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Broadcast journalist Luchi Cruz-Valdes explores new territory

Multi-awarded broadcaster and journalist Luchi Cruz-Valdes joins the talk show circuit with TV5’s newest program, Usapang Real Life with Luchi.

Line-produced by ContentCows Company, the lifestyle program shows the veteran newscaster and noted investigative reporter in a new light. Here we meet a different side of Luchi, one who is lighthearted, nurturing, and compassionate. This side of her allows her to connect to her guests, bringing out close and personal stories of celebrities that many people do not usually get to see.  

Broadcast journalist Luchi Cruz-Valdez takes a break from investigative reporting by hosting a lifestyle program on TV5.
Broadcast journalist Luchi Cruz-Valdez takes a break from investigative reporting by hosting a lifestyle program on TV5.
“The show doesn’t want to use the controversial card. Our main goal is to allow our guests to tell something about themselves, stories that people would want to hear from them, stories that they might be hearing for the first time,” the broadcast journalist said in a recent virtual conference. 

“Every person always has a story to tell. Whether it’s about their personal life or their struggles and their triumphs, each narrative deserves to be heard,” she added. 

The show showcases ordinary Filipinos and encourages them to share their stories to illustrate that all of us, the famous and the homespun, go through the same struggles, the same challenges, the same acts of courage, and compassion for each other.  At the end of the day, these meaningful stories and experiences are what make us human and belong to the same community values and ideals we share as a nation.

“People are used to seeing me talking in a very serious tone. This time it’s going to be different. It’s like I'm exploring an entirely different territory as a broadcast journalist,” Luchi stated. 

In her talk show, Luchi herself opens up about little known facts of her life and the issues she is similarly facing as the rest of us. For instance, she’s a devoted mother of three and a widow, and an avid fan of Korean dramas. She likewise has her personal viewpoints on the issues of the day, as well as trendy topics and concerns that people talk about, which she shares on the show. These cover the gamut of life in the province, mental health, married life, motherhood, passions, and advocacies, and how people deal with change.  

Luchi noted that the program puts a spotlight on life behind the camera; unveiling real experiences and celebrating our common humanity. It’s about harnessing the lessons of everyday life and using these to empower and give hope.

KC Concepcion and Karen Davila were Luchi’s first guests in the pilot episode which premiered Aug. 15. Other celebrities that have since appeared on the show are Darna star, Jane De Leon, Through Night and Day’s Alessandra de Rossi, Youtube sensation Emman Nimedez, in one of his last interviews, as well as Tiktok influencers Marvin “Bhie” Fojas, Zendee, Richo “Walang Ganun Mars” Bautista and Christian Antolin, and Miss Universe 2018, Catriona Gray. 

Each episode of Usapang Real Life with Luchi tells the narrative of different individuals, from comedians, athletes, digital influencers, celebrities, and even Luchi’s colleagues. Other episodes will feature real life stories of guests such as celebrity power couples Richard Gomez and Lucy Torres, and Vic Sotto and Pauleen Luna-Sotto, Zsa Zsa Padilla, and Judy Ann Santos.

Catch Usapang Real Life with Luchi every Saturday, 9:00 p.m. on TV5.

Topics: Luchi Cruz-Valdes , TV5 , Usapang Real Life with Luchi
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