A few weeks back, Jinno Rufino ran a little survey on Twitter about Courtside Reporters and this started a whole wave of tweets back and forth about our “glory days”. I almost felt like a lola coming home from the States for her golden alumni homecoming! With special guests: The Cascades! Mwahahaha! 🙂 Well according to him, I won the “poll”. So, now I can add “Best Courtside Reporter of All Time” to my list of many life achievements..ok the list is not very long, ok fine you got me..there is NO list. Ah basta! I’m the BEST! Of course, this is coming from my buddy Jinno who’s not exactly the most credible person..it could be complete ba-lo-ney, but baloney I will gladly eat!
George Rocha was my court side best friend. Ironically, we were pegged as “enemies”just because of the rivalry. She came from the green side and I came from Arneooow, so naturally people would pit us against each other on internet forums. George and I used to be victims of all these threads, there were rumors of us having cat fights when in real life we would just sit at the bleachers of an empty Araneta for hours, having our hilarious joke time sessions. Hay, don’t you just love these forums?! Random people bashing people they don’t even know, hating people they’ve never even met. I can’t imagine taking the time to actually create an account, signing up, and logging in daily just to be mean..to comment on someone’s appearance, love life, and character. Of course, now we have Facebook and Twitter to thank for all the negativity in the air. Even I catch myself tweeting rants here and there, I guess it’s a lesson for all of us to be more kind and considerate of others when we update our statuses. Happy vibes, kids, happiness is the way to go….LALALALALA!!!:)
George is now a wife to her cool hubby Gilson and a hands-on mom to adorable Ada. She’s now George Chu, sounds like a big shot tycoon who owns 10 skyscrapers in Taiwan noh? Hahaha 🙂 All you Rocha fans can check out her cool blog! PLUS, she’s a kitchen goddess..she makes the most delicious macarons! I love her Empire Macarons, they’re perfect for wedding favors, afternoon tea parties (you know, sosyalan with your amigas) or even as gifts! 🙂 I’m so proud of George, trust me, if you knew how topak we both were back in college..you’d be proud of us too! Dude, we turned out OKAY!Praise THE LORD! Hahahahaha!:) George and I love to joke around about how “laos” we’ll soon become and that someday we’ll have to explain to our kids how popular we once were…”Anak, sikat ako dati! Maraming may crush sa kin noh! I was always on Pinoy Exchange! Go call your Tita Patty, she can verify!”. Hahahaha! I have a feeling I’ll be receiving a phone call from little Ada soon. 🙂
Prior to courtside reporting, I never had any formal hosting training. NOTHING. I wasn’t even a mowdel. Wala akong kaalam-alam sa pag-“project”. But I’m happy I started my media career in the UAAP. It was the best training ground. It was a battlefield. I had to learn how to squeeze into a huddle of sweaty 6 footers, chill with the waterboys and write my own reports. I would spend my lunch breaks studying the basketball lingo, different plays and stats. That’s why when opportunities to pursue modeling came, it seemed too good to be true! Alam niyo ba na when you’re a mowwwdel, they give you an actual seat!!! Wooow! Hindi ka na makikiupo sa gatorade cooler!:) So it’s no surprise to see that a lot of the country’s best TV hosts actually started as courtside reporters. They’re the hardest working talents out there!
Cesca Litton, now a famous showbiz reporter was once NCAA’s most loved reporter. Before she was interviewing all these top celebrities, she was reporting for the San Sebastian Stags. A week ago she posted this on her FB 🙂 She even sent me this old school photo. Ang kyot ni Lola Cesca! hahaha 🙂
|An old photo of NCAA reporter Cesca with the San Sebastian Stags|
Another poster girl for Sporty-Hotness, Reema Chanco, was a courtside reporter too. Reema and I joined the MTV VJ Hunt together and we instantly hit it off, well, because we were the only Tagalog speaking contestants in the whole competition. We had our little lifeboat of jologness in a sea of conyotics! Hahaha 🙂 Now, you can see Reema on several tv shows and countless ads!
And of course, one of my dearest friends, Ria Tanjuatco-Trillo also started her career on the court. When I started, Ria was the superstar senior reporter and was dating player Luigi Trillo..they were the golden couple of Pinoy Basketball! Think Posh and Beckham! 🙂 I used to be so shy around Ria but we eventually developed a close bond when we became carpool-mates while working together on the Breakfast show. Drop by her blog and check out her amusing posts 🙂 Ria is now a hands-on mom to Rocio (this kid is possibly the spunkiest girl I know), Mikel and Raquel. You can also catch her regularly on ANC’s ShopTalk.
I’m no longer active in the basketball scene..but you’ll still see me in Upper A screaming like a mad man for the Blue Eagles from time to time. (I will always be a fan, hehe. Soon I’ll be one of those taray moms shouting profanities at the other team..hahaha, Oh dear Lord, I hope that day will never come!) Even if I’ve been pursuing a completely different career now and heading towards a whole new direction, I still credit my UAAP stint for the values I gained that are still very meaningful to me today. I was a working student all throughout college and it wasn’t easy..But I knew that the Lord had a plan for me and so I persevered…and thankfully, I survived! And because of this experience, I understood the value of hard work, time management, and of course I saw the honor in earning and saving my own money 🙂 So hindi lang naman free pass to get into Araneta yung habol ko noon, may life lessons din pala! Hahaha!