THERE’S always a first time.
Used to being the one interviewed, volleyball star Alyssa Valdez now knows how it is to be the on the other side.
The Ateneo volleybelle became a courtside reporter for a day as she interviewed PLDT skipper Sue Roces after the Ultra Fast Hitters defeated University of the Philippines, 25-11, 25-17, 25-17, to secure the first finals berth in the Shakey’s V-League Season 12 Reinforced Conference at The Arena in San Juan on Sunday.
Valdez, who was actually part of the lineup of PLDT Home Ultera but has yet to play for the Ultra Fast Hitters, was very comfortable on camera.
“It’s my first time to interview as in sobra na live pa,” she said. “Siguro it’s more natural kasi I’m talking to friends ko rin, mga naging teammates ko, so ayun.”
“But then it’s really one na most challenging experiences na nakukuha ko ngayon. Usually ako lang ang sumasagot, it’s really hard pala to ask questions and make up ng mga questions,” she revealed.
“Pero nag-enjoy naman ako kasi it’s with Kuya and I really love Kuya and sana mag-improve pa ako,” she added.
Asked what she found more difficult, playing volleyball or being the one asking for interviews, Valdez said, “‘Yung nag-iinterview (ang mas mahirap). Eh ‘yung pag naglalaro I’m doing it, training twice a day it’s like mechanical also and pag interview siguro first time ko rin kasi I’m really new para dito talaga.”
The back-to-back UAAP MVP shared that she learned from the sports media covering her games and she felt special when she was granted an interview.
“Aside from mahihirap talaga ang questions niyo, hindi, joke lang. It’s really weird to ask questions pala,” she said.
“And parang you’re gonna feel special pala when someone accepts the invitation na ma-interview ka. Ah ganoon pala ang feeling na makakuha ka ng answer na ngayon mo lang rin maririnig so ayun,” she added.
Valdez challenged the handful of sportswriters interviewing her after her stint.
“Ah ‘yun ‘yung challenge ko (sa inyo) kailangan kayo naman ang in front of the camera asking questions. Next time, next time,” she said.
Valdez also cleared that she has was not part of the crew covering the UAAP seniors basketball games.
“Hindi naman ako nag-aano doon, tinutulungan ko lang naman sila,” she said. “Naghe-help maglalagay kung anong mga endorsements tapos magsusulat kung sino naka-point pero walang official.”