By Eric Borromeo
After that controversial video scandal went viral, this articulate and talented TV5 news anchor and host eventually limited his boob tube visibility by choice. He wanted to recoup whatever negative effect it brought on him and trying to regain the name and prestige he used to hold.
Not all TV and news anchors are given the good looks and the skills to last years in the industry. Paolo Bediones might not be too visible nowadays on TV or any showbiz events, but being out of the limelight for some time now, the host was able to focus on his other side…his love for music. You can catch him jamming nightly at his restaurant-bar named Punta (somewhere in Wack-Wack, Mandaluyong), with the featured singer every night. Paolo is a pro behind the keyboards.
“I leave the singing to my artist,” he said when we chanced upon him the other night in his resto. It’s a place where good food and nice live acoustic music meet. A great place where you can have fun with your friends.
How is life after the video controversy? “I’m good,” he replied with a smile. “Malaking blessing sa akin itong Punta. After what happened, ito yung talagang naging therapy ko with the support of friends, family, and loved ones. The past year talagang nakapag-isip ako nang matindi kung ano pa yung gusto kong gawin pa, and I realized I love where I am.”
Paolo was honest enough to admit that he missed hosting and doing programs and projects that teach positivity. As everybody knows, the TV host is well-respected in his field because he has already mastered it.
“I took a break ng one year,” he shared. “Nawala ako as an anchor. I took a leave of absence from being a news anchor. Walang sama ng loob sa network, kasi naiintindihan ko yun. Mahirap nga naman na yung isang anchor mo na-involved sa isang ganoong klaseng controversy. So walang hard feelings.”
“Itong nakaraang taon na-realized ko what I missed doing. I missed doing pageants. I missed doing reality shows. I missed conceptualizing mga documentaries. I missed coming up with programs na positive,” Paolo said. Although TV5 gave him the chance to be a news anchor, Paolo revealed that his heart is in hosting.
“As an anchor, na-realize ko rin na hindi ko nagagawa yung gusto ko. I’m not closing my door being an anchor. Kung meron pang gustong kumuha sa akin as an anchor, why not? But honestly, I discovered my heart wasn’t in it,” he admitted.
His contract with TV5 is ending this December, but Paolo is not closing any opportunities to work with the network again. “I am still with Rescue 5. Well, hanggang (this) December na lang ang contract ko,” he said.
“Actually, my leave of absence is only as an anchor. But my duties as a TV host, as a reporter, as a special stories journalist exist pa rin. Nandoon pa rin ang trabaho ko. I am very active pa rin. So whether or not there’s a renewal of a contract, honestly, hindi ko alam. We (TV5) haven’t spoken. Normally yung mga ganyan happen pag tapos na (yung kontrata). If there’s an offer, I look into it. If not, look elsewhere,” Paolo explained.
TV5 has a new set of executives, headed by Viva’s big boss Vic del Rosario, that will gear the network’s programming to focus more on entertainment. But Paolo seemed not to be worried at all. “I am not scared,” he insisted. “Hindi ako takot na mawalan ng trabaho. I’ve been there. I’ve been there 19 years ago na walang trabaho. All I wanted was a break. Showbiz has been good to me. I’ve been able to put up a restaurant. May negosyo ako. Now life is simpler. Mas simple ang buhay ko ngayon. Gusto ko yung tahimik na buhay. But at the same time, I do miss what I have been doing.”
“Given an opportunity again, why not? Because you have to stick to what you’re good at. Nakaka-miss,” Paolo said in closing.