It was—and quite literally too—a scene straight out of Walang Tulugan. On Wednesday evening, color, glitz, music, laughter and celebrity filled GMA Network’s necrological service for the late Master Showman German “Kuya Germs” Moreno, right where he hosted his weekly late night variety show at Studio 7.
Serving as the last night of his wake before today’s interment, the gathering served as Moreno’s final homecoming at GMA where he started his TV career in the 1970s. And with loyalty a non-negotiable for the Master Showman, he spent the rest of his showbiz days with Channel 7, and appeared on his 18-year-old program a week before his demise.
Among those who attended the service were Manila Vice Mayor Isko Moreno, Marian Rivera, Manilyn Reynes, comedian Betong Sumaya, young actors Derrick Monasterio and Jake Vargas, and even ABS-CBN’s KC Concepcion, Erik Santos, and Vina Morales, among others. Senator Bongbong Marcos was also present.
Dingdong Dantes and Jean Garcia hosted the two-hour tribute to Moreno, which had live performances of Moreno’s favorite songs. Gary Valenciano opened the service with Moreno’s theme song, “Send in the Clowns,” followed by Gerphil Flores’ “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” Christian Bautista’s “Smile,” The Company’s “Times of Your Life,” and finally Dulce’s “Minsan ang Minahal ay Ako”.
GMA Network Chairman Felipe Gozon, Vice Mayor Isko, and non-showbiz friends Alice Eduardo (whom Moreno fondly called “fairy godmother”) and Lamoiyan Corporation president Cecilio Pedro were among those who gave eulogies for the man they remembered for his greatness, loyalty, and compassion.
Giving a glimpse of Moreno’s life as a family man, his grandchildren from only son Frederico gave heartwarming testimonies about their beloved lolo that moved the studio to tears.
To close the service, Federico thanked everyone who had condoled with their family, and especially those who stayed loyal to his father from the very beginning of his career until his final curtain call.
“Master is now home, where he truly belongs. The Master Showman is now with his Master,” Federico ended.
Moreno will be laid to rest today at Loyola Memorial Park in Marikina City.