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Willie Revillame renews 'Wowowin' contract with GMA

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Actor, singer, composer and television host Willie Revillame has renewed his co-production contract with the GMA Network for the top-rating variety show “Wowowin”.


Willie, who is the chairman and CEO of WBR Entertainment Productions Inc., producer of the afternoon show “Wowowin,’’ signed a new contract with GMA Network, Inc. last Aug. 8,  with GMA Network officials.


 GMA Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Atty. Felipe L. Gozon, GMA President and Chief Operating Officer Gilberto R. Duavit, Jr., GMA Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Felipe S. Yalong, GMA Films President Annette M. Gozon, GMA First Vice President for Program Management Jose Mari Abacan, GMA Vice President for Corporate Affairs and Communications Angela Javier Cruz, GMA Assistant Vice President for Program Management Mitzi Garcia, WBR Entertainment Production’s Atty. Alfonso R. Reyno Jr., Atty. King Reyno, and Atty. Ferdie Domingo were present durin the contract signing with some of them signing the contract.


Also present were composers Lito Camo and Vehnee Saturno together with Revillame’s co-hosts Janni Alipo-on, Sugar Mercado and Patricia Tumulak.


It was reported that Revillame expressed during the signing his happiness for finding a home in GMA. The popular host said: “The network is already our second home. Dito ko naramdaman 'yung haplos ng pagmamahal. Iba kasi ang tibok ng puso dito. Yung tibok ng puso sa GMA talagang may love, may pagmamahal. There’s no competition within the company. May pagtutulungan.”


The TV host promised that he will carry on with his program’s goal of extending help to more Filipinos while sharing joy and happiness.


“They can expect fun, more games and additional segments. Everyday naman ang Wowowin from Monday to Friday. Ayokong pinahihirapan yung mga tao, dapat masayang-masaya pag-uuwi sila. Dapat extension ka ng kanilang hapag-kainan. Kasama mo sila sa kusina, sa bahay, sa bus, sa lahat. Itong Wowowin talaga, it’s really a win. Winner ka dito,” he added.


The contract signing came in the wake of reports that Willie could be considering a run for mayor of Quezon City.


The reports in Manila media on Willie possibly entering politics next year loomed following a meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte and lately with his daughter Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte who has formed a political party which is a breakaway from the administration party PDP-Laban.


Willie, 57, whose real name is Wilfredo Buendia Revillame, first met and had a long talk with President Duterte during the wake of senator Edgardo Angara. The meeting fueled rumors that the actor and comedian could be consulting the President on his possible political plans,


Last week, Revillame met with the popular Mayor Duterte at the executive lounge of Quezon City Hall, bolstering speculations of a political plan to run in Quezon City where he is a resident and a voter.


A Facebook post by Revillame’s executive producer Adrian Gret showed that the “Wowowin” host Willie Revillame appeared to be happy meeting the Davao mayor and presidential daughter.


Three clues after the meeting were elicited by the Facebook post, according to media reports.


One clue indicated that after the photo session, the scene transitions to the Philippine flag, and the words “Pag-ibig, pagmamahal, pagmamalasakit sa bawat Pilipino” (Love and compassion for every Filipino) were seen in the post.


Greta also described his video on the Willie-Sara meeting: “Duterte. Revillame.”


A third clue could be found in a comment left by composer and Revillame’s friend Vehnee Saturno: “Tuloy na tuloy na!” (It’s really happening!), local media reported.

Revillame, however, has remained mum on the speculations that he would be entering politics in 2019. The wait, however, will be short as filing of certificates of candidacy starts this October.

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