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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Jun 23, 2012

Shalani Soledad Has No Grudges On Willie R. After Being Fired From 'Wiltime Bigtime'

SHALANI SOLEDAD has been absent from hosting for six months now after her wedding and was told not to return to “Wiltime Bigtime”. But she looked perfectly at ease hosting the pilot telecast of “Game N Go” last Sunday. She enjoyed working with her co-hosts.

Joey de Leon is an institution on local TV,” she says. “Maliit pa ako, fan na niya ako. Kuhang-kuha niya ang tamang timpla at kiliti para pasayahin ang audience. Ganun din naman sina Edu Manzano, Arnell Ignacio at Gelli de Belen. Mga hasang-hasa na sila sa hosting. Ako ang masasabing pinakabago sa amin and I’m learning a lot from all of them. I’m trying my best para mag-level up naman sa kanila at di ako mapag-iwanan.”

How does it feel she’s now hosting a weekly show instead of a daily one like before? “Same effort din naman ang binibigay mo, daily man o weekly ang show. But ‘Game N Go’, talagang pinaghirapan at nakailang revisions ang games and sets kaya natagalan before it started. I think na-appreciate naman ng viewers ang efforts namin dahil very positive ang feedback sa aming first telecast. We’ll improve pa in the weeks to come.”

How’s it being married to Rep. Roman Romulo so far? “Masarap yung feeling na meron kang kasama, friend, kakampi. Nakaka-inspire sa araw-araw.” Do they plan to have a baby soon? “We don’t plan. We just live it up to the Lord. Kung bibigyan Niya kami agad ng baby, it’s a big blessing.”

Did she feel hurt when “Wiltime Bigtime” didn’t get her back? “There are things that happen without you expecting it, but you have to move on. Wala akong sama ng loob kundi grateful ako sa kanila. Kundi nila ako kinuha, hindi naman ako mapupunta sa TV hosting. Naging family ko rin sila but now, ‘Game N Go’ na ang family ko. Abangan nyo dahil this Sunday, may big dance number ako with Arnell Ignacio and Gelli de Belen.”