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Mariel Rodriguez says she has been requesting for Pokwang to be part of 'Happy Yipee Yehey'

Mariel Rodriguez believes Pokwang is the right kind of comedienne to host a noontime show.

BY NAPOLEON QUINTOS

FRESH SCOOPS

5/7/2011 2:19 AM
Mariel Rodriguez says she has been requesting for Pokwang to be part of 'Happy Yipee Yehey'


050711-mariel-main.jpgDuring a Happy Yipee Yehey show in Lingayen, Pangasinan last April 30, it was formally announced that they were welcoming Pokwang as the newest addition to their roster of hosts beginning May 7. No one was more ecstatic over this news than Pokwang’s close friend and co-host from two previous noontime shows, Mariel Rodriguez. In an interview with Push.com.ph last April 29, Mariel confessed that she had long been praying for Pokwang to be part of HYY.

Mariel related, “Ipinagdasal ko talaga ‘yan. Nung binubuo pa lang ‘yung HYY, actually kahit noong ako mismo walang trabaho, lagi ko talagang tinatanong si Tito Boy (Abunda, Mariel’s manager) na, ‘What about Pokie? What show is she going to do?’ Para akong tanga! Si Tito Boy tuloy naiinis na, sabi niya, ‘Mariel, Pokie is managed by the network!’ Kung maka-problema naman ako sa ibang tao ganun na lang katindi e ako nga walang show, ha ha ha!

When Mariel was asked by ABS-CBN to return to the noontime block with HYY, she immediately thought about her good friend. “Noon naman na ino-offer na sa akin itong Happy, sabi ko kay Tito Boy, ‘Me and Pokwang have a great chemistry. Can you suggest na makasama siya?’ Si Tito Boy inulit sa akin, ‘Mariel, stop worrying about Pokwang!’ Nung mini-meeting na ako nina Tita Linggit (Tan, Head of ABS-CBN TV Productions), sabi ko ulit, ‘Tita, what about Pokwang?’ Pati sila Mr. M (Johnny Manahan) at Direk Bobot (Mortiz). Alam nilang lahat na para sa akin kailangan talaga si Pokwang.”

So when rumors about Pokwang’s impending return started going around, Mariel quickly asked her friend for a confirmation, but even the comedienne had no clue. “Noong una may mga naririnig na akong bulung-bulungan. Tinext ko siya, sabi ko, ‘Ikaw ba may alam na hindi mo sinasabi sa akin?’ Laging ganun. Sabi naman niya, ‘Sandali lang! May mga naririnig lang ako pero wala pa!’ Finally, nung na-confirm na sa amin ni Tita Linggit, sobra kong saya.

The bubbly TV host/actress added that Pokwang will make HYY more fun to watch. “She’s a performer. She’s born to host a noontime show. Ibang klase ‘yung energy level niya. Iba ‘yung bilis niya mag-isip, ‘yung spontaneity.”

Mariel thought that maybe, after hosting Wowowee then Pilipinas Win na Win, the Kapamilya network waited some time before bringing Pokwang back to the noontime slot in HYY. “Tingin ko binigyan lang nila ng time. Sobra kasi siyang na identify dun sa dating noontime shows. Bumangko talaga siya dun sa Win na Win. Kapag isinama agad siya sa Happy, baka ang maging dating parang tulad lang ng dating show. Siya lang siguro ‘yung naging casualty.”

Mariel also talked about how in the few years of working with Pokwang on Wowowee and Win na Win they became very close like real life sisters. “Parang feeling ko magkamag-anak kami sa mga past lives namin, magkapatid yata kami. Lagi kaming sobrang saya. Kapag nandiyan si Pokie, lahat okay na. Kapag may show abroad laging kami ‘yung roommates. Ewan ko lang kung naiinis na siya sa akin, ha ha ha! Lagi ko kasing pinipilit na kami ‘yung roommates.”