TOTOO BA: Luis Manzano was first choice to host StarStruck?

by James Patrick Anarcon
Jun 3, 2021
Did you know that Luis Manzano was offered to host GMA-7's StarStruck with Nancy Castiglione? Nancy and Dingdong Dantes were eventually chosen to host the show when it premiered in 2003.
PHOTO/S: ABS-CBN / GMA-7

Luis Manzano established his hosting career at ABS-CBN starting in 2002.

He began as a video jock in ABS-CBN's music channel, MYX. From there, he was given hosting stints in the Star Circle Quest (2004) and in the network's game and talent shows.

Luis Manzano, Jodi Sta. Maria as SCQ hosts

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But totoo ba: Luis was offered to host a GMA-7 show?

Luis shared this trivia in the vlog that he uploaded last Tuesday, June 1, 2021, in which he chatted with Jessy Mendiola and Alex Gonzaga about his various hosting jobs in the past.

After MYX, he landed a hosting spot in ASAP, and, later, he was tapped to host the reality show Star Circle Quest (SCQ), a televised version of Star Magic's search for its newest stars. He co-hosted the reality show with Jodi Sta. Maria.

Luis then revealed that before SCQ, he was actually offered to do another reality show in the rival network GMA-7, which was StarStruck!

StarStruck was a reality show that aired in October 2003 with Nancy Castiglione and Dingdong Dantes as hosts.

Dingdong Dantes and Nancy Castiglione as StarStruck hosts

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The Kapuso network probably thought about pairing Luis and Nancy together in one show for no other reason than the two were real-life sweethearts at that time.

Luis said, "Trivia, alam niyo ba na dapat ako maghu-host ng StarStruck?

"Noong unang-una dapat, in-offer sa akin iyon. Girlfriend ko noong time na iyon was Nancy.

"Sila ni Dingdong yata nag-host ng first season."

Luis declined the offer and stayed with ABS-CBN. Apart from SCQ, which he hosted for several seasons, Luis also emceed other projects: Qpids (2005), Entertainment Live (2008), Pinoy Big Brother: Teen Edition Plus (2010), and Panahon Ko 'To: Ang Game Show ng Buhay Ko (2010).

His big hosting projects came later in seasonally-recurring talent and game shows. To wit, Pilipinas Got Talent (2010-2018); Kapamilya Deal Or No Deal (2012-2016); Minute To Win It (2013-2019); I Can See Your Voice (2017-February 2021), and The Voice Philippines (2014-2015).

Luis's most recent project was the third season of Your Face Sounds Familiar, which just ended on May 30, 2021.

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Did you know that Luis Manzano was offered to host GMA-7's StarStruck with Nancy Castiglione? Nancy and Dingdong Dantes were eventually chosen to host the show when it premiered in 2003.
PHOTO/S: ABS-CBN / GMA-7
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