ABS-CBN'S CRACK NEWS TEAM

MANILA, October 31, 2003  (MALAYA) by ETHEL RAMOS -  I FIRST took notice of Ces Oreņa Drilon in the early '90s. She was just starting her career as a newscaster at ABS-CBN at that time. Actually, it was Charo Santos-Concio, then already a top gun at ABS-CBN, who called my attention to her.

We were on the set of a movie Charo was doing with Aga Muhlach and Sheryl Cruz. They were shooting a hospital scene. In the room assigned to Charo and company was a TV set.

When the newscast on ABS-CBN was aired, Charo called me to her side. She then pointed a finger at the newscaster who was delivering the news.

Charo blurted out: "Isn't she good (her finger still pointing at Ces)? Ang fluent niyang magsalita, 'di ba?"

I agreed with Charo. From then on, I followed the progress of Ces' career on TV.

I noticed the great change in her personality as the years went by. She looked even better when she cut her hair to its present length. Even the dangling earrings she wears when hosting her show on ANC, "Get Real," become her.

In any case, I avidly follow her shows like "Usapang Business," and "Pipol." Ces has been hosting "Pipol" (aired every Tuesday on ABS-CBN) for the last four years. According to Ces, "Pipol" was conceptualized by David Celdran, who is now one of the top guns of ANC.

"Pipol" presents the lives of noteworthy people: from the notorious to the inspiring, from the young to the old. "Pipol" shows the people we love and admire, hate and despise.

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Ces is a member of ABS-CBN's current affairs team, composed of credible men and women who present news stories and issues. ABS-CBN's team sends hosts, reporters and correspondents even to dangerous places to gather stories and facts.

Most of the programs are aired after the late-evening newscast "Insider," anchored by Cito Beltran and Karen Davila.

"The Correspondents," aired Mondays, is composed of ABS-CBN's most elite team of broadcast journalists. Most of them, if not all, are pleasant to look at on TV. These are Ed Lingao, Abner Mercado, Jim Libiran, Patrick Paez, Jade Lopez, Anne Torres and Karen Davila. They are intrepid, award-winning names whose reports have brought the most eye-opening reports from here and abroad to the Filipino viewer.

"Special Assignment" on Wednesdays is anchored by Luchi Cruz Valdez, a recipient of the KBP Ka Doroy Lifetime Achievement Award in Journalism. As a newsmagazine format show, "Special Assignment" spares no quarter in finding out the truth behind the stories and concerns that matter to its viewers.

"Dong Puno Live," aired on Thursdays, brings authority, credibility and a different kind of interactivity to the current affairs genre. It serves its purpose of bridging the gap between the common tao and government authorities. The show, hosted by Atty. Dong Puno, allows its studio guests to have a live discussion with the viewing audience, who are themselves seen on TV, too.

With the audience, who are usually in another place, is reporter Doris Begornia.

Erwin Tulfo hosts ABS-CBN's crime-fighting current affairs series, "Private I," every Friday. Known to be fearless, Erwin stays true to his image as an advocate of the people. His battlecry: "Storyang tutukan, hindi bibitawan."

Much-awarded TV host Boy Abunda hosts the Saturday night program, "Kontrobersyal," a documentary series on the most controversial people, places and issues of the day. Boy investigates and unearths the facts beneath the most scandalous personalities, incidents and rumors.

"Kontrobersyal" is presented and produced by the same people behind "The Correspondents" and "The Inside Story."


Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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