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‘CSI’ premieres tonight!

August 20, 2019

The Manila Times Entertainment and Lifestyle pages come to life via digital TV

Embracing innovation in disseminating information, The Manila Times — the country’s oldest and longest-running newspaper since 1898 — taking the next step its thriving digital platform via round the clock programming on The Manila Times TV.

Officially launched on August 8 after months of test broadcasts, TMT TV made headway when the program “Hotseat” first went online on August 13 with no less than “Man of the Hour” Manila Mayor Isko Moreno in a three-way exchange with former senator Nikki Coseteng and De La Salle University Professor and The Manila Times columnist Antonio Contreras.

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The paper’s Lifestyle, Entertainment and Sunday Times Editor Tessa Mauricio-Arriola PHOTOS BY RENE DILAN

Tonight at 9 p.m., the Entertainment and Lifestyle pages of The Manila Times are all set to come alive via “CSI” — short for “Celebrity, Style and Inspiration,” which has long been the section’s tagline in its weekly roundup on The Sunday Times Magazine.

Hosted and anchored by Lifestyle, Entertainment and The Sunday Times Magazine Editor Tessa Mauricio-Arriola, the show goes beyond what The Manila Times readers enjoy in their daily dose of soft news on the printed and online editions of the paper.

“While our articles give The Times readers the most important parts of our interviews with celebrities and event coverages, CSI gives additional insight into our stories, which we can’t fit into our layouts. And we promise you, these are just exciting as our showbiz news and lifestyle features,” shares the seasoned editor whose work experience cut across tri-media before the digital age exploded. Tessa was handpicked by the late Inday Badiday to pinch hit for her daughter Dolly Anne Carvajal in the GMA Network showbiz talk show “Channel S” in the late 1990s, and later co-hosted a daily morning showbiz program on Radio Veritas, where she ran a special segment on fashion and beauty tips.

Tessa, who holds a Social Sciences degree from the Ateneo de Manila University has been covering the Entertainment beat since she was 16, fresh from high school in the United Kingdom. She became assistant editor and eventually Lifestyle and Entertainment Editor of The Manila Times since joining the paper in 1999. Her more than two decades in the business makes her an authority in showbusiness.

The “CSI” team is completed oncam by writer-reporters Christina Alpad and Iza Ga­brielle Iglesias.

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‘CSI’ host Tessa Mauricio-Arriola with (from left) deskman Arlo Custodio who also serves as the program’s executive producer and head writer, writer-reporters Nika Roque, Christina Alpad and Iza Iglesias.
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The ‘CSI’ team with The Manila Times TV technical crew after the taping of the first episode.

Serving as executive producer-head writer is Arlo Custodio, who is Entertainment and Lifestyle and The Sunday Times Magazine deskman. Arlo is also highly experienced in the beat having been SunStar Manila’s Entertainment editor during the broadsheet’s run, thereafter co-hosting the same Radio Veritas program with Tessa and comedy icon Matutina in the 2000s.

Helping out in the production is the section’s researcher-reporter Nika Roque, a fresh De La Salle University AB Organizational Communication graduate.

Leading the technical team is The Manila Times TV’s Arnel Caibal, a Philippine Marine Institute (PMI) Marine Engineering graduate who learned the rigors of camera work at Channel 4. He then crossed over to the country’s commercial networks after studing directing at the Mowelfund Film Institute.

Ably assisting in the directorial job is Jessilyn Domingo who also serves as associate producer. An AB Mass Communication graduate of New Era University, Domingo has a solid four-year-experience as freelance video­grapher, scriptwriter, assistant director, director of photography and segment producer.

Head video editor is RM Magbanua, who is also a music video and indie film director. Assisting him is Jonathan Tamayo.

Graphics from the show are rendered by John Mariano dela Cruz, AB Multimedia Arts graduate of St. Dominic College of Asia, while music scoring is by Keith Emmanuel Lardizabal.

“CSI” airs every Tuesday at 9 p.m. on The Manila Times TV Facebook page and Just click the video for replay, with the full show and segments available on YouTube soon.

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