Meet Denice Dinsay: Ateneo’s newest courtside belle
Barry Viloria on Aug 30, 2016 09:53 AM
Filling Laura Lehmann’s shoes is this gal confident about wherever this will take her
This season, UAAP fans will be missing Ateneo courtside reporter Laura Lehmann, who has graduated from her stint after serving two years. Many did think Lehmann fit the sportscasting job perfectly, noting from her calm yet charming delivery of the game. Also, not only was she a former Binibining Pilipinas runner-up and now the host of cable travel show Listed; she also played for the national softball team in her youth. In her past interviews, Lehmann would say being a courtside reporter meshed two things she loves: sports and hosting.
Her replacement, meanwhile? A total newbie in every sense of the word.
“Oh, yeah, see? That’s another thing, oh my goodness!” UAAP Season 79 courtside reporter Denice DInsay could only muster as we ask her if the pressure is creeping in on her. “I super feel the pressure. I really do! She left some big shoes for me to fill!”
Dinsay recently bested other hopefuls for the much-coveted courtside job. Yep, including former Lady Eagle Therese Gaston whom she went head-to-head with on the last day of screening. In a matter of days, Dinsay—together with fellow newbie Bea Escudero replacing La Salle’s Jeanine Tsoi—is going to report the games live for the first time. This is going to be a lot of firsts for the Atenean.
But all this is no ugly mistake either. Dinsay, 19, is presently in her third year as an AB Communications student. She has done a few hosting gigs back in high school at The Master’s Academy in Sucat, and has a knack for anything that gets her to speaking and meeting new people.
“The youngest dream that I’ve had is to become a linguist. ‘Cause languages—why not? Then travelling to different countries so it really appeal to me.”
“But then I realized that I liked hosting and reporting. I didn’t try on my first year because I didn’t see it, and then Laura got in. She finally ended her two seasons, and I was like ‘Oh, okay, maybe now’s the time! I was really waiting for it.”
Her love of the game
As for her know-how in sports? Dinsay has a thing or two.
Says the former badminton player who preferred it over other sports “kasi I was actually scared of the ball… I do watch the games. But for the job, you have to memorize the technicalities, so I was like, okay!”
“I’ve been watching the NBA. I like the Chicago Bulls and the Dallas Mavericks. For my research, I’ve been googling everything, youtube, asking my friends ‘Hey, teach me this!’ I’m really just learning everything now.”
A stepping stone
What does Dinsay expect out of this? Honestly, she admits, it’s not being the next biggest host.
“I think for me it’s a stepping stone, period. Not necessarily (a career) in the media because my track for communication is advertising and PR. I guess, for someone who’s studying that, this is great advertising and public relations for me. And all the windows open for me to learn, So I guess, I’m really looking forward to it, what I can learn from this.”
She vows to put in the effort and focus one needs for the job. After all, the job can be as glamorous and prestigious as it can be, with the likes of Pia Arcangel, Patty Laurel, Jessica Mendoza, and Selina Dagdag, including others who have gone on to be successful hosts and radio jocks.
“I’m working with my thesis na, but, I guess (my courtside stint) is a preparation ‘cause I’m a super OC person. I have a scheduled plan, I have timelines, everything… So, I guess, it makes me feel better na. It’s not that hard to address ‘cause I have plan to follow!”
Dinsay is definitely excited for what awaits her as she steps from the dugout and onto the sidelines. And, please, for her sake, no more comparisons to Laura Lehmann!
“I don’t know how I ever come close to what she is… So I guess, I just have to make a new path for myself!”