The resident weather reporter will reportedly bid farewell after 16 years in ABS-CBN.
Like what he always says at the end of his daily weather newscast, “Ang buhay ay weather-weather lang,” reporter and host Kim Atienza rides the tides of life as he gets set to switch networks to GMA-7.
The shift was foreshadowed by a teaser ad posted by GMA Public Affairs on Facebook showing a blurred profile that fits Atienza’s. If the hazy facial features weren’t enough to give it away, the caption definitely did: “Paparating na si KUYA, mga Kapuso!”
The person in question is also throwing up a finger heart sign, a running joke that “Kuya Kim” closely resembles today’s top Korean actors.
Known as ABS-CBN’s resident weather anchor since 2005, “Kuya Kim” is reportedly readying to bid farewell to the station during his segment this Friday, October 1, per PEP.ph. He seems to be wasting no time too as he is rumored to be part of GMA’s daily primetime news program, 24 Oras, come Monday, October 4.
The entertainment site also reported that apart from his nightly newscast, Atienza is also set to headline his own show on the Kapuso channel.
While Atienza is yet to address his network transfer, he has been active in liking and responding to tweets that have been thanking him for his years of service to ABS-CBN. The “Matanglawin” host also dropped a hint on Instagram with a photo of him hugging it out with his fellow anchors on TV Patrol with their back to the camera.
“No words,” Atienza wrote in the caption.
His Kapamilya colleagues came through as well, flooding the comments with an outpouring of love for the informative and adventurous host, namely his fellow reporters and hosts Karen Davila, Gretchen Fullido, Dyan Castillejo, Amy Perez-Castillo, and Gretchen Ho; his Umagang Kay Ganda co-host Donita Rose; and his Showtime family members Vhong Navarro and Jugs Jugueta.
Among them, a comment made by a former ABS-CBN newscaster of more than 30 years, Korina Sanchez, stood out: “Many good things must end. But many other good things never do,” followed by the heart emoji.
Despite being a solid Kapamilya talent for the better part of 16 years, Atienza has nonetheless considered GMA-7 close to him. It was his father, Buhay Party-List representative and former Manila mayor Lito Atienza, who hosted Maynila, GMA’s decades-long drama anthology show which their family also helped produce.