Angelina Cruz has officially entered showbiz.
Her mom Sunshine Cruz says of her daughter, who will be turning 18 soon, "Nag-go-see iyan, ha, sa ABS-CBN. Baka akala nila, basta na lang pumirma.
"Pero nag-audition ang anak ko together with a lot of artists ni ALV [Arnold Vegafria, Sunshine's manager].
"May contract na siya, five-picture contract."
Seeing Angelina during her contract-signing makes the mother of three girls "sobrang proud."
She adds, "Ako nga yung unang nag-post ng photos niya sa Instagram, inunahan ko pa siya.
"Sobra! Siyempre, I couldn't ask for more when it comes to my children.
"They're all smart, they love me, they accept me for who I am. Walang judgments from people around me right now, which is so refreshing."
Angelina has an exclusive contract with Star Cinema, and also has offers to do a teleserye, but, "...regular school yung bata sa La Salle, ayoko naman na mapabayaan ang pag-aaral."
Does she have plans of co-managing Angelina's showbiz career?
Shaking her head, the 42-year-old actress says she has full trust in their manager Arnold Vegafria.
"Kaya na ni Arnold iyan! Oo. Kasi ako, meron din akong career na dapat kong isipin.
"Basta lang ang akin, gina-guide ko pa rin yung bata, tinutulungan ko pa rin pag nagpapa-advise. Siyempre, mas may alam tayo bilang nanay.
"Pero kaya na ni Arnold iyan. Mas maganda yung meron talagang professional na humahawak sa kanya."
Given Angelina's beauty, she surely has a lot of suitors.
Sunshine throws in, "May nanliligaw, pero hindi naman ganun kadami kasi, supladita iyang bata. Naka-focus sa pag-aaral."
What advice does she give her panganay when it comes to courtship and dating?
"Pag may nanligaw, walang problema basta umakyat ng ligaw. Gusto kong makilala at makausap. Hangga't maaari, ngayon pa lang dumarating ang opportunities sa iyo, kung puwede, mag-focus ka muna sa career mo dahil ang lalaki, dadating iyan.
"Ako nga, si Mommy, kung kailan tatlo ang anak, dun nakakita ng mabait! So, huwag munang magmadali. Maganda siya, matalino, maraming magkakandarapa.
"Ako, nagmadali noon, e."
Sunshine's ex-husband Cesar Montano was her first boyfriend. Despite everything that happened between them, Sunshine is still thankful for the relationship that gave her three children.
"Blessing yun sa akin. Hindi man nag-work yung marriage ko, I have three wonderful kids na mahal na mahal ako."
The actress is in a three-year relationship with businessman Macky Mathay.
PEP.ph's (Philippine Entertainment Portal) interview with Sunshine takes place at the presscon of the film Malamaya held on July 16, at Annabel's restaurant along Tomas Morato Avenue in Quezon City.