Monday, December 14, 2009

The Children Have Spoken

The Children Have Spoken
The Philippine Star
By : Ricardo F. Lo
December 09, 2009

No, this isn’t a vote for candidates for the upcoming 2010 elections. This is a yearly vote of youth representatives nationwide for their most preferred personalities in show business, news, politics, sports, etc. for the year 2009. Thousands of respondents gave both their thumbs up and thumbs down on personalities who either inspire them or irritate them. But MTRCB chairperson Consoliza Laguardia said at yesterday’s annual Anak TV Awards that she promised not to announce the names of personalities who made it to the horror roll. Instead, these names were submitted to the various network heads concerned. Some names are constants in the yearly lineup while others dropped out this year to be replaced by new names.

The Funfare “roving eye” noticed that during last night’s awards, Ted Failon and Korina Sanchez, the popular radio/TV tandem of 20 years, must have missed each other so much because they chatted non-stop in their seats during the ceremony.

“Basta Tambalang Failon at Sanchez kami forever,” Korina was overheard joking. Asked about the prospects of returning to their No. 1 radio program over DZMM Ted quickly said, “She is just on-leave,” and to which Korina added, “Miss na namin ang isa’t-isa, hahaha! I really miss radio the most. I’m just totally myself in radio. It is freedom.”

In a brief phone chat, I asked Korina how she’s adjusting to her life as Mrs. Mar Roxas. She gave a sweeping answer.

“Many times it is so funny. My concerns are now more about the frisky rat in the ceiling than what Malacañang is up to. I’m Mrs. Santa more than Mrs. Roxas. I hardly see Mar who is parati nasa out-of-town. In between shooting for Rated K, I’m at home hurrying up my Christmas wrapping. Aalis kasi kami ni Mar for honeymoon Part 2! I’m officially on leave from all my platforms that have something to do with news and political commentary. Tama lang naman ‘yun. After May and depending on the outcome of the elections, I will be discussing with station management about what’s next. For now, I welcome the break from that daily pace. They think it’s about getting married. Actually, malinaw ang kutis ko ngayon because I get eight hours of sleep everyday, hahaha!”

Is she campaigning with Sen./Vice Presidentiable Mar?

“Nag-usap na kami tungkol d’yan. I am not a politician, I cannot be one even if I tried. I am a newsman and a commentator. Mahirap na tanggalin ‘yun after more than two decades training. So, I’m very choosy where I go, what I do. Kayang-kaya naman ni Mar ‘yan. Andun na lang ako sa bahay, hihintayin ko siya...kung hindi din ako nagtatrabaho.”
Incidentally, both Korina and Ted are included in the youth vote for Most Preferred Male and Female Personalities, the fourth for Korina and the second for Ted. Korina’s Rated K also received two other awards.

The Anak TV Seal Award is conferred by the Southeast Asian Foundation for Children and Television on all the kid-friendly TV personalities and programs which are best examples for kiddie televiewers. The respondents in the survey are all children.


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