Ryzza Mae Dizon is not your typical kid.
Her family doesn’t really celebrate Christmas because of religion, but its concept is very clear to her.
“Gift-giving po. Masaya,” she told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) in an exclusive interview on December 17, right after the grand presscon of her Metro Manila Film Festival entry, My Big Bossing.
Her handler Jack Salvador related that last year, she gave away most of her old stuff and gifts to Yolanda victims.
We asked Ryzza to tell us how it happened.
“Kasi po yung nabagyo, Tacloban. Yilanda [Yolanda] ba ‘yon?
“Kawawa sila kasi wala silang pagkain, wala silang damit, laruan, pagkain.
“’Tapos po e ‘di ‘yon. Yung mga damit ko na maliit, binigay ko. Saka po yung mga sponsor po, binigay ko sa mga tao.”
Used to living a simple life, the nine-year-old child star already knows what "sobra" means.
Hence, when Ogie Diaz asked her, Ano'ng gusto mong gift kay bossing Vic Sotto?
Ryzza Mae answered, “Yung kasama ko ulit siya next year.”
The press cheered.
She quipped, “Fourlogy na,” referring to their movie which is a trilogy.
Ogie threw in: Ayaw mo ng bagong kotse?
The child wonder said, “Meron naman po akong bagong kotse.
“Ano po, ‘yong Fortuner.
When asked, “Ano yung SUV?”
A pause before replying: “Basta. 'Di ko po alam. Malapit po sa ABC. Ha-ha-ha.”
INVESTMENTS. At her young age, she was able to buy a home and a car for her family, plus “business po.”
They have a computer shop, “kasi po mahilig po ako talaga sa mga Internet, e.”
A veteran entertainment writer asked, "Ikaw ba nagbabantay?"
Ryzza Mae said, “Hindi po, e, busy po ako, e.”
But if she will have her way, she wants to have a “sari-sari store.”
The Aling Maliit added, “Pero dahil artista po ako, gusto ko pong ano, grocery.”
And how will she call it?
Or, if she listens to the press people’s suggestion, “The Ryza Mae Store!”
In the meantime, she wants to enjoy her childhood.
Off-cam, she’s a Grade 4 pupil who goes to this “international school.”
Ryzza Mae said, “Once a week po, may pasok sa school. Si Teacher po, pumupunta sa Broadway.’ Tapos po, tinuturuan niya ako.”
Whenever there's a chance, she wants to go to the beach.
In fact, that’s where she’ll be spending Christmas with her family.
“Sa Quezon po,” she added.
Lastly, she also loves being a good girl.
“Pag good girl po kasi, happy,” she said, smiling.