Na-interview ng PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) ang mag-asawang Nonito at Rachel Donaire during the presscon na ibinigay sa kanila ng Mikaela Aesthetic Clinic bilang newest endorsers na ginanap last Monday, March 8, sa Annabel's restaurant.
Magdadalawang taon na ngang kasal sina Nonito at Rachel simula noong ikasal sila last August 8, 2008 sa Carnel Beach sa Monterey California, USA.
Ano ang reaksyon nila pag sinasabing "ideal couple" sila?
Ayon kay Nonito, "We just want to give a good example. Si Rachel with the women for their health and feeling good for yourself. Sa akin naman is to help the kids, inspire the kids. But I think it's showing that we can do it, anybody can do it. We just live normal. This is who we are, this is how we are."
Sabi naman ni Rachel, "This is how we are. And I think what we're showing is a couple that really love each other, blessed by God. With that, I think more couple can be inspired to communicate with each other, work on their relationship more. Because it's not all easy."
Nagkakaroon din ba sila ng tampuhan?
"Oh, yeah!" bulalas ni Nonito. "And when we fight, emotional ako, e. You know, that's really a part of life, it's part of the marriage. There are good things and there are bad things that you really have to learn to accept. Communicate, that's what we do. With that, we understand each other more and the more we love each other."
Siguro marami ang naku-curious kung paano ba sila mag-away. Sila ba yung physical dahil isang boksingero at isang taekwondo champ ang nag-aaway?
"No, I never hit Rachel," sabi ng boxing champ. "Actually, I would never put my hands on any girl, especially not my wife. Kahit nagtatampuhan kami, kahit nag-aaway kami, kahit nagsisigawan kami, I will never hit her."
Si Rachel naman daw ay umiiyak lang pag nag-aaway sila. Pero meron daw silang nakakatawang karanasan nang minsan silang mag-away.
"He was training and then he got mad at me, I don't know why. He was sparring and then the last sparring round, he told the guy to give me the gloves and he said, 'Here, you want to punch me. Come on.' It was funny. I can't hit him because he keeps on moving. So, medyo I just got tired and I said, 'I'm too tired to fight na. Okay na.' So, okay na, we kiss and makeup na!" natatawang kuwento ni Rachel.
MANNY & JINKEE PACQUIAO. Hindi maiiwasang maikumpara sila sa mag-asawang Manny at Jinkee Pacquiao dahil sa halos parehong mundong ginagalawan nila. Parehong boxers sina Nonito at Manny samantalang pareho ring na-e-endorse ng beauty clinic sina Rachel at Jinkee (Belo Medical Group).
"For me, first of all, we're friends. Manny and Jinkee, we're friends with them," paglilinaw ni Rachel. "So, we're not making it as a competition. I believe it's just the people that would make it as a competition. For us, we know that we're all friends and there's nothing bad between us. And for the media that keeps on asking us that, we want to join forces to encourage people to patronize our local clinics here rather than going to other countries regarding surgical and non-surgical procedures. We don't need to compete with them."
Ano ang masasabi nila sa mga kontrobersiyang kinasasangkutan nina Manny at Rachel lalo na sa recent intrigues sa relationship nila?
"When we saw Jinkee at the Cotto fight, as friends we... I offered my support," sabi ni Rachel. "If she wants to talk, we're here. But we don't go into, 'Is that true?' Honestly, it's all tsismis lang talaga. So, as friends, we offered support lang. I feel sorry that people try to destroy a relationship as good as theirs. I mean, there's a family behind them, they have kids. You have to be careful with things like that especially with the kids. I think Jinkee and Manny are strong enough. They've been through all these intrigues, so I know they can overcome others that will come as well."
As friends of Manny and Jinkee, ano ang message na gusto nilang sabihin sa mag-asawa?
"Communication I think is the key," sabi ni Nonito. "The kids are important naman. For me, they are older than me, so wala pa akong krapatan na magsabi ng ganito, ganyan. Hindi ko pa na-experience yung mga na-experience nila. So, wala po talaga akong masabi except for supporting them. When they need a shoulder or friend to call, nandito lang kami."
READY TO FACE INTRIGUES. Ngayong kinuha na rin sina Nonito at Rachel ng GMA Artist Center bilang talents, dahil sa kanilang pagpasok sa showbiz, ready na rin ba silang humarap sa mga intriga katulad ng mga ibinabato sa mag-asawang Pacquiao?
"Kahit hindi pa kami celebrity, meron naman talagang ganun-ganun [intriga]," banggit ni Nonito. "You know, we just try to avoid yung mga circumstances that might come out. Of course, you never know. What matters is we trust each other. Kasama ko naman lagi ang wife ko. We just laugh at it if ever. Kasi alam naman namin kung ano yung totoo and we're always together."
Hindi ba nag-aalala si Rachel na dumating yung point na magloko ang asawa niya dahil pinasok na rin nito ang showbiz kung saan maraming temptations?
"I don't think it's even just showbiz," sagot ni Rachel. "I think that whether you're a doctor, a boxer, a jeepney driver, it's same thing. I mean, it's really just about how you handle it. I guess what we have is good communication. If there's something that we don't agree with, there's something I don't feel good about, we just talk about it. So far, there never came a time that I became jealous and throw hima thing or yell at the girl. It doesn't do anything, fighting never better a couple at all."
Paano kung maintriga si Nonito sa kanyang magiging leading ladies, paano niya iha-handle ito?
"Well, like I said, kasama ko lagi ang wife ko," diin ni Nonito. "You know, wala kami yung lumalabas ako at may sikreto ako. Wala kaming ganun. Wala akong sikreto. E-mails ko, text ko, lahat ng phone numbers nandun, alam niya lahat yun. Siya yung naghahawak ng phone ko. Wala akong itinatago sa wife ko. So, it's hard for me na maintriga na ganito ganyan because wala akong itinatago, e. So, I think that's the best way in this world kapag wala kang itinatago sa person na you truly love. Wala akong problema."
Ano naman ang reaksyon ni Rachel dito na tila sinasabi ni Nonito na hindi siya magloloko?
"You know, I am truly blessed to have someone like him that really loves me," aniya.
Singit naman ni Nonito, "And I'm truly blessed to have someone like her kasi she's been there for me, not only as a wife. Kahit we've only been married for almost two years, it's like we have known each other for a very long time. Pag mahal n'yo ang isa't isa and you trust each other, I think that's the key for a better and happy life together."
RESPONSIBLE PARENTS-TO-BE. Right now wala pang anak sina Nonito at Rachel, pero gusto na rin daw nilang magkaroon ng anak.
"Practice makes perfect!" biro ni Nonito.
Kaya lang daw sa ngayon ay nag-a-adjust pa sila sa ilang bagay sa buhay nila.
"We want to be responsible. I mean moving back and forth, it will be irresponsible for us if we not plan on where our child is gonna be raised," sabi ni Rachel.
Dagdag pa ni Nonito, "We want to be financially stable also when we get to that part of our lives. Ang sa akin lang, we want to be responsible parents. I want to have kids, yes. Pero gusto ko pag kailangan ako ng kids ko, nandun ako."
Ano ang gusto nilang first baby, boy or girl?
"Boy," mabilis na sagot ni Nonito at nangiti na lang si Rachel.
Gusto niya ba ng boxer son?
"You know what, pag gusto ng kid ko yun, why not?" sagot ni Nonito. "But more than that, I want him to be educated. You know, education should be part of growing up for better learning and having a better future. But kung may talent yung kid ko, why not? Kahit basketball, boxing, basta sports, okay. Ang masasabi ko lang, I would not be a father na gawin mo ito, gawin mo yun kasi boksingero ako. For me, whatever you enjoy, I want you to do your best."