By ROWENA JOY A. SANCHEZ
Pokwang turned emotional during the press conference for her upcoming concert when queried about the forthcoming exit of Kris Aquino from â€œPilipinas Win na Win.â€
"Kung puwede nga lang, huwag nang mag-Friday," she said, pertaining to Krisâ€™ last day on the show on Oct. 1. "Mami-miss ko siya nang bonggang-bongga. Araw-araw kong sinasabi ko sa kanya 'yan."
Pokwang and Kris have long been friends, but the comedienne said that â€œWin na Winâ€ allowed them to forge a stronger bond.
"Mas lumalim ang pagmamahalan namin ngayon bilang magkaibigan. In fairness naman talaga sa kanya, siya talaga ang nag-reach out sa amin. Kasi, â€˜di ba, Kris Aquino, napakalaking tao. Ayaw niya na maramdaman naming gano'n. So, siya talaga ang nag-effort na mapalapit kami sa kanya. Although alam naman niya na love na love ko siya," related Pokwang.
Prior to Kris, controversial sweethearts Robin Padilla and Mariel Rodriguez bid the show goodbye, albeit temporarily, as they said. Kris, for her part, was â€œasked to leave,â€ as per her Twitter post.
Pokwang will continue her hosting chores on the show together with Valerie Concepcion and four new hosts: Nonoy Zuniga, Rey Valera, Marco Sison and Rico J. Punoâ€”also known as the Hitmakers. The four will begin hosting on Oct. 4 (and not on Oct. 2 as previously announced by ABS-CBN).
Although â€œWin na Winâ€ has only been on the air for two months, it has undergone timeslot and staff changes. The show is also said to be suffering low ratings and is criticized for failing to be at par with its predecessor, â€œWowowee.â€
Pokwang pleaded with the public to give the show a chance at it is still in its initial phase.
"Ang â€˜Wowoweeâ€™ noong nag-umpisa, hindi gano'n kabongga. Kahit na anong show, hindi paglabas agad niyan kumakwarenta [sa ratings]. Ang importante dito ay 'yong bigyan kami ng chance. Huwag munang husgahan, â€˜di ba? Wala naman po kaming masamang hangarin. Gusto lang namin na masaya sa tanghali.
â€œAng hirap kasi kapag inuunahan natin ng husga. Kapag naging okay naman, katakut-takot na papuri naman," she related.