When In Manila, you will often spot several Filipino Chinese people along the streets and in the malls. There are better known as the Fil-Chi community or simply put, the “CHINOYS”. I’m proud to be one of them.
The Philippines is full of Chinoys, in fact, 11.5% of the country’s population is composed of Chinoys! That’s around 9.5 million people! Woah!! There’s a lot of us now aren’t there? From this realization came the first Filipino Chinese show in HD and the only Filipino Chinese program around the world, CHINOY TV.
Chinoy Tv on Net 25
Chinoy TV is aired from 10:30 to 11:30am on Saturdays and Sundays with replays every Tuesday and Thursday from 11 to 12pm. Basically, Chinoy TV is a lifestyle program that features different people, places, events, sports and more!
Last Saturday, May 5, 2012, Chinoy TV in partnership with John Robert Powers held a TV Hosting and Personality Development Workshop! Of course, it was not something I wanted to miss out on.
Chinoy TV: TV Hosting and Personality Development Workshop
The workshop was held at the Ramada Hotel in Ongpin. I never knew there was a beautiful hotel in the corner of Ongpin St. So anyway, the workshop began with TV 5 host and motivational speaker, Chinkee Tan.
Chinkee Tan on Personality Development
Sir Chinkee was really an inspiration to listen to. He shared personal stories of how he himself worked hard to get to where he was today. He shared how he used to live in the streets of Tondo and how he had always dreamed to get out of there. He shared how he never finished college but attended several workshops and seminars. Moreover, he shared how he was determined to earn his first million by the age of 25. Now, for most people in Chinkee’s situation, we’d probably say, “I have no money” and that line would automatically be our excuse as to why we were never able to pursue our dreams. However, as ANNOYING it may be to hear this again, we have to remember that IF THERE’S A WILL, THERE’S A WAY. It doesn’t matter how poor you are, what matters is you strive hard to follow your dream. So was Chinkee able to reach his dream? Obviously he was, else I’d be talking about some unknown bum right now! Not only that, but he was able to make much much more than what he dreamed.
My thoughts on his talk? It’s not about the money, it’s about the dream.
Vince Golangco and Valerie Tan on TV Hosting and the Showbiz Industry
Wooohooo, WhenInManila’s very own creator and editor-in-chief Vince Golangco with schoolmate and TV host Valerie Tan led the open forum where guests were allowed to ask questions about life in showbiz. One of the questions I remember being asked was, “Do you still get nervous when you’re on air?” To which Vince answered, “Fake it ’till you make it.” He shared how he himself still gets nervous every day before going on air, but then he fakes it and pretends he isn’t. When someone asks, he says he’s fine. So by pretending, he eventually starts acting and behaving confidently until he really is. The more nervous or scared you act, the more you will also make yourself believe that you should be nervous and scared. So in short, “Fake it ’till you make it!”
Pocholo Gonzales of CreatiVoices was also around to promote more about his company and share the various accomplishments he had made throughout the years. A representative from the Confucius Institute at the Ateneo de Manila University also came to share about the benefits of learning Mandarin. So if you’re interested to learn voice training or Chinese skills, you should get in touch with these 2! Moreover, 2 representatives from the cast of Sound of Music came to give us a quick song number. They were brilliant!
John Robert Powers on TV Hosting and Personality Development
The last part of the workshop was a 3 to 4 hour workshop by John Robert Powers. We were taught about angles, poses and basically how to carry ourselves and stand out. We did a series of exercises that all prepared us for the Chinoy TV audition that afternoon.
When we deliver our lines, though we all say the same lines, we were asked to do something with it to make us stand out. Some ad libs, some in between jokes, or whatever to make you memorable. Ivy and I didn’t really want to audition but we thought, “Why not? Let’s go for it!” We were really really nervous but we gave it our best. Standing in a room with 5 or so “judges” watching us was really nerve wrecking! So let’s see what happens next!
Thanks Chinoy TV for this wonderful experience!