Graded Recitation With Jessica Soho

I seldom watch television news programs after deciding to leave the news industry some years ago to focus on the entertainment scene.

No, I didn't have a traumatic experience while covering the police beat. I just wanted to take a break from the mostly "depressing" stories I was covering then. But since I try to keep myself informed, I make it a point to watch the news once in a while. Among the many news programs on the boobtube, one of my favorites is GMA News TV's "State of the Nation with Jessica Soho."

A lot of us, viewers, are already aware of the current newscasting trend in the Philippines. I call it the "todo balita" style (kahit simpleng away baranggay lang yan dapat todo ang pagbabalita. Yung parang laging may emergency). Jessica's newscast is not into this kind of reporting. Every time I would catch the program, I get plain news. No frills, no hype. No over-acting delivery. (Here comes my favorite word again: Kalma). Even in the case of bad news, the program never makes things worse by sensationalizing the story.

Of course, it is a plus factor that Jessica started out as a field reporter. She knows what she talks about. She also doesn't have to be "glamorous" (artista ang peg?!) on air to catch the viewers' attention. Her credibility and delivery will make people watch and listen.

I remember meeting her once in an event. I asked her: "Kinakabahan ka pa po ba pag nagbabalita kayo?" she replied: "Careful lang ako sa pagbigkas ng Tagalog, kasi Ilokano talaga ako." (Ay parang di naman po problema yun. Hehe.)

One thing I also like about her newscast is the live coverage of her pool of reporters. Well, all newscasts now have the technical capability to mount such live reports. What makes the program a joy to watch, as far as I'm concerned, is the way Jessica probes the reporters covering the field events. I find it truly amusing how, one, she asks the right questions; and, two, the way she asks the reporters as if there's a graded recitation. (Parang college professor lang ang peg!). In fairness to the reporters, I'd say they all deserve high marks every time they undergo their daily graded recitations! (Kahit minsan alam mong any moment matataranta na, pero nakakasagot pa rin!)

Senior Reporter Joseph Morong once shared: "Para ka talagang nasa school for recitation, you really have to be prepared."

"State of the Nation with Jessica Soho" is indeed a news program people should watch. I can only imagine what will happen if the reporters fail to deliver what is expected from them - lagot sila kay Teacher Jessica! (Teacher talaga?!)

• • •

The first time I saw YouTube sensation Zendee Rose Tenerife on GMA-7's "Unang Hirit," I said: "Makakapag-guest pa ito sa mga ibang shows, magaling eh." True enough, she did... sa "Ellen De Generes Show" lang naman! She even had the chance to hug Halle Berry who was also a guest on that episode and who told her: "Oh, you're Zendee Rose!" (Taray! First name basis talaga ha!)

I got to meet her recently and I could see the "raw" talent in her (di pa nasasaniban ng ka-showbiz-an!). Her voice is undeniably powerful (pina-sample ko talaga!) and if given more training and technique, she'll be a Diva (sana lang minus the nega diva vibes!). This early, she is set to release an album by Warner Music Philippines (agad-agad!).

She is enjoying the experience of seeing celebrities every time she has TV guestings. She makes it a point to have her picture taken with all of them in the studio (oo, parang kasal lang, punta siya per table for picture!). She now puts on heavy make-up, "artista clothes" and super high-heeled shoes but as she leaves the studio, she goes back to her old self and dons a plain top and pants, rubber shoes and her signature red back pack - just like her look at her YouTube video, singing a videoke piece in a mall.

I just hope she maintains such endearing attitude of being just herself and not be blinded by fame and fortune.

• • •

WTFu showbiz extra:

• A new original Pinoy reality TV show will be launched this month. It involves a jeepney.

- No, it's not jeep ni Erap (not even jeep ni Jinggoy o ni JV o ni Jude). Abangan!

• Nora Aunor Festival in December: Two entries on MMFF and cinema showing of the "restored" "Himala."

- Congratulations! Kikita lahat yan! O himala yun?

• Lovi Poe to transfer to ABS-CBN next year?

- "Yesterday's Bride" is a future kapamilya?

• Sharon-Gabby movie to push through next year?

- Ano po title? "Dear Heart 2?" "P.S. I Love You 2?" "My Only Love 2?" "Sa Hirap o Ginhawa 2?," "Dapat Ka Bang Mahalin 2?" Ang lakas maka-"Star Wars," "Twilight" at "Harry Potter," may sequel!

(Mr. FU hosts his own radio show on 103.5 WOWFM, 8 a.m., Mon.-Fri. and TV5. Twitter: @mrfu_mayganon)

Loading...

Editor’s note:Yahoo Philippines encourages responsible comments that add dimension to the discussion. No bashing or hate speech, please. You can express your opinion without slamming others or making derogatory remarks.

  • Taiwan, Philippines coastguards in brief stand-off despite work on pact

    TAIPEI/MANILA (Reuters) - Coastguard ships from Taiwan and the Philippines confronted each other in rich fishing waters south of Taiwan last week, officials from the two sides said, in an incident that comes as they are working on a pact to resolve maritime disputes. In 2013, Taiwan recalled its envoy to the Philippines, froze work permit applications and ordered military exercises in waters between the two sides to press for an apology for the shooting death of a Taiwan fisherman in waters …

  • Philippine leader visits Japan amid China land claim tensions
    Philippine leader visits Japan amid China land claim tensions

    Philippine President Benigno Aquino on Tuesday began a four-day visit to Japan that will see him court investment and seek support for his opposition to China's land reclamation in the South China Sea. The Filipino leader's visit to Tokyo comes less than a month after the two countries held their first joint military drill in modern history -- despite Japan's role as occupier of much of Asia during World War II. Aquino's schedule also includes a meeting with Japan's emperor Wednesday and Prime …

  • Philippines' highest-ranking communist rebel held: military
    Philippines' highest-ranking communist rebel held: military

    The top communist guerrilla leader in the Philippines has been arrested in a blow to the decades-old Maoist rebellion following the detention of his predecessors last year, officials said Tuesday. Adelberto Silva is considered the "highest ranking" leader of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its New People's Army (NPA) armed wing, a military statement said. Philippine security forces in March last year arrested CPP chairman Benito Tiamzon and his wife Wilma Tiamzon, the party's …

  • Mapre launches new VIP Fast Track program
    Mapre launches new VIP Fast Track program

    MAPFRE Insular, a non-life insurance company, introduces another innovation in claiming the process of comprehensive car insurance of policyholders. Dubbed as MAPFRE Insular VIP Fast Track, the program gives current and new MAPFRE Insular policyholders the opportunity to enjoy the fastest and most hassle-free claiming process by requiring only one document for submission when filing […] The post Mapre launches new VIP Fast Track program appeared first on Carmudi Philippines. …

  • Seven vehicle shopping features of Carmudi you may not know
    Seven vehicle shopping features of Carmudi you may not know

    By now you may have experienced browsing for your dream vehicle on Carmudi Philippines. Whether you are looking for cars, motorcycles or commercial vehicles, this online car buying and selling site has the largest number of listings to choose from. But, did you know that Carmudi also has very unique features that are not found […] The post Seven vehicle shopping features of Carmudi you may not know appeared first on Carmudi Philippines. …

  • Abus tagged in attacks on Sulu police camp
    Abus tagged in attacks on Sulu police camp

    Authorities yesterday identified four Abu Sayyaf bandits in the twin explosions at a police camp in Jolo, Sulu that left 11 officers and five civilians wounded last Friday. Police officials in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao confirmed the identities of the suspects and their group affiliations. As this developed, Philippine National Police officer-in-charge Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina ordered police officers in Sulu to arrest the suspects and heighten security in Jolo. …

  • US concern on China reclamation valid – DFA
    US concern on China reclamation valid – DFA

    Even if it is not directly involved in the disputes in the West Philippine Sea and South China Sea, the United States has a valid reason to feel concerned about threats to freedom of navigation and commerce posed by China’s island building activities, the Department of Foreign Affairs said yesterday. “I think the US is very concerned on the effect of reclamation, specially with regard to the freedom of navigation and unimpeded flow of commerce because these are the two things the US is very …

  • DOTC: PNR to resume operations on June 15
    DOTC: PNR to resume operations on June 15

    The Philippine National Railways (PNR) Metro Commuter train service is set to resume operations within  two weeks, more than a month after more than 50 passengers were hurt in a freak accident, an official said yesterday. “We are targeting June 15,” Michael Arthur Sagcal, Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) spokesperson, said. On May 5, PNR assistant general manager Diosdado Silva announced the suspension of the Tutuban-Alabang-Calamba service to pave the way for an …

POLL

Should Aquino be held accountable over the Mamasapano operations?

Loading...
Poll Choice Options