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‘Bubble Gang’ is 25: Paolo Contis a ‘strong asset’

With the theme, ‘Ka-Bubble mula noon ’Gang ngayon!’ the show’s special episode is ‘about being together,’ the anniversary episode is a toast to the show’s audience and supporters these past 25 years.

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PAOLO Contis has been with ‘Bubble Gang’ since 2005. / PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF IG/PAOLO CONTIS

Were you texting “as a friend”? Michael V joked during the media meet for Bubble Gang’s 25th anniversary, after a reporter messaged whether Paolo Contis won’t mind having his recent controversy spoofed on the top-rating comedy show.

“Paolo is a strong asset in the show. We’re glad he’s still on board,” said Michael V, fondly called Bitoy in showbiz circles and Bubble Gang creative director.

Bitoy was referring to Contis’ alibi that he was with rumored girlfriend, actor Yen Santos, in Baguio City only “as a friend.”

Contis went viral again on social media when he posted a photo and tagged Santos. This was followed by a post on Instagram Stories with the caption “Dinner Time.”

Later Santos posted a photo of a dinner for two to celebrate her birthday. Netizens believe the other seat is for Contis.

Santos is perceived to be the reason Contis left his domestic partner, actor LJ Reyes, with whom he has a daughter.

THE 25th anniversary special is ‘about being together.’ / PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF GMA

Simple anniversary episode
This year’s anniversary episode is simpler, Bubble Gang senior program manager Cecille de Guzman said, pointing out that, previously, “we made an Avengers spoof.”

With the theme, “Ka-Bubble mula noon ’Gang ngayon!” the show’s special episode is “about being together.” De Guzman said the anniversary episode is a toast to the show’s audience and supporters these past 25 years.

Whether previous cast members are part of the episode, Bitoy said: “There was an attempt. We tried and did our best. But, along the way, we encountered other conflicts that made it hard for us to execute what we envisioned for the special episode. At this point, we just had to make do with what we have and make the most out of the situation.”

He added: “This is the best we can come up with
— celebrating not just the anniversary but people who brought us here.”

Bubble Gang’s 25th Anniversary special airs on 26 November at 10:20 p.m. on GMA.

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