How is Atom Araullo four months after transferring to GMA-7?

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Atom Araullo thanks GMA-7 for allowing him to do cable show outside the Kapuso network.



Atom Araullo admits that he is still in the adjustment stage four months after his transfer to GMA-7.

It was September 2017 when he transferred to the Kapuso network, after being with ABS-CBN for more than 10 years.

He says, "Nasa proseso pa rin. It takes a while for me to get settled.

"It's just my personality, but it's just a matter of time."

All the same, the 35-year-old news reporter is happy that he has been able to do various shows with his new network in a span of a few months.

"Certainly, my first few months with GMA have been very productive.

"I've been working with great people also. I just look forward to doing more documentaries and stories."

PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal)'s one-on-one interview with Atom came after the press launch of his new show, Adventure Your Way, yesterday, February 1, at Cities Events Place, Quezon City.

The new travel show, which starts airing February 8, 2018, will air on cable channel AXN.

According to Atom, there is no conflict between his work with AXN and GMA-7 even if the latter also has its own travel shows.

"I'm very happy that they've given me this freedom. That's one of the things that I really like about working with GMA,[it's] open to these arrangements and also allowed me to explore work outside of the network.

"I think there's enough room for a lot of travel shows. People love travel shows, they can watch 10 or 11 if they want.

"They don't have to choose and, you know, I think, it benefits both myself and also the network to have talents and employees that can do a range of things because I'm also able to develop my skill set and also reach a wider audience, which are all good things for the network, I hope."

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How has his career changed after transferring to Channel 7?

Atom answers, "It's basically the same work. It's just a little different, just try to tweak it a little bit.

"Again, very thankful to ABS-CBN, which has been my home for more than ten years, and I did a lot of good documentaries there as well. People seem to forget that.

"I was a reporter for 10 years, I also did documentaries for Channel 2, which were received very positively by an audience.

"I guess it's just another stage of my career. Obviously, these two networks do things differently, and I just felt like I needed something, a different challenge, and it kind of fits well with my current plans as well."

ADVENTURE YOUR WAY and 5&UP. Atom was personally handpicked by the makers of Adventures Your Way to host their TV program.

According to him, it was a breath of fresh air doing this show, which veers from the usual things he does on TV.

"Absolutely. It's different, it's less serious, but no less engaging, I hope.

"I am interested in many different stories. Some are very serious, some are less so. This is just another facet of my personality, I'm just a guy who likes to travel as well, and I hope people will enjoy the journey with me."

PEP.ph then asked Atom to recall his days in the kiddie magazine program 5 & Up, where he served as a host during the show's run from 1992 to 2002.

Of this, he says, "Alam mo, I really feel like an accidental host. Even when doing 5 & Up, I didn't really think of it as hosting.

"Obviously, I was a kid. I just felt like I was being myself in front of the camera and I think that's the biggest lesson for anyone who wants to host a program or wants to be a host.

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"There are skills, for sure, that you have to learn along the way, but the most important thing is just to be yourself, be sincere, and just allow yourself, your personality to shine through.

"I feel the same way with this program. Of course, I have to be able to guide the audience in a way, try to move them in certain directions, but ultimately people just want to be along for the ride, and I just happen to be the person who's there that they can hopefully relate to and live their life."



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