Former ABS-CBN segment host and entertainment reporter Jefferson Fernando is back.
Following his work for the Kapamilya network, Fernando will host the online show “Famous Ka” on Facebook starting Aug. 5 at 6 p.m.
“‘Famous Ka’ is a once-a-week online showbiz magazine talkshow. Originally, 15 minutes lang per episode pero naging 45 minutes dahil nang mag-dry run kami, masaya ang resulta at maganda ang naging content. Nabuo ang idea ng one time magkausap kami sa phone ni Direk Calvin Neria and na-inspire kami na gawin ito,” said Fernando in an exclusive online chat Friday.
“Famous Ka” will be produced by independent group Echo Jam Entertainment Production which stages concerts and awards shows.
For its pilot episode, Film Development Council of the Philippines head Liza Dino Seguerra will sit as guest.
Fernando admitted he was affected by the network’s crisis but he managed to stay strong.
“Nakakalungkot ang perfect na word. Para sa amin na mga natigil at nawalan ng work sa panahon na may pandemic, times two ang crisis at pag-aalala na pinagdadaanan namin ngayon. Pero naniniwala ako na lahat ng ito may purpose at reason. Hindi ko pa lang alam sa ngayon pero I’m still positive,” said Fernando, when asked to comment on the ABS-CBN crisis.
Fernando recalled it was print and broadcast journalist Jake Maderazo who encouraged him to be a segment host and reporter of the former ABS-CBN morning show “Alas Singko y Medya” sometime in 1999.
“Dito ako natuto dahil ako ang nagko-cover at interview, nagsusulat ng script, edit ng video and intro to my report on camera araw araw. Mahirap pero di ko naramdaman kasi gusto ko ang ginagawa ko.” he said.
Fernando thanked all the supporters of ABS-CBN for many years.
“Nakakatuwa dahil ako personally, hanggang ngayon, nakakatanggap pa rin ng positive messages to stay strong and hold on. Maraming salamat sa kanilang lahat na nanonood na-i-inform at napasaya ng iba’t-ibang shows ng ABS-CBN.”