“I joined because its my last year, and I wanted to try something new. Gusto ko lang ma-experience, and I want to leave college without thinking What if I tried out for courtside?”
With a new UAAP season comes new beginnings, new stories, and of course, new faces.
Those new faces include this season’s batch of new courtside reporters who have been given the opportunity to serve as the link between their respective schools and the fans.
This UAAP Season 80, we welcome on board eight new courtside reporters who will be patrolling the sidelines and getting the latest scoop on your favorite UAAP teams!
Ladies and gentlemen, meet De La Salle’s newest courtside reporter, Eileen Shi!
Maybe it’s because Eileen was on the forefront of the De La Salle Animo Squad for two years, and was also at the helm for Team Pilipinas this year.
It’s safe to say that she’s got the school spirit part mastered.
For this season of the UAAP however, Eileen will be taking on a new role as the Green Archers’ sideline correspondent, a role that she says she’s been wanting to land since she was younger. In fact, she’ll be following the footsteps of her cousin Alexis Go, who held down courtside duties for University of the East ten seasons ago.
“Before, when I was younger, my cousin was a courtside reporter for UE, Alexis Go. When I was younger, I really wanted na, pero hindi ko yun line of expertise eh, more of the dancing side ako, so Cheering muna, kasi dancer talaga ako.” Eileen revealed.
Aside from that, the 22-year old Eileen said that she wants her final year in DLSU to be a memorable one.
“I joined because it’s my last year, and I wanted to try something new. Gusto ko lang ma-experience, and I want to leave college without thinking ‘What if I tried out for courtside?’”
Fun fact: Eileen is in her fifth year, taking up AB Psychology and BS Advertising Management.
Eileen recalls that there was a feeling of intimidation during the first day of auditions, given that she came from a different background as all the other aspiring reporters.
“It was overwhelming eh, kasi ang hirap talaga, ang hirap nung process, it was so hard, and first day pa lang nung auditions, everyone was either a student-jock or they had a background in hosting, so parang what can I do? Medyo kinakabahan ako, intimidating yung feeling.”
So when Eileen finally got the call, so to say, she didn’t know what to feel.
“When Ms. Diana [Sayson] announced it, I didn’t know if I was going to cry, I didn’t know if I was gonna be happy. Mixed emotions, pero nangingibabaw yung happiness, of course.”
While she may be trading in her routines for reports, Eileen says that people can still expect the same energy from her.
“From out of everyone, ako lang yung cheerleader, so nandun na yung pagka-perky, and yung burst of energy all the time, so I guess that’s what you can expect from the DLSU side.”
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Catch Eileen and the rest of the new UAAP courtside reporters when UAAP Season 80 kicks off on Saturday, September 9th! Catch the action LIVE on S+A channel 23, S+A HD channel 166, and live streaming on sports.abs-cbn.com/livestream/uaap
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