German Moreno says he has no grudge against Francis M's widow

German "Kuya Germs" Moreno is considered an icon in showbiz. But even icons face controversy and this time around, he's part of the issue on whether or not he should have placed the name of the late Master Rapper Francis Magalona on the Walk of Fame.


Veteran TV host German "Kuya Germs" Moreno appeared on Showbiz Central's "Gimme Mo" segment yesterday, December 6, to explain his desire in putting the late Francis Magalona's name on the Walk of Fame and the refusal of the Master Rapper's family.

The issue between Pia Arroyo-Magalona and Kuya Germs started with Kuya Germs giving a posthumous star for Francis in the Walk of Fame but she didn't like the idea. Why did he still give the star despite Pia's disapproval?

"It was a promise to Francis," Kuya Germs said. "Siyempre, ang papa't mama niya [Pancho Magalona and Tita Duran] ay nilagay ko doon. And then he asked me, 'Kuya Germs, kailan mo naman ako ilalagay dito?' So I answered him na yes someday ilalagay ko. The second time sa Eat Bulaga! e na-mention niya ulit sa akin, so sagot ko na darating iyan."

Explaining the right time to place a name in the Walk of Fame, Kuya Germs continued, "Putting names in the walk of fame, mayroon panahon, e. Every anniversary sa December 1st, so sino magaakala na at the early stage mawawala si Francis? So, hindi umabot ng December."

What about Pia's side of the story? She had said that her husband did not want a star and if Kuya Germs wanted to honor him, he could do so by granting Pia's request not to include him in the Walk of Fame.

"Honoring somebody, bakit kailangan magagalit?" asked Kuya Germs. "Dead or still living, magagalit? You're not doing something na sinisiraan mo ang tao, di ba? Binibigyan mo ng importansya at pagpapahalaga ang contributions na ginawa niya sa industriya. And Francis is already a public [figure] 'yan, e...and also remember na anak-anakan ko si Francis na nag-umpisa sa That's Entertainment! Pagmamahal iyon ng isang magulang sa kanyang anak."

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Stressing that he was only doing it out of love for the Magalonas, he added, "Wala naman kailangan gawan ng issue, e kasi pagmamahal iyong binibigay ko. kung sinasabi ni Francis iyon noong nabubuhay pa, e bakit hindi sinabi sa akin? Pinuntahan ko sana siya at tinanong na 'Totoo ba na sinabi mo ito?' Hindi ko na gagawin kung sinabi niya. Pero kung sinabi nila sa akin noong buhay pa siya at nakausap ko si Francis, hindi ko itutuloy. Pero wala silang kibo. Nagpagawa ako, I spent money for that. Hindi ko pinagsisisihan na I spent money because ginawa ko ito para sa pagmamahal."

"Wala akong galit kay Pia," said Kuya Germs, referring to Pia and Maxene. "Wala akong galit kay Maxene. Gusto ko lang iklaro na ang ginagawa ko lang ay pagmamahal na pagturing na anak-anakan si Francis sa akin."

ON SUNSHINE DIZON. Shifting from the Walk of Fame issue, SC host Mo Twister asked Kuya Germs whether there was someone in the industry who needs his advice right now and what advice would he give?

"Recently talaga, e si Sunshine Dizon," Kuya Germs said. "Nagkaroon ng problema and I was so worried kasi anak-anakan ko din iyan sa That's Entertainment! So, sana nagkaroon ako ng pagkakataon na makausap muna si Sunshine para mabigyan ko ng advice para kung ano man ang problema niya, e matulungan ko."

What exactly did he find worrisome?

"Well, masaya na ako now kasi she's back," admitted Kuya Germs, "so sayang naman kung pababayaan natin."


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