ABS-CBN's '90s youth-oriented series, G-Mik, is one of the most iconic shows produced by the network.
This TV show that aired from 1999 to 2002 gave birth to the love teams of John Prats and Heart Evangelista, Camille Prats and Stefano Mori, as well as Angelica Panganiban and Carlo Aquino.
Miko Samson was also part of the original cast, while Heart joined the second season together with Janus del Prado, Allyson Lualhati, Angelene Aguilar, and Danilo Barrios.
After G-Mik, John, Heart, Camille, Angelica, Carlo, and Janus have remained active in showbiz and made names for themselves.
But is it true that initially, G-Mik was only given two months to register high ratings for it to be extended?
Cast member John Prats, who played Yuan in the series, made this revealation in a guest apperance in Jeepney TV's Showbiz Pa More in June 2019.
During his interview, John said that it was a dream come true for him to top-bill G-Mik, because he used to be a fan of its predecessor, Gimik, starring Rico Yan, G. Toengi, Diether Ocampo, Jolina Magdangal, Marvin Agustin, and Judy Ann Santos.
"Dream come true yang show na yan for me kasi yan yung time na lagi ko pinapanuod sila Rico Yan sa Gimik noong time na yon.
"Tapos after noon kasi, magga-graduate na si Rico, Judy Ann that time na siyempre, ie-elevate naman sila ng career. So kami yung pumalit."
He then revealed that the show was only given two months to prove that it could be a top-rating program.
John continued, "Pero ito yung bukod tanging show ko na na-experience na nagpa-pilot kami, tinaningan na kami ng dalawang buwan.
"'Oh, you have two months, pag hindi tayo nag-rate, we have to end the show.'
"Pero awa ng Diyos, kinagat talaga yung show na yun kaya tumagal siya ng three years."
John said that he had fun doing the youth-oriented program. He even cried when the show was axed in June 2002.
"Ang saya lang kasi parang hindi mo nararamdaman na nagtatrabaho ka kasi andiyan mga kaibigan mo.
"Yan din yung isang show na iniyakan ko na natapos kasi parang ang sakit, bakit kailangang tapusin yung isang programa."
JOHN PRATS'S BAND WITH CARLO AQUINo, STEFANO MORI
At the time of Gimik, John Prats's band with Carlo Aquino and Stefano Mori, called JCS, was also at the height of its popularity.
John recalled, "Yan yung mga times na sikat yung Hanson, Moffats, sila yung naging inspirasyon namin.
"Proud kami na kami ang gumagawa ng music namin that time, drums ko, gitara ni Carlo, wala kami yung parang dinaya lang, iba yung nagrecord for us.
"So, the whole journey ng JCS, talagang grabe itong group na ito."
John remembers how fulfilling it was to see fans who traveled far and wide just to see them live.
"Wala pa kasing social media noong time na yon so ang saya lang noong feeling na nagsu-show kami sa isang mall sa Iloilo, as in sobrang puno na merong nagpa-fly in na from Bacolod, Cebu to go sa Iloilo just to see us play.
"Tapos kapag aalis kami, grabe yung ang hirap makaalis sa venue kasi sobrang daming tao and sakay kami sa van, nakasunod, mga motor.
"May mga placards pagdating mo ng hotel mo, ang dami pa ring tao na yun!
"Maybe yun yung magic ng walang social media, na yung mga tao, talagang sabik na sabik silang makita ka in person kasi wala naman silang alam sa buhay namin that time."
It even reached the point when the owner of their service van at that time got mad because they were mobbed by fans, causing the van to sustain scratches.
John said with a laugh, "Nagalit yung may-ari ng van kasi hindi naman niya in-expect na ganun! Noong una, ang saya niya, 'Papicture kami ha!'
"Pero noong natapos, uminit yung ulo niya, sirang sira na yung van niya at saka akala mo mababasag yung salamin!
"Sobrang happy ako na na-experience ko siya and yun din naman yung motivation naming tatlo noon."