Kiray Celis has been acting since she was three years old.
As a grown actress, Kiray has strived to fulfill her family's dream of owning a house.
Although it took a while, Kiray did make it happen by dint of hard work and perseverance.
When PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) asked what was the most expensive thing the Goin' Bulilit alumna has bought for herself, she said, "Siguro, gamit sa bahay."
Kiray herself oversaw the construction of their family home, and since that time, her shopping priorities have shifted to much more practical items.
"Dati, mahilig ako sa mga damit, sa mga sapatos," she admitted.
But she also said, "Hindi kasi ako mahilig sa sobrang mamahalin. Naghihinayang ako, sobrang nanghinayang talaga ako.
"Kasi super ipon talaga.
"Ngayon kapag pumupunta ako ng mall, gamit pang-bahay na pinupuntahan ko.
"Ang sarap kasi, nakikita mo yung pagod mo, lahat."
Kiray and her family now live in a four-story apartment building in Manila.
Her total expenses for the property: five to eight million pesos.
She has three rooms for rent on the first floor, and plans to buy another "paupahang apartment."
The young comedienne beamed, "Fully paid na yung bahay...
"Meron siya hanggang apat na floor, and may sari-sariling kuwarto kami ng mga kapatid ko…
"Sobrang sarap sa feeling!"
Kiray happily posted on her social media account a photo of her Spongebob-themed bedroom.
The room is a dream come true for her.
HARD-EARNED ACHIEVEMENT. Many of her fans have wondered why it took so long for Kiray to have her own house.
After all, the 22-year-old celebrity has been in showbiz for most of her life.
But Kiray said her father had checked various locations first before deciding to look for a property within their neighborhood.
She explained, "Ngayon lang kami nakabili kasi, siyempre, iniisip din ng papa ko kung maganda yung lupa na yun, magandang place?
"And ngayon napaisip namin, bago kami bumili, ito na ang pinakamagandang place para sa amin.
"So, ngayon lang kami nakabili."
Kiray also pointed out to to PEP.ph, "Ang gusto ko i-explain, parang kapag maliit ka lang na artista, hindi rin ganung kalaki [ang kita].
"Ang taas kasi ng tingin ng mga tao sa mga artista, na parang kapag sinabi mong artista, milyon na agad yung bayad.
"Hindi po, pinaghihirapan po namin lahat nang ginagawa namin."
Interview: Arniel Serato