Bayani Agbayani relates with "My MVP" contestants' life struggles

"'Yong mga magagaling na[undiscovered] basketball players natin sa Pilipinas hindi nakapag-aral samagandang unibersidad dahil walang pera, walang pambili ng sapatos o kaya mayproblema sa pamilya," says Bayani Agabayani, who hosts TV5's realitysports show, My MVP, together with ex-cager JasonWebb and current Ateneo head coach Norman Black.


Listening to the plight of contestants on TV5's reality sports program My MVP reminds comedian Bayani Agbayani of his own strugglesduring his younger years.

Back in college, Bayaniused to work as a service crew for a popular donut chain while studying at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP)in Sta. Mesa, Manila. After graduation, Bayani went on to work as a waiter beforelanding a job as a network production assistant. His exposure to productionwork, combined with his innate sense of humor, ultimately pushed him in front ofthe cameras.

As one of the hosts of My MVP, Bayani shared how touching it is to see youngpeople work extremely hard just to make the cut.

Everyone has a touchingstory to tell. Some of those who showed up at the training camp were actuallyformer college players who, were forced to abandon their dreams of playing professional basketballbecause of financial constraints or personalcrises.

As Bayani puts it, "'Yongmga magagaling na [undiscovered] basketball players natin sa Pilipinas hindinakapag-aral sa magandang unibersidad dahil walang pera, walang pambili ngsapatos o kaya may problema sa pamilya."

MyMVP'spress conference was held last Tuesday, September 30, at Burgoo restaurant inPodium mall in Ortigas, Mandaluyong City.

The show aims to providethat second chance to the contestants, at the same teach them to cope betterwith life struggles as viewed from a basketball perspective. Bayani's role in theshow is to present the lighter side of life, as opposed to co-hosts Jason Webb and Norman Black's stiffimage in the eyes of the aspirants.

"Dapat masaya ka pa rinso nila-lighten ko ‘yong drama," explained Bayani. "Kasi kung habang pinapagandamo ‘yong buhay mo na malungkot ka, e, di mo kakayanin. Kaya nga dapat kalimutanmo na ‘yong negatibong nangyayari sa buhay mo kasi unang-una, nangyari na 'yon,e, so dapat looking forward ka na."

ONCESAR AND DOMESTIC BLISS. After the comedy sitcom That's My Doc ends,Bayani will be seen in a new ABS-CBN fantasy series titled Dragona. He will be joined by young stars Shaina Magdayao and JakeCuenca.

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As for his domestic life, Bayani happily announcedthat everything's doing fine. "Awa naman ng Diyos maayos naman ‘yong mga bata, maayos‘yong schooling nila, malulusog. Maganda naman ‘yong nagiging buhay namin, awang Diyos."

It is widely known thatBayani is good friends with Cesar Montano and his wife Sunshine Cruz. When thecelebrity couple had a controversial falling out early this year, Bayani was constantlyasked by reporters for updates or any story to fill up Cesar's silenceregarding the issue. The comedian stayed away from the issue by keeping his mouth shut to avoid aggravating Cesar's marital woes.

Cesar and Sunshine arenow back together and they're even neighbors with Bayani and his family in aQuezon City subdivision.

"Actually, ang awaytalaga ng mag-asawa, pag totoong nagmamahalan kayo, kasama ‘yon, e. Hindi laging masaya, meron talagang conflict. Kung walang conflict, walang maitutuwid kasi hindi namantayo pare-parehong perpekto. Pero pag di mo nakita ‘yong mali, di ninyo pinagtalunan, hindi ninyo makikita ‘yong pagkakamali ng isa sa inyo," Bayani said seriously.


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