ABS-CBN host Alex Gonzaga has successfully crossed over as a celebrity vlogger.
Her eight-month-old vlog has every thing—from make-up tutorials and bag raids to behind-the-scene features of being a celebrity.
But most of her video content features her travels with the rest of the Gonzaga clan.
In an exclusive interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal), Alex said the best way to capture the interest of an audience is to show your true self.
She explained, "Actually, I don't plan it, e. I think it's best that if you don't plan kasi my personality naman is not really planned. Charot!
"Mas maganda yung spontaneous, at saka yung whatever comes na lang."
Alex was one of the guest speakers at Klook's Konnichiwa Travel Workshop last February 24, at Glorietta 2 in Makati City.
Her vlogs also introduced the funny side of her mom/manager, Pinty Gonzaga.
Alex declared, "Sinabi ko siya magpapataob sa 'Gangnam Style.'
"Naaasar siya pero naha-happy naman ako."
The Star Magic talent said her relationship with her mom is pretty much how it is portrayed on her vlogs.
But she sets limits and boundaries with respect to her mom.
She explained, "kung puwede ko lang talaga kunan lahat ng actions ni Mommy Pinty, she's really a natural comedian.
"Pero minsan, may mga episode siya sa life na parang, 'Binabastos niyo ako, hindi niyo ako tinatratong ina!'
"Inaano ko lang, binibigyan ko ng boundary and limits."
TRAVEL TIPS. Celebrities are sometimes required to travel as part of their work.
Alex usually allots five hours of preparation for those trips.
Her top three travel essentials: a cellphone, toiletries, and a jacket.
The actress/host told PEP.ph, "Siguro before my travel, I'm thinking na kung ano yung mga dadalhin ko.
"Siguro may mga five hours akong ginugugol para lang sa mga pagkuha ko, pero planado na siya so mabilis na lang din."
With regard to her stylish travel ensembles, Alex said she doesn't really consult a stylist to plan and fix her OOTDs.
She explained, "Ay hindi na, ako na yun. May sarili naman akong style, so wala.
"Alam ko na yung mga damit ko, alam ko na yung mga dadalhin ko."
Alex also goes on budget-friendly trips with her friends.
She said, "Pag with friends, budget travel kami. Minsan kapag may restaurants kami na gusto i-try, iti-treat ko sila."
The Kapamilya actress also advised to check out travel apps like Klook that offers discounted activity packages.
The travel app currently offers seven percent discount on their available activities in Japan, one of Alex's dream destinations.
Alex has been to Japan once but it was work-related. She hopes to explore the country again, this time, leisurely.
"Gusto ko puntahan lahat ng tourist spots like Shibuya crossing 'tapos yung mga temple nila.
"Gusto ko rin puntahan yung Osaka kasi maganda rin daw.
"And of course, yung cherry blossom, naku-cute-an na ako sa mga fake.
"Iba pa rin pag sa Japan ka nakakita, 'di ba?'"
PEP.ph also asked about her travel bloopers.
The I Can See You Voice cast member recalled, "Oo, ang dami. Actually, before pa ako mag-blog, ang dami na namin bloopers, mga pamilya.
"Like the last time I went to Baguio, hindi ako nagdala ng camera. Nagagalit yung ate ko, 'Dapat nagdala ka!'
"Sabi ko na lang pagod ako. Nai-stress ako kasi nga...pang-memory lane nila."
She continued, "Marami kaming bloopers like naiiwan ko yung camera ko.
"Nagkakapikunan kami, nababagsak yung camera.
"Usually, pag nawawala, nakakalimutan ko mag-vlog.
"Kasi nga mas focus ka na, 'Shocks, nawawala na kami!'"