Basketball player-turned-TV host, Chris Tiu, was awarded Best Sports Personality at the USTv Students’ Choice Awards last March 7, held at the UST Plaza Mayor.
Chris was proud of the recognition, “Nakakatuwa nga, e, kasi kilala pa rin ako bilang basketball player. And dyan talaga ‘ko nagsimula mula college pa.
“And I’ve crossed over to different fields such as TV hosting, entrepreneurship, and other things but nakikilala pa rin ako bilang basketball player.”
He’s also a politician.
Chris is presently a councilman in Barangay Urdaneta, Makati City.
At the age of 18, he started out as a Sangguniang Kabataan chairman, now the post of his younger sister, Christine.
Though he repeatedly insisted that he has no plans of entering politics, Chris has been active in public service through his many advocacies.
VOTERS’ EDUCATION. Of great impact and significance to him is the upcoming elections.
He affirmed, “Well, ’yan nga yung isa sa mga advocacies ko, e, education for voters, voters’ education.
“What we’re really trying to push here is for the voters to know who they’re voting for and to know what the platforms of these people are, what are the values, and what do they stand for.
“We’re not promoting any candidate in particular. We want the voters to know, to be aware of the candidates and what they’ve done in the past and what their plans are.
“Based on that, I think they’re smart enough to make their own judgments as to who to vote.”
TO VOTE AND NOT TO VOTE. PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) asked Chris about the traits Filipinos should be looking for in a candidate.
His answer: “Well, integrity, for one. Importante yung kanyang integrity, honesty.
“Isang politician na sincere ang kanyang pagmamahal sa bayan at gusto niyang tumulong sa bayan para mapaunlad ang Pilipinas sa tamang paraan.”
What kind of candidates should we not vote?
Chris said, “Hindi dapat iboto yung mga parating ano lang, nagpa-promise, nangangako ng kung anu-ano mang mga projects and promises pero empty promises naman or wala naman talaga silang patutunguhan.
“Or candidates na puro salita lang or puro kanta’t sayaw lang pag mga meeting de avance, di ba.
“Candidates na nakaupo dun na wala naman talagang pinapasang mga bills, for example, na makakatulong sa bansa natin.
“Or of course, the worst is, nakaupo na nga dun, ginagamit pa yung pera ng taong-bayan para sa mga personal na gamit, di ba.”
EDUCATION IS KEY. Should the Filipino people make the right choice this coming election, what are the changes he would want to see in our country?
Chris was very clear about his vision: “Definitely, the educational system must be improved, both private and public, especially the public sector.
“There must be more environmental and green projects, infrastructure projects, tourism because lahat ito, naka-attach sa livelihood, e.
“Lahat ito nakakabigay sa ating mga taumbayan ng mga pagkakataon na magkaroon ng hanapbuhay para makapagsuporta sa mga anak nila.
“Pero at the end of the day, going back, importante talaga yung education.
“So my priority will be creating quality schools with qualified educators with a curriculum na puwede nilang gamitin para maturuan nila yung mga bata.”