A vibrant and healthy-looking Cristine Reyes faced the media yesterday, September 25, during the press conference of Banana Split at the 9501 restaurant at the ABS-CBN compound in Quezon City.
Although she had bruises on her arms, Cristine explained that they were the result of the injections that were given to her at St. Luke's Hospital where she was confined from September 22 to September 24.
Why was she hospitalized?
"Over-fatigue po kasi M-W-F may Kahit Isang Saglit taping ako, yung hanggang umaga, then Tuesday-Saturday taping ng Eva Fonda hanggang umaga uli. Thursday may Banana Split then yung Sunday ko pa nalalagyan pa ng schedule."
Cristine mentioned that her solo show on ABS-CBN will be aired in 2009.
"Eva Fonda, next year siya pero wala pang playdate. Na-delay siya kasi meron ako ngayong Kahit Isang Saglit, ang pangit naman na kung lalabas na ang Eva Fonda kung saan bida ako, then makikita ako sa Kahit Isang Saglit na second lead ako. Napag-usapan ng management na mauna na ang Kahit Isang Saglit bago ang Eva Fonda."
Is it true that they had to reshoot some scenes of Eva Fonda because management was dissatisfied with the material?
"Actually, may reshoot po talaga, pero hindi po yun mga eksena ko. Ibang artista po, pero hindi ko na sasabihin kung sino."
There have been reports written that she committed suicide because she had financial problems with her mother. Cristine denied this rumor and pointed out, "Hindi po totoo ‘yan kasi kaka-birthday lang po ng mommy ko. Okey naman kami, ako ang humahawak ng money ko at binibigyan ko ng monthly [contribution] ang mommy ko."
ON HER FORMER BEAU. How did she cope after her breakup with Dennis Trillo.
"Actually, hindi ko tinanggap. Kaming dalawa, nag-usap para dun. Mutual decision yun. Tapos na talaga pero naghiwalay kami nang maayos, walang away."
What was their reason for calling it quits?
"Marami kaming dapat unahin na mga bagay, lalo na ngayon sa career. Let's face it, kailangan namin itong trabaho... Ayoko nang pag-usapan ‘yan, e."
Is it true that they became jealous of other people while they were in a relationship? Dennis is still being linked to his former girlfriend Carlene Aguilar (the mother of his son) while Cristine was once linked to Wowowee host Willie Revillame.
"Hindi namin siya [Carlene] pinag-awayan. Hindi rin namin napag-awayan si Willie at hindi rin niya tinanong. Bakit naman siya magseselos kay Willie? Ang layo naman niya dun. Kilala ko si Dennis, hindi siya magseselos dun."
She and Dennis have been a couple for over a year. How does she cope after their breakup?
"Ang hiwalayan namin maayos na hiwalayan. Hindi katulad sa iba na bitter sa isa't isa. Hindi naman mabilis mag-move on pero kailangan mong mag-move on kasi ako rin ang mahihirapan."
Did she feel jealous when she learned that Dennis made out with his Italian co-star Andrea de Lugo during the promotion of the GMA Films movie I.T.A.L.Y.?
"Wala, dedma lang. Alam mo naman dito sa industriya natin hindi naman maiiwasan. Dito rin, kailangan kong gawin ko ang part ko, tulad ng kay Jericho [Rosales, her leading man in Kahit Isang Saglit]."
Is she open to the idea of reconciling with Dennis?
"Hindi ko naman sinasara ang pintuan ko kahit kanino at ayoko rin magsalita ng tapos." She later adds: "Ang mabibigay ko na lang ngayon, friendship."
Is she also open to accepting suitors now?
The 19-year-old actress paused a bit before answering, "Parang ayoko muna sa ngayon kasi ang hirap pagsabayin. Kaya nga kami naghiwalay kasi hindi namin kayang pagsabayin. Huwag na muna siguro. Pero in time..."
Cristine admits that she still communicates with her ex-boyfriend. In fact, he asked her if the suicide rumor was true.
"Nag-text lang po siya at sabi ko, ‘Okey lang ako.'"
FUTURE ENTREPRENEUR. The younger sister of Ara Mina is now thinking of being an entrepreneur herself. Ara is known for food establishments such as Osterio88 and Café Mina.
"May lupa ako sa Tanay, Rizal, na one hectare, 'tapos kukuha ako ng isa pang lupa para tayuan ng business ko," reveals Cristine. "'Pag natayo ko na, saka ko na lang sasabihin kung anong business."
Cristine will soon be seen in the sketch comedy show Banana Split, along with Angelica Panganiban, Roxanne Guinoo, Valerie Concepcion, RR Enriquez, Dianne Medina, and Princess Ryan. This gag show, inspired by the '80s gag show Goin' Bananas, will air its pilot episode on ABS-CBN starting October 11.