IC Mendoza happily follows the footsteps of his late grandmother Lourdes "Inday Badiday" Carvajal and his mom Dolly Anne Carvajal, who are both known as entertainment journalists.
At first, the young host of TV5's daily entertainment show Juicy! did not think that he could host the program. But after earning praise from friends and viewers IC decided to keep his job, which he now enjoys.
"May future pala ako [sa showbiz]. Nakakatuwa siya," he told PEP in an interview with him during the media junket prepared for Juicy! hosts recently.
He continued, "Sobrang okay siya. Marami ang nagsasabi sa akin na, 'Okay ang ginagawa mo. Ituloy mo ang legacy ng lola mo.'"
IC's grandmother was dubbed the Queen of Showbiz Intrigues during her time. She hosted several entertainment shows: Nothing But the Truth, Would You Believe, See-True, Eye-to-Eye, and Inday, Heart to Heart.
After Ate Luds, Inday Badiday's popular name to showbiz friends, her daughter Dolly Anne continued what she started. Aside from her regular entertainment column in a major broadsheet, the younger Carvajal also shares showbiz information to the public by hosting TV5's weekly talk show Paparazzi with Cristy Fermin and Ruffa Gutierrez.
Although his roots are in showbiz, IC never thought that he would be relating showbiz news and intrigues to televiewers.
"Noong after high school balak ko kasi mag-advertising. Kasi, I'm into events din, nag-coordinate din ako ng mga events na hanggang ngayon ginagawa ko pa rin siya. 'Yon talaga ang balak kong gawin," recalled IC of the career he wanted before entering showbiz.
IC once appeared as a child star in movies like Ang Utol Kong Hoodlum (1991), Darna (1991), and Shake Rattle & Roll IV (1992). He was last seen in Astig (1993) before he temporarily left show business.
When he came back in 2006, IC got interested in a different field of show business, which was hosting. Initially, he was just a guest co-host of Alex Gonzaga on Juicy! And then he became a regular host of this daily show, which is aired every morning and replayed for the late night programming.
He related, "Guest co-host lang ako, si Alex lang noon mag-isa. Pagkatapos noon nag-enjoy ako at bilang kaedad ko rin ito. Hindi pa kami nagmi-meet noon pero ang dami naming common friends kasi dating taga-UAAP [University Athletic Association of the Philippines] ito, e. Ang dami kong friends sa UAAP. Nag-click kami kaagad.
"Nagkaroon lang ng opportunity na pumasok ako dito sa showbiz. Hindi ko naman akalain na magkakaroon ako ng career dito. Mabuti naman at may tiwala ang mga tao na na-train ako ng maayos. Okay naman, maganda ang journey so far."
AVOID BEING TOO CONFIDENT. Even though it was unplanned, IC was confident that he could fare well in this game of hosting a showbiz-related program.
He explained, "High school [student] pa lang, tsismosa na ako. Lahat ng tsismis, lahat ng mga kaklase ko, ako ang tinatanong. In fairness, nagawa ko siyang kabuhayan. Kasi, ang una kong love is pag-arte so, may bubuga rin pala ako sa hosting. May passion din pala ako sa hosting, which is exciting. Hanggang ngayon excited pa rin ako after two years."
IC isn't worried about not being able to deliver fresh entertainment news. "Hindi po [mawawalan] kasi marami po akong mga tinatawag nating sources. At saka opinionated naman talaga ako by nature so marami talaga akong naiisip na kung anu-ano."
The 22-year-old TV personality also said that the more experienced talk show hosts, Cristy Fermin and DJ Mo Twister, bring more strength to Juicy!
"Mas magandang experience nga 'yon sa amin [ni Alex]. Magandang training kasi kasama namin ang mga veterans ngayon. Actually, noong dumating nga si Nanay Cristy sa Juicy! mas tumapang ako."
To keep his career in hosting a talk show, IC always keeps in mind the lesson he got from his mother, which originally came from his grandmother:
"Importante pa rin na pagsalang mo sa shoot, sa talk show or sa pag-arte, importante pa rin na kinakabahan ka. Kasi, once na hindi ka na kinakabahan, there's something [wrong] with you, parang overconfident ka na. Kailangan may kaba pa rin, pero kaba na more on excitement. Kailangan talaga excited ka sa trabaho mo para magawa mo siya nang maayos."