Carla Abellana talks about her family's Christmas traditions

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Carla Abellana admits to being a doting tita. In fact, her most memorable Christmas involves her two pamangkins.


What's Carla Abellana's gift for Tom Rodriguez?

This was asked dring the press conference of the Metro Manila Film Festival entry Shake, Rattle & Roll XV last November.

Carla answered, smiling, “Wala siya sa list. Nire-recall ko yung listahan, wala siya. Thanks for reminding me.”

Unlike in previous years, Carla said she wasn't able to do early Christmas shopping this 2014.

She related, “Usually, by October pa lang or September tapos na ako [mamili].

"Pero this year, hanggang ngayon wala pa. Kakaumpisa ko pa lang gumawa ng list, so hopefully may time ako na bilhin lahat ng kailangan bilhin.”

Carla could barely find the time to shop due to her busy schedule.

For this year, she did My Destiny, a primetime teleserye with Tom, and is currently part of the sitcom Ismol Family.

She also starred in four movies this year.

CARLA'S CHRISTMAS. The Kapuso actress said she and her family will celebrate the occasion the traditional way.

“It's the same kasi very traditional kami mag-celebrate ng Christmas,” she explained.

“We always celebrate sa house ng lola ko, with all of my relatives.

“Kanya-kanyang luto doon sa house ng lola ko, we all sit together, we take pictures, and then we open gifts.

“But before all that, nagmi-misa muna kami before dinner.

"So ganun pa din every year.

"This year, I don't see it being different. Gano'n pa din naman, mas masaya, super excited kasi favorite season ko ang Christmas.”

MOST MEMORABLE CHRISTMAS? Carla recounted two incidents involving her pamangkins.

“Siguro dalawa. Yung una, yung first Christmas na may pamangkin ako, first time na may pamangkin.

“Second, yung second ko na pamangkin kasi, it's always extra exciting pag may bagong member sa family.

“Yun bang first Christmas nung baby na 'yon? Laging gano'n kasi, ang sarap bihisan, ang sarap bilhan ng gifts.”

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She appears to be a doting aunt, Carla exclaimed, “Super! Basta anything for my pamangkins.

“Mahilig ako sa bata and favorite ko ang Christmas because of my family, lalo na ang lola ko.”

She also added that for her godchildren, she prefers buying and wrapping gifts for them instead of giving money.

“Nahihirapan ako kasi alam ko marami sila. I don't like giving money kasi masasanay, siyempre money 'yan ang ihahabol lagi."


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