Look, I’m on TV – HOSTING!

I’ve always thought it’s not possible for an ordinary nurse, like me, to be seen in national television. But because of series of events, which started to take place last year, I think mass media can also become one of the most promising undertakings for any registered nurse.

It all began when I first appeared for two episodes of one of the known morning drama shows in GMA Philippines, entitled “MAYNILA”. When I was still playing with my band my self-composed original vocal melody compositions (together with my bandmates’ collective musical arrangement) which were turned into songs, two of those original song compositions were aired and played in two individual program episodes. And if I’m not mistaken, they were played sometime in March of this year.

After the said musical endeavor, the realms of television and mass communication had been very friendly and accommodating to me. And the next thing I knew, I was already a regular co-host for a business portal cable show called, “What’s Up Doc, by Dr. John Cenica”. I can still remember how I ended up being one of the program’s hosts…

The topic we tackled in the most recent episode I’ve hosted in, with Dr. Cenica of “What’s Up Doc?”, was all about BEAUTY QUEEN SECRETS. Here are some of the photos we had that day:

Playing camerawoman. Will I pass being one? Lol.

Dr. Cenica thought I’d like to do this show with him mainly because I’ve once become a “beauty queen” (In my own rights!) myself, being the grand winner of the 2011 Rachell Allen Image Model Search. In this photo, I was LITERALLY blown away by Ms. Island Philippines’ beautiful face, height, and glamorous gait!

And since we’re talking about television hosting… Aside from personality, good facial “register” on television, and good command of English (or any type of lingua franca or vernacular language inherent to the country he lives in) – what do you think an aspiring host needs in order to succeed?

Actually, I made a list of some of the easiest tips that worked for me. Please feel free to check them out and comment on them. :)

Tell me about your thoughts on these things.

♥ TINA ♥

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Tina’s Prayer for Her Sanity – A Plea for Answers

Dear Lord,

I am now staring in front of my netbook screen, thinking how life could have been if things were a little different. I was just thinking how I would have become had I not agreed to succumb to matters that periled me seven years ago….

Please don’t get me wrong. I am absolutely thankful with whatever I have right now. Who would complain on enjoyable set of friends, cool band mates, remarkable job opportunities, and protective family. Truly, I am grateful to all these things you have bestowed upon me. Not everyone can experience all of them at the same time. And I couldn’t ask for more. But sometimes, there are issues that I feel are not yet resolved and dwelt upon. That there are various aspects in my life that need to be clarified, settled, or let go if necessary…

Writing this letter to you takes a lot of courage because I don’t even know if you’d care to read at all. Nonetheless, I better do this. For the love of sanity…

You see, I am having some difficulties in terms of my music. Not that I complain about it. I can never ask for anything more than a lovely voice and inclination to creating prodigious melodies, from which you’ve already given me. However, with the type of progress that I have right now, I have to admit it’s kind of disturbing. I know for a fact that you have always known that I want to do music for the rest of my life. No matter what endeavour it might be, you know I’d create songs and engage to musical attempts in a heartbeat. But will I ever get rewarded?

On the other side other than my creative predisposition, you know better that I also wanted to become a lawyer. In fact, you’ve always known that I’d be very determined to undertake the path to such field. Though I am not quite sure, I am pretty confident that you have given me the means and capabilities to become one. But why have I been led to a different track?

Oops, by the way. I am not ranting about the things you’ve given me beyond my control. I don’t blame anyone, even my parents, when my right to choose for my own future was jeopardized. More so, I don’t express disgust of them being so manipulative of my decisions in terms of my college course and future. I am lucky to have my parents around. And I owe you for that. I also don’t complain for discrimination and musical indifferences. I know for sure that you all gave me this to become a much better person.

But sometimes God, it’s so much devastating that I end up staring at blank space drifting away. I engage to oblivion daydreaming as I attempt to shield myself off from chaos and distraction. And yeah, PAIN. It hurts so much dear Lord that I don’t have the power to know if my sacrifices are worth it or if I’d ever end up to be the person that I want to be.

And people don’t understand. Just because you equipped me with the means to become tough, that they don’t know that I’m also a weak duckling inside; that I need nurturing, reassurance, and comfort; that I am a human too just like them.
That I am vulnerable… And now, my soul is tattered and torn.

Do I ever get to reach that little faint star I’m trying to achieve?

It’s funny how I want an answer yet don’t want to hear about it.

For now, I just want people to understand me. See me in a macro-perspective. Those people I love and care the most.

Family.

Friends.

Band mates.

Pets. (yeah, Cookie and Chuckie.)

Axle.

I pray that they understand how a terrible wreck I am right now and it’s not my fault.

I was just trying to deal, compensate, and sustain. And in the past seven years of bearing, this has what become of me.

God, I know there’s no point of doing this. I think writing this letter is useless because I should be getting ready for my upcoming interview instead. However, I felt compelled to draft this one…

For the love of sanity.

I’ve laid out all my cards dear God. I surrender to you my game.

Thank you,

Tina

Amihan at BRAND Magazine Launch

I am pretty excited in my band’s (Amihan‘s) upcoming summer event. We will be playing in a magazine launch with a pool-side party set-up. It will be held at Manila Ocean Park near Luneta, Manila. Can’t wait!

Splashing fun for everyone!

Save the date!

 

 

SEE YOU ALL THERE!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

♥ TINA ♥

Sazi’s Bar

Two days ago, I and my band AMIHAN had a gig at one of the most popular bars in Metro Manila – Sazi’s Bar (formerly known as Mayric’s). It has been a dream for me to sing or play with a band in such a place because that’s where all Filipino rock music geniuses and renowned rock acts had all started. It’s like playing in the “hall of fame”. I would like to call it the haven of rockers. 

The theme of the event was FEMALE VOCALISTS’ NIGHT. Thus, all vocalists should be gals.

Our band's listed last but we were the night's third performers.

We came before the Fatjack Productions organizing crew arrived. So, we did our best to just chill out as much as we can. We had a fairly difficult commute from Rizal to Espana, Manila. We have no choice because we want to arrive on time at Sazi’s.

The wonderful woman in the left is Michael's (our drummer in cap at the right) ever loving and supportive wife. We're very glad to have her with us.

While waiting, my Amihan boys boozed and smoked big time. They seem to be enjoying a lot while I was in the background doing my usual pre-performance lip trills. When my boyfriend, Axle came, I decided to momentarily join them in this photo:

In the photo above, you’ll notice a guy behind Mike. He’s JR, our band’s sessionista. It’s our first gig to have him on board.

Karl puffing the soothing smoke.

At 9PM, people are crowding all over the place. Other performing bands plus their expected visitors are now entering the bar. Even walk-in students and music enthusiasts line-up at the bar’s entrance to be able to get seats for the upcoming event.

While we were waiting for the productions crew, who made such event possible, we kinda had a little problem with Mike’s gears. The bar’s drum set had no snare drum in it; so we have to find someone who brought his own, to whom Mike can borrow from. By this time, we decided to be enlisted second or third in the band line-up. But still, Richie Guinto (Fatjack’s founder) would  be the one to give the final say.

Oh by the way, I forgot to mention… This gig is an album launch event for some band called Kursonada. We haven’t heard of them yet which is understandable because it would be their first time to play live in front of a listening crowd (that’s according to them). It’s like this album launch is their first exposure.

When everything was finally set, we landed on the third spot in the line-up. We had played next to Derramos whose vocalist is a close friend of Ax and I. On the other hand, Mike was able to find someone to whom he can borrow a snare drum from. He was able to convince Matkov’s drummer to lend him her gear.

Matkov, a two-piece band.

And then our turn came. We performed three of our five original song compositions. Here’s the line-up:

  1. Byahe
  2. Saglit
  3. SiMan (Si Manloloko)
From the sound check to the actual performance, I must say, we really had so much fun!

Let the sound check begin!

Mike checking on the drum set.

Karl, so relaxed.

Axle, my ever supportive boyfriend, is usually the one tasked to do the true sound check. He often positions himself in front or among the audience in order to hear whether we’ll sound good before the actual performance. Maybe he took this photo while he was doing that:

I love how the light emphasized my long curls. :)

Among the audience was Rich Palma (the one in black shirt and long layered hair in my right [your left] ), our facebook friend to whom we met the first time.

After a while of sound check and plug-ins, I went on stage to greet everyone and proceed to our performance.


Here’s one of the videos taken from the event. In this footage (taken by Mr. Sam Manahan) is our live performance of our original song composition called, “BYAHE”.

 

 

Play hard. ROCK HARDER! \m/

Thank you very much for dropping by. ‘Til next time!
♥ TINA ♥