Dawn Zulueta is taking a hiatus from showbiz to campaign for her husband, Anton Lagdameo. She says she will be back at work as soon as elections are done. "I'm currently looking at mga scripts, certain materials, kasi gusto ko mag-produce. I would like to do an indie film. Something that I would star in, if not be a producer in. I want to start doing that maybe after the election," she says. Photo: Noel Orsal

 

"I'm enjoying different kinds of roles. There's the role of a wife, a mommy, as an actress... The role talaga that I enjoy the most is being a mommy. It's the most fulfilling for me. All are fulfilling, of course, but the most fulfilling is being a mommy," says Dawn Zulueta—the face of Johnson's Baby Milk Bath and Lotion.

 

Now, Dawn is adding another role to her list of responsibilities. Within less than a month, she will start campaigning for her husband Anton Lagdameo, who is running for congressman in Davao del Norte. Anton is running under LAKAS-CMD, the political party of outgoing Representative Tonyboy Floirendo, Anton's uncle.

 

Dawn says, "We're going to start [campaigning] this April kasi it will officially start kasi April 1... Medyo I'm polishing up na on my Bisaya. Siyempre, dapat maka-communicate na tayo sa kapwa nating Davaoeño."

 

She explains that the road to Anton's candidacy was something they thought of hard.

 

The actress says, "Ang totoo niyan talaga, he's always being offered. Ako lang talaga ang may hesitation. Talagang ilang taon namin itong pinag-usapan. Ang tagal namin bago magdesisyon. It took us about three years.

 

"In the last couple of months, seriously na talaga namin kinonsider. Anton also thought about it and we discussed it. We decided that if this is something that he is to venture in, I will venture in it with him. We just wanted to make sure that a decision like this, to run, ‘yong sabay kami, talagang magkasama kami."

 

Is she ready to be a politician's wife?

 

"Pinaghahandaan ko na ‘yan ngayon," she answers. "Hinihintay ko na lang ang schedule ng asawa ko, but I'm also very excited because I want to begin new work after the election."

 

In preparation for the campaign period, Dawn is finishing up her projects.

 

"Right now, I'm here in Manila. I'm trying to accomplish as much of my contractual commitments as I can kasi naka-block off na ako beginning April 1 to May 14. I will be campaigning na and all of that, so trabaho muna ako ngayon," she tells us.

 

She adds, "Nakatikim na rin naman ako ng kampanya kahit noon pa, when I was campaigning for PGMA [President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo], pero this will be different kasi closer to my heart ito dahil asawa ko na, e."

 

Dawn is not shy to say that she will be asking help from friends from showbiz.

 

"These are good friends of ours. Good friends of Anton, not just mine... It will be fun. 'Andoon lang naman kami sa Davao del Norte, so hindi naman kami kasing laki gaya ng pangangampanya ng mga senatorial bids," she remarks.

 

There are a number of showbiz folk running for office this coming election. Dawn discloses that she will be supporting a few.

 

She comments, "Lahat ng kaibigan ko sa industriya, sinusuportahan ko sila. Ang sa akin lang siguro, dapat lang talaga ‘yong mga taong-bayan pag-aralan lang din talaga nila nang mabuti kung sino ‘yong iboboto nila."

 

She was asked candidly if her ex-boyfriend, senatorial candidate Richard Gomez, has her vote.

 

"Siyempre, he has my vote of friendship. For the name of friendship, yes, he has my vote," Dawn answers.