Krystal Reyes celebrates 17th birthday with orphans

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Krystal Reyes on celebrating birthday with orphans: "Naisip ko po na dito gawin para kahit papa'no, yung mga bata makikipagsaya rin sila sa araw din ng birthday ko.”


Straight from the Anna KareNina mall show in Gen San, actress Krystal Reyes celebrated her 17th birthday happily as she spent a day with the orphans of Bethany House Sto. Niño Orphanage in Guiguinto, Bulacan last September 8.

PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) was invited to the celebration.

The young actress who plays “Anna” was inspired to celebrate her birthday with kids who don’t have parents because of her role as one of the three adopted orphans in the TV show.

“Kasi po di ba nga po yung sa Anna KareNina, naghahanap po sila ng nanay. Tapos di ba parang sobrang hirap ng mga pinagdadaanan nilang maghanap ng nanay.

“And yun nga, yung naisip ko na yung mga bata dito, sila yung talagang nawawalan ng nanay. Kung paano sila magiging masaya, ganyan.

“Kaya naisip ko na dito baka sakali, pag dito po ko nag-celebrate ng birthday, mapasaya ko po sila.”



SELFLESS AT SEVENTEEN. Oftentimes, kids who turn 17 celebrate their birthdays with friends and families only, have a party or ask for other things. So, when the birthday girl was asked why she preferred to throw a charity party instead of the usual celebrations, she explained:

“Kasi po, parang naisip ko na kapag magse-celebrate ako ng birthday ko na ako lang, na kasama yung family ko, kami lang yung masaya. Pero naisip ko po na dito gawin para kahit papa'no yung mga bata makikipagsaya rin sila sa araw din ng birthday ko.

“Tapos kanina may lumapit pa sa ’kin bata na birthday niya rin daw today. Kaya ayun po, yun po yung napili kong paraan para mag-celebrate ng birthday.”

She also shared that it was her first time to throw a birthday party in an orphanage and how sentimental it was for her family.

“Opo, first time ko po. Ngayon ko pa lang ‘to ginawa na mag-celebrate kasama yung bahay ampunan.

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“At ano rin po kasi, itong ampunan po kasing ito, malapit po ito sa lolo ko kaya ito po yung pinili ko. Yung lolo ko po kasi, nagtatrabaho po siya dun sa mga madre po, yung sa mga namamahala sa ampunan.”



SURPRISE, SURPRISE! Just when the birthday girl thought she had surprised the orphans, her co-star and friend, Joyce Ching, surprised her too when she came to the party. Shortly after they landed in Manila, Joyce went to Bulacan as well.

“Meron pala ‘kong bonggang bonggang-bonggang surprise! Mag-kasama po kasi kami ni Joyce sa GenSan [General Santos City].

“Ang sabi niya meron pa daw siyang lakad so hindi siya makakapunta. Nagulat ako may sumisigaw. ‘Yun pala andito siya. So ‘yun po, naiyak kami.”



BIRTHDAY WISHES. Happy that she was able to surprise her friend, Joyce teasingly wishes:

“Sana po tumangkad pa siya at sana pumayat siya, at sana siya ang tunay na Anna Karenina.

But sincerely, she wishes for her good friend’s blessings and happiness.

“Sana mas magkaron pa siya ng maraming-maraming blessings at sana ay mas maging masaya siya sa buhay niya.”

And what did the 17-year old wish for?

“Kasi po sa madaliang bagay, gusto ko po magkaroon ng brand new car at hiniling ko sa papa ko na magkaron ng Polaroid.

“Para naman po sa totoong wish ko talaga, gusto ko po siyempre good health para sa ’kin and sa family ko.

And not to forget, her wish for the teleserye that’s airing its last few episodes:

“Ayun po, sana po matapos nang successful yung Anna KareNina, na sana matapos siya nang masaya, hindi masyado masakit sa dibdib at sana makasama ko pa po sila sa ibang show.”



BLESSING AFTER BLESSINGS. Since her rise to success, the humble actress continues to feel fulfilled as she enumerates the blessings that came into her life.

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“Siguro po yung una, yung sa family ko na okay kami, na kumpleto kami. Tapos pangalawa, yung kasi meron po kasi nangyari sa family ko, yung tita ko kasi namatay siya, so yun po para sa 'kin na nakayanan namin. Nakayanan namin yung pagsubok na 'yon.

“And yung Mga Mata ni Anghelita kasi dun po talaga ko nakilala, dun ako nag-start talaga. Tapos eto po Anna KareNina, dahil sa Anna KareNina, nagkaroon ako ng maraming bagong kaibigan—parang meron akong napasok na bagong mundo.”



FAITH IN THE FUTURE. The actress still dreams to become more famous and successful but she is content with what comes her way and works with what she has.

“Siyempre po, pangarap ko na makilala ng maraming tao, ano pa ba… Kasi parang ako naman po, parang hindi ko naman po hinihiling.

“Parang gusto ko na lang hintayin kung ano yung ibibigay sa ’kin ni Lord kasi sigurado naman po ko na kung ano yung ibibigay Niya sa 'kin, yun talaga yung para sa 'kin, na hindi ko na kailangan hingin pa sa kanya, hindi ko na kailangan hanapin pa.

“Kailangan ko lang pagsikapan pag binigay na sa ’kin ni Lord.”



ALTRUISM. Just a year from now, Krystal Reyes will enter adulthood, and it's part of tradition to have a debut. Does she plan to have a ball?

The young actress replied, “Sa totoo lang po hindi, kasi parang ayoko naman ng birthday na bonggang-bongga na sobrang paggagastusan ko.

“Parang okay lang na kahit hindi na kasi di ba po, parang sa panahon ngayon hindi naman kailangan na mag-birthday ka ng bonggang-bongga kasi kahit naman kumain lang kayo sa labas kasama yung family mo masaya naman na.

“Kasi parang kung gagastos pa 'ko ng malaking-malaki para lang mag-birthday ng bonggang-bongga, parang hindi na po tama. Parang para sa 'kin po yun, idu-donate ko na lang iyan para mas marami pang masaya.

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“Plano ko po na tuwing birthday ko, mag-celebrate na lang ng birthday sa ganito.”


Anna KareNina airs weekdays, Monday to Friday after 24 Oras on GMA Telebabad.

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