Kandidato (lit.Candidate) is a Philippine television public affairs show broadcast by GMA Network. Focusing on the 2010 Philippine presidential elections and the 2013 Senatorial (midterm) elections. Hosted by Arnold Clavio, Malou Mangahas and Howie Severino, it premiered on March 3, 2010. The show concluded on May 2, 2013 with a total of 20 episodes.

GenrePublic affairs
Presented by
Country of originPhilippines
Original language(s)Tagalog
No. of episodes20
Production location(s)Philippines
Camera setupMultiple-camera setup
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)GMA News and Public Affairs
Original networkGMA Network
Picture format480i (SDTV)
Original release
  • March 3, 2010 (2010-03-03) - May 5, 2010 (presidential elections)
  • February 21, 2013
May 2, 2013 (2013-05-02) (midterm elections)


For 2010 presidential elections, each episode features one of the presidential candidates who will run this 2010 Philippine presidential elections, and in 2013 senatorial elections, 3 candidates will answer questions from the panel composed of Arnold Clavio, Howie Severino and Malou Mangahas in a similar fashion as a job interview. The panel has three sets of questions; easy, average, and hard levels.

In the Easy category, the panelists will ask the questions which is about the personality, family and personal life of the candidates. Average category, on the other hand ask the platform of the candidates and on how they can resolve the problems of our country today, such poverty, corruption, education, and others. The hard level focuses how the candidate answer on his/her controversies that lie on them.

Candidates interviewed

2010 Presidential elections

CandidateOriginal AirdateEpisode #
Gilberto TeodoroMarch 3, 20101
John Carlos de los ReyesMarch 10, 20102
Richard J. GordonMarch 17, 20103
Joseph EstradaMarch 24, 20104
Nicanor PerlasMarch 31, 20105
Eddie VillanuevaApril 7, 20106
Jamby MadrigalApril 14, 20107
Benigno Aquino IIIApril 21, 20108
Manuel VillarApril 28, 20109
Huling Pagkilatis bago ang Eleksyon 2010May 5, 201010

2013 Senatorial elections

Candidate Original airdate Episode #
Sonny Angara (Team PNoy)
Jamby Madrigal (Team PNoy)
Mitos Magsaysay (UNA)
February 21, 2013 1
Francis Escudero (Team PNoy)
Marwil Llasos (Ang Kapatiran)
Eddie Villanueva (Bangon Pilipinas)
February 28, 2013 2
Bam Aquino (Team PNoy)
JV Ejercito (UNA)
Richard J. Gordon (UNA)
March 7, 2013 3
Loren Legarda (Team PNoy)
Tingting Cojuangco (UNA)
Rizalito David (Ang Kapatiran)
March 14, 2013 4
Risa Hontiveros (Team PNoy)
Gregorio Honasan (UNA)
Ricardo Penson (Independent)
March 21, 2013 5
Greco Belgica (DPP)
Teodoro Casiño (Makabayan)
Ramon Montaño (Independent)
April 4, 2013 6
Ramon Magsaysay Jr. (Team PNoy)
John Carlos de los Reyes (Ang Kapatiran)
Baldomero Falcone (DPP)
April 11, 2013 7
Grace Poe (Team PNoy)
Edward Hagedorn (Independent)
Samson Alcantara (Social Justice Society)
April 18, 2013 8
Jack Enrile (UNA)
Ernesto Maceda (UNA)
Christian Señeres (DPP)
April 25, 2013 9
Aquilino Pimentel III (Team PNoy)
Juan Miguel Zubiri (UNA)
May 2, 2013 10


According to AGB Nielsen Philippines' Mega Manila household television ratings, the final episode of Kandidato scored a 5% rating.[1]


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