goodbye, y speak.
i never thought i would see the day come that i would have to say goodbye to the show i care so much about. all good things come to an end, yes, its true. and though i am heartbroken that y speak is saying goodbye, at the same time, i am filled with honor and fulfillment to have been part of a show that was an instrument of change. for me, y speak was more than a television show. it was an ideal. an idea. a brand. y speak stood for the empowerment of the youth. hopefully, making every young person who got to watch the show even once, feel that his or her voice matters in society, and that he or she, can do something to make the world a better place.
i will forever hold y speak dear to me because..
y speak was my first ever show on abs-cbn. i was a senior in college. i remember being handpicked by father tito caluag and the management of the show to be put together with top broadcaster karen davila and top tv host ryan agoncillo. i remember the intense pressure with every show ending, that i had to say my final word and assessment, alongside ryan and karen. i remember thinking, "who the heck would want to listen to what a college student would have to say?!" but i watched, listened, and learned from ryan, karen, father caluag, and our whole staff. so much of what i know about hosting, i learned while doing y speak.
y speak was the first show i hosted solo. from being an audience correspondent when we launched on abs-cbn, to being resurrected on studio 23, to being reformatted as a documentary show. y speak was the first show to trust me to host it solo. y speak was the show that gave me the chance to shine and prove my worth. in the six years of the show, i got to do unforgettable one on one interviews that i will forever hold dear to me, including those with jun lozada, gilbert teodoro, chiz escudero, pia cayetano, the dynamic teen company (before they won in cnn), and many, many more.
y speak molded me as a person. it was because of y speak that i discovered my advocacy for the youth. it was because of y speak that i knew i wanted to spend my life doing some form of public service. it was because of y speak that i decided to fight for children's education, why i put together the 'help kids learn project', and how i eventually was appointed to be a child rights supporter for unicef philippines. its free to dream! and y speak helped make my dreams a reality!
i would like to thank those who shared their voice to y speak..
thank you karen davila for even saying yes to hosting y speak on its past midnight airing time on abs-cbn way back in 2004! i remember just shuddering while standing beside you, being at a loss for words, but you were always so generous and giving to the "new kid on the block". i will forever be your fan, you are one of the best journalists the country has even seen!
thank you father tito caluag for seeing the potential in me. i knew off the bat, you were biased because i was from ateneo, just like you. haha! but thank you for seeing past all superficialities, thank you for seeing what's in my mind and in my heart, and thank you for coming up with the idea of this whole show in the first place.
thank you atom araullo for being part of y speak! you often had to rush from tv patrol coverage to taping episodes, but you still always gave so much credibility and life to y speak. your y speak family is so proud of you and we are totally betting you will be the biggest name in news when its time for our generation to shine!
thank you kuya kim atienza for the vibrance and energy and knowledge you lent to our show! even though you were already so big time in the news department, you still always made time for our humble little show. thank you for being our forever "wais speaker" and i will forever be your little sister!
thank you tj manotoc for always being there for y speak! whether it be a forum in manila, a quiz bee for students, an out of town trip, you always made time for y speak, and for that, we love you so much! thank you for showing so much passion for the show!
thank you mo twister for making y speak so exciting! you were in transition then, deciding whether to be a kapamilya or a kapuso, but you still always made time for y speak. i absolutely loved hearing your opinion, whether we agreed or disagreed, and people may say this or that about you, but i say you're one of the coolest, most genuine people around!
thank you to more members of the y speak family for sharing your talent and your thoughts..
and of course, my original partner, to whom i owe so much of what i know in this career of mine, ryan agoncillo. everyone knows how much i miss working with you, but i am so, so, so happy for you and how your career has grown since after y speak! thank you for teaching me how to be a host. before working with you on y speak and even on review night, i knew nothing about hosting. just watching you and talking to you, i learned so much. you are really so good at hosting, and i never told you this to your face, pero napakagaling mong host at idol talaga kita! thank you for being the heart of y speak. it was an honor to have worked with you. :)
thank you so, so much to all the award giving bodies that recognized y speak!
2005 anak tv seal
2006 ustv awards best public affairs show
2006 cmma best tv talk show
2007 anak tv seal
2007 ustv awards best public affairs show
2007 up gandingan best panel discussion
2007 kbp golden dove best public affairs show
2008 anak tv seal
2008 ustv awards best public affairs show
2008 up gandingan best panel discussion
2008 up gandingan best panel discussion host ..my first ever hosting award! thank you!!!!
2008 gawad tanglaw best public affairs show
2008 star awards best public affairs show
2009 anak tv seal
2009 ustv awards best public affaris show
2009 mtrcb awards special citation
2010 anak tv seal
2010 kbp golden dove best public affairs show
thank you from the bottom of all our hearts, for recognizing our efforts to create a quality program that people can learn from and help form their opinion with.. we hold all these awards dear to us!
thank you to everyone who ever became part of the show, without you guys, y speak will not be possible..
thank you noel ferrer, the original executive producer of the show. the concept of y speak was formed as a joke while father caluag and ryan were hanging out one day. it was noel that put it all together and made it all possible. thank you for loving me noel and believing in my talent. thank you for pushing for y speak to be launched!
thank you sir leo katigbak for being so passionate about y speak. so many times our show had no ratings or advertising to boast of, but you believed in what the show stood for and fought for it so much, thank you. that means so much to us who love the show!
thank you mori rodriguez for giving fire to the show. every week you came up with so many ideas, you always thought of things to spice up the show, you always pushed each and every staff member to put a little fire into the show. thank you for loving y speak and for loving me!
thank you mark salamat and ate karen almeida for seeing the show through, from the time you inherited it, you loved it as your own. through going off air to on air again, from weekly to monthly, you never gave up on y speak. and i have you both to thank for that!
thank you for being not just workmates but friends, mae manalac, oxy del rosario, xavier gravides, kathy geronimo, phol, dianne, l.a., m.a., rona, direk elvie, direk arnel..
thank you to every single wonderful member of the y speak family..
thank you calc and the rest of the forumers at superbianca.proboards.com who have documented the yspeak episodes from the start. thank you for all the screencaps i used in this post.
thank you of course to all our bosses who made y speak possible.. sir march, miss lala, sir vince, miss rose, miss dorskie, sir buboy, and ma'am charo.
and of course, the biggest thank you of all goes to every single person who watched y speak, whether religiously or just one episode, to every single person who has been part of our panel, those who have been resource speakers for us, those who have sent in their comments to the show, you all are what y speak is all about. SPEAKING OUT.
thank you to everyone who because of y speak, believe that we young pinoys have a voice in society too. do not stop empowering yourselves.
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