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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.

May 30, 2015

Pia Guanio Resigns From 24 Oras' Chika Minute To Prioritize Husband Steve Mago And Their Daughter Scarlet

PIA GUANIO has resigned from doing Chika Minute on “24 Oras”. This is the official statement from GMA-7: “After 11 years at the forefront of showbiz news, Pia Guanio has decided to say goodbye to Chika Minute on 24 Oras. Pia decided to let go of her anchoring duties on 24 Oras to prioritize family life and raising her daughter Scarlet with her husband Steve Mago.

GMA Network understands the importance of family and is fully behind Pia’s decision to move forward. Pia has been with 24 Oras since it launched in 2004, carving a niche in entertainment news with her fun and classy news delivery. With Pia's help, Chika Minute has etched itself in the consciousness of Pinoy pop culture, with the trademark voice of Pia signalling the start of showbiz news. Aside from showbiz news, Pia has also advocated for healthy living and animal rights and produced stories and news features on these. 24 Oras is grateful for Pia’s contributions to make it the leading and most credible newscast in the country today.”

And here’s Pia herself with her own statement in social media: “After 11 years of doing Chika Minute on 24 Oras, I've decided to say good bye tonight (last Friday). I'm doing this to be able to spend more time with Steve and especially Scarlet. Thank you for watching and making Chika Minute so much a part of your daily news habit. I want to thank GMA News for the trust they gave me anchoring Chika Minute for 11 years And I want to thank the Lord above for his many blessings.”

It’s not mentioned if Pia is also resigning from her hosting chores in the daily noontime show, “Eat Bulaga”. Stars who have substituted for Pia when she’s absent in Chika Minute are Heart Evangelista, Luane Dy, Julie Anne San Jose, Sunshine Dizon and Iya Villania. We heard it’s Iya who’s the choice to be her official replacement.