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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.

Aug 17, 2020



WE WATCHED the first episode of Luchi Cruz Valdez’ new talk show on TV 5 “URL” or “Usapang Real Life”.

The first part showed her being interviewed by Karen Davila of ABS-CBN right in her own home. They greeted each other with only their elbows touching.

“Ganyan na raw ang batian ngayon, elbow to elbow, hindi na yung beso-beso, for safety para may social distancing,” she says.

Karen said she is an icon in broadcast journalism and asked her how she started her career as a broadcast journalist.

She said her role model was the late Jose Mari Velez, so she took up broadcast journalism and then joined Cheche Lazaro’s “Probe Team”. Since then, she has worked with both top networks, GMA and ABS-CBN, then TV5.

Kuya Kim Atienza acknowledged Luchi as the one who started his “Matanglawin” segment when Luchi was with ABS-CBN.

Paolo Bediones said she is so generous in giving feedback to help turn you to be a better journalist. Lourd de Veyra respects her because “sagrado sa kanya ang pagbabalita.”

Karen asked her about her late husband, Lito, who had a crippling stroke and became bedridden.

“It was hard, heartbreaking, I have three young sons to bring up. You have to rely on the Lord. But this is what marriage really is, true commitment when you say in sickness or in health.”

A year after her husband passed, she suddenly got sick with lupus nephritis.

“Three months ako sa hospital, dina-dialysis ako, I had three surgeries. It affected my vocal chords which became spastic. Up to now, it takes me a great deal of effort when I talk because it’s a neurological disorder. But I never lost hope because I have God with me. My faith is what sustains me, and also, K-drama,” she laughs.

For “Usapang Real Life”, she wants to get a more intimate portrait of the persons she’ll interview.

“Yes, I want to know more about the real person, kung bakit ka ganyan, not just the issues about you. We will not judge you, we just want to know who you really are. I believe there’s something intrinsically good in everyone.”

After Karen interviewed her, she presented her first guest: KC Concepcion. She asked KC how is it to live on her own.

“Masaya to have an independent life,” said KC. “You become stronger. You’ll learn kung paano ka dumiskarte mag-isa. But nung mag-lockdown, I wished sana may kasama ako sa bahay.

"So I turned to cooking and I had cooking collaborations on Instagram. Yung guests ko, like Judy Ann Santos, Mamang Pokwang and celebrity chefs, tinuturuan nila akong magluto step by step.”

KC said she took a break from showbiz for three years and studied jewelry design. Early this year, she said she wanted to make a comeback and there were some projects waiting for her. But the virus happened and changed everything.

About her parents, she said both Sharon Cuneta and Gabby Concepcion now have their own families.

“May mga kapatid ako but ako lang yung nag-iisang anak nila. Ang bata pa nila when they had me. Now, I just want them to be proud of me,” and she can’t help but cry at this point.

In her next episode, Luchi will be interviewing the new Darna, Jane de Leon. "Usapang Real Life with Luchi Cruz Valdes" airs every Saturday at 9 PM.