During the pilot episode of “Dear Charo” on the live streaming app Kumu, where he was interviewed by former ABS-CBN president Charo Santos on Monday night, Bro. Eddie Villanueva reiterated that the formation of A2Z Channel 11 was “authored” by God to help the Kapamilya network continue its mission of being in the service of Filipinos.
Villanueva, who joined the stream halfway through the episode, greeted Santos on the occasion of her birthday and stressed: “Sa narinig kong usapan ninyo, hindi ako nagtataka ng binigyan kayo ng Diyos ng significant success in your profession, dahil nandoon sa inyong pagkatao ang kababaang loob.”
Santos then thanked Villanueva, the founder of the Jesus is Lord Church, for partnering with ABS-CBN.
“Siyempre gusto ko pong makapagpasalamat nang personal sa inyo na winelcome niyo sa inyong tahanan ang ilan sa mga Kapamilya shows. Thank you very much po, Bro. Eddie, for welcoming the Kapamilya shows on your station,” Santos said.
However, the popular evangelist responded by saying: “Sa Diyos po tayo magpasalamat, sapagkat lahat po ng iyan ay inakda ng ating Panginoon na nagmamahal sa inyong lahat.”
Furthermore, Villanueva also credited ABS-CBN executives and other media professionals to uplift Filipino viewers’ spirits amid the COVID-19 pandemic through their service and entertainment.
“Ako’y natutuwa sa mga tulad niyo, Charo and Robert (Labayen), na binibigyan niyo ng kasiyahan ang milyon-milyon nating kababayan in the midst of a pandemic. Maraming depressed, maraming naka-lockdown sa kani-kanilang bahay. Iba’t ibang klaseng krisis, pero your profession, I would say, is one of the good professions that is blessing people, [by] giving joy to them. Iyon ang paniniwala ko,” Villanueva said.
Villanueva is the owner of the Zoe Broadcasting Network, which was rebranded as A2Z to reflect its block time agreement with ABS-CBN that allowed some of its programs back on free television.
The deal between Villanueva and ABS-CBN came five months after the Kapamilya network was forced off the air due to the expiration of its broadcast franchise and the subsequent denial of its franchise application by the Duterte administration.
Santos, long-time host of the iconic “Maalaala Mo Kaya,” co-hosts “Dear Charo” with Robert Labayen, creative communications head of ABS-CBN.