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Thursday, March 10, 2011 | 5 and up | 0 comment(s)

Wish there are a lot of TV shows like 5 and up! Who doesn't love this tele-magazine television show for preteens? I was 12 years old then when this show started! I can still remember when all kids on TV aren't annoying and what they all do on the show is to learn stuff and share it with the viewers. awww I so missed this show so much.

If you are too young to know what I am talking about, 5 and up was one of the child-oriented tv shows. But their show used news and educational format.

The idea of the program came from an eight-year-old little boy who used to stay up to watch PPI's , The Probe Team, a multi-awarded investigative television program. Zak Yuson, a nephew of The Probe Team's executive producer and head investigative journalist, Cheche Lazaro, came up with the idea of having kids as the show's reporters for one episode. Topics that would be featured would be ones interesting to children.

The producers liked the idea and aired one such episode in 1992. It featured three little kids: Zak Yuson, Nina Torres and Nina Serquina reporting on the Aeta children, the Philippine eagle, and "dirty ice cream." The episode received rave reviews and feedback. The producers of the Probe Team then decided to spin off an entire program dedicated to kids, and 5 and Up was born. The program first aired on ABC-5 (now TV5) on a Saturday, and at 5 in the afternoon.

The program's running time was one hour, and took after the format of the Probe Team. The show featured three long segments of up to 12 minutes each, interspersed with spiels and skits that served as "breaks" for the viewers. Majority of the scripts were written in English. Stories were mostly shot in Manila. In the first season of the show, the kid reporters would meet in their tree house and discuss the week's stories. The tree house was actually a set built on a real mango tree in the executive producer's home.

The show had up to ten kid reporters, all taking turns doing long segments and spiels every week. They also conducted "story conferences" where each reporter would share his or her reactions on the different topics covered in the episode. Their ages ranged from nine to twelve years old.

The kids i see on TV today started on 5 and up:

Atom Araullo (my childhood crush), news reporter

Chynna Ortaleza, actress

Rayver and Rodjun Cruz, dancers/actors

Maxene Magalona, actress

It aired May 1992 - June 2003. It's kind of annoying watching little kids on TV these days (not all of them). Wish there were education / entertaining shows today.
Watch Atom and Chynna's graduation episode. The kid reporters need to give way to those new comers and of course to have more time to studies.

i ranted @ 3:19 PM