After receiving numerous offers this year for projects and endorsements, Gretchen Ho said that 2014 is definitely a good year for her hosting career. “I just feel really happy and blessed that God is with me in this journey. Hindi niya ako pinapabayaan. Never ko naman in-expect to be here as I've said over and over again. I feel like He's blessing me with so much and I'm just really happy to be able to have all my needs provided for and I think with that parang feeling ko mas may responsibility ako to also give back and share my blessings with other people. Suguro unang-una sa family ko, sobrang naututuwa ako na napapag-travel ko sila, pag kunwari may work ako sa isang place sinasama ko lagi mom ko. That's why when people ask me why lagi kong kasama mom ko, kasi yun yung pangako ko sa kanya na iiikot ko siya sa mundo, ganun. With my dad din, parang nalilibang siya sa events ko tapos I also get to give them kunwari yung mga gadgets, ganyan,” she shares during the Vitress Catwalk event held last August 8 at Bonifacio High Street.
The Game host admitted she is still getting used to being on the catwalk which she shared with fellow endorsers Solenn Heussaff and Kim Jones. “I feel really honored. Nagulat nga ako na kasama ko pala sila. Parang nakakatuwa na ma-recognize sa field ko and it just really inspires me to be better at what I do like when it comes to hosting and my training also and everything that I do. Kumbaga para mag-level up sa kanila, ganun,” she said.
Now that she also recently signed with Star Magic, Gretchen said she is willing to try new things to expand her talents. “Right now kasi I recently became co-managed by Star Magic and Cornerstone, so they told me to take hosting and acting workshops. So una tinanong nila, 'Gusto mo ba umarte?' sabi ko baka hindi ko sure, hindi ko alam kasi more on hosting ako. Sabi nila, 'Why don't you try it? Why don't you try the workshop and then let's see from there?' So right now I just came from the hosting workshop but I'm also planning to take the acting workshop because I want to experience it and if ever hindi naman ako mag-acting magagamit ko din siya sa hosting kasi di ba when you’re hosting you’re also acting in some way? So yung goal ko dun is to bring more emotion to my hosting para kumbaga mas mawala yung inhibitions ko. Parang win-win naman, kung hindi ako mag-acting or puwede ako mag-acting,” she admitted.
Her boyfriend Robi Domingo has always been a very vocal supporter of her career and Gretchen admitted he wants her to try different things and not just hosting. “Kasi parang kumabaga nung una ang close-minded ko to it eh. Pero ngayon hindi pa rin ako pumupunta dun [sa acting] pero ayoko naman i-close off agad agad. So malay mo may role diyan na parang Angelina Jolie, joke lang! (laughs) Sabi ko nga, peg ko in life si Angelina Jolie. Kung may role na Angelina Jolie go lang! Pero joke lang yun ha (laughs),” she said.
When it comes to possibly doing an acting project together, Gretchen said they both have the same opinion on the subject. “No, pero kasi parang sinabi ng Star Magic sa akin na just keep an open mind, it depends project per project so kami ni Robi we've talked about it not to work together in a show because we don't want our worlds to get smaller, na parang wala na kaming mapag-usapan kasi pareho na yung tinatakbo ng mundo namin so kaya ako nasa sports, siya nasa hosting sa prime. It's worked so far. When it comes to work we don't fight as much anymore. Nung una medyo nag-adjust pa kami, medyo parang nagkakapaan pa lang. Pero ngayon alam na namn kung paano. So kung mag-aaway kami dahil dun or kung kumbaga it will become more complicated, kasi iba yung dynamics sa TV, iba yung dynamics in real life, kung maapektuhan yung relationship namin most likely I will not do it. Parang gusto ko pa rin may separation eh,” she added.
The new Vitress endorser said she has now learned to explore her more “kikay” side not just because of Robi but because she joined showbiz. “Right now feeling ko nagdadalaga pa lang ako kasi nung high school at college ako hindi ko napagtuunan ng pansin yung physical look ko and parang feeling ko hindi naman kailangan umarte kasi hindi ako maarte pero na-realize ko it's very important to take care of yourself. Not only does it make you look good but it also makes you a lot more confident. So ngayon na mas nag-aayos na ako ng hair ko, parang I won't leave the house without looking decent and wearing nice clothes. Dati kasi t-shirt at shorts lang ako so ngayon medyo nag-aayos na ako. Parang iba na yung pakikitungo ko sa mga tao. I feel more confident eh. Feeling ko yung kikay side ko extends to that kasi I feel better about myself. I feel more positive when talking to people, I feel like I can present myself more and in work I also have to look presentable,” she admitted.
Another thing Gretchen is looking forward to is an upcoming trip she planned with boyfriend Robi and their families. “We're going to Korea next month with my mom, brother, Robi and might be also his mom pero depende pa. We'll be there for five days. Robi's looking forward to going to Lotte World. I'm looking forward to seeing the temples. We're looking forward to the food and experiencing the culture. Kasi makikita mo sa mga koreanovela ang ganda di ba? Siya second time na niya dun, ako first time ko,” she excitedly shared.
The 24-year-old host said she also wants to go mountain climbing again with Robi soon. “Parang nagyaya rin ako sa kanya mag-mountain climbing ulit kami baka Sagada. Yuung Mt. Pulag kasi ibang klaseng experience yun, sobrang. Uulitin ko yun pero not any time soon. Baka sa Sagada naman,” she said.