Monday, August 9, 2021



Seeing as online shopping platforms have become increasingly prominent in people’s daily lives during the pandemic, it made sound promotional sense that TV networks would now carry live broadcasts of these apps whenever they have sales on their markets. Singapore-based Shopee for instance has a solid partnership via its Philippine offices to variety show programming on GMA7, particularly with Willie Revillame’s variety game show “Wowowin.” Thus, Willie played host to Shopee Philippines’ “8.8 Mega Flash Sale TV Special" this past Sunday, with a surprise co-host in one-time “Queen of All Media,” Kris Aquino. The experience was great enough for her that Kris commended Revillame on social media the following day.

GMA News has it that Kris Aquino had some praiseworthy things to say about Willie Revillame after they jointly hosted the Shopee 8.8 Mega Flash Sale TV Special on August 8, as aired on the Kapuso network. On her official Instagram page this past Monday August 9, Aquino shared several photos of her and Willie on hosting mode at the Shopee 8.8 stage, along with a heartfelt message of gratitude for the “Wowowin” host, praising his attentiveness to all aspects of the production, and for the kindness he had shown her and her two children.

“In all sincerity, straight from my heart thank you Willie—for your generosity and for really taking care of me,” wrote Kris in her IG post caption. “It was just rehearsals last night – you really focused on lights, music, camera angles, audio and even graphics.” And because Revillame apparently had been very accommodating with her sons Josh and Bimby, all three of them could say of the veteran TV host, “Ikaw na nga,” in reference to one of Willie’s trademark songs sung during his shows.

The Shopee 8.8 Mega Flash Sale TV Special featured some notable co-host dynamics between Willie Revillame and Kris Aquino. Notably as the program wound down, while Willie was speaking to the audience, Kris took a handkerchief and began wiping at the perspiration on her co-host’s face. This special was the first game show (one-off as it is) hosting gig by the Queen of All Media, who once graced multiple game shows at ABS-CBN, after about five years on break from TV work. Her planned comeback as a show host on TV5 last year was cancelled. When Aquino might regularly pop up in the small screen again is now anyone’s guess.

Image courtesy of Manila Bulletin


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