MANILA, OCTOBER 8, 2011 (BULLETIN) By JULIEN MERCED C. MATABUENA - Ces Oreña-Drilon wants to 'contribute in the telling of history of the Philippines' through 'Pipol'

Acclaimed journalist Ces Oreña-Drilon would very much like to be able to score a one-on-one interview with business tycoon and former politician Danding Cojuangco.

“I really want to interview him. I wasn’t successful in the first, in the five years of ‘Pipol’ on ABS[-CBN],” Oreña-Drilon told Bulletin Entertainment and other members of the press during the press conference for the revamped ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC) shows on Oct. 5.

“I think he’s very enigmatic. I want to hear [things straight] from him. There are two sides to him. The critics will say that he stole money, that the coco levy [was] how he built his fortune. There’s this other side that says that he’s really a self-made man. So I really, I’m very fascinated with him,” the journalist related.

Oreña-Drilon reprises her hosting duty for “Pipol,” a documentary show formerly seen on ABS-CBN from 1999 until 2006. It will be revived as a 30-minute show on ANC beginning Oct. 10. From three personalities an episode, the new “Pipol” will now focus on just one from areas such as sports, politics and entertainment.

“We have a full staff on ABS-CBN and ANC. We’re a lean and mean team so I hope we’ll be able to live up to [the] ‘Pipol’ of before,” Oreña-Drilon said.

The journalist shared that their pilot episode will feature the incumbent Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales.

“She has never sat down yet for a one-on-one interview [prior to this]. It was quite an experience. She caught me off-guard; I was expecting someone really stern, principal-like but there’s also a very feminine… [which] she calls [the] ‘alembong’ side of her. Yeah, her words,” she related.

Meanwhile, apart from Cojuangco, Oreña-Drilon said that she would also like to interview Nora Aunor.

“Because I’m a Noranian,” she candidly admitted.

On ‘frustrating’ interviews

Oreña-Drilon was also able to share a “frustrating” and “disappointing” interview that she was supposed to do for the old “Pipol” but failed: her subject, Gen. Prospero Olivas, died about a week before their scheduled interview.

“I really wanted to hear his story because he was nowhere to be found when President Marcos wanted to disperse the crowd in EDSA [in 1986 during the first EDSA Revolution]. The story had never been told if he really made himself scarce because, you know, he didn’t want to follow. I thought that was a very interesting,” she said.

In another part of the interview, Oreña-Drilon mentioned another kind of “frustrating” interview with the creator of the infamous “I Love You Virus.”

“You know, I was sweating because I couldn’t draw him out. ‘Yung mga sagot niya [ay] puro monosyllabic lang. It was so difficult [that] we ended up not airing it because we couldn’t do anything with the interview,” said she.

The journalist thought it was “a pity” to have been unsuccessful with the interview, also expressing her fascination with the person because “he’s obviously very intelligent but he could not articulate himself.”

“I think I was the one who said ‘I wanna do this interview’ even if he was not in the lineup,” she added.

ANC revamps programs, host line-up

Aside from “Pipol,” ANC (channel 37 on SkyCable) boasts of more changes with its programs and their respective hosts this month.

Former “Umagang Kay Ganda” host Pinky Webb will now be joining Ron Cruz, Ginger Conejero and Paolo Abrera on “Mornings@ANC,” airing on weekdays at 9:00 a.m.

Fresh from her stint in Australia, journalist and anchor Gigi Grande will now be joining TJ Manotoc on the weekday noontime news show, “Dateline Philippines.”

Meanwhile, veteran journalist Tony Velasquez will be joining forces with returning ANC anchor and former ABS-CBN North America Bureau correspondent Karmina Constantino on “Primetime on ANC.” The newscast will premiere on Oct. 10 and will be aired on weeknights at 8:00 p.m.

More, Makati Rep. Teodoro “Teddy Boy” Locsin Jr. will also be “returning to editorial journalism” through “Teditorial.” According to a press release, “Teditorial” is “a two-minute commentary segment on select ANC programs featuring his perspective on the latest news stories.”

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