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Rhea Santos with her three-year-old son Uno.


Rhea Santos in real life

By Marinel Cruz
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 20:26:00 01/20/2011

Filed Under: Personalities, Television

NEWSCASTER and TV host Rhea Santos finds it hard to be without her three-year-old son Uno.

She says she and husband Carlo de Guzman have never traveled anywhere without their kid. ?I need to get over this phase. I can?t seem to leave him even just for a night. I get uneasy. Worse, I cry,? Rhea tells Inquirer Entertainment during a visit to her home at The Fort, Taguig City.

To celebrate Valentine?s Day, Rhea booked a trip for two (with Carlo, without Uno) to Puerto Princesa, Palawan.

?Carlo tells me, ?If we don?t do it now, kailan pa??? she says.

Rhea is one of the hosts of the early morning show ?Unang Hirit? on GMA 7. She recently left the docu-series ?Reporter?s Notebook? and is now the host of the 30-minute profile magazine program ?Tunay na Buhay.?

?I learned a lot and had a wonderful time doing ?Reporter?s Notebook,?? she points out. ?It?s issue-driven. As a host you have to probe, to be doubtful of your case studies, and to investigate further. With ?Tunay na Buhay,? you listen to other people?s stories.?

Inspiring stories

For its pilot episode, Rhea retells the inspiring love story of husband and wife Wawel and Mila, who have weathered the challenges of the past 15 years brought about by the latter?s delicate condition. ?After their wedding day, tragedy struck. From then on, Mila has been wheelchair-bound,? relates Rhea. ?It?s all about unconditional love.?

The next story talks about the love and sacrifice of parents for their conjoined twins. ?These two kids share one body but they have very different personalities,? Rhea says.

There is also the success story of a young multi-millionaire, who at age 20 made his fortune.

?For me, the challenge in hosting this show is to be able to connect with my interviewee,? Rhea says. ?You will know if it?s a good interview if you are able to share their laughter, experience their pain and, in a way, be a part of fulfilling their dreams.?

She adds: ?Hosting this show has given me more freedom to express myself. I?m a jolly person. I?m very playful. I also cry very easily. When I do the newscast, I can?t behave like any of that. The stories in ?Tunay na Buhay? have also taught me to be more appreciative of what I have?two loving parents, a caring husband and a son who is convinced that I?m the best mom in the world.?

?Tunay na Buhay? premieres tonight after ?Saksi? on GMA 7.

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