Television host Bianca Gonzales was stranded inside her car for six hours while typhoon Ondoy was battering Metro Manila two weekends ago.
"Isa ako sa mga na-stranded sa EDSA for hours and hours," revealed Bianca to PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) at the press conference of Pinoy Big Brother held recently at Plaza Ibarra in Quezon City.
The new season of Pinoy Big Brother officially opened its door last night, October 4, before a live audience and many TV viewers eagerly glued at home.
Anxious and left to her own devices, Bianca was listening to the news reports on the radio throughout the long ordeal while simultaneously texting and calling her loved ones to check on their situation.
"Thankfully I live in BF Parañaque," said Bianca with a sigh of relief. "Bumaha pero konti lang, and it's not even high. Parang bumaha lang nang konti but nothing really major. Thankfully in our area, 'yong mga streets lang ang binaha. Pero 'yong mga bahay, hindi naman pinasok nang sobra-sobra."
EXERTING EFFORTS. Bianca was not able to participate immediately in the relief and charity efforts conducted by various non-government organizations after Ondoy's onslaught.
"Nagkasakit na talaga 'ko nung Sunday and much as I want to do 'yong ABS-CBN telethon and sumama sa mga friends sa relief efforts, hindi ko kaya."
What Bianca did while feeling helplessly ill at home was to gather all the vital information concerning the rescue and relief efforts being conducted by government and non-government units—compiling and posting on her Facebook account and personal blog all the data on drop-off points for relief goods stationed around the metro.
Bianca eventually went to Taguig and Pasig to personally join other volunteers in packing the goods to be delivered to the typhoon- affected areas.
The entire experience according to Bianca was overwhelming: "Sobrang nakaka-overwhelm na makita ang mga bata na tumutulong at sumasama sa efforts."
Y SPEAK'S LATEST VICTORY. We asked Bianca's reaction regarding Y Speak's victory in the MTRCB Television Awards held last September 4 at Gateway Cinema 5 in Cubao, Quezon City.
Y Speak took home the Special Award for Promoting Education for the Marginalized. The program was conceptualized by ABS-CBN as a youth-oriented debate show that discusses relevant Philippine issues.
"A lot of people know about Y Speak but a lot of people don't know na buhay pa rin ang show," Bianca, who serves as the program's main host, candidly offered.
Y Speak was originally launched and broadcast on ABS-CBN with Ryan Agoncillo and Karen Davilla hosting the program. The show transferred to the network's sister station Studio 23 in 2003, with Bianca moving to the forefront after her stint as segment host.
"Since it's in Studio 23, it has less viewership that ABS-CBN talaga and accepted naman namin 'yon. But active kami sa pag-submit and pagsali sa mga award shows, so sobrang thankful kami sa MTRCB for giving us recognition."