TV5's News 5 department is strengthening its mark on news and public affairs by launching seven new shows that aim to help and enlighten the Filipino public. They are Alagang Kapatid, Astig, Oplan Zero Tambay, Tech Trip, Journo, Dokumentado, and Public Atorni.
The seven shows were launched and the hosts were introduced to the media last September 16 at a press conference held at Annabel's Restaurant in Quezon City.
PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) was able to talk to Cheryl Cosim, the host of Alagang Kapatid, which airs every Saturday at 4 pm. Cheryl said her new show takes on the mission of delivering health information and service to those in need.
"Masasabi nating puso ito ng isang News 5," explained Cheryl. "Ito ay pagbibigay tulong sa kapatid nating may pangangailangang medikal, but at the same time, we educate and inform the viewers tungkol dun sa partikular na sakit na yun. So kombinasyon siya, hindi lang puro tulong, hindi lang puro impormasyon... both."
Cheryl said her program wants to give medical information because prevention is better than the cure.
"Para din naiiintindihan ng tao, hindi lamang maantig yung puso nila because nangangailangan itong case natin. But also, nai-inform sila, naeeducate sila dun sa partikular na sakit na 'yon. Para sila mismo, the viewers, can also protect themselves from the kind of kidness," she said.
The information they give out, Cheryl added, can shatter misconceptions about certain diseases. She cited the deadly AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) as an example.
"Ang akala ng tao, 'pag may AIDS ka, akala nila na matalsikan ka ng laway, mahahawa ka ng AIDS. Mag-share kayo ng utensils, mahahawa ka ng AIDS. Yun yung gusto nating linawin, yun yung gusto natng matutunan. Kung ano yung tamang impormasyon ukol sa sakit, lalo na doon sa may maling kaalaman," she said.
Before Cheryl became a news anchor in TV5, she hosted Salamat Dok in ABS-CBN for almost six years. PEP asked Cheryl why she was again asked to host a show related to health and wellness.
"You know, I don't have any background in medical science, but siguro it's more of I've hosted a health show for six years, for almost six years," she replied. "Siguro nakita nila at that time, effective sa programang ganoon, at sa pagbibigay-tulong at sa public service, kaya pinagkatiwala ng News 5 sa akin yung ganitong klaseng programa."
ON GOOD TERMS. PEP also asked Cheryl why she decided to move to TV5, even though she was already the host of a long-running TV show in ABS-CBN.
"I wanted change, I wanted growth. I wanted to do more," she answered. "At yun yung binigay sa akin ng TV5, yun yung in-offer nila sa akin. Nakita nila... they recognized yung kakayanan ko at yung tagal ko na sa serbisyong ito."
Cheryl added that she left ABS-CBN without burning bridges.
"Nagpaalam ako ng maayos. Nakita nila yung oportunidad na ibinigay sa akin ng channel 5, and they respect that. They know, in fairness with them, inisip nila yung makakabuti sa akin. Kung saan ako maggo-grow. Siguro nakita rin nila kung gaano na kalaki ang network, gaano na kaisip ang mundo nila. And they were kind enough to let me go," she said.
Cheryl says she now assumes more roles as a journalist. She co-anchors Aksyon, TV5's daily primetime newscast, with Paolo Bediones. She goes out on field to gather news stories. She will also start hosting a radio show soon.
And of course, there's Alagang Kapatid. "Ang pinakakaabangan niyo po ay hindi lamang ito simpleng pagtulong sa nangangailangan. It's more of we want to inspire and give hope sa mga kababayan natin," Cheryl said.