Mr. Fu: From Radio to Television

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"Ako talaga, hindi mo seseryosohin kasi tatawa ka lang. Huwag mapikon, katuwaan lang. Hindi ko naman dudutdutin sila nang bonggang-bongga," says radio jock Mr. Fu about his "pang-ookray" on radio and television.


"May gano'n?," "Dahil d'yan, close na tayo," these expressions have become popular to most Pinoys, especially the commuters who are always tuned in Energy FM 91.5.

However, the radio jock who made these one-liners famous, Mr. Fu, or Jeffrey Espiritu in real life, never thought that his radio expressions would soon become popular phrases in the country.

"Hindi ko siya sinasadya, kusa siya, e," said the UST Mass Communication graduate when asked how he came up with these lines.

"Nag-try akong mag-isip na ganito ang gagawin ko, sasabihin ko, pero hindi um-effect, e, pilit. Habang nagdi-DJ na ako, after three or four days, nagme-'May ganun' ako, tinawagan ako ng boss ko at sabi niya sa akin, 'Okay 'yang 'May ganun' mo. Puwede mong i-utilize 'yan.' It all started there, sinabi ko lang, hindi ko pinaplano. Kasi, I don't even claim na it's mine. Hindi ko alam kung saan nagsimula pero ginagamit ko."

Just like these expressions, the former RPN-9 [now Solar TV] news reporter said it was also luck when he got the job as a radio jock.

"Accidental DJ din ako," he related. "Kasi nagho-host din ako ng mga corporate show. 'Yong boss ng Energy FM, [managing director] Manny Luzon, nakita niya ako doon sa isang show. 'Tapos pinapunta niya ako doon. Ayaw ko talagang mag-DJ kasi ma-technical nga, ang daming pinipindot at hindi uso ang mga [production assistant] doon. Pero dahil kailangan ko ng raket [extra income], kailangan ko ng anda [slang for pera], inaral ko. 'Tapos 'yon, nakarir ko naman at keri ko na siya."

So from TV reporting, Mr. Fu shifted to a job where he delivers hilarious punchlines to his listeners. He also mentioned that he liked his new found job better than what used to be his dream in college.

"Noong reporter ako, seryoso ako, at lalaki ako doon!" he recalled. "'Tapos nagbabasa lang ako ng prompter. Although noong college, gusto kong maging newscaster. Ang type ko talaga dati maging field reporter, newscaster na nagawa ko naman. Although noong nandoon na ako, hindi ko pala tunay na gusto, may kulang. At saka walang pera pala doon, maghihirap pala ako! So, nagpalit ako ng career. (Laughs)"

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FROM RADIO TO TV AGAIN. After several years of working in radio, Mr. Fu found himself again working in front of the camera when he was invited as one of the guest judges in Eat... Bulaga!

The host of the new showbiz program Tweetbiz acknowledged his radio exposure for being able to go back to television again. He said that it was his style in the radio got the TV executives' attention so he was given a chance to have guest appearances.

"Sa Eat...Bulaga!, nakuha nila ako dahil sa okray, so 'yong mga contestants inookray ko. Pero okray na masaya lang, walang bastos o green jokes. Dito [sa Tweetbiz], since showbiz, exclusive stories, mga okray about showbiz personalities, nandoon pa rin ang factor ng pang-ookray."

He added that his way of "pang-ookray" never meant to hurt anyone's feeling, but only for fun.

Mr. Fu explained, "Kasi ang style kong okray pero binabawi ko naman siya. At saka I make it a point na 'yong okray ko hindi offensive. It's more of okray na nakakatawa, hindi okray na nakakainis. Actually, 'yong okray moment ko sa radyo ang napapansin nila kaya ako napunta [ulit] sa TV."

Aside from his own style, Mr. Fu also included his training in radio, which helped him a lot in his new stint on television as a host.

"Kasi, contained ang mga DJ, lalo na ang forte ng station namin na maingay, mabilis mag-isip, 'yong energy, 'yon siguro ang advantage na nakuha ko sa radyo. Siguro nakatulong din na dati akong news reporter so hindi na bago sa akin ang humarap sa TV, sa harap ng camera. Kasi ang training ko sa TV, news. Ang training ko naman sa radio ay pag-iisip ng mabilis kung ano ang pinag-uusapan ng mga tao, kung ano ang common na pinag-uusapan, real situations," he said.

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DREAM COME TRUE. Being chosen one of the "editors" of Tweetbiz is a dream come true for Mr. Fu.

"Bonggang-bongga!" he exclaimed. "Parang ito talaga ang gusto kong gawin. Noong reporter ako, parang medyo nagpapanggap 'tapos ito na, kaya po mas gusto ko ito. Kaya po siguro mas bumilis kasi gusto ko po talaga ang ginagawa at saka ito po ang talagang ako. Ito po ang totoong ako, walang pagpapanggap-kuwela, masaya, sira ulo, mga ganyan."

He added, "Different venue talaga sa akin itong sa showbiz. Sa radio kasi, showbiz ako doon pero hindi hardcore, more of parang okrayan, e, puro love problems. Nagpapayo ako doon, inookray ko ang mga listeners, texters ko, doon ako nakilala. So dito, doon ako nakilala, at least mabalanse man lang, different kinds of hosting magagawa ko."

Although he's more actively seen on television right now, Mr. Fu said that he would never leave the job that paved his way back to television. "'Yon naman ang request ko lang, na ang taping hindi makakasagasa sa radio show ko. Noong binigyan ako ng break sa radio, I did it really for money, additional raket. Pero pina-realize sa akin ng universe na, 'Hello, ang radyo ang magbibigay sa iyo ng bonggang-bonggang career. Bumalik ako sa TV because of radio."

At our interview's end end, he gave thanks for all the blessings he received this year. He said, "Sobrang bonggang-bongga this year! Umpisa pa lang ito at ramdam ko sa mga susunod pang taon, mas lucky pa. O, di ba, ganyan dapat ang mga attitude. Bongga!"


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