Mike Cojuangco-Jaworski says she and husband Dodot Jaworski spent the last few days helping repack relief goods for Ondoy victims, sent by her friends to her house in Pasig City.


"We have a lot of friends... siyempre alam nila taga-Pasig kami, alam nila marami kaming kaibigan do'n. So they've been sending donations to our house. Tapos pinapa-distribute na lang namin," she said.

Photo: Noel B. Orsal

When Mikee Cojuangco married basketball heartthrob Dodot Jaworski in 1999, she chose to turn her back on her blooming showbiz career to be a dedicated wife and eventual mother to three young boys. Ten years later, Mikee remains out of the limelight, busy taking care of her family.

PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) had a chance to talk to the equestrienne this afternoon, October 7, during the launch of a new line of skin care products from Fuller Life at Madison, Greenbelt 5 in Makati.

Although she's happy where she is now, she said she still misses showbiz from time to time.

"Sometimes when I see a movie and it's something I would have liked to do, nami-miss ko... I guess being able to interview people, react with more people, act. I enjoy doing all of these things. Pero I'm too busy to give some time," Mikee said.

The former actress still receives offers from time to time. For instance, she appeared in a cameo role in the John Lloyd Cruz-Sarah Geronimo blockbuster hit You Changed My Life shown last February.

"I did that cameo role dun sa movie ni John Lloyd 'saka ni Sarah, and I enjoyed that. Pero of course it's time-taxing also, even if I just appeared in that movie. But I really enjoyed it," she said.

Appearing in the romantic comedy was one of the few offers that she had accepted. She said there are many factors that she thinks about before accepting any offer made to her.

"Of course, everytime I'm offered something, one of the biggest considerations is how much time I have to spend away from my kids," she said.

TIME FOR FAMILY. But Mikee added that she's also happy being a good mom to her kids, despite being away from the showbiz spotlight.

"It's fun. It's exciting, kasi my kids are in different stages. I have a nine-year old, seven-year old, 'saka one-year old. So, I'm really enjoying it."

One way to bond with her children, Mikee said, is being able to help them with their homework. She has three sons—Robert Vincent Anthony III, Rafael Joseph, and Renzo Mikael.

"I try to be able to help my kids with homework. Palagi nga naming pinag-aawayan ni Dodot 'yan kasi he says tabihan ko raw, turuan ko. Pero ayoko ng ganun, kasi kami nung bata, hindi naman ganun. Do it, and then if they need help, itse-check ko na lang kung may mali," she explained.

Mikee also encourages her children engage in sports. The equestrian gold medalist, however, said she wishes her children would not pursue the sport she excels in, because she and Dodot can't afford it for them.

"I don't think Dodot and I are capable of supporting them financially for something like that. Unless they're only going to do it at the local level. In which case, sayang naman yung effort at saka yung pagod nila. Mas gugustuhin ko na na pumasok sila sa sport na puwede talaga silang mag-excel even internationally," she explained.