14 July 2002
| n/a (airs weekly)|
14 May 1992
| Probe Media Foundation, Inc.
Philippine Children's Television Foundation|
Probe Productions, Inc.
and various contributors
GMA News and Public Affairs, Philippine Children's Television Foundation
PMPC Star Awards for TV Best Children Show, PMPC Star Awards for TV Best Children Show Host
News, Education, Children's television series
Digital LG Quiz, Knowledge Power, Super Laff‑In, Daddy Di Do Du, Art Angel
5 and Up is a tele-magazine television show for preteens, which aired in the Philippines from May 1992 to July 2002. The program was produced by Probe Productions, Inc. (PPI) and aired on both TV5 and GMA 7 before it was cancelled after 10 years in July 2002.
5 and Up Wikipedia
The idea of the program came from an eight-year-old little boy who used to stay up to watch The Probe Team, a multi-award-winning 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 first batch of 5 and Up reporters included the three kid-reporters who did the pilot episode on The Probe Team as well as fresh recruits Diego Maranan, Satin Abad, Luz Yballe, Pamela Cajilig, Maureen Araneta, Giancarlo Hilario, Chuck Grey, Anya Benitez, Wilroy Dilao, Phoebe Cabaluna, Rupert Eustaquio, and Byron Abao.
After a year, the producers decided that it was time for some of the reporters to graduate and make way for new kid reporters. This was also due to the fact that it would be harder for the graduating reporters to balance taping for the show along with their studies (5 and Up kids were never encouraged to miss school). New reporters came in, some of whom would remain in the show for the next 3 years. They were: Atom Araullo, Carlo Mendoza, Alex Amado, Rex Sayson, Paolo Olbes, Tin Tin Leones, Jennifer Cremen and Lily Anne Casimero. The show started receiving recognition from within and outside the Philippines.Alex Amado
Alwien Raidene Lacanilao
Arthur Anthony Cipriano
Atom Araullo (now a news reporter on ABS-CBN and ABS-CBN News Channel)
Carlo Mendoza (now an award-winning filmmaker. Recent work includes cinematography on Rosario)
Chynna Ortaleza (now a GMA Network actress)
Enzo Marcos (now vocalist of the band Severo)
Jennifer Cremen (now blogger and active contributor in YMCA column newspaper and women's advocacy magazines)
John Laurence Patulan (now Art Director for FHM Philippines)
Joseton Vergel de Dios
Justine de Jesus
Kai de Veyra
Lily Anne Casimiro
Maxene Magalona (now an actress of ABS-CBN, formerly GMA Network)
Nicai de Guzman
Patrick da Silva
Rayver Cruz (now an ABS-CBN actor)
Rodjun Cruz (transferred to ABS-CBN, but returned as a GMA Network actor)
Tin Tin Leones
Zak Yuson (now a producer for Rappler)
Grace M. Leung
Eva Marie Ercilla
UNICEF Prize, Prix Jeunesse (2001) - for highlighting children's rights in the media
Best Children's Program in Asia, Asian Television Awards (2001)
Highly Recommended, Asian Television Awards (1999, 2002)
Best Children's Show, PMPC Star Awards for TV (1992–93, 1994–96, 1999–2003)
Winner, KBP Golden Dove Awards (1992–2002)
Winner, Catholic Mass Media Awards (1992–2002)
Gold Medal Award, New York Festival (1996)