For Venus Raj, being part of the Kapamilya morning show Umagang Kay Ganda was a wonderful experience. “I’m just so happy na sa dinami-dami ng artista at talent natin sa ABS-CBN, at least I was part of this. This is really a big honor. Pangalawang taon ko na ito so nakakatuwa lang na mula nung nagsimula ako sa industriya at hanggang this year naging part ako nito,” she shared.
The 24-year-old beauty from Camarines Sur admitted last year was a very fruitful year for her. “Wow sobrang daming blessings nun unang una maraming maraming salamat sa Panginoon. Siyempre hindi naman mangyayari lahat ng ito, walang blessings, walang kasiyahan if not because of Him. I’m in love and sa 2012 siya naganap so hopefully tumagal siya at maraming taon pa ang lumipas and yun lang, happy ako sa career ko, happy ako sa Kapamilya so napakasaya lang ng buhay,” she said.
Venus said that one of the best things that happened to her was meeting Andrei Felix, her boyfriend and former co-host on Umagang Kay Ganda, which recently re-formatted with a new roster of hosts. “One of the happiest things siguro na nangyari. Siyempre unang una yung sa career ko kasi hindi lahat ng nabibigyan ng oportunidad na magtrabaho sa Kapamilya network ang nagtatagal ng ganun. Hindi pa man ako ganun katagal, siguro pangalawang taon ko pa lang ito pero nandun yugn puso ko sa ginagawa ko. So hopefully magtagal siya. Parang sabi ko nga, of all the things na meron ako sa ngayon, aside from the love life, mahal ko ang trabaho ko,” she said.
After UKG, Venus said she is keeping positive and looking forward to more good projects ahead. “Siguro a happier life, a happier family, a happier relationship and closer relationship with the Lord, I think that’s the most important,” she added.
When it comes to her relationship with Andrei, Venus says there are no wedding bells happening anytime soon. “Kung meron man, so far wala pang pinag-uusapan pero kung meron, we will let you know. Definitely we will let you know (laughs),” she said.
After her acting stint in the movie Pridyider last year, Venus said she is open to further honing her acting skills. But when asked if she was willing to do a remake of the 1974 classic Pinakamagandang Hayop sa Balat ng Lupa which was originally portrayed by another beauty-queen-turned-actress Gloria Diaz, Venus said she is not sure she is up for such a bold role. “Siyempre ang daming fans ng Pinakamagandang Hayop Sa Balat ng Lupa pero hindi ko alam kung kaya ko magsuot ng manipis na manipis na kamison na kita ang lahat. Tingnan natin malay mo hindi na kamison ang susuotin, malay natin palitan di ba? Why not, we will see,” she shared.
The statuesque morena said she looks up to Gloria Diaz as a perfect example or a true beauty queen. “Sabi nga nila, once a beauty queen, always a beauty queen. Si Miss Gloria Diaz kahit sa ganitong panahon, talagang ginagalang at tinitingala pa rin natin siya bilang isang beauty queen. So hindi na mawawala yun. hinding-hindi mawawala yun at ang sarap balikan na nung kabataan ko na ganito yung ginagawa ko,” she said.