippine actress Patricia Javier will reveal something personal that she has kept from the public.

Through stories like hers, “RSVP” aims to educate its viewers.

“It’s a talk show that empowers women,” G Tongi explained.

“Gusto namin na yung mga Kapamilya na nanood sa bahay, we want them to follow and watch and listen because a lot of the topics that we discuss this season are topics that we don’t normally feel comfortable talking about as Filipinos. What we did is we highlighted the stories that made us understand the topic a little better,” Carandang said.

Apart from issues, they will also feature high-achieving Filipinos in different fields with expertise to share to Filipinos who want to know how to make it in America.

“We really hope to inspire Filipinos out there to be proud to say they’re Filipinos,” Mauricio said.

“RSVP” will be shown on TFC every Saturday.

Like 2 Facebook Pages for a Chance to Win a $500 Gift Certificate!

FacebookScripps Ranch Dermatology and Cosmetic Center is giving away a $500 gift certificate to one lucky winner! All you have to do it “like” both the RSVP Talk Show and Scripps Ranch Dermatology and Cosmetic Center in Facebook! You must click “like” by 11:59 pm on September 17th in order to be eligible to win.

Do you get the The Filipino Channel (TFC)? If so, mark your calendar for the launch of RSVP Talk Show which airs for the very first time Saturday September 10th at 2:05 – 2:35pm. Plus, if you miss it, the show reairs on Sundays at 4:35am. So, set those DVR’s to tape RSVP and see Dr. Tess in action with Filipino actress and TV star, Gisele Tongi.

You can also tell your friends to like both the Scripps Ranch Dermatology Cosmetic Center AND RSVP talk show face book pages by Sept. 17 so they can be entered to win a $500 gift certificate for our clinic services! Winners will be selected at random.

Thanks for your support! Please visit our blog and let us know what you thought of the new show September 10th!

Dr. Tess’s New Talk Show, RSVP, Airing in September!

RSVP Filipino  talk showDr. Tess’s new talk show, RSVP, has just finished filming its first season!

From the Emmy Award winning producer of The Tyra Banks Show and America’s Next Top Model, R.S.V.P. is a half hour, weekly magazine talk program hosted by Filipino actress, singer, and dancer Giselle Tongi and America’s Favorite Dermatologist, Dr. Tess Mauricio.

Look for it every Saturday on TFC (The Filipino Channel) at 2pm starting September 10.

Go to or for clips and more info!

Click here for the teaser.

On the set with guest Gretchen Rossi from The Real Housewives of Orange County (see photo below, right).
RSVP talk show

The title RSVP originates from the French acronym “Respondez si’l vous plait,” which is a polite way of saying “Respond if you please.” Each week, the hosts ask each other and the audience to RSVP and respond to different issues that cater to the Asian community in the U.S.

The Filipino Channel: RSVP Talk Show Coming in September

From the Emmy Award Winning Producer of the Tyra Banks Show, Michael Carandang is pleased to announce a new talk show on the Filipino Channel called RSVP Talk Show.

The hosts are: Giselle Tongi and Dr. Tess Mauricio, our own San Diego Dermatologist!

New Episodes will air every Saturdays at 2:05pm and replays on Sundays at 10:10am only on The Filipino Channel starting September 2011.

Stay tuned for more details.