We’re not used to seeing you in a bikini courtside. Would you say that constantly being around sportsmen and sportsfans has turned you into “one of the boys”?
You could say that. Imagine, the people involved: team, coaching staff, cameramen, producer, lahat lalaki—in the staff, siguro tatlo lang kaming babae. Our audience is male-dominated. Yung tomboy-ish side of me, the passion I have for basketball and watching sports is there. But at the same time, because I’m the only girl you see on court, I try to glam it up. I think that’s the difference between courtside reporters now from before, dati very conservative yung reporters—now we try to dress up a little sexy.
What does “a little sexy” look like?
A little sexy is wearing a skirt that’s not too short, perhaps knee-length. I can wear a top that’s sleeveless and a little low on the chest. Kami lang yung konting flavor, konting spice to the day.
By “kami,” do you mean you and fellow courtside reporter Erika Padilla?
Yes, unfortunately dalawa na lang kaming girls sa PBA.
The two of you are, should we say, very different from each other.
Yes! Very different. From looks alone, Erika, she’s like, you know—bigger, and I’m petite. But also if you watch us closely, how we deliver our reports, iba yung atake namin. We bring different things to the table, different styles.
And your style is…
My style is more conversational. I’m like the tsismosa na “so this is what I heard from the huddle,” itsi-tsismis ko yun sa anchor, and then itsi-tsismis ko sa analyst. The terms I use are very masa, I don’t try to sound very intellectual or technical. We try to deliver the human aspect of it.
Has anyone tried to get extra friendly with you between interviews?
Hitting on me? Siguro yung mga pa-cute lang. Mga, “Hey, you look nice today”? Siyempre mag-re-reply ka lang ng “Thank you.” There was one player—I’m not going to name him, though — who tweeted that when I first talked to him, he got star-struck and his palms were sweaty. I thought it was cute, and then I found out that he had a girlfriend, so I didn’t reply to the tweet anymore.
Have you always liked basketball?
Love basketball. Looooove! As in! I didn’t watch too much cartoons when I was younger, pero nanonood na ako ng Barangay Ginebra versus Alaska games since I was six or seven years old. I would save money just to buy these magazines that had posters of Ginebra—Jaworski time, when he was coaching. Alaska with Johnny Abarientos. In college, for me to avoid P.E., I would volunteer to help the women’s varsity team. Mag-re-referee ako, mag-o-operate ako ng shot clock, mag-sa-stats ako.
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