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“No. As of now, ‘yun pa rin naman ‘yung plano namin ni Drew na next year pa (magkaka-baby),” said Kapuso star Iya Villania during a recent press interview.


At saka, I mean, hindi naman talaga halata ‘yung belly ng mom kapag four to five months ‘di ba? Feeling ko I’ll be able to get away with it for a while paKapag hindi na akosuma-side view, alam naPero next year pa naman. That’s the plan,” she added.


These are busy days for Iya. She will now have to juggle her time between taping for GMA News TV’s Taste Buddies, doing production numbers on weekend variety show Sunday All Stars, and hosting 24 Oras’ showbiz segment Chika Minute.


Gusto kong isipin na parang guest pa lang ako kasi ayaw ko ‘yung kabaayaw ko ‘yung pressure,” shared Iya, who officially replaced Pia Guanio as Chika Minute host last June 15.


Iya said she feels glad that GMA News chose her and embraced her quirkiness. “Gusto kong umiyakNakakakilignakakatuwa. I mean, it really is a pleasant surprise. I wouldn’t say na I was deserving, for me, it’s really God’s will. If it’s not for you, then it’s not for you. If it’s for you, mapupunta ‘yan sa iyo. So kung hindi napunta sa akin, I would have been okay rin naman,” she shared.


Though it’s admittedly a challenge for Iya to speak fluently in Filipino, she promised she would give it her best shot to properly deliver the news. “They (viewers) will get to see me try my best sa wikang Filipino. Yes, sa Filipino talaga. But I never give up and I always put everything that I can into whatever it is that I do, so I will definitely do my best na i-deliver ng tama ‘yung news,” she explained.


Being the bubbly person that she is, Iya considers toning down her energy as the biggest challenge of all. “Depende sa level na required sa akin. Of course, it would also depend din sa news. Kasi kung medyo sad ‘yung news, hindi naman pwede. So maga-adjust naman ako. I will be appropriate,” she said.


Catch Iya Villania on 24 Oras, together with veteran broadcasters Mel Tiangco, Mike Enriquez, and Vicky Morales, airing weeknights on GMA’s flagship international channel, GMA Pinoy TV.

Basta Everyday Happy hosts - Alessandra de Rossi, Gladys Reyes, Chef Boy Logro and Donita Rose

Basta Everyday Happy hosts – Alessandra de Rossi, Gladys Reyes, Chef Boy Logro and Donita Rose

GMA Life TV logo

GMA Life TV logo

I-Bilib with Chris Tiu as its main host will debut on GMA Life TV

I-Bilib with Chris Tiu as its main host will debut on GMA Life TV

Julie Anne San Jose sang the theme song of GMA Life TV's new station ID

Julie Anne San Jose sang the theme song of GMA Life TV’s new station ID

Sarap Diva hosted by Asia's Songbird Regine Velasquez-Alcasid combines great food and great music

Sarap Diva hosted by Asia’s Songbird Regine Velasquez-Alcasid combines great food and great music

Beginning this October, GMA Life TV, the second international channel of GMA Network, reflects the vibrance of life in its new line-up of programs, catering to the ever-changing preferences of Filipino audiences abroad.


Indeed, “There’s More to Life,” as the channel’s new tagline goes, with its premium mix of Filipino programming – from drama to infotainment, news to sports, reality to fashion, and essentially everything in between – appealing to every member of the household.


Now on its 6th year, GMA Life TV combines both new and well-loved Kapuso programs that feature some of the Network’s biggest Entertainment stars like Regine Velasquez, Heart Evangelista, Jean Garcia, Camille Prats, Chris Tiu, Chef Boy Logro, Donita Rose, Alessandra de Rossi, Gladys Reyes, Isabelle Daza, and Solenn Heussaff, as well as News and Public Affairs personalities such as Raffy Tima, Pia Archangel, Mariz Umali, Jun Veneracion, Connie Sison, Suzi Entrata, Drew Arellano and Doc Ferds, to name a few.


“We want to touch and inspire as many viewers as possible to enjoy, embrace and celebrate life to the fullest,” says GMA VP and head of international operations Joseph T. Francia on the new and exciting mix of Filipino programs available on the channel. “GMA Life TV is the channel for Filipinos abroad who feel that they can’t have enough of their favourite Pinoy programming.  So we are giving our viewers another generous serving of the programs they miss. Apart from being a source of the latest news, trends or gossip, we are presenting GMA Life TV as every viewer’s companion in finding ways to enjoy his or her day-to-day activities.”


Among the new shows on GMA Life TV are Weddings TV, a visual feast of wedding ideas; Pinay Beauty Queen Academy, a reality show on the dramas, challenges, and intrigues in becoming a beauty queen; Nang Magising si Juan, which tackles money issues and financial management; and Young Minds Inspired, a program that puts the spotlight on inspiring and talented teens. I-Bilib, Byahe ni Drew and Born Impact are also new additions in the channel.


Besides theseexisting programs such as Taste Buddies, Mars, Sarap Diva, Aha!, Ang Pinaka, Day-Off, Reel Life, Love Hotline, and Let’s Fiesta, to name a few, will likewise continue to captivate Kapuso viewers across the globe.


They must also look forward to the “There’s More To Life” music video with its theme song sung by no less than Asia’s Pop Sweetheart, Julie Anne San Jose. The song echoes GMA Life TV’s reinforced vision of inspiring viewers to live each day to the fullest, “It’s a brand new day, a brand new life/ More to love, more to share, more to celebrate/ There’s more to life with GMA Life TV.”


GMA Life TV is available in the U.S, Canada, the Middle East, North Africa, Hong Kong, Guam, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, and Madagascar with an estimated one million viewers from all over the world.


Learn more about GMA Life TV and other GMA International channels and events, Facebook page, and follow GMA Pinoy TV on Twitter and Instagram via @gmapinoytv.