After a year of TV projects, film shootings, and press launches, Christmas is a chance to enjoy the fruits of their labor, and revel in the yuletide spirits.
Solenn Heussaff, who had always spent it with her family, recalled last year’s celebration that went differently.
She told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal), “Last year, we spent Christmas in Hokkaido [Japan].
"This is the first time, and since it is the first time we have our nephew–he’s one year old–a new member in the family for Christmas.
"And it was very simple.
"We stayed in a cottage in the middle of Hokkaido, so it was really us 24/7.”
Richard Yap had also spent most Christmases abroad.
“Most memorable was when we went to Chicago.
"Actually kasi, every Christmas is memorable as long as magkasama kami ng pamilya.”
FAMILY TRADITIONS. Current co-stars in the upcoming film Lakambini, Lovi Poe, Paulo Avelino, and Rocco Nacino would echo the same sentiment of Christmas being a time for the family.
For most Christmases, Lovi would wait in anticipation the Noche Buena dishes cooked by her mother.
“I love Christmas.
"I love it when my mom cooks and we’re just waiting.
"Kasi my mom cooks every thing 'tapos lahat kami naghihintay.”
Favorite dish is her mother’s caldereta.
Rocco recalled how his parents also intended Christmases to be spent in the Philippines even if they lived in Singapore.
“Ten years kami nag-stay do'n, e.
"So I grew up in Singapore at tuwing Christmas, nag-iipon talaga iyong parents ko para makabalik kami dito to spend time with my family and friends dahil we don’t get to see them the whole year.
"Every trip namin, ten years, very memorable para sa 'kin.”
Paulo liked Christmas best when celebrated at home, “My most memorable Christmas are the simple Christmas parties we had in Baguio with my family.”
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Tessa Prieto-Valdes, who prioritizes her family above everything else especially during this season, related the Christmas traditions that the family does every year.
They had constantly followed the unwritten rule of opening the gifts on Christmas Day, and would have Noche Buena the night prior.
But when it was just the family, Tessa said, “When it’s just our family, we write down what was the best blessing you’ve received or whatever, and then what we looked forward, too.
"And we sort of fit it in a guessing game!
"And of course, we know each other—we’re just a few!
"It’s cute to guess what they found as their most precious blessing that year.”
What about you, PEPsters? What are your best memories of Christmas?