She may not have said it before but Carla Abellana is just as passionate about hosting as she is in doing movies and TV series.
Finally finding the opportunity to do so, the beautiful daughter of ‘80s matinee idol PJ Abellana said she realized just how fulfilling the genre is as acting at the first anniversary celebration of her GMA Network Public Affairs Program Karelasyon, which features real-life couples and the problems they face in marriage.
Serving the program’s host since 2015, Abellana said she is very thankful to be able to try her apparent hosting skills in a unique program. “Karelasyon has always shown true-to-life relationships in their true, raw and even dark form. Yung hindi natin napapanood talaga sa television, hindi ordinary. And that’s what’s unique to this program.”
She also expressed her willingness to address her weaknesses in hosting and step up for the over all improvement of the program.
“With this one, aaminin ko, it’s challenging to memorize my lines. We do about four episodes per taping day with no prompter, and with most lines in Tagalog. Bukod doon, nung bandang umpisa ng show, medyo malalim na Tagalog pa siya, because the Karelasyon was still finding the voice for its audience,” the current prime time drama star of Because of You generously shared.
The 29-year-old also looked back at the various hosting projects she has done for her home network, but surprisingly refuses to refer to herself as host.
“I’ve been very blessed to have been a host, but I don’t even call myself a host. Pero kahit papaano, I’ve been given lots of opportunities to host at iba-ibang genres—during the first few years of my career, it was beauty pageants, then came in variety shows and finally Karelasyon. So you see, there are different energy levels required in the shows,” Abellana related.
As Karelasyon—which airs every Saturday after Eat Bulaga—celebrates its first anniversary, Abellana excitedly shared that she will temporarily leave her hosting post for one episode, and for the first time, give life to a real-life character in a special spot.
Scheduled for airing on April 30, the episode will see Abellana and her real-life beau, actor Tom Rodrigues as live in partners Miriam and Dennis. Miriam is a nurse from a well off family who has been keeping her relationship with Dennis—a bartender—a secret to her family.
Already pressured over their set up, Miriam suddenly finds themselves in the thick of the so called “seven year itch.”
Asked how it is to work with Rodriquez now that they are officially a couple, Abellana said nothing much has changed since they last worked together in 2015 for the film No Boyfriend Since Birth. What they both found to be a great opportunity though is getting to see each other more over the course of taping since they usually have hectic schedules separately.
“Halos wala ng time for each other but at least there’s this kind of opportunity na kahit two taping days lang, ay nakapag work [and eventually spend time]together,” the actress admitted.
To be part of a show that looks into difficult relationships, it was but inevitable for the host to pick some lesson in love through the past year.
“In my observation, I would say, ultimately, as cliché as it may sound, love conquers all. And, number two, it will still be your family [there for you]—at the end of the day iba pa rin ang pagmamahal ng nanay o tatay mo,” Abellana shared.
Does knowing the pitfalls help her in seeing through her own relationship? “That might be true but I think sa panahon ngayon, walang tamang sagot to every situation. I think it really depends sa inyong dalawa and sa taong nakapaligid sa inyo lalo na sa family ninyo,” the actress answered.
Finally, relating to her role as Miriam in her show’s upcoming special episode, Abellana said she is not the type who would go into a live-in setup just so she can be sure to get along with her would-be husband.
“Some people say you should, while others say dapat hindi because hindi tama especially if we are talking about it in the religious sense. As for me, it’s not that I don’t want to but I don’t think it is necessary—you don’t have to live together to know how you will get along under one roof. Makikita mo naman na sa tao yun—kung paano nya patakbuhin ang buhay niya, kung responsible ba siya or independent,” Abellana ended.