Having hosted some of the biggest talent, reality, and game shows in the Philippines, Luis Manzano has, without a doubt, cemented his place as one of the country’s most bankable TV hosts. But did you know that he has received an offer in the past to host GMA’s StarStruck?
In a vlog released on Wednesday, June 2, Luis shared that he got an offer to host the now-defunct reality talent search before he landed a hosting gig for ABS-CBN’s Star Circle Quest.
At the time, Luis was still in a relationship with Nancy Castiglione who eventually served as the host of the show alongside Dingdong Dantes.
Star Circle Quest was a talent search for ABS-CBN’s talent management arm Star Magic.
“Trivia, alam niyo ba na ako dapat ang maghu-host ng StarStruck?” he said in a vlog with Alex Gonzaga and wife Jessy Mendiola.
“Noong unang-una dapat, in-offer sa akin iyon. Girlfriend ko noong time na iyon was Nancy Castiglione. Sila ni Dingdong yata nag-host ng first season,” he said.
But the 40-year-old host declined the offer and stayed with the Kapamilya network where he hosted numerous shows.
Watch the video below:
Luis started his career with a hosting gig for ABS-CBN music channel MYX. He then earned a spot as a host on the long-running Sunday variety show ASAP.
StarStruck first aired on GMA-7 in 2003 while Star Circle Quest aired a year later with Luis Manzano and Jodi Sta. Maria as hosts of the show.