Drew Arellano

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Drew Arellano
Born Andrew James Estrella Arellano
(1980-01-16) January 16, 1980 (age 34)
Nationality FilipinoAmerican
Ethnicity Philippines Filipino
Years active 2003-present
Spouse(s) Iya Villania-Arellano (m. 2014)

Andrew James Estrella Arellano (born January 16, 1980), better known as Drew Arellano, is a Filipino actor and host. He is one of the traveling hosts of the daily morning show, Unang Hirit and the former show Coca Cola's Ride to Fame shown by GMA Network. He is also the host of Balik-Bayan and Biyahe ni Drew in QTV (now GMA News TV).

Early life and career[edit]

Arellano was born on January 16, 1980 in California, U.S. He has four brothers. He graduated high school at Xavier School Manila in March 1997, and he graduated Marketing Management at De La Salle University in October 2001 (also the same university of his wife Iya Villania). Arellano formerly worked in an advertising agency before he began his showbiz career. Arellano's first stint in showbiz on TV was in a youth-oriented show called Click, with longtime girlfriend and now wife, Iya Villania. He won his first solo award from PMPC Star Awards For TV as 'Best Travel Show Host' for Balikbayan, formerly aired on QTV 11 (now GMA News TV 11), and a year later he won again in a same category. He also won the Unang Hirit Barkada for Unang Hirit as 'Best Morning Show Hosts' also at PMPC Star Awards For TV, three times in a row. His uncle is the late Ching Arellano, also an actor and comedian.

Current career[edit]

Arellano currently hosts a travel show, Biyahe ni Drew on GMA News TV 11 and the longest-running morning show, Unang Hirit on GMA 7. He has guested on the talk show The Ryzza Mae Show.

Personal life[edit]

Arellano enjoys basketball and the triathlon which has won him various medals in a triathlon competition held every year. He is also a vegetarian.

Arellano owns a barber shop called Gruppo Barbero.

On January 31, 2014, he married his girlfriend of 10 years, Iya Villania at Meditation Point, Kawayan Cove in Nasugbu, Batangas.

Film and television[edit]

Television shows[edit]


  • Spirit of the Glass
  • My First Romance (Star Cinema)


  • Winner, Best Travel Host "Balikbayan" Qtv 11, 2009 & 2010 PMPC Star Awards for TV.
  • Winner, Best Morning Show Hosts (Unang Hirit Barkada) "Unang Hirit", 2008 PMPC Star Awards for TV.
  • Nominated, Best Travel Show Host "Balikbayan" Qtv 11, 2008 PMPC Star Awards for TV.
  • Nominated, Best Talent Search Program (with Karel Marquez) "Coca Cola's Ride To Fame Yes To Dream, 2008 PMPC Star Awards for TV.
  • Nominated, Best Morning Show Hosts (Unang Hirit Barkada) "Unang Hirit", PMPC Star Awards for TV 2005-2007.


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