Congressman Jerry P. Treñas
The excitement is in the air. The tension, palpable. The friendly spirit of competition, invigorating. As our young contestants in the 9th ABS-CBN Newscasting Competition Semi-Finals prepare, I can imagine the fantasy that perhaps most of us shared while we were growing up. How we wondered what it would be like if we were in front of the cameras. Or what we could have been if we followed the footsteps of the great kapamilya anchors such as Noli De Castro, Ted Failon and Ces Orena Drilon.
Yet not all of us can be like Dan Rather or Ted Koppel. Newscasting is a difficult field that will test your endurance, patience and ability to keep up with current events. Nevertheless, ABS-CBN has given our young contestants a chance to live their fantasies of becoming broadcast stars through this newscasting competition. Perhaps one of our contestants may even become the future Julius Babao or Henry Omaga Diaz.
However, I can see from the eyes of our contestants and their coaches that they are not treating this competition lightly. This is not a mere chance to frolic in one’s fantasy, for this competition may ultimately be the initial step of our contestants that will eventually lead them to the broadcast studios of ABS-CBN fifteen to twenty years from now.
I highly anticipate witnessing the newscasting abilities of our elementary students. While some may shrug you off as too young or inexperienced, I believe that one has to start at a young age in order to pursue his or her dream. If you want to transform fantasy into reality, you have to work hard to polish your skills in order to be the best of the best.
I expect a tremendous battle among well-prepared future broadcasters. The semi-finals will surely test the communication skills, diction, delivery and mastery of the English language of the contestants.
The mere fact that you reached the semi-finals means that you already are the cream of the crop. Savor this moment and use it as an opportunity to showcase your talents. Give us a performance worthy of an ABS-CBN newscaster. Thank you and good luck to all of the contestants.