Following the departure of Kim Atienza from ABS-CBN, Bernadette Sembrano took to social media to pen not only a thank you post for Kim but also to write an appreciation post for the network.
"Will miss Kuya Kim :) and we sincerely wish him well :) But this is also an appreciation post on why Kapamilya is Kapamilya," she wrote on Instagram.
Bernadette continued, "Sa pamilya, kapag umalis si tatay, si ate, ang mga kuya — hindi naman nawawala ang pagiging pamilya. May nalulungkot, may nahihirapan, may mangungulila — may sasalo sa naiwang responsibilidad — pero bukal ang panalangin na sana’y magtagumpay ang Kapamilyang umaalis."
The broadcast journalist remarked that even those who are no longer working for ABS-CBN remain a Kapamilya.
"This is why I am a proud Kapamilya. Kasi ganito ang pamilyang Pilipino. Kapamilya pa rin ang 11,000 na napilitan umalis. Kapamilya pa rin ang mga pinipiling umalis. Pamilya pa rin. Always. #kapamilyaforever," she said.
Bernadette also extended her gratitude to the supporters of ABS-CBN amid a difficult time for the network.
"And salamat po sa INYO Kapamilya — I know kahit Mahirap mapanood ngayon—I know our kapamilya viewers will remain and we will continue to do our best for you. #labanlang. Salamat po!" she said.
"Love you, @kuyakim_atienza. WE LOVE YOU KAPAMILYA," she added.
She also encouraged her followers to vote for the upcoming elections.
"#kapamilyavote2022 tayo ha," she stated.
On October 1, Kim bid goodbye to ABS-CBN Network via TV Patrol.
Following his departure, ABS-CBN released a statement thanking Kim for his years of service with the Kapamilya network.
"No doubt, Kuya Kim has become an iconic name on Philippine television just like his predecessor in our primetime newscast, the late Ernie Baron. For 17 years, he shared knowledge and wonder to our viewers, as well as the many young Filipinos who grew up watching and learning from him in Matanglawin," ABS-CBN said in a statement.
"We thank him for his dedication, passion, and most of all, service to the Filipino people. All the best, Kuya Kim! Forever Kapamilya," the statement added.