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 ♥

What’s Up Doc? by Dr. John Cenica

I have this fondness of sending Facebook friend requests to people who belong within my network, regardless of whether I know them personally or not. Last Tuesday, I stumbled upon the profile of an esteemed cosmetic surgeon to the stars, named Dr. John Cenica.

Dr. John Cenica, the founder of the Jancen Cosmetics Surgery, was very friendly and accommodating. I happen to see his profile in the right panel of my facebook dashboard, among friends suggestions within the network I belong into. So, I decided to add him up. To be honest, I was not expecting his response at all. However, among all the suggested friends that I added up, it was so ironic that he was the one who responded promptly. Someone as “big time” as him… Gee, I can never imagine! We had a little chat over Facebook, up to the point when he called me up for almost thirty minutes or so over the phone, in order to share with me a meaningful and productive discussion.

And finally, last Thursday, I got the opportunity to meet Dr. Cenica, personally. You wouldn’t imagine how “starstruck” I was. Lol. Despite of the recognition he receives, Dr. John Cenica (or Doc Jancen) never let things get into his head. You know from the very start that he’s a down-to-earth person. Fame and success were never an issue for him.

One of the things that we have discussed, during our brief meeting at the Robinson’s Place Manila, was about the co-hosting stint that he would like to assign to me in the coming weeks. Doctor Jancen happens to be the host of one of Global News Network’s (GNN) morning-shift and all-time favorite shows,  called “WHAT’S UP DOC?”

And today was the realization of such “assignment”.

This morning, upon arriving at the GNN studio (at Makati) at about ten o’ clock, I touched down the realms of mass communication without apt equipment and orientation. However, with the help of Dr. Cenica, I was able to make my way through the entire segment – safe and sound. Hahahaha! The topic we discussed and presented in the show was everything about BODY DYSMORPHIC DISORDER, a category of mental health condition that falls under somatoform disorders.

It has been a very interesting segment because such condition was linked to cosmetic surgery, while tackling other relevant medical and psychiatric approaches and concepts in between.

It was literally FUN, FUN, FUN. The conversational presentation of the said topic was so enjoyable, we didn’t even notice that we only had three minutes left in the show to bid our audience good bye. How time flies so fast when you’re having a great time!

After the show, I was surprised on how much everyone appreciated my hosting skills. I am very happy to hear the director’s, as well as the doctors’, positive comments; however, I still recognize the need to fortify such act. That’s why, I finally decided to join their upcoming shows and be Dr. Jancen’s apprentice. Hahaha!

It’s more fun to be a nurse, singer, blogger, songwriter, and HOST. I’m wondering what activity will I try doing next?

We’ll see…

And oh, for those who weren’t able to watch today’s episode of “What’s Up Doc?” – fret no more! It will be replayed tomorrow morning at 12NN. I hope you guys can all tune in at Destiny Cable’s GNN channel.

Then if you do see me, tell me what your thoughts are…

Will I pass being your morning show host? :)

♥ 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!











♥ 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 ♥