Korina Sanchez on choosing Mar Roxas over career, why she doesn't have her own house, and other trivia about her life

Apr 28, 2015
Korina Sanchez admits to not having a house of her own. When asked why, she replies, "By choice. Marami akong tinutulungan, e."

We've been seeing Korina Sanchez on television for almost 30 years now.

We've also heard a lot of things about her: she's intimidating, a perfectionist, and is loyal to the people she loves.

Is there anything else we do not know?

During her intimate lunch for showbiz press, we learned more about her priorities then and now plus some trivial details about her career and married life.

1. She didn't have qualms in admitting that if not for her husband Mar Roxas, she wouldn't have a house of her own.

For most of her life, she's been renting a house.

She says, "Kung 'di pa 'ko nag-asawa, wala akong sariling bahay, e.

"I rent. I rent. It's not my own."


"By choice. Marami akong tinutulungan, e."

Korina admitted to sending her pamangkins to school.

2. She keeps her shoes in Orocan and Tupperware.

At present, Korina and husband Mar Roxas are living in the latter’s bachelor’s pad in Bahay na Puti, Cubao, Quezon City.

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Laughing, she revealed that the minor problem she has is space.

“Ang liit nga ng house. Compared to the main house? Ay my shoes are in Orocan tupperware boxes! Kulang yung space e kasi you know, it’s a bachelor’s pad.”

What if they build a bigger house somewhere?

“Kasi, alam mo, 'di ba merong big house? E may compound yun e. May bahay na talaga si Mar dun.

“’Tsaka you know, masyado siyang family-oriented. Mahal niya ang family niya, ‘tsaka ang mother niya, 80 na.

“So ako naman, parang nawala na yung, nawala na yung itch ko to have my own home. ‘Di na rin."

They don't have plans of extending the house either.

“Parang masisira yung bahay, parang wala nang space.”

3. Korina does her own home interiors.

“I design my own furniture, minsan dun tayo mag-meeting sa isa kong bahay sa The Fort. I do my own interior decoration.

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"I choose my own fabric for my curtains, mga gano'n. May local [fabric], merong galing sa abroad.”

4. She has a phyton chair.

Add to her many traits is being tenacious.

“For example, I wanted a Phyton chair, hinanap ko yung Phyton skin na ‘yan, ‘Sa’n ko ba hahanapin 'yan?' Hinanap ko nga yung mura e.

“E 'di humanap ako ng skin. Hinanap ko yun around the world! Gano’n ako ‘pag meron akong naisip."

And where did she find it?

“Hong Kong. May bagmaker do’n na may skin na ganyan. ‘Di ba ginagawa 'yang bag? Sapatos? Ginawa kong silya!”

5. One thing she never imagined for herself: become a "corporate diva."

“Hindi yun ang aspiration ko. You know, in ABS-CBN, I could have become a [Vice President].

"‘Yong mga PA [production assistant] ko dati, ngayon SVP [senior vice president] na, e.

“So I never really wanted to be like a corporate diva.

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"And I’m always on top of my own smaller projects. So that’s enough for me.

“Kasi executor ako, e. Ayoko nung archer general na parang, ‘Oh My God, what is she doing now?’ Parang gusto kong pakialaman lahat, para masigurado kong tama.”

6. She hates meetings.

“I never wanted to be in meetings, in consensus. May pagka-diktador ako. e. Oo, having to listen to everybody? I’m not like that!”

7. Korina is target-conscious.

“‘Pag ako may target, alam ko na gagawin ko. I don’t want to ask anybody anymore anything."

She proudly shares that she can do her work alone, once given a task.

“And my bosses in ABS-CBN know that, so when they tell me ‘Korina, this is the target,’ okay leave me alone, I’ll just do my thing. And I meet my targets."

8. Korina agrees when we said her profession is "restricting" as far as her being a politician's wife is concerned.

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“It’s difficult. [But] I’m happy, I don’t define myself [in] only one way.

“Well, I guess some people would like that. But ano ako, e, I’m a woman of many passions.

“So to be just that [a journalist] my whole life, that’s not me. Kaya ako, kahit saan mo ko ilagay, [kaya ko]."

But of course, she really loves her job.

“But you know, as my real profession, I take it seriously. But I don’t want to take myself that seriously.

“And, siyempre, a lot of my meaningful work, I was castrated because of my association, but I’m still able to perform naman e as a journalist in other place.”

9. She has no plans of putting up her own network.

“Wala! Diyos ko, parang yun na ang almusal, tanghalian, at hapunan ko for 30 years, parang gagawin ko pa rin ba yun, ‘di ba?

"Parang gusto ko na lang yatang mag-alaga ng aso!”

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10. She cooks for Mar only once a year—on Valentine's Day.

Why? Isn't she a good cook?

"Ang sarap magluto ng kusinera namin, bakit ko pa siya kukumpetisyunin?

"Definitely pag Valentines, sinisigurado ko, ako lahat yun.

"Alam mong pinsan niya si Margarita Fores, si Malou Fores, kukumpetisyon pa ba ako do'n?"

Margraita is the lady chef behind restaurants Cibo, Lusso, and Grace Park, while Malou owns Mamou, Mamou Too, and Recover Food.

11. Rated K is her brainchild, and after 10 years, she's not considering any overhaul.

“No, 'eto na yung worldwide fix, e. Ginagaya nga e 'di ba? Ginagaya nga e cino-clone nga e.

“You know, I think the reason... teleserye nga has a life span of six months, e.

"Kami 10 years na kami, ha, and still on top, consistent.”

Korina believes they owe its success to the stories that showcase the Filipino society.

“And I think, it’s because it’s a mirror, e. It’s a mirror of Filipino. And you can put anything in it.

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“You don’t have to be limited in a storyline, you don’t have to be limited by horror, comedy, action, documentary. You can do anything in it, e.

“I designed it talaga that way. Para I’m not boxed in, by a format. I can put a contest there, pwede ako magpacontest diyan."

One editor remarked: Kelan ka magwa-one-on-one ulit?

She replies, “Mga one-on-one interviews? Oo nga 'no. Si Manny [Pacquiao], win or lose. Tignan natin."

12. Korina is willing to give up her career for Mar.

“I’m happy being with Mar. I can’t imagine naman my life being without him.:

So, she says about her being a broadcast journalist, "...I think I was just having it too good for too long, 'di ba, that I was both a journalist and his wife?

“But you know, when the stakes are higher, the investment is higher. I have to give up journalism for him, if he seeks for higher office.

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“So okay naman, kasi, parang I can see there is transition.

"It all depends on Mar’s plans. But I’m ready, whatever those plans are, I’m ready.

"And ABS-CBN told me, I can come back anytime. Mabait ang ABS sakin, mabait si Gabby Lopez sakin."

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