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German Moreno
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Moreno in 2011
Born
German Molina Moreno

(1933-10-04)October 4, 1933
Santa Cruz, Manila, Philippine Islands
Died January 8, 2016(2016-01-08) (aged 82)
St. Luke's Medical Center, Quezon City, Philippines
Resting place Loyola Memorial Park,
Marikina, Metro Manila
Other names Kuya Germs
Occupation
  • Host
  • actor
  • talent manager
  • producer
  • writer
  • director
Years active 1963–2016
Title The Master Showman
Children Federico Moreno (adopted son)
Relatives Luis Gabriel Moreno (grandson)

German Molina Moreno (Tagalog: [hɛɾˈman moˈɾɛno]; October 4, 1933 – January 8, 2016), also known as Kuya Germs (Tagalog: [kujɐ dʒɛɾms] or [dʒɚms]) and dubbed as "The Master Showman", was a Filipino television host, presenter, actor, comedian, talent manager, producer, writer, and director.

Early life

Moreno was born to Jose Moreno y Calvo (Pepe), a Spanish Filipino mestizo, and Aurora Molina, a Filipina. He had one sister, Pilar Moreno Nite. His father died after an incident involving an American soldier. Moreno first worked for an aunt's taxi company and also sold bibingka, peanuts, and cigarettes. He also became a jeepney barker.

Career

Early career

Moreno became involved in the entertainment industry working as a janitor and telonero (curtain raiser) of Clover Theater in 1957. His first break was a role as Jesus Christ for the Manila Grand Opera House. He later went on to pursue a career as a comedian of the bodabil stage and the post-war screen.

Later career

In 1963, Moreno took his comedy act to Sampaguita Pictures, the home of biggest stars at that time such as Dolphy, Panchito, Gloria Romero, and Susan Roces. He hosted a premiere night at the Life Theater but refused Nene Vera-Perez's attempt to pay him and instead asked for movie roles instead. Moreno then had roles in the movies Dance-O-Rama, Mga Batang Iskwater, Class Reunion, and Mga Batang Bakasyunista. It was in his Sampaguita stint where he met his longtime co-host Ike Lozada.

Moreno also became a disc jockey as Eddie Ilarde's sidekick in the radio program Ngayon Naman on CBN. In 1969, he transferred radio stations to DZTR as a pinch-hitter for Helen Vela, Bingo Lacson, and Ben David. Moreno would then be given his own timeslot from 11 pm to 12 mn for Bisita Artista, Music Factory, and Guy and Pip Song Festival. In the last decades of his life, he hosted his own hour-long show on DZBB during weekdays at 2:30 pm.

Moreno's biggest break came on television in the late 1970s when he became host of the Sunday noontime variety show, GMA Supershow (first known as Germside and Germspesyal). He eventually became the host, star builder, and producer of That's Entertainment, a youth-oriented variety show developing the biggest stars in the Philippines. He gave out gift packs from sponsors to every guest of his programs. He was the host of a late-night show Walang Tulugan with the Master Showman. He also co-hosted Superstar with Jograd de La Torre. Superstar was the Sunday musical-variety show of Moreno's close friend Nora Aunor.

Moreno also produced TV films such as Kung Mayroon Mang Pangarap, Ganti, Sa Paglinaw Ng Tubig, Ikaw, Ako at Ang Awit, Dalawang Ina, Dalawang Pag-ibig, Larawan ng Isang Ina, and Ina.

He founded the Eastwood City Walk of Fame in Quezon City, on December 1, 2005. It is patterned after the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood, California.

Since 1996, FAMAS had given out out the Youth Achievement Award, named after him. The German Moreno Youth Achievement Award is given to a batch of young stars that have exemplar performances in the motion picture industry. The Philippine Movie Press Club also named after Moreno the German Moreno Power Tandem Award, awarded to popular love teams on television.

He was also the former president of Katipunan ng mga Artistang Pilipino sa Pelikula at Telebisyon (KAPPT). He also endorsed prominent brands such as Vaseline Shampoo and Dazz Dishwashing Paste.

In April 2013, Moreno celebrated his 50th anniversary in the Philippine entertainment industry with a tribute special entitled 50 Years With The Master Showman at the Newport Performing Arts Theater in Resorts World Manila, Pasay. The special was attended by Moreno's "anak-anakan" (his discoveries) throughout his five decades in showbiz.

On March 24, 2014, Moreno established the GMA Network's Walk of Fame, outside the GMA Network Center, with over 196 celebrities and news & public affairs personalities received the plaque.

In his final months, Moreno was the creative consultant of Sunday PinaSaya. He has a special chair in front of the stage, where he was sitting along with the studio audience to view the program. He celebrated his last birthday on October 4, 2015. Despite being in wheelchair, he attended in GMA Network's 2016 New Year countdown special at SM Mall Of Asia marking his last public appearance, and was last heard at Walang Siyesta on January 6, 2016.

Personal life

Moreno had an adopted son named Federico Moreno. His grandson Luis Moreno is an archer. His nephew John Nite is also a TV host on Walang Tulugan with the Master Showman.

Political views

Moreno was a supporter of former President Ferdinand Marcos, even after he was deposed from the presidency by the People Power Revolution in 1986; during a September 1988 episode of his musical program GMA Supershow, he and his co-hosts sang a medley of songs dedicated to Marcos to commemorate his birthday.

Health and death

Moreno suffered a mild stroke on January 2, 2015. His condition improved soon after, according to his son Federico Moreno. Few months later, he returned to his programs Walang Siyesta! and Walang Tulugan with the Master Showman.

One year later, he was rushed into St. Luke's Medical Center at Quezon City in the evening of January 7, 2016 and fell into a coma. Moreno died on January 8, 2016, at 3:20 am from cardiac arrest, according to his nephew John Nite. He was 82 years old. Later that evening, his remains arrived at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Shrine. The next day, his show Walang Tulugan with the Master Showman was aired as a live tribute, took place in his wake. He was buried in Loyola Memorial Park in Marikina after being brought to GMA Network Center.

Walang Tulugan with the Master Showman concluded on February 13, 2016, a month after his death.

Legacy and tribute

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Moreno's plaque in GMA Network Center's Walk of Fame, which he founded in March 2014.

A special tribute concert entitled The Master Showman's Final Bow was aired on February 26, 2016, where the comedy show Bubble Gang was preempted to give way for the TV special. His son Federico announced the establishment of German Moreno Foundation, an organization made by Moreno's loved ones and friends. It will continue his support for Mowelfund, and honor stars through the Eastwood City Walk of Fame.

The German Moreno Power Tandem Award (launched in 2014) still continues up to the present day.

At the GMA Network Studio Annex in Quezon City, The German Moreno Studio (formerly known as Studio 6) was inaugurated in honor of his legacy and in tribute to his 85th birthday on October 4, 2018, with families, relatives, friends and the staff of GMA paying tribute. It currently houses the daily noontime variety game show TiktoClock.

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2014 Moron 5.2: The Transformation Isaac's Father Last movie appearance, 2 years before his death
2013 Kung Fu Divas Hiyas ng Dalampasigan Host
2012 D' Kilabots Pogi Brothers Weh?! Kuya Hermano Mayor
Talo, Tabla, Panalo
Moron 5 and the Crying Lady Isaac's Father
2011 Tween Academy: Class of 2012 Mang Fabian
2010 Slow Fade
2009 OMG (Oh, My Girl!) Himself
2008 Adela
Paupahan Dadeng
2007 M.O.N.A.Y (Misteyks obda neyson address Yata) ni Mr. Shooli
2006 Binibining K
Mga Batang Bangketa
2005 Pelukang Itim: Agimat ko Ito For Victory Again
2002 Hustler Emcee
2000 Basta Tricycle Driver... Sweet Lover
Ayos na... ang Kasunod
1998 Sinaktan mo ang Puso Ko Director
1997 Frats Dean Valdez
1996 Ang Syota Kong Balikbayan
Madaling Mamatay, Mahirap Mabuhay
1994 Sige... Ihataw Mo! (Dancin' With The Motion)
1992 Yes, Yes, Yo Kabayong Kutsero
1991 Ubos na ang Luha Ko
Juan Tamad at Mr. Shooli: Mongolian Barbecue
Yes, Yes, Yo Kabayong Kutsero! Husband
Kung Sino Pa ang Minahal
Katabi Ko'y Mamaw Luigi
1988 Silang mga Sisiw sa Lansangan
Matandang Barako Hindi pa Buro
1987 Takot Ako Eh!
Ready, Aim, Fire
Topo Topo Barega
Di Bale Na Lang uncredited
1986 Ang Daigdig ay Isang Butil na Luha
Sana'y Wala Nang Wakas Radio DJ
Payaso
Okleng Tokleng
1985 Inday Bote Manager
Bituing Walang Ningning TV host
Momooo
Pahiram Na Ligaya
Mga Paru-parong Buking
1984 Bulaklak sa City Jail Warden Ambrocio
Anak ni Waray vs. Anak ni Biday
Give Me Five!
1983 D' Godson
Warren Balane
1982 Tatlo Silang Tatay Ko
Cross My Heart
Palengke Queen
Annie Sabungera
Johnny Tanggo
1981 Rocky Tu-log
Mister Kwekong (Driver ng Punerarya)
Hepe Goes to War
Burgis Nurse
Ibalik Ang Swerti
Totoo Ba ang Tsimis?
Tikboy and Pamboy
Familia Antik
1980 Kape't Gatas
Batang North Harbor
Juan Tamad Jr.
Reyna ng Pitong Gatang Police Officer
Hepe
Goriong Butete Sara
Yakapin Mo'ko, Lalaking Matapang
Darna at Ding
Pompa Rico
1979 Anak ng Atsay Germania
Kasal-kasalan, Bahay-bahayan
Bokyo
Buhay Artista Ngayon
Annie Batungbakal
Angelita... Ako ang Iyong Ina Biko
Darna, Kuno...? St. Peter
Roberta
1978 Sisid, Dyesebel, Sisid Mr. Espejo
Mga Mata ni Angelita Rice Cake Vendor
Sa Lungga ng mga Daga
Isang Kahig, Isang Tuka, Sa Langit at Lupa
1977 Mr. Wong and the Bionic Girls
Disco Baby
Herkulas
Pinakasalan ko Ang Ina ng Aking Kapatid
Wow, Sikat! Pare, Bigat!
Maliit Ngunit Matinik
Jack and Poy (Hale-Hale Hoy)
1976 Barok
Minsa'y Isang Gamu-gamo
Tsuperstar
Sapagka't Kami'y mga Misis Lamang
Kaming Matatapang ang Apog!
Relax Lang, Mama ... Sagot Kita
Fiesta: Isang Halik! Isang Sayaw! Isang Peseta!
Wanted: Ded or Alayb (Agad-agad)
Let's Do the Salsa
Ngiti,Tawa at Halakhak
Ang Erpat kong Groovy
Relaks Lang Mama, Sagot Kita
1975 Batu-bato sa Langit: Ang Tamaa'y Huwag Magagalit Pocholo
Niño Valiente
Vilma Veinte Nueve
Hello, Goodnight, Goodbye Episode 1: Hello
Loose Connections
1974 Oh Margie Oh Musical Director
Huwag Tularan: Pito ang Asawa Ko
Biktima Pipot uncredited
Ang Bituin at Araw
Kampanerang Kuba Flaving
Memories of Our Love
Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Baticobra at Flying Salakot
1973 Darna and the Giants Comics Reader uncredited
Fight! Batman, Fight!
Ophella at Paris
Super Gee
Ang Hiwaga ni Maria Cinderalla
Anak ng Aswang
Isa, Dalawa, Tatlo
Dyesebel at Ang Mahiwagang Kabibe
Girl of My Dreams
Impossible Dream Master of Ceremonies
Kondesang Basahan
Young Dreams
Tsismosang Tindera
1972 My Blue Hawaii
Winter Holiday
Kung May Gusot, May Lusot
A Gift of Love
I Went to Your Wedding
1971 Fiesta Extravaganza '71
Guy and Pip
Always in My Heart
1970 Sweet Matutinna
For You, Mama
Give Me Your Love
Intensity '70
Dingdong
The Young at Heart
Your Love
Singspiration
Yes I Believe
Orang
Magic Makinilya
Ricky Na, Tirso Pa!
1969 Halina Neneng Ko
The Musical Giant
The Mad Generation
Rikitik Loves Rositik
Petrang Paminta
Fiesta Extravaganza
Boom! Bang-A-Bang!
Drakulita
Stop, Look, Listen
Banda 24
Young Girl
Obladi, Oblada
YeYe Generation!
9 Teeners
1968 Artista ang Aking Asawa
Bahay Kubo, Kahit Munti
Dobol Wedding
Juanita Banana
Magic Guitar
May Tampuhan, Paminsan-Minsan
Order ni Osang
Sayonara My Darling
To Susan with Love
1967 All Over the World
Alma Vida
Bikini Beach Party
Double Date
Oh! What a Kiss
Sitting in the Park
Sunny
Cinderella A-Go-Go
Way Out in the Country
Bus Stop
1966 Sa Bawa't Lansangan
Ang Lagay 'Adre... ay Under-Istanding
O!... Kay Laking Eskandalo!
Ay Ay Naku Neneng
Jamboree '66
I'll Dream of You
1965 Portrait of My Love
Papa um mamaw
Alis D'yan! H'wag 'Kong Ligawan
Bye-bye na sa Daddy
Rosalie
Inday, Palalayasin Kita
Mga Batang Turista
Mga Reynang Engkantada
Eskwelahang Munti
1964 Umibig ay 'di biro
Show of Shows
Bathing Beauties
Mga Bata ng Lagim
Fighting Warays sa Ilokos
Hi-sosayti
Mga Batang Artista
Mga Kanyon Sa Corregidor
Jukebox Jamboree
Mga Batang Milyonaryo
Kumander Judo
Anong Ganda Mo!
Mga Batang Bakasyonista
Sa Bilis, Walang Kaparis
Magkakapatid na Waray
Ang Mahiwagang Pag-ibig ni Lola Cinderella
Mga Batang Iskwater
Paratroop Squadron
1963 Ako'y Ibigin Mo, Dalagang Matapang
Sabina Nipis
Mga Kwela sa Eskwela
Ang Class Reunion German
Ang Senyorito at ang Atsay Tolome
Dance-O-Rama
Si Adiang Waray
1962 Kababalaghan o Kabulastugan? Embalsamador (First story)

Television

Year Title Role Notes Network
1973–1979 Big Ike's Happening Himself Host RPN / GMA Network / GTV 4
1978–1980
1980–1984
1984–1997
GMA Supershow (formerly Germside and Germspesyal) Main host GMA Network
1975–1989 Superstar Host RPN
1987–1990 Young Love, Sweet Love
1984–1987 Daigdig ng mga Artista sa Telebisyon GMA Network
1987–1989 Good Morning Showbiz
1986–1996 That's Entertainment Main host and Producer
1986–1995 Saturday Entertainment
1991–1999 NegoSiyete Host
1994 Oki Doki Doc! Guest ABS-CBN
1995 GMA Telesine Specials: Sa Pagdating Ng Bagong Umaga Supporting cast / Producer GMA Network
1996 Super Games Himself Host
GMA Telesine Specials: May Apat na Sulok ang Bilog Main role / Producer
1996–1997 Lyra Kwaro Supporting cast
1997–2016 Walang Tulugan with the Master Showman (formerly Master Showman Presents) Himself Main host
1998 Kool Ka Lang Guest
GMA Telesine Specials: Pasada Tata Cholo Leading role / Producer
Debate with Mare at Pare Himself Guest
1999 Best Friends Host
2000–2005 Idol Ko si Kap Barangay Kagawad Supporting cast
2000 Wansapanataym: Bata Okey ABS-CBN
2002 Magpakailanman: Minsan, May Isang Bituin Himself The Didith Reyes Story GMA Network
2003–2006 Love to Love
2005 Magpakailanman: Isang Pag-Ibig na Itinakda ng Langit Himself The Manilyn Reynes Story
2005–2006 Ginintuang Telon Host QTV
2007 Magic Kamison Don Vino Blanco GMA Network
2008 Sine Novela: Kaputol Ng Isang Awit
Nuts Entertainment Himself Guest
2009 Adik Sa'Yo Joe Supporting cast
Pinoy Records Presents Pinoy Extreme Talent Himself Judge
Dantes Peak: The Dingdong Dantes Birthday Special TV Special
I-Witness: Master Showman Documentary by Sandra Aguinaldo (re-aired on January 9, 2016, a day after his death)
2010–2011 Pinoy Cine Klasika Main host QTV
2010 Kaya ng Powers Guest GMA Network
Diva Kuya Vernes Recurring cast
Beauty Queen Kapitan Ading Supporting cast
2011 Spooky Nights Presents: Snow White Lady and the Seven Ghosts Dr. Jordan "Jay"
Power House Himself Interviewed about his three-storey house GMA News TV
Showtime Guest ABS-CBN
2012–2013 Paroa: Ang Kuwento ni Mariposa Apo Pasko Recurring cast GMA Network
2012 24 Oras Himself Guest (interviewed about Dolphy's passing)
Party Pilipinas Guest performer (Special dancer in Sayaw Pilipinas segment)
Tunay Na Buhay Interviewed about his life
2013 H.O.T. TV Guest
Kape at Balita GMA News TV
50 Years with the Master Showman TV Special GMA Network
Pepito Manaloto: Ang Tunay na Kuwento Cameo appearance
Pyra: Ang Babaeng Apoy Mr. Sirko Guest cast
Rated K Himself Interviewed about his suit collection ABS-CBN
Toda Max Guest cast
2014 Niño Kapitan Pete Supporting cast GMA Network
Basta Every Day Happy! Himself Guest (with his son Federico and grandson Luis)
Gandang Gabi, Vice! Guest (re-aired on January 10, 2016, 2 days after his death) ABS-CBN
2015 Yagit Florentino Valdez Guest cast / cameo appearance GMA Network
Sabado Badoo Cameo featured footage
2015–2016 Sunday PinaSaya Himself Creative consultant / studio viewer along with audiences
Countdown To 2016: The GMA New Year Special Host (Last TV and public appearance)

Radio

  • DZTR Music Factory (1970s)
  • Balitang Artista (DZBB) (1989–1997)
  • Master Showman sa Dobol B (Walang Siyesta!) (1997–2016)

Awards

  • Winner, Best Supporting Actor for "Paupahan" - 2009 FAMAS Awards
  • Winner, Ading Fernando Lifetime Achievement Award - PMPC Star Awards for TV (1993)
  • Winner, Best Variety Show Host - PMPC Star Awards for TV (1988, 1991, 1993 & 1994)
  • Winner, Special Citation Award - PMPC Star Awards for TV (2013)
  • Winner, Best Supporting Actor - PMPC Star Awards for Movies (2009)
  • Posthumous Award Winner for Entertainment Excellence & Star Builder - GMMSF Box-Office Entertainment Awards (2016)

See also

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