Volleybelle wants to try TV hosting



An athlete crossing over to show biz isn’t exactly a rare phenomenon. And with the surge in popularity of volleyball in the country over the past few of years, it didn’t really come as a surprise that Ateneo Lady Eagles’ Gretchen Ho, one of the most charming and popular players in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP), is starting to get offers to do stints and guestings on TV—more so after ABS-CBN actor-host Robi Domingo recently revealed that he’s exclusively dating the 22-year-old volleybelle.

While she’s open to working in the industry, Gretchen sees herself more as a host than an actress. “I’ve been offered to host a show on the sports channel Balls. That’s my first step,” she told the Inquirer at a press con for Studio 23’s “Game On: The Chevrolet Sonic Celebrity Challenge,” where she’s one of the contestants.

Loves talking


Gretchen is eloquent and isn’t particularly shy in front of people, so she feels that hosting will be the better job for her. “I love conversing with people, discovering new things and asking questions. I just love talking!” she said, laughing.

Given the chance, Gretchen said she would also like to be a part of a youth-oriented show, especially since most of her fans are teenagers and children.

But attaining more fame was never one of her motivations for wanting to pursue hosting. More than anything, Gretchen wants to use whatever influence she has now to inspire the Filipino youth through sports and faith.

“I’m a part of the Ateneo Christian Life Community. We go to Payatas, Quezon City every so often to organize games and activities for the kids there,” she said. “I want to do more of that.”

What’s holding her back from trying her hands at acting?

It’s not that she doesn’t have the skill and talent for it, it’s just that Gretchen’s passion is just onto something else, which is sports.

Gretchen, who finished a management engineering course, continued: “Aside from hosting, I also want to apply what I’ve learned in school, and I’m thinking of doing corporate marketing. I might not  be able to juggle everything if I get into acting.”

Privacy issue


But perhaps the biggest thing holding her back is the fact that entering show biz virtually means giving up one’s privacy. And she’s now beginning to get a taste of people probing into her personal life now that she’s being romantically linked to Robi.

“We try to keep the things going on between us to ourselves. It’s tough, but not impossible,” she said.

While Gretchen didn’t confirm whether or not she and Robi are already in a relationship, she described her rumored boyfriend as having a “really good heart.”

“I like him… Oh, was that good as an admission?” she asked, laughing.

Airing the last of two episodes on Studio 23 Saturday at 6 p.m., “Game On: The Chevrolet Sonic Celebrity Challenge” also features Melissa Ricks, Paul Jake Castillo, Manuel Chua, Gretchen Fullido and Andrei Felix.

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  • Psiitoon Charoenkrung

    This is one of the reason why Philippine athletes never really rise up to other Asean countries level because when there are promising athletes they immediately bring them to show biz. Thailand volleyball team has many beautiful players but they concentrate on playing volleyball thats why they became champion in Asia. Except for filipino boxers there’s seldom an athlete that rise to the top

    • maysayako

      thais are champion in asia? or southeast asia? china, japan and korea are the top 3 volleyball teams in asia as far as i’m concerned. aside from boxers the phils also have world class athletes in bowling, billiards, wushu and taekwando…

      • CmdrAdobo

        basketball is still regional powerhouse. and of course chess.

      • maysayako

        basketball, pang south-east asia lang ang pinas, maybe among the top 6 in asia; sa chess, okay naman performance pero not a powerhouse like russia & the eastern european countries…

      • CmdrAdobo

        Thailand pang southeast asia din… I am okay if we are the best in the region. Happy already. Let’s maintain baseball, basketball and chess as regional power. Our foundations of these sports are really good. We play baseball when we were little league and we dont know our future in boxing. Also, pinoy will excel in MMA too.

      • 1GeorgeTolentino2

        The Thailand women’s national volleyball team is already light years away from any South East Asian team and is at par with China, Japan and Korea. In the regular circuit of the FIVB World cup of volleyball series held in Ningbo, China in 2012, the Thais deafeted the National teams of China and Cuba and gave the US and other European teams a very difficult time with closely fought matches.

        The Thai team in fact won the 15th Asian Volleyball Championship held in Hanoi after finishing 3rd in the 14th edition in 2007 of the Asian Championships behind China and Japan.

      • CmdrAdobo

        Ok congratulation to Thailand. still you cant force someone to play volleyball. If you like, just play volleyball and win for Philippines.

    • CmdrAdobo

      She’s doing something for her life. If she cant be the top athlete but very good TV personality, that is also cool, right?

      So, what do you guys whining about?

  • hustlergalore


    ayan may ka-loveteam na si robi domingo. LOL

  • CmdrAdobo

    She’s doing something for her life. If she cant be the top athlete and very good TV personality, that is also cool right?

    So, what do you guys whining?

  • Sollie Sinson

    you have to be rich and comes from an exclusive school (UP, Ateneo and La Salle) to be famous. Even if you’re good but not pretty and rich, sorry na lang.

  • Diepor

    Is volleybelle even a word? its a little typical for a male dominated society like Ph that a women athlete is not judged and commentet on for her achivements but for her sexyness.

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