Randy Santiago happy to return to hosting: “Ang mga hosts na kinukuha ngayon, puro mga bata na, e.”

by James Patrick Anarcon
Apr 3, 2021
Randy Santiago on hosting TV5's Sing Galing: "Talagang very grateful [ako] to the station for giving me the opportunity to do this."
PHOTO/S: Sing Galing (TV5)

Randy Santiago is back to hosting.

He is top-billing the comeback of the hit singing game show Sing Galing, which is slated to air on April 5.

Joining him are K Brosas and Donita Rose.

In an exclusive interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) on March 24, 2021 via Zoom, Randy revealed that the chance to be one of the show's Sing Masters or hosts was one of the reasons he was convinced to accept the offer from TV5 and Cignal.

Prior to Sing Galing, Randy was a judge in ABS-CBN’s variety show It’s Showtime for its “Tawag ng Tanghalan” segment.

Randy told PEP.ph, “Tuwang-tuwa siyempre for me to be hosting again, dahil alam mo naman ang mga hosts na kinukuha ngayon, puro mga bata na, e.

“Para maatasan iyong katulad ko to host another show, parang ipinagkatiwala sa akin, talagang very grateful to the station for giving me the opportunity to do this. Iyong mga nalalaman ko through the years, ibubuhos ko talaga dito.”

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Aside from being an iconic hitmaker, Randy has been known to host three noontime shows who were top-raters during their respective times: Lunch Date (1986-1993) and SST: Salo-Salo Together (1993-1995) on GMA-7 and Magandang Tanghali Bayan (1998-2004) in ABS-CBN.

He also hosted the short-lived noontime program Happy, Yipee, Yehey on ABS-CBN in 2011.

His last regular hosting stint was in Willie Revillame's short-lived TV5 noontime show, Wowowillie, which ran from January to October 2013.


During the Zoom interview, Juke Boss or judge Rey Valera applauded Randy as a co-worker.

For Rey, Randy was not only a host but also a director, which made their jobs easier, especially since they had to tape three episodes a day for their one-week lock-in taping.

Rey said about Randy, “Kapag nagte-taping kami, kaya minsan mabilis iyong galaw namin at iyong mga ginagawa namin, parang meron kaming director doon sa floor na hindi floor director.

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“Si Randy, siya halos iyong nagpa-facilitate ng kung paano bibilis, saan kami kukuha ng take, camera movements, suggestion niya [ng] magandang anggulo, si Randy, malaking bagay iyan.

“Iyong energy, alam kong hindi lang on camera iyong energy na ginagawa niya kasi tatlong episode tayo in a day, medyo may kabigatan iyon as a host.

“Iyong energy mo in a certain level, e, name-maintain. Hindi lang iyon, dapat tuluy-tuloy iyong talas ng isip.

“Sinasabi ko sa kanya iyon na hindi maliit na bagay iyon para sa akin, nakikita ko iyon.”

After thanking Rey for his kind words, Randy explained why he has the liberty to do such things on the set.

He related, “In terms of bakit maganda iyong gulong ng show, siguro malaking bagay din kasi iyong director namin, si Mel Feliciano, na through the years, nakasama namin sa noontime shows namin.

“Kasi alam naming iisa ang utak namin kung papaano patatakbuhin ang show. Madaling-madali.

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“Bakit ba ako nakakapag-suggest sa aming director? Dahil kilala ko.

“Kasi otherwise, mangingimi lang ako. Kunyari nasa ibabaw na director sa amin, hindi ako makakapag-suggest kasi baka sabihin, ‘Bakit ba ito nagsa-suggest?’

“Pero bakit kami nakakapagbigay ng input? Dahil kilala namin iyong director na alam namin kung paano siya sasabihan, paano mababanggit iyong kaunting suggestions na puwede naming ibigay.”

Sing Galing first aired on TV5 from 1998 to 2001 as a weekly show, with Ai-Ai Delas Alas and Allan K as its hosts.

After 20 years, TV5 and Cignal have decided to bring it back with the tagline “Kantawanan sa hapunan,” as its timeslot is 6:30 p.m. from Monday to Friday.

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Randy Santiago on hosting TV5's Sing Galing: "Talagang very grateful [ako] to the station for giving me the opportunity to do this."
PHOTO/S: Sing Galing (TV5)
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