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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Nov 5, 2011

Susan Enriquez courted by Abu Sayyaf rebel

SUSAN ENRIQUEZ is often mistaken as the wife of Mike Enriquez. “My maiden name is Sevillo,” she says. “It’s my ex-husband who’s an Enriquez and our marriage has already been annulled.” Susan is a single mom and her only daughter is now 19, taking up international studies at Miriam College.

She hosted “Kay Susan Tayo” on GMA-7 for six years. She doesn’t really miss it as she now has “I Juander” with Cesar Apolinario on GMA News TV Channel 11, seen Mondays at 10 PM. On radio, she’s now hosting solo “Si Susan Na” on DZBB in the 11 AM slot that she used to host with Arnell Ignacio, who has since moved to another network. Her show comes after the news programs of Mike Enriquez and Arnold Clavio. “Pagdating sa’kin, my listeners are mostly housewives and moms so I talk about topics in the home,” she says. “I give tips like what I learned from DTI: do your Christmas shopping now dahil when December comes, tataas ang presyo niyan ng 25%. When there’s a hot topic, I also touch on it, like what happened sa Ram Revilla case. We get experts to talk about sibling rivalry.”

What’s a typical day for her? “As a GMA News reporter, my regular working hours are from 12 noon to 8 PM and I’m usually home by 9 PM. But since I’m also in ‘Unang Hirit’, I wake up at 3:30 AM to be on the set before 5 AM.”

Born on May 24 (“Don’t ask what year”, she tells us), she’s the eldest in a brood of six and the only girl. She finished journalism at Lyceum in 1986. She worked with IBC Radio for a while then moved to GMA in 1989 as writer-reporter. Due to her work, she was able to travel to many foreign lands like the USA, England, France, Japan, Australia and various Asian countries. She did docus for “I-Witness” and worked with Arnold in “Emergency”. What are the most memorable stories she handled? “The Echegarray case, the World Trade Center bombing in New York, the tsunami coverage in Thailand and my encounter with the Abu Sayyaf na may rebeldeng nagkagusto sa’kin.”