TIPPY DOS SANTOS
The 21 year-old MYX VJ shares the joys of working with kids and making a difference.
DOING WHAT YOU LOVE When I get on set at MYX, it doesn’t even feel like it’s work. When I first started out, I was always nervous about going in front of the camera— sometimes you read a script and sometimes you just make up everything. I enjoy what I do because it’s taught me to be more spontaneous and to trust myself whenever I have to talk about anything. And the people at the studio, from the sounds people and camera men to the production staff and VJS, sobrangsayanaminglahat. It’s really a family. camera or I have to do something, I shut them off and then after, I let myself feel them again.
Juggling school and work was really very difficult, especially when I took 26 units in one semester. I got through it by making checklists for everything, and every box had its own subchecklist. I had to be really organized when it came to managing my time. ’Pagwalaakong guide, magkakagulogulonalangtalagalahat. And it was a matter of knowing what was really important to me. Angdamikong shows that I had to say no to because school was always my Number One priority. If the schedule worked out in a way that I got to do school first and then the job, then I’d do it.
WORKING WITH KIDS
My course in U.P. was Family Life and Childhood Development because I want to work with children, and if I ever go into medicine, I want to be a pediatrician. I feel like kids are so dependent on you, but your job is getting them to be independent. So there’s give and take: even though they’re smaller than you are, their brains aren’t as developed, and their understanding of the world is different, you don’t really know— there are so many situations where you actually learn from the child, so angsaraplangng give and take na hindimoine- expect.
I’ve been a World Vision ambassador for four years. In high school, we visited different provinces, and those were my most eyeopening experiences. You know there are a lot of people living under the poverty line, but you don’t know what poor is until you’re in a community where niwalasilang flooring, putikanlangyungbahay. It’s important for me to do more World Vision work now that I’ve graduated, kasimasmabutina maramingnakakaalamkunganoba talagayungkailanganggawin for people who are in that position. It’s such a great way to help out children who want to go to school, so my heart is really close to World Vision.