DLSU Courtside Reporter: Ina Ongsiako

Q&A with La Salle's Ina Ongsiako

Age: 21 years old
School: De La Salle University
Year & Course: 5th Year, AB Psychology
1. Why did you choose to become a courtside reporter?
"I’ve always loved sports! I've always either been into sports (cheerleading and futsal) or student politics, but when I got into the Magic 89.9 Junior Jock Program last year, I started to have a passion for the field. With the help of the different jocks in the program and my friends and family who pushed me, I developed the confidence to actually apply. I kind of owe my whole courtside reporter gig to them. Without their support, I probably wouldn't have had the guts to even try out!"

2. What's the best part about your job?
"Too many! There's getting to watch all the action up close, of course! Plus, it's really nice to get to know the team (players, coaches, staff, and all). We also get inside huddles where you hear and see everything! It's very hard for the media to penetrate that and it's a huge privilege that gets me going every time. The whole experience overall is just priceless."

3. What's the most challenging part about your job?
"The thing about being a courtside reporter is that if you mess up, even once, you have the whole world watching you, and I carry that with me every time, especially during my pre-game reports. The pressure can be so big sometimes. You feel like everybody is just waiting for you to forget a word and laugh at you. It's really not the easiest thing to do. I still find myself focusing on mistakes I made in past reports—something that I’m still working on, among other things. But like I said, the whole experience overall is just priceless, and trying to overcome such challenges is definitely worth the experience."

4. How do you balance your duties as a courtside reporter and a student?
"It's all about balancing your time. I think if it’s something that you really like to do, then you’ll find time for it. My planner has helped me so much in trying to balance everything, plus the support, understanding, and patience from my family and friends."

5. Any UAAP crushes?
"Do I really have to answer this? I’m shy. Well, I guess if I have to, then that’s for me to know, and for you to find out! [Laughs]

6. What advice can you give to students who want to be courtside reporters in the future?
"Whether you’re still in the audition process or you’re already reporting live, remember to always have fun and just enjoy it! Don’t let fear hold you back from possibly doing something great! And doing it well, if I may add."

7. Describe your personal everyday/campus style. What tips can you give to freshmen on how to dress for school?
"I don’t really have a style, but I guess if I had to describe it, then it’d be comfort above all. I’m very chill, emphasis on the 'very.' I can go out wearing shorts, a plain t-shirt, and sneakers, and I’ll be good. If there’s one tip I can give to freshmen (or anyone for that matter) on how to dress up for school, then it’d be to stick to your own style—you'd end up being more comfortable and confident."

8. Name one thing every college student should invest in.
"Experience! If there’s one thing I’ve learned in my five years in college, it’s that I regret the opportunities and experiences I didn't take advantage of—and cherish the ones I seized, even the ones where I bombed out."

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