Liza Diño, without a doubt, finds joy in being a "government worker."
As head of the Film Development Council of the Philippines, however, her salary is nowhere near her earnings as an actress.
Liza admitted in her recent interview it was one of the reasons her husband Aiza Seguerra gave up his position as chairperson of National Youth Commission in March 2018.
"Di ba pareho kaming nasa gobyerno last year? So talagang wala kaming ipon," she told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) during the press conference of the film Alpha, The Right To Kill.
"Kasi ang suweldo dito sa gobyerno minus the tax, I mean, meron kaming lifestyle na na-maintain na before we became government workers.
"So nag-suffer yun, at ngayon pa lang ulit bumabalik lahat ng mga show ni Ice.
"Sabi ko nga, 'Ganda rin nitong may isang private person sa atin, no?'
"Yung hindi na kami nag-iisip tungkol sa gagastusin. So yun. Nag-iipon naman...
"Nagbabayad kami ng bahay. Nagbabayad kami ng kotse... may mga maintenance costs na kami."
Aside from that, Liza and Ice have been saving up to have a baby through in vitro fertilization, which roughly costs one million pesos.
The 35-year-old star also conceded that her family took a back seat when she assumed her government post.
"Of course, meron kang understanding na naintindihan ng pamilya mo yun. Alam naman nila."
Although Liza admitted there have been times when her government job has affected her family life.
She said, "Minsan lang naman ito mangyayari sa amin, sa phase ng life namin.
"Sometimes I don’t realize na naapektuhan na talaga my family, my daughter."
Liza also revealed about her daughter Amara, "Kinausap ng teacher, she’s very vocal.
"But, no, not her grades, e... yung family time namin, the attention.
"I mean, I spend time, late nights nandito ako sa office."
It was not about Amara acting out in school either.
"No! Not even pasaway. I think she’s so understanding that, kinikimkin lang niya.
"Kasi nagkaroon kami ng isang pag-uusap as a family. Nagkaroon kami ng family talk.
"In-explain ko sa kanila na, 'Etong trabaho ko ngayon, it’s bigger than us.'
"Sinabi ko talaga sa kanila nang diretsahan, siyempre, naintindihan naman nila.
"So dahil doon sa pangako na yun, nag-promise ang anak ko that she’ll be understanding me.
"Uhm, parang hindi niya masabi sa akin yung mga panahong hindi niya naiintindihan.
"Dahil nga, parang nagi-guilty siya. 'Hindi, nag-promise ako sa Mommy ko na I will be honest and I will be ano.'
"Hindi niya nasasabi sa akin kapag upset siya. So yung ganoon... and I hope you guys will be more understanding.”
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Went home in time for dinner today and saw how Amara's eyes lit up. She rushed towards me and hugged me then said "Am I dreaming? Why are you home early?" Felt a sudden pang of guilt but laughed it off. "I wanna spend time with you of course." I said. She just looked at me and smiled while continuing to hug me. TIGHT. We had dinner together and spent the whole night talking in between cuddles. Grabe yung saya nya. Ang dami nyang kwento. At nung patulog na sya, ramdam ko talagang nilalabanan nya yung antok nya just so she can spend more time with me. Right before she slept, she whispered in my ear "Mom, you used to always tuck me in. I miss that. Goodnight." Napatulala ako. Ouch. Tagos. It's true. It's been awhile since I did that and I didn't realize how much she missed it. You see, that's been our thing. Mula baby sya, I would always tuck her in at night. But for almost two years now, naging challenge para sa akin ang magbalanse ng oras para gawin yun. To my Amara, thank you for understanding mommy. Alam mo kung gaano ako kaproud sayo dahil napakabait mong anak. I love you sweetheart. I'm happy we got to talk tonight. Promise, from here on, mommy will do better on managing my time. I love you. #myAmara #zazafamily
Were there instances when the teacher noticed Amara feeling sad in school?
"Oo," Liza answered. "Tahimik lang siya. Minsan nakikita niyo siya sinasama ko siya rito.
"Hindi ko siya napapansin kasi ang dami ko’ng kinakausap. I’m so busy talking to everyone."
Liza said the lessons from this stage of her family life have not been not been lost on her.
"I think it’s a journey to learn also how to balance yung ginagawa ko ngayon for the industry and balancing my family life.
"Siguro ano lang, I’ll just have to, kailangan ko'ng bawasan yung late nights dito."
Liza sighed when asked how she has been managing her time now, and cited an incident.
"Yesterday [September 6], I went to my daughter’s school... parang parent-teacher conference.
"This was the first time in my life I felt like I was doing something beyond my own needs.
"Iba pala yung ganung feeling na lahat ng ginagawa mo parang for a bigger cause."