Chris Tiu is one of the hoop heartthrobs in the University
Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP). He is currently the team captain of the Ateneo Blue Eagles. But his stardom does not only revolve inside
the basketball court since he decided to join show business.
Chris started to get more fans when he co-hosted with
Pambansang Kamao Manny Pacquiao in GMA-7's Saturday program called Pinoy
Records. Now, as he gets more
popular, Chris is given a show of his own in the primetime block of GMA Network. He will be hosting Ripley's
Believe It or Not every Monday as part of "Bilib Ka Ba Nights" in the Kapuso network; the other two programs are World Records to be hosted by Paolo Contis and Masquerade featuring the tandem of Ariel & Maverick.
During the press conference of "Bilib Ka Ba Nights"
yesterday, August 12, at the Mandarin Oriental Suites, Gateway Mall in Quezon
City, Chris said that he's
more excited than nervous about hosting Ripley's Believe It or Not
He explained, "Siyempre 'yong mga experience ko sa
pagte-tape sa Pinoy Records... Napansin n'yo naman siguro na si Manny, usually [nasa] abroad
nagte-training. So, madalas ako
nagte-taping mag-isa. Medyo nakuha
ko na rin 'yong flow ng pagho-host.
Enjoy din ako and excited din ako, siyempre bagong concept 'to lahat."
In the taping of the first two episodes of the said program,
Chris said that he is still adjusting to his new job. "Nakakapagod kasi siyempre
yung spiels mahahaba, malalalim na Tagalog.
So, medyo nag-a-adjust ako pero enjoy naman."
The 23-year-old basketball star admitted that he feels
pressured since this would be his first solo show. "Siyempre mayroon din kasi gusto natin na maging successful yung
show. But, for me, importante na masaya
ako sa ginagawa ko, masaya yung mga nakakatrabaho ko," said Chris.
Now that he has another show, Chris's schedule has become
busier. Aside from basketball training,
he also has to allot some of his time for studies. He is currently on his fifth year at the Ateneo de Manila
University. He's supposed to take a course
in management training in 2007 but he decided to take his second major, math in
finance, minor in Chinese.
How does he manage his time for work, studies, and
"Ever since naman, e, priority ko na ang pag-aaral," replied
Chris. "Siyempre, ngayong UAAP season,
gusto ko rin namang manalo ng championship para sa Ateneo."
Is it true that he took a second major for him to be able to
play in the UAAP?
"That's one of the reasons," Chris agreed. "But I really got into finance later on when
I was in third year already. I was
exposed to the finance industry and I also wanted to become an investment
banker initially. I wanted to know more
about the field that's why I took the course related to that. At the same time, I get to play basketball."
Although he finds a way to attend to all these activities,
Chris admitted that sometimes he also has to sacrifice his time for his family
and friends. "Nabawasan na 'yon kasi
'yong time ko ngayon, talagang ibinibigay ko para sa basketball training. Kasi, in a day, siguro mga four to five hours kami
nagte-training, siguro every day 'yon.
And then, kapag minsan walang training naman, taping naman ako sa Pinoy
Records and may Ripley's na rin."
However, this does not worry Chris because he knows that people, especially his parents, understand him. "Naiintindihan naman nila 'yon.
Very supportive sila sa lahat ng pinapasukan ko—sa basketball, sa media—very supportive naman sila."
If studies, basketball, and show business are not enough, Chris is
also serving his constituents in Makati as barangay councilor.
"For me, that's a chance for me to really give back sa mga
opportunities and blessings na ibinibigay sa akin. So, service talaga siya para sa mga constituents namin doon sa