UAAP volleyball stars get candid in new talk show

Camille B. Naredo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 14 2020 11:59 AM

MANILA, Philippines -- Four UAAP volleyball stars promise candid, open conversations when they share the stage in "TBH," the newest talk show of ABS-CBN Sports.

Eya Laure of University of Santo Tomas, Rosie Rosier of University of the Philippines, Michelle Cobb of De La Salle University, and Ponggay Gaston of Ateneo de Manila University join forces in the program that promises frank and honest discussions about relevant topics.

The four players got to know each other through virtual workshops and "trial" Instagram Live sessions while the enhanced community quarantine was enforced. They will shoot episodes of "TBH" from their homes, given that Metro Manila remains under general community quarantine.

Yet the unusual set-up has not dampened the players' enthusiasm for their project.

"I'm super excited," said Cobb, who was the setter on two of La Salle's championship teams. "This is something new to us all. We've never hosted a show before, and I feel like it's gonna be interesting."

"This is something that allowed us to step out of our comfort zone," said Gaston, a member of Ateneo's championship team in UAAP Season 81.

The first episode of "TBH" airs on June 23 at 8:00 a.m., with replays at 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. The premiere features the four players breaking down their experiences, frustrations, and realizations during the new normal.

They expect to have guests in future episodes, with a special focus on female athletes.

"It's really just us speaking from our hearts, and speaking for people like student-athletes and Filipinas," said Rosier, the captain of the Fighting Maroons in Season 82.

While this is a new opportunity for all four of them, the players welcome the challenge -- and the spotlight that comes with it.

Laure, in particular, is looking forward to "straightforward" conversations with her fellow athletes. Rosier, for her part, says they can use their platform to show that athletes are so much more than what they display on the court.

"Athletes do have very insightful comments," she said. "We do care about things in society and life. It's not just about playing or just about school… We care about society, we care about issues relating to the nation. This will teach everyone na, 'Don't judge a person because of what they do, or their label as athletes.'"

Making the program all the more special is that it gives a voice to female athletes and a platform for them to break the "just a pretty face" stereotypes that they have been struggling with in their careers.

"When I hear (Michelle's) thoughts, when I hear Rosie or Eya, I feel empowered," said Gaston. "I know I'm with strong women with their own mind and characters. I think this show will shed light on how women don't just stick to sports."

"Seeing us four hosting the show won't just promote women empowerment. It promotes equality," Rosier added.

But they also promise an entertaining time, with fans getting to know their favorite volleyball players a little better in every episode.

"Hindi naman kadalasan nakikita tayong magkakasama, lalo na tayong apat," said Laure, the UAAP Season 81 Rookie of the Year. "Ngayon, makikita nila tayo na magchi-chikahan every Tuesday."

Laure, Gaston, Rosier, and Cobb are the latest athletes to crossover to hosting, joining fellow volleyball stars Alyssa Valdez, Gretchen Ho, Michele Gumabao, Cherry Nunag, and many others who were groomed and trained as hosts by ABS-CBN Sports.

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