Gelli de Belen has nothing but good words for the late Master Showman German "Kuya Germs" Moreno, who passed away last Friday, January 8, at the age of 82.
The TV host-actress expressed her admiration for Kuya Germs by sharing her favorite moments with the Master Showman as she talked with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and select members of the entertainment press at the private viewing of his remains at Mt. Carmel Shrine in Quezon City on the day he passed away.
Gelli lists her fondest moments with Kuya Germs:
1. He has an excellent memory for names and faces.
Gelli relates that she met Kuya Germs way before she joined show business.
"Bata pa ako nakikita ko na siya dahil kay Janice [de Belen, Gelli's older sister]. Kapag may guesting or promo ng pelikula, sumasama ako.
"Para sa akin, nung bata ako, malay ba niya kung sino ako?
"Pero kilala niya ako na ako yung kapatid ni Janice, pati pangalan ko.
"So siyempre as I grew up, tumatak na sa akin yun."
2. Kuya Germs has a big heart.
Gelli explains, "The reason why he is so well loved is so obvious.
"He always has a big heart. And yun ang legacy niya.
"More than anything, it's his heart and his concern for starting artists."
3. Kuya Germs seems to bathe with perfume.
Here's Gelli's fun anecdote about the Master Showman: "Every time I see him, he's so pleasant.
"Tapos kapag kiniss ka niya, kung anong pabango niya, nasa 'yo na!"
4. Kuya Germs always has a litany of advice.
The 42-year-old TV host-actress relates how much she enjoyed having Kuya Germs as VIP guest in Sis, hers and Janice's defunct morning show in GMA-7.
"Every time na he would guest sa Sis, big deal. Marami siyang binibilin.
"Nakakahiya nga minsan na-cut siya kapag ini-interview namin siya, kahit na ang haba-haba ng sinasabi niya.
"May mapupulot ka talaga sa mga sinasabi niya. Lahat ng mga bilin niyang yun, dala dala namin yun."
5. Kuya Germs is quite sentimental.
Gelli says Kuya Germs loves reminding her of the fact that she almost became a That's Entertainment baby.
"Kapag nakikita niya ako, naalala niya na ako yung batang nakikita niya nung araw.
"Hanggang sa naging teenager na ako, nag-artista na ako, kinukuha niya ako sa That's Entertainment.
"Hindi ko alam kung bakit hindi pumuwede. At that time, nasa Viva yata ako or something.
"He would always bring that up every time magkikita kami, hanggang sa tumanda na kami, nasa Sis na kami."