Looks Like Kuya Kim Is Transferring Networks and Twitter Can't Handle
End of an era.
(SPOT.ph) GMA hinted that a certain "Kuya" will soon sign on to their network—and folks online are freaking out over the possibility of it being Kim Atienza, a.k.a. Kuya Kim. The GMA Public Affairs Facebook page posted a blurred picture of someone with the text "Paparating na si Kuya, mga Kapuso!" today, September 29. And yes, the instantly recognizable hat is a dead giveaway.
Kuya Kim Hints at GMA Network transfer
The post got around 22,000 reactions, 5,000 comments, and nearly 10,000 shares in just an hour. People were pretty much 100% sure that the person in question is none other than Kuya Kim, longest mainstay hosts of TV Patrol over at rival network ABS-CBN.
Atienza is the weather anchor of TV Patrol and hosts the long-running "Weather-Weather Lang" segment. He has been in broadcasting since the '90s and is most known for being the TV Patrol weather anchor, a post he took over from the late Ernie Baron in 2005. We're sure you can already hear his voice saying, "Tandaan, ang buhay ay weather-weather lang." He was also the host of the educational program Matang Lawin.
Nowadays, Kuya Kim has a strong online presence on Facebook and Twitter; he also regularly posts vlogs on YouTube. He may have hinted at a network transfer in a recent Facebook live as well, thanking his followers for sticking with him and explaining that he is "in transition."
Atienza noted that folks should be sure to watch TV Patrol on Friday, October 1 because it will be a "historical day" for him.
Meanwhile, folks online were pretty much shook. Kuya Kim is just one of the big names leaving ABS-CBN following the loss of their franchise in July 2020—and is the second to sign on to GMA following Bea Alonzo in July 2021. "Kuya Kim" promptly landed on the Twitter trends after the GMA teaser was posted. Check out some of the reactions below:
The man has to work for his family. Kayo ba susuporta sa kanila?— heyyyyy you (@rvlgnt) September 28, 2021
At least, Kuya Kim is known to be kind to all people. I experienced it myself so I have nothing but good things to say about him ????
kuya kim's transfer to gma hurts more than b**'s. no hate for girly, idk why it just does. i feel like KK will bring so much to their table lalo na kung bibigyan sya ng panibagong science-environmental educational show :(— dan, shota ni yeonjun (@dgcrx) September 28, 2021
with that being said RIP Matanglawin, you will be missed
Kuya Kim's transfer to GMA makes me sad. He's a science teacher to my elementary self. I guess he's also the best-known weather reporter. Awww Matanglawin :(— anton (@antonxvillegas) September 28, 2021
kuya kim is transferring to gma. truly the end of an era, iconic figures of abs-cbn leaving the network is painful tbh.— bad love soty ~ semi ia (@cvsmicsoo) September 29, 2021
What hurts more than break-up? ICONS of ABS-CBN leaving the network. ???????? Matanglawin and Weather Weather lang is waving for farewell. I know Kuya Kim did it for the good. He has a family to feed. But I just can't help it. This is so heartbreaking ???????????????????? pic.twitter.com/3ZWvD0aqKV— louv (@caratsalawahan) September 29, 2021
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