Melai, Jhong, Kaila, former PBB housemates star in PIE Channel’s hybrid narrative-reality show ‘The Chosen One’

MANILA, Philippines – PIE (Pinoy Interactive Entertainment) Channel continues to beef up its offerings for its fourth month on air as it launches an engaging hybrid narrative-reality show this September 24, 8 pm, with Melai Cantiveros as the host and one of the actors.

In “The Chosen One: Ang Piliserye ng Bayan,” PIE viewers can control the story and determine which character stays alive until the end by voting. 

According to award-winning director and cinematographer Topel Lee, “The Chosen One” has a ‘choose your own adventure’ style that’s why it is called a ‘piliserye.’

“You [viewers] get to play god sa ‘piliserye.’ Ikaw ang magde-decide kung saan pupunta ang kwento. Fresh ito for this type of programming sa PIE Channel,” he shared.

Each week, five lucky Philippine-based voters will be selected via randomizer to win P1,000.

The show’s pilot features a suspense thriller series called “Soap Opera” that follows Charlie (Kaila Estrada), who signs up for a shady networking group called Astra Nuevo fronted by the strong-willed Miss Jane (Melai). In Astra Nuevo, Charlie meets a group of 10 aspiring entrepreneurs from different walks of life who share her dream of gaining financial freedom. But soon they discover that their ambition could cost them their lives.

Joining Kaila in the hybrid narrative-reality series are former “PBB” housemates Andi Abaya (Rachel), Amanda Zamora (Julie), Dustin Mayores (Jason), Gabb Skribikin (Cheska), Kobie Brown (Peter), Luke Alford (Kiko), Maxine Trinidad (Emma), Rob Blackburn (Joe), Seham Daghlas (Paula), and Zach Guerrero (Mike) who will act as players in the show or the characters that will be voted by viewers.     

In “Soap Opera,” Kaila is a non-player. She won’t be part of the 10 characters that are up for voting each week. Other non-players in the series are “PBB” Otso housemate Emjay Savilla and film and theater actress and host Sunshine Teodoro.

Every Saturday (8 to 10 pm), “The Chosen One” will air live episodes of “Soap Opera” so ‘chosen mentor’ Jhong Hilario can dissect and rate each players’ performance in the narrative. It will also reveal the current standing of the players based on the audience votes. 

During the first episode of “Soap Opera” last Saturday (September 24), Charlie met the 10 aspiring entrepreneurs during the orientation day of Astra Nuevo that was led by Miss Jane. Charlie also found the lifeless body of Astra Nuevo’s security guard who was mysteriously killed at the office. 

The Saturday episode (October 1) will be more exciting as “The Chosen One” reveals who among the 10 players garnered the highest number of ligtas votes and who are in the bottom two.

During the show’s primer, Melai shared that viewers will get to see a different side of her in “The Chosen One.” “First time ko na ganitong storya. Kasi ako naman nagho-horror, pero may sundot na comedy. Dito parang may pagka-serious talaga,” she said.   

She also lauded Jhong during the mediacon saying, “sobrang honored ako na kasama ko si Kuys Jhong. Talagang magkakaroon kami ng tawanan and banters. Sobrang happy din ako kasi yan ang sample king.”

Meanwhile, Jhong said during the show’s primer that he is grateful to be picked as the ‘chosen mentor’ and shared what he expects to see from the players. 

“Siyempre dahil suspense thriller itong piliserye natin, gusto kong matakot sa acting nila. Gusto kong tumayo ‘yung mga balahibo ko dahil alam ko kapag natakot ako, ‘yung mga manonood sa kanila, matatakot din,” Jhong remarked.  

On the other hand, Kaila sees “The Chosen One” as a challenge since it is her first thriller series. “Challenge ito because first time ko gumawa ng show na thriller ‘yung theme. I keep in my mind na I want to give it the best performance that I can give, something that even I would want to watch,” she explained. 

Besides “The Chosen One,” PIE also offers viewers new shows and PIE jocks for more excitement. They are Gretchen Fullido, Abby Trinidad, Frances Cabatuando, Mayor TV, Tristan Ramirez (Mon to Sat) Madam Inutz, Migs Bustos, and Nicole Cordovez (Sun) for BRGY PIESILOG; Janine Berdin and Raco Ruiz for PIEBORITO (Mon to Sun); Anji Salvacion, Eris Aragoza, Ralph Malibunas, Sam Bernardo (Mon to Sat), Gello Marquez, Jeremy G, Reign Parani, and Vivoree (Sun) for PIEGALINGAN; Eian Rances, Negi, Sela Guia, Kevin Montillano, Nicki Morena, Ruth Paga, Nonong Ballinan (Mon to Sat) Inah Evans, Kid Yambao, Patsy Reyes, and Jackie Gonzaga (Sundays) for PIENALO; and finally, Aaron Maniego, Karen Bordador, Renee Dominique (Mon to Fri), Elmo Magalona, and Vivoree (Sun) for PIE Night Long.

Who will survive in this bloody tale of murder and be named as “The Chosen One?” Find out by watching the ‘piliserye’ ng bayan every Saturday at 8 pm only on PIE Channel. PIE is the first multiscreen, real-time interactive TV channel in the country. Viewers in the Philippines can participate and win cash prizes every day. 

Find the PIE Channel by scanning your digibox. Viewers can also watch PIE worldwide via its website, YouTube (, Sky Cable Channel 21, and Cablelink Channel 100. Viewers can also watch PIE live on GLife of the GCash App. The PIE Channel is a project of ABS-CBN, Kroma Entertainment, BEAM, and 917 Ventures. Follow PIE (@iamPIEofficial) on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and TikTok for updates. 

Watch highlights from The Chosen One media conference below:

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