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FROM SAMAR, NURSING BOARD TOPNOTCHER BELIEVES IN LAW OF ATTRACTION: 'I CLAIMED IT'


JANUARY 7-Alyssa Claire Almo’s FACEBOOK PHOTO She aced the nursing board exam and emerged on top of more than 18,000 examinees, but it was not as if she did not expect or aimed for it. While saying that she still can’t believe the good news, 20-year-old Alyssa Almo of Remedios Trinidad Romualdez Medical Foundation (RTRMF) in Eastern Samar told INQUIRER.net that she had always believed in the law of attraction. ”I was really aiming for a spot in the top 10, but after the exams all I hoped for was to pass. Ranking first seemed surreal. I still can’t believe it,“ Almo said in a phone interview on Friday. ”I am definitely elated. Truth be told I still can’t believe it, I’m even a bit anxious to sleep tonight and wake up tomorrow to find that this is just a dream. I just found out late afternoon when my mom called me and when I checked my phone, there were a dozen of missed calls,“ she added. Almo said she has been eyeing a spot in the top 10 even before taking the exam in November. When asked for a specific ritual or preparation that she observed, she said she had no lucky charm, but noted that she had always visualized her goal before going to sleep. ”I ask God for what I specifically want, I remind Him every day. And one more thing, when I get curious about something, I really read into it and it would bother me if my questions won’t be satisfied,“ she said. ”I believe preparation for the boards starts the very first day we enter nursing school. All those sleepless nights and tiring duties are experiences that help with forming a knowledge base,“ Almo graduated with highest honors in college and excelled in clinical experience, but she said would not describe herself as studious in spite of her achievements. In fact, she said resting and going out with friends had helped her focus on her goals.READ MORE...

ALSO: Pia Wurtzbach cooks in NY apartment; netizens lament ‘rusty’ kitchenware


JANUARY  9 -Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach. SCREENGRAB from Miss Universe Facebook page After officially starting her duty as the reigning Miss Universe, Pia Wurtzbach finally had the time to do what she wants in her fancy New York City apartment—to eat a home-cooked meal which she prepared herself. In a photo posted on the Miss Universe Facebook page on Thursday, a smiling Wurtzbach was shown holding a pot on top of a stove. The said photo has a caption which read: “It’s my first time cooking in my New York apartment. I’m so happy to finally be having a home-cooked meal. -Pia” The 26-year-old beauty queen holds a Culinary Arts degree from the Center for Asian Culinary Studies. While Wurtzbach is happy that she would be finally have a home-cooked meal after her media blitz in the Big Apple, eagle-eyed netizens lamented that the most beautiful woman in the universe is cooking her meal on rusty pots. A certain Facebook user Rowena Hakkaoui said: “I thought the apartment they provide for Ms. Universe would be more lavish than that AND new pots! Please!! Please tell me that’s not a clothes washer in the background. Yes, I understand that the price for apartment in NYC is crazy expensive but she’s not just any rental. READ MORE...

ALSO: Before Miss Universe, kitchen tested Pia Wurtzbach’s poise


JANUARY 10 -FOOD CONNECTED: Newly crowned Miss Universe 2015, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, poses for a portrait on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016 in New York. AP Never did it cross celebrity chef Gene Gonzalez’s mind that one of his students, who seemed like the typical girl next door, would emerge as the “confidently beautiful” Miss Universe of 2015. Even back then, when he first met Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach in November 2007, she had no “superstar complex,” recalled Gonzalez, president and chef-instructor at the Center for Asian Culinary Studies in San Juan City. “She was very nice but you can see in her eyes that there was a bit of uncertainty,” he said of Wurtzbach, who took up a one-year diploma course in professional culinary and pastry arts, with restaurant operation.
Gonzalez surmised that the uncertainty in Wurtzbach’s eyes might be due to the beauty queen’s doubts about going into culinary arts. She had already costarred in at least three movies and five ABS-CBN shows, so the course was “exploratory” for her, a “good way to get a job.”  Team player But the uncertainty eventually faded, as the then 19-year-old Wurtzbach started excelling in her course, even finishing as a silver medalist. She was a “team player” and a “friend of everybody,” said Gonzalez’s son Gino, who was also Wurtzbach’s teacher in the course. Despite her skills, however, it took some time before her leadership quality manifested itself, the younger Gonzalez said of the Cagayan de Oro lass. It was only toward the end of the course that Wurtzbach ably led her class as executive chef during one of their activities, since “her classmates saw something in her.” She was a competitive student, said the younger Gonzalez, but “she showed her competitive (spirit) in a very subtle and graceful way.” “There are those who are very vocal, but in Wurtzbach’s case, it comes out in her work. She was very calm,” Gino said, adding that Wurtzbach handled well the strong personalities of her 15 classmates during their class’ four-day buffet preparation test. Wurtzbach impressed her mentors further when a restaurant in England hired her only weeks after her graduation. But Gonzalez said he was “surprised” when he later found out that Wurtzbach worked as a line cook, a “very challenging” job, he said. Line cooks are in charge of preparing the ingredients to be used in the kitchen for the day. “It’s very challenging to start at the bottom, especially if you’re in a foreign land. You don’t have any ally, people there don’t care about you,” the chef added. Food connection
Barely a year into her work, however, Wurtzbach returned to the country because people were urging her to resume her career in show business, Gonzalez said. He didn’t take Wurtzbach’s decision against her, the chef said, adding that he always told his students that they could find a food connection in whatever they do in the future. As a beauty queen, Wurtzbach could have used her culinary skills to come up with a diet that would help her achieve the slim figure that made her a standout in the pageant. It was during the run-up to the 50th edition of the Binibining Pilipinas in 2013 when Gonzalez saw his student transform from being a simpleng nene (girl next door) to a beauty queen who had a fighting chance on the world’s stage. That year, Wurtzbach won as first runner-up. READ MORE...

ALSO: ‘Kuya Germs,’ master showman, dies at 82


JANUARY 6-German Moreno. FILE PHOTO
Now he finally sleeps. German Moreno, who started as a janitor and curtain raiser at the Clover vaudeville theater to become an actor, television host, producer and star-maker, died at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Quezon City early Friday morning. He was 82. Fondly called “Kuya Germs,” the effervescent host known for calling out, “Walang tulugan!” (Let’s keep awake, people!) in his midnight TV shows, was still recovering from the mild stroke he suffered in January last year, when he passed at 3:20 a.m Friday, surrounded by friends and family. 
“He’s now with our Creator,” said his nephew, television personality John Nite. “He lived a full life, touched many hearts through the years, and helped make dreams come true for many of the biggest stars in the Philippine entertainment industry,” Nite said in a statement. “We are deeply saddened by his passing, but are comforted by the thought that his legacy will live on.” But the loss had not fully sunk in, admitted Nite, Moreno’s cohost in “Walang Tulugan with the Master Showman,” the late-night variety program that gave him the monicker so popular that a local dumpling chain had named its stalls, “Master Siomai.”  Since the 1970s “Master Showman,” started airing in 1997 over GMA 7, Moreno’s home station since the 1970s. In a statement, the network said it was “deeply mourning” the death of its “beloved” Moreno. “The Master Showman will be greatly missed by his friends and fans, both here and abroad, especially those from show biz, where he devoted the best years of his life,” the statement said, adding that Moreno was “the epitome of a loyal Kapuso.” Shortly after news of his death broke online, the topic #KuyaGerms trended nationwide, as countless show biz folks and observers took to Twitter to express sadness, condole with his family and give tribute to Moreno. Moreno started out in the local entertainment industry in 1957 as a janitor and telonero (curtain raiser) at Clover Theater in Manila, where he first discovered the wonders of vaudeville. It was here where Moreno was discovered by stage director Victor Sevilla who was looking for a thin, mestizo-looking man to portray Jesus Christ in a Passion play. Resident comedian From stage play, Moreno crossed over to film and became a resident comedian and choreographer for Sampaguita Pictures. His first talent fee was P75. READ MORE...

ALSO: Stars who started in Kuya Germs’ ‘That’s Entertainment’


JANUARY 9 -Judy Ann Santos and Gladys Reyes are just some of the personalities whom German “Kuya Germs” Moreno helped become popular in this industry. German “Kuya Germs” Moreno was popular as a “star builder” in the show business.
He was behind the industry’s famous personalities like Lea Salonga, Judy Ann Santos, Billy Crawford and surprise, Piolo Pascual. With the hundreds of talents he has honed over the years, here are some of the showbiz personalities who started in the ‘80s youth-oriented show “That’s Entertainment” and continues to shine until today. Hover your mouse on to the photo to see details about the celebrity. READ, VIEW MORE CELEBRITIES...


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From Samar, Nursing board topnotcher believes in law of attraction: ’I claimed it‘


Alyssa Claire Almo’s FACEBOOK PHOTO

MANILA, JANUARY 11, 2016 (INQUIRER) By: Yuji Vincent Gonzales @YGonzalesINQ Associated Press January 9th, 2016 - She aced the nursing board exam and emerged on top of more than 18,000 examinees, but it was not as if she did not expect or aimed for it.

While saying that she still can’t believe the good news, 20-year-old Alyssa Almo of Remedios Trinidad Romualdez Medical Foundation (RTRMF) in Eastern Samar told INQUIRER.net that she had always believed in the law of attraction.
”I was really aiming for a spot in the top 10, but after the exams all I hoped for was to pass. Ranking first seemed surreal. I still can’t believe it,“ Almo said in a phone interview on Friday.

”I am definitely elated. Truth be told I still can’t believe it, I’m even a bit anxious to sleep tonight and wake up tomorrow to find that this is just a dream. I just found out late afternoon when my mom called me and when I checked my phone, there were a dozen of missed calls,“ she added.

Almo said she has been eyeing a spot in the top 10 even before taking the exam in November.

When asked for a specific ritual or preparation that she observed, she said she had no lucky charm, but noted that she had always visualized her goal before going to sleep.

”I ask God for what I specifically want, I remind Him every day. And one more thing, when I get curious about something, I really read into it and it would bother me if my questions won’t be satisfied,“ she said.

”I believe preparation for the boards starts the very first day we enter nursing school. All those sleepless nights and tiring duties are experiences that help with forming a knowledge base,“

Almo graduated with highest honors in college and excelled in clinical experience, but she said would not describe herself as studious in spite of her achievements.

In fact, she said resting and going out with friends had helped her focus on her goals.

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”I fared well academically, since elementary, and I guess you could say that I’m an achiever. I joined academic competitions and various clubs in school. But studious? I’m not sure. My closest friends would say I’m not. But I do study, maybe well but not hard. I go out with friends even when exams are nearing but I make sure that I go to school prepared,“ Almo said.

”I think my weapon is that I listen well to lectures, so I retain it. And when my head is wrapped in question, I’d do my best to find out the answer even if it’s nowhere related to the lessons,“ she added.

Asked for her plans after topping the licensure exam, Almo said she was eyeing to be employed or may be take up Medicine, as she had always wanted to help her family financially.

”When I was a kid, I promised my family that I will help provide for us. Now I’m a step closer to fulfilling that promise. Whatever God plans for me, so it will be,“ she said.

Almo said nursing was never was easy and will never be easy for aspirants, but added that all the hard work and sacrifices will definitely pay off in the end.

”It is worth it, for we grow into people better than we already are. To my mentors and my school, thank you for molding me and my classmates into nurses. To my family, this is for you. Lastly, I give all glory to God, for without Him I am nothing,“ she said.

RTRMF also emerged as top performing school in the nursing board exam after posting a perfect passing rate.

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Pia Wurtzbach cooks in NY apartment; netizens lament ‘rusty’ kitchenware @inquirerdotnet INQUIRER.net 11:14 AM January 7th, 2016


Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach. SCREENGRAB from Miss Universe Facebook page

After officially starting her duty as the reigning Miss Universe, Pia Wurtzbach finally had the time to do what she wants in her fancy New York City apartment—to eat a home-cooked meal which she prepared herself.

In a photo posted on the Miss Universe Facebook page on Thursday, a smiling Wurtzbach was shown holding a pot on top of a stove. The said photo has a caption which read: “It’s my first time cooking in my New York apartment. I’m so happy to finally be having a home-cooked meal. -Pia”

The 26-year-old beauty queen holds a Culinary Arts degree from the Center for Asian Culinary Studies. While Wurtzbach is happy that she would be finally have a home-cooked meal after her media blitz in the Big Apple, eagle-eyed netizens lamented that the most beautiful woman in the universe is cooking her meal on rusty pots.

A certain Facebook user Rowena Hakkaoui said: “I thought the apartment they provide for Ms. Universe would be more lavish than that AND new pots! Please!! Please tell me that’s not a clothes washer in the background. Yes, I understand that the price for apartment in NYC is crazy expensive but she’s not just any rental.

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She represents MUO (Miss Universer Organization) for goodness sake.”

Another Facebook user Jackie Beckham said: “My goodness you are Miss Universe and that’s the kitchen you have? You’d figure you would have state of the art appliances, beautiful granite countertops.

It’s sad that an organization as wealthy doesn’t offer their reigning Queens more plush surroundings. Anyway, enjoy your year.” Other netizens chided those who pointed the old pots and kitchenware in Wurtzbach’s apartment, saying that instead of lamenting, they should just be happy that the Filipina beauty queen will finally get to cook in her New York apartment. The said post has been “liked” by more than 86,000 users as of posting time.

Staying in the luxurious New York City apartment is just one of the various prizes which Wurtzbach bagged when she was crowned as the 2015 Miss Universe.

The prize package includes the bejeweled crown which is worth $300,000, a film school scholarship, clothing and make-up sponsorships among others. AJH/RAM

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Before Miss Universe, kitchen tested Pia Wurtzbach’s poise By: Jovic Yee
@inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 03:50 AM January 10th, 2016


Newly crowned Miss Universe 2015, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach, poses for a portrait on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016 in New York. AP

Never did it cross celebrity chef Gene Gonzalez’s mind that one of his students, who seemed like the typical girl next door, would emerge as the “confidently beautiful” Miss Universe of 2015.

Even back then, when he first met Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach in November 2007, she had no “superstar complex,” recalled Gonzalez, president and chef-instructor at the Center for Asian Culinary Studies in San Juan City.

“She was very nice but you can see in her eyes that there was a bit of uncertainty,” he said of Wurtzbach, who took up a one-year diploma course in professional culinary and pastry arts, with restaurant operation.

Gonzalez surmised that the uncertainty in Wurtzbach’s eyes might be due to the beauty queen’s doubts about going into culinary arts. She had already costarred in at least three movies and five ABS-CBN shows, so the course was “exploratory” for her, a “good way to get a job.”

Team player

But the uncertainty eventually faded, as the then 19-year-old Wurtzbach started excelling in her course, even finishing as a silver medalist.

She was a “team player” and a “friend of everybody,” said Gonzalez’s son Gino, who was also Wurtzbach’s teacher in the course.

Despite her skills, however, it took some time before her leadership quality manifested itself, the younger Gonzalez said of the Cagayan de Oro lass.

It was only toward the end of the course that Wurtzbach ably led her class as executive chef during one of their activities, since “her classmates saw something in her.”

She was a competitive student, said the younger Gonzalez, but “she showed her competitive (spirit) in a very subtle and graceful way.”

“There are those who are very vocal, but in Wurtzbach’s case, it comes out in her work. She was very calm,” Gino said, adding that Wurtzbach handled well the strong personalities of her 15 classmates during their class’ four-day buffet preparation test.

Wurtzbach impressed her mentors further when a restaurant in England hired her only weeks after her graduation.

But Gonzalez said he was “surprised” when he later found out that Wurtzbach worked as a line cook, a “very challenging” job, he said. Line cooks are in charge of preparing the ingredients to be used in the kitchen for the day.

“It’s very challenging to start at the bottom, especially if you’re in a foreign land. You don’t have any ally, people there don’t care about you,” the chef added.

Food connection

Barely a year into her work, however, Wurtzbach returned to the country because people were urging her to resume her career in show business, Gonzalez said.

He didn’t take Wurtzbach’s decision against her, the chef said, adding that he always told his students that they could find a food connection in whatever they do in the future. As a beauty queen, Wurtzbach could have used her culinary skills to come up with a diet that would help her achieve the slim figure that made her a standout in the pageant.

It was during the run-up to the 50th edition of the Binibining Pilipinas in 2013 when Gonzalez saw his student transform from being a simpleng nene (girl next door) to a beauty queen who had a fighting chance on the world’s stage. That year, Wurtzbach won as first runner-up.

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Gonzalez recalled how, months before Wurtzbach’s second attempt to win the Binibining Pilipinas crown, he had a chat with astrologer-friend, Henry Palacios, who told him that the beauty queen was “destined for greatness.” The chef later arranged a meeting between his friend and former student at his restaurant in San Juan City where the two “talked for hours.”

Second crack

To Gonzalez’s dismay, Wurtzbach lost in her second crack at the beauty crown in 2014. But the astrologer maintained what he saw as Wurtzbach’s destiny. The beauty queen seemed unfazed as well, saying she took the astrologer’s words just as a guide.

Months before the start of the 2015 edition of Binibining Pilipinas, Wurtzbach told Gonzalez of her third attempt at the crown. “I think I’m going to get it this time. I’m prepared, and everybody’s telling me I can do this,” Gonzalez recalled the beauty queen telling him.

True enough, Wurtzbach won the Binibining Pilipinas-Universe title, and on Dec. 20, was crowned Miss Universe 2015 in Las Vegas under circumstances that have since been parodied on US talk shows and comedy skits, and posted countless times on social media.

People still talk of how pageant host Steve Harvey mistakenly announced Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez Arevalo as this year’s Miss Universe, before apologizing and finally admitting that he had misread the card with the winner’s name. Miss Philippines was Miss Universe, and Miss Colombia was, in fact, first runner-up.

Iconic walk

The mistake might have cost her her first iconic walk onstage as Miss Universe, but she would definitely be remembered, Wurtzbach has been told.

To local viewers who might have wondered why Wurtzbach’s culinary background was not highlighted as much as her being a model and actress, her former mentor, chef Junjun de Guzman, said it was no big deal for them.

“It’s up to us to tell people that she was one of our students,” said Wurtzbach’s pastry and chocolates mentor.

For Gonzalez, what mattered more was Wurtzbach’s perseverance despite the initial hardships that had her depending on the support of friends at the start of her career.

“To be good at what you’re doing, you have to go through rocky (times),” the chef said. “Being in a beauty contest is just like being in our world, where being dedicated and persevering (are) really good qualities. Long after (Wurtzbach) has relinquished her crown, [those] qualities will still be there,” Gonzalez said.


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‘Kuya Germs,’ master showman, dies at 82 By: Allan Policarpio @alpolicarpio Philippine Daily Inquirer 06:00 AM January 9th, 2016


German Moreno. FILE PHOTO

Now he finally sleeps.

German Moreno, who started as a janitor and curtain raiser at the Clover vaudeville theater to become an actor, television host, producer and star-maker, died at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Quezon City early Friday morning. He was 82.

Fondly called “Kuya Germs,” the effervescent host known for calling out, “Walang tulugan!” (Let’s keep awake, people!) in his midnight TV shows, was still recovering from the mild stroke he suffered in January last year, when he passed at 3:20 a.m Friday, surrounded by friends and family.

“He’s now with our Creator,” said his nephew, television personality John Nite.

“He lived a full life, touched many hearts through the years, and helped make dreams come true for many of the biggest stars in the Philippine entertainment industry,” Nite said in a statement. “We are deeply saddened by his passing, but are comforted by the thought that his legacy will live on.”

But the loss had not fully sunk in, admitted Nite, Moreno’s cohost in “Walang Tulugan with the Master Showman,” the late-night variety program that gave him the monicker so popular that a local dumpling chain had named its stalls, “Master Siomai.”

Since the 1970s


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“Master Showman,” started airing in 1997 over GMA 7, Moreno’s home station since the 1970s.

In a statement, the network said it was “deeply mourning” the death of its “beloved” Moreno.

“The Master Showman will be greatly missed by his friends and fans, both here and abroad, especially those from show biz, where he devoted the best years of his life,” the statement said, adding that Moreno was “the epitome of a loyal Kapuso.”

Shortly after news of his death broke online, the topic #KuyaGerms trended nationwide, as countless show biz folks and observers took to Twitter to express sadness, condole with his family and give tribute to Moreno.

Moreno started out in the local entertainment industry in 1957 as a janitor and telonero (curtain raiser) at Clover Theater in Manila, where he first discovered the wonders of vaudeville.

It was here where Moreno was discovered by stage director Victor Sevilla who was looking for a thin, mestizo-looking man to portray Jesus Christ in a Passion play.

Resident comedian
From stage play, Moreno crossed over to film and became a resident comedian and choreographer for Sampaguita Pictures. His first talent fee was P75.

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Moreno eventually forged a formidable movie career starting in 1963. One of his most notable movie projects was Celso Ad Castillo’s “Payaso”—an entry to the 1986 Metro Manila Film Festival.

He was a prolific television host, too. Aside from “Walang Tulugan,” Moreno hosted other equally successful and well-loved variety shows from the late 1970s to the 1990s, including “Germside,” “Germspesyal” and “GMA Supershow,” all on GMA 7, as well as “Superstar,” which he cohosted with acclaimed actress and close friend Nora Aunor, on RPN.


WITH NORA AUNOR

Moreno produced movies for television as well and anchored a number of radio programs, the latest one being “Walang Siesta” on dzBB. He likewise spearheaded the installation of the Walk of Fame Philippines in Quezon City in 2005.

But the TV host will perhaps be best remembered as a veritable star-maker.

Long before the advent of reality talent searches, Moreno had been discovering and launching young aspiring talents via the iconic youth-oriented show “That’s Entertainment,” which featured many of the country’s most accomplished music and movie stars, among them Aiko Melendez, Janno Gibbs, Carmina Villaroel, Vina Morales, Lea Salonga and the late rapper Francis Magalona.

Not an option

“From his guidance and tutelage emerged at least two generations of show biz personalities who are now carrying the torch of fine entertainment,” said Manila Mayor and former movie star Joseph Estrada, who, in 2014, hailed Moreno as one of the year’s Outstanding Manilans for “being without equal in nurturing new talents in the movie industry.”

Indeed, Moreno was a man of many hats, and he wore each one with utmost pride and did his job with unwavering passion. Retirement, he had often declared in past interviews, was not an option. Staying idle, he said, only made him feel weaker.

True enough, only three months after his mild stroke in January last year that temporarily paralyzed his right arm, Moreno willed himself to return to his radio program. In June, he was back on television. Until his death, he was attending show biz events and press conferences.

“As long as my body is willing, I will carry on,” he once said.


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Stars who started in Kuya Germs’ ‘That’s Entertainment’ By Joyce Jimenez and Denison Dalupang (philstar.com) | Updated January 9, 2016 - 3:03pm 2 446 googleplus0 0


Judy Ann Santos and Gladys Reyes are just some of the personalities whom German “Kuya Germs” Moreno helped become popular in this industry.

MANILA, Philippines – German “Kuya Germs” Moreno was popular as a “star builder” in the show business.

He was behind the industry’s famous personalities like Lea Salonga, Judy Ann Santos, Billy Crawford and surprise, Piolo Pascual.

With the hundreds of talents he has honed over the years, here are some of the showbiz personalities who started in the ‘80s youth-oriented show “That’s Entertainment” and continues to shine until today.

TOP ROW FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Manilyn Reynes -Another sought-after character actress who was a product of "That's Entertainment" is Manilyn Reynes. She's a mainstay in GMA's "Pepito Manaloto" and afternoon drama series "Destiny Rose." She also starpink in ABS-CBN's "Got to Believe" which starpink Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla. John Arcilla -Some may say his career didn't go full blast, but Kuya Germs surely is proud of John Arcilla's recent film "Heneral Luna" which didn't only make waves here in the country but also abroad. Aside from the film, he was also part of the ABS-CBN series "Pure Love," "Oh My G!" and in the upcoming Kim Chiu-Xian Lim TV reunion project "The Story of Us." NEXT, FROM LEFT: Lotlot De Leon -Aside from being the daughter of the "Superstar" Nora Aunor and Christopher de Leon, Lotlot de Leon has exceptional performing skills because of "That's Entertainment." Being one of the biggest stars of her generation, Lotlot was part of GMA's TV series "My Mother's Secret" and "Hiram na Alaala." ABS-CBN also tapped her to be part of the TV series Juan dela Cruz" which starpink Coco Martin. VINA MORALES -A singer, host and actress, Vina Morales was able to master it all because of the "Master Showman" Kuya Germs. The Kapamilya actress-singer-host's star continuously shines as she stars in different ABS-CBN shows like the recently defunct show "Nasaan Ka Nang Kailangan Kita" and in the upcoming TV series "Born For You." She was also part of the 2014 Metro Manila Film Festival Entry "Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo," which was her reunion project with BOTTOM ROW FROM LEFT: Janno Gibbs -Janno Gibbs is one of the most respected singers in the industry, because he was handled well by Kuya Germs. Last year, Janno decided to leave Kapuso network, which has been his home network for many years. Now he's with TV5 and hosting "Happy Truck ng Bayan" with his best friend Ogie Alcasid. JUDY ANN SANTOS' -character as Mara in the classic TV show "Mara Clara," Judy Ann Santos was handled by Kuya Germs in his youth-oriented show. Her career gracefully flourished, and she remains one of the most respected actresses in the industry. Judy Ann is currently on a break since she's pregnant with her third child with Ryan Agoncillo. The last TV series she did before her break is "Huwag Ka Lang Mawawala" and hosted the reality show "I Do."

TOP ROW FROM LEFT: Rufa Mae Quinto was one of the "That's Entertainment" performers before she became popular as a sexy star. She had her fair share of ups and downs in the industry. She's one of the mainstays in GMA's gag show "Bubble Gang" and did several freelance projects on TV5's "Enchanted Garden" and ABS-CBN's "Toda Max." Assunta de Rossi Another "baby" of Kuya Germs is Assunta de Rossi. Although she slowed down with her career after marrying politician Jules Ledesma, she remained active in show business. She's currently part of ABS-CBN's primetime series "You're My Home" and the Kathryn Bernardo-Daniel Padilla film "Crazy Beautiful You." NEXT ROW FROM LEFT: Ruffa Gutierrez bears the tag "Ang Pinakamagandang Hayop sa Balat ng Lupa" after her 1996 foray in the Philippine cinema. She still keeps it, a stunning woman ever since. Her first stomping ground was none other than Moreno's variety show where she mostly lent her wares for the Monday Group. Ian Veneracion A jack of all trades, Veneracion first made his TV debut as a kid in Joey de Leon's "Joey and Son." With a career spanning in 40+ films, this 40-year-old actor is one of the few thespians out there who have gracefully portrayed every possible role out there. Oh, best proof of that? How about an MMFF award during his comeback year?
BOTTOM ROW FROM LEFT: Izadora Calzado -Another gorgeous face in the bunch, Iza has solidified her hold among this era's actors. Born to a TV director father, it's safe to say she already has the wares. That's Entertainment probably refined all of it. A recipient of Gawad Urian, she also went on to be immortalized by another prolific arist in Ben Cab, utilizing her mug as the basis of the latters' series of paintings featuring a woman named Carmina Villaroel -A long-time member of the show's Monday Group, Villaroel went on to star in a myriad of shows and films from 1986 to date. Coming from motherhood in the eaerly 2000 and the married life around 2010, Villaroel returned to the spotlight with relative ease. She secured four film deals in the last six years to add to her 18 TV shows.

TOP ROW FROM LEFT: Gladys Reyes -Currently a member of the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board, Reyes carved out a thespic career out of playing the antagonist Clara in the fabled "Mara Clara" of the '90s. Considered by many as one of the most influential TV shows in the '90s, Reyes was a snug fit to Judy Ann Santos' "Mara." Unlike many actors, she made the hit series a springboard for success, copping an Urian as years went by. Lea Salonga - without a doubt is the most accomplished in the history of "That's." Her knack to do virtually everything paved the way for her 1989's Miss Saigon as its star, "Kim." She went on to be a social activist, a newspaper columnist, a mentor-judge for the Philippines' version of the "The Voice. And oh, who would forget her voice in the Mulan franchise? Wait, have we mentioned an OFTA, Golden Scree, Urian and FAMAS that's all under her BOTTOM ROW FROM LEFT: Piolo Pascual -Having dabbled in almost every spectrum of television and film, Piolo Pascual, even in a relatively young age, have cemented his legacy as a talent. He has graced almost every billboard in the country, every magazine in the stands and showcased his prolific grace on screen. That being said, he's the only prominent star to emerge from the Wednesday bunch. But hey, he made it count. Remember the Cannes-landing. Billy Crawford - He wouldn't call Kuya Germs "Pa" for nothing. Starting as a young boy for "That's" in the late '80s, Billy Crawford displayed equal amounts of charm, talent and potential very rare for his bunch back then. After an 8-year stint with the variety show was two decades of a personal showcase than a display of acting career. Crawford, having been known as a top-notch performer, went on to perform in th UK and in France.


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