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‘Kuya Germs’ signs off at 82

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The country’s master entertainer, German Molina Moreno passed away at 3:20 a.m. on Friday morning, January 8, at St. Luke’s Medical Center (SLMC) in New Manila, Quezon City. He was 82.

Moreno, who was born October 4, 1933, also known as Kuya Germs or the Master Showman rose from the Philippine show business ranks as a theater janitor, stage actor, bit player until he became television host, actor, comedian and talent manager (star-builder) from the 1950s to present.

The “Master Showman” passed away from cardiac arrest. His death came a year after he had a stroke. It was he who popularized the expression: “Walang Tulugan (No sleeping).”

John Nite, Moreno’s nephew and co-host in GMA 7’s “Walang Tulugan with the Master Showman” said he passed on in the company of his family and friends. “He lived a full life, touched so many hearts through the years, and helped make dreams come true for most of the biggest stars in the Philippine entertainment industry,” he said.

“We are deeply saddened by his passing but we are comforted by the thought that his legacy will live on,” Nite added.

Moreno or Kuya Germs, as he is called by friends and fans, was known for his loyalty and professionalism. It was in January 2, 2015 that Kuya Germs was hospitalized after suffering from a stroke and he had to rest for several months.

He returned to host “Walang Tulugan” last June 2015. Moreno was known as a star builder in his youth oriented show in the 1980s called “That’s Entertainment” for aspiring actors, dancers and singers.

Moreno managed to go on board in his daily radio show “Master Showman sa Dobol BB” aired over DZBB but was already stammering due to stroke.

Many of the show’s “graduates” became popular artists including Lea Salonga, Manilyn Reynes, Gladys Reyes, Judy Ann Santos, Janno Gibbs, Billy Crawford, Donna Cruz, Ramon Christopher, and Lotlot de Leon.

He also initiated the “Walk of Fame” in Eastwood, Quezon City, whch is the local counterpart of the “Walk of Fame” in Hollywood, USA to recognize artists, broadcasters, singers and others who made significant contributions to the showbiz industry.

Kuya Germs had humble beginnings as he started as a utility worker at the once popular Clover Theater in Sta. Cruz, Manila in the 1950s. He became a stage actor and later a film star. In 2013, Kuya Germs celebrated his 50th year in the showbiz industry.

His parents were Jose Moreno y Calvo, a Filipino-Spanish, and Aurora Molina. He had one sister, Pilar Moreno Nite.

He later went on to pursue a career as a comedian of the bodabil stage and the post-war screen. He was also the founder of the Eastwood City Walk Of Fame in Quezon City, Philippines in 2005 patterned to the Hollywood Walk Of Fame in Hollywood, California.

He had an adopted son named Federico Moreno. His grandson Luis Moreno is an archer. Kuya Germs suffered a mild stroke on 2 January 2015. His condition improved soon after, according to his adoptive son Federico Moreno.

Moreno appeared in many TV shows including Big Ike’s Happening with the late Ike Lozada and the late Lourdes Carvajal alias Inday Badiday, Superstar, and That’s Entertainment. (Gorgy Rula, Joel C. Atencio & Noche Cacas)

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