Toni Gonzaga became emotional after ABS-CBN Films Managing Director Olivia Lamasan expressed her gratitude to the television host during her birthday special on I Feel U.
“Happy birthday Tin. I am sending you my heart so full of love and gratitude for everything, for all the support that you have given ABS-CBN, ABS-CBN Films, Star Cinema. Sobrang maraming salamat anak. Thank you so much for staying on with us,” Olivia said in her recorded message for Toni.
The ABS-CBN executive thanked Toni for being selfless and for accepting the I Feel U project when it was offered to her.
“Nung una ka naming pinakiusapan gawin ang programang ito, sabi namin kung puwede tanggapin mo ito sa starting rate namin. Hindi kami nagdalawang salita. You readily accepted it, believing in the purpose, believing in the objective that we have which is to maintain our presence and for us to continue serving the Filipino audience. For that, truly I am so grateful to you,” Olivia stated.
She also revealed that Toni shared her talent fee when the Congress ordered its shutdown in July last year.
“Ito pong si Toni gave a generous portion of her talent fee, if not all, para po sa mga empleyado ng ABS-CBN na nawalan po ng trabaho nung inorder po ng Congress na i-shutdown kami. I will never forget that kasi napaiyak mo ako noon sa sobrang kalakihan ng puso mo at kabutihan mo. I pray that God returns your generosity a thousand-fold and that blessings may continue to abound you in all aspects of your life,” she said.
Turning emotional, Toni remarked that hosting I Feel U is a dream come true for her.
“Nung 2019 na magwe-welcome ng 2020, wala pang pandemic noon. Sinulat ko sa planner ko na ‘What is your dream for you 20th year in the business?’ Sabi ko my dream is to have my own show where I can talk to people and I can interview them. Sinulat ko yun tapos nagsara yung ABS so naisip ko parang hindi na mangyayari yung dream ko na iyon. I got a call nung March from Inang (Lamasan). She said the exact words na sinulat ko doon sa planner," she revealed.
Toni added, "Nagsara na yung network natin noon pero iba pala kapag binigay mo na lang kay God yung dreams mo. Yung mga binibitawan mo, hindi pala binibitawan ng Diyos yun para sayo. I am very grateful."