How Is Kuya Germs Remembered By His Proteges
By Eric Borromeo
All the young showbiz aspirants he left behind echoed a single sentiment now: Who will give them the same fatherly love and guidance that Kuya Germs had showered them?
The name German Moreno is almost synonymous to what entertainment should be – all about glittery,like his sequined wardrobe, fun like the “payaso” persona he is known for, and truly entertaining – the very reason he is the Master Showman.
The showbiz world is in mourning in Kuya Germs passing. It came as a surprise toa ll his friends and followers, and a really sad way to greet the new year of 2016.
Kuya Germs passion and love for show business is unparalleled. His entire career revolved in his quest to give opportunities to talented people to get a shot at stardom. A handful of well-known celebrities we have today were once under the care and guidance of the Master Showman.
Undeniably, he is the Star builder.
But for the younger generation of artists who are now making names because of the Master Showman’s touch, they will always be thankful to him.
We had a chance to talk to three of his visible talents nowadays, namely, Jak Roberto, Marlo Mortel, and Jake Vargas, on the first night of his wake at the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Shrine. They might be broken with the passing of their tatay, but they have spoken of Kuya Germs with high regard and so much respect.
“Kapag tinulungan ka niya, hindi ka niya iiwanan sa ere hangga’ thindi ka nakaposisyon,” shared Jak.
“Isa ako sa mga anak-anakan niya na very thankful sa mga naging tulong niya sa akin. Kilala naman natin si Kuya Germs na star builder sa industriya natin. I am lucky enough na isa ako sa naging alaga ni Kuya Germs.”Jak also affirmed the kind of generosity the Master Showman had shown them as a manager.
“Talaga namang pag tumulong siya, hindi siya yung klaseng manager na kumukuha ng cut. Basta walang kapalit na anything. Sa kanya pa minsan ang gastos,” he said.The young actor also fondly remembered the one time he asked financial help from Kuya Germs.
“There was a time pa nga na, siyempre, nag-uumpisa ka, hindi pa ganoon kalaki ang kinikita mo, sometimes wala ka. Hindi mahirap lapitan si Kuya Germs. Dumating yung time na walang-wala ako, ‘Kuya Germs, puwede ba humiram ng ganito, babalik ko nalang pag sumuweldo na.’
“Basta matutulungan ka niya, walang kapalit yun. Kahit ano pa yun,” Jak shared.
“Nakakalungkot lang na nawalan kami ng tatay. Alam ko na marami pa siyang gustong tulungan, pero kasama na niyang ayon ang Diyos. Walang hanggang pasasalamat ang masasabi ko kay Kuya Germs,” Jak said in closing.
Marlo will always be grateful to Kuya Germs for having that faith in his talent when he was still starting in his career.
“Siya ang naniwala sa akin habang hindi pa ako pinapansin ng nakararami. Talagang siya ang nag-push kung ano yung nakita niyang potensyal sa akin. Parte siya kung ano ako ngayon,” shared the young actor.
With a bit of regret, Marlo related that he was not able to answer Kuya Germs phone call two days before the TV hosts’ demise.
“Tumawag siya sa akin, pero hindi ko nasagot, kasi, 2 A.M.na. Hindi ko alam kung ano ang plano niya sa akin.
“Yung huling conversation namin, tumawag din siya parai-congratulate ako sa movie ko, sa success ng career ko. May nakapagsabi sa akin na ma ybalak pa nga siya na i-surprise ako sa block screening (ng movie),” he said.
Marlo also shared that not everyone knows and how fortunate he was that he was given the kind of attention by Kuya Germs.
“Alam naman ng marami na matulungin siya, pero more than that, minsan mismong bulsa na niya ang ginagamit niya sa’WalangTulugan, para mabigyan niya ang lahat. Saka talagan gbukal sa loob niya. Walang hinihinging kapalit talaga,” he recalled.
“Sobrang suwerte ko talaga. Masasabi ko na isa talaga ako sa mga paborito niya. Kahit wala naman kaming pormal na usapan, ipinapakilala niya ako sa mga producer. Ginawa niya talaga yung best niya para tulungan ako.Alam ko na hanggang ngayon, proud na proud siya sa akin.”
Everybody knows that Jake is the Master Showman’s most priority among his many talents. That is why for all the good things and ‘breaks’ that Kuya Germs had given him, the actor will never cease to be thankful of the TV host.
The actor can hardly speak and seem to be on the verge of tears when we spoke to him.
“Gusto kong magpasalamat kayTatay sa suporta niya sa akin simula ng mag-start ako sa showbiz, 16 ako nun. Ilang taon na ako ngayon, 23. Naniwala din ako kayTatay na kaya kong gawin laha ng pinaniniwalaan niya sa akin,” Jake started.
He continued, “Tatay ko po yan. Inalagaan ako simula umpisa hanggang ngayon, hindi niya ako pinabayaan. Kahit maramina akong iniyak, hindi naman po mawawala yung pain.
“Si Kuya Germs, sobrang mapagmahal, sobrang maalaga. Hindi ka niya pababayaan, susuportahan ka niya, hangga’ tsumikat ka,” the actor said in closing.
German Moreno is now gone but his legacy will continue to live on. Showbiz will surely miss the catch phrase Walang tulugan! the way the Master Showman delivered it.
But Kuya Germs has finally found that Eternal Peace in the arms of our Lord.Thank you and good night, Master Showman!