The Bottomline: Behind The Scenes

Thursday, July 12, 2012 Stef dela Cruz 18 Comments

I didn’t take it seriously at first when The BOTTOMLINE by Boy Abunda contacted me to be one of their “bottom-liners”. I seriously thought it was a prank or perhaps a missent email – pardon my paranoia, ha ha. But when I checked my Facebook page, I saw a comment from the segment producer – a really nice girl, it turned out – asking me if I received her message. Now, here’s my dilemma: I have paralyzing stage fright. Do I accept the offer?

The Bottomline

I don’t like cameras very much. I hate being in the limelight (and the people who know me or regularly read my blog know this by now). I remember almost backing out when I was asked to co-chair a session for the Cancer Stakeholders’ Meeting. Having to set foot onstage to deliver a message always seems like a daunting task, at least to me. And I have to admit this in shame: I never really had the chance to watch an episode of The Bottomline  by Boy Abunda. All these beg the question, “Should I even consider saying yes?”

The Bottomline: Becoming A “Bottom-liner”

Many people say blogs are just personal journals or just collections of random thoughts or just half-baked attempts at writing – and I am quoting my fellow writers who personally look down on my fellow bloggers. Yes, many professional writers hate bloggers. But blogs are not “just blogs” – they are powerful tools that connect to many people worldwide.

I was asked to become part of The Bottomline to represent the blogging community – I could only hope I could do the part justice.

In fact, it was because of my blog that the segment producer of The Bottomline, a TV show hosted by Boy Abunda, contacted me. She spotted my health articles and sought me out afterwards. Blogs put us, our opinions, and our advocacies out there for everyone to see.

But I digress – and I should focus on the impact of blogs and online avenues in another article. In the meantime, let’s go back to what happened after I received the offer to become a “bottom-liner”. Read on to find out if I accepted the challenge.

Everything happens for a reason. We may not always comprehend these reasons. But this show found me, which I am both flattered and grateful for. So, despite my initial misgivings, I decided to do some research before I said no.

I asked my friends what they knew about The Bottomline. Was it a good show? What was it about? What did a bottom-liner do? I admit, I was first disturbed by the fact that the word “bottomline” was misspelled (as it’s supposed to be two words instead of one). But I told myself to stop judging shows based on spelling for a change, he he.

Some of my friends told me that The Bottomline was a decent show on local TV. Some said it tackled current issues and controversies, dissecting them for Filipinos to grasp these issues better. And I noticed that all the people who answered me back said I should gracefully accept the offer.

The Bottomline: Representing the Bloggers

I was called upon to become a bottom-liner to represent the blogging community. It was a tall order and I felt like I could not fill the big shoes! But even as I was hesitant, I knew it was a challenge worth taking.

The bottomliners

I met many interesting people. Ona, fondly called “Mama O” by close friends, is currently battling skin cancer and underwent black mountain sheep embryonic stem cell therapy in Germany. Dr. Denis Ngo, another bottom-liner, came from my alma mater – he’s such a gregarious person. I also got the chance to chat with Miss Philippines-Water Samantha Purvor. I felt like I shrank two feet when I thought she was Miss World!

Everybody in the shoot – from the other bottom-liners down to the crew – was friendly and approachable. I was sometimes too afraid to ask for water because I didn’t want to act like a diva, but the segment manager was more than happy to provide for my needs and everyone else’s.

Mr. Boy Abunda was a professional who knew what he was doing. He knew how to deal with a topic that was unfamiliar to him. I liked that he called out things he did not understand, such as when I mentioned “treatment modality”, part of the medical lingo.

The doctor called in for the interview was also a great speaker. He answered the questions with poise even if they sometimes bordered on being adversarial. And if you want to know what the topic was, then you’re going to have to watch the episode of The Bottomline by Boy Abunda! Read on to find out when it airs on local TV.

Stef dela Cruz at The Bottomline

When you finally get to watch the episode, tell me what you think – not just of what I said, but of the topic altogether. Here is a teaser video of the episode.

I also wrote about this episode on my second article, “The Bottomline with Boy Abunda” – watch the newly uploaded video snippet there. I hope that, with my words and my disposition, I represented the blogging community the best that I could!

Do watch the episode of The Bottomline by Boy Abunda, airing on July 21, 2012. And find me on Twitter or on Facebook for the rest of the behind-the-scenes photos or if you want to share your thoughts with me there. Happy viewing!

Stef dela CruzAbout the blogger
Stef dela Cruz is a vegan doctor and writer. She received the 2013 Award for Health Media from the Department of Health. She is the editor of The Manila Bulletin's Animal Scene Magazine. Get in touch if you want to invite her as a speaker!


  1. Congrats, not every one has given a chance like this.

  2. I don't have Filipino Channel,sad.

  3. Ann, I know that not everybody gets this kind of opportunity, which is why I was too ashamed not to take it. Who was I to say no, right? :) I'm glad I did in the end even though I was scared like hell.

    Ma'am Tess, that's sad! :( But I'll try to find a video of the episode after it airs and I'll share it with you. :)

  4. Congrats Stef! And thank you for representing the blogging community on the show. I'm excited to watch the episode and hoping not to miss it 'cause it airs late night.

  5. Awww, congratulations, Stef! It's a privilege of the blogging community to be represented by you. :)

    I wish I could watch it. Perhaps someone will upload it on youtube?

    I used to work for ABS-CBN (long story!!!) shortly after I left college and before I went abroad. Seeing studio shots makes me nostalgic for my days in college (Mass Comm in PLM) and short-lived television "career". :D

  6. Oh, btw, from the still shots in the studio, I could tell that you rocked it. Love the outfit - very stylish and appropriate. :)

  7. Joanna, I didn't know you were a Mass Comm graduate! Wow! Thanks, sis, for your vote of confidence. :) Part of me is wishing nobody ever records it so that if I make any major mistake, there is no evidence. Hehehe!

  8. Wow! Congrats Stef and I'm looking forward for that episode.

  9. Will watch this! Will watch this! Will watch this! Hehe.

  10. Haha! :) I hope I also get to watch it because I'm supposed to attend another event the same time that The Bottomline airs. If I don't get to watch it, be the one to give me updates! :)

  11. I watched the show last night and you did very well. The peculiar questions about STEM CELL TECHNOLOGY give me some thoughts on what it really imply to us. Is this for vanity or for cure. But to sum it all you did a good job there. Congratulations. I am following you now.

  12. How can I watch ur show with boy abunda coz I missed that episode. ? Pls help me get a copy or when might it be aired again. Thnks

  13. Pal, stem cell therapy is being used both for curing disease and for regenerative purposes. Thanks for watching. :)

    Anonymous, I don't think I can upload entire episodes, but I've uploaded snippets on my YouTube account. Feel free to watch the snippets there. :)

  14. Hi Ms. Stef,

    A friend of mine is inquiring about the name of the doctor guested in the Bottomline with Boy Abunda re: stem cell technology. Can I please have his name and contact details if you have them. A patient would like to visit him for consultancy.

    Thanks a lot,

  15. A, he is Dr. Nator of NKTI. Good luck with your consultation. :)

  16. Wow! This amazed me. Sheng, one of the blogger eHOW member and an officemate of mine told me that she saw you as a Bottom Liner.
    She said, you conversed well . A woman of vigorous wisdom. Praise God.

  17. Thanks, Laids! I wonder, are Sheng and I acquainted? What's her surname? It's nice to hear from fellow bloggers once in a while. :)

  18. Oh, you deserved it Stef:) Uhm, she said she glance in your advocacy that’s why she was reminded about you when you were on tv and she liked your page. You’re famous dear :P