“The slowest balladeer,” goes the joke of Rico J. Puno to his co-Hitmaker Nonoy Zuñiga, who is always made fun of for walking slowly. But far-off to the knowledge of many, Nonoy, one of the much-talked-about hosts of Pilipinas Win Na Win is a doctor. He, however, was not able to practice his profession which he would like to call more as a vocation. Obviously, Nonoy, who is now considered a legend, became very successful in his singing career. But if an emergency comes, Nonoy said he is willing to practice his medical skills especially to the “aging” Hitmakers.
“Safe na safe ang audience sa studio dahil andito ako. Lalo na si Rico J na pinakamatanda sa aming lahat. Hahaha!,” patawang pahayag ni Nonoy.
The veteran singer also admitted he made a lot of adjustments for his daily noontime show. He said his new job has gradually changed his lifestyle as he now reports to ABS-CBN daily.
“Very exciting and I’m learning a lot too—in terms of adjustments sa new schedule, sa mga songs. Ang dami talagang pag-aaralan. Lalo na I’m very new sa hosting ng isang afternoon show,” ani Nonoy
When Nonoy was asked if what can he still do for to better improve the noontime show, he said: “I’m really enjoying PWNW. But for me, I have to be more energetic, ‘yun talaga ang kulang ko pa. Even in my shows, hindi naman talaga ako yung hyper na tao. I’m more relaxed. The energy level here is really different. Kaya ngayon natututo na ako.”
Among all PWNW hosts, Nonoy is the most health conscious. In fact, he always follow a strict diet and not to mention the vitamins and food supplements he takes.
“In terms of food intake, conscious talaga ako. Ever since naman, I choose the food I take. Usually, vegetables lang and fish. Sa family kasi namin, both mother and father side, may history talaga ng major illnesses like cancer, hypertension, heart and liver diseases. Kaya I need to take care of my health. Baka kasi kapag na-trigger yung mga genes kung ganun, magkakasakit ako,” said Nonoy
Nonoy also revealed his life’s theme song (Theme Song ng Buhay). “I’ll Never Say Goodbye ang theme song ng buhay ko. It’s actually a love song but you can relate it to a lot of wonderful things.”
It can be recalled that during the pilot episode of PWNW, Nonoy’s I’ll Never Say Goodbye became the finale production song of the Hitmakers.
When asked who among the young singers can be the next Nonoy Zuñiga, he immediately said it’s Jed Madela. “Sa tingin ko siya ‘yun dahil sa istilo niya at dahil pareho kaming galing sa banda. Iba kasi ang training sa banda, yung pumwesto. Maraming alam na piesa yan at nakaharap na sa iba’t-ibang klase ng tao.”
Besides the personal success he currently has, Nonoy is also grateful for PWNW for it has become more competitive in noontime block of the TV ratings game. He said they are truly indebted to ABS-CBN management who gave them a chance. Nonoy would also like to thank the people for the heartwarming acceptance to the Hitmakers.
“I feel very, very happy considering that first time naming together to host a noontime show. We never imagined that we would have a project like this,” said Nonoy.
Many are now hooked with the ultimate fun Pilipinas Win Na Win brings. Never miss the PWNW craze, Mondays to Saturdays, 12:30 p.m., after Showtime on ABS-CBN.