MANILA – Darla Sauler has become a household name in the Philippines for being the sidekick of TV host Kris Aquino in her daily morning show, “Kris TV.”
In fact, Sauler has been spoofed by comedian Jason Gainza on the late-night comedy program “Banana Split” along with Angelica Panganiban, who is popular for impersonating Aquino.
But unknown to many, Sauler is a gifted writer and is one of the brains behind some of ABS-CBN’s top-rating shows.
Here are five things that you didn’t know about Sauler, as shared by the “Kris TV” head writer on the latest episode of the ABS-CBN talk show “Gandang Gabi Vice.”
1. His real name is Darwin.
Sauler grew up as Darwin before adopting the nickname Darla. If given the chance, he would like to be named Darla Marie, noting that any name paired with “Marie” sounds better and more feminine.
2. He joined a gay pageant once and didn’t want to do it again.
Just like other gays, Sauler once tried joining a gay pageant back in elementary school. But instead of taking this path, he opted to focus on his studies.
3. He was a consistent honor student.
Most people see Sauler as the person who finishes Aquino’s meals, following the TV host in her trips both here and abroad.
But he is not just your ordinary sidekick. Sauler was a consistent honor student and even graduated with a degree in journalism – cum laude – at the University of the Philippines.
4. He joined ABS-CBN in 2002.
“Kris TV” started in 2011, but Sauler has been with ABS-CBN since 2002, writing for shows such as the defunct noontime program “Magandang Tanghali Bayan” and the lifestyle-oriented “At Home Ka Dito” with Charlene Gonzalez-Muhlach.
5. He was one of the people behind ‘Gandang Gabi Vice.’
Aside from Aquino, Sauler is also associated with comedian Vice Ganda, who is the host of the successful Sunday talk show “Gandang Gabi Vice.”
Sauler was the head writer of “Gandang Gabi Vice” when it started in 2011. During the latest episode of his show, Vice Ganda gave credit to Sauler for coming up with the program.
“Alam niyo ba si Darla, siya ang nagsimula ng ‘GGV’ dahil siya ang head writer namin noong nagsisimula kami… Lahat ng mga unang pasabog noong kino-conceptualize namin ‘yong ‘Gandang Gabi Vice,’ kasama siya doon… Isa ka sa mga nagpasimuno nito,” Vice Ganda said.
Despite this, Sauler humbly replied: “Yung buong team din naman [ang may gawa niyan].”