Showbiz Central host Pia Guanio was greeted and grilled on her birthday and the trickiest question came from her dad: "Kailan ako magkakaroon ng apong lalake?"

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Showbiz Central host Pia Guanio celebrated her birthday yesterday, November 1, and her co-hosts' gift to her were questions from those near and dear to her.

First off was a video from her high school friend Trissa Lopez. After greeting Pia, Trissa cheerfully said she hadn't expected her to be in showbiz since Pia's dream was to follow in the footsteps of her father, lawyer Val Guanio. Did Pia ever feel sorry for pursuing another career instead of law?

"I always trust in God's will for me," replied Pia. "I'm not one to question Him on what direction He thinks I should go. Of course, we make our plans but God directs our steps, di ba? My God has a very good plan for me and I know He has great plans for me in this field. So I'm here!"

Would she still try law school in the future? Pia answered, "I think there is plenty more to do kaya I know I'm going to be setting out to pursue other things pa aside from hosting and singing and dancing from time to time. I'm glad I'm here!"

The next video greeting was from Pia's friend and Eat Bulaga! co-host Ryan Agoncillo. He praised Pia for being very professional yet warm to work with, but he had one issue with her. "Pag nag-heels, nakakalalake, e," laughed Ryan. "Minimum three inches, e! Kaya lagi hanggang tenga lang ako, e."

Ryan loudly congratulated Pia and ended with the question of whether there was anything more she wanted to achieve in her already successful career.

"As far as where my career has gone... nakakatawa pag kausap mo 'yan si Ryan. Pareho kami dating apprehensive showbiz personalities kasi we just wanted to host! Ayaw namin mag-act, mag-sing at dance. Hala, ang nangyari sa amin dalawa, e, we're all over the place now! But we're enjoying it. And now that I entered the showbiz field in terms of hosting, I think I wanna do more in terms of advocacies. Alam ng tao na ako ay super animal lover and I'm always trying to educate people on being responsible pet owners. So sana, my background naman talaga is journalism, and sana maibalik ko iyon and use it to further my advocacies."

What has been her biggest sacrifice in showbiz?

"Well, I work seven days a week," smiled Pia. "'Buti na lang I enjoy my work so it does not feel like work to me! I missed a lot of family trips kasi they're always off doing their own thing and I'm always the odd woman out. But then I make up by having dinners with them. In terms of sacrifices, they're very small and these are the things that I willingly give up kasi I love what I'm doing."

THE SOTTO FAMILY. In his greeting, Tito Sotto commended Pia for her magic touch on his brother Vic who used to be lonesome. Pia was both touched and shocked that people felt this way about her.

Her relationship with Vic is going strong, but she's not entirely sure how long they've been together.

"The problem with the both of us, e hindi kami nagse-set ng anniversaries o ganoon," Pia admitted. "But I think about four years."

The secret to their success seems to be compatibility. "We just like to have fun, ganyan," said Pia. "Yung brand ng fun namin more or less the same kasi he is loko-lokohan and ako din. Matakaw din kami pareho. Apparently we like adventures like our last trip in South Africa. That was great! One of my most memorable!"

Pia's close friend Ciara Sotto feels that Pia is already part of the family. Was this something she looked forward to when she and Vic eventually wed?