Mommy Dionisia still feels strong at 60

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When asked if she still thinks she's sexy, Mommy Dionisia confidently says, "Yes!" She personally chooses all the outfits that she wears onscreen, "Marunong naman ako mamili, lahat ng sinusuot ko, dancing shoes ko, [ako ang pumili]."


Before she turned her eyes to acting, Dionisia Pacquiao was the Dancing Mom of Pinoy Boxing Champ Manny Pacquiao.

In past TV guest appearances, Mommy Dionisia would always do a dance performance. And then she was invited to appear in the top-rating dance show Shall We Dance last May. Her enthusiasm for ballroom dancing swept the dance floor during her debut-like 60th birthday party in General Santos City.

"Once a week, kada-Friday lang [ako] nagsasayaw. Ang katawan ko naghahanap kapag walang gagawin," the self-confessed dance junkie said during the press launch of her Osteo-Gard endorsement last Friday, November 6, at the Aberdeen Court on Quezon Avenue, Quezon City.

Although Mommy Dionisia got into ballroom dancing only eight months ago, she was already wearing dancing shoes while in her mother's womb, so to speak.

She related to the media, "Noon pa! Sa pitong [pinagbuntis niya], ako lang [ang sumasayaw]. Magagalit siya sa tatay ko kung hindi ako pinapunta ng sayawan. Mahilig mag-sayaw ang nanay ko kahit [pinagbubuntis] ako. Naglilihi ang nanay sa akin, sumasayaw pa rin. Sa lahat [kaming magkakapatid] ako lang ang sumasayaw."

Since she can still pull off a dance number, will she also join a competition someday?

Mommy Dionisia leaves it to the younger generation. "Hindi ako sasali sa competition. Gusto ni Lucy [Torres-Gomez, host of Shall We Dance] na sasali ako, sinasabi niya, 'Magsali ka, Mommy. Sali ka.' Sabi ko naman, 'Kayo na lang dahil mga bata pa kayo.' Sa akin lang, parang libangan ko lang ang dancing, parang exercise para mag-sexy-cise, maging sexy ang katawan," says she with a hearty laugh.

HEALTHY LIVING. Mommy Dionisia proudly says she can still dance very well at 60. She credits her skill to a healthy lifestyle, which she embraced when she reached 40.

"'Yon nga, sinasabi ko nga, kailan pa kayo mag-inom ng mga [gamot]? Nandiyan na nga, parang mamaya pa ba linisan, nakain na ng kalawang ang buto mo? Sa mga [may] rayuma, iwas na sa mga pagkain [na bawal]," says the Boxing Champ's mom.

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She also started cutting down on her nicotine and alcohol intake at 40.

Mommy Dionisia recalls, "Noon, naninigarilyo ako noong malaki pa ang tindahan ko. Siyempre, malapit lang ang sigarilyo, ang isang kaha di makaabot ng alas-sais ng hapon. Grabe pagka-smoker ko sa una. Ngayon, wala na, iniwasan ko na. Naalis na ang mga nicotine ko [dahil] sa mga cigarettes."

How about her diet?

Pacmom says, "Kuwan, mga gulay [ang kinakain ko]. Kapag palagi akong mag-karne parang nahirapan akong huminga. Madali akong mapagod magsayaw kung palagi akong makain ng karne."

STAY AWAY FROM INTRIGUE. Aside from healthy living, Mommy Dionisia also keeps a positive outlook in life, especially now that she's part of show business. Her number one rule: "Huwag maniwala sa tsismis."

Does this also include the previous issue thrown at her about a dance instructor?

"Hindi ako naniniwala," she says. "Sa mga tsismis, hindi ako naniniwala. Pati sa akin, tsinitsismis ako. Wala, tumatawa lang ang mga D.I. (dance instructor) sa amin. [Sabi nila], 'Kawawa si Mommy, iniintrigahan sa mga ginagawa.'"

The famous mom from General Santos City also reminds Manny Pacquiao and his wife Jinkee about intrigues whenever they're dragged into some showbiz controversy.

She related, "Sabi ko, 'Mag-aaway kayong pamilya kung makikinig kayo sa mga tsismisan. To see is to believe, Jinkee.' Sabi ko, 'Huwag kayong maniniwala sa mga tsismis. Kapag nagpadala kayo sa mga tsismis, wala kayo. Ang dami nang tsismis sa lahat sa inyo, Jinkee. Marami nang tsismis sa iyo kasi misis ka ng milyonaryo."

Mommy Dionisia has always believed that fame comes with a lot of intrigue, like the reported conflict between her and her daughter-in-law months ago.

Everything's well between her and Jinkee, Mommy Dionisia says, and there's no competition a la showbiz in the family.

"Wala naman akong iniisip na, 'Ah, nauna ako.' Walang patalbugan sa pamilya. Walang pasikatan sa pamilya. Wala, hindi pa naman akong nagsasabi na mas sikat ako sa manugang ko. Wala sa isip ko talaga. 'Yan nga, alam na sa Panginoon ang puso ko. Nakita na sana, nabasa na sana sa Panginoon [kung gaano] kalambot ang puso ko sa mga manugang ko," Mommy Dionisia says.

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