What happens when two anchors from two different TV stations meet? They make great news. In the first of the TAP Celebrity series, we posed a few questions to TV Anchors MJ Marfori from TV5, and Oscar Oida, from GMA7 News.
How did you guys meet?
Oscar: It was love at first sight. I saw her when we were covering the same story back in 2010 in Camp Aguinaldo. She was not covering showbiz back then but war stories. I immediately stopped and asked who her reporter friends were, so I can have a “bridge” and get to meet her personally.
Mj: Initially got scared because he was much, much older than me, or more “mature” rather, HAHA! I also caught him staring at me, like it was freaky; he was wearing a leather jacket during daytime! But then again we had a common friend, her name is Andrea and she introduced him to me and we became friends. But Looking back I knew he liked me ha ha.
When did you know s/he was the one?
Oscar: Well it’s such a cliché that we realize how important that person is to us when we are about to lose them, and in our case we had a major fight and I thought that it would be the end of us. I had to win her back again and when I did I told myself that I will never ever do anything that will ever hurt her again and result of me losing her.
MJ Marfori and Oscar Oida
What is your favorite thing about your partner / spouse?
Oscar: The most obvious reason is that Mj is beautiful and if you are going to ask anyone who knows me they know that I really have a good taste when it comes to women. (HAHAHA!) But then I realize that she’s more than just a beautiful face. She’s very smart and we clicked in a way that I never clicked with anyone else in my life.
Mj: My favorite thing about Oscar is that he is funny and very sweet. He would also go lengths to show me how much. One time he surprised me by plotting a star which he named after me, thanks to his friends from the Astronomical Society of the Philippines.
What is your least favorite thing about them and how do you reconcile?
Oscar: Hard to appease after a fight! Even though we just fight about food. It’s like I’m back in square one when I gain her forgiveness even though I’m right at times or most of the time.
Mj: Moody siya.
Do you have the same parenting styles or different?
Mj: Where a team when it comes to parenting and each other’s opinion is valuable.
What are non negotiables between you and your partner about your kid/s?
Mj & Oscar: Good education, Quality time, Teach them important values in life.
Photo Source: Nice Print Photography Getting ready!
What do you do when your husband gets jealous of the attention you’re giving to your child/ren?
Oscar: I don’t get jealous because I understand how hard it is to be a mother specially that I saw her give birth and we both are so in love with our daughter Aerin. May I add that every husband should witness her wife giving birth? I assure you that it’s going to change everything from how you value your wife to your priorities & responsibilities as a father.
How would you explain to your kid/s when you’re busy with work?
Mj: As journalists, it’s a given that we will be from one place to another at any given day. But we will make sure to let our daughter understand the value of quality time. No matter how far we are, It’s a duty to have meaningful conversations with them as well.
How do you explain / How would you explain to your kid/s whenever they see you on social media, billboards, and/or TV? Is there anything different since you both are a known personality?
Oscar: It’s just any other job. She’s just lucky that she will get to see us even when we are away.
How do you limit buying toys to your kid?
Mj : We don’t buy her any toys because we know that a lot of her loved ones will give her. It’ll end up as clutter, is what other mother say.
Did you have any money issues as a parent/ as a married couple? How did you resolve it?
Oscar: Money will always play a big role no matter where you are in society, no matter what your stature is, but luckily we are very stable and we are practical when it comes to our lifestyle.
What is the best advice you got when you got married, and when you had kids?
Mj: Never end the day without resolving a fight
Oscar: Do everything you can enjoy as a couple before you have kids and that’s what we did; we traveled the world.
What is your advice to those about to get married, and for those about to have kids?
Oscar: Take your time and make sure you are marrying for the right reasons and not because of pressure.
Mj: Your partner should be your best friend and your teammate; you should always be on the same side.
Who of you is always right?
Who is the bad cop and who’s the good cop to your kids?
OSCAR: I’m the Bad cop
What do you wish for your child to be?
Mj: We wish for a child to do exactly what she loves and what she’s passionate about so that she can make a difference in this world.
Photo Source: Nice Print Photography Baby Aerin Oida
What advice do you wish you got when you got married / pregnant?
MJ: That the “fourth trimester” is the hardest of all and that’s the trimester you have to prepare for the most!
What is the best thing about being married? What is the best thing about having kids?
Oscar: Having a direction in life and something to look forward to every day and it definitely strengthens the relationship.
What the worst thing about being married? What’s the worst thing about having kids?
Mj: The misunderstandings and letting go of who you were when you were single. But then again you’re entering a new chapter which is way better.
I think being a parent is about introducing yourself to a whole new world. There’s always something new to learn and you’re always anxious.
What are the activities you’re doing to ease boredom during community quarantine? Do you have any daily schedule you can share with us?
Oscar: Besides Netflix, we look forward to going to the market even though it’s causing paranoia at the same time.
Mj: We also push ourselves to work out at least 30 minutes a day and we implemented a biggest loser challenge in her household until the end of the lockdown.
How are you protecting your family from COVID-19?
Oscar: Social distancing. We take staying home seriously and if we have to go out we disinfect everything we don’t bring in the shoes we wear outside and the clothes as well and we take a bath the moment we get home.
If you and/or your husband are working outside your home, what are the struggles you are currently facing?
Mj: The anxiety of the possibility that we could bring home the virus
How did you prepare for COVID-19 and community quarantine?
MJ: We stock up on the essentials such as disinfectants, food but we don’t panic buy. Just enough for a week. We also wear hats, gloves, glasses and masks whenever we need to head out and we constantly have personal disinfectants that we carry with us wherever we all go.
You can catch MJ Marfori on TV5 for Celebrity Aksyon segment on Aksyon Primetime every Monday-Friday 630pm; Showbiz FM teleradio Saturdays 4-6pm; Inay Ko Po every Tuesdays 11-12nn One PH Shotlist on Cignal channel 6 Saturdays 7pm. Or follow her on her Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mjmarfori/?igshid=1pn30rjf4j816
You can catch Oscar Oida on 24Oras and Sumbubgan ng Bayan GMA 7. Or follow him on his Instagram https://www.instagram.com/oscaroida/?igshid=1y2orcbp0oauf
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