Rico J Puno is thankful to viewers for the warm welcome for The Hitmakers as new hosts of 'Pilipinas Win na Win.'
Rico J. Puno, Rey Valera, Marco Sison, and Nonoy Zu'ntilde;iga made their debut on October 4 as the new hosts of the noontime show Pilipinas Win na Win. Backstage right after the show, Rico told reporters that he is very flattered to have been given the chance to host Win na Win. "Napakalaki ng pasasalamat namin, first of all kay Lord, and sa ABS-CBN. Sa napakaraming pwedeng mag-host kami pa 'lsquo;yung nakuha. Kaya napakalaking challenge nito para sa amin. Sabi nga namin, tumagal lang kami ng one week masaya na kami, he he he."
After four decades in showbiz, The Hitmakers get their very first regular hosting job, a duty which Rico described as something they will still need to learn. "Hindi kasi namin pwedeng sabihin na magaling na kami. This is a very different thing. It will be a never-ending learning process. Sa narating namin, hindi na namin iniisip 'lsquo;yung makukuha namin. Ang importante na lang sa amin is makapagbigay kami ng saya. At the same time, para rin ma-prove namin sa sarili namin na sa edad naming ito e pwede pa kami."
The Hitmakers are hosting Win na Win at a time when rumors are rampant that the show is about to be axed because of poor ratings. Rico chose not think about negative things, but rather focus on the tough challenge he and the Hitmakers are facing given the "ratings war." "Hindi na namin aim na sumikat pa. Nandito kami para matulungan ang istasyon sa kanilang ipinaglalaban, which is ang Pilipinas Win na Win. Narinig kong sinabi ni FMG (Freddie M. Garcia, former ABS-CBN President who is the brains behind the hiring of The Hitmakers for Win na Win) kaharap ang ibang executive na, it'rsquo;s this group or wala na talaga. Mukhang maganda naman ang ihip ng hanging at liwanag ng buwan."
Among The Hitmakers, Rico is known for his naughty and "double meaning" jokes. The iconic singer admitted that on his first day on Win na Win, he tried his best not to utter any green jokes. "Kinakabahan din ako, ha ha ha! May usapan na nga kami na kapag kami e nakakaligtas ng one week [na hindi napapagalitan], magpupunyagi kami. Ewan ko ba, hindi pa ako nagsasalita tingin na agad ng mga tao sa akin 'lsquo;green'rsquo; na. Si Rey bastos na rin kaya 'lsquo;yan, ha ha ha!"
But Rico explained that he welcomes all comments from the viewers, in case there are those who are already finding his sense humor offensive. "Tayo naman e matagal nang magkakasama. We will deeply appreciate your comments, whether good or bad. Ito ay hindi lang para sa amin kung hindi para na rin sa audience."
So far there are those who are looking forward to seeing more of The Hitmakers on Pilipinas Win na Win. When asked about the reason behind their on-stage chemistry, Rico explained that the eight years of touring here and abroad helped them become friends in real life. "May mga nagsasabi na ang ganda raw ng chemistry namin. But I will tell you, hindi namin ito nagawa overnight. We'rsquo;ve been doing this