Running Man finally brings the race in Philippine TV!

by Matthew Escosia
SEA Wave - Running Man Philippines
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Heads up Pinoy Runners and K-Variety fans! GMA Network announced its collaboration with South Korean TV network SBS to co-produce the local adaptation of Running Man, South Korea’s longest-running hit variety show, and the cast was finally revealed through 24 Oras and on social media.

Kapuso stars Mikael Daez, Glaiza de Castro, and Ruru Madrid will be leading the Gen Z cast members Buboy Villar, Lexi Gonzales, Angel Guardian, and Kokoy de Santos in dashing through the much awaited Running Man races. GMA also showcased their profiles and career backgrounds here.

Actor, host, and vlogger Mikael Daez expressed his gratitude to the Running Man fans who continuously show their excitement for the series’ updates. He said in an interview with 24 Oras: “Ang dami na nilang theories, may podcast pa sila na pinagu-usapan ano ang pwedeng mangyari sa Running Man Philippines so dahil ang laki na ng fanbase sa Philippines, nakaka-excite para sa aming lahat.”

Ruru Madrid added that PH runners can expect the same energy they see in the original Running Man cast dynamics. “Kilala naman nating lahat ang mga Pinoy: hindi nagpapatalo. So, tayo, gagawin din natin ‘yun— hindi kami magi-inarte dito, magiging competitive kaming lahat dito.”

GMA reported that this first-time collaboration with SBS will open opportunities for Filipinos to watch world class entertainment. China and Vietnam have also adapted their own local spin-offs of the iconic variety show.

South Korea’s Running Man is one of the most popular reality game shows with over 580 episodes since 2010. It is known for its unique concept of finishing races through games and challenges, especially the famous Name Tag Elimination. The original cast members feature Yoo Jae Suk, Haha, Song Ji Hyo, Ji Suk Jin, Kim Jong Kook, Jeon So Min, and Yang Se Chan. Former members include actors Song Joong-ki and Lee Kwang-soo, and rapper Gary.

You can also check out Running Man Philippines’ official Facebook page for exclusive updates and announcements, including the anticipated premiere date.

What challenges and races are you excited to see in the Running Man Philippines’ episodes? Share your reactions and excitement in the comments section below!

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