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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Will Miriam Quiambao replace Lara as Wowowee co-host?

In last Saturday’s edition of the ABS-CBN noontime show Wowowee, three Bb. Pilipinas-Universe title-holders sat as judges of the Miss Fitrum search — Gloria Diaz (1969 Miss Universe), Margie Moran (1973 Miss Universe) and Miriam Quiambao (1999 Miss Universe first runner-up), together with couturiers Rajo Laurel and Renee Salud, and Gabby Concepcion.

Miriam’s guesting in an ABS-CBN show made some people wonder what she’s up to since she’s an exclusive contract artist of rival station GMA 7. Was Miriam, or her manager Annabelle Rama, sort of “testing the waters”?

Yes, they were. That’s according to an ABS-CBN insider who added that Miriam is being eyed by Wowowee host Willie Revillame as a possible replacement of Precious Lara Quigaman (another Bb. Pilipinas beauty and 2005 Miss International no less) who was asked to quit the show when she violated an unwritten rule about bringing a boyfriend to the set.

“Willie has been looking for a possible replacement for Lara,” said the ABS-CBN insider, “at siempre gusto niya ay isa ring international beauty queen. It was Willie who suggested that Miriam be included as one of the judges in the Miss Fitrum finals.”

During a casual on-air interview, Willie sent Miriam a “feeler” while briefly mentioning what happened to Lara. “Wala ka bang boyfriend?” Willie asked Miriam jokingly. Miriam hesitated and said, “How did you know?” and then laughed.

The truth is that after she separated from Claudio Rondinelli, her Italian-businessman husband, Miriam briefly dated only one guy, also a foreigner.

Don’t get Willie wrong. Any of his female co-hosts can have a boyfriend, why not, but they should refrain from bringing their boyfriends to work so they (co-hosts) won’t be distracted, especially during Wowowee’s staging abroad.

If and when Miriam decides to jump ober da bakod and join Wowowee, she should take note of that.



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