FINALLY: Communication senior is newest Adamson correspondent

Date Posted: February 13, 2024 at 04:05 PM

She thought it was just another day of covering a UAAP game for her beloved Falcon Radio, but little did she know, an opportunity will be re-opened for her to soar with the Falcons of San Marcelino. 

Ella Regudo, a fourth-year Communication Arts student, is the newest addition to Adamson's illustrious lineage of courtside correspondents. She is the next Adamsonian to represent Adamson’s blue and white since Ara Pulido last UAAP 84. 

With a passion for storytelling and a natural affinity for communication and media, Ella embodies the spirit of the Adamsonian community, eager to lend her voice to the narratives unfolding on the courts and fields.  

In an exclusive interview, Ella shared her journey, aspirations, and the excitement as she steps into this new role. 

“For me, it’s been a childhood dream to be a reporter pero not specifically sa sports beat kasi yun yung weakness ko. I never really saw myself in the sports field, even as a kid. I was so sure na hindi ako magiging sports reporter,” she said in jest. 

“But then when I became a host for the Pep Rally, yun yung pinaka-nag-ignite ng eagerness sakin na mag-try for sports reporting... dun ko na-feel yung sense of community na lahat ng tao gustong suportahan yung team. Ang sayang mapasama sa isang community na sama-sama kayong nagchicheer for your team, manalo man o matalo, tapos dun ko narealize kung ano yung essence ng pagiging courtside reporter for your team.”   

She also revealed she had tried out for the same post in the first semester of UAAP 86 but did not get a call back for succeeding parts of the first audition process.  

Despite the setback, she continued her journey and was chosen as News and Current Affairs head of the University’s in-campus radio and broadcast organization, Falcon Radio, which also opened a new opportunity for her – something she thought had already closed for her. 

“[I was covering the round 1 game between UE and Adamson when Fr. Aldrin approached me and asked me if I had already graduated, I think naalala nya ako from the Pep Rally,” she recalled. “Sabi ko nag-aaral pa, then sinabi [ni Fr. Aldrin] na sabihin ko kay Ma’am Ailene [Ayson] na mag-aaudition ako ulit [as courtside correspondent], pero that time, hesitant po ako kasi nga ang rule lagi is kung sino na yung courtside reporter sa basketball, hanggang dulo sya na.”  

Navigating through doubts and uncertainties, Ella took a leap of faith and, once again, auditioned to be the correspondent for Adamson’s Women’s Volleyball Team. 

She reached out to Ms. Ayson, the Communication Chairperson, but admitted that she was not expecting much since she was aware that the school does not have control of their correspondent during the UAAP games. 

“Later on, kinontact ako ni Ma’am Ayson and pinagsesend ako ng video. There were seven of us na nagsend ng video na taga-Adamson lahat. It boiled down to two students na nag-audition nang live sa Cignal, and yung kasama ko Junior ko sya [sa Communication Department]. Sabay kaming nag-audition dun, then that same day inannounce na kung sino yung napili,” she explained. 

Surrounded by supportive mentors and peers, Ella's resilience and passion ultimately caught the attention of the selection committee, leading to her selection as Adamson's newest correspondent. 

As Ella embarks on her new role, she faces the challenge of balancing academic responsibilities, extracurricular commitments, and her newfound passion for sports reporting.  

Photo: UAAP Media Team

“Yung changes na ginagawa ko is nagstep down ako sa News and Current Affairs director of Falcon Radio kasi I know I wouldn’t be hands on compared before. Meron pa akong other commitment like yung sa Samsung Ambassadorship,” she said. 

“[Also,] may mga classes na matatamaan, but since yung thesis is by group, ang plan ko na lang po is ask for help sa groupmates since tatlo naman kami and group effort naman kami. In times na I won’t be there, I feel like my groupmates would step up. I would comply naman of course and help them however and whenever I can,” she furthered. 

With unwavering determination and a supportive network by her side, she navigates through adjustments and sacrifices, prioritizing her commitments while striving to excel in with her endeavor. 

“I actually trained for a year. I trained myself na kailangan kong intindihin yung game, kailangan kong ma-immerse sa team. Umaattend ako ng games noon kahit sarili kong bayad yung ticket and nagsubscribe ako sa Cignal monthly para if ever di ako makanood ng games live, kaya kong balikan na lang sa tablet ko,” she said.  

“Sinusulat ko yung nirereport ng reporters, basta I was training myself and then I also asked a few mentors like ate Ara, our S84 courtside reporter, si Ms. Jess, one of my broadcasting teachers. I would ask them for advice. I would send them my videos, my reports and they would give me feedback.” 

For Ella, being chosen as Adamson's correspondent isn't just about reporting on the games—it's about embodying the essence of Adamsonian pride and fostering a sense of unity within the community. With a deep-rooted understanding of the school's values and a shared camaraderie with her fellow Falcons, Ella endeavors to represent the school with integrity, passion, and unwavering support for its athletes. 

As she steps into her role, Ella extends a heartfelt message to the Adamson community, urging them to continue rallying behind the teams and fostering a culture of support and encouragement.  

With her journey serving as a testament to the endless possibilities awaiting Adamsonians, Ella hopes to inspire her klasmeyts to seize opportunities, embrace challenges, and proudly represent their alma mater. 

“Mapapakita lalo natin yung pagiging Vincentian through supporting each other since we are all klasmeyts here. Mas mapapakita rin yung klasmeyt culture na kahit hindi magkakaklase, or magkaka-year, we are here to support and lift each other up to represent the school,” she said. 

Adamson University has found not just a correspondent, but someone who would embody Falcon pride. As she embarks on this new chapter, Ella's vibrant spirit and dedication serve as a testament to the indomitable spirit of the Adamsonian community—a spirit that continues to soar to greater heights with each passing day.