College basketball star Chris Tiu hosts "Ripley’s Believe It or Not"

"Ito 'yong show na nandoon na 'yon, matagalna. Ever since bata pa lang ako,pinapanood ko na 'yong Ripley's Believe or Not. Ngayon na ako ay may chance na mag-host,siyempre very excited ako," says Chris Tiu about his new show Ripley'sBelieve It or Not.


Chris Tiu is one of the hoop heartthrobs in the UniversityAthletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP). He is currently the team captain of the Ateneo Blue Eagles. But his stardom does not only revolve insidethe basketball court since he decided to join show business.

Chris started to get more fans when he co-hosted withPambansang Kamao Manny Pacquiao in GMA-7's Saturday program called PinoyRecords. Now, as he gets morepopular, Chris is given a show of his own in the primetime block of GMA Network. He will be hosting Ripley'sBelieve It or Not every Monday as part of "Bilib Ka Ba Nights" in the Kapuso network; the other two programs are World Records to be hosted by Paolo Contis and Masquerade featuring the tandem of Ariel & Maverick.

During the press conference of "Bilib Ka Ba Nights"yesterday, August 12, at the Mandarin Oriental Suites, Gateway Mall in QuezonCity, Chris said that he'smore excited than nervous about hosting Ripley's Believe It or Notalone.

He explained, "Siyempre 'yong mga experience ko sapagte-tape sa Pinoy Records... Napansin n'yo naman siguro na si Manny, usually [nasa] abroadnagte-training. So, madalas akonagte-taping mag-isa. Medyo nakuhako na rin 'yong flow ng pagho-host. Enjoy din ako and excited din ako, siyempre bagong concept 'to lahat."

In the taping of the first two episodes of the said program,Chris said that he is still adjusting to his new job. "Nakakapagod kasi siyempreyung spiels mahahaba, malalalim na Tagalog. So, medyo nag-a-adjust ako pero enjoy naman."

The 23-year-old basketball star admitted that he feelspressured since this would be his first solo show. "Siyempre mayroon din kasi gusto natin na maging successful yungshow. But, for me, importante na masayaako sa ginagawa ko, masaya yung mga nakakatrabaho ko," said Chris.

BUSIER SCHEDULE. Now that he has another show, Chris's schedule has becomebusier. Aside from basketball training,he also has to allot some of his time for studies. He is currently on his fifth year at the Ateneo de ManilaUniversity. He's supposed to take a coursein management training in 2007 but he decided to take his second major, math infinance, minor in Chinese.

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How does he manage his time for work, studies, andbasketball training?

"Ever since naman, e, priority ko na ang pag-aaral," repliedChris. "Siyempre, ngayong UAAP season,gusto ko rin namang manalo ng championship para sa Ateneo."

Is it true that he took a second major for him to be able toplay in the UAAP?

"That's one of the reasons," Chris agreed. "But I really got into finance later on whenI was in third year already. I wasexposed to the finance industry and I also wanted to become an investmentbanker initially. I wanted to know moreabout the field that's why I took the course related to that. At the same time, I get to play basketball."

Although he finds a way to attend to all these activities,Chris admitted that sometimes he also has to sacrifice his time for his familyand friends. "Nabawasan na 'yon kasi'yong time ko ngayon, talagang ibinibigay ko para sa basketball training. Kasi, in a day, siguro mga four to five hours kaminagte-training, siguro every day 'yon. And then, kapag minsan walang training naman, taping naman ako sa PinoyRecords and may Ripley's na rin."

However, this does not worry Chris because he knows that people, especially his parents, understand him. "Naiintindihan naman nila 'yon. Very supportive sila sa lahat ng pinapasukan ko—sa basketball, sa media—very supportive naman sila."

COMMUNITY SERVICE. If studies, basketball, and show business are not enough, Chris isalso serving his constituents in Makati as barangay councilor.

"For me, that's a chance for me to really give back sa mgaopportunities and blessings na ibinibigay sa akin. So, service talaga siya para sa mga constituents namin doon saMakati."

Unknown to many, Chris started being a public servantin Sangguniang Kabataan. He used to bethe SK Chairman in their community. "Dati talaga, SK [Sangguniang Kabataan, chairman] ako for about fiveyears. Very fulfilling ang trabaho kodoon."

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The varsity player-TV host said that he really wanted tohelp people so he joined the politics. "Actually, I wanna say it's not tabaho, e. I mean, 'yong position na 'yon, suwerte na ako. I'd like to be inthat position na nakakatulong sa ibang tao. Ngayon na kagawad na ako, ako ang in-charge sa education and culturecommunity. So, ganun din—paggawa ng mgaprojects, pagbibigay ng lingkod sa bayan."

However, when asked if he sees himself leading the entirenation someday, Chris answered, "I don't know, it's hard to say now. But I think I'll get into business more thanpolitics."

And like politics, Chris has no plan to shift intoacting from hosting. "Parang hindi kolang makita ang sarili ko na nag-a-act. Hosting na lang. It's just notmy thing talaga. Hosting na lang atsaka basketball."


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