The Many Facets of Tina Marasigan
Photo and Text by: Ivan Angelo L. de Lara
Dimples Romana, Pia Arcangel, Patty Laurel, Gretchen Fullido, Jamaica dela Cruz, Andi Manzano, Lia Cruz, Sharon Yu, and Jessica Mendoza. Whether your teams are winning or losing their games, watching UAAP on TV has become even more enjoyable because of these hardcourt beauties reporting about the coach’s game plan, the players’ mindsets, and even some trivial stuff about the squads. You may listen to their spiels, or you may just stare at their gorgeous smiles, you know you are a fan.
This year, another batch of courtside reporters is tapped to give updates about their teams. They are Victor Lopez of Adamson, Tiff Atendido of La Salle, Stephanie Sy of NU, Niko Ramos of UE, Andy Recto of FEU, Jaz Reyes of Ateneo, and Bea Coronel of UP. But according to this website’s poll, UST’s Tina Marasigan is the standout in this batch—and for good reason.
“She looks very charming and credible when she comes out on TV,” ABS-CBN Sports TV director Abet Ramos said. “She’s very telegenic.”
Marasigan, 23 years old, is a BS Psychology Graduate from UST. And while many of the past CSRs have gotten bigger breaks after they got their stints in the UAAP, Marasigan was already turning heads in various platforms before she got the CSR gig.
She was one of the top contenders in this year’s Bb. Pilipinas pageant, and is already a rising model that has graced magazine covers and walked for some of the country’s most established designers. Marasigan, however, says she got the CSR job because of her communication skills.
‘When I talked to (ABS-CBN Sports Head) Sir Peter Musngi,” Marasigan recalled, “sabi niya ‘yung English at Filipino skills ko, parehas maayos at maganda ang pagkakadeliver.”
Although she admits that she started out not having the basketball knowledge of a pundit, Marasigan says she has been watching the league and supporting UST even when she was still a high school student at St. Scholastica’s Academy in Marikina.
“Nu’ng high school pa ako, sina Cyrus Baguio, Christian Luanzon, sinubaybayan ko sila. Super crush ko si Christian Luanzon,” Marasigan told PinoyExchange.com.
Like a family
Marasigan says that more than being just the CSR of UST, the Tigers have made her feel that she is part of their family.
“Hindi pa dumarating ‘yung game, sobrang excited na ako,” Marasigan said. “Ang saya-saya kasi you get to know the players really well. Now, friends ko silang lahat even the coaches.”
She says that the players and the coaches have made her feel at ease even when she is covering them inside the dugout during intense situations.
Although she is close to practically everyone in the team, Marasigan admits that her favorite Tiger is team captain Jeric Fortuna.
“Nakikita ko every time na magmemeeting sila sa dugout, Fort (Jeric’s nickname) would call his teammates to pray,” Marasigan said. “Siya ‘yung nagsstep up inside and outside the court.”
When it comes to her relationship with the other CSRs, Marasigan regrets that they do not have the luxury of time go out and bond. She, however, clarifies that there is no competition among them.
Marasigan is aware that because of her being a beauty pageant contestant, people may find her intimidating and become hesitant in approaching her.
“Sanay na ako. First impression sa akin, bawal ako hawakan,” Marasigan said. “Iniimprove ko pa ‘yun. Ayaw ko rin naman isipin nila na ganun ako.”
Marasigan says she is trying to counter this wrong first impression by being warm to the people she meets.
“I always welcome people,” Marasigan said. “Hindi mawawala na intimidated ‘yung ibang tao. But I try to connect with them, and let them feel that they are welcome.”
Trisa Carlos, a floor director for ABS-CBN Sports, attests that Marasigan is not that unapproachable presence people may misconstrue her to be.
“Pang-masa ‘yung salita niya. ‘Pag sa court, humahabol ‘yung UST, sobrang lakas ng boses niya kapag tumili,” Carlos said.
She may be a model and a beauty pageant contestant, but Marasigan reveals that she is pretty conservative—an attitude she carries in front of and behind the cameras.
“When Sir Peter asked me what the most daring thing I have done was, I told him, ‘naglakad po ako ng naka-two piece sa Araneta,’” Marasigan recalled.
The Batangas native says that she also keeps a conservative view about relationships.
“I had my 1st boyfriend when I was 21, thinking na, if you believe you’re not ready to be with that person for the rest of your life, then you shouldn’t start a relationship at all,” Marasigan said.
As for her kind of guy, Marasigan, a 5’8” stunner, does not rely merely on looks. She prefers to go out with a guy who is God-fearing and street smart.
“Kasi once na God-fearing ang tao, once na may faith ka kahit ano religion mo, everything else will follow,” Marasigan said. “Takot ka manakit, takot ka magsinungaling, takot ka gumawa ng masama.”
“Aanuhin mo ‘yung physical? Di ka dapat ma-limit dun,” Marasigan added. “Ako, I work in the modeling world. Sanay na ako na nakakakita ng Brazilian models at Filipinos na maraming abs. Pero hindi dapat dun maglie e.”
Marasigan has already won the hearts of many UAAP basketball fans because she is a refreshing presence amid the chaos on the hardcourt. But with her gift of gab, undeniable wit, and winning personality, who knows how much farther this girl will go?
Quick facts about Tina Marasigan:
1. She is one of DZMM’s traffic angels, and is looking forward to pursuing a career in news broadcasting or TV hosting.
2. Cai Subijano, the courtside reporter of San Beda Red Lions in the NCAA, is a batch mate of Marasigan in the 2011 Bb. Pilipinas pageant. They both made it to the Top 15.
3. She was also a semifinalist in the Ford Supermodel of the World 2009. She has since modeled for Frederick Peralta, Jerome Salaya-Ang, Chris Diaz, and Dave Ocampo, among many others. She was one of the featured models on the cover of Sense & Style’s July issue.
4. She once interned at the National Center for Mental Health in Mandaluyong City.
5. Her favorite UST team since high school is the UST Salinggawi Dance Troupe. She says she is looking forward to the Cheerdance Competition.
6. She loves cooking and doing other house chores. Her specialty is any kind of pasta, but she loves eating Filipino and Thai food. Her favorite is the Tom Yum soup.