For Dimples Romana, the year 2019 is all about leveling up.
From pambansang BFF to pambansang kontrabida, the versatile dramatic actress has invaded not just Pinoy households, but virtually everyone’s social media feeds as well.
It’s hard to miss the hilarious viral memes of her kontrabida character Daniela Mondragon, clad in her striking red gown while dragging her matching suitcase. The iconic still culled from her top-rating Kadenang Ginto teleserye has found its way into all sorts of unimaginable scenarios, thanks to the creative genius and irreverent humor of Pinoy netizens.
But even before she became meme-worthy, Dimples had already laid down the foundations of her showbiz success. After all, she got a pretty good headstart as a child star.
Her success formula is no secret: She’s after longevity.
During her launch as the new brand Ambassador for CDO Premium Holiday Ham, she tells PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal), “Ako kasi, kilala niyo naman ako bata pa. Ang prinsipyo ko sa industriyang ito, I am not after the fame.
“I’m really after the longevity. The many years that I will remain—ke may lumabas, may pumasok, may dumating, may nawala—ang pinaka-objective ko sa karera ko ay manatili.
“Kumbaga, I want to be in the business for a very long time and you know to build a good reputation.
“And ako naman, I’m very blessed to be trained by directors, actors who are all professional, kind, and genuine.”
A HARDWORKING STAR ON THE SET
Contrary to her antagonist character, thw 35-year-old star is no diva on the set.
She continues, “Alam niyo, nahihiya ako kapag naiisip ko, ‘Paano ako kapag nag-attitude ako?’
“Nakakahiya sa mga nag-train sa akin. Sila mismo, ang lalaki nilang bituin pero wala akong nakitang ganun sa kanila.
“Kumbaga, that always keeps me in check. Okay, trabaho sa akin ‘to, rerespetuhin at mamahalin ko ang trabaho ko, but, at the same time, hindi lang ang trabaho ko ang dapat nirerespeto ko, pero pati ibang tao.
“Ganun ang prinsipyo ko sa buhay.
“And now that I am being called to endorse bigger brands this time, I am so humbled and at the same time I feel the bigger the responsibility.
“Siyempre, meron tayong following online, on TV, movies and real-life, pero ang maganda lang sa akin, natutuwa ako that I don’t just get to live my life as a normal person, but also at the same time be successful in the career I’m in.”
Dimples takes pride in being able to accomplish her real-life roles as a wife, mom, and career woman.
“Napakahirap gawin no’n, yung balansehin, so siguro, yun lang ang mapagmamamalaki ko sa lahat—magkaroon ng maayos at kumpletong pamilya and also, at the same time, have a very, very good career going on for me."
THE QUEEN OF HER KITCHEN
This coming holiday season, she looks forward to wearing her hat as the punong abala during Noche Buena, which she describes as the best time to create perfect memories, give the perfect gifts, and serve the perfect handa.
It’s a tradition she grew up with, and wants to continue as a wife and mother of two.
Based on her social media posts, it’s no secret that her whole clan—the Romanas and the Ahmees—always celebrate Noche Buena together at home.
“We make it a point that we celebrate together no matter how busy we are,” she says.
They even have a theme for the year.
“Minsan Pinoy, minsan Spanish,” Dimples adds.
Her eyes light up while talking about “yung salo-salo na sama- sama kayo, magdarasal kayo, kakain kayo.”
A certified foodie, Dimples enjoys preparing the dishes, and going the extra mile if she has to.
She remarks, “Hindi ko alam if it’s the Kapampangan in me. Bukod sa masarap akong magluto, masarap din akong kumain.
“Iba kasi kapag ine-enjoy mo talaga.
“It shows how passionate you are about things, not only for food but for life.
“Alam mong ine-enjoy mo ang buhay mo at kumakain ka ng gusto mong kainin at nasi-share mo sa pamilya mo.”
Their Noche Buena handa usually consists of family favorites, so if someone wants popcorn, she will make sure it’s part of the menu.
And one of their favorite holiday staples is the Christmas ham, which she excitedly says has also leveled up since her preferred brand has more pineapple glaze.
She continues, "Idagdag ko na rin, ha, since gagastos tayo para sa ham. Heto yung tips ko. Look at the cut, the best yung boneless part from the pigue. Dapat walang extenders para masarap. At siyempre, safe from African swine flu."
On the rest of their handa, Dimples says, "I'm preparing the menu, basta, lahat matutuwa, lahat masaya."