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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.

Nov 3, 2021



CAMILLE PRATS and Iya Villania warmly welcomed Kuya Kim Atienza as their new co-host in their morning show, “Mars Pa More”, which will have a new dressing and fresh episodes starting November 8 at 8:45 AM. 

So what’s their reaction when they were told that Kuya Kim is joining them?

“It’s unexpected and a complete surprise to us kasi he’s a pars,” says Camille. 

“But we got excited as we also want to reach out not only to nanays out there, but also to kids, the bagets viewers, and pasok doon si Kuya Kim with all his trivia. 

"Also for the pars, may magtatayo na sa bandila ng male viewers. Naiba ang batuhan namin with Kuya Kim there.”

 “We’re glad to welcome Kuya Kim kasi, kung anuman ang lumabas sa bibig niya, maniniwala kami,” says Iya. 

“He’s my ninong and we’ve had so many encounters before sa other station. But I really thought na si Drew ang mas makakasama niya, yun pala ako! 

"We’re now working in two shows, ‘24 oras’ and ‘Mars Pa More’. Pinahulaan pa nila sila sa’kin who would it be and I really couldn’t figure it out. OMG, si Kuya Kim pala! 

"His presence will help broaden our market. Kasi before we just have the nanays, now we can also have the kids and the male members of the family. Pati mga tatay will watch our show now and it will be for the whole family.” 

So how is it working with Kuya Kim so far? “He’s been very nice and accommodating,” says Camille. “My brother impersonates him in his ‘Matang Lawin’. 

"I’m always excited to learn from him, kasi sa mga kuwentuhan pa lang namin, andami na naming napupulot sa kanya na kung anu-ano. 

"Ang chikahan namin, lagi lang masaya. Walang clashing of opinions. Kung may difference man, we just accept it.” 

“Ang segments ni Kuya Kim, kaabang-abang,” says Iya. “Among the three of us siya yung lalabas. He will go to restaurants, to gyms to interview Kapuso stars. 

"Hindi namin yun magagawa. Ang maganda roon, nag-uuwi siya ng pagkain sa studio. He’s also our game master. In ‘Mars and Pars of the World’, we will interview our kababayans abroad to show how heroic they can be. 

"May interactive segment din kami na ‘Mars or Pars of the Hour’. May physical fitness portions din in the show.”

“ Si Iya is so competitive sa physical fitness,” says Kuya Kim. “Pareho naman sila ni Camille, hindi magpapatalo. But I feel so warmly welcomed and overwhelmed in my new home. 

"The transition was so seamless. Now, in ‘Mars Pa More’, I watched their previous episodes muna to prepare, to see how they’re interacting. I was wondering how will I be able to fit in this already well oiled machine? 

"It’s going to be a challenge for me, but they made it so easy for me to fit in. First episode pa lang, we enjoyed it na. I wasn’t expecting the show to be this enjoyable, it's so much fun to do. 

"Parang naglalaro lang kami. We do three shows per taping day. Parang bitin nga, kasi ambabait ng lahat, pati production staff. Everyone is pleasant.” 

Will he eventually  do weather reporting in ‘24 Oras’? 

“GMA has the best weatherman in the country, si Mang Tani, who is now in Australia and he’s bound to come home soon. 

"He was my mentor in ABS-CBN, he taught me about the basics in weather. He’s the best so they don’t need me there.”

So don’t miss the new “Mars Pa More” this Monday. 

“We have a new set, sobrang laki we enjoy running around,” says Camille. “It’s a set where we can do anything. 

"The show has a new look and the set is really so glossy. The show will be bigger and better in all aspects.”