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The F Girls Reunion: Ten Years After
Reunited "F" girls Daphne Osena-Paez, Angel Aquino and Cher Calvin talk to SPOT.ph about the favorite years of their lives, how they've grown on their own and how they continue to still be friends.
By: Trixie Zabal  |   Published on: Aug 28, 2009 - 7:27am


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F Girls Daphne Osena, Cher Calvin and Angel Aquino are reunited for an Olay Total Effects campaign

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":

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Fun, Fearless F Girls: Cosmo put three women on the cover for the first time in September 2001

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?

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7 Comments
  • jogettes
    September 27 10 pm after TV Patrol Linggo :)
    Sep 23 2009 @ 05:21pm     Reply  
  • jhon
    the shoes... arrrrgggg! anover!
    Sep 01 2009 @ 07:59pm     Reply  
  • emjayweejay
    i love all of 'em!! aww, i super miss watching these girls together! can't wait for this episode! i can already hear Fantastic Plastic Machine's theme (F intro) playin' on my head hehehe =)
    Aug 30 2009 @ 11:20pm     Reply  
  • rachelle
    AMANDA GRIFFIN SHOULD BE IN THIS REUNION TOO..she hosted F for like 3-4 years..
    Aug 30 2009 @ 07:51pm     Reply  
  • limpoyganda
    I LOVED AND WATCHED F WHEN I FIRST GOT MY TFC IN 2001. I ADMIRED THE 3 LADIES THEN AND I STILL AM TODAY. I WATCHED URBAN ZONE, US GIRLS AND CW-5. I WAS TRILLED TO WATCH CHER AGAIN WHEN SHE MOVED TO LA AND BECAME THE EARLY MORNING ANCHOR OF CW-5. CHER'S INVOLVEMENT NOT ONLY IN THE PINOY BUT IN THE ASIAN COMMUNITY AS A WHOLE MADE US PROUD.CLASSY AND INSPIRING KASI SILA. MORE POWER TO THE THREE OF YOU.
    Aug 30 2009 @ 02:44pm     Reply  
  • James Ty III
    The F Reunion will be aired on Sunday's Best, right?

    I used to watch F before when it was aired on Studio 23. Even when it was still on Channel 2, I enjoyed the show.

    But I enjoy Us Girls more. I even bought Angel Aquino's organic hand sanitizer in one of the Us Girls Bazaars!
    Aug 28 2009 @ 02:47pm     Reply  
  • redsocks
    i really love their show back then! and i'm excited to their upcoming september reunion:)
    as to my favorite F girl...all three!!! o_O.
    Aug 28 2009 @ 01:10pm     Reply  
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