MANILA (Mabuhay) – Before becoming a journalist, William Thio first ventured into show business as part of Star Magic’s batch of talents launched in 1997. His contemporaries were John Lloyd Cruz, Shaina Magdayao, and Baron Geisler.
His acting career may not have blossomed but it proved to be a blessing for William, who is now recognized as one of the country’s respected broadcasters.
Riding on a career fueled by passion, William was recognized at the World Association Humanitarian of Doctors’s (WAHOD) Excellence Awards as Institutional Male Broadcaster for his UNTV show “Spotlight.”
WAHOD is under the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs chaired by Emperor Javier Gold Ferrari of the Western European Empire.
Last November, William was acknowledged at the 2015 Gawad Amerika as Most Promising News Personality.
During the awards ceremony, the 41-year-old anchor also bagged the Male Star of the Night award.
William admitted the event was a little surreal for him after he found himself hobnobbing with US-based Filipino talents.
“Marami ru’ng mga ibang awardees na parang they had formed a community wherein they help each other and also ’yung mga homegrown talent natin… it was a different environment. Nanibago ako,” he shared.
The actor-turned-newscaster considers the awards an inspiration for him to do better in his field.
Life begins at 40 as they say and William has taken this mantra to heart, with his schedule filled to the brim with work.
Apart from being a news anchor, William is also a businessman. He owns the construction firm R&F Realty, which specializes in single-detached houses and condominiums.
“I’m a contractor now. I’ve started accepting projects in Tacloban, Davao, and Tagaytay, so that takes up a lot of my time,” he said.
He is also the spokesperson of the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) National Blood Services, in support of her grandmother Rosa Rosal who is a member of the PRC Board of Governors.
“’Pag merong out-of-the-office (work, ako)… Kasi ’di ba she’s already old, then she only does office (work)… ’Pag merong corporate (work) sa banko, gobryerno, o sa NGO, ako na ang gumagawa,” he explained.
Not everyone knows this but William has also been passionate about dogs since the age of 12. In fact, he has won in several international dog show competitions, including the 2011 European Junior Champion Thai Silk in Oslo, Norway.
He is also a licensed dog show judge, particularly in contests involving Pomeranians here and abroad conducted by the Philippine Canine Club Inc.
“During the time na I was an exhibitor, maghihintay ka na ikaw ang ipapanalo, ngayon ikaw na ang magpapanalo so it’s a different ball game,” he said.
With a jam-packed schedule, it sure takes a lot of dedication and hard work for the bachelor to juggle his time. But he is not complaining.
“Siguro sa edad kong ’to mas importante ’yung you have to make ends meet,” he added.
William anchors the Global News Network (GNN) show “News Force,” which airs every Monday and Saturday at 5 p.m.
He also heads GNN’s one-hour talk show “Opinion Leaders” every Saturday at 9 p.m.
“Spotlight” airs Thursdays on UNTV at 4:30 p.m. (MNS)