Cos Israel in 4 B.C. had no mass communication
Name a mainstream local journalist who makes you feel like submitting yourself into idolatry. Someone you could write a biographical novelette of, someone you could endure breathing the same air in the same room with. Think. Think real hard now… Going once? Going twice?
Does the beauty pageant question kill you? That’s understandable. Giveaway answer of course: Cheche Lazaro, duh.
For all your feedback on “Probe:Ang Ating Kwento” maraming salamat. We are grateful for 24 years of the weekly and thank u all for being a part of Probe! [Cheche Lazaro's Tweet]
Yep, Cheche Lazaro’s Probe Team aired its last weekly episode last June 30 (the ABS-CBN special was played July 18). And I missed it. But thanks to the website, there’s the 8-part webcast of the episode. My friends couldn’t help but go nostalgic about the entire closure together with famous media divas in their Twitter accounts.
Surely, Ma’am Cheche is one for the books, for being a critical, ethical and principled broadcast journalist altogether. (And by broadcast journalist, I suffice to reject those heavily made-up, ugh, newsreaders.) She drove the independent Probe to be what is it today in our heads: A standard of current affairs investigative delivery.
I am an obvious fan of hers, see, just stare at that photo above. (On second thought, don’t stare too much cos my sweaty, worn-out totoy look can cause you xerophthalmia.) Months before that shot, I was with two of my orgmates in her Sikatuna office to interview her– on-cam. “Oh my, may camera pala? Wait here please,” she said. After about five minutes, she came back all-glam with make-up and finally blurted, “Now I look human enough.”
My fandom was more than that when I delivered an extemporaneous speech in class, talking about her as a benchmark of Philippine TV journalists. And my professor, a friend of hers and a fellow fan of course handed me five stars for that. Hah!
Sorry I can’t help but to share my ramblings on Miss Cheche– the answer for that question I just enforced unto you. Cos with our menagerie of self-absorbed, ‘tude-infamous media wo/men, I doubt you could’ve answered me in a snap. I, being a mass communication graduate, have heard proofs on how maldita most celebrities have gone to their colleagues and especially to the maintenance crew. Everyone in CMC knows for sure, so I won’t drop names. Fine, they have the “right.” But no matter how intelligent or superior (homo superior, if they’re mutants like Magneto) they seemingly are, I believe being gregarious pays much respect than pulling-off a broadcast news.
PS I edited my about page, and took off that longish article and transformed it into a more brief one. I also added some beatnik-vibe-channeling photo to disgust you. LOL.