Kuya Germs and the Many Celebrities He Discovered
Who are some of the most notable celebrities who got their start thanks to the Pinoy showbiz icon?
(SPOT.ph) In over 50 years in the industry, TV host German Moreno made a mark in showbiz in more ways than one. No, we don't just mean the Eastwood Walk of Fame, which he pioneered. We're talking about the many famous celebrities he discovered, trained, and befriended along the way, most of whom expressed their grief upon his passing early today, January 8.
Here are some celebrities who prove that Kuya Germs' influence went beyond just the Walk of Fame, Walang Tulugan, and his signature flashy suit.
— Lea Salonga (@MsLeaSalonga) January 7, 2016
Before she became the Broadway star she's known today, Lea Salonga was one of the many, many members of Kuya Germs' variety show, That's Entertainment. She was part of the Thursday group, which also included Niño Muhlach, John Arcilla, Keempee de Leon, Jeffrey Quizon, and Vina Morales. Plenty of other celebrities were also part of the weekly show, including Piolo Pascual, Francis Magalona, Lotlot de Leon, Judy Ann Santos, and Iza Calzado.
In a 2014 interview with The Philippine Star, Kuya Germs said that veteran actor and singer Eddie Mesa (also known as Eduardo de Mesa Eigenmann) was the first talents he ever auditioned. Eddie was eventually dubbed the Elvis Presley of the Philippines.
Guy and Pip, and Bot and Vi
In the same interview, Kuya Germs shared that he "fashioned" the storyline of Sampaguita Pictures' 1970 movie, Young Love, which cemented the unforgettable love team tandems of Nora Aunor and Tirso Cruz III, as well as Edgar Mortiz and Vilma Santos. By the way, Tirso and Nora once said that they owe their showbiz beginnings to him.
The Manoeuvres, Streetboys, UMD
That's Entertainment wasn't just home to some of your favorite celebrities; it also gave rise to popular dance groups during the '80s to early '90s, namely The Manoeuvres (whose most notable member was Gary Valenciano), Streetboys (a group of six that included Vhong Navarro, Danilo Barrios, and Spencer Reyes), and UMD (most notably, Wowie de Guzman).
— zsa zsa padilla (@zsazsapadilla) January 8, 2016
Zsa Zsa Padilla
Zsa Zsa Padilla called Kuya Germs her mentor, saying that he was one of the first people to give her a big break. She was one of the hosts of the variety show, GMA Supershow, alongside many names like Sharon Cuneta, Kris Aquino, Ogie Alcasid, Dawn Zulueta, and more.
Billy Crawford was only four years old when That's viewers first saw him performing on the small-screen. In his heartfelt Instagram message for the late host, Billy credits his "father/mentor" for his stay in the industry.
Gloria Romero and Susan Roces
Kuya Germs made plenty of friends over the years. He met Gloria Romero at the Clover Theatre, where he worked as a janitor and curtain raiser. His friendship with Susan Roces, on the other hand, began in 1963 when he was just starting out as a comedian at Sampaguita Pictures.