With Iya, Drew can't ask for more

October 09, 2019

DREW Arellano just renewed his contract with GMA Network. “I’m proud to be a Kapuso for 16 years now,” he says at the solo presscon hosted for him. “I started with the youth-oriented show, ‘Click’, in 2003, then I became a part of ‘Unang Hirit’. Tapos, naging solo host ako ng travel show na ‘Balikbayan’ which later became known as ‘Biyahe ni Drew’. It has been on the air for 14 years now and it gave me my first award as best travel show host.”

Aside from “Biyahe ni Drew”, he is now also hosting the info-tainment educational show, ‘AHA!, that has won so many awards, both local and international. “It’s been on for 10 years and kid viewers really learn so much from it as it explores the science and technology behind everyday things and experiences with the help of credible experts. It now produces animation segments like “#Kuwentong AHAmazing” featuring Pinoy stories narrated by top Kapuso personalities like Jessica Soho, Bianca Umali and Ken Chan. Next year, we’ll try more composite medium like stop-motion and 3D animations.”

He says he has so many happy memories of his stay with GMA-7. “Through the shows I did, GMA gave me the chance to meet a lot new people and travel to a lot new places. I will never forget them for the rest of my life. And remember, this is also where I first met my wife. Naging magkasama kami sa ‘Click’. And now, we have two sons, Antonio Primo and Alonzo Leon.”

Despite his busy schedule, Drew make sure that he prioritizes his family. “Even before I got married, I’ve always wanted to be a great father. Now that I’m a family man, I make sure that all aspects of my life be adjusted to that. No more gimmicks or night life. There’s nothing like spending time with your children as that is part of their personality development. I just love being a father and I make sure that I’m home by 7 p.m. My kids sleep early so I also sleep early to make sure that I get 8 hours of sleep each day. I’m lucky to have a supportive wife like Iya (Villania) and with her and our kids, what more can I ask for?”

How come he didn’t foray into acting? “I did. I tried a couple of movies but I realized early on na mas masaya akong maging host being my natural self with a microphone than acting in front of a camera. Hindi talaga sa akin ang pag-arte kaya ipaubaya na lang natin sa mga marunong talagang umarte. I’d much rather just stay in the comforts of my own shell.”

It’s good that after 14 years, he has not ran out of new places and sceneries to be featured in her travel show. “We’re just so blessed to have such a beautiful country. Kahit saan ako magpunta, I talk to the tour guides and they get their energy from the tourists who come to visit their place. Ako naman, I get my energy and enthusiasm from the people I meet in their place, the farmers, the fishermen, the natives and I learn a lot from them. You know, hindi pa namin nalilibot ang buong Pilipinas. There are still so many places to see and explore, lalo na sa Mindanao, and I’m looking forward to do that.”