Young actress Camille Prats was very busy hosting the first birthday party of her baby Nathan yesterday, January 31, at the Blue Leaf Events Pavilion in The Fort, Taguig city when PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and GMA News asked for an interview.
Despite the stress, it was obvious that the 23-year-old mom was enjoying the Cars themed party of her first son with husband Anthony Linsangan.
"Sobrang bilis ng panahon," Camille told the media. "Kasi parang kailan lang, ngayon one year na siya. Pero sobrang happy kasi talagang matagal naming prinepare itong birthday niya." (Click here to read related article )
The former child star said that she really wanted the first birthday of her son to be big because, "I think, 'yong first birthday niya is such a blessing, di ba? Kasi umabot na siya ng one year. So talagang kami ng husband ko, sinabi ko naman talaga sa kanya na I really want a nice birthday where we can invite a lot of our friends to come and celebrate with us. Kasi siyempre ang susunod na party niya na parang ganito mga seven na siya, e, kaya gusto ko talaga mapaghandaan."
Camille, who managed everything that was needed for this party, said that a lot has changed in her life since Nathan came.
In fact, she related to PEP, "Nandiyan 'yong napupuyat ka sa gabi, hindi ka puwedeng gumising ng tanghali. I have to wake up earlier than usual kasi I have to make sure that before I go to school, naayos na siya—nakaligo na siya, natutulog na siya. 'Tapos, from the time na gigising naman siya, babalik naman ako kasi hahanapin ako. So, sometimes I bring him to school.
"So, nag-iiba, nag-iiba 'yong routine mo araw-araw, e. Hindi ka na puwedeng lumabas with your friends. Kami ng husband ko, gusto man naming mag-movies...siguro kung dati twice, thrice a week, ngayon, twice a month na lang."
Although she bid goodbye to singlehood at an early age, Camille did not have any regrets especially when she started to become a mom. She even described her experience as a mother, "Masaya. Masaya siguro dahil I see it as a very wonderful blessing. Siguro dumating siya [Nathan] nang maaga sa buhay ko... He came to me as a surprise but otherwise I'm very happy and I'm very blessed."
BUSY WITH PRE-SCHOOL. After giving birth last year, Camille devoted most of her time not only to Nathan, but also to her newly found career, as a businesswoman who built the pre-school named Divine Angels Montessori. (Click here to read related article )
When her afternoon soap in GMA-7 titled Gaano Kadalas ang Minsan ended late last year, the young actress became more hands-on in managing her own pre-school. She said, "Right now, hindi pa naman ganun karami ang class ko kasi nga pre-school pa lang. So, siyempre, halos lahat ikaw ang gumagawa—sa finance, marketing, overall, sa academics, lahat. So, I really try to be very hands-on. I really try to learn from it, especially sa ibang bagay na hindi ko pa kabisado."
She clarified that she does not teach at the school. Camille explained, "Sometimes I sit in. But I really can't teach, e. Kailangan, para magturo ka, you have to have a license, di ba? Actually, before naging issue nga 'yon? Bakit daw ako nagtuturo, e, hindi naman ako teacher. That's the Montessori course kasi that I took para 'yon ang i-apply doon sa school but I'm not really teaching.
"Kasi ngayon, kagaya ngayon, the course that I took from Montessori was three to six years old. Ngayon, inaaral ko naman 'yong six to nine kasi that's from grade one to three, iba pa 'yong nine to 12. So, step-by-step din siya. Hindi ka rin mabo-bore kasi ang daming mong ginagawa, di ba?"
Camille said that it was really her intention to venture into something other than show business.
"Now that I have a family, parang I want to have something that's concrete, di ba?" she said. "Kagaya nga ng sinabi ko, showbiz will always be my first love kasi diyan ako lumaki. But gusto ko rin na 'yong pinagpaguran ko napupunta naman sa isang bagay na kahit na hindi ako mag-artista, mayroon akong ganito. Alam mo 'yon, mayroon akong mapagkukunan ng mga bagay na nagagamit namin ng family ko. I have an investment na talagang nandiyan. Siyempre kapag artista, sometimes you have projects, sometimes you don't. So, importante 'yong at least mayroon kang napag-ipunan."
But when will her fans see her again on television?
"Hopefully, very soon," answered Camille. "Sana very soon, kasi may mga naririnig naman akong mga projects. Pero siyempre, ayaw ko pang magsalita kasi hindi pa naman sila sigurado. So, kapag sure na, sigurado akong malalaman niyo rin."
Camille said that she just finished filming Star Cinema's upcoming movie titled T2, which topbills Diamond Star Maricel Soriano.