Carmina Villarroel, Zoren Legaspi on the late Kuya Germs: "Para siyang si Santa Claus."

"Alam mo, pinautang siya ni Kuya Germs. Can you just imagine kung gaano kadami'ng anak-anakan si Kuya Germs? Dun ako na-surprise. Puwede mo pala talaga siyang lapitan," says Zoren Legaspi, referring to Kuya Germs's generosity towards other people.


Carmina Villarroel and Zoren Legaspi paid homage to the late Master Showman German "Kuya Germs" Moreno on the first night of his wake at Mt. Carmel Shrine in New Manila, Quezon City.

Long before they became a couple, Carmina and Zoren became a part of GMA Network's iconic youth-oriented show That's Entertainment.

HAPPY DAYS WITH KUYA GERMS. Carmina was one of the pioneer members (1986 to 1996), while Zoren joined the show from 1988 to 1996.

"Magkaibigan si Mother Lily [Monteverde, Regal Films matriarch] and Kuya Germs.

"Pinasok ako sa That's Entertainment, Tuesday group ako.

"Nang dahil sa programang yun, dahil kay Kuya Germs, natuto ako somehow mag-host.

"Bata pa ako nun, 14 or 13 years old lang 'ata ako nun," said Carmina who was also a Regal baby.

With his stature in show business, the Master Showman may seem larger than life to those who don't know him.

But Carmina maintained that Kuya Germs is more like "Santa Claus" who brings joy and opens doors of opportunities to showbiz newbies.

She recalled, "Ang fondest memory ko kapag nagbibigay na siya ng sweldo.

"Kasi naaalala ko nasa brown envelope pa yun.

"'Tapos pipila kami lahat ng members.

"Para siyang si Santa Claus. So, tuwang-tuwa na kami nun.

"Parang siya talaga yung tatay sa showbiz."

ON KUYA GERMS'S GENEROSITY. Zoren, for his part, witnessed Kuya Germs's soft spot for those in need.

"Hindi ko na sasabihin yung pangalan. Taga-That's Entertainment yun.

"This guy, sabi niya sa akin, 'Zoren, punta tayo kay Kuya Germs. Punta tayo sa radio station niya. Uutang ako sa kanya, e.'

"Sabi ko, 'Ha? Puwede ba yun?' Sabi niya, 'Oo.'

"Sinamahan ko siya. Alam mo, pinautang siya ni Kuya Germs.

"Can you just imagine kung gaano kadami'ng anak-anakan si Kuya Germs?

"Dun ako na-surprise. Puwede mo pala talaga siyang lapitan.

"Matulungin talaga si Kuya Germs."

Both Carmina and Zoren agreed that Kuya Germs would truly be a great loss for the Philippine entertainment industry.

"Nung nawala si FPJ [Fernando Poe Jr., Action King of Philippine Cinema] napilay yung industriya.

"Nung nawala si [Comedy King] Dolphy napilay yung industriya.

"Nung nawala si Kuya Germs napilay pa rin.

"Kasi isa si Kuya Germs sa nagbuo ng industriya.

"Yun ang nakikita kong napakalaking kontribusyon niya.

"At dahil sa kanila, nagkaroon tayo ng trabaho," Zoren concluded.

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