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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.

Jan 12, 2016

Kuya Germs To Be Laid To Rest On Thursday, The Last Star He Helped Is Prince Villanueva In 'Wish I May'

IT’S COMMON knowledge that Kuya Germs, who'd be laid to rest tomorrow and with a special eulogy for him to be held tonight at GMA Studios, helped the careers of a lot of stars since his early shows like “Germspesyal” and “GMA Supershow” where his co-hosts like Sharon Cuneta, Jackielou Blanco, Maricel Laxa, all became famous. Then there’s “That’s Entertainment” that spawned the careers of so many stars, including Billy Crawford who was a child star then.

More recently, he helped a lot of stars with “Walang Tulugan with Master Showman”, like Jake Vargas (now a regular Kapuso leading man) and Ken Chan who became a star in “Destiny Rose”. The latest teen actor who he helped to get a good assignment in a GMA show is 17-year old Prince Villanueva, who plays Miguel Tanfelix’ rival over Bianca Umali in “Wish I May”. At the show’s presscon last Friday, Prince cried unabashedly as he recalled the last moments of Kuya Germs. He said he rushed to the St. Luke’s hospital in the wee hours of the morning when he was informed that his manager was in critical condition.

“When I last talked to him, nangako pa siya sa aking pupunta siya sa presscon bilang suporta sa akin at sa show,” he says. “Pero hindi na nga nangyari dahil wala na siya. Before he left, I whispered to him na nagpapasalamat ako sa kanya sa lahat ng naitulong niya sa akin at ipinangako ko sa kanyang gagalingan ko lagi ang acting ko and iniaalay ko sa kanya ang ‘Wish I May’ na siya ang inspirasyon ko.”