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Kuya Kim is now a Kapuso: Farewell and welcome messages for everyone’s kuya

By Melrose Juanites Calubag Published Oct 05, 2021 3:00 pm Updated Oct 05, 2021 3:15 pm

Alejandro Ilagan Atienza, known professionally as Kim Atienza or Kuya Kim, is now officially a Kapuso.

On Oct. 4, GMA Network Inc. officially revealed the “Kuya” they were referring to in the blurred photo they posted last week, with a text “Paparating na si Kuya, mga Kapuso! Abangan” on 24 Oras. 

After the goodbyes, Atienza is now looking forward to the 3-program package that GMA Network Inc. offered to him.

This includes Mars Pa More with Iya Villania and Camille Prats; Dapat Alam Mo with Emil Sumangil and Patricia Tumulak; and 24 Oras wherein he will have his own daily entertainment trivia show.

After 17 years on ABS-CBN Network, Atienza officially said goodbye to Kapamilya Network on his last weather broadcast in TV Patrol last Friday, Oct. 1.

He delivered his farewell on the network with his signature, “Sa huling pagkakataon, ang buhay ay weather-weather lang. Hanggang sa muli, Kapamilya. Salamat po.”

Netizens’ reactions

Netizens couldn’t help but show their sad but hopeful feelings about the departure, posting that they would miss Kuya Kim as a Kapamilya.

Kapamilya says goodbye to Kuya Kim

ABS-CBN released a statement on Oct. 1, saying, "We thank him for his dedication, passion, and most of all, service to the Filipino people. All the best, Kuya Kim!"


Other Kapamilya journalists succh as Karen Davila, Gretchen Fullido, and Bernadette Sembrano also expressed their tender emotions on their Instagram accounts.

Davila on her Instagram story on Friday, "So sad to see Kim Atienza say his goodbye on TV Patrol. Can't help but feel sentimental. Wishing you the best, my friend!”

Meanwhile, Fullido posted a behind the scene video of Atienza’s last day on TV Patrol on Friday as well. “Thank you to our dearest Matanglawin! This is his final live show for TV Patrol. We will surely miss you & we love you!”

Bernadette Sambrano extended her well-wishes for Atienza while showing a photo of them together through her Instagram on Oct. 2.


“I will miss Kuya Kim and we sincerely wish him well. But this is also an appreciation post on why Kapamilya is Kapamilya,” she said.

According to her, those who left ABS-CBN should still be considered as Kapamilyas because their departure does not mean they are no longer part of the “family.”

“Sa pamilya, kapag umalis si tatay, si ate, ang mga kuya. Hindi naman nawawala ang pagiging pamilya,” she told fans. “May nalulungkot, may nahihirapan, may mangungulila at may sasalo sa naiwang responsibilidad. Pero bukal ang panalangin na sana’y magtagumpay ang Kapamilyang umaalis.”

“This is why I am a proud Kapamilya. Kasi Ganito ang pamilyang Pilipino. Kapamilya pa rin ang 11,000 na napilitang umalis. Kapamilya pa rin ang mga pinipiling umalis. Pamilya pa rin. Always,” she added.

On Instagram on Sept. 29, Kuya Kim posted a photo of himself hugging his fellow TV Patrol anchors Noli de Castro and Gretchen Fullido with the caption, “No words.”

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Kapuso welcomes Kuya Kim

Chairman & CEO of GMA Network Atty. Felipe Gozon delivered his welcome message to Atienza, “Welcome to GMA, Kim! We are very happy that you are joining us as a Kapuso. Ikinatutuwa namin na makakasama ka na namin sa paghahatid ng serbisyong totoo sa lahat ng kapuso sa loob at labas ng bansa.”

GMA Films’ president Atty. Annette Gozon-Valdes also welcomed Atienza: “You will be such a great addition to our network and may God continue to lead you to achieve greater things for his glory. I’m very happy that GMA will now be part of your journey.”

The most awaited message from the television weather presenter of GMA News, Nathaniel Augustin Cruz or known as Mang Tani was also heard. Mang Tani became trending last week when people hinted that Atienza would transfer to GMA Network. Some asked, “Paano na si Mang Tani?” as they're both weather anchors.

Mang Tani stated, "Hi! Pwede na kitang tawagin ngayong Kapusong Kuya Kim. Welcome. Syempre, natatandaan mo ba 'yung matagal na matagal na panahon na magsisimula ka sa bagong trabaho mo no'n at ako naman ay nasa PAGASA? Matagal na 'yon pero ngayon, magkakasama na tayong dalawa. Definitely, you will enjoy itong Kapuso network. So, Kapusong Kuya Kim, welcome!"

Watch video below, starting at 5:17.

GMA released a teaser on Oct. 2 showing Kapuso Primetime Dingdong Dantes welcoming a mysterious guy (Kim Atienza) at the GMA Network Building.

On Oct. 4, Dingdong Dantes uploaded a photo on his Instagram account welcoming Atienza and sharing how Atienza is being a “Kuya” to him.

“Not many may know this, but I have always given so much value and importance to the many occasions where Kuya Kim wholeheartedly welcomed me into communities that have changed my life— from running to our love for motorcycles and even spirituality…Ni minsan, hindi siya naging madamot sa pagbabahagi ng kaniyang kaalaman, passion at pananaw sa kung ano ang nararapat at kailangan,” he said.

Dantes added that he calls Atienza “Kuya” not because that is his screen name but because he sees him as his real older brother.

“KA- EM, because we belong to the same riding group. Ka-GOTTA, because we belong to the same health and wellness circle. KUMPADRE dahil siya ay Ninong ng aking anak,” he added.

“But today, I'd like to take this opportunity to welcome you into a place that I have considered home for the past decades… Kaya Kuya, kumpadre, welcome! Ngayon, matatawag na rin kitang KAPUSO.”

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