There’s a fine line between my public life and private life. I don’t act—but actors or actresses have this thing that when you say "Cut!" it’s done. As for my line of work, wala. What I bring to my work is what I bring to my personal life as well—minus the stress. I have to bring that host’s mind and ear all the time, everywhere I go. Kailangang mong ilabas yung sarili mo. It’s hard because it requires me to talk a lot and at the same time, it requires me to blur my borders.
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I should rest more often because hosting can be tiring. There are times that you get so tired and when you just want to rest and you just need a breather. As such, whenever there is an opportunity for me to be alone, I grab it and make myself go back to who I was, back to my roots.
In all honesty, I still get nervous before any gig. All the time, sweaty palms and cold hands whenever I have interviews. I think this is a good thing. It keeps me at the edge of my seat para mapressure ako to give my best. If not, if I’m too relaxed doing it, I feel like it’s going to be a bad show or its gonna be bad interview.
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To prepare for any job, I give myself a mental pep talk. Usually, I just go crazy—OC talaga ako when it comes to things. I read the script and then make scenarios in my head all the time: like if this is gonna happen A, if not B, B.1, B.2 mga ganon. I touch the stage and pray: “Whatever happens this is your work, this is your house, this is my house, this is your home, I am home with you.” In my head, whatever happens it is God’s grace, He made that event, He made me go to that event and I’m just asking Him to bless everyone involved.
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I’m an introvert. Ironically, this allows me to excel in my career as a host. I’m curious all the time, I think a lot. I’ve learned to read people and how to respond to them better. I’m much more than a talker: I live to listen to stories. I think that’s the best part of being a host, not being able to talk that much. You have to listen to all the stories you encounter, so that you know how to respond to your interviewees as well. It helps if you listen, it helps when you talk to people.
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Photographs of the author's hosting highlights by himself | Interview by Mels Timan