Angelika Dela Cruz and her family are bound for Hong Kong Disneyland this summer.
In an interview on April 10, at the opening of Tanya Garcia’s Alcutraz Salon in Quezon City, the Biritera actress told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertianment Portal) how excited she is to go on a trip with her family abroad.
“My sister Mika graduated lang, so I’m taking her, my other brother, asawa ko—lahat kami, magho-Hong Kong lang, Disneyland bonding lang for summer.”
This will be their second time to go on a summer getaway as they recently spent their Holy Week in Anilao, Batangas.
WORKING ON BIRITERA. Meanwhile, Angelika is still busy working on the GMA-7 primetime soap opera Biritera.
Here, she stars as Remy Capitollo, mother to Roseanne Capitollo played by new child actress Roseanne Magan.
“It’s doing well [in terms of ratings] kaya happy kami, happy kaming lahat,” she said.
The actress adds that she is very comfortable working with her co-stars Roseanne, Dennis Trillo, Glaiza De Castro, and others.
“Okay kami, lahat kami okay. We’re all very close.
“At saka, di ba, minsan sa set meron iyong hindi magkasundo, iyong kahit hindi kayo magkaaway, but you don’t like each other? Wala kaming gano’n.
“Everybody talaga is like family. We’re all on good terms, so masaya. Minsan pag walang taping lalabas kami, iyong gano’n.”
BALANCING TIME FOR FAMILY. With a bustling showbiz career under her belt, how does Angelika—a full time, hands-on mom to three-year old son Gabby—manage her time between work and family?
“Isa lang ang tinatanggap kong work. Halimbawa, may soap, iyon lang—hindi na ako tatanggap ng kahit na ano’ng…kahit ano pa.
“Kasi para sa akin sagad na iyong three times a week na work. Sobra na nga iyon, e.
“Tapos hindi iyong [umaabot] hanggang umaga. Hanggang 3:00 AM lang [ang limit ko], gano’n lang.
“Kasi full time mom ako, e. Hands-on talaga ako, e. And siyempre mas important iyon sa akin.
“I mean, I love my career, I love working—maloloka ako pag hindi ako nagtrabaho—but being a mom is more important. It is a priority.”
GABBY GOES TO SCHOOL. This coming June, Angelika is set to enroll her son in junior nursery—an exciting new change for both mother and child.
How is she preparing Gabby for the school environment?
“Usually sinasama ko siya kahit saan kasi iyon ang important, e, iyong matuto siya ng socializing. Iyon naman iyong unang una, di ba?
“Tapos, siyempre, iyong mga basic, iyong mga, ‘Whats your name?’ tapos sasagot siya. ‘How old are you?’ gano’n.
“Pero more on iyong socializing skills kasi mag-isa siya [na anak], e, wala pa siyang kapatid, e, so kailangan isalamuha mo siya sa mga ibang bata.”
And how is Gabby adapting to all of it?
“Okay naman siya, bibo naman siya. Kaya lang, since wala nga siyang masyadong nakakasalmahuang bata, kahit maraming bata [sa paligid] lagi siyang nakasiksik sa ’kin.
“Mommy’s boy iyon, e. ‘Mommy, mommy,’ puro gano’n.”
For summer, Angelika has opted to enroll Gabby in playschools, which she finds very helpful to further enhance her son’s socializing skills.
He is currently enrolled in two different playschools. One is in Gymboree, a sort of playground and learning center for toddlers, which was introduced to her by her friend Tanya Garcia.
Another one is a playschool in Katipunan, Quezon City, that has more of a nursery setup.
“Parang playschool din siya, e, pero dito may schedule. Kasi iyong Gymboree anytime puwede, e. Ito naka-schedule siya.
“Si Gladys Reyes naman iyong nag-ano sa ’kin do’n. Siyempre, nagtatanong ako sa mga kaibigan ko na naunang naging mommy.”
GABBY IN SHOWBIZ? As early as now, Angelika is already noticing potential in Gabby to become an actor or performer.
Would she be ready to enroll him in acting and performance classes or workshops as well?
“Umaarte na siya, e. Kapag sinabi ko sa kanya, ‘Gabby, drama, drama,’ mag-iiyak-iyakan siya, gagano’n siya. Mga gano’n pa lang kasi he’s really small pa, he’s only three, e.”
In the future, however, Angelika would want to be able to support her son in whatever he takes interest, including showbiz.
“Sa ‘kin, kung ano’ng gusto niya, kung ano’ng gusto niya, kahit ano pa 'yan I will 100 percent support him.”
Will she allow him to enter the business even if he’s still in school?
“Oo naman. Puwede mo namang i-balance, e. Parang ako, gano’n lang iyong oras ng trabaho ko.
“Puwede mo namang, alam mo iyon, ma-i-balance lahat, e. Depende naman iyon sa ’yo.”