Gretchen Malalad (born 1980) is a Filipina 2005 Southeast Asian Games karate gold medalist and a former beauty pageant contestant in Binibining Pilipinas 2002 where she emerged Ms. Talent and Ms. Red Bull Supreme. She is native from the Duyay, Boac, province of Marinduque. She was also a housemate in Pinoy Big Brother: Celebrity Edition. Her best friend in the house was actress Aleck Bovick.
Pinoy Big Brother
Gretchen left the house after Big Brother allowed Gretchen to report to her superiors in the Philippine Air Force (where she serves as a first-class airwoman) to face a summary investigation about her being AWOL. Big Brother did this with the proviso that she will be blindfolded during the trip and that she cannot speak to anyone except those who were investigating her. She must also be returned to the house 24 hours after she left. She returned 14 hours later after the Philippine Air Force officially authorized her to continue her stint in the show. Then she was later evicted on Day 39.
Gretchen became a Fitness Teacher in ABS-CBN's Pinoy Dream Academy. She was a field reporter for ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs from 2006 to 2013. She worked as a broadcast journalist for Reuters in Shanghai in 2015. She currently works as a freelance journalist in the Philippines, collaborating regularly with Agence France Presse and Al Jazeera.
Martial arts career
Getchen Malalad is a Karatedo black belt. She was a member of the national team for eight years representing team Philippines in many international karatedo competitions. She is among one of the elite athletes in the country to have captured 3 gold medals in four Southeast Asian Games competitions.  She was a bronze medalist in Karate at the Asian Games in 2002 in Busan South Korea. She won 20 Gold medals in international competitions in Asia, Europe and the US.
Malalad won gold medals in 2001, 2003 and 2005 Southeast Asian Games, the 60 kg Individual Kumite and Open Weight Individual Kumite competitions. She won a gold medal in the 2006 Korean Grand Open Championship in Busan, Korea on November 11 and 12, 2006.
Education and sports career
Malalad graduated from University of Santo Tomas with a degree of Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts. In 2004. Malalad worked as a courtside reporter for ABC Sports' (now Sports 5's) coverage of the PBA games. Prior to that, she worked in the Philippine Basketball League as an in-house courtside reporter for a brief period. Malalad holds a MS from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism in the city of New York class of 2014.