"Y Speak" celebrates its fourth anniversary on Studio 23 this September


Bianca Gonzalez (in photo) is named executiveproducer of Y Speak, which is celebrating its fourth anniversary thisSeptember.


Studio 23 marks the fourth yearanniversary of Y Speak with a month-long celebration that celebrates theyouth and the relevant issues facing them today.

Know what and how the young Pinoythinks by joining Bianca Gonzalez and the rest of the Y Speak Squad onStudio 23. On Y Speak, no issue is taboo when the youth comes togetherevery Saturday to take stand on issues that can affect their future.

Now on its fourth year, Studio23's flagship show Y Speak celebrates the memorable journey all September with lineup ofactivities right up young people's alley: the First Y Speak National PopQuiz, Y Live Concert and special topics that also concern the youth.

On its first week, young mindswill give their two cents worth on a worldwide phenomenon that has alarminglyescalated in the past years: global warming.

Then onto something closer tohome, Y Speak will feature Gawad Kalinga—the youth's "shout out againstapathy". Here, the young Filipino generation will talk about their crucial rolein nation-building.

Also, a special documentary will explore the dark recessesof the world inhabited by the battered youth to find out how physical abuse canstill occur within the family or a group in spite of youth empowerment.

Interspersed with these criticalissues are Y Speak's usual segments that add flavor to the discussionslike "Y Idol", where young Filipino achievers are given the recognition theydeserve; Kuya Kim Atienza's "Ya Know That", wherein he dishes out usefulinformation and other trivia that the youth should know; "Launch Box", whereinthe new and the useful gadgets and products are launched; and "Y We R Hir",where Y Speak goes all over the Philippines to catch the action and givethe youth a chance to voice out their opinions.

With endorsements from theDepartment of Education and National Youth Commission, recognition from Anak TVand the 2006 Catholic Mass Media Award as the best TV Talk Show, Y Speakhas definitely solidified its position as front liner in advancing theinterests of the youth.

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NEW EXECUTIVE PRODUCER.This year also sees additional responsibilities for Bianca Gonzalez, who hasbeen a part of the show since it started four years ago.

Y Speak was originallybroadcast on ABS-CBN hosted by Ryan Agoncillo and Karen Davila with Bianca as the segmenthost. The debate show later moved to Studio 23 in summer of2003.

"Bianca is now one of theexecutive producers of the show. Mataas ang involvement ni Bianca sa content,"explains Leo Katigbak, managing director of Studio 23. "The different themesthat the youth are interested in, lalabas sa Y Speak. Open ang formatniya—pwede siyang debate or pwede siyang documentary—or whatever else Biancaand the team will recommend."

Y Speak has establisheditself as a debate show but starting this September, the show will now featuredocumentaries as well. "After a lot of meetings with our staff and Sir Leo, [wecame to realize] not all issues are debatable. It's part of the fun namagkaroon ng sides kahit sa totoo lang, may gitna. That's why we thought ofbranching out and doing Correspondents na pambata," explains Bianca."Hindi man siya made-debate, at least we can present it through a documentary.Sometimes we will have debates, sometimes we will have documentaries."

The perky young host, who canalso be seen in the Saturday showbiz show Entertainment Live, narrateshow she became an executive producer for Y Speak.

"When we still had Fr. [Tito]Caluag and Ryan Agoncillo, we really sit in the meetings and brainstorm for thetopics. Naging close friends ko na rin yung mga producers and the writers sothat's why I would sit in the meetings and pitch topics," she recalls.

Leo also points out the dedication that Bianca showed forthis job. "In the case of Bianca, dumadating siya sa lahat ng brainstormingsessions and sa lahat ng meetings, so ang feeling namin she is really givingmore than what a TV host should be giving. It was proper and fair that she beaccorded a producer credit."

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The managing director gives his assessment on the role of YSpeak in the lives of the Filipino youth. "Y Speak is the voice ofthe youth through Studio 23. It's one venue for young people to articulate whatthey want or what they need. We're giving them a forum."

Join Bianca Gonzalez and the rest of the Y SpeakSquad Mo Twister, Bam Aquino, Patricia Evangelista, JC Cuadrado, Ricci Chan,and Betinna Carlos render voice to the youth every Saturdays, 8:30 p.m., afterthe encore run of Lost on Studio 23.


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