From playing volleyball to reporting about sports, Gretchen Ho admitted her life has been turned upside down by an unexpected career path. “Nung una talaga na-culture shock ako (laughs). Kasi hindi nga ako marunong mag-makeup dati. Hindi ako nag-aayos. Siguro as an athlete parang ganun ka, wala kang paki basta gusto mo maglaro. I never watched TV also before kasi I was trained not to watch TV during weekdays, pag weekends lang. So hindi na-instill sa akin yung habit na manuod ng TV so wala akong alam sa pop culture, wala akong masyadong alam talaga. Now na binigay sa akin yung opportunity to do a sports show by Gameday TV and Balls Channel, unti-unti na-e-expose ako sa mga ganung bagay and I can say na I’ve been learning a lot, as in sobrang laki ng pinagbago ng perspective ko sa buhay, parang lumawak yung pag-iisip ko. Dati yung mundo ko lang volleyball, aral, simbahan (laughs) yun lang, dun lang ako umiikot. Tapos ngayon parang wow ang ganda pala ng buhay. Lumawak talaga,” she admitted.
Currently a sports analyst for the UAAP, Gretchen said she has a lot to be thankful for in sports. “As in lahat ng ginagawa ko ngayon siguro ma-a-attribute ko yun sa volleyball. Lahat ng opportunities na dumadating sa akin, this sports show was offered to me because of my background in volleyball. Sports reporting, I’m also doing analyzing in UAAP volleyball so that’s also because of that. And I’m still playing now. Siguro I’m in this different world compared to before so a lot has changed talaga,” she said.
Gretchen was further cast in the limelight when she started dating Biggest Loser Doubles game master Robi Domingo who eventually became her boyfriend. “Parang sabi ko, first time ako magkaron ng love life tapos bigla high profile kagad. I wasn’t ready for it. And when that happened I was still in school, I was still playing volleyball and our coach was very strict. He didn’t like us appearing on TV that much or doing sideline outside of volleyball. He wanted us to focus on playing. That’s why I told Robi don’t mention me anymore on TV. But it can’t be helped because people are talking about it. I had to adjust to it na not to be affected by it, by what people were saying. Kaya it definitely added to my culture shock but I think knowing our priorities as a student and a volleyball player and him knowing his intentions for me weren’t in that line, na we didn’t get together naman because of some popularity game or hype or whatever. He was very sincere so knowing each other, knowing our priorities and knowing our intentions, that really helped,” she recalled.
The athlete-turned-host also admitted she was looking forward to a low-key Valentine’s Day celebration with Robi. “Last year, first year first Valentines ko na may kasama ako. So that was very memorable for me. He cooked kaldereta for me, sa bahay lang kami tapos candlelight dinner. Nandun pa yung parents ko sa loob (laughs). Sumayaw pa kami sa garden, ganun. So this year we’re going to make it na ako magluluto ng isang dish tapos siya magluluto rin ng isang dish so almost the same. We want to keep it very simple and intimate. We do enjoy spending time at home so sa bahay na lang. Tipid pa (laughs),” she shared.