Life is much different now for Pinky-Aquino Abellada. After Senator Noynoy Aquino announced his presidential bid last September 9, her schedule is full, attending events to show her support for her brother.
PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) talked to Pinky last Monday, October 26, during the launch of the press photo exhibit of former President Corazon Aquino's funeral, at the Powerplant Mall in Makati City.
Pinky is the second sister of Noynoy. She and her sisters Ballsy Cruz, Viel Dee, and Kris Yap were initially apprehensive of their brother's political plan because they wanted to live a quiet life far from Malacañang.
"It took us a while to accept, kasi we thought we could have a quiet life. Because after Mom's death, sana tahimik. And then dumating na naman itong challenge na 'to... Iniisip lang namin kung anong mangyayari sa buhay namin. Kasi titira ka naman sa aquarium, di ba? Yun lang," she said.
Pinky said they allowed Noynoy to run because they don't want to be selfish.
"We were all thinking of ourselves, not thinking if we can do something for the country, why are we stopping? We said sorry to him. 'In the end, whatever you decide, you have our 100 percent support,'" she said.
Now, the sisters are helping their brother's political bid by representing him in provinces and other events. This has led to them being more in the limelight now than before, she added.
"Siguro before, nobody naman knew us. Siguro ang kilala lang si Kris at si Noy. But now, siguro, Ballsy and I, we go out to the provinces. From the airport pa lang, people are very, very nice," Pinky said.
Their own life plans are also halted for now.
"Our lives are on hold. Yung talagang, yung gagawin ko sana sa buhay ko, 'wag na muna kasi talagang each little time could be spent on Noynoy's bid."
KRIS AQUINO. Criticism has been hurled at Kris Aquino for sometimes talking too much about Noynoy in her media appearances. Last month, Senator Panfilo "Ping" Lacson criticized Kris for revealing Sen. Noynoy's lovelife on television.
Pinky admitted that they sometimes caution Kris about talking too much.
"Sometimes we tell her, 'huwag masyado. Yung mga things na private, to keep it private'. Pero sabi naman niya, 'Yeah, madaldal talaga ako,'" Pinky related.
But in the future, Kris's tact may turn out to be an advantage, Pinky added.
"Sabi niya, 'Kaya when Noynoy's lucky enough to win, kapag may nangungurakot diyan, ikakalat ko rin sila.' Yeah, people don't know that Kris is a big help. She's very driven. And even if she has her busy showbiz career, she gives time to support Noynoy," Pinky said.