Still not used to showbiz

YOU CAN tell that newscaster (and now, morning show host) Pinky Webb, daughter of former Senator and TV personality Freddie Webb, still isn’t used to showbusiness. This was particularly evident during the grand press launch of Umagang Kay Ganda ...

By Aprylle Liabres (Contributor)

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Published: Thu 5 Jul 2007, 10:51 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 12:10 AM

the new morning show of ABS-CBN, where she is one of the main anchors.

At the press conference, the media feasted on the supposed relationship between Pinky and her co-host Edu Manzano. The two have been friends for years; their common connection is De La Salle University, which they both attended, although not at the same time. Edu is also friends with Pinky’s brothers (who include sportscaster Jason Webb), all fellow La Sallians. Pinky and Edu also have other mutual friends.

They are professional colleagues as well, and used to have a radio show on DZMM every Saturday afternoon. Pinky is now part of the daily afternoon DZMM news program Radyo Patrol Balita with Angelo Palmones. Edu and Aida Gonzales team up for the Saturday edition of Pasada Sais Trenta.

Umagang Kay Ganda brings them back into each other’s television orbit.

Unfortunately, it has also sparked speculations about the real state of their relationship. During the press conference, some members of the media insisted that Pinky and Edu were the new Julius and Tintin, an obvious reference to Magandang Umaga Pilipinas hosts Julius Babao and Tintin Bersola, who met and fell in love — and eventually married — during the 10 years that they hosted ABS-CBN’s morning programmes.

Both Pinky and Edu denied that there was something going on between them. Pinky, in particular, blushed and glanced in the direction of her other colleagues, begging them to rescue her from the relentless questioning of the media, who wouldn’t take ‘no’ for an answer.

The only thing she admitted to was being friends. “We’ve been friends for at least 10 years,” says Pinky. “Edu’s nice, because as a friend, he’s the type you can always count on. But aside from that, no, there’s nothing. We’re really just friends.”

She thinks the only reason that the rumours about them refuse to die is that both of them are currently single. Now that they’re working together again in Umagang Kay Ganda, the rumours have intensified.

But Pinky isn’t bothered. “People have asked me if I minded Edu being on the show, and I said no. I didn’t have second thoughts about accepting it. Frankly, it didn’t matter.”

What Pinky is more worried about is whether she can get up early enough in time for the show, which reels off every morning at 5:15. She confesses that she’s not a morning person. The earliest time she gets up is around 8:30 AM, by which time ABS-CBN’s morning show is already about to sign off. She would have to make a special effort to wake up, put on her make-up and make it to the studio in time.

“But that aside, I’m nervous but very excited about this new show,” says Pinky, who even had to take a two-day workshop to prepare herself for this new assignment.

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