In 1999, she and GMA's Jessica Soho were granted a scholarship by the Thomson Foundation after which Cathy went to Oxford on another scholarship grant. She finished the six-month course in three months, coming up with a 300-page thesis entitled "Effects on Journalists of Huge Merger" (such as, the pointed among others, the CNN-Turner merger) for which she got a commendation.
Besides being a good TV host, Cathy is also a brilliant writer, having been four-time winner (1998 to 1992) of La Salle's Annual Awards for Literature, an awardee of La Salles Campus Journalism Awards (1988 to 1993) and first-placer in the National Essay Contest sponsored by the Philippine Fulbright Scholars Association.
Abroad, according to Cathy, she discovered what she had been missing - opportunities for great career moves.
"Bloomberg was there," said Cathy (who also trained at the CNN headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia), "so I took the chance."
Her ABS-CBN experience and coverage of the Philippine Stock Exchange proved to be valuable at Bloomberg.
"My first assignment was as a reporter at the Tokyo Stock Exchange, the second largest market in the world. After six months, there was an opening for an anchor of the morning timeslot and that's how I got to MoneyCast Asia.
Although born to Cantonese parents (her maiden name is Yap), Cathy speaks more fluent Nihonggo than Cantonese or any other Chinese language, regretting that she never studied Chinese which she's now trying to learn from her husband.
"On weekends," said Cathy, "I fly home to Manila to be with my husband and daughter. Like me, they now enjoy resident status in Japan; I made sure of that. Sometimes they go to Tokyo to be with me. I arrive in Manila Friday evening and I fly back to Tokyo Sunday evening in time for my work Monday morning."
March 15, 2003