‘Sunday PinaSaya’ hurdles first year

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Marian Rivera

Marian Rivera

GMA Network executives are patting one another on the back as their Sunday noontime show Sunday PinaSaya gears up for its first anniversary this September. After all, they knew they took a gamble in redefining the usual noontime variety show concept expected on weekends, and pulled off a new—and successful—comedy-format.

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One of PinaSaya’s main hosts, Alden Richards, said at a pre-anniversary party on August 24 in Quezon City that not one of them expected for the show to become such a big hit.

“All we wanted was to offer something new to the Filipino audience. In short, the concept was a long shot, but viewers loved it. Sunday PinaSaya even became number one in its slot. We cannot express our gratitude enough, especially to the Lord, that we were given the chance to shake things up a bit,” he said.

“Happy birthday to us!” cheered comedy royalty Ai-Ai delas Alas who fervently promised, “We will continue to give you fun and laughter, and of course very special anniversary episodes.”

Funnyman Jose Manalo meanwhile expressed his gratitude for being part of the groundbreaking show: “Thank you to those who supported and continue supporting Sunday PinaSaya. All of us, from the bosses to the creative and production teams, even utility, we’re all together whatever stature we’ve reached. Artists like us won’t be where we are if not for those behind the camera. I’m so thankful I’ve been a part of this.”

Alden Richards

Alden Richards

Featuring the network’s biggest talents, Sunday PinaSaya opens a new chapter of fun with its original hosts led by Richards, Delas Alas, Manalo with his comic partner Wally Bayola, as well as GMA’s primetime queen Marian Rivera, teen queen Barbie Forteza, Asia’s Pop Sweetheart Julie Anne San Jose, and comedians Jerald Napoles, Joey Paras and Valeen Montenegro.

Asked what their new year has in store for viewers, Delas Alas excitedly replied, “New hosts and new segments—but they’ll have to wait for the surprise.”

Sunday PinaSaya will air its two-part anniversary celebration live on September 4 and 11.

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