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TV5 has added a fresh face to liven up your daily movie-viewing experience. Introducing: VJ Valeen Montenegro! The spunky Tropa Moko Unli mainstay has been selected as the official video jock (or VJ) of the Kapatid Network’s rebranded Tagalized movie block, Movie Max 5. You can now see her every day sharing fun facts and perky commentary before and after each featured blockbuster.

Being a movie fan herself, Valeen shared her own diverse preferences: “I like comedy and chick flicks; mga no-brainers. Pero I have days na I wanna think (laughs). Gusto ko rin iyong tipong after the movie, [sasabihin ko sa mga kasama ko na ] let’s talk about the movie”. With a cinematic taste as eclectic as her own personality, it’s no surprise how her new role fits her like a glove.

During her first taping day held last June 19 in Studio C, TV5 Novaliches, the 24-year-old spoke candidly about the experience: “Well of course, I am excited. Kasi parang in front of the mirror pa lang, gusto ko iyong ini-imagine ko iyong sarili ko [as a VJ]; parang ginagaya ko iyong mga nasa HBO. Parang relaxed lang sila, pero nakikinig iyong mga audience sa mga kung anong gusto nilang sabihin”.

 Valeen revealed that her gig is no easy task. A shoot would require her to finish a week’s worth of spiels, which entails talking to an imaginary audience for 12 hours.“It’s hard enough for you to be talking to yourself, tapos ico-converse mo pa iyong imaginary na tao. Tapos sinasagot mo iyong sarili mo”, she described. When asked how she gets the job done, Valeen humorously quipped: “It’s the baliw-ness in me. I’ve accepted that”, she said while laughing.

As the discourse continued, Valeen offered her take on Tagalog-dubbed foreign movies: “I love it. It’s a way of TV5 reaching out to the masses. It’s also a way of educating them [in the English language] little by little. Kung nagustuhan nila iyong movie in Tagalog, puwede nilang panoorin in English so they can understand it more. Mas matututo silang mag-English.”

Finally, Valeen fondly described working with segment director Mac Alejandre as a motivational experience. “Alam niya na gusto ng mga artista na ini-inspire sila and, speaking for myself, gusto ko iyon. Somehow, it pressures me; it triggers something in my brain to do more and he believes in me. Kailangan ko gawin. He’s very inspiring to work with especially with how he speaks. I enjoy his anecdotes a lot.” One of the important lessons inculcated to her by Direk Mac is to treat every role, regardless of nature and magnitude, as a major break: “[He told me, here,] I’m not just a VJ, I have to own it. That really inspired me to own this segment”, she said.

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