Chris Tiu says he wants to start a program similar to 2009 CNN Hero of the Year Efren Peñaflorida's pushcart classroom that teaches street children how to read and write.

Photo: Paul Mata

Chris Tiu, who hosts TV shows, as well as plays basketball for the Smart Gilas national team, has been re-elected Baranggay Kagawad in Urdaneta, Makati City.

The host of GMA-7's Ripley's Believe it or Not and Pinoy Records thanked his constituents for supporting him. He said he will continue to honor the public trust by introducing more worthwhile projects.

In his previous term, Chris handled the Education and Culture Committee. If he is given the same responsibility, he said he will introduce a project similar to the pushcart classroom of 2009 CNN Hero of Year Efren Peñaflorida.

Peñaflorida and teen volunteers brought the classroom to the streets by pushcart, teaching homeless children how to read and write.

"Gusto ko magkaroon ng parang 'Kariton Klasrum' tulad ni Kuya Efren [Peñaflorida]. Na-inspire talaga ako sa kwento niya," the 25-year-old barangay official said in an interview with PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) on October 29 during the "Hug Me Campaign" of Psoriasis Philippines at the Imperial Suites in Quezon City.

He also said he will also introduce more sports projects for the youth.

"Values can be taught through sports. Para mapalayo yung mga bata sa masasamang bisyo. [Doon naman sa mga] nakatunganga sa computer, [with sports] ma-de-develop yung iba nilang skills."

ASIAN GAMES 2010. Chris and his Smart Gilas teammates are also busy preparing for the upcoming Asian Games on November 12-27 in Guangzhou, China.

The cager and former captain of the Ateneo de Manila Blue Eagles said they had attended a lot of competitions that helped improve their basketball knowledge and skills.

"For the past year, we've played in Europe, U.S., Australia, and all over Asia. We've had a lot of small pocket tournaments," Chris said.

With the Asian Games approaching, they have been working out to be in top physical condition.

"We haven't  had a real game in a while. We've been concentrating on practice sessions every day, working out in the gym, and conditioning our bodies," he said.

Chris has high hopes for the team, "We are playing for the pride and glory of the country.

"We have to regain the lost basketball glory of the Philippines. Kaya kami nagsisikap para naman makauwi tayo ng medal."

Chris is asking the public for moral support and prayers.