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Willie Revillame drops hints of Ogie’s TV 5 transfer

Even if showbiz insiders know  Kapuso star Ogie Alcasid’s  reported transfer to TV5 months from now is a foregone conclusion, it is only  Willie Revillame, so far, who has  decided to openly hint about it on nationwide TV.
The irrepressible host of the  TV5 noontime show, “Wowowillie”  asked he audience  last weekend, “Kilala nyo ba kung sino  itong bagong kasama dito?”

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'Nandito Ako'

Willie then sang “Nandito Ako,” Ogie’s  popular composition.

Put two and two together and you know Willie need not name names.  He is referring to Ogie, whose contract with GMA 7 is expiring months from now. His manager, Leo Dominguez,  has  reportedly started negotiations with TV5.

Asked for his reaction on the set of his upcoming comedy, “Raketeros,” Ogie’s reaction was short and non-committal.

“Ang cute naman!” he told reporters .  “Nagkita kami ni Willie sa isang party last Saturday night and he told me about it.”

Ogie is set to do one more show with GMA 7, which some people believe is his last for the Kapuso network.

But before he does that, Ogie has to finish a couple of projects.  He will guest in Jose Manalo and Wally Bayola’s second show at the Araneta Coliseum on Friday, March 15.

The night after, Ogie will be at the MOA Arena for the repeat of Foursome, his concert with wife Regine Velasquez, Martin Nievera, Pops Fernandez and guest Gary Valenciano.

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US trip

Then, Ogie and family will fly to the US for two weddings: that of his niece Lian in New Jersey on March 23, and another one in New York on March 24.

Since Ogie and Regine  are bringing their two-year-old son Nate, the couple decided to take his yaya Tina as well.

Also read: Ogie, Regine to tell their love story in song

Ogie recalls how happy he was when he learned that Tina passed the interview required for anyone who wants to get a US visa.

“Nag-pack-up kami ng  3 a.m. that Monday. Sabi ko sasamahan ko sana si Yaya.  But I had to tape “Bubble Gang” after.  Technically, two hours lang ang tulog ko.”

So he  told Regine that he’ll just coach Tina  on  how to answer the consul’s question. Husband and wife  also got down on their knees to pray for  Tina to get her visa.

She called at  10 a.m. with good news for Ogie:  “Boss, may visa na ako!”
Ogie said he is especially happy for Regine, who worried about who will help her take care of the baby and wash Nate’s feeding bottles.

“Si Nate na lang ang maghuhugas (ng bote!)” he jokingly told Regine when they were  thinking of  what  to do without a nanny by their side.

Despite his busy schedule, Ogie has learned to pace himself.  He has said no to a couple of projects  so we won’t stress himself out

Older and wiser

“Now that I’m a little older and wiser supposedly, mas pinipili ko ang ginagawa ko.”

Ogie couldn’t say no Quezon City mayor Herbert Bautista, producer of “Raketero,”  because their friendship goes back to the time when they were doing movies  together.

They were single then and unsure of where their careers will take them.

Ogie didn’t hesitate when Herbert asked him to write a debutante song  for a major scene in “Raketeros.”

The song, “Dalaga Ka Na,” brought  tears to Herbert’s eyes.  The politician explained that  it reminded him of his only daughter,  Athena. The 16-year-old girl is the apple of his eyes.  Herbert said she wants to enter showbiz like her brother Harvey.

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