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(SPOT.ph) Year in and year out, we discover more and more newswomen firing up the screen with their wit, grace, and beauty. Yes, beauty, something that seems to be a requirement in TV journalism du jour. And 2012 has been no exception. We've come up with another 10 gorgeous reasons why watching the news—despite the gore, depression, and dirty politics—is always interesting. Not every woman, after all, can make wading through contaminated floodwaters look oh so hot.
Just like last year, every one on this list has not made a previous appearance in our other newswomen rankings.
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10. Mariz Umali
Aspiring doctor turned reporter turned, well, head turner. That's Mariz Umali for you. In fact, she's been turning heads for over a decade now. Umali started reporting when she was only 21—shortly after graduating cum laude from the University of the Philippines Diliman. Her bright smile, which has enamored many a male viewer, makes you think she's a darling—and though she probably is, she's first and foremost a hard-hitting reporter.
Umali has been on on the front line in events like the Nida Blanca murder and the Manila Peninsula siege. From self-confessed pampered kid to hardcore journalist, she admitted in a Philippine Star article that she has had to sacrifice a lot for her craft, including dating and friends. But it was all worth it. “News has become my passion. I live and breathe news," she said.
And she's found someone who can keep up with her fast-paced journalistic lifestyle. To the heartbreak of many young men out there, Mariz is engaged to fellow anchor Raffy Tima (they have a pretty rad save-the-date video). They are set to marry in December.
9. Paola Palma
Admittedly, Solar isn't our go-to channel for our daily news fix, but Palma may change that. Solar News has yet to "celebritize" its reporters, so we rarely see Palma except in a few short but sweet clips. It's these fleetingly rare moments, however, that make us appreciate her beauty and make us want...more.
The sultry vixen looks like the typical girly girl, but Palma's definitely not your damsel in distress. She's strong, athletic, and can probably run circles around most guys in basketball. Oh yes, she'll sweep you off your feet and not just because of her good looks.
8. Bettina Magsaysay
This young reporter first caught our attention when she filled in for Kim Atienza on TV Patrol. Since then, blogs clamoring for her to replace the veteran newsman permanently have been set in motion.
We'd say that's a long shot. Magsaysay, one of ANC's youngest anchors, may not be ABS-CBN's top weather girl yet, but her 15 minutes in front of the green screen has made hearts pound and not surprisingly, tuned in to the (weather) channel more often.
She handles the police beat now, but we'd love for her to do weather again. The air's so much hotter when this former cheerleader's around.