Resembling the passing of 83-year-old showbiz legend German Moreno to the painful loss of a father, GMA Entertainment TV Senior Vice President Lilybeth Rasonable told The Manila Times that the entire industry and most especially GMA Network will never be the same again.
“GMA has always been the home of GMA Network, and we have lost a father whose care, concern and devotion to the industry and especially our network is immeasurable. Kuya Germs lived and breathed for showbiz and no one can ever replace him,” she said.
Moreno had spent close to his entire TV career with GMA Network, first with variety shows Germs Side, which was later re-titled Germs Special and finally, GMA Supershow. In total, the weekly Sunday noontime program was on air for 13 years. In 1986, he also conceptualized and hosted That’s Entertainment for the station, which became a nesting place for young talents, most of whom comprise the most popular stars of the days. That’s, as the show is still remembered today, ran for a full decade. Finally, up to his death, Moreno hosted the weekly late night variety show Walang Tulugan with the Master Showman, which has aired every Saturday for the last 18 years.
As such, in the same way that the remains of a deceased loved one is taken past their home en route to their final resting place, the family of Moreno has granted the request of GMA Network executives to hold part of his wake at the station’s headquarters in Quezon City.
“We are still in talks with Kuya Germs’ family to hold a tribute here in GMA for him, but the details are still being discussed,” informed Rasonable.
As of press time, the remains of Moreno have yet to be taken to Mt. Carmel Church in New Manila, Quezon City. According to his nephew, actor John Nite in an interview with Radio DZBb—where his uncle also had a daily afternoon program, Walang Siesta—the wake will definitely be opened to the public at some point, but that the family wishes to keep the first night for the family and closest friends of Moreno to mourn privately.