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Gretchen Ho produces docus to retell folks’s tales

Gretchen Ho produces docus to retell people’s storiesGretchen Ho produces docus to retell people’s stories

Margielyn Didal (left) and Ho in the course of the particular screening of the sports activities documentary “Past the Board” —MARINEL CRUZ

For broadcaster Gretchen Ho, essentially the most difficult half about producing the sports activities documentary “Past the Board” was making skateboarding Olympian Margielyn Didal get private about her experiences.

“It was robust interviewing Margie. To start with, she tried to cover what she actually felt, so I needed to sit together with her for 2 hours for her to essentially share her story. I assume it’s as a result of athletes like her don’t wish to be mistaken for complaining. We all know her as somebody who is robust and would simply giggle away her troubles, so to have the ability to get her to decrease her guard and belief us together with her story was the No. 1 problem for me,” Ho stated.

“Past the Board” tells the story of Didal, the nation’s first skateboarding Olympian who managed to seize hearts everywhere in the world after a exceptional efficiency within the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. A yr later, Didal fractured her ankle on the highway to qualifying for the Paris Video games 2024.

One other problem, Ho stated, was managing the totally different sides to Didal’s story. “What Margie went by was actually painful. Issues didn’t finish the way in which she needed. All of us noticed that, however there are additionally different sides to that. Whereas we have been doing this, we weren’t positive but whether or not or not Margie would qualify for the Paris Olympics. I assume the query was, ‘How are we going to inform Margie’s story?’” Ho stated.

Broadcaster Gretchen Ho Broadcaster Gretchen Ho

Broadcaster Gretchen Ho —MARINEL CRUZ


Robust problem

Didal started her skateboarding journey by promoting noodles in a skate park in Cebu Metropolis to make ends meet, and borrowing boards from fellow skate boarders, who additionally grew to become her first coaches. She finally made the nationwide workforce by bagging a gold within the 2018 Asian Video games and two golds within the 2019 Southeast Asian Video games. But, this main ankle damage was one that really examined her mettle. Didal confronted a tricky problem: learn how to strengthen herself but once more and get again to Olympic kind in a restricted period of time.

Ho joined Didal in Cebu and in addition traveled together with her to the World Skateboarding Tour in Dubai. “This was as a result of we needed to supply some context. We needed to indicate the shift of skateboarding from being a creative sport to a aggressive sport, and Margie adjusting to that, in addition to her fellow skate boarders,” Ho stated.

When she and her workforce went to shoot on the skate park in Baler, Aurora, Ho stated they realized that Didal’s story doesn’t finish in making it to the Olympics.

The world-class Baler Skatepark, which spans 6,155 sq. meters and was constructed at a value of P39 million, first opened to the general public in August 2023.

“Typically, sportswriters would cease writing in regards to the athletes after a selected event. We don’t see what occurs to them after that. The problem then was to offer a extra full image. It was not nearly Margie being injured, but additionally about letting folks perceive what led to that,” she stated.

Ho, a former volleyball participant, stated the objective was to inform the story in a means that individuals would perceive the struggles of an Olympic athlete. “The problem at the moment is for athletes like Margie to construct their legacies after the game. They’re now passing on the data to youthful children. That is now not nearly them, but additionally in regards to the subsequent era,” Ho started.

Ho (left) joined Didal when the latter revisited her home province, Cebu, for the documentary.Ho (left) joined Didal when the latter revisited her home province, Cebu, for the documentary.

Ho (left) joined Didal when the latter revisited her house province, Cebu, for the documentary. —CONTRIBUTED photograph

‘Construct their legacies’

“The problem for us within the sports activities media is to assist athletes construct their legacies as a result of that is what we’d like—to develop youthful athletes who will compete for us, for the following era.

“One other lesson right here is learn how to produce movies for TV. I wish to learn to join tales and retell them so folks will perceive and respect them extra. I do know I nonetheless have loads to be taught, and so I’m excited in regards to the new problem.”

“Past the Board,” in partnership with Crimson Bull, first aired on Cignal TV’s One Information on June 21. The documentary can also be printed on Ho’s official YouTube web page. It’s the first manufacturing below “WIA Specials.” Lady In Motion (WIA) is a journey and documentary TV present, additionally hosted, co-written and co-produced by Ho. Lady In Motion Studios is supported by Cornerstone Studio.

Ho stated she continues to make journey documentaries for the second season of “Lady in Motion,” additionally on Cignal TV, “as a result of Filipinos like to journey. It’s my means of getting folks to observe our content material, and producing documentaries is our means of giving extra depth and context to the locations that we journey to.”

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She added: “For instance, I went to Basilan with Ed Lingao. Who travels to Basilan? We mapped its circumferential highway, however we additionally in contrast the scenario of the then conflict-plagued Basilan and the Basilan of at the moment, now that, authorities stated, the entire rebels there have surrendered. I co-wrote that episode with Ed. It’s a really fascinating time for information. There’s a clamor for long-form content material. I hope we are able to use that chance properly.”



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