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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.

Sep 16, 2020




GMA ARTIST CENTER is really making its presence felt with their online digital shows. Their “Just In, Kumustahan” has gained so many loyal followers, just like their recent telecast with Joe Mari Chan as special guest. 

Viewers say they can relate with the show’s very relaxed style of interviewing their guests. One of their hosts, Vaness del Moral, says they want the show to be as conversational as possible, but still very relevant.

“Yes, you have to be relevant at times like this,” says Vaness, “Kasi lahat tayo nakakulong sa loob ng bahay eh. ‘Just In’ is a good platform that features other artists and personalities aside from the Kapuso stars we usually see on TV. 

"Ang kinukumusta natin ay yung mga hindi mo na nakikita, yung mga may iba ng buhay, yung mga nasa ibang bansa. So in a way, parang na-re-refresh din yung mga tao.

Another hit on line show is “Quiz Beh!” , on the other hand, is a 20-minute online game show where several GMAAC artists play a word guessing game (similar to Pinoy Henyo but with a few tweaks). 

Host Betong described it as “kulitan with fellow Kapuso celebs. Nakakatuwa kasi habang nag-uusap kami, we would sometimes forget na live pala kami. The show also allows viewers to get to know more about these artists, kung ano sila sa likod ng camera, kung anong buhay nila ‘pag walang taping. 

"The game’s mechanics are still the same but this time, meron ng kamag-anak or loved ones ng mga Kapuso stars na maglalaro din. Malaking tulong ito na meron (akong) pinagkakaabalahan at na-da-divert yung mga alalahanin ko.”

Another comedian who is given a hosting job is Mike Nacua aka Pekto, who has already explored the world of hosting in “Day Off”. 

He is now the host for the new season of “E-Date Mo Si Idol”. Despite technical difficulties he would encounter on the show, Pekto said that he wouldn’t mind as long as he has something to keep himself busy with. 

“E-Date Mo Si Idol” features a top GMAAC artist per week with three fans who will be interviewed by the featured artist. Then the artist will choose a lucky winner whom he/she will go on an “E-date”.

“So far, I am still adjusting because this is new to me. Malaking tulong po ito kasi nga yung pagkabagot at least mabawasan man lang dahil ilang buwan na wala akong ginagawa sa showbiz. 

Excited na ako and I’m sure this is going to be fun. Ang dami kong friends na nagtatanong at gusto nga nilang makipag-E-date sa mga artists,” Pekto says.

For updates, check out GMA Artist Center’s YouTube channel and follow its official social media accounts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and TikTok.