Today, a shocking news popped up on my Instagram... the forced shutdown of ABS-CBN. I don't wanna look too deep into the details on who is really at fault here but regardless, ABS-CBN is and will always be my mother station in the Philippines that solidified me as "Kabagang "Jaymee Joaquin from "Games Up Late Live", the midnight game show I used to host.
I've met and worked with so many hardworking and talented staff and crew that didn't deserve losing their jobs right at the middle of a challenging pandemic where most of us are trying to make ends meet. I may have moved on from Philippine show business a long time ago and now re-establishing with a new artist name "Jaymee WINS" in California, but hearing this shocking news still made my morning gloomy despite the sunny blue San Diego skies.
I am not in the position to point fingers because I'm not updated with this issue but I know for sure that I owe ABS-CBN so much for making my childhood dream of being in front of the camera and a big audience come true. They are far from being perfect in terms of handling their people but at the end of the day, I wouldn't be here (and so would the other artists and crew!) reaping the benefits of being an established name in the Philippines if not for them. So I stand by them at this very challenging time.
To give tribute and show support in my own little way, I'd like to walk you down memory lane with me! Here are some of my old photos from the movies, TV and events I've appeared in as "Jaymee Joaquin" under the care of the Kapamilya headquarters from 2005 to 2009. My gad, higad! How I miss the glory days! :)
Let's start off with year 2005 where it all began...
"Bora" Sitcom Mainstay with The Hunks & Mr. M.
"ASAP" Dance Number With New Star Magic Artists.
"Star Magic Catalogue" Bora Girls & Showgirls Pictorial.
"Kutob" Movie Shooting Support Role with Direk Joey & Ryan.
"Sharon" TV Show Segment Host With Uma.
Then moving on to 2006 when I was starting to get the recognition...
"Games Up Late Live" Daily Midnight Game Show Host As KABAGANG.
"Star Magic Presents" Weekly Soap Opera With Star Magic Artists.
"Maxim Philippines" Boracay Photo Shoot Behind-The-Scenes.
"Kapamily Caravan" In Dagupan With Empress.
In 2007, the peak of my Kapamilya career began...
"Star Magic Catalogue" Press Launch With Roxanne & Jake.
"Smart Buddy" Hosting At Gen San With Carlene & Joross.
"PMPC Star Awards" Best TV Host Nominee.
"Miss San Fernando" Host In La Union With Echo.
"I-On Energy Drink" Boracay Launch Appearance.
Super Inggo 1.5: Ang Bagong Bangis Mall Tour With Makisig & Kathryn.
"A Love Story" With Aga & the late Direk Mario.
"Breakfast At Studio 23" Guest Host With JC, Atom & Patti.
"U Can Dance Version 2.0" Contender With Cass & Princess.
"FHM Philippines 100 Sexiest" Victory Party Interview by ABS-CBN.
"Maxim Bong Bus" Launch Hosting With Rovilson.
The peak carried on until 2008...
"Star Magic Ball" With Joyce & JLC.
"Smart Loadstar" Endorser & Host At Mall Of Asia.
"ASAP" Dance Number With Dionne & Krista.
"Playboy Philippines" Autograph Signing.
"My Big Love" Movie Shooting With Toni & Kian.
"My Big Love" Press Launch With Sam.
"Ligaw Na Bulaklak" Teleserye With Coco, Sid, Mark, Roxanne and the late Chocolate.
"Skechers" Event Special Appearance With Aljur & Kris.
"Skechers" Mall Show With Kim & My Star Magic Handler, Ate Abby.
And my final hurrah before I left Philippine showbiz in 2009 was...
"FHM Philippines 100 Sexiest" Victory Party Host and Final Walk.
Salamat ABS-CBN for all these super amazing, mild-blowing, euphoric opportunities! I definitely had my time in the Philippines living like a rockstar in my 20s. At dahil diyan, nagbibigay pugay ako sayo. This ain't over, Range Rover! Hanggang sa muli. :)