Battle of the Brains (Philippine game show)

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Battle of the Brains
GenreQuiz show
Created byFocal Media Arts, Inc.
Developed byFocal Media Arts, Inc.
Presented byDavid Celdran, (alternates) Chiqui Roa-Puno, Cathy Santillan, Anthony Suntay
Theme music composerYanni
Opening themeSantorini
Country of originPhilippines
Original language(s)English, Filipino
No. of episodes460+?
Production
Executive producer(s)Eve Serrano Cunanan?
Production location(s)Broadcast City, Quezon City (1992-1999)
Camera setupMultiple-camera setup
Running time≈ 1.5 hours (including commercials)
Release
Original networkRadio Philippines Network
(1992–2000)
People's Television Network
(2000–2001)
Picture format480i SDTV
Original releaseJuly 18, 1992 (1992-07-18)[1] –
2001 (2001)

Battle of the Brains was a Philippine quiz show shown at RPN 9 from 1992 to 1999 and at PTV 4 from 2000 to 2001. It was hosted for almost all episodes by David Celdran, with various alternates (including Chiqui Roa-Puno, Cathy Santillan, and Anthony Suntay) taking over in his absence. The show is primarily sponsored by Uniwide Sales, Inc. (a major budget retailer during the show's popularity) from 1992 to 1999, and by AMA Computer College from 2000 and 2001 before the show folded. The show was open to all elementary, high school and college students nationwide, but the majority of grand champions have come from Metro Manila.

Tournament format[edit]

  • Competitors usually join by contacting Focal Media Arts by telephone, and are directly slotted for the televised Weekly Finals. However, there are also reports that non-televised provincial rounds have been held.[2]
  • Each season determines its elementary, high school, and college level Grand Champions in a single-elimination tournament with 4 rounds (called the Weekly, Monthly, Quarterly, and Grand Finals). Only the top competitor advances to the next round.
  • The Weekly and Quarterly Finals feature 4 competitors each, while the Monthly and Grand Finals each field 3 competitors. However, there have been exceptions to this allocation for rounds prior to the Grand Finals.
  • Each competing elementary and high school is represented by 2 students (except for elementary teams from Seasons 1 and 2, which fielded 3 students each). The college competition featured an individual representing the school, except from Season 8 (1999–2000 season) onwards, when 2-person teams were adopted.
  • Alternates were allowed for elementary and high school competitors. But once used in competition, the alternate must continue to compete, taking the displaced student's place, for the rest of the competition.
  • In Season 9 (2000–2001 season), the format for the college level was changed to the returning-champion format similar to that of Jeopardy!. The winner will return on the next episode to face a new set of challengers until they lost.

Episode format[edit]

  • A panel of judges is present at every round, whose members are usually professors from top Philippine universities. Their primary function is to oversee and settle any disputes or complaints. Some of the competition's judges have been:
Name of Judge Affiliation Subject Expertise Years Active
Milagros Ibe University of the Philippines Diliman Mathematics 1992-1999?
Ma. Assunta Caoile-Cuyegkeng Ateneo de Manila University Chemistry 1992-?
Manuel Dy, Jr. Ateneo de Manila University Philosophy 1992-1999?
Marcelino Foronda De La Salle University History 1992-?
Oscar Evangelista[3] University of the Philippines Diliman, National Historical Commission of the Philippines History ?
Lou Bolinao University of the Philippines Diliman History 1994-?
Rechilda Villame ? Mathematics ?
Doris Montecastro[4] ? ? ?-?
Francis Ted Limpoco[5] Ateneo de Manila University Science 1998-2000
John Bulaong[6] Ateneo de Manila University Arts and Culture ?-?

Mechanics for elimination rounds prior to Grand Finals, year 3 onwards:[7]

  • Competition in each level was composed of 30 questions in total, grouped into 2 rounds of 15 questions each. Each round involved an equal number of questions asked in 5 subject areas: Science, Mathematics, History, General Information, and Arts/Literature.
  • The host reads the question twice, and is given some freedom to paraphrase the question. Contestants may answer as soon as the question is first read.
  • Contestants answered by buzzing in first, which when performed is accompanied by a unique light and sound display. The rostra are rigged with a lockout buzzing system: contestants buzzing in late will not generate the light and sound display. After buzzing, the host acknowledged the school and were given 5 seconds to answer correctly. If not, they forfeit the question and the other teams are given the chance to answer, subject to the same time constraints. For each question given, a team may only attempt to answer once. All contestants are given a chance to answer.
  • If no contestant attempts to buzz within 5 seconds (or within 30 seconds for math questions) after a question has been asked, the host announces the correct answer.
  • Points allotted for each question have varied, but generally the harder-category questions carry more points.
  • At the end of each round, the host recaps the scores and announces round leaders or winners.
  • In case of a tie for the winner, sudden-death questions were asked. The first team to answer correctly became the winner.
  • The winner of each round prior to the Grand Finals had the opportunity to answer 10 bonus questions within 1 minute and earn PHP 600 for each correct answer. From seasons 7 onwards the bonus round involved a 3-ring pattern board.

Difference in mechanics for elimination rounds prior to Grand Finals, years 1-2 (1993-94):

  • 3 students per team in the elementary round, reduced to 2 students in season 3 but with total prizes unchanged.
  • Same 30 questions in total, but grouped into easy, average and difficult rounds of 10 questions each.
  • Only two contestants out of four are given the chance to answer. To prevent two contestants blocking the chances of the remaining two contestants, a score penalty is imposed in the difficult round for the second & subsequent wrong answers made. This penalty is waived after season 2 as all contestants get a chance to answer.

Mechanics for the Grand Finals and the ASEAN Invitational Finals are modified as follows:[8][9]

  • Written-answer format with correct spelling required, and with no buzzers involved so all contestants can simultaneously score on each question.
  • No more bonus round after the winner is announced.
  • Still 30 questions in total, grouped in the same manner as in the eliminations, equally weighted in the 5 subject areas mentioned above, and with sudden-death questions employed in case of a tie for the winner.
  • The competition also has a list of reference books which are used in settling disputes which are given to Grand Finalists. Since year 7 the books themselves are sometimes part of the Grand Prize.

In the 3-ring pattern board, the contestant chooses 1 of 3 concentric rings to accomplish, with the questions in each ring having a common theme (such as all answers beginning with the same letter, or of people from a particular field). Rings with more questions are found at the outermost portion of the set,and are generally easier to answer per question, while rings with fewer questions are at the center of the set are usually harder per question. Each question adds points to the total, while completing a ring merits extra prizes from show sponsors.

  • Complaints against questions, which may lead to score changes, are allowed during the actual taping of the show and are resolved with the decision of a panel of judges. But the actual protestations are not shown on air: the host simply summarizes the complaint and explains the score change.

Eligibility rules[edit]

  • Any school recognized by the Philippine Department of Education, Culture, and Sports (DECS) was eligible to compete. It must field students who are enrolled at the school at the designated level at the time the season starts. It is unknown whether Philippine schools abroad which are recognized by DECS were technically eligible.
  • For the elementary and high school levels, 1 alternate may be designated who will participate for the duration of the tournament once he or she is activated.
  • For the elementary and high school levels, a school may be represented only once during the entire tournament. At the college level, a school may be represented as often as possible, provided it has not yet reached the Grand Finals. Once a competitor from a school makes the Grand Finals, other contestants from the same school will not be allowed to compete.
  • As is common in televised academic quiz formats in the Philippines, which promote the 'give-chance-to-others' concept, an individual can become Grand Champion only once per level. This means that, for example, winning the elementary Grand Championship twice is not allowed, but winning 1 elementary and 1 high school Grand Championship is.

Venues[edit]

All rounds prior to the Grand Finals were recorded in Broadcast City, Quezon City. However, the Grand Finals were usually held at different auditoriums, including the following:

Season Number Dates Covered Venue
1 1992–1993 PICC Philippine International Convention Center, Pasay[10]
2 1993–1994 PICC Philippine International Convention Center, Pasay
3 1994–1995 PICC Philippine International Convention Center, Pasay
4 1995–1996 PICC Philippine International Convention Center, Pasay
5 1996–1997 PICC Philippine International Convention Center, Pasay
ASEAN Invitational 1997-08-08 PICC Philippine International Convention Center, Pasay
6 1997–1998 PICC Philippine International Convention Center, Pasay
7 1998–1999 Teatro Aguinaldo, Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City
8 1999–2000 Broadcast City, Quezon City
9 2000–2001 Due to the change in competition format, no Grand Finals event was held

Prizes[edit]

For all rounds prior to the Grand Finals, points earned were paid out in Philippine peso for all contestants.

From Seasons 1 to 6, Grand Champions were awarded the following (in units of Philippine pesos, before 20% tax on prizes):

Level Student/s School Coach Total
Elementary 300,000 100,000 100,000 500,000
High School 400,000 100,000 100,000 600,000
College 500,000 0 0 500,000

† - No coaches are formally recognized or awarded. Schools are recognized but are not given a separate prize. However, in reality, certain college competitors are given support or formal recognition by coaches and university officials.

In Seasons 7 and 8, most likely due to Uniwide Sales' financial troubles, the Grand Finals prize was paid ₱ 100,000 in cash and the balance in kind which included household appliances, encyclopedia sets and other books, and travel packages to destinations within the Philippines. The travel destination for the students may be different from that of the coaches.

From Seasons 1 through 7, all Grand Finalists were awarded plaques prior to taping, with the eventual Grand Champion getting another trophy at the conclusion of the Grand Finals. In Season 8, certificates were given for each round win prior to the Grand Finals, and a Grand Champion trophy was given at the conclusion of the Grand Finals.

Special Editions/Portions[edit]

  • Prior to the start of the elementary, high school, and college tournaments, the show may sometimes air Celebrity Edition episodes, where competitors are each composed of a television personality (usually female) and a college level contestant (usually male). It may be observed during parts of the Celebrity Edition that the college contestant presses the buzzer and whispers the answer to the celebrity, who in turns provides the response to the host. The Celebrity Edition is not part of any tournament format.
  • In 1997, in celebration of the 30th anniversary of ASEAN, an ASEAN Invitational Battle of the Brains was aired on RPN 9, pitting the Season 5 Grand Champions against students from Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Thailand.[11][12] The Philippine champions won at all levels.
  • From 1995 to 1997, a Mind Master portion was added to the program, in which college graduates (some of whom have previously competed as students) compete as individuals in a 2-competitor, returning-champion format. The winner gets to compete in the next episode until he or she loses. Leonardo Gapol (Season 1 college Grand Finalist) was well known for winning 18 consecutive matches.

Grand Champions and Finalists[edit]

Season Number Dates Covered Elementary Grand Champion Other Elementary Grand Finalists High School Grand Champion Other High School Grand Finalists College Grand Champion 2nd and 3rd College Grand Finalists
1 1992–1993[13][14] Georgie Anne Liad
Aimee Marie Alcera
Javier Gil Montemayor
Aurora Aragon Quezon Elementary School, Manila
St. John's Academy, San Juan, Metro Manila
Philippine Academy of Sakya
Novito Magsino
Froilan Mendoza
Pasig Catholic College
Christian Vasquez
Christopher Quilalang
Roosevelt College, Marikina
?
Ferdinand Makalinao
1st Year Intarmed
University of the Philippines Manila
Orion Dumdum
Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City
Leonardo Gapol
Pamantansan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, Manila
2 1993–1994[15][16][17][18] John Paul Bayhon
Patrick Libranda
Faith Victory Mejor
Colegio San Agustin, Biñan, Laguna
Garry Ng
Rommel Go
St. Stephen's High School, Manila
Bernard Chan
Allan Yu
Grace Christian High School, Quezon City

St Mary's Academy, Baliuag, Bulacan
Alfonso Gonzales III
1st year B.S. Applied Mathematics
University of the Philippines Los Baños, Laguna
Oliver Tungol
Polytechnic University of the Philippines Sta. Mesa, Manila
Giovanni Claveria
Don Bosco Technical School (now Don Bosco Technical College), Mandaluyong
3 1994–1995[19] Germaine Lisa Ang
Ellyson Ting
Philippine Academy of Sakya, Quezon City
Paulo David Javier
Joseph Joemer Perez
San Jose Academy, Navotas
Richard Pante
Polytechnic University of the Philippines Sta. Mesa, Manila
Jessie Antonio
TIP Manila
Christian Vasquez
UP Manila
4 1995–1996[20] Ma. Ailil Alvarez
Rosemarie Amodia
St. Paul College of Parañaque
Christian Paolo Pestelos
Edward Jay Salao
La Consolacion College - Caloocan
Mel Anthony Cruz
Jasper Hendrick Cheng
Chiang Kai Shek College, Manila
Joserizal Coteng
4th Year Physical Therapy
University of Santo Tomas, Manila

Emmanuel Simbulan
Polytechnic University of the Philippines Sta. Mesa, Manila
5 1996–1997[21] Mark Anthony Salud
Anthony Jefferson Atienza
Holy Rosary Academy, Sta. Rosa, Laguna
Sir Martin Cortez
Jerome Canlas
Notre Dame of Greater Manila, Caloocan

Melina Mel Moran
Christina Anne Hernandez
San Geronimo Emiliani School, San Pedro, Laguna
Marie Grace Mappala
Ron Emil Castro
Bloomfield Academy, Las Piñas
Allen Perez
Jonil "Estafador" Bautista
St. Mary's Academy, Baliuag

Sharon Lyn Jalac
Alexis Ryan Razon
Rizal High School, Pasig
Pierre Cantillero
B.S. Industrial Psychology
Polytechnic University of the Philippines Sta. Mesa, Manila
Joebert Ramos
University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City

Edric Andrey Cruz
Lyceum of the Philippines
ASEAN Invitational[22] 1997-08-08 Mark Anthony Salud
Anthony Jefferson Atienza
Holy Rosary Academy, Sta. Rosa, Laguna
Theodric Lee Jun
Pates John Richard Pau Yi
?, Singapore

Nguyen Thu Tang
Nguyen Linh Dan
?, Vietnam
Bhawin Sirithanaratanakul
Karan Bhuripanyo
?, Thailand
Marie Grace Mappala
Ron Emil Castro
Bloomfield Academy, Las Piñas
Lila Kurniasari
Mellisa Efiyanti
?, Indonesia

Natalie Koh Si Fa
Hong En Ping
?, Singapore
Nguyen Thi Thanh Thao
Ho Huong Giang
?, Vietnam
Chomppunut Asava-Aree
Suchanan Tambunlertchai
?, Thailand
Pierre Cantillero
B.S. Industrial Psychology
Polytechnic University of the Philippines Sta. Mesa, Manila
Alfred Pang Kah Meng
?, Singapore
Le Xuan Thang or

Dang Cam Tu
?, Vietnam
Wan Azrin Izani bin Wan Mohamad Zin or Rafidah bt Mohammad
?, Malaysia
Sutayut Osornprasop
?, Thailand

6 1997–1998[23] ?
La Salle Greenhills, San Juan, Metro Manila
Jose Roi Avena
Rogaciano Pasion III
Claret School of Quezon City
Mark Noel Mabanglo
Jayson Arvin Salazar
Makati Science High School, Makati
Philip Kimpo, Jr.[24]
Lourdes School QC
|Christian Franco
Richard Abalos
Ramon Magsaysay High School, Manila
Joseph Joemer Perez
B.A. Political Science
University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City
Marcelino S. Javier Jr.
B.S. Electronics and Communications EngineeringComputronix College (now Colegio de Dagupan), Dagupan, Pangasinan

Jonil Bautista
Ateneo de Manila University

7 1998–1999[25] Joseph Michael Vitug
Victor Joel Ayson
Bernard Vic Mendoza
Lourdes School of Quezon City
?
Divine Light Academy, Las Pinas City
?
St. Scholastica's Academy, Marikina City
Patrick Gerard de Guzman
Neil Tristan Yabut
Manila Science High School
?
Sisters of Mary School (Adlas Campus), Silang, Cavite
Samuel Versoza
Michael Gerald Dealino
Angelicum College, Quezon City
Ronald Bautista
B.S. Electronics and Communications Engineering
Computronix College (now Colegio de Dagupan), Dagupan, Pangasinan
Almario Roxas
University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City
Lingwi Valguna
Polytechnic University of the Philippines Sta. Mesa, Manila
8 1999–2000[26] ?

Bernard Vic Mendoza
Ateneo de Manila Grade School
?
?
La Salle Greenhills, San Juan, Metro Manila
?
?
??
?
?
?
Neil Tristan Yabut
Stanley Kristoffer Cabrera VI
1st Year B.S. Molecular Biology and Biotechnology and
1st Year B.S. Business Administration and Accountancy
University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City
Christopher E. Lopez
Rey Reyes, Jr.
Polytechnic University of the Philippines Sta. Mesa, Manila
Christian Anthony Reyes
Francis Rino Alegado
University of Santo Tomas, Manila
9 2000–2001 None None None None None Roy Ragutana
Rossbert Chua
Polytechnic University of the Philippines Sta. Mesa, Manila
(undefeated for 10 episodes until show's cancellation)

† - a change to the returning-champion format meant that there was no overall champion at the end of the season.

Mind Master[edit]

1996 18 weeks? - Leonardo Gapol
1997-10-? - Richie Velasquez[27]
1998 2 weeks - Ian Ceasar Vicente

Records and Notable Events[edit]

Most Grand Championships

School

  • Polytechnic University of the Philippines Sta. Mesa - 1995, 1997
  • University of the Philippines Diliman - 1998, 2000
  • La Salle Greenhills - 1998, 2000

Individual

  • Joseph Joemer Perez - 1995, 1998
  • Neil Tristan Yabut - 1999, 2000

Both attended the University of the Philippines Diliman.

Youngest Grand Champions respective to year level

  • Ferdinand Makalinao (1993) - freshman (year 1 of 7-year course)
  • Alfonso Gonzales III (1994) - freshman (year 1 of 4-year course)
  • Stanley Kristoffer Cabrera VI (2000) - freshman (year 1 of 5-year course)
  • Neil Tristan Yabut (2000) - freshman (year 1 of 4-year course)

All attended campuses of the University of the Philippines System.

Most Grand Finals appearances

Total

  • Polytechnic University of the Philippines Sta. Mesa - 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000
  • University of the Philippines Diliman - 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000
  • University of Santo Tomas - 1996, 2000
  • Lourdes School of Quezon City - 1998, 1999
  • La Salle Greenhills - 1998, 2000

At different levels

  • Lourdes School of Quezon City - 1998 (high school), 1999 (elementary)
  • La Salle Greenhills - 1998 (elementary), 2000 (high school)

Most points

in 1 episode

  • Manila Science High School (Season 7 Weekly Finals,[28][29] 1999-05-22) - 11,000

in 1 season

  • Manila Science High School (Season 7) - 11,000 + 10,700 + 10,000 + 8,800 = 40,500

During this scoring run, Manila Science also perfected all 3 of their bonus rounds. And in the Grand Finals, they exceeded the combined score (4,100 + 3,100) of their rivals.

Other notables

  • The Season 5 competitors from Ramon Magsaysay High School included Roselle Ambubuyog, the visually impaired student achiever. They made it as fas as the monthly Championship.
  • Ferdinand Makalinao of UP Manila (Season 1) was known to perform math computations without using pen and paper.
  • All of the Season 5 Grand Champions also won their respective levels at the 1997 ASEAN Invitational.[30]

Sponsorship[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

Throughout its run, Battle of the Brains has become one of the most familiar and legendary quizbowl show in Philippine television, especially for students and trivia enthusiasts. In fact, the name of the show has been synonymous to any quiz competition in the Philippines, regardless of content and degree of TV coverage. However, the producers of the show do not have any copyright claim to the phrase "Battle of the Brains".

Its level of fame during its time can be compared to those of the Kilometrico Quiz Date and Student Canteen's IQ7 in the 1960s-1970s, and the Digital LG Quiz in 1999-2004. It has also served as the model for various quiz competitions, televised or not, in the Philippines.

David Celdran's name has become strongly associated with the show. Winners at the show, especially in later stages and as Grand Champions, are known to have gotten celebrity attention within their school campuses.

The comedy show Tropang Trumpo parodied the show in a segment called Battle of the Brainless.[31] In each episode, the competitors are said to come from schools whose names sound very similar to those of actual Philippine schools. Each question given by host is usually met by incorrect and humorous responses from competitors. The episode mostly ends in a tie for all schools. The host (usually portrayed by Ogie Alcasid) is also known to wear shorts, which is revealed as he moves away from his rostrum.

Awards[edit]

Year Award Category Individual Winner Citation
1994? PMPC Star Awards Best Game Show Host David Celdran
1995? PMPC Star Awards Best Game Show Host David Celdran
1996? PMPC Star Awards Best Game Show Host David Celdran
1996 Catholic Mass Media Awards Lorenzo Ruiz Award for Television Entertainment for "inspiring its youthful audience to strive for excellence in school and in everything they do"[32]

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