TV’S hottest new queen of talk Pia Guanio shows us to put our money where our mouth is.
Face it, whether she’s doing crazy stunt on a noon time show, or talking about the latest in entertainment alongside her S-Files buddies or on 24 Oras in GMA—multi-faceted TV personality Pia Guanio is always a sight to behold with those ichinita features and awesome tanned, toned figure topped by a killer smile.
That’s just the initial turn on. Wait ‘til you see the rest of her. Pia has come a long way from being a bubbly radio traffic reporter. And before you can gulp down that noodle meal and exclaim, “No more?!” her image would have been posted on countless posters, billboards, and of course, (ahem) magazines. So before we start up on embarrassing intros like, “Pia Guanio in her most daring, wet shoot ever”—we’ll keep our dignity and let you open the pages to the real meaning of primetime TV: bodacious bods, sharp wits, make-yo-weak-in-the-knees smiles. So, allow us to start the year right as we give you Pia Guanio in swimsuits that give justice to those immaculate curves. Makes you feel like it’s Christmas everyday—ooh whee!
So, Ms. Sunshine Girl, what do you like most and least about being one of TV’s hottest faces?
Well the advantages are… you hardly ever get a ticket for traffic violations… Haha!
So do you driveyour own car or do you have a driver?
Most times, I drive my own car.
I’m sure even if your driver gets caught and they see you there…
Yeah. Actually, it doesn’t matter—you’re right about that. What else… well, people tend to be friendlier. You know how salesladies are so grumpy. But parang when they know you, they’re extra friendly and helpful when at any other time you’d be pleading to get attention.
On the other side, hindi ka makakatawad ‘cause you’re Pia Guanio.
Yeah, actually. But I’m really bad at tawad to begin with, so I’ve never gotten any discounts in my entire life, even when I wasn’t “popular” yet. Disadvantages? I guess they always expectyou to be, you know, friendly, and in a nice mood. So if you’re in a bad mood, you might well stay home and lock yourself up. You don’t want that spreading around in the appers—or you have to watch what you’re doing—because I guess those are the tradeoofs.
If people know you, they kinda tend to observe you even more closely than the usual person. So, every little act is a bit more magnified and you never know where it’s gonna end up. And sometimes, it gets blown up too, so you gotta be a little careful.
What is the Pia Guanio’s type of man?
He has to be funny, first of all. Confident. Smart. He has to be taller than me.
What’s your height by the way?
So, you kinda narrowed us Filipino men already down.
Well, the good news is our race seems to be improving because we’re marrying other races and therefore increasing in height. Haha! So I think, as generations pass, the vertical limits gets better.
What do you find sexy in a man?
Well, of course you can’t discount appearances. That’s the first thing that registers, right? After a while, you can get tired of just starring at a gorgeous body. Believe it or not, it becomes boring. So after the initial attraction is the…
There has to be substance…
There has to be substance. He has to be a good conversationalist. He has to keep the flow going. You can’t run out. And a fantastic sense of humor is sexy.
Ok,got all that down. How is it being one of the most eligible bachelorettes in the country?
I don’t really feel it since I have a boyfriend—y’know what I mean? I don’t even billed as such, won’t people be, like, trying to ask me out all the time or trying to pull one on me? But they never do—or at least. I’m not aware that they do so. I’m really skeptical about that.
We’re not skeptical about that.. How can we make you fall head over heels for us?
Ahh… they have to be really knowledgeable about a whole lot of different things. Because I enjoy that. They have to be into sports. I like arguing about the NBA, or F1 sometimes, although my interest in F1 has waned since “Schumi” started taking all the championships.
You’re a great girlfriend then.
I’m a total guy. Super! that’s why these people—these girls—are mad at me because I always hang out with their boys. But they don’t understand that I can’t relate to anything they’re talking about half the time.
It’s not like I’m trying to steal them from you, I just don’t get what some girls talk about. ‘Yon. (giggles)
Do you engage in flirting? Up to what extent?
The funny thing about my flirting is that I never really realize that I’m doing it until somebody points it out.
My flirting is, I guess, being really attentive to somebody. Engaging him in really deep conversation. Things like that. I mean, It’s not overt, like pulling up my skirt or lowering my strap.
So when you’re nice to a guy, they should know that you’re not really flirting but you’re just really, really nice…
Yeah, kasi parang, I feel it’s a little too obvious to do the other things that connote flirting.
What part of you do you regard as the one oozing with sex appeal?
Well, the only thing I’m really confident about is my legs. Because everything else. I believe,, still needs work. Like, I’m always supposed to do stomach stuff every day, but it doesn’t happen. So in effect, I feel like I don’t do enough. But then my legs will, no matter how fat I become, always stay this way. I know because my titas look like that. (laughs)
Your greatest fantasy?
HMM, see the funny thing is: I used to have a lot of those until I actually did some of them, and decided that they weren’t anything great. Like the making-out-in-the—beach part isn’t as good as it’s cut out to be. You just end up with a lot of bug bites and places. So I’ve chucked out those fantasy things. Haha!
What’s your take on one-night sexual encounters?
I think it’s good for a certain period of your life, but maybe if you’re just having fun or just living it up. As long as you do it safely, and you’re responsible for your health and the other person.
Ok, the weirdest thing you ever put inside your mouth?
God, I have a noon time show (Eat Bulaga) so take your pick, man! Diba, mga stupid stuff that we eat there. Like, raw squid. Ampalaya shake . What else? I’ve never had the privilege of eating any, like, innards or private parts of animals. Wala, I’ve never done that.
So what’s the naughtiest stunt you’ve pulled?
Naughtiest? It’s gotta be in high school. We used to stick Gummi Bears [candy] up the ceiling, so that when other people would take classroom, they’d fall on them.
Favorite part of a man’s body?
It’s got to be their upper body. There’s a certain area in your torso that kinda tapers off to your waist…
Yeah, just like a V.
Yeah. But you know, I don’t even really like the majors V’s—like swimmer-type V’s na it’s a bit too froggy. Parang ibull-froggy. Ano lang, it tapperes off a little bit and it shows, like, lines or bone or something. (Pause) No one can relate!(laughs)
The sports personality you admire the most and why?
Well, I’ve always liked Kobe Bryant because I’ve always read that he’d be so industrious and that he’s a workhorse.
Even after [the sexual harassment suit]?
I know, [but] that still has to be proven. That’s his private life anyway. But I like his work ethic, because no matter how many negative things have been said about his being stubborn—about showboating and stuff—I feel like he really has a really, really deep desire to play basketball and to improve himself in it. So I guess Kobe. For lack of anybody else. (laughs)
You’ve been hosting for how long now?
You started out as a traffic reporter on a helicopter, right? Does this mean you also always want to be on top?
Not at all, in fact, I like to be taken control of, once in a while.
Taken from: UNO, December 2004
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