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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.

Oct 8, 2023



BOY ABUNDA as a competent tak show host and TV interviewer is non pareil.

He does his research, asks the right questions and listens attentively. But of course, he is better known talking to showbiz personalities. 

Now, he focuses his attention on politics as he engages in spirited conversations with the mayors from different towns and cities in the Philippines. 

This is in his fresh online program "Political Conversations".

The mayors who will be featured include Mayor Joy Belmonte of Quezon City; Mayor Arth Bryan Celeste of Alaminos, Pangasinan; Mayor Mark Alcala of Lucena City, Quezon; Mayor Joy Salvame of Ibaan, Batangas; 

Mayor Jeri Mae Calderon of Angono, Rizal; Mayor Donya Tesoro of San Manuel, Tarlac; Mayor Marcy Teodoro of Marikina City; Mayor Jasmin Maligaya-Bautista of Magallanes, Cavite; 

Mayor Albee Benitez of Bacolod City; Mayor Jose Ivan Dayan of Agda, Borongan, Samar; and Mayor Lani Cayetano of Taguig City.

What does it take to be the mother or father of your beloved city? How do you take care and attend to the needs of your constituents? 

All these and more will be discussed by Boy Abunda and his esteemed guests in “Political Conversations”. 

This is not something new for Boy as he has done interviews with political figures before in a past show, “The Bottomline with Boy Abunda”.

He has also done several incisive interviews before with presidents, vice presidents, presidentiables, and other political figures.

“My goal is to interview the major players in our political arena,” he says. 

“There are many things to discuss, including the recent pandemic and how they led their constituents during that challenging period in our global history. 

"It is interesting to listen to the stories of each mayor. Their personal experience in serving their constituents is a distinct journey from one another due to the political landscape. 

"Their efficiency as public servants was put to a test during the pandemic.

“Politics is personal. During the interview, I asked each mayor how he or she is as a mother or father of their city.

"Ano ang mga pangarap mo para sa bayan mo? Kamusta ang bayan mo? We talked about political alliances, political dynasties, political turncoatism, the Mandanas-Garcia ruling, and other important issues.”

"Political Conversations with the Mayors" was launched on Oct. 7, 2023, 6 p.m. on YouTube. Don't miss all political conversations with the mayors that will be uploaded on “The Boy Abunda Talk Channel” on YouTube every Friday thereafter.