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A new ‘Kuya Escort’ is here! Meet Ion Perez, the newest hunk who has gotten all of us smitten on the Miss Q & A Intertalaktic 2019 Wit Lang segment.
Who is he? Ion Perez is actually the reigning titleholder of Mister Universe Tourism 2018, an international pageant held in Pasig City in May.
In an interview with ABS-CBN News, the 27-year-old Ion shared his humble beginnings from Concepcion, Tarlac. He helped in the family business of selling rice cakes, specifically in the preparation and packaging of the food products. Then on Magandang Buhay, he revealed how winning a pageant became his ticket to landing a role on It’s Showtime’s own pageant.
For three years straight, one of his friends persistently tried to convince him into joining Misters of Filipinas. He was always hesitant about the idea but was eventually encouraged enough to believe in himself. “Doon nag-start na nilakasan ko ‘yung loob ko para sumali,” he retold. Finally, last year, he agreed and even ended up claiming the title of Mr. Universe Tourism.
After this, he met Vice Ganda for the first time as a guest audience member on Gandang Gabi Vice. Months later, he was contacted by It’s Showtime. “Ang alam ko po, mago-audition pa lang ako,” he recounted the first day. Much to his surprise, however, he had already earned the role. “Nagulat po ko noong bigla akong isasalang. So, noong first day ko po, sobrang kabado po ako kaya ang dami kong mali,” Ion admitted. He did not expect to return as Kuya Escort. Little did he know, it was his funny mistakes that won over the madlang people.
WATCH ON MB: Ion Perez, ikinuwento kung paano siya naging ‘Kuya Escort’ sa It’s Showtime
Now, Ion brings his unmistakable charm and appeal as the current Kuya Escort on It’s Showtime. Although, it’s still just been days since Ion began appearing on the show, he already made an impact on the madlang people. And with this, we will all surely get to know him even more as the days pass.