Venus Raj celebrates 24th birthday on 'UKG'

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 06 2012 12:09 PM | Updated as of Jul 06 2012 08:09 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Miss Universe 2010 fourth runner-up Venus Raj had an early birthday celebration on ABS-CBN's morning show "Umagang Kay Ganda," where she is one of the hosts.

During the show, Raj said she is happy to be surrounded by people who love her, including her boyfriend, co-host Andrei Felix.

Raj will turn 24 on July 7.

"Ako sa ngayon, masayang-masaya ako sa buhay ko. Kuntento ako, maraming taong nagmamahal sa akin. Nandiyan si Drei (Felix). Siyempre, si Lord grabe ang blessings na binigay sa akin," she said.

"Kayo, guys (UKG family), kayo ang nagpapasaya sa akin, maraming maraming salamat. Kayo, guys sa likod ng camera, grabe kayo, maraming maraming salamat," she added.

Raj was also greeted with a recorded message by her mother, Esther Bayonito, who is now in Bicol.

Felix, meanwhile, also shared his birthday message for Raj.

"Lahat naman nasa kanya na. May pamilya siya sa Bicol at may pamilya siya rito sa 'Umagang Kay Ganda.' Sabi ko nga, marami na kaming pinagdaanan at marami pa kaming pagdadaanan na iba. At 'yun lang, tuloy-tuloy ang blessings kasi regalo talaga siya sa atin lahat ng Diyos. Siyempre sa akin dahil sa ang dami kong natututunan sa kanya araw-araw," he said.

Raj joined "Umagang Kay Ganda" in February 2011.