The ABS-CBN newscasting contest experience and 100 Facebook likes!

Yoowww! It’s been long  (really really long at that! ) since the last time I updated this blog. Forgive me, I was just too busy these past few weeks. Since I don’t have even a single post for the month of January, I will be posting a few late articles today and in the coming days just so you guys would know what I’ve been doing these past few weeks.

I understand that the two subjects in my title are too vague to be connected with each other, but lemme explain later.

Anyway, aside from being a writer, it has always been a dream of mine to become a broadcaster or even just a field reporter. Ever since ABS-CBN started its annual Inter-school newscasting competition, I’ve always imagined it being my stepping stone to achieving my dream, much to my dismay, I always end up uninformed about the details of the competition. But last year was different. At last, I signed the audition sheet and gave a heads-up to the Humanities Representative Nadia Shami and tried my luck.

I entered the audition room, packed with people with the same enthusiasm. When my name was called, I stepped in front, facing an iMac which served as our idiot board, and a bright yellow light (I’m not sure what it’s technically called) straight to my face. The very exact thing you see on behind-the-scene videos of talk shows on the television. So I thought “This is it na talaga!”

Waited a couple of days for the result. Then one evening, received a text message from Claide Saludar, in charge of the newscasting contest in Ateneo, telling me I made it to the top 10 of the competition! The very morning of Saturday of that week was our final round. In that round, we were faced with three highly competent judges. I was contestant number five. When I was called, I just relaxed and didn’t really think of winning the competition, rather, I thought of just enjoying the moment which I’ve always wanted to experience before. And now that I’m fronting the Ateneo audience with staff from ABS-CBN Davao, giving us the atmosphere of a real-life broadcasting job complete with lightings, huge cameras and the like. And so, I enjoyed it.

As of this writing, I’m still trying to negotiate with the people behind the competition to give me a copy of the video file of my audition both in the preliminary and in the final round. You can only imagine how I performed there. I will update this blog with the video once I get a copy of it. *crosses fingers*

The result was announced after the 10th contestant, and I didn’t make it to the top three. Then a reliable source of mine, who happen to have a connection with one of the judges, managed to view the final scores. And man, I placed fifth. And there’s not much discrepancy with the scores of those who placed in the top five. Sayang. If only, I exerted an extra effort, I would have reached top three. Tsk.  But honestly, it was really ok for me. I wasn’t hurt. What’s really important for me is that I was able to take a step towards achieving my dream. I may not have won the competition, but the very fun and exciting experience is the ultimate reason why I’m still happy.

Others might find this post stupid, but this one’s important for me (naks! important oh!). I know that some of you can attain many likes on your Facebook stats, photos and the like. Ako rin naman madalas din. But I have to post this since this is the very first time a Facebook status of mine reached 100 likes! Achievement siya for me, pakialam niyo. :p And duh, it’s not every day that you get to achieve 100 likes on all your Facebook stats diba? Kaya wag ng mag fineeling ung iba dyan na alam ko nagayawyaw pag mabasa ito. K. :p

Below is a screen cap of the status I posted last December 16, 2011.

So there. Wala lang. Maka happy. Here’s another screen cap of my stat after the announcement of the results.

So there. That’s pretty much it. These are the things I achieved in late 2011 that I forgot to post on JANPATRIK.COM. Anyway this 2012, I think I’ll be more busy, but as much as I can, I will really try to update this blog! 🙂


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Jan - Patrik

Patrik is a 25 year old Certified Public Accountant working as an external auditor at a top audit firm in Makati, Philippines. He loves solo traveling, volleyball, Harry Potter and of course, blogging.

One Comment

  1. I want to start a blog that deals with moral issues. I want people to be able to see it, and also be easy to use and post..

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