Cristina Gonzales-Romualdez talks about the importance of investing in quality jewelry

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Cristina Gonzales-Romualdez—wife, mother, and city councilor of Tacloban, Leyte—manages to keep herself fashionable all the time. She finds that jewelry and accessories are important to spruce up simple outfits. “Medyo minsan may mga dresses or attires na kahit simple lang siya pero pag nilagyan mo na siya ng magandang necklace or earrings or maybe a cocktail ring, mukha na siyang may dating, so [jewelry] really adds a lot.”


Despite her current stature as a councilor of the city of Tacloban in Leyte, former actress Cristina Gonzales-Romualdez remains a girly girl.

Apart from collecting fashionable shoes and bags, she is also quite fond of jewelry and accessories.

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“Yes, [mahilig] naman pero not naman iyong overly over [expensive].

“I like real jewelry. I also like fashion jewelry.

“It depends, ‘no, if it’s well made and, of course, sa outfit natin.”

Cristina likes to use jewelry and accessories to spruce up simple outfits.

“Medyo minsan may mga dresses or attires na kahit simple lang siya pero pag nilagyan mo na siya ng magandang necklace or earrings or maybe a cocktail ring, mukha na siyang may dating, so [jewelry] really adds a lot.”

Her favorite pieces among her collection are two brooches given to her by her husband, Tacloban Mayor Alfred Romualdez.

“I have a favorite butterfly, two butterfly brooches na favorite ko na gawa ni Jul B. Dizon.

“Kasi bigay ng husband ko, kaya ko favorite.

“It’s beautiful. It’s classic. Pang-classic blazers or classic dresses.”

Investing in jewelry, says Cristina, is important for women, especially if they go out a lot or they enjoy dressing up for special occasions.

“Actually, [importante mag-invest] kasi ang alahas ano iyon, e, it’s something na nakakadagdag ng beauty sa babae, di ba?”

What was the first ever piece of jewelry/accessory she purchased for herself?

“Actually, iyong unang-una kong na-invest ay no’ng bago pa 'kong artista. Isang magandang watch.

“It was a way back Rolex na maliit. Di ba uso noon ang maliit [na relo]?”

But Cristina has advice for anyone who wants to buy or collect jewelry:

“[You have] to make sure na iyong alahas na iyon, talagang iyong value tama, so you have to check also.

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“Of course, check muna kasi if you’re not really well-versed sa mga alahas...you check with someone you can trust kung tama talaga iyong price na binibigay sa’yo.

“At the same time, don’t make it too much of a priority.

“I mean, you know, like I say, beauty comes from within, di ba?

“Of course, that’s [jewelry] part of it, nakakadagdag iyan sa outfit, you know, let’s say when you go to an important event. But don’t make it like your priority.”


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