Mitzi Borromeo of CNN Philippines is not just one of the prettiest broadcasters on TV today. She is the whole package beauty, brains and a big heart especially for the environment. She is one of several women featured in Phil Star’s Women of ALLURE. I included the feature on her below.
Another broadcast journalist I admire who was also featured in the list is Ginger Conejero. I have been fortunate enough to meet Ginger on countless press conferences in the entertainment and music field. She always has the best questions and comes well researched and prepared. It was so touching to find out that she took a leave from her high profile job in ABS CBN to take care of her ailing mother in the U.S. I am so glad and happy to see both women make this prestigious list. The creative team they put together to shoot the prestigious group such as photographer Jo Ann Bitagcol and Creative Director Luis Espiritu also impressed me. They featured the posh interiors of SHANG RILA HOTEL at Fort Bonifacio. —Jude Bautista
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Mitzi Borromeo The power of storytelling
(The Philippine Star) – May 29, 2016 – 12:00am MANILA, Philippines – The stories we watch on the news are not just tidbits and splices of the day that was, but they collectively share the story of all of us. And helping to bring more light, depth and perspective to our daily feed is seasoned news anchor Mitzi Borromeo, the woman in pursuit of stories of inspiration.
“With media, what I love about it is that it’s all about storytelling,” shares the stunning broadcast journalist. “Whether it’s about a poor fisherman who has no food to eat, or rich guys making their billions, or this entrepreneur who’s trying to change the world, it’s about looking at the common thread between all of us so that we can learn something. It’s really about trying to bring inspiration to our stories,” shares Mitzi, who graduated with a Political Science degree from the Ateneo de Manila University.
Since the beginning of her career, her heart had always been drawn to social issues and environmental causes. In fact, in 1998, when she first joined the Sarimanok News Network (which would later become ABS-CBN News Channel), she juggled responsibilities in the newsroom while volunteering for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Philippines.
After a few years, she left media — albeit temporarily — and worked full time as an NGO worker for WWF and the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability.
“These types of advocacies and jobs have always been close to my heart because at the end of the day, I believe that everything is an environmental issue. Everything and everyone is connected,” she shares.
When it comes to working in the media, on the other hand, the draw had always been about giving hope and encouraging change. “In news, you’ll never find a lack of sad stories. There will always be problems. But what we can do through the power of media is we can stimulate minds, let audiences see different perspectives, and despite all the craziness out there, give them a glimmer of hope. All we need is a little inspiration,” she beams.
Thankfully, through her work, she’s been able to contribute a little bit of sunshine and shed light on matters that need attention. Today, Mitzi is the news correspondent for the daily evening newscast on CNN Philippines, and is co-producer, writer and anchor of Profiles.
“I’m particularly proud of Profiles because we feature different personalities that are inspiring, people who have made a difference in the world. I enjoy these stories more because I’m able meet so many people, and somehow I’m able to live out my dreams through them. For me, with every new story and encounter, it’s like falling in love. You’re entering a different world each time.”
There is indeed power in stories — in the ones that we share and in the ones that we make of our lives. Through her work, Mitzi hopes to make her own life something worth reading and worth sharing. “Through stories, we can start our own revolutions.”
Photography by JO ANN BITAGCOL • Creative direction by LUIS ESPIRITU JR. • Makeup by SARI CAMPOS for Make Up For Ever • Hairstyling by RONNIE TUMAMAK for Creations by Lourd Ramos • Styling by DIANE LASAM • Jewelry by MILADAY JEWELS • Coral pink gown by MARK TAMAYO and lacy blue cropped top by FOREVER 21
Ginger Conejero A tale of a faithful child
MANILA, Philippines – The tapestry of Ginger Conejero’s soul is a beautiful tale of a faithful child. She has mapped her own path to be a no-nonsense entertainment reporter for TV in the Philippines but she also knows that her comfort zone remains in her parents’ hearts — in far away California. It’s been 15 years since Ginger, an only child born and raised in the US, started living on her own. She was 17 when she moved out of their house in San Francisco to study Political Science (minor in Business) at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles where she graduated magna cum laude. –
She landed a job as an analyst in a legal firm in the US. It was in the late 2006 when she came to the Philippines, the county of birth of her parents, to compete for the Miss Philippines Earth beauty tilt where she landed Miss Philippines Earth-Air. The following year, the Filipino TV viewers welcomed her in their homes as a fresh face delivering entertainment news for ABS-CBN’s TV Patrol. “I have survived living alone because I always have faith. To have faith is the most important lesson I learned from my mom. My dad taught me to work hard and to be strong,” Ginger says.
Ginger is a faithful child to her parents Antonio, 61, a part-time hotelier in the Bay Area; and Azela, 66, a retired lawyer who now does real estate management. Her parents own a limousine rental business in the US. “Their hard work put me through school. I’m very grateful.” In February last year, amidst her successful TV reporting career, she filed for a leave of absence at ABS-CBN to be with her parents. “I was in a coverage when I learned that my mom had ovarian cancer, stage 3. I knew I had to be with her,” she recalls with tears. “I am grateful to the ABS-CBN management because it allowed me to go on an extended leave of seven months. I accompanied my mom to her chemo sessions. Now, she is doing well in her recovery from treatment and is being closely monitored by her team of doctors,” Ginger smiles, adding that she has returned to her beat at the TV station in October 2015.
“Cancer is a horrible thing,” she says. Ginger now also involves herself in advocacies focusing on the fight against cancer. “I want to spend more time with cancer kids. That’s something that I would demand more from myself.”
Ginger is not coy about sharing that independence has its own challenges. “To be independent has taught me about loneliness and how to ride it out. It has taught me about myself, my purpose. It has taught me to be grateful of the littlest things that make me happy,” she says. Every day, even if she lives alone in the Philippines, she is comforted by love from her parents from across the miles. “They call me every morning to make sure that I awake to another day.”
Indeed, Ginger, the Faithful child, welcomes a beautiful day every single day.
Photography by RITA MARIE • Creative direction by LUIS ESPIRITU JR. • Makeup by SARI CAMPOS for Make Up For Ever • Hairstyling by BOGGY DIAZ • Styling by DIANE LASAM and JEAR DE MC CUTTAC • Jewelry by MILADAY JEWELS • Blue top and pink trousers by HARLAN+HOLDEN and pink beaded gown by AZUCAR –