THE Gutierrezes are set to take center stage as they star in their own reality program entitled “It Takes Gutz to be a Gutierrez.”
Produced by Royal Era Entertainment and TV 100 of One Mega Group, the two-part special features the real, no holds barred, honest and unedited life of the showbiz family.
Under the direction of Michael “Mike” Carandang, who also produced US shows like “America’s Next Top Model” and “The Tyra Banks Show,” the reality program is the first of its kind in the Philippines. It follows the same concept of US reality programs “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” “The Osbournes” and “Mrs. Eastwood & Company.”
Carandang said they will follow every member of the family, from Annabelle Rama, Eddie Gutierrez, Ruffa, Richard, Raymond, Elvis, Richie Paul, Rocky, to the younger ones, Venice and Lorin Bektas.
A camera will record their every move, daily routines and even capture some family drama.
“What we promise you are real, honest, no script (program). We’ll show you what it takes to be a Gutierrez and we’ll see na even though they’ve been through controversies or friction within them, they are still a solid family one could be proud of,” said Mike.
“We all know them as a showbiz family, but what I want people to see is their relationship with each other. How is Tita Annabelle to Tito Eddie and as well as the kids,” he added.
The Gutierrez matriarch Annabelle said they have been offered to do this kind of show for the past three years but there were conflicts with her children’s contracts, especially with Richard’s.
But now that they are not all tied up to one network, Rama said it’s the best time to do this kind of project.
Anabelle said, “Tuwang-tuwa ako dahil natuloy na din ang project na ito kasi noon pa plano ng pamilya ko na gagawa kami ng parang (Keeping Up with the) Kardashians.”
“Hindi kami magkatugma-tugma ng schedule and hindi pwedeng gumawa si Richard sa other shows. Sisiguraduhin ko sa inyo na magugustuhan ninyo at hindi kayo aalis sa channel,” she said.
Rama added the viewers will get to know the real members of the family as they will be in their most natural.
“Sinabihan ko na si Ruffa na walang sosyalan, walang edit kung anong mangyari sa show. Sabi ko kay Direk na lahat ilabas mo. Makikita ninyo kung sino ang tunay na Annabelle Rama. Inaamin ko na hindi ako class o sosyal, pero kaya kong maging sosyal kung gusto ko,” said Anabelle.
As for seasoned actor Eddie Gutierrez, he’s excited to do this kind of program with his kids and grand children.
Eddie said, “Kung ano kami, ‘yun ang makikita ninyo. I’m very proud na kasama ko din si Ruffa, Richard and Raymond. This is something different.”
For twin brothers Richard and Raymond, they know they are in capable hands of Carandang and they are happy to offer something new to the Filipino audience.
Richard said, “Nung una medyo skeptical and kabado ako personally because alam naman ninyo na I’m a very private person. Ngayon nabigyan kami ng pagkakataon na maipakita na kung paano ang pamilya namin.”
“We’re very excited for it, the first ever reality show like this in the Philippines. It’s going to be exciting,” Raymond added.
For Ruffa, the show will give everyone a glimpse of how they are as a family, how they handle their everyday lives and how they weather the storms.
“I believe that we are survivors. We’ve been through a lot of ups and downs in our lives, and yet here we are still standing strong and facing individual battles we’re going through right now,” said Ruffa.
“It Takes Gutz to be a Gutierrez” will be aired first quarter of 2014. However, the Gutierrez family has yet to announce on which channel this show will air. (MNS)