Courtside Cuties


Get to know 10 of the most striking faces behind halftime updates and team huddles


We often see their faces during time-outs, reporting strategies and plays of the competing teams. During those precious minutes, it’s hard not to be captivated by the concise reporting—often given with much enthusiasm by the person delivering it. Meet some of the freshest-looking courtside reporters that get us even more hooked on the games—from the first quarter down to overtime.


Jeanine Tsoi, UAAP


Season 78 is Jeanine’s sophomore year as a courtside reporter for De La Salle University, giving her an opportunity to improve her skills. In an interview with The LaSallian a few years back, the Industrial Management Engineering student says she considers the whole UAAP experience as a chance to grow and learn more about basketball and broadcasting. (@jeaninebeatrice)


Erika Padilla, PBA


Erika may be one of the most recognizable among the bunch, having appeared in magazines, TV shows, and even movies. One of the reasons why PBA fans love this lady is how she delivers her reports—always energetic and with lots of feeling. (@padillaerika)


Mara Aquino, PBA


Her face looks familiar for a good number of reasons. Aside from being one of the PBA’s courtside reporters, Mara is also the studio anchor of Radyo 5 and often referred to as Miss Moneyball. Moneyball is an interactive game show that airs during halftime. (@missmaraaquino)


Sel Guevara, PBA


A graduate of the Ateneo De Manila University, Sel has years of media experience under her belt. After a brief stint as a news reporter for TV5, she also became a radio DJ for RX 93.1 before becoming a regular sportscaster. This strong woman is a proud bikini bodybuilder—just check out her IG feed! (@projectsexystrong)


Laura Lehmann, UAAP


It’s fitting to say that Laura is a well-rounded person. Aside from being a two-time UAAP reporter for the Ateneo, she has also delved into modeling and writing for a sports website. Don’t be surprised—Laura is also a certified Binibining Pilipinas and placed as first runner-up in 2014. She’s currently hosting Listed on Lifestyle/TFC and reporting for the V-League. (@iamlauralehmann)


Boom Labrusca, NCAA


If you think you’ve already seen him somewhere, you’re right! Boom is a Filipino actor, currently playing the role of a bodyguard in the hit teleserye Dolce Amore. When not busy reporting from the sidelines of the NCAA, he’s also guesting in different shows and movies. (@boomeey)


Ceej Tantengco, NCAA


Aside from being an NCAA reporter, Ceej loves to write about food, travel, and sports. Drop by her Instagram feed and get ready to be greeted by delicious food and lovely travel snapshots that will surely fuel your wanderlust. (@ceejtheday)


Rizza Diaz, PBA


Just like her fellow courtside ladies, Rizza has graced a couple of magazines and other features. You’ll often see her interviewing your favorite players after a game or hosting various events and functions. (@diaz_rizza)


Myrtle Sarrosa, NCAA


The name definitely rings a bell. Myrtle is a cosplayer, TV personality, and a former Pinoy Big Brother Teen Big Winner. When not preoccupied with reporting and hosting stints, she is a frequent guest in different shows and out-of-town events. (@myrtlegail)


Nina Alvia, UAAP


Following the footsteps of University of the Philippines reporters Riki Flores and Gretchen Fullido, Nina was in charge of covering the bases of the Fighting Maroons’ games. Mirroring her youth and bubbly aura, her blog is a treasure trove of positivity and wonderful travel diaries. ( (@ninaalvia)