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

by Jocelyn Dimaculangan
Sep 1, 2007
Bianca Gonzalez (in photo) is named executive producer of Y Speak, which is celebrating its fourth anniversary this September.

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

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

Now on its fourth year, Studio 23's flagship show Y Speak celebrates the memorable journey all September with lineup of activities right up young people's alley: the First Y Speak National Pop Quiz, Y Live Concert and special topics that also concern the youth.

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

Then onto something closer to home, Y Speak will feature Gawad Kalinga—the youth's "shout out against apathy". Here, the young Filipino generation will talk about their crucial role in nation-building.

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

Interspersed with these critical issues are Y Speak's usual segments that add flavor to the discussions like "Y Idol", where young Filipino achievers are given the recognition they deserve; Kuya Kim Atienza's "Ya Know That", wherein he dishes out useful information and other trivia that the youth should know; "Launch Box", wherein the 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 give the youth a chance to voice out their opinions.

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

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

Y Speak was originally broadcast on ABS-CBN hosted by Ryan Agoncillo and Karen Davila with Bianca as the segment host. The debate show later moved to Studio 23 in summer of 2003.

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

Y Speak has established itself as a debate show but starting this September, the show will now feature documentaries as well. "After a lot of meetings with our staff and Sir Leo, [we came to realize] not all issues are debatable. It's part of the fun na magkaroon ng sides kahit sa totoo lang, may gitna. That's why we thought of branching 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."

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The perky young host, who can also be seen in the Saturday showbiz show Entertainment Live, narrates how 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 the topics. Naging close friends ko na rin yung mga producers and the writers so that's why I would sit in the meetings and pitch topics," she recalls.

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

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

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