Reporter JV Arcena departing TV5

By Media Newser Philippines | Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Photo: JV Arcena
After more than seven years as reporter for TV5, JV Arcena has decided to end his stint with the network.

The political reporter of the third-ranking Kapatid Network will be leaving network news as he will soon join the Asia-Pacific Media Hub of the U.S. State Department as an information and media specialist to be based here in Manila.

"I am looking forward to more new adventures and opportunities, meeting and working with new faces and high-level officials, entering new culture, surviving new challenges and learning new knowledge," Arcena said of his new post.

"I’m tremendously stoked about the road ahead and exploring what comes next. I know that transition is not easy and my next job is harder than the previous. But I am ready to re-start, and start over, with a new chapter in life. Of course, I will bring with me the experience gained and skills honed in my journalism years," he added.

Arcena joined TV5 in 2010 as a multi-platform reporter contributing on its news broadcasts on TV and radio via Radyo5 92.3 News FM. Best known for his short stint at the now-defunct Aksyon sa Umaga — where he was one of the morning show's leading correspondents — he mostly covered politics and national news during his time at TV5.

Previously, he had spent more than a year as a reporter for Radio Mindanao Network or RMN.

Media Newser Philippines recently spoke to Arcena about his decision to leave TV5. Below is our interview with him.

Why are you leaving, and what made you decide to leave?
Career growth — that’s what drove me to leave TV5. In 2016, after recovering from two devastating diseases, I thought it was time to go and move forward, time to shift to a new path where I hope I will grow more. Then, my former boss sent me a link where I found an opportunity which I feel would be good for my career. Besides, I've been in the media industry for almost a decade and I know that my ultimate dream to serve the public by giving information has been fulfilled. I love journalism, I will always be a journalist at heart and I hope to still put my journalistic skills to good use, every now and then.

These photos appeared in Facebook’s nostalgia feature. Taken two years ago (Feb. 2016), 1) In the ICU with mama and former News5 colleague and kababayan, now Sec. Martin Andanar. That was my last day in the ICU; the first day of my rehab; and my first Valentine’s day in the ICU. Sobrang weak pa. Paralyzed pa ang malaking parte ng katawan. Naka-thumb up dahil di pa makangiti at may liquid food pipe pa sa ilong dahil hindi pa makakain. Sa totoo lang, sa picture na’to ko lang nakita ang hitsura ng ICU. Musika na para sa akin noon ang tunog ng heart monitor. 2) me with 5 physical therapists at the TMC gym. Isang buwan na ako halos sa ospital nito. Ito ang first time na sinubukan kong tumayo. Lakas nila! Nakaalalay ang mga PT dahil wala pa akong balance matapos ang ilang linggo sa hospital bed. Pero after ilang seconds, tumaas ang BP ko kaya binalik agad ako sa kwarto. Bigo ako sa first attempt. Pero hindi nawalan ng pag-asa. Nakatayo ako ulit sa mga sumunod na PT session. Hanggang sa natutong maglakad. Bumalik sa normal na buhay. Kaya hindi ako nagsasawa sa pagpapasalamat sa lahat ng tumulong at nagdasal. Thank you, Lord! #tbt #GBS #meningitis
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How would you sum up your experience at TV5?
It has been an honor working with one of the biggest and credible networks in the country. I would not be where I am today, I would not know what I know today, I would not have met who I've met in my career, if not for TV5. The network has helped me, a poor islander from Siargao, achieved my biggest childhood dream. My years in TV5 will always be an amazing and unforgettable chapter of my career.

What are some of the valuable lessons you've learned while working there?
Nothing comes easy, especially in finding stories, those that would make an impact on people’s lives. I learned to be resourceful and to never give up for a story.

TV5 has inspired me to go beyond my limits or comfort zone, and never be scared to explore new, uncharted territories. As you all know, my background in broadcasting began in radio which had honed my ability to annotate or relay news events as they happen. Radio does not offer the luxury of time and writing down your story, it is a spontaneous and a right-here-right-now medium which I will always be proud to be part of. However, TV5 trusted me enough to venture onto a bigger platform which is TV news. The News5 integration of all their news platforms was really a big help and a welcome development, at least for me. The challenges of being in transition tested my patience and willingness to learn new tricks, to be a willing beginner everyday. Shout-out to my former boss, DJ Sta. Ana!

What would you consider the highlights of your broadcasting career?
I started from the most basic to big assignments. From RMN to TV5 — from being a writer/producer to covering rallies, police stories, calamities, to covering the three branches of government, the presidents and world leaders—all assignments have been incredible. The Hong Kong pro-democracy protests (popularly known as Umbrella Revolution) in 2014, Saudi Arabia’s OFW crisis in 2016, APEC 2011 in Hawaii, World Economic Forum 2013 in Switzerland, the U.S visit of PNoy in 2012, the 2014 trip to Manila of former U.S Pres. Barack Obama, the ASEAN summits and the aftermath of Yolanda were among my unforgettable assignments as a broadcast journalist. I also consider the shift from radio to TV and the digital platform as among the highlights of my career. It was a tough challenge, but I learned to be flexible, learned to be open and to be open-minded. The fact that I survived the shift is proof that I’m ready to take on bigger challenges.

Most of all, I got terribly sick (near-death) that tested and limited my capabilities. By God’s grace, I was able to get back to my daily routine. I thank TV5 because their trust and confidence in me never waned as I battled and recovered from a crippling affliction. The network believed that I could still reach the peak despite the uphill climb.

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What will you miss the most about being a Kapatid reporter?
I will miss telling stories, doing interviews, making reports, beating the deadlines, and witnessing history unfold in front of me. I always knew I wanted to be a journalist. At the age of 9, my passion for news and reporting started to manifest itself. Inspired with an inquisitive mind and always wanting to know why, I grew up convinced that journalism was my career path. My motivation then was to help make some kind of change to the country, to highlight unexplored issues that badly affect communities and to expose scandals and corruption.

I’m grateful for the time, albeit brief, that I had with my creative and thoughtful colleagues at TV5. I will miss my Kapatids who have been a family to me, my friends in my beat, my radio programs and staff, and the public service. It’s been almost a decade of friendship, growth, excitement and the greatest privilege anyone could ask for.

What are you most looking forward to in your new post?
I am looking forward to more new adventures and opportunities, meeting and working with new faces and high-level officials, entering new culture, surviving new challenges and learning new knowledge. I’m tremendously stoked about the road ahead and exploring what comes next. I know that transition is not easy and my next job is harder than the previous. But I am ready to re-start, and start over, with a new chapter in life. Of course, I will bring with me the experience gained and skills honed in my journalism years.

Journalism is my first love so it was a hard decision leaving the profession in times of challenges. But I am not closing my doors to media. For now I want to deepen my knowledge and get more experiences in a bigger world. Stay tuned.

Again, thank you to each and everyone who believed in me. I want you to remember this line from Oliver Wendell Holmes: “The great thing in this world is not so much where you stand, as in what direction you are moving.” See you around and God bless!

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