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Chris Tiu’s timely science TV show comes to the rescue of wiz kids

/ 12:01 AM July 06, 2020

Chris Tiu

Chris Tiu is sorely missed in the PBA (Philippine Basketball Association). The former Ateneo Blue Eagles star cager retired from the professional league too soon. He’s one of the few cagers who always looks fresh and remains calm amid the heat of the game. That’s why he has always been a hard court heartthrob.

For Chris, there’s more to life than basketball. Aside from his business ventures, he is also an ambassador of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST). In line with that, he hosts a science show on GMA 7, “Ibilib” (IB), which airs every Thursday at 8:25 a.m. and Sunday at 9:35 a.m.

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It features experiments from Street Genius and those using ordinary objects at home that kids can do with minimal supervision from their parents. Now that schools are still closed, IB comes to the rescue of wiz kids, whose inquisitive minds need to be fed regularly. Let “Professor” Chris work his magic, just like he did in the PBA.

Here’s my chat with Chris:

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What experiment in IB amazed you the most?

It was a feature of one of the student groups from Philippine Science High School who made a hand motion-controlled car from scratch and was exhibited in the annual DOST fair at the World Trade Center.

What’s your personal mantra in adapting to the new normal?

Stay healthy, adjust fast, spot opportunities and appreciate the gift of life and love.

How’s your bakery/pastry shop Eric Kayser and milk tea biz chain Happy Lemon keeping up in the time of coronavirus?

We have strengthened our online presence by enhancing additional sales channels and also growing the sales through deliveries. Business is tough for people in the industry. I hope consumers make the conscious effort to support the small businesses and that we business owners can continue to provide livelihood to as many people during this difficult time.

What makes your marriage work?

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I think Cla and I have a strong relationship because we communicate a lot and openly about almost everything, including plans and problems. We understand our differences, extend patience and make sacrifices.

It’s also wonderful to celebrate and appreciate the simple joys that we sometimes take for granted. We also make an effort to talk about our faith and strengthen our spiritual life together, which is mostly her encouragement.

What do you miss most about playing in the PBA?

The competition and regular exercise. I miss my teammates, as well.

Would you be open to the idea of coaching?

I am open to the idea of coaching a high school or college team in the future. I believe it is in these formative years where the influence and impact of a coach/mentor is so important. Young people are very impressionable at this age, and it’s extremely important that they are surrounded by a good environment, with coa­ches who can instill life values that they will bring with them forever—such as discipline, perseverance, humility, kindness, compassion, excellence, etc.

Any suggestions on how the PBA can continue in the new normal?

The only possible way is through regular testing and strict quartering of athletes, coaches and officials.

What’s your takeaway from Michael Jordan’s (MJ) docu, “The Last Dance”?

Excellence is a habit. Adversity and failure create champions. God’s plan is continuously unraveling and that He works in mysterious ways. I enjoyed learning about the stories of the other Bulls players. MJ is my idol, and it’s tough to be MJ. I’m glad I’m not Michael Jordan (laughs). INQ

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