PEP FORUM: Celebrities share their views about Krisismas

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Even the celebrities—(from left, clockwise) Bb. Joyce Bernal, Eugene Domingo, Richard Gutierrez, and Gary Valenciano—are alarmed by the financial crisis, and they urge the Pinoys to save and trust the Lord so that we will overcome it.


One issue which is going to affect the lives of people in and out of showbiz is the financial crisis being experienced by most countries, including giant nation like America.

Economists predict that this global financial meltdown will affect will be at its worst early next year, and might stay from three to four years. Even the rich and famous are scared of how the changes would have an impact on the industry.

PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) asked the local stars how they are going to spend the Krisismas.

Marimar and Dyesebel director Bb. Joyce Bernal said, "Well, ta-try ko talagang magtipid. I’ll just buy ’yong mga bagay na importante, parang chine-check ko rin ’yong mga bagay na binibili namin, ’yong mga importante lang.

"’Tapos, bibili ako ng Christmas tree at hindi ako masyadong maglalagay ng decors. Bibili ako ng blue na Christmas tree at yun na lang, hindi na ako bibili ng decors. Talagang sobrang tipid, kung pwede lang. ’Tapos, ’yong food din, ’yong pwedeng ubusin lang, walang tira."

Meanwhile, Quezon City vice mayor Herbert Bautista told PEP that the tradition of his family would continue. "Simula nang pinanganak kami hanggang ngayon, we always celebrate Christmas very, very simply. We also find time to go to less fortunate brothers and sisters to share it with them."

The actor turned politician added, "Good enough, we have not been hit yet by the crisis, ’yong financial crisis sa buong mundo, ’no? But we have to be very, very careful in our spending habits kasi sigurado next year, sigurado tatamaan na tayo niyan."

Kapuso actor Richard Gutierrez said "sharing" would still be part of the plan, but his family would downscale things. He related, "Every Christmas naman, we make sure na it’s a very simple Christmas and mas kumpleto ang pamilya, ’yon ang importante sa amin.

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"We always try to give back every Christmas. The whole year kasi is nagse-share na kaming buong pamilya. So, this Christmas, we will try and give back to our helpers, of course, to other people in the industry. Pero siyempre, kahit papaano, nagtitipid pa rin kami. Everybody now, kailangan mag-ipon."

Mr. Pure Energy Gary Valenciano said Christmas is the best time to go back to God and ask for His guidance. "Well, you know, the financial problems kasi, it’s no longer just the Philippines, ’no, it’s the world. And I think if there’s anytime in the world that people can understand what Christmas is about, it’s now," Gary began.

"It’s easy to remember God when we have problem, pero kapag wala tayong problema, we put Him aside. Now, everybody’s got a problem. Now, He wants us to answer. He wants to prove Himself to people that He is the God that He says He is.

"I’m only hoping that somehow when people understand what Christmas is about, then Christmas doesn’t have to be a season, it can be a lifestyle. That takes time but that’s my hope especially in the midst of the crisis that the world is currently facing."

On the other hand, Kahit Isang Saglit actor Jericho Rosales chose to view things in a positive manner. He said, "Well, I’m not gonna think about that. I’ll just keep on praying na sana tuluy-tuloy lang ang pag-unlad ng Pilipinas. I wanna rebuke that now, in Jesus name. Whatever happens, everything will be all right. You know, medyo maganda ang spirit ng Pinoy, e, positive. I will stay positive."

While most people think about spending their money wisely, comedienne Eugene Domingo would pamper herself after all the hard work she did this year.

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She said in an interview, "Naku, ganito ’yan. Kasi, sa sobrang dami ng trinabaho ko ngayong taon na ito, ipinangako ko sa sarili ko na mag-U.S. ako [for] Broadway plays kasi nga fan ako ng mga musicals. Parang walang kinalaman sa financial situation, e, ’no? Nagtipid ako para doon."

The main point here is: spend wisely. Let’s enjoy what this season has in store for us, but let us also be prepared for the days to come. Christmas, with or without krisis, will still be meaningful and happy sans the extravagance. Maligayang Krisismas!


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