Good times with a fellow broadcaster

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By Susan Palmes-Dennis

Straight from Carolinas

Friday, December 13, 2013

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina – I was in deep excitement mode after I chatted online with a fellow broadcaster recently; me at Tar Heels, North Carolina and she in the windy state of Chicago which is covered by snow in the past few days.

Still remember the person who anchored “Wanted Friends” every Sunday over dxCO? To those who do, the name Cherill Regoya rings more than a bell.

Who could forget that voice in the 90s when the cell phone and the Internet were still in their infancy? We talked for hours on life back then especially the lives of media people and the daily travails they encounter in both their jobs and lives.

Cherill was one of the fortunate few who survived and continued to lead a good life. She came here in the US in 2003 after 10 years working in Cagayan de Oro radio station dxCO.

She was still in college when she started making a name for herself. Cherill was 17 when she interned at dxCO, working in the block time program of her teacher in broadcasting Russel Tapangan.

Tapangan was a veteran broadcaster in Cebu when he relocated to Cagayan de Oro. Cherill co-emceed the Extravaganza of Talents, a question-and-answer program that offered prizes to students.

It was a matter of time before Cherill embraced life with the microphone impressing then dxCO station manager Bingo Alcordo. The “little girl with the golden voice” did newscasts and transcribed news from the Tempo tabloid.

In less than a year she had her own weekend program entitled “Wanted Friends” which at that time was so popular that the station added additional Samsung lines.

Talking with her took me back to how she sounded on air – she got this distinctive voice, deep but pleasing that leaves imprints to one's ears. You know a distinctive voice is an asset in a broadcaster's arsenal.

She was a reporter/newscaster/news writer and handled commercial traffic at the same time. Those who worked in the provincial broadcast outlets know what I mean about multi-tasking.

To borrow a line from my favorite SM ad, she “had it all.” Aside from working in news and current affairs, program director Fil Yburan asked her to co-emcee an amateur singing contest aside from the “Wanted Friends” program.

She was 18 at the time but every Saturday she was paid P150, which was big money then. Cherill remembers fully well her contemporaries Nilo Labares, Edgar Navarro and Popoy Yburan. During her radio career, she was finishing her degree in broadcasting major in entertainment management at the Northern Mindanao Polytechnic State College, then proceeded to take another course in Development Communication.

Cherill left in 2003 upon the prodding of her aunt in Chicago, the eldest in her mom's family of nine siblings. She wanted to help her siblings and she had a sister whom she helped to become a nurse.

She said it made her happy to help her parents and siblings. Cherill also helped those in need. She asked me not to tell anyone but I would mention it anyway because I am proud of what she did; Cherill sent donations from friends in Chicago to the victims of typhoon Sendong in Cagayan de Oro in 2011.

She told me that she cried when she saw the video that was sent to her by the beneficiaries.

Cherill hosted Christmas parties for the poor kids in the neighborhood in Igpit, Opol town. She still has a lot of plans to help others now that she has a good life in Chicago.

The former Cherill Regoya, now Cherill Regoya Mabao, got married to radio technician Oscar Mabao of dxCO. The couple is raising their seven-year-old son Noah who was born in the US but still learns Filipino values.

THEY now have reason to hope for a good life in another land while helping those who still have to realize it back home.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on December 14, 2013.


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