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We watch news shows to get clued in on what's happening in our country and the rest of the world. But there are times when the news is hard to take. This is probably why TV networks hire newsmen who are easy on the eyes. In the spirit of cost-effective brainless fun, SPOT.ph lists 10 of the cutest--and most visible--TV newsmen in the Philippines. (Pretty please, let us know if you spot more cute newsmen, we just might come up with another list.)
Atom Araullo has a face that could convince young girls to be more responsible citizens--as soon as they stop gushing over how cute he is.
1. ATOM ARAULLO
ABS-CBN's Araullo is, hands down, the "prettiest" newsman on national TV. He appears on the network's major news shows Umagang Kay Ganda, TV Patrol, and Bandila. Araullo's lean frame, mestizo features, and his boyish charm have attracted many fans. He's also a man of substance. In an interview with the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism, he said, "It's important for me to develop (one's) personality in all aspects, to be a well-rounded person." Atom is an Applied Physics graduate of the University of the Philippines and went to the Philippine Science High School. He was also a champion triathlete who also trained in soccer, tennis, volleyball, taekwondo, platform diving, mountaineering and underwater diving. A well-known student activist at the UP, he was one of the convenors of UP SIGAO (UP Student Initiative for Gloria's Ouster). Indeed, it's a bonus that he's brainy. Because, really, all he has to do to melt our hearts is go on air. This Atom is certainly the bomb!
Fortunately, TV-5 was only reformatting its news shows and Martin Andanar didn't have to go away.
2. MARTIN ANDANAR
If you're looking for a good reason to wake up at 5 a.m. on weekdays, you'll be pleased to know that Andanar is already on air by then. He's the best-looking male anchor in TV-5's morning show Sapul. His expressive eyes, aquiline nose, and cosmopolitan alpha male vibe appeals to working women who are in need of something stronger than caffeine to get them out of bed on weekday mornings. This newsman is also very down-to-earth. In a 2007 interview, PEP asked him why he didn't think of moving to other TV networks. He replied, "I'm happy here without much pressure. I can improve and achieve more by not thinking much of the network war." He then added with a laugh, "Isa pa, wala namang nakakaisip na i-pirate ako." Andanar also hosts TV-5's Aksyon at 5 p.m. on weekends.