ANC bids Marieton Pacheco farewell


Posted at Jul 17 2009 04:21 PM | Updated as of Jul 21 2009 09:37 PM

MANILA - One of the anchors of ABS-CBN News Channel (ANC) and reporter of ABS-CBN News will be going abroad to start a new life in Canada.

“After 10 years of working in the broadcast industry, Marieton Pacheco is leaving us to embark on a new life with her family,” said [email protected] anchor TJ Manotoc on Friday.

[email protected] aired a short program of video greetings from Pacheco’s colleagues for its show on Friday, the last working day of Pacheco at ABS-CBN. 

Glenda Gloria, ANC’s chief operating officer said Pacheco will surely be missed.

“The last time I saw you interview a source was I think two days ago. I was watching you interview these police officers on Mornings. I was telling myself I'm going to miss you because you ask very good questions and you're a good reporter. I know, and you should be our future on ANC, but you're leaving us. But you’re going to a beautiful city. Vancouver is probably the best city in the world I've visited and I know you'll enjoy it there. Come back anytime,” Gloria said.

ABS-CBN News Gathering head, Charie Villa said, in jest, that Pacheco will “regret” leaving her work and the network.

“As I said, you'll regret it. No, kidding aside, I wish you all the luck, and I'm sure you'll make it there. Pero if you so decide to come back, you're always welcome to come back,” Villa said.

'One of the most beautiful faces on TV'

College friend, Paul Henson, cited Pacheco's growth in through the years.

“I've known her for about 15 years now because she was also my classmate in college. I've known her since freshman year in La Salle, and through all of these years, I've seen her grow as a person. I've seen her grow not only professionally but also in her personal life,” Henson said.

“Now that she's embarking on this new journey with her family, I'm pretty sure that, just as in all the other aspects of her life, she will be just as successful in this new chapter of her life. I wish Marieton all the best,” he added.

Other colleagues described Pacheco as “a nice person,” “one of the most beautiful faces in broadcasting,” and a “very good reporter”.

“Malaking kawalan siya sa newsroom kasi unang-una, malaking kawalan siya sa Patrol, malaking kawalan siya sa ANC at yung mismong presence niya dito sa newsroom, isang bagay na mami-miss naming lahat. Sana mag enjoy ka sa Canada. Siguraduhin mong magtatagumpay ka dyan at bibisita ka ng madalas kung kaya,” Atom Araullo said.

Desire for change

ABS-CBN reporter Joey Villarama recalled a conversation he had with Pacheco. He remembered Pacheco telling him that she wanted a change.

“She's been doing this for 10 years. Probably this is the change, so I don't know if she really wanted this sort of change na lalayo sa bansa. Pero gaya nga ng kahit anong bagay sa buhay natin, may mabuting idudulot ito dahil for the family din naman ang move na ito. Sa tingin ko, everything will go well,” Villarama said.

Even ANC Hardball's three sports talk show hosts recognized Pacheco for her passion and dedication to work.

Bill Velasco said Pacheco “does justice to the justice beat”. He added, in jest, that they will make sure that Boyet Sison doesn’t take her place on Mornings.

“We will definitely miss you. You are one of the best people that we have ever worked with, and not just as a colleague but as a person,” Velasco said.

Sison said “you bring a lot of light into our mornings, you've done a lot of good work as far as news is concerned for ABS.” Jinno Rufino added that “it definitely was a pleasure” working with Pacheco.

Big loss to justice beat

Supreme Court spokesperson Midas Marquez also gave a message to Pacheco, who covered the justice beat for a long time.

“With your work ethic and personality, I am very confident that you can thrive in any environment. Indeed, you will be an asset to any organization you choose to join. Your passion for work, coupled with your intellect, unassuming ways, charm, will be difficult to parallel,” Marquez said.

He added: “You will be a big loss to the justice beat. Your profound insights will be missed, and while many times you gave us stinging and penetrating reports, a closer understanding of these reports show that they were all very well thought out and were, in fact, angled taking into consideration the best interest of the institution.”

A John Lloyd fan

The presentation ended with a showbiz twist. The last to give her a message was actor John Lloyd Cruz. Pacheco, it turned out, is a John Lloyd fan.

“Balita ko aalis ka na. Balita ko din end of the month pa, so sana bago ka umalis we can like get together di ba? Labas tayo bago ka umalis para makilala naman kita, para mapasalamatan kita because you've been a dear supporter daw of mine, of my movies. Salamat, and sana I'm wishing that I can thank you in person,” John Lloyd said.

Pacheco dabbed her eyes in between the short speeches. She expressed her gratitude to everyone whom she had the pleasure of working with during her stay with ABS-CBN.

“I just want to say thank you to everyone. I would have thought na since I knew this was coming, I was emotionally prepared for it already. But there's really nothing like preparing yourself well to leave something that you've loved from the very start,” she said.

Pacheco started working for ABS-CBN right after graduating from college.

“Everything about ANC, everything about ABS-CBN...This is my first and only work after college so you can just imagine how much I've enjoyed the ride,” she said.

While she may no longer be seen on ANC, Pacheco promised all her friends and viewers that she will still be on Facebook.

“That's it for [email protected] today July 17, Friday. For the last time, I'm Marieton Pacheco,” she said. -- by Maria Aleta Nieva-Nishimori,