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PHILIPPINES’ SECRET WEAPON | TV5 reporter Michelle Mediana disarms Taiwanese

Taiwanese journalists ask TV5 reporter Michelle Mediana if she has a boyfriend in this photo posted on Instagram on Thursday by ABS-CBN reporter Nikolo Baua.

A peaceful end to the diplomatic row between the Philippines and Taiwan could be in sight, courtesy of a charm offensive by TV5 news reporter Michelle Mediana.

Apparently, Mediana has turned into something of a celebrity in Taiwan since she arrived in the country to cover the aftermath of the fatal shooting of a Taiwanese fisherman by a Philippine Coast Guard vessel.

ABS-CBN reporter Nikolo Baua posted on Instagram on Thursday the photo above of Mediana being interviewed by Taiwanese journalists, “asking if she has a boyfriend”.

He said it was already the third time she was interviewed by Taiwanese media. He had also posted this photo on the right of one of the two previous occasions.

The Taiwanese media’s fascination for Mediana is a refreshing break from recent reports of incidents of harassment being suffered by Fillipino expatriate workers from angry Taiwanese.

At least two Taiwanese news sites dug up photos and info from Mediana’s Facebook account and now call her by her nickname Mischi. The Google translation of the Chinese text is too crude to quote here, but both websites amusingly labeled Mediana’s posting in Taiwan a “conspiracy”.

Below is a screenshot of one of the websites: