Ever since It's Showtime launched its PiLing Lucky segment this month, we've been anticipating the appearance of the gorgeous Genie-nga (or Christine Samson in real life). However, we were all startled to see a different genie coming out of the huge clay jar and holding the ‘charot cards’ in the January 20 episode of the noontime program, who the hosts has fondly called Genie-pon.
Although he has been omnipresent for those who are working in ABS-CBN, many of our beloved madlang people, on the other hand, are surely curious about the real identity of the newest addition to the show's family. Get to know him further through this feature.
He's a certified fashionista
As we did a little 'stalking' to him on Instagram, we're able to find out that Donald Neri has named himself as "Neritzkova Neri Yaritza" and tags himself as a "young girl".
Going through his account, we could see how he obviously lives up to his motto "LIVE, WORK, POSE" as he bombards it with photos of himself in various outfits and different poses that are all totally eye-catching and jaw-dropping. He can astonishingly pull off any kind of outfit, may that be laidback, rugged, glamorous, sultry, or even dapper, and strike an array poses like a professional model.
That's why, there's definitely no wonder onto why he got invited to Metro Magazine's Opulence Party last year and why he won as 2nd runner-up in the Binibining Showtime 2019 pageant staged during their Christmas Party!
He's a wardrobe coordinator
Despite being a graduate of Information Technology, as what he revealed in his Magandang Buhay interview, Genie-pon still pursued a different path which is being a wardrobe coordinator and a part-time stylist, particularly for It's Showtime, wherein he's been working for four years now.
WATCH on Magandang Buhay: Genie-Pon, ikinuwento kung paano siya naging wardrobe assistant
According to him, his passion for fashion began when he was still in college as their school used to hold fashion shows with recycled computer parts as materials to their ensemble.
Among his "dolls" are Tawag ng Tanghalan Season 3 Grand Champion Elaine Duran, TNT Season 3 contender Nanay Violeta Bayawan, Vice Ganda and his Nanay Rosario, Ate Girl Jackque Gonzaga, Kuya Escort Ion Perez, Nadine Lustre, and 4th Impact.
His being Genie-pon was unforeseen
On that same Magandang Buhay episode, Neri related that he actually didn't expect for this new opportunity granted to him coming.
WATCH: How Donald Neri started as Genie-Pon
He recalled receiving a phone call from one of their associate producers notifying him that he's going to be a substitute for Genie-Nga, who was then sick. He didn't believe it at first as he assumed that it was only mistake, until the AP confirmed that it's true.
Furthermore, he admitted to the momshie-hosts how he felt nervous and pressured during that time since it was another busy day for him due to the strings of production numbers that surely needed wardrobe. But at the end of the day, he was able to fulfill his duties as a wardrobe coordinator and his new job as Genie-pon.
Catch him on It's Showtime, Mondays to Saturdays on ABS-CBN.