Basketball star Chris Tiu hosts science experiment show

by Kathleen Benavidez
Jan 20, 2012
Chris Tiu on his new show, iBilib: Wonders of Horus: "So very...mawa-'wow' ka, mabibilib ka. Pero at the same time, may educational component siya."

Prepare to be amazed by mind-boggling tricks via a new TV show every Sunday night. Mystery? Magic? Science!

To be hosted by professional basketball player Chris Tiu—in tandem with model Isabelle Daza plus the Moymoy Palaboy duo—the science events show will air starting January 29, at GMA-7. (Philippine Entertainment Portal) had the chance to interview the national athlete, entrepreneur, youth icon, barangay councilor and TV personality Chris Tiu about his new show.

How is this show different from his previous hosting stint, the local version of Ripley's Believe It or Not?

"Magkaiba siya dahil, yung Ripley's Believe It or Not, yung features niya, ano e... world-wide stories ng mga unbelievable events, di ba?"

The show is an adaptation of the Robert Ripley franchise which showcases incredible, almost unbelievable, items, experiments, and events that have occurred anywhere in the world.

"Eto naman, yung iBilib: Wonders of Horus, yung material galing Japan, and yung mga pinapakita dito, akala mo magic, magical features.

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"Pero sa totoo, mga ano pala siya, science experiments," Chris Tiu explains.

Chris expects viewers to be awed and mystified by the video clips of various amazing acts and experiments that seem to defy logic.

In the end, he says, the show will provide scientific explanations for each event.

"So very...mawa-'wow' ka, mabibilib ka. Pero at the same time, may educational component siya."

A Management Engineering major who graduated with honors from the Ateneo de Manila University, Chris says he has always wanted a show that was informative and entertaining at the same time.

The 26-year-old is convinced that the show will get school children more interested in acquiring additional knowledge.

Chris added, "And this is an alternative means actually.

"Di naman kailangan traditional means parati sa classroom e.

"Of course, eto, matututunan 'tong lesson sa science sa classroom.

"Pero pag nakikita nila sa TV, 'Uy! Eto pala yung natutunan ko."

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To make the show more exciting, the hosts will do their version of the experiments in the studio.

"So yung mga ginagawa natin sa studio, somewhat related sa experiment na ginawa na sa video."

The show is open to viewers, especially students of science, who will request certain experiments to be performed on the show.

MOYMOY PALABOY. Obeso brothers James Ronald and Rodfil—more popularly known as Moymoy Palaboy—will add a touch of comedy to the show.

The duo, who became a YouTube sensation with their lipsynch of popular songs on video, will act as Chris Tiu's sidekicks in the show.

"Sila Moymoy yung aking mga...minsan sila yung subjects.

"Sila yung pinapagawa ko ng experiments, kung gagana ba o hindi.

"Minsan sila rin yung tumutulong sa 'kin para mag-conduct ng experiments," he explained.

Chris said that it was fun working with the two on the set.

CHINESE NEW YEAR. Chris, a Filipino of pure Chinese descent, still observes most Chinese family customs.

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What are his plans for this coming Chinese New Year?

"Traditionally kasi kami, yung pamilya namin, we have dinner, yung parang noche buena namin on Chinese New Year's Eve with the entire clan, yung pamilya namin.

"Father's side... Tapos mother's side, the following day naman. Siguro, lunch time.

"Yung ibang pamilya, nagpapaputok pa [ng fireworks]. Kami, hindi na masyado, nanonood na lang kami."

He explained that his family opts not to use firecrackers to keep away from injuries.

"But usually, it's just an intimate dinner with the cousins, mga uncles, aunties ko.

"Then after that, just a quiet time together para magsama-sama lang," he said.

Chris also said that when they were young, they would, like other Chinese-Filipino families, visit Buddhist temples.

But not anymore, as his parents have converted to Catholicsm.

A practice they still observe is the wearing of red-colored clothes on the first day of the Chinese calendar.

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"Well, of course, when we go out, lahat kami naka-red. So pag pumunta kami sa Chinese restaurant, yung buong clan namin lahat, naka-pula lahat!" asked Chris what he cannot let go of during the observance of the Chinese new year. He answered that that would be his loved ones.

As for material possessions, two things that he says he can't discard are his laptop, which contains very important files, and his cell phone.

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