Anchor of Studio 23's 'Iba Balita' Anthony Taberna talks about dividing his time between work and family.
Anthony Taberna is now the new face of Studio 23 news with Iba Balita. Anthony, who also reports for DZMM, TV Patrol, and Umagang Kay Ganda, described Iba Balita as the show that combines straight news with fair analysis. “Ang napapanood natin kadalasan balita lang. Pero ngayon nabigyan tayo ng pagkakataon ng management na magbigay ng konting komentaryo na hindi naman pabor o against sa kung sino man. Hindi rin naman ini-impose ang komentaryo, pawang opinyon lang.”
Anthony is now one of the most visible reporters on TV. Aside from TV Patrol and UKG, he also co-hosts ABS-CBN’s investigative news program XXX which now has re-runs on Studio 23. The 35-year-old media man admitted that he feels very blessed to be entrusted by the News and Current Affairs division with all these shows. “Ito na yata biggest break ko kasi ako na ‘yung poste ng show. Nung kino-conceptualize pa lang itong show at nag-dry run kami, na-impress talaga ako sa look at content ng programa. Nakakalula itong mga nangyayari sa buhay ko. Hindi ko akalaing darating itong pagkakataon na ito sa akin.”
As much as he wants to be fully happy about his success, Anthony confessed that his work has begun to take its toll on his life as a husband and a father of two little girls. “Kung meron mang pinakamalaking downside itong nangyayari sa aking career ay ang kakulangan ng oras para sa sarili ko at sa pamilya ko. Umaalis ako sa bahay mga 4:30 ng umaga na tulog pa ‘yung misis ko at ‘yung mga anak ko paguwi ko sa gabi. Halos hindi na kami nagkikita.”
He shared that when Iba Balita was offered to him, he sat down with his wife for a serious talk. While he still considers family as his number one priority, Anthony doesn’t want to pass on the golden opportunities coming his way. “Itong bago ko ngang show mahaba-habang usapan pa sa aming mag-asawa dahil nga sa isyu ng oras. Pero sabi ko, hindi naman lahat ng tao nabibigyan ng ganitong oportunidad. Baka isang milyong tao ang gusto magka programa sa Studio 23 pero ako ang napili. Ako na yata ang pinakamaswerte.”
While his weekdays are mostly being eaten up by work, Anthony is decided that his weekends will only be spent with his family. When asked how he and his wife can find time to have a third child with his packed schedule, Anthony joked, “Marami pong paraan para diyan (laughs).”
Catch Anthony as anchor of Iba Balita, weeknights at 9 pm on Studio 23.