Former child star Camille Prats practically grew up right in front of our very eyes.
Throughout the years, we have witnessed her victories and tears; break-ups and make-ups; and the biggest, most heartbreaking incident in her life— the death of her husband Anthony Linsangan.
In a recent interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal), Camille opened up about the current status of her heart.
“Para sa akin, it’s been a year and a half. It gets better. But, of course, there are days na, you know, I miss him everyday.
“There’s not a single day naman na hindi ko siya naiisip, kasi pagtingin ko pa lang sa anak ko, mukha na ng asawa ko iyong nakikita ko.
“Siguro I’ve accepted na the fact na he’s already in heaven and nasanay na rin ako… na to be by myself.
“Si Nathan naman, there are days that he remembers his dad, especially when we visit his grave. But most of the time, nasanay na rin siya.
“And since we live with my family, kasi masaya, andiyan iyong mga kapatid ko, magulo, so wala siyang moment para mag-emote. Happy lang siya.
“Honestly, what’s hard for me is whenever I see Anthony’s family, iyong pag bumibisita ako sa kanila parang, ‘Ayan na.’ Iyong parang [nakakaiyak].
“Lalo na iyong daddy niya, kasi his dad reminds me so much of my husband, so pag nakikita ko na iyong daddy niya parang iniiwasan ko talaga siya.
“So, nagtataka siya, ‘Bakit parang parating papaiwas sa akin si Camille?’
“So eventually, sinabi ko sa kanya parang, ‘Dad, sobrang nakikita ko kasi si Anthony sa 'yo, so minsan parang naa-ano lang ako, kasi hindi ako prepared.’
“Kasi pag nakikita ko siya para ko nang nakikita si Anthony, gano'n.”
Having to play single mom to her son Nathan— who, at five years old, is becoming much more a spitting image of his dad— the 26-year-old Camille just has so much on her plate.
She just finished working on the series Bukod Kang Pinagpala, and is still busy with her morning talk show, Mars.
How does she get to bond with her son?
“Bonding namin? I bring him to school. I bring him to his dance classes.
“Sobrang busy niya this past summer. He has dance class in the afternoon, kasi he loves to dance, he has basketball class in the morning, and he has soccer every week.
“I make sure na busy talaga siya. Ayokong nababakante siya,” she reveals.
For Camille, it’s more of a hitting-two-birds-with-one-stone deal to keep her son active all the time.
For one, it serves as a way for Nathan to live out a normal childhood despite the loss of his dad. Another is to enable both of them to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
“As a mom, you also have to be active yourself, because you can’t teach your child to do something that you don’t do. Ako kasi I really try to live a healthy lifestyle, like, I eat well, exercise a lot.
“And kasi with my son, since he’s growing up na walang tatay, so I try to make up for that position.
“Kasi when he was younger, sila ng asawa ko, rough play talaga, as in my husband brings him to the playground every afternoon para nakakapaglaro siya doon.
“So when he passed away, I wanted of course to fill up that position. Especially that I have a boy, ayoko na lampa iyong anak ko, di ba?
“Ayaw natin iyong… gusto ko lalaking-lalaki, so I really enoucrage him to go out to play.
“Minsan nga iyong yaya, kasi maingat, e, ayaw niyang nasasaktan [si Nathan].
“Sa akin, walang problema kasi gusto ko pag nadapa siya kaya din niyang tumayo, hindi siya iiyak, hindi siya tatakbo.
“So, for me to be able to encourage him to do that, I have to show him na kaya kong gawin kasi ako iyong kokopyahin niya, e.
“Ako iyong gagayahin niya, so it’s also, I think, a good thing na I’m still young so kaya ko pang sumabay sa energy ng anak ko.”
She adds, “I think sa panahon kasi ngayon, everyone wants to actually live a healthy lifestyle, like, everyone’s into running, there are family runs, di ba?
“So, this is one thing to encourage our family, not only our kids but our entire family, to start living a healthy lifestyle.”
And with the inevitable surge of technological advancement in the lives of kids today, she comments, “Iyong mga iPad, hindi ko naman maiiwasan, e. Everywhere, he sees it.
“But, may cut-off ako. Minsan, ‘Nathan, that’s enough. Let’s go out.’ Binibigyan ko siya ng alternative para ma-divert iyong attention niya.
“Kailangan may iba siyang gawin. Hindi pwedeng, “Huwag ka mag-iPad, upo ka lang diyan.’ I can’t do that.
“I have to give him an alternative, and one of the best alternatives is to send him out of the house.”
In the same breath, this is also Camille's friendly advice to all mothers, especially single moms, out there:
“Palabasin niyo ng bahay, huwag kayong matakot na hindi sila maglaro, maarawan.
“Ako, kahit mangitim— swimming all day, basketball all night, go! Para pag tulog ka na, tulog ka na.”
Camille also believes that encouraging active playtime for kids teaches them courage and confidence.
“Madapa? Go! Mahulog? Tayo! Kasi lalaki iyan. Gusto kong tumibay siya.
“Kasi, eventually, it will also have an effect on his personality, pati iyong confidence niya as a person.
“Pag tanda niya, hindi siya matatakutin. Sigurado siya sa sarili niya,” she proudly declares.