Hopeless romantics in search for their destiny are sure to get a lot of help from the newest dream boy of Barangay LS 97.1’s Wanted Sweetheart – Papa Bol.
The deejay hosted the counterpart program in General Santos City’s Barangay 102.3. Papa Bol or Benjur Evangelista takes his matchmaking and love advice skills up a notch as he now hosts the nationwide program, 9 p.m. Monday to Friday.
Evangelista admits he is under pressure to continue what Papa Dan, the original host, started and meet the expectations of the program’s loyal listeners. “You really have to step into his shoes o kaya, kung pwede mo pang higitan, gawin mo talaga. It’s an honor and a big responsibility,” he shares.
Papa Bol, who recently returned to his family home in Las Piñas City, was born in Iloilo and resided in GenSan for seven years where he was working as a call center agent when he decided to give radio a shot despite having no broadcasting background.
“About five years ago, napadpad ako sa Barangay radio station, nag-apply, tapos everything started from there. It was my first time kaya nakakatakot, nakakakaba. Then ‘yung love sa radio came in nung nagagamay ko na yung trabaho. I couldn’t see myself doing anything else. Talagang love ko ang radio,” he says.
From his years of experience as an on-air matchmaker, one of his most memorable moments includes being thanked by a couple who met each other through his radio program. “Bago ako umuwi ng Manila, may couple na nagpasalamat na ikakasal na sila. It was the first couple na nagpasalamat sa akin,” he adds.
While girls (or even some boys) are wondering about Papa Bol’s relationship status, he says he is single by choice after going through a lot in his past relationships. He emphasizes that these experiences help him to give realistic love advice to his listeners.
Catch the newest dream boy of Wanted Sweetheart from 9 p.m to 12midnight, Monday to Friday, on Barangay LS 97.1, GMA’s flagship FM radio station.