As tributes for showbiz legend German Moreno flooded all forms of media shortly after his death early Friday morning, it became more and more evident that the man will truly be an irreplaceable figure in the entertainment industry. For not only have they lost the one and only “Master Showman,” but, as most every interview, every statement and every post expressed by celebrities big and small, they had, above all, lost a father.
As GMA Network Vice President for Entertainment said upon seeing so many young talents gather at St. Lukes during Kuya Germs’ final hours, “Lahat sila—lahat tayo—nauilala.”
Most of the tribute for Kuya Germs came from former That’s Entertainment stars, his decade-old variety show, from the late ‘80s, which was the launching pad of many of the country’s most celebrated artists today.
ABS-CBN talent Billy Crawford, who started out as a child on the show, took to Instagram to share his grief all the way from vacation in Africa. He wrote, “Pa, I don’t know where to begin. You’ve always been there when I needed you the most. You are the most generous, selfless, genuine, caring father/mentor anyone could ever ask for. You’re one of the reasons why I’m still in this industry [that]you love oh so much.”
He added, “You will always be our MASTER SHOWMAN! Most importantly you will always be my father and I will always be your makulit na adopted son! RIP, Pa. I love you.”
Vice Mayor Isko Moreno of Manila was just as pained over the passing of his second father, what with That’s Entertainment helping his family out of poverty,
In a press statement he released, he said of Kuya Germs, “He opened the doors for me and to be honest, wala ho sigurong Isko Moreno ngayon kung walang Kuya Germs [there would be no Isko Moreno today if not for Kuya Germs].”
Another That’s talent, as the artists came to be nicknamed, who was very close to Kuya Germs was Jojo Alejar who even followed the footsteps of his mentor as host and comedian.
In a radio interview he said, “Marami siyang natulungan, marami kaming natutunan sa kanya. It’s sad but it’s part of life. He was very playful. He’s just like any father na magsesermon pero alam mong but you knew it was out of love.”
Actresses Ruffa Gutierrez and Vina Morales, whose earliest days in showbiz also go back That’s, both took to social media to pay tribute to their mentor.
Gutierrez wrote in Twitter: “I lost a mentor, a friend, a ninong. An icon. Well loved and respected. RIP KUYA GERMS. We will miss you!!!” Morales posted on Instagram: “This is our last photo with Kuya Germs taken at his bday celebration of Walang Tulugan last Oct. He is one person I respect and love not only in showbiz but he is also a part of my family. I love you Kuya Germs.”
Beyond That’s, which was taken off the air in 1996, Moreno continued to discover talents, and never stopped doing so, giving young showbiz aspirants an opportunity break into the industry.
Ken Chan, who now has his own TV series Destiny Rose on GMA Network, also remembered Moreno as his “tatay” (father). A photo of him and Moreno together in Instagram was captioned: “Tatay binago mo ang buhay ko. Napakaswerte ko na naging parte ako ng buhay mo. Mamimiss kita. Masaya ako na nakasama kita sa iyong huling paghinga. Pahinga ka na Tatay.
His latest talent, Prince Villanueva also became very emotional at a press conference for an upcoming show on the day Moreno died. Breaking down when asked how he felt about the passing of his manager, Villanueva expressed his thanks to the legendary showbiz personality who gave him a break in 2014 via the latter’s late night weekly show, Walang Tulugan with The Mastershowman.
Both Chan and Villanueva were present at the time of Moreno’s death at St. Luke The Fort’s Critical Care Unit.
It can be said that to call German Moreno “Kuya Germs” is a bit of a misnomer, for indeed, he is in every way, a father to an entire industry. Read on for more tributes from the Master Showman’s “children” as he takes his final bow.
Shaina Magdayao on Instagram: “You did what you definitely do BEST! #MASTERSHOWMAN It was a good show, Pa! A great show actually!!! Maraming salamat sa pagmamahal mo sa aming buong pamilya esp Ate Sheila. We will miss you Pa. But we are happy that finally you are agreeing to rest. YOU WILL ALWAYS BE IN OUR HEARTS. Enjoy heaven and heavens unli-tapa-valencia Pa at pwedeng pwede ka na sumigaw ng #WAAALAAAANG #TULUUUUGAAAN dyan kasi alam namin na this time wala na talagang tulugan ang pag bantay at alaga mo sa amin esp my pamangkins. Na witness ko mula bata ako hanggang sa tumanda ako na ang dami dami mong napapasaya. Pasko man o hindi. You had such a big heart. You were a blessing not only to us but to everyone. Maraming Salamat po sa lahat. I know you’re happy now in heaven.”
Alden Richards on Twitter: “It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving, that’s Kuya Germs. Rest in peace Tay.”
Judy Ann Santos on Instagram before giving birth: “Maraming salamat Kuya Germs . . . Marami kaming binigyan mo ng pagkakataon sa industriyang minahal mo . . . Paalam po master showman.”
Lea Salonga on Twitter: “RIP, Kuya Germs. And thank you. #ThursdayGroup”
Crediting Moreno for her break, Zsazsa Padilla on Twitter: “Saddened to hear about Kuya Germ’s passing. He was one of my mentors. He was the first to give me a break in hosting GMA Supershow. RIP, KG”
Regine Velasquez-Alcasid on Instagram: “Thank you Kuya Germs we will miss you ‘You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.’ Matthew 5:14 ESV”
Ogie Alcasid on Twitter: “Sad day for all of us. Rest in Peace our dear Ninong German Moreno. Be with Jesus now. We thank you for everything you’ve done #RIPKuyaGerms”
Amy Perez-Castillo on Instagram: “Salamat po Kuya Germs sa yakap at words of encouragement na lagi nyong binigay sa akin pag nagkikita tayo! We will miss you!”
Singer Jaya who posted a photo of Moreno together with her late mother Elizabeth Ramsay: “Love you Kuya Germs salamat sa pagmamahal at sa lahat ng tulong mo . . . condolences sa iyong family. yan magkasama na kayo ni Mama Beth sa paraiso. rest in peace”
Director Jose Javier Reyes on Twitter: “Have a safe trip home to the arms of our Father, Kuya Germs. You shall remain in the hearts & minds of so many for the love you gave all.”
Over at ABS-CBN, comedian Vice Ganda on Twitter: “Bye Kuya Germs. Salamat po sa mga palo, kurot at yakap mo. Thanks for the LOVE. God bless your soul.”
Anne Curtis on Facebook: “Today is a sad day for the entertainment industry. His legacy will live on. You will be missed. Paalam, Kuya Germs.”
Mikee Cojuangco-Jaworski on Twitter: “Rest in peace, Kuya Germs. What an amazing contribution this man made. Prayers for his family and the loved ones he left behind.”
Dingdong Avanzado on Twitter: “To a dear friend, mentor, father figure, Ninong who genuinely cared for others. We will surely miss you. Thank you Kuya Germs. Rest in Peace.”
Bea Binene on Twitter: “You will always be in our hearts. You and everything you did will never be forgotten. You are a legacy. May you rest in peace, Kuya Germs.”
Rocco Nacino on Twitter: “Rest in Peace Kuya Germs. You lived a long, full life. I am very glad and honored to have met you. Condolences to the Moreno family.”
Julie Ann San Jose at Twitter: “Woke up to a very sad news. Kuya Germs, we know you’ll take care of our paths here on earth. Farewell, we hope your soul rests with God.”
Band Truefaith on Facebook: “He helped countless people in showbiz. Farewell to a Filipino icon, German Moreno. Goodnight, Kuya Germs. That was, entertainment.”