Hosted by Rocco Nacino and Mariz Umali, Out of Control is a documentary-reality show pioneered by GMA News and Public Affairs, which features people who are struggling with obsessions, compulsions, fears, and anxieties.
Out of Control begins airing on November 23, and will be seen every Saturday afternoon on GMA-7 after Startalk.
The first few episodes discuss cases dealing with animal hoarding, cutting (self-harm), and trichotillomania (hair pulling).
NURSE ROCCO AS HOST. This marks the first time that Rocco is hosting a serious docu-drama. The project is a good fit for the actor as he was a nurse before he entered the world of showbiz.
When asked how he prepares for the show, Rocco reveals he browses through his books on psychiatric nursing, which deals on the difference between anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder.
He adds that he is relearning the “practiced skills in establishing rapport, maintaining the relationship, and how to gain a client’s trust, kumbaga."
He says, “Ayun, inaral ko yung techniques na yun ulit. I went back to my college days. Inaral ko yun lahat.”
In GMA News TV’s political-drama series Bayan Ko, which ended in April, Rocco played an upright and idealistic town mayor.
He also bagged the title role for the 2013 Metro Manila Film Fest entry, Pedro Calungsod.
Now, he has stepped into the uncharted territory of hosting a documentary discussing mental disorders.
With relevant and meaningful projects coming Rocco’s way, he is asked how these all came about?
“Nakakatuwa nga, e, sabi ko, ‘why me?’ Pati ako kinu-question ko rin yung sarili ko, ba’t ako?
“Saka I’m set to do another project na another important figure sa history natin sa government. Di ko alam kung bakit.
“But then, I take it as a challenge, pag ganun. I’m up for this character. So, motivating para sa 'kin pag ganun.”
In what way does he think the show will benefit him as an actor?
Rocco replies, “Unang-una, mas may benefit siya sa pagkatao ko. The show is helping me become more mature.
“It’s an eye-opener na kung anuman nangyayari, may mga ganitong cases, hindi lang sa TV nakikita kundi, totoo, nangyayari talaga.
“And it sheds a new insight in the medical background, kung anumang posibleng mangyari sa mga tao.
“And then sa career ko, yes, it’s helping a lot. It’s one step of being more versatile.
“You see an actor in Rocco, you see a, let’s say, a role model through Bayan Ko, and then you see this Rocco na I would say, as a nurse, wanting to help people.
“So, ang laki-laking tulong nun sa 'kin as a person, first of all. And in my career, it’s helping me become more versatile. Eto, first time kong mag-host, e.
“I mean, usually for guestings, I would guest host. But then, ito yung talagang sa ‘min ni Mariz yung show talaga, kaming dalawa yung host.”
MARIZ UMALI. GMA News reporter and Balitanghali Weekend co-anchor Mariz Umali uses her experience as a journalist to learn more about her subjects.
She says, “Ang laking bagay nung pagiging reporter ko sa, yung ganitong programa na iho-host ko.
“Dahil in more than ten years of my experience as a reporter, iba’t-ibang klaseng tao na ang nakausap ko.
“At kahit na sabihin nating walang ganitong klase ng kondisyon, hindi rin naman madaling mag-break through the barrier, e.
“Hindi rin naman madaling dumating ka na lang sa buhay nila or kumatok ka na lang sa pinto nila at mag-oopen up na sila sa 'yo.”
She describes her approach: “Nagpakilala ko. Nagpakilala ko at more on parang ipinaramdam ko sa kanya that I’m willing to lend an ear, di ba?
“It’s not to judge, hindi ako nandun para, ‘I-feature kita, ha?’
“Makikinig ako sa 'yo, ano bang kondisyon mo, ano bang problema, ano bang pinagmulan nito? Kailangan mo ba ng tulong?”
In each case, Mariz further explains, the end goal is to extend help to the subject and promote awareness and understanding to the people around them.
“Kasi part of the program is to also give help through treatment, through counseling.
“So hindi siya yung pwedeng biglaan na kapag halimbawa, malapit na yung show, saka pa lang kami mag-iinterview.
“Kasi we also need to show sa program yung progress, yung development niya.
“And like what I mentioned earlier na this is not intended to just feature their conditions.
“Higit dun sa pagfi-feature sa kanila is yung awareness, yung understanding and yung tulong na ibibigay natin to give them hope na meron pang pag-asa na mabago.
“Kasi baka rin sa kanila, they don’t even consider this as a disorder. Or alam mo yung, feeling nila baka normal lang.
“Na baka maging mas maganda yung buhay nila kapag nag-undergo na sila ng counseling na ang talagang dinadala natin mga experts, mga psychotherapists, mga psychologists.”
Mariz acknowledges the precarious balance between being helpful and being intrusive.
“Of course, we ask permission from them if they are willing to talk to these experts, di ba?
“Hindi kami pwedeng mag-intervene and to force upon them na etong tulong na gusto natin. Kasi what we’re really trying to do is to help them.
“Baka mamaya mas lalo nating ma-worsen yung situation if we force something sa isang tao na hindi naman pala niya gusto.
“Of course, if we ask them and they don’t agree, we don’t force them.”
When dealing with people struggling from such disorders, Out of Control program manager Karen Yumbo believes family and friends play a big part in the healing process.
She says: “I think with any sickness, be it physical. Kahit sabihing trangkaso lang, di ba, parang mas madaling gumaling kapag may kasama kang nag-aalagan sa 'yo.
“So I think ang magagawa ng mga family ng may ganitong condition ay understand what their condition is and how to respond to it.”