JUST A THOUGHT: “The best way to cheer yourself is to try to cheer someone else up.” – Mark Twain
LIVE FROM HOME: Who would ever think that the day shall come when live telecast of TV shows can be beamed right from your own home?
Such is what’s happening now to certain live shows. “It’s Showtime,” “Unang Hirit,” “Umagang Kay Ganda,” and a few others as a result of ongoing enhanced community quarantine.
Recently also, channel 2 aired a live concert featuring singers performing from their own homes. GMA hosted its own COVID-19 fund-raising concert via social media, and so did a group led by National Artist Ryan Cayabyab.
“Unang Hirit” resumed its live telecast April 13. The longest-running morning show airs from 6 through 8 a.m.
SEEN AND HEARD: Mike Enriquez is on temporary leave from his hosting chores on “Saksi sa Double B” and “24 Oras.” He’s on stay-at-home mode. Atom Araullo has stepped up as Mike’s temporary replacement, together with Vicky Morales.
Jessica Soho alternates with Mel Tiangco in hosting “24 Oras.”
I miss Jessica’s “State of the Nation” newscast on GMA News-TV. I especially like the part wherein the veteran journalist interrogates her field reporters furthermore. I feel like I’m sitting in a classroom, where Jessica is the Professor Emeritus.
ECQ has allowed former field reporter Rowena Salvacion to shine as a radio-TV anchor. Rowena speaks clearly, has a pleasant personality on screen, and most importantly, being a veteran reporter, asks sensible questions.
Department of Health undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire is the media discovery of the season. She is straightforward and clear in her statements and interviews, formal and businesslike, always authoritative. She is unruffled even in the thick of tense situations.