Remember these celebs who have hosted the UAAP CDC?
Barry Viloria on Nov 17, 2016 10:00 PM
Any guess who the next one is?
You know our very own Boom Gonzalez? If not TJ Manotoc, yeah, he’s the luckiest among us sports fanatics as he’s almost always the one sent to cover first-hand the most historic basketball games we could usually only see through the screen. And then there’s the fact, too, that he gets to have a job that places him talking next to the league’s most talented and lovely courtside reporters and commentators. Over time, Gonzalez has stood like a mentor to these ladies who would go on to flourish in their broadcasting careers, from the likes of former UP courtside reporter Gretchen Fullido to UAAP UpFront host Laura Lehmann.
During the annually anticipated UAAP CDC, the guy gets a little luckier as he finds himself next to a rising actress for a partner host. Here are the ones who have graced our screens so far!
Season 72: Megan Young
In a sea of tittle-tattle over her then relationship with Ateneo Blue Eagle Nico Salva, Young’s hosting skills and telegenic grace and demeanor early on betrayed her path as a beauty queen. Of course, it would take a few more years before she would win the Miss World crown as she was only 19 when she took on the role as UAAP CDC host. For the curious, nope, she wasn’t an Atenean, but from CSB.
Seasons 75 and 77: Jessy Mendiola
Twice Mendiola co-hosted the UAAP CDC, and while she effortlessly captivated us with her pretty-as-picture face and smile, she found herself in an online bash sesh for a few mistakes in her diction. She especially found herself trending on Twitter in 2014, for mispronouncing “plaque” and “ado” in her spiels. She took all these in strides with a tweet days after the event, “Good morning. Mahal ko kayo kahit ayaw niyo sakin ‘pleyks’ man.” Now, that’s a real sport!
Season 76: Alex Gonzaga
“Baklaan” was her way, as some fans would comment on Twitter. But next to the veteran and usually proper Gonzalez, the then returning Kapamilya nevertheless spiced things up at the UAAP CDC with her humor and charisma. Trivia: she had to run to a The Voice live program right after the cheerdance, with Tina Marasigan subbing her at the announcement of winners.
Season 78: Sofia Andres
Last year, showbiz newbie Andres took on the part—and as expected, she saw pressure coming not just from the around 25,000 people in attendance but also for the role as something handed down to her by past celebrities. “Nakakakaba! Sobra, kasi I’m a first timer. ‘Tapos ganun kadami yung crowd and it’s really a big event! Yung expectations ang laki-laki,” she told us right after she finished her stint last year. “At least, ni-try ko pa din. Niga-guide ako (ni Boom) kasi wala talaga akong naririnig. Ang hirap kasi nagloloko yung earplug. So, all of the people are like, ‘What’s happening to Sofia. Is she bangag?’” While people called her “boring” for her performance, the then 17-year-old was still grateful for the experience. “Lahat gusto manood dito. So, I’m very honored.” (Photo by Vyn Radovan)