Drew Arellano Reveals the Frustrations of a Working Dad

Travel show host Drew Arellano has one of the most desirable jobs. But with his new role as a father, the Kapuso host admitted that he’s been craving for more indoor adventures with his son Primo instead.

Drew, along with wife Iya Villania and Primo, talked about his new life as a dad at the BabyFlo event held at the Shangri-La EDSA Hotel in Ortigas Center last Friday, May 19.

The 37-year-old dad confessed onstage, “It’s hard for me to do my travel show weekly, you know. When I wake up somewhere and I’m not with these two, parang it’s not normal.”


All his life, Drew has been taught to prioritize family above all else. Having a family of his own now, the Kapuso host wanted to make sure that he’s always present in his son’s life. That was why Drew felt frustrated and worried when Primo barely recognized him during the first few months.

He recounted, “I’m sure hindi pa niya alam na I’m the dad, pero feeling ko alam niya that I’m just the clown, you know? First few months ni Primo, meron akong frustration and dilemma.

“Kung minsan, when we do the travel show abroad and we do it for a week… Whenever I get back from my travels, when I open the door na, tine-testing ko kung kilala na niya ako.

“Yung first few months, parang gaganyan ako, ‘Hello!’ Titingin lang siya for a few seconds na parang, ‘Who is this guy?’ And I’m like hurt! Super!”



It didn’t help that Primo’s face easily brightened up whenever he saw Iya around. But through Drew’s constant efforts to go home before six o’clock—a.k.a Primo’s bedtime—the father and son were soon able to establish their own bond. This meant a lot to Drew.

“Just by the mere fact na alam na niya, malaking bagay na sa ‘kin ‘yon as a dad. So, yeah, in the morning, slap in the face is like, ‘I love you, Papa!’ for me.

“Pak! I love you, Papa! Yeah!”

This story originally appeared on Pep.ph.

* Minor edits have been made by the Smartparenting.com.ph editors.

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