German Moreno (German Molina Moreno)
German Moreno (German Molina Moreno), also known as Kuya Germs, was a film and television actor, television host and producer, and talent manager. He was born in Manila on 4 October 1940. He died in Quezon City on 8 January 2016. He was the son of Jose Moreno and Aurora Molina. He attended Balagtas Elementary School in Manila.
Upon his graduation from elementary school, Moreno enrolled in various schools in Manila while working to earn his keep. At 14, Moreno worked as janitor and errand boy to impresario Don Jose Zarah of the Clover Theater. There, as a telonero (curtain raiser), he experienced firsthand the workings of the stage. He later became an assistant manager.
In 1963, he appeared in his first film, Susan, Susay, Susie, starring Susan Roces. He did the youth movies Mga Batang Iskwater (Young Squatters), Mga Batang Artista (Young Actors), Mga Batang Milyonaryo (Young Millionaires), Mga Batang Bakasyunista (Young Vacationists), and Mga Batang Lagim (Young Spooks), all in 1964, and Mga Batang Turista (Young Tourists), 1965. Then, he made more movies, taking on supporting roles. He appeared as a comedian in Sabina, 1963; Bikini Beach Party, Bus Stop, and All Over the World, with Nora Aunor, all in 1967; and Juanita Banana and Young Girl, 1968. He played the other half of a comedy team with Boy Alano in movies like Hi Sosayte (High Society), Bathing Beauties, Magkakapatid na Waray (Waray Siblings), and Papa Om Mamaw, a musical starring Pilita Corrales, all shown in 1964; and Jukebox Jamboree, 1970.
Moreno directed Guy and Pip, 1971, the picture that marked the return to Sampaguita Pictures of the love team of Nora Aunor and Tirso Cruz III. He also co-directed with Danny Holmsen the first Nora-Tirso film shot abroad, My Blue Hawaii, 1972.
Some of the movies he made outside Sampaguita Pictures are Artista ang Aking Asawa (My Spouse Is an Actor), 1968; Obladi, Oblada and Boom Bang a Bang, 1969; Dito sa Aking Puso (Here in My Heart), 1972; Anak ng Aswang (Child of the Aswang) and Fight, Batman, Fight, 1973; and Herkules, 1977. His later films include Basta Tricycle Driver … Sweet Lover (Every Tricycle Driver … Sweet Lover), and Ayos Na ang Kasunod (The Next One Is Certain), 2000; Hustler, 2002; Pelukang Itim: Agimat Ko Ito for Victory Again (Black Wig: My Amulet for Victory Again), 2005; Binibining K (Miss K), and Mga Batang Bangketa (Street Children), 2006; Adela and Paupahan (For Rent), 2008; D’ Kilabots Pogi Brothers Weh?! (The Notorious Handsome Brothers, Really?) and Moron 5 and the Crying Lady, 2012; and Moron 5.2: The Transformation, 2014.
A popular TV host of musical variety shows, Moreno produced and hosted the teen-oriented That’s Entertainment as well as the educational TV show Negosiyete (Business on Seven). His Sunday noontime show GMA Supershow ran for 19 years. He also co-hosted Nora Aunor’s Superstar for 20 years. He also appeared in several drama and comedy series of GMA Network including Idol Ko si Kap (Kap Is My Idol), 2000-05; Yagit (Abandoned Children), and Niño, 2014. His TV show Walang Tulugan with the Master Showman (Awake All Night with the Master Showman) and his radio show Master Showman sa Dobol B (Master Showman in Double B) were on the air from 1997 to 2016.
In 1989, Moreno received the Film Academy of the Philippines Special Recognition Award for his significant contributions to the Philippine movie industry. He won Best Supporting Actor for Paupahan at the Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences Awards and the Philippine Movie Press Club (PMPC) Star Awards for Movies in 2009. He won the PMPC Star Awards for Best TV Variety Show Host for the years 1986, 1988, 1990, 1993, and 1994.