THE “P” TALKS!
BY: Pilar Mateo
TWO DZMM Radyo Patrol 630 programs and DZMM Teleradyo are lording over the airwaves in their time slots.
Couple Vic and Avelynn Garcia’s “Tulong Ko, Pasa Mo” (TKPM) and MJ Felipe and Ogie Diaz’ “OMJ”.
Let’s get to know more our colleagues in reporting-Ogie and MJ.
I came to like MJ when he joined a reality show called “Showbiz Konek” (EK) years back. Siya ang bet ko to win kung sino ang next na magiging showbz field reporter. And the rest is history. He’s been interviewing celebrities here and abroad-the likes of Brad Pitt, Linda Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzenegger recently.
The tindero ng banana cue, “Kung barbecue, mausok. Ayoko naman nun!” Ogie’s life as a reporter was courtesy of his idol and mentor Cristy Fermin. And the rest also, is history.
Now, their “OMJ” tandem has been viewed and listened to locally and internationally. Six solid years!
I asked the two about their OMG moments. The highlights of their careers. The unforgettable stuff.
“Eto binabalikan na lang ha! Ang isa na ‘di ko malilimutan eh, nung pitserahan ako ni John Regala. Ako kasi ang nagbi-voice over that time for “The Buzz”. Sabi ko, teka muna po, nagbasa lang ako ng balita. Hindi ako ang gumawa ng balita. Ang isyu kasi naghihirap na siya. Eh, biglang nilagay ang kamay sa bulsa niya. Natakot ako. Eh, syempre inisip ko, baka baril.
“Pero nakahinga ako nang maluwag nung marinig ko ang mga barya sa bulsa n’ya! So, alam niyo na. Barya ang narinig ko,” he laughingly shared.
He added, “Minsan naman, naduro-duro ako ni Cesar Montano. Report ni MJ ‘yun for “TV Patrol”. About Niña Corpuz. Na nag-react si Erwin Tulfo.Kasi, nagkahamunan si aktor at si commentator. Dun daw sa gym. Eh, nagkataon pagpunta ko sa gym nandun siya. Ako ang unang nakita. Kaya tinanong agad ako ng pagalit. Ano raw ginagawa ko dun. At sinabj agad na espiya raw ako. Sabi ko, eh dun din akk naggi-gym. Hindi ba niya nakikita na naka-gym outfit ako. Ayun ipinatawag kami ni Ma’am Charo (Santos-Concio). Bakit daw pinagaaway ang magkakapamilya.”
There were more anecdotes that Ogie and MJ shared. But most of these boils down to Ogie, being a good husband and provider to his kids.
How much are they worth?
“A blessed feeling,” said MJ whonis Michael Ely in real life. “May share of bashers din especiallh pagdating sa mga loveteams. I was advised na huwag na lang pansinin. Pero pav below the belt na syempre lalaban ka rin. Happy ako sa Brad Pitt interview. Kasi naalala niya talaga na ako si MJ.”
A different news platform and commentary is what Ogie and MJ in their “OMJ” offers.
Matalinong opinyon na may wit and humor is what can be heard and viewed Saturday nights at 9 p.m.
THE other team to boot is Sunday’s teleradyo at 11 a.m. “Tulong Ko, Pasa Mo”.
Theirs is a life story that is inspirational. The couple hit rock bottom financially.
“Dahil sa isang kaibigan nakabangon kami. One day, inabutan kami ng sobre. Ang kapal. Akala namin pera ang laman. Hindi. Ito rin ‘yung tao na nagpatira sa amin sa bahay niya. Si Tita Cora. And she opened to us a new pwrspective in life, about paying it forward. Ipinapanood sa amin anv movie. At iyak kami ng iyak ni Avelynn. Sa movie, kailangan makapag-paynit forward ka sa 3 tao. That was the start and it continues us being life coaches.”
I watch the show regularly. And the couple has been helping so many people here and abroad by teaching them about finances, especially our dear OFWs.
At ine poi t in their life, they happened to be at a crossroad when they had to choose to work abroad and leave their family or stay here. They chose the latter.
Said Vic, “Nababasa ko naman kasi ang buhay ng mga top o richest in our country. Kaya naman natin gawin ‘yun. Magagaya naman natin. With perseverance and a lot of work.”
Blessed to have their 28th year as a married couple, they also coach couples about marriage and the family.
The secret to a happy married life?
“Respeto mula sa lalake. Pagmamahal mula sa babae. Nakita niyo na bang knilig ang lalake ‘pag sinabihan mo ng i love you? Ang babae oo. And more than the love, men want to be respected by their wives.”
The couple have books where they share insights on the topocs they discuss every Sunday.
Asked if they have their share of rivals in the industry, the couple said that Chinkee Tan is a very food friend.
Money, work, career, relationships, parenting roles and a hundred more, vic and Avelynn continues to share and pass on what they have been in and done in the past-lessons not even money can buy!
Only one year in DZMM, they have already been carving a beautiful niche in the hearts of the people they are touching!