By Marivir R. Montebon
I remember this show was conceived in our heads while having siomai for lunch.
New York City – This full episode of Babaye (Woman) TV Show is the only surviving episode of one of the longest TV talk shows on women in Cebu. My heart is overflowing when I watched this today. I was a slim co-host and executive producer of the 7-year-old show, from 2003 to 2010 at the Cebu Catholic Television Network. My dear friend Stella Monteno was the director and co-host. Those were exciting days that I truly miss. I remember this show was conceived in our heads while having siomai for lunch. The Women’s Feature Service, an international women’s news bureau, was a huge initial support.
In English and Cebuano, we interviewed amazing women Grace Cenas, director of the National Dairy Authority and Sisinia Onde, a very soft-spoken but iron-willed leader in this episode. They shared their inspiring journey into family and agricultural development through dairy farming. See how small-scale enterprises could mean economic improvement for families and discipline among children. I hope for the best for NDA and all women farmers since this interview.
My Bisaya was so crisp here, and Stella and I were just being very conversational. I want that body back. Now, I am more resolute to be trim. Plus things may be underway, another team-up again, Stella Monteno? Who knows. Thank you, dear Stella, for retrieving old files. I am having a blast from the past.
(Postscript: With great respect, I salute to Sisinia who, I later learned, passed away in 2008)