What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?
Say thank you!
What do you usually wear to work?
What do you love most about your job?
That I witness and report history every single day.
What do you like least about it?
When I have to keep calling and calling people to get an interview and they don’t respond. I get irritated and I’m sure they do, too.
Pinky prepares to go on- camera during the recent Philippine elections.
What keeps you going at it?
My love for my job. It just comes so naturally that it doesn’t even feel like work.
Have you always wanted to be a journalist?
It came quite late, sometime after college. I really didn’t know what I wanted to do, until one day, I saw the influx of younger journalists on television and thought, “Hey, that’s exactly what I want to do!”
Where would you be working if not in media?
Hmmm, that’s a scary thought. I have no idea.
Most interesting person you’ve met?
Probably Senator Ping Lacson. He’s tough, real, does his homework, and doesn’t beat around the bush. If he can’t truthfully answer a question, he’ll tell you, because he’d rather be forthright than lie. I think that’s hard to do especially if you’re a politician.
Most impressive subject you’ve interviewed?
It has to be James Deakin. It’s a long story, but essentially he came up with a novel way to help his friend’s two-month-old baby get medical treatment. By“novel” I mean he borrowed a Maserati from another friend’s father and offered to chauffeur people around for a donation. His idea was so successful that he was able to raise more than he expected. Then came a twist in the end that not even James knew: When the baby’s grandfather asked James who lent him the Maserati, James said it was Willy Soong. The grandfather was in tears and told James to tell Mr. Soong that it was his granddaughter he was helping. Apparently, decades ago, Mr. Soong used to hitch a ride to school with the grandfather’s family. It was James’s idea that allowed these two families to once again cross paths. Good karma at its finest.
Who do you look up to, in your personal life and in your professional life?
In my personal life it will always be my mom. But I salute reporters who have so much passion for their work. Take for example the campaign leading up to election day. Many of our CNN Philippines reporters got by with very little sleep, and they managed to pull through with great stories and a fantastic attitude. Of course, it wouldn’t hurt if I meet Anderson Cooper as well.
What does the Philippines need right now?
A lot! But let me go basic: high-speed internet and an efficient transport system.
Everyone must meet...
That one person who will never turn their back on you.
How do you keep connected?
How much time do you spend on social media?
Two hours, maybe three.
Describe yourself in three words.
Realistic, considerate, and stubborn.
Quality you like most about yourself?
I’m a true friend.
A car that my dad helped me buy.
Who is your dream date?
What do you wear to a hot date?
Something sexy but not too revealing.