The birthday boy (he turned 32 last April 21) told reporters, “Sabi nila, ang advantage of being a host is longevity. Yung leading men, nawawala na kapag naging 39 to 40. Nagiging character actor. Yung hosting matagal-tagal.”
As for having a family of his own, the host of ABS-CBN’s game show “Minute to Win It” (which will launch its Junior Edition on Monday, April 29) dreams of being a hands-on dad.
Luis can see it now:
“I can play sports with my child. I want to give him a future he deserves.”
Is he talking about three years from now, when he’s 35, his businesses fully established (Luis owns a taxi company and a garments manufacturing firm), his hosting career still in place?
Girlfriend Jennylyn Mercado’s work status makes him tentative about things.
“Si Jen, kaka-renew lang ng (GMA) contract for three more years. I don’t think papayagan siya ng GMA na magpakasal. It’s part of her obligations.”
Luis himself just renewed his contract with ABS-CBN, where he is also hosting “Deal or No Deal” and “Pilipinas Got Talent (with real-life friend Billy Crawford).”
He’s looking forward to a week-long birthday celebration in his shows, where surprise guests are expected to come.
And since he’s been working non-stop, Luis is also excited about taking a short break since some of his shows will give way to TV coverage of the coming elections.
“Bugbog ang (taping) schedule ko second week of April,” he reveals. May bakasyon ako dahil sa May elections. Sobrang blessing yon na magkaka-free day ako. At pag ganon, automatic I go diving.”
Meantime, Luis is enjoying the challenge of hosting “Junior Minute to Win It” since he interacts with children, whose emotions, he says, are more raw than that of adults.
Child performers Zaijan Jaranilla and Xyriel Manabat will compete with Bugoy Drilon and Brenan Garcia in the show’s premiere at 11 a.m. at ABS-CBN on April 29.