Rocco Nacino

Rocco Nacino

He has played a mayor on TV and soon, a saint on the big screen. But before those – long before he entered show business – Kapuso talent Rocco Nacino was wearing an entirely different hat and for real, that of a nurse.

The actor is using his educational background in co-hosting with Mariz Umali, the GMA-7’s docu-reality program “Out Of Control” set for airing by Nov. 30. According to a release, the weekly show “tells the story of individuals whose lives are run by their obsession, compulsions, fears, and anxieties.”

Nacino’s first assignments involved an animal hoarder and a masochist who gets a kick from slashing different parts of his body.

Having finished nursing (at Mapua Makati in 2009, passed board exam in 2010), napag-aralan namin sa psych nursing yung skills of establishing rapport, breaking that barrier and gaining the patients’ trust. Yun ang ginagamit kong technique dito. Masaya ako kasi feeling ko nag aaral pa rin ako ng nursing, parang na-re-relive ko yung experiences ko during my college days,” he said, adding that he also consulted his nursing books for the tasks at hand.

Despite his know-how, he admits to have been affected by his two subjects, feeling a bit “upset” how the animal hoarder treated the dogs, and quite “disturbed” by the masochist’s story. But ever the professional, he still exuded an “inviting aura” to them so he could get the stories without judgment.

To keep cool, I had to ask the right questions. We’re making them open up hindi para i-judge sila kundi makuha yung background nila para intindihin din kung ano man yung nangyayari sa kanila…”

More than telling tales, “Out of Control” will introduce their subjects to who may be able to help them manage their condition. The program will record the process of diagnosis, therapy and the result of the treatment.

The family and friends of the subjects will also be interviewed to paint a complete picture; that is, how a subject’s condition affects their lives, jobs, and relationships.

“Since this is the first time that Philippine television will ever tackle such a topic, the challenge for me as a host is to examine their idiosyncrasies without turning the subjects into caricatures,” Mariz was quoted in a release.

Nacino is grateful for projects that hone his versatility and challenge his capabilities.

Unang una, may benefit siya sa pagkatao ko. The show is helping me become more mature. It’s an eye opener sa mga ganitong cases, na hindi lang sa TV, na totoo pa lang nangyayari sa mga tao (ang mga ganito). And it’s my first time to host,” he said. (MNS)