Get to know: FEU courtside reporter Ganiel Krishnan

Barry Viloria on Dec 02, 2015 01:29 AM
Get to know: FEU courtside reporter Ganiel Krishnan
She has witnessed the hard work every Tamaraw has put in this season, and it's feeling that love of the game that has given this TV drama actress a new perspective on things. (Photos courtesy of Ganiel Krishnan. Follow her on Instagram: @ganielkrish)

If she thought her stint in acting made working in front of the camera as FEU’s courtside reporter easier for her, she thought wrong. Ganiel Krishnan—who, yes, has acted on TV via Oh My G! and was a finalist at Chalk’s Bright Young Manila campaign this year—admits she fell into many boo-boos in her first days on the job. She stuttered a lot, repeated her lines, losing her rhythm like a freed bull, so to speak. Hence, the mean comments from hardcore UAAP fans on social media that would sometimes get to her.

“Sa Twitter, minsan may nag-comment, ‘Super galing ng FEU team ngayon, pero yung courtside reporter, di nag wo-work?’” she recalls. “Medyo na-hurt ako, pero natatawa na din nalang ako pag nakikita ko yung mga ganung tweets, lalo na nung cheerdance.”

Numbingly attractive on cam, Ganiel, 21, was born to an Indian-Singaporean dad and a Filipino mom—her looks, blessed with the Pan-Asian features that easily propelled her to celebrity when she was younger. She started out as a finalist on noontime show Happy Yipee Yehey!’s My Girl segment, where she was discovered by Johnny Manahan, the man behind ABS-CBN’s talent arm Star Magic himself. She later signed with the prestigious star factory, which would further give way to modeling gigs and supporting roles including those for the hit drama anthology Maalaala Mo Kaya. She has been groomed to be a well-rounded rising star, too, and was trained in music and dance.

What Ganiel found in sportscasting, however, was rather a shock to her system even for someone with showbiz experience. She learned that reporting the games live differed a lot from acting onscreen, as “walang take two or three. Pag nagkamali ka, dude, mali ka talaga.” The experience also proved unmatched to what it was like in the auditions, counting in the presence of the crowd behind and maintaining poise while in correspondence with the panelists. Off cam saw her exerting hard work, too, as she would follow the Tams train at the FEU-FERN campus in Diliman. Of course, there was the writing, too.

“Minsan, di na din ako nakakatulog,” she admits. “Kaya pumayat ako nung nag start ang UAAP. Pero feeling ko, its all about time management. Kung di ka marunong mag manage ng time mo, wala, talo ka. So, yung mga dapat gawin muna, yun ang mga inuuna ko kesa mag-Twitter or Snapchat.”

Ganiel knows her sports, as she was formerly a track and fielder in high school at Paco Catholic School. She would have tried out for the team at FEU, “kaso di ko kaya kasi lumaki na legs ko.” She wanted to be a pilot “until the Math started.” She then dreamt of pursuing Psychology or Medical Technology, and little did she know she’d end up in the arts. And sports, through her courtside job.

Following in the footsteps of Andi Manzano, Nicole Yu, Krystel Filart, and the likes brought her a new dream: Becoming a newswoman. Yes, it has struck that much effect on her. Being in the company of the Tams (who always tease her to the tune of Bakit Ngayon Ka Lang whenever she arrives in training late)—it's a stark contrast to the glitz and glamour that she relishes in her artista life.

Nevertheless, she opens up, “Mas na-e-enjoy ko to. Kasi feeling ko mas madami akong natututunan dito. Walang take two.”

She then gets sappy, “Sa totoong buhay naman, walang take two.”

It's interesting how, at the Krishnan household, Ganiel is the middle child of five girls. The other four are all Thomasians. As FEU takes on a crucial game on Wednesday against the squad all her sisters are cheering for (“It’s okay na inaaway nila ako, kampi naman sa kin mom ko,” she jokes), she keeps her focus on the game—empathizing with her team.

It’s a dedicated team, she strongly affirms.

“Well, you know, I’ve seen these boys play, and naniniwala ako sa kanila. Three months of hard work, patience, and sweat, nakita ko na kayang-kaya nila.”

“That Game 2 na natalo sila, coming into the dugout, I felt like mas lalong naging hungry yung team, gigil sila manalo. Knowing na we have six veterans who will play their last tomorrow, mas lalong kampante ako na they will not leave FEU without something to give,” she vows.

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