As the host of AXN Asia’s latest game show on wheels Cash Cab Philippines, Ryan Agoncillo said he has always dreamt of being part of this kind of show. In the 13-episode series, Ryan plays the role of a cab driver and show host who will pick up random passengers and drive them to their destination while quizzing them on general knowledge.
"Pangarap ko talaga noon maging driver ng Cash Cab. I saw this program a long time ago sa Discovery channel pa lang bago pa gawin yung version ni Ollie Pettigrew na AXN Cash Cab Asia. Nung tinawagan ako to be part of Cash Cab Philippines that literally was a dream come true,” he admitted during AXN’s Cash Cab Philippines presscon held last December 9 at Aracama restaurant in BGC, Taguig.
During their last day of taping for the show’s first season, Ryan said his family surprised him by being his passengers. "They actually did that as a surprise for me during the last day of filming. It was fun. I needed that. We shot the whole season for about two weeks and then everything was done from the afternoon after I did Eat Bulaga hanggang madaling araw so the pressure was on, everybody had a deadline to meet and they did that to me on the last day so it was such a breather for me. One of the things I didn’t do was break character when my family boarded because I really wanted them to experience why daddy was missing for the past two weeks. When they played and they actually won money, nakaipon eh, nakabangko yung P10,000. They only got about P500 from their winnings kasi bumili sila ng yoghurt that night so pinaalam nila yun kasi they won the cash for themselves,” he shared.
With his wife Judy Ann Santos in her last month of pregnancy, Ryan said they are ready for the newest member of their family to arrive any day now. "She’s going to be a girl. Her name is Juana Luisa. Her nickname is going to be Luna. Nag-pack na kami ng go bag the other day. I arrived from Las Vegas last Monday and she packed last night while I was in taping. It’s anytime now but the real date given by the doctor is December. So pag tsumamba, Happy New Year or Merry Christmas. Lucho was a week in advance. But now we’re ready and any time is a go,” he said.
Ryan admitted that having another child after baby Lucho was something that he and Juday did not really plan. "We started out not really thinking of how many kids to have. And then when we had two all of a sudden my wife is like, ‘Hey you know what, let’s go for another one.’ Aangal pa ba ako di ba? So na-bless na kami ulit with a third child and we’ll see. They say that the third child is a game changer because this is the time that the kids actually form their own world apart from their parents so we’re preparing for that and we’re preparing for the arrival of General Luna! (laughs). Mukhang itong babaeng bunso general yan eh,” he said.
For the holidays, the Agoncillo household will have slightly different plans from previous years. "Well it’s going to be planned as usual. Only this time for New Year we’re probably not going to do the whole fireworks thing and the whole preparing for dinner thing. Baka mag-check in na lang kami, kung hindi sa hotel sa hospital (laughs),” he added.
When his pregnant wife posted a photo on Instagram of her doing a headstand, many concerned fans sent messages of disapproval and questioning her choice of workout. Ryan said he supports and trusts his wife when it comes to taking care of her body and their new baby. "I’m married to superwoman you know so I’m not worried. I kind of excited once in a while but she’s a superhero. I saw that picture and I saw how people reacted on Instagram. You know what, every pregnancy is different and as we get older we also prepare ourselves. As we get older, we tend to make ourselves fitter for our jobs right? And being a pregnant woman she has to make herself stronger. She had Lucho five years ago. She was a lot younger then. Her preparations included yoga. So now we’ve advanced through the years and we had to make ourselves stronger this time around. This morning actually nag-workout kami magkasabay pa. Parang may mga hindi na siya nagagawa kasi siyempre iba na yung kalagayan niya from the last time she took that picture of a headstand. But rest assured we’re doing everything with a professional on board and clearance,” he said.
Catch Ryan Agoncillo in AXN’s Cash Cab Philippines which will premiere in a double episode on December 22, Tuesday at 8:50 pm. AXN is seen on SkyCable Ch 49, Cable Link C 38, Cignal TV Ch 61, Destiny Cable Ch 61, Dream Ch 20 and GSAT Ch 51.