Drew Arellano

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Drew Arellano
Born Andrew James Estrella Arellano
(1980-01-16) January 16, 1980 (age 37)
San Jose, California
Nationality PhilippinesUnited States Filipino American
Years active 2003-present
Agent GMA Artist Center
Spouse(s) Iya Villania-Arellano (m. 2014)
Children 1

Andrew James Estrella Arellano (born January 16, 1980), better known as Drew Arellano, is an Filipino actor and host. He is one of the traveling hosts of the daily morning show, Unang Hirit[1] and the host of informative/educational show AHA! on GMA Network. He is also the host of the now defunct show Balikbayan, and Biyahe ni Drew on QTV (now GMA News TV).[2]

Early life and career[edit]

Arellano was born on January 16, 1980 in California, USA. He has two brothers and two sisters. 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 as 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), 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.

Current career[edit]

Arellano currently hosts AHA!, an informative/educational show on GMA Network, and the travel show Biyahe ni Drew on GMA News TV.

Personal life[edit]

Arellano enjoys basketball and triathlon[3][4] which has won him various medals in a triathlon competition held every year.

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.[5] The couple's son, Antonio Primo, was born on August 30, 2016.[6]

Film and television[edit]

Television shows[edit]



  • Winner, Best Travel Host "Biyahe Ni Drew" GMA News TV 11, 2015-2016 PMPC Star Awards for TV.
  • 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.


  1. ^ Bombarda, Angel (November 12, 2012). "Drew Arellano: The Perks of being a Professional Traveller". GMA News. Retrieved February 9, 2015. 
  2. ^ Tantengco, Cristina (March 31, 2014). "Best trip ever: Drew Arellano's 'Biyahe ni Drew' itinerary to Moalboal, Cebu". GMA News. Retrieved February 9, 2015. 
  3. ^ Geli, Bianca (October 8, 2014). "Drew Arellano gives tips for triathlon newbies". PEP.ph. Retrieved February 9, 2015. 
  4. ^ San Diego, Bayani (April 8, 2012). "Drew Arellano: Marathon man". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved February 9, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Drew Arellano and Iya Villania tie the knot". Rappler.com. January 31, 2014. Retrieved February 9, 2015. 
  6. ^ "LOOK: Iya Villania gives birth to baby boy". ABS-CBN.com. August 30, 2016. Retrieved August 30, 2016. 

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