Judy Ann Santos poses for a photo with the 'I Do' reality village in Cavite in the background. Photo by Reyma Buan Deveza for ABS-CBNnews.com
MANILA -- Even while she is still busy with the hit game show "Bet On Your Baby," actress Judy Ann Santos is already gearing up for her newest hosting job as ABS-CBN announced its biggest and newest reality show "I Do."
On Monday, Santos, along with ABS-CBN executives led by TV Production head Laurenti Dyogi, attended the blessing of the show's "reality village" at Lancaster Estates in Cavite.
According to Santos, "I Do" is an original reality show of ABS-CBN, which has scored several hits with franchised versions of foreign shows such as "Pinoy Big Brother" and "The Voice of the Philippines."
In "I Do," which will air in the last quarter of the year, nine couples will live in the Cavite village. The winning pair will get the wedding of their dreams, as well as a house and lot and a car, the host-actress said.
"It's actually to inspire people na kailangan kilalanin muna nila ang ka-partner nila for the rest of their lives. So nandito kami to guide them kung ano talaga ang proseso kung halimbawang naging mag-asawa sila," she said.
"Ang pagpapakasal ay hindi parang buy-one-take-one sa isang department store. It's a vow na kailangang panindigan," she stressed, noting that the show will have marriage councilors, who will tell the contestants about the harsh realities of married life.
A look at the 'I Do' reality village in Cavite. Photo by Reyma Buan Deveza for ABS-CBNnews.com
Santos pointed out the Cavite village was created just for the show, which will be co-hosted by comedian and former "Pinoy Big Brother" (PBB) housemate Jason Gainza.
"Bongga talaga siya at napakabonggang pressure din ito para sa akin," admitted Santos, who previously hosted the reality cooking show, "MasterChef Pinoy Edition."
Santos has been married to host-actor Ryan Agoncillo for five years and her own experiences as a wife and mother will be put to good use in "I Do."
"Parang mate-test dito ang power ko sa pag-a-advise," she said. "Nakakatuwa na pagkatiwalaan ka ng isang ganitong klaseng show na wala pang nakakagawa. So it's fun, but at the same time, it's a test sa akin kung kakayanin ko ba."
Santos describes the complexity of the show as "Pinoy Big Brother" multiplies five times since there are several houses for the contestants, each monitored by 11 cameras.
Judy Ann Santos and ABS-CBN executive Laurenti Dyogi have a discussion inside one of the houses in the 'I Do' village in Cavite. Photo by Reyma Buan Deveza for ABS-CBNnews.com
"Siguro at the end of the year magiging famous ang village na ito at ang cute niya, parang Lego," Santos said.
Meanwhile, Santos announced that she aready started taping the second season of her current game show, "Bet On Your Baby."
"Mayroon na kaming apat na millionaire babies. Nakakatuwa na nakakatulong ka sa mga tao at nakaka-inspire ka sa kanila sa mga times na kailangang kailangan nila ng pera," she said.
"Palagi naman akong nagdarasal. I am thankful na ito ang ibinigay sa aking trabaho na nakakatulong ka at nakakapagpapasaya ka at ako mismo ay masaya," she added.