Toni Gonzaga: "A partner does not define a woman."

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Is her longtime beau, filmmaker Paul Soriano, the one for Toni Gonzaga? The actress/host/singer says, “I wouldn’t say yes if I didn’t see myself settling down with him in the future.”


Adding another product to her pool of endorsements, Toni Gonzaga was officially introduced as the latest face (and figure) to represent Coke Zero last Wednesday, May 23.

In an afternoon cocktail event turned press conference at The Gallery, Greenbelt 5, the gangly and giggly Toni was a stunning sight in a simple but regal black jumpsuit, beige heels, and her charming self.

Coke Zero’s tagline— “Have it all”— is fitting for the one and only Toni Gonzaga who possesses skills in acting, hosting, singing, and pulling laugh-out-loud remarks in perfect comedic timing.

Later in an interview with the invited press, Toni described what the rest of the year will be like for her: a movie and a teleserye on the way, which still remains confidential until the projects officially materialize.

At the moment, Toni has plans of recording another album, a project she has not ventured into since 2010. Her last studio album, All Me, reached gold.

Upon the mention of producing her own show, Toni’s face lights up and she talks a bit about it.

“Yes! Kasi nung after nung concert ko, parang na-realize ko I got involved with the whole production, sabi ko parang it’s fun to work on something na you are fully a part of.

“I mean, you are not just an artist, people don’t just tell you what to do, but you are really one of the people who [have] a say... after all you, are the artist.”

“You have… a word or an input in the concept and the whole production so that’s something I would like to do this year.”

Will her boyfriend, director Paul Soriano, have a hand or perhaps direct the show himself? Toni amuses her interviewers, “Package deal?”

The idea is not necessary. Toni says, “If he gets to direct it then that’s good, but if not then okay din naman.”

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RINGLESS FOR NOW. Not anytime this 2012 will marriage happen for Toni and Direk Paul. At least “not yet.”

Toni believes, “Darating tayo diyan… wala pa akong ring so hindi pa talaga.” The 28-year-old says that she is “still enjoying everything right now.”

The ABS-CBN talent and the Thelma director have been a couple for five years now. According to Toni, no formula assures the strength and length of a relationship.

“It’s a matter of how committed people are to each other. If one of them starts to give up or stops committing na, then, that’s when it ends.

“Siyempre, [andun] yung prayer natin that it will not happen to us. So far so good naman and with God’s grace, hindi pa naman.”

Asked how their relationship survives the intrigues in showbiz, Toni says, “I know this will sound like a cliché or I’m trying to be religious or anything but I think it’s very important when you put God in the center of a relationship.

“It’s not just about the two of you but there’s Someone in between you.”

She mentions that faith in each other works for them: “So as long as you have faith in each other and you put God in the center of a relationship, I guess, everything’s going to go well.”

HAVING IT ALL. With or without an engagement ring on her finger, Toni feels happy, confident, complete. She has it all.

“I guess any woman can have it all even without having a partner,” the Kapamilya’s multimedia princess says.

“A partner does not define a woman. A woman can still have it all for as long as she’s happy with her life, she’s living a balanced life, and she’s happy with what she’s doing.”

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Firmly she states, “I don’t think a ring defines happiness. It can add to the happiness … but it will not make you incomplete if you don’t have it.”


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