Randy Santiago on his role at the wedding of co-host John Estrada (not in photo): "Cord daw ako. So yun, ako taga-tali sa kanila."


Photo: Rowie Gutierrez

It has been a week since the launch of Happy, Yipee, Yehey!—the noontime show of ABS-CBN, casting Randy Santiago and John Estrada as main hosts.

The network's latest offering elicited various feedback from the public. Some found the show promising, a few were skeptical.

Randy said he welcomes criticisms. "Kung yun naman ang tingin nila, ang magagawa lang namin ay tanggapin at pagbutihin, di ba?" said the 50-year-old Kapamilya star at the formal opening of Belo Medical Clinic at The Greenbelt Residences last night, February 18.

First, he reacted to comments saying the Randy-John tandem is incomplete without Willie Revillame, who became their co-host in Magandang Tanghali Bayan, which aired for seven years—in various incarnations, such as Masayang Tanghali Bayan and MTB Ang Saya Saya—from November 30, 1998 to February 4, 2005.

"Mahirap..." he began without sounding defensive. "Siyempre, pag yun ang nakagawian na nila, e... If we're talking of friendship, siyempre iba yung kapag kaming tatlo, di ba?

"But of course, we'll have to move on dahil for five years, si Willie naman mag-isa. Sasabihin ng tao, masarap din na kasama kaming  dalawa (Randy and John), pero na-prove niya na he can do it by himself," Randy said.

And that's one thing he is asking the viewers—to give them a chance.

Randy continued, "Kami naman, we'll try to do the same thing. Sana we can make it work, kahit kaming dalawa lang ni John."

He also explained the so-called "recycled" segments.

"Lahat  naman ng mga concepts, kung ano yung matitibay, yun naman yung nilalagay, e," Randy explained.

"Like, for example, if you're talking of 'My Girl' namin, kailangan i-recycle dahil dun kami nakilala ni John. If you're talking of 'Sang Linggo nAPO Sila, yun yung 'Calendar Girl,' e. So imagine, from 'Calendar Girl,' dinala namin sa MTB..."

The idea was revived because their segment was a favorite among viewers. "Yung naughtiness namin ni John, yun yung nami-miss ng mga tao," he said.

"Ang dadali nung ibang mga contest. Kaya bigay lang nang bigay ng prizes."

ON THE BRIGHT SIDE. He refused to let  the not-so-favorable reviews dampen his spirits and chose to focus on the fans.