Just before Holy Week, award-winning comedian and TV host Michael V. inked his renewed beginning with his home network GMA, to which he has remained loyal for 21 years now.
Asked why he never thought of exploring opportunities with other major networks, he replied, “GMA ang nagbigay talaga sa akin ng pinakamagandang break, kaya hindi mawawala ang loyalty. More than work ang relationship, beyond friendship na.”
At present, the comedian headlines Philippine TV’s longest-running gag show Bubble Gang, the family-oriented sitcom Pepito Manaloto, and hosts of the comedy-musical competition Lip Sync Battle Philippines.
Called Bitoy by his friends in showbiz, Michael V. said he is very proud to be part of GMA’s success in terms of creating innovative and pioneering comedy shows in the country.
“Dito sa GMA, tayo ang nagpasimula ng magagandang comedy series. I would say, ako tagasulong lang ng nasimulan ng GMA sa paggawa ng comedy. With Bubble Gang, 20 years na ganung katagal. Proud talaga ako. Hindi lang para sa sarili ko, kundi para rin sa mga kasama ko, yung mga writers, the people behind the camera. Nandiyan sila to support us at nandiyan palagi to lend an ear whenever may suggestion kami at request. Para sa akin, malaking bagay iyon. For a management and talent, dapat may ganun laging relationship.”
Present at the contract signing were the network’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer lawyer Felipe Gozon, President and Chief Operating Officer Gilberto Duavit Jr., Entertainment TV Senior Vice President Lilybeth Rasonable, Consultant for Business Development Department II Marivin Arayata, Vice President for Corporate Communications Angela Javier Cruz, Assistant Vice President for Business Development Department II Janine Piad-Nacar, Senior Program Manager Bang Arespacochaga, and the comedian’s wife and manager Carolina Bunagan.
Gozon had nothing but praises for Michael V. “I am more proud that he is with us. Ang hindi niyo alam, si Michael ay hindi lamang talent na nagpe-perform in front of the camera. Malaki ang kanyang na-co-contribute sa paggawa ng mga shows niya. He is not only a comedian; he is also a director, a writer. But the most important thing as far as I am concerned, Michael is a very, very decent artist.”