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Country of origin Philippines
Original network GMA Network
Final episode date 1 November 2006
Program creator GMA Network
Running time 1 hour
First episode date 18 November 1998
Network GMA Network
|Developed by GMA News and Public Affairs|
Starring Winnie Monsod Oscar Orbos
Producer(s) Marissa Flores Louela Trinidad
Awards PMPC Star Awards for TV Best Public Affairs Program, PMPC Star Awards for TV Best Public Affairs Program Host
Cast Solita Monsod, Oscar Orbos, Francis Escudero
Similar Partners Mel and Jay, Partners with Mel Tiangco, Katok Mga Misis!, Brigada Siete, GMA Headline News
Debate with Mare at Pare (Debate With Mare And Pare) is a highly watched open debate show in the Philippines. It is aired every late night Thursdays (technically Friday at 12:00 midnight) on GMA Network. It is hosted by Pareng Oscar Orbos and Mareng Winnie Monsod.
Considered the first successful debate-type public affairs program, it was awarded by the Philippine Movie Press Club as best public affairs program and best talk show by the Catholic Mass Media Awards.
Debate is the first of its kind in the country, combining information and entertainment in discussing various issues. The hosts act as moderators of the debate and live audience were given the opportunity to express their opinions.
Debate pioneered the use of highly computerized televoting system, wherein televiewers cast their votes on the featured issue. These include SMS, internet voting, and telephone voting. From 1998 to 2000, pagers were used when SMS were not yet in the market.
A viewer is entitled to call for reactions or submit votes through an automated voice system.
Debate with mare at pare made history in television when former President Joseph Estrada called the program and expressed his remarks against the chairman of the Philippines' Securities and Exchange Commission.
Debate first aired on November 18, 1998. From February to June 2001, Mrs. Monsod was briefly replaced by TV news anchor Mel Tiangco when she ran for the position of senator.
The program is confrontational, bold, fiery, spontaneous, and highly opinionated. Not only that, it has become a venue for people to reach out and even confront Philippine officials. It has also become an important tool in policy making decision of Philippine leaders.
A viewer are entitled to vote on a particular issue or subject posted on TV. That subject could be the featured proposition for the debate or a related question to the topic. The program featured hi-tech voting process through the use of landline phone and internet.