TV host Christine Jacobs-Sandejas is very proud of her children's latest achievements.
On May 5, two of her boys, Paolo and Luis, graduated with honors from senior high school and grade school, respectively.
It was, for her, an amazing Mother's Day gift, "It's always a mother's dream, you know, when they graduate with honors," Christine told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) on Sunday, May 13, at the special luncheon hosted by Spiral Buffet at Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila.
"But more than that, my main focus is really that they grow up to be gentlemen, kind.
"I'm happy that both of them are like that... hindi notorious sa school."
SEPARATION ANXIETY. As early as now, the 51-year-old host is already feeling anxious about Paolo leaving home someday to live by himself in a dorm once he enters college.
"I'm not ready yet," Christine admitted, "we're just discussing colleges and where he should go and I'm not ready."
Christine said Paulo plans to take up Computer Engineering, and is deciding whether it will be at the University of the Philippines in Quezon City or De La Salle University in Manila.
"'Pag U.P., he'll pretty much have to stay nearby and not come home.
"Pero 'pag La Salle, baka puwede pa mag-commute back and forth.
"At the end of the day, it's still his decision. We have a few more weeks to finally decide."
Aside from college preparations, Paolo will also be busy promoting his music under Universal Records.
Christine said her son have always shown interest in music, "He's always wanted to sing.
"Even when he was younger, he always enjoyed singing. He wanted to be part of the choir.
"Me naman, since being the more athletic kind, 'You have to do sports, tennis tayo, soccer tayo.'
"And then, he still kept singing, he knows how to play the guitar. He learned on his own.
"Parang it's natural for him and it's something I cannot comprehend 'cause I never went that way.
"Sabi ko, 'If it's a talent that you're blessed with, then it's only but right that we make it grow.'
"And we're gonna take baby steps.'"
JOINING SHOWBIZ. Christine has given Paolo her blessing to pursue music as long as it would not affect his studies.
Seeing their mother on television, Christine's children seem to want to be in entertainment, too.
The CNN Philippines host said her kids can enter showbiz if they want, but their main focus should still be their schooling.
"I think all of them, they have their own [interests]... after they watch me on TV, 'Ma, I think I wanna become a host, too.'
"But of course our priority is really school first, and whatever opportunities happen along the way, we'll try to fit it in without compromising the other."
She pointed out, "I think now, showbiz has taken on a different level na, not like when I first started na TV lang or radio or print.
"Ngayon may social media, so there are so many avenues for them without having to give up their education."
Christine said she and her husband, Paco Sandejas, will always support their children in their career choice.
"My parents are very hands-on when it came to my swimming profession.
"They were always there 24 hours supporting me, that's the one thing I do want to pass on on my kids.
"Whether it'd be collecting Pokemon cards—I went through all of those stages na naghahanap-hanap kami, we went so far just to get this special [card].
"I want to be part of their journey, their life. They'll know na, 'Oh, mom went with me or mom and dad helped me achieve this very special dream or ambition.'
"When it comes to singing, or my other son plays soccer, my girls play tennis, or if they want to do something else, they want to do fashion design, to TV.
"Whatever it is, they will always have our blessings because it's the talent that God gave them."