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Randy Santiago is still hoping to renew friendship with Willie Revillame

Randy Santiago says he will always make the effort to reach out to Willie Revillame.

BY NAPOLEON QUINTOS

FRESH SCOOPS

5/7/2011 10:43 PM
Randy Santiago is still hoping to renew friendship with Willie Revillame


050811-randy_main.jpgRandy Santiago’s return to the noontime block with Happy Yipee Yehey sadly cost him his friendship with Willie Revillame. When Randy and John Estrada accepted the hosting job in HYY that started last February, Willie, who already had a new show on the rival network, voiced out his disappointment with the decision of his two close buds. Since then, Willie has cut ties with John and Randy.

In an interview with Push.com.ph during HYY’s visit to Lingayen, Pangasinan, Randy said that he remains hopeful that his friendship with Willie will be renewed in time. “I’m always hoping na maayos. Tinetext ko pa rin siya ng mga ‘Kamusta na?’” But sadly Willie doesn’t reply to his texts. “Ayos lang ‘yun,” said Randy. “That’s life. There’s always effort on our part. Kung masakit talaga sa kanya ‘yung nangyari. Pero alam namin wala na sa kanya ‘yun.”

The singer/host said he knows in his heart that the friendship with Willie, which dates back to the late ‘90s with the ABS-CBN show Magandang Tanghali Bayan, will prevail over the tough choices they had to make as celebrities. “Magkakabati rin kayo kung talagang kayo e magkakabarkada. Lalo na kung wala namang masyadong pinagugatan ‘yung away. Hindi naman pamilya ang inaway dito. Wala akong inargabyado sa pamilya niya, ganun din siya sa amin. Simpleng tampuhan lang ‘yan.”

Randy added that he feels more concerned about John and Willie since they are much closer as friends. “Sila talaga kasi ang dikit noon pa. Pareho silang binata noon. Ako naman may asawa na kaya sila ang madalas magkasama, kung saan saan sila nakakarating.”

According to Randy, John and Willie have yet to speak to one another since they joined HYY. Because of what happened, Willie refused to act as best man in John’s wedding to Priscilla Meirelles last February 26. “Hindi pa rin sila naguusap. But definitely all wounds will heal in time. Masakit ang mga salitang nabitiwan. Nagkasakitan sila. Pero nangyari na. Nung kasal ni John, ginawa ni Willie ‘yung show niya sa Davao kaya nagkaroon talaga ng rason na hindi siya makapunta sa kasal. Whatever it is, I pray na magamot na ang mga sugat. Matagal na rin nating hinihintay ‘yan.

Since he still considers Willie a friend, Randy extended words of encouragement now that Willie’s show was meted a 30-day suspension by the Movies and Television Ratings and Classification Board (MTRCB) after allegations of child abuse involving a six-year-old boy contestant.

Randy said, “Tibay lang ng dibdib. Nakarinig pa nga ako ng balita na gusto na raw niyang huminto sa industriya. Baka bugso lang ng damdamin niya ‘yun. Feeling ko naman hindi niya talaga gagawin. ‘Wag naman sana kasi magaling namang host si Willie. Nasasaktan lang siya. Paniniwala niya wala naman siyang ginagawang masama kaya hindi niya maintindihan bakit ganito ang trato sa kanya ng iba’t ibang sectors. Of course kung may against meron din namang kampi sa kanya.”