After UAAP CDC 2016, will we see more of Alyssa Valdez hosting?

Barry Viloria on Nov 22, 2016 12:18 AM
After UAAP CDC, will we see more of Alyssa Valdez hosting?
The former Lady Eagle is fast turning into a woman of all trades. (Photo by Vania Edralin)

Even in something that’s not her volleyball uniform, Bureau of Customs Transformers captain Alyssa Valdez still encountered the usual: A mob greeting her for a selfie. She was down to her last segment as the guest host on ABS-CBN S+A’s live coverage of the UAAP Cheerdance Competition (UAAP CDC), when some cheerdance fans who obviously also fanned over her came rushing to her altogether to the shock of the TV crew and marshals close by. It took some effort to clear the riot out, and then freshen her up for next spiels.

Minutes after, when the camera lights faded out, we sat with the superstar herself at the makeup room to discuss her first hosting stint.

Yes, it was her first—“Yung totoo!” she stressed.

Valdez received the news of a chance to host the annual competition around three weeks earlier. She felt no hesitation, if you ask her, not because of overconfidence but for having two other, more experienced hosts Nikko Ramos and Gretchen Fullido joining her anyway. Ramos and Fullido are all too familiar figures in the UAAP, having done courtside reporting for UE and UP some time ago. Ramos now does sports commentating for UAAP and NCAA games while doing radio on Magic 89.9; Fullido, a swimmer who was part of the UP varsity, has in some way established herself as the go-to journalist in entertainment and lifestyle beats. With these two, Valdez didn’t doubt she could wing it.

“Sabi ko lang if free naman… and why not? It’s a chance naman,” she said.

Ramos and Fullido separately introduced Valdez at last weekend’s show, the two going to the bleachers for their spiels as the UAAP CDC went on while the former Ateneo Lady Eagle manned the post-routine interviews at the dugout.

She was on her own for the most part, with the school’s courtside reporters assisting her every after a performance. She found each segment “challenging,” and at the same time strangely reminiscent of her athlete life.

“Yung nakita ko lang is yung feeling pag dumadating sila sa after the performance, yung heartfelt talaga, umiiyak sila, yung nakikita mo talaga yung mixed emotions, so sobra yung mabibigyan ka ng ganitong trabaho na buong-buo ang puso ng lahat nang nandito.”

“I mean siguro, as an athlete, yun lang din ang gusto kong makita. Yun lang din gusto ko makita sa lahat ng sports ko na napapanuod.”

Did school spirit get to her? Nope, assured the pro.

“I think I was cheering for everyone… Yung cheerdance naman kasi hindi tulad ng volleyball, basketball, or tulad ng other sports na may next game, second game, semis.”

“(For the squads), this is the only time they can show to everyone kaya so wala ka talagang pipiliin, lahat talaga susuportahan mo as in makikita mo talaga yung confidence na as in all-out na performance nila.”

Valdez is this year’s most-awaited guest host, following a streak of celebrity hosts like Alex Gonzaga, Jessy Mendiola, and Sofia Andres with UAAP veteran Boom Gonzalez in previous years. The Internet community mostly applauded her first hosting gig. The Phenom, of course, could only be so humble and grateful about her performance as always.

“You know, I think siguro kasi I’m with Nikko and Gretch, so more of I’m into sports (people) din so na-feel at home din talaga ko… Grabe talaga yung tulong nila , yung sa backstage nila important, the little things talaga. Grabe,” she said, adding that this came rather unexpected.

“Sobrang thankful ako for everyone who helped us. Thank you to ABS-CBN S+A for giving me this opportunity and it’s CDC, ano ba, everyone waited for this every year and to be given such opportunity to host the cheer dance is really a big challenge for me!”

Will we see more of her as host then?

“I can do something like similar naman... Something like that.”

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