Press Release
January 18, 2016

Jinggoy, Bong honor Kuya Germs' success,
contributions in PH entertainment

Senators Jinggoy Ejercito Estrada and Ramon "Bong" Revilla, Jr. jointly filed a resolution today honoring and commending German Moreno for his immense contributions to the Philippine entertainment industry.

In proposed Senate Resolution 1717, the two senators, who were scions of show business clans and movie actors before entering public service, said Kuya Germs is "a respected and well-loved person who touched many hearts and changed many lives with his work and his personal relations, and is considered as one of the pillars of the entertainment industry."

Moreno, an esteemed variety television host and a veritable star maker who launched and nurtured generations of talents, succumbed to cardiac arrest last January 8 at age 82. Legions of celebrities, fans and industry leaders grieved over his passing and paid their respects to the legendary show master, whom many consider as their second father.

"Kuya Germs undoubtedly made a legacy with his contributions to the country's entertainment industry and its evolution, which made our culture and arts, as well as leisure and recreation vibrant, colorful and productive," the authors asserted.

Moreno also served as president of the Katipunan ng mga Artistang Pilipino sa Pelikula at Telebisyon (KAPPT) and spearheaded endeavors which aimed to recognize outstanding work in entertainment such as the Eastwood Walk of Fame and the German Moreno Youth Achievement Award.

"Kuya Germs who was a father to many, a testament that dreams indeed come true, and an instrument in making such dreams a reality, was able to change not only the lives of artists he helped, but also the entertainment industry which, through his guidance, was able to produce responsible members," Estrada and Revilla said in the resolution.

Moreno was born of humble beginnings and worked his way to become the one of the country's most influential and beloved showman. During his younger years, he sold bibingka (rice cakes), peanuts, and cigarettes, and worked as jeepney barker, janitor and curtain raiser. Eventually, he was given the opportunity to act in post-war theater as a comedian and to perform during the vaudeville era.

"The road he took from his modest beginnings to his remarkable success in his career serves as an inspiration to everybody, and the values he imparted such as professionalism, humility, respect and gratitude resonate among the people he was able to help," the resolution further noted.

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