One thing consistent about Donita Rose: she knows her priorities.
In the ‘90s, she turned her back on stardom, to become wife to Eric Villarama and then mom to JP.
In January 2012, Donita said to goodbye to her morning show with the Kapamilya network, Umagang Kay Ganda, where she was a regular co-host, to enter an entirely different world: the world of culinary delights.
At the launch of Vita Pops last Saturday, August 25, she related the changes she has been going through.
“Actually, right now, I feel like I’m taking a little break from my career, my showbiz career.
“I have always wanted to be in the culinary world, and it was like it took forever for me to make a step and say, ‘I’m gonna do this.’”
She says she had to make the difficult choice between hosting and cooking.
The Fil-Am celebrity said, “So when I went to culinary, it was like doing Umagang Kay Ganda. I’d wake up at 2:30 in the morning, then I’ll work from 1-5 [p.m.], and then minsan, nag-e-extend. Then I go home and I do my household duties.
“I got a little burnt out.”
Donita enrolled at the Academy for International Culinary Arts (AICA) and chose to do her OJT (on-the-job training) in the U.S.
“It was a lot harder than I thought it would be,” she remarked of the experience.
She then decided to continue her OJT in Manila, where she could still accept hosting jobs from time to time, besides making herself available for her brother’s wedding in December.
The former MTV Asia VJ giggled with excitement at the mention of having her internship with a particular hotel.
“I am starting today!” she exclaimed, referring to August 25, the date of this interview.
Then she added, “It’s perfect for me because I don’t have to focus on 50 million other things. I can focus on perfecting my craft!”
“FOCUS” FORMULA. The former actress told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) that she is used to giving her 100 percent in everything she does.
“I’ve always believed that if you’re gonna deal with something, you have to deal with it with all your heart.
“And if you’re good at it, that’s when you can start training yourself with other stuff.
“Hosting, I’ve been doing it for years! I feel like I crave for something new, and I’m just gonna focus on this.
“When I get my diploma, that’s when I can start going back, focusing on other stuff.”
Don’t you miss acting?
“I do,” she quickly replied. “I am a person who could be a jack of all trades, but I wanna focus on perfecting this [culinary] first.”
What’s your specialty?
“Actually, I get bored easily with doing one thing, that’s why I always want variety, spice of life…
“But I have a particular affinity for French, and dreaming of French gastronomy. It’s a fondest dream but, you know, it’s still a dream.”