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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.

Jul 25, 2019


ariel and winnie in TODO TODO WALANG PRENO

ariel & winnie with this writer & colleague isah red

ARIEL URETA first gained fame in the early 70s as a TV host for “12 O’Clock High” on ABS-CBN and later, “Ariel con Tina” on GMA-7. He later branched out to the big screen and did comedy-fantasy flicks like “Zoom Zoom Superman” and “Si Popeye Atbp.” His last movie appearances were in the Juday-Ryan movies, “Kasal, Kasali, Kasalo” and “Sakal, Sakali, Saklolo”, and as the dad of Eugene Domingo in “Tuhog” and the three “Kimmy Dora” flicks.

He’s now seen on TV in “Umagang Kay Ganda” and, on DZMM Radyo Patrol 630, he regularly hosts “Todo Todo Walang Preno” with Winnie Cordero at 3:00 PM, Monday to Friday. It just won as best variety program on radio in the recent KBP Golden Dove Awards as they celebrate their show’s 15th anniversary. They have reason to be proud as their show is scheduled on what is considered as a “patay na oras” time slot (since it’s nap time) but they have made it as number one in the survey several times.

“We really had to make an extra effort na buhayin yung time slot namin,” says Ariel. “Our audience is mostly 40 plus and above and they can feel that we’re just having a good time.”

“That’s why we have to make even uninteresting stories, interesting,” adds Winnie. “Because of social media, our show has also become interactive. We get messages even from listeners who live abroad. And now, we also have our own studio and we are also seen on cable.”

Their show is famous for segments like “Sabi ng Lolo Ko”, where Ariel talks about positive Filipino values that we should nurture, like respecting our elders; “Winwin Solutions”, where Winnie shares tips and practical solutions to problems encountered by moms like her; “Todo-Todo, Kuro-Kuro”, where they share their opinion about the latest issues; “Todo Kuwentuhan Kasama ang mga Sikat”, where they interview guest celebrities.

Ariel and Winnie have become very good friends but they have their own respective families. Ariel is married to Boot Roa and they have four kids. Their eldest son, sadly, passed away at 17 due to a brain tumor. His next son is now working with a construction company. “Then we have two girls,” he adds. “Erica just graduated from UP, magna cum laude in industrial engineering. The youngest finished high school at Miriam College, salutatorian, and is now in UP taking up linguistics.”

Winnie, in turn, has two girls and she is now a grandmother with the eldest one who has a 4-year old son.  The younger one is taking up comm arts in UST.