During the mid- ‘80s to the ‘90s, one of the longest running youth-oriented variety shows on Philippine television was established by German “Kuya Germs” Moreno. Even after the show ended its decade long run in 1996, That’s Entertainment and Kuya Germs have always been credited to have helped hone the talents of the local showbiz industry’s best actors and actresses to date, including Piolo Pascual.
On her Instagram account last February 3, That’s Entertainment alumni Sharmaine Arnaiz (older sister of former actress Bunny Paras), shared a photo of their co-Friday group members taken during the 1992 Star Olympics which shows a teenaged Piolo Pascual along with Jackie Forster, Michelle Ortega (mother of Ysabel Ortega), and Robert Ortega.
In a previous interview with ABS-CBN, Piolo shared that he joined That’s Entertainment during the summer of his fourth year in high school, after being introduced to host Kuya Germs by a mutual friend. During his one-year experience on the youth-oriented variety program, Piolo likened the show to a school where he learned to hone his skills in acting, singing, and hosting. The once shy Kapamilya actor also credits the show for helping make him into a more confident performer. Piolo quit the show after a year to pursue his college studies at the University of Santo Tomas (UST) where he acted on stage with the university’s theater troupe Teatro Tomasino.
In 2017, Piolo and Sharmaine also attended a That’s Entertainment Christmas reunion in Quezon City along with fellow alumni like Ian Veneracion, Ruffa Gutierrez, Ara Mina, Vina Morales, Karla Estrada, Jean Garcia, Romnick Sarmenta, Angelica Jones, Jojo Abellana, Jennifer Sevilla, Tina Paner, Ana Roces, Smokey Manoloto, Keempee de Leon, DJ Durano, Ramon Christopher, and Chuckie Dreyfus.