In 1999, three stylish, independent and smart women headlined F, a lifestyle show on ABS-CBN that gave a fresh, female perspective on city-living, fashion, food, travel and trends. Daphne Osena-Paez, Angel Aquino and Cher Calvin traipsed around town and hosted one of the longest-running magazine programs on Philippine TV. The three women had great chemistry and rapport, and that they were "sisters" who really got along with and supported each other was evident on-screen.
When Cher Calvin left for the U.S. in 2003 to pursue a broadcasting career, Daphne and Angel continued on with the show, with model Amanda Griffin taking Cher's place. Since then, the three women embarked on new lives: Cher is a singleton who has taken her career to international heights with an Emmy Award tucked under her belt; Daphne is a multi-tasking wife and mother who has pursued her passions and made them lucrative with her jewelry and linen business; and Angel is a single mother who has earned respect as an actress in local cinema, and hosts the F-like "Us Girls" on Studio 23 with younger co-hosts Iya Villana and Megan Young.
Ten years after they first got together, the three women reunite for an Olay Total effects campaign and the much-awaited F Reunion episode. SPOT.ph witnessed how excited they all were to see each other as they pored over photo albums that Daphne brought, bringing back memories of the years which they say were "their favorite years":
DAPHNE: We were put together [Cher and I] to do a lifestyle show and there were auditions for the third girl. We weren't thinking of Angel, because she had just finished Mumbaki. And they were thinking of interviewing Angel for the first episode.
CHER: 'Lifestyle show? Sure. I don't know what that means, but let's do it!'
ANGEL: When they told me that I got in, and I met them, I thought, 'I'm not going to host with these two, mga Inglisera no! No way! But they were nice enough to me. I remember reading the script, 'First segment: banter. Second segment: banter.' Good luck to me! But it was the best thing that happened to me.
How did F help you progress in your own individual careers?
DAPHNE: That was the beauty of F. when you put women together, there's always the assumption that women compete, that there's cattiness backstage, and with us, we always had our own things beyond F, and so F was so much fun for all of us. It was always, "what are you wearing?" During F, I learned how to produce a TV show, and since we graduated from F, now I produce my own show, Urban Zone, so my current show is like the grown-up F, the "F girl" on her own, with a house."
CHER: I missed those days when we would banter. Now, it's all about reading death and destruction. My career now is on a whole different level, and it's nice to be back and talk about some life stuff and look at the bags Daphne has…and it's funny because I'm so much in that dark zone now of heavy and hard news that fashion is so secondary to me. I couldn't wait to be back with the F girls and see what's new. Am actually quite impressed with Greenbelt 5, wow! I mean, we got it going on here, right?