Philippine Volcanoes member Eric Tai joins the long list of athletes who have crossed over into showbiz.
When he’s not busy bringing honor to the country with the rest of his team in the rugby union, he will be seen doing some hosting, acting and modeling jobs here and there.
IT’S SHOWTIME. With his hefty athletic build, reminiscent of the ill-tempered The Hulk, who would have thought that “The Beast” would be joining the Showtime gang?
After his stint as a hurado, in which he gave us some of his dance moves, Eric made a comeback on It’s Showtime.
This time around, he is tasked as the guy who welcomes the hosts at the beginning of the show bearing the alias, “Eruption.”
If viewers think that act doesn't fit, the show reveals this guy actually has a natural flair for humor.
PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) had the chance for a one-on-one talk with Eric last Saturday night at the Red Bull Launch in Makati Stock Exchange.
“I accepted Showtime dahil, masaya siya eh, it’s one of my favorite shows,” he said.
“So, sa akin naman, it’s a privilege tsaka blessing in disguise talaga na magiging katrabaho ko yung mga talagang magaling umarte…”
“…yung talagang magaling at mahusay na mag-host. So, it’s something that never comes often.”
This 27 year-old athlete had been an all-around guy in the business when he was still in “Sunburnt Country.”
“Well, dun sa 'min sa Australia , I was doing acting already, and commercial modeling and hosting, as well. So, showbiz dito, it’s the same thing…”
WANTS TO DO ACTION FLICKS. Eric just finished shooting an independent film, along with Angelica Panganiban, titled Madaling Araw, Mahabang Gabi, which will be shown in July.
With his brawny physique, naturally, action films would be part of his repertoire.
“Well, action talaga ang gusto ko but the Philippines don’t provide that.”
“So, if ever, I would have to pursue it elsewhere, like the States.”
‘Unless, a director or a producer would want to produce or direct an action film. Then, ayun…dun ako,” he explained.
He has been offered other shows at the Kapamilya network, but for now, we can expect to see him every morning with Vice Ganda, and the rest of the crew.
“Uhm, several others [shows], but, sIyempre, I can’t commit ‘cause Showtime is my priority right now. I’m so happy working there and working with the best.”
HECTIC SUMMER. Meanwhile, summer for Eric has been all about his many jobs.
“It’s been great. Actually, basically, summer for me has just been work.”
“Bukod sa Showtime, madaming guestings, madaming out of town work,” said Eric, who speaks fairly fluent Tagalog.
“Ah…and yeah, it’s been keeping me busy. Shoots and everything. I’ve picked up a few endorsements that I’m really, really happy with.”
One of Eric’s endorsements was a funny narrative on how to express love for our moms on Mother’s Day.
“If you log on to Youtube, makikita mo yung advertisement ko. So, That’s something to be proud of.”
“Uhm, blessings. So, all we have to do is always be grateful and always be thankful and work hard,” Eric said.
What are his favorite summer spots in the Philippines?
“Boracay has always been there. It’s always probably the favorite.”
“But I enjoyed Palawan 'cause we shot the movie there, in Palawan.”
“I guess I want to get into diving. So, I think that’s Batangas… Nasugbu.”
“Other than that, I don’t have much time to go out and explore right now because of work and playing for the Volcanoes and training and stuff like that, which is keeping me busy, and other hosting stuff.”
For his dream summer destinations, it’s all about the beaches for Eric.
“For summer, definitely, I want to go to Hawaii. But I think number one on the list [would be] Miami.”
“I’m a very big Miami Heat fan and I’ve never been there. I’ve heard about it. Definitely, Miami, first and foremost,” he revealed eagerly.
“Then second, maybe Hawaii. Ah… third, maybe, Europe. I heard Europe is pretty nice. Yeah… Greece. So, tignan natin.”