"Para itong... parang
nakasakay ka sa helicopter, minsan di ka dapat tumitingin kung saan-saan dahil
mahihilo ka. Huwag ka masyadong tutungo so... if you're in a certain place na
ayaw mong ma-defocus sa masyadong iniisip ng tao, fo-focus ka ulit sa mga
magulang mo, mga kaibigan, malalapit sa'min
who gave their blessing."
And it wasn't that he was hiding his ‘new status'
from the public, it was just because there was no opportunity to divulge it as
he was not that active in showbiz then, he explained. "May mga times na it
feels so ordinary. May mga times na parang nakaka-culture shock i-share or even
i-discuss, ‘asa sa inyo na iyon.
"'Pag nadi-discuss ng mga tao na medyo hindi
masyadong open, nakaka-conscious, may feeling ka talagang natataasan ka ng
kilay, di ba? Di naman tayong lahat may oportunidad na live and let live, may
time talaga na nakakailang na ang buhay mo a little bit different, then
nagtatago ka na naman, then ‘asa bahay ka lang and then you get reminded about
the things that are important...
"Ang mahalaga sa ‘kin, in the end, yung mga taong
malapit sa akin, yung family and friends, are happy for me."
Indeed, Jon is in love and his family is happy about
it. "[West is] a great man with a great heart, napakabuting tao... di ba
mararamdaman mo naman kung pareho kayo ng mga goals, pareho kayong naghahanap
na mag-settle down?"
He was sure it was love, Jon expressed. "'Pag alam
mong puwede niyong pagusapan ‘yung U.S election, ‘tsaka laman ng CNN... tapos puwede niyong
pagusapan ung uric acid, colonoscopy ‘tsaka rocking chair at magpalitan kayo ng
adult diaper pagtanda niyo, ‘pag alam mong naguusap kayo ng long-term...
"When you talk about the not-so romantic things and
when you go through things that are not so convenient, tulad ng pagod ka galing
ng taping tapos di ka nakapagiwan ng iiniting ulam, you must be in a good place...
I think you are probably doing things families are doing. I'm 43, he's 53,
probably wala ng golden [anniversary] eto, so suwerte na mag-silver, di ba."
What does he love most about West?
Jon answered: "[His] tolerance and acceptance. Lock,
stock and barrel." West is patient and understanding of his job as well. "Ke
maghintay sa backstage ng isang booking, may mga tenga ni FVR sa cabinet, may
mga props na tobacco, may mga fur coat ni Paris Hilton, may laruang aso na
dala-dala nung Paris...
parang first time akong naka-meet ng lahat ng ‘yon e wala lang sa kanya."
Jon also reported that West is slowly learning the
language. "May konting Tagalog na siyang
natututunan... (like)‘Mahal mo kow ‘, ‘lah lang' and ‘astig'."
The naughty question: Did he plan on getting
Quick-witted, Jon replied, "Ay, magastos, mahal ang
bigas." As for adopting a child: "May mga araw na good idea, may mga araw na
parang sapat na yung charities or orphanages na nagkakaroon na kami ng chance
to support." Jon supports four kids of Chosen Children Foundation in Silang, Cavite.
"May mga araw na nakakatakot na isipin [having a
child]. Paano ba maging parent? Parang napakalaking step. May mga araw na parang, ‘why not kung merong
pagkakataong maging bahagi ng paglaki ng isang bata'. For now, ang kaya ko
siguro pet dog," he quipped. "Kaya spouse na muna [ako]."
Welcome, Jon. As the political climate heats up, what with
the 2010 elections fast approaching, Jon Santos's brand of comedy will slowly
but surely become very popular again. In effect, Jon Santos's career will get
its own steam. He's very back in the showbiz ballgame again!
With his latest shift as the newest talent of Arnold
Vegafria, expect a lot of buzz from the comedian soon.