With the presidential elections barely three months away, netizens have been all agog with the barrage of past media interviews featuring top presidential candidates led by Senator Ping Lacson, Vice-President Leni Robredo, ex-Senator Bongbong Marcos, Senator Manny Pacquiao, and former Manila Mayor Isko Moreno.
For a refreshing change of pace, multi-awarded broadcast journalist Korina Sanchez-Roxas offers an intimate and candid glimpse into the private lives of these future leaders in her Rated Korina special episode dubbed “Upuan ng Katotohan,” airing this Saturday, February 5, 5:00pm on A2Z Channel 11, 7:30pm on TV5, 10:30pm on Kapamilya Channel, and Sunday, February 6, via OnePH, 7:00pm.
The hour-long episode veers away from hard-hitting political issues and gives a rare, armchair glimpse into the storied lives of the fascinating personalities.
Explaining her TV special’s unique concept, Korina shares, “By design, I really wanted all the candidates to be known, not just for their political platforms or the usual issues, but for their rarely-seen human side as well. After all, they all have families, they all have their favorite pastimes, and most definitely, they know how to laugh and have fun.”
She adds, “Ang isang president ay tao rin. At tayong lahat ay tumataya sa kabuuan ng tao at hindi lang sa isang seryosong lider na nakaupo at sumasagot ng de kahon ng tanong. Sabi nga nila, tipo-tipo ‘yan sa pagpili.”
“Since we already know their respective stands on relevant issues, I feel that these priceless footages of casual banter are just as crucial in giving everyone a clear picture of their personas—beyond their capabilities as deserving leaders of the country.”
“Upuan ng Katotohanan” shows Korina taking a casual stroll down the streets of Manila with Isko, listening to Sen. Pacquiao unleashing his musical genius on the piano, fishing with Sen. Lacson at his farm, having an intimate huddle with VP Leni and her daughters at their condo apartment, and playing kitchen buddy to Sen. Marcos showing off his cooking skills.
Through all the freewheeling Fast Talk interviews, Korina also clarifies that, unlike most presidential debates or interviews, “Upuan ng Katotohanan” presents a non-opinionated dialogue with the five candidates.
She points out, “I have opinions about how and what they answered, but I’m not editorializing here. I hardly did follow-up questions simply because we didn’t have that much time with each. You’ll just have to watch and judge for yourselves.”
The longer versions of the interviews will be uploaded in the Rated Korina official YouTube channel on Monday, February 7.
Catch “Upuan ng Katotohanan” on Rated Korina, the top-rating lifestyle magazine TV show as it airs via multiple media platforms this weekend: Saturday, February 5, A2Z Channel 11, 5:00pm; 7:30pm on TV5, 10:30pm on Kapamilya Channel, and Sunday, February 6, via OnePH, 7:00pm.
Rated Korina is produced by Brightlight Productions.