Yorme shows his lighter side via "Iskovery Channel" on Kumu.
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The night we hung out with Yorme in his office, private gym, and ‘Iskovery Channel’

Showing his lighter side, the City Mayor of Manila engages his fans via the new social media platform Kumu. As always, he has his surprises. By RHIA GRANA
ANCX | Jul 31 2020

The Kumunetizens got shookt when a familiar face appeared on the Kumu livestreaming app last Monday night, July 27. Manila Mayor Isko Moreno joined ANCX executive editor Ces Drilon for a good hour-and-a-half chat in a show dubbed “Bawal Ma-Stress Drilon.” 

The good mayor clearly had a great time discovering a platform where he can engage real time with the viewers, such that he decided to go live using his @yormeisko account the following night. 

He cleverly calls his Kumu space “Iskovery Channel,” and its a space where people can get to know him on a more personal level—Yorme beyond politics and public service.

He went live on Kumu last Tuesday night, around 8:30PM, first showing himself at the anteroom with Vice Mayor Honey Lacuna, where a boxful of documents was waiting for his signature. He said he’s taking a quick break first before facing the paperwork on his desk.

"Yorme the dog" makes an appearance in Yorme Isko's Kumu livestream.

“This my first Kumu live,” he began during the livestream, exploring the user-friendly features of the app. He gave the viewers a tour of his home office, where he’s been staying for three months now. “We have to run the government 24/7, especially in this time of pandemic.” 

He showed viewers the black leather couch where he sleeps, pillows piled up on a chair, and a huge flatscreen TV, where he watches Netflix. He also gave the viewers a quick look at his vinyl player with his collection of old records. “I tell people that if they want to give me gifts, just give me something that I could add to my collection,” he hinted, smiling. 

The anteroom opens up to his office, where he does official functions. He pointed to the sculptures he had accepted as gifts and other personal knickknacks—including a Winston Churchill pen holder and some supplements from Dr. Vicki Belo.

Afterwards, Yorme gave a private tour of his personal gym. “Hindi ko pa ito nahahawakan. I’m planning to go back to it,” he said opening the door, revealing a rowing machine, a full-body workout machine, and a Pilates ball. The gym also has its own bathroom.

As he settled on a chair, he randomly picked co-hosts from the livestream. They turned out to be from various parts of the country and the world—one hails from Cotobato City (but currently residing in Quiapo, Manila), others are from Cagayan Valley, Cavite, Valenzuela, Abu Dhabi, and Kuwait. Singer Nyoy Volante and his wife, who admitted to be big fans of the mayor, were also picked to join the livestream.

Yorme shows his full-body workout gym.

“Mas madali ang interaction with the community,” he quipped. “Okey toits ah. Mas maganda ito kasi may kausap ako. Unlike pag nagrereport ako sa inyo, ako lang ang nagsasalita.” The livestream lasted about an hour, afterwhich he generously gave shoutouts to the viewers, and those giving Kumu gifts.

Yorme also took to Kumu around lunch time the following day to livestream his COVID updates to Manileños, particularly on the city’s efforts to provide mass testing.

“Lahat ng buhay ng tao mahalaga. Ang buhay ng mayaman, ang buhay ng middle-class, ang buhay ng mahirap, pare-pareho lang ang value nyan. Kaya pinapahalagan ko po lahat yan. Kaya itong mass testing natin ay pangkalahatan,” he said, reminding everyone not to take COVID precautions lightly.

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“Mapupuno na ang mga ospital natin. Ang quarantine facility natin na pinakamalaki sa buong Pilipinas, labinladawala, 545-bed capacity, mapupuno na din,” he added.

He also appealed to the elderly: “Minsan nakikita ko kayo sa kalsada. Beta muna sa gedli. Sokpa muna sa oblo. Haybols muna.”

After giving the updates, interspersed with inspirational messages and pieces of advice, he switched to vlogger mode and once more interacted with Kumunetizens. He was later joined by former VJ and Kumu’s vice president for marketing KC Montero for a fun chat.

 

The Bawal Ma-Stress Drilon episode will be published soon on the ANCX.PH website and its social media accounts.