Despite the heat brought by the afternoon December sun, actress Ruffa Gutierrez was very happy to be part of this year's Metro Manila Film Festival Parade of Stars.
"Masaya naman," said Ruffa to PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) last December 24 while on board the Desperadas float, along with co-stars Rufa Mae Quinto, Marian Rivera, and Iza Calzado.
"Ito namimigay kami ng mga T-shirts, posters, candies, pens, kalendaryo," she added enthusiastically while waving to the crowd. "Kaya nakikita namin ‘yong mainit na pagtanggap sa amin. Excited kami and tuwang-tuwa kami."
For the statuesque actress, Desperadas announces her comeback in the silver screen after a 10-year absence from showbiz. After her controversial separation with Turkish businessman, Yilmaz Bektas, in the middle of this year, Ruffa wasted no time and immediately reactivated her stalled showbiz career.
Her last Metro Manila Film Festival [MMFF] participation was 17 years ago.
"Sumali pala ako dati. Ang movie namin Last Two Minutes," she recalled after much thought.
ACCEPTING DESPERADAS. According to Ruffa, Desperadas is a movie about the women of the new millennium. "It shows that women are smart, confident, they can do whatever they want and they're equal with men."
Given the events that transpired in her own personal life, it is easy to assume that Ruffa can well relate to the film's message and concept of "girl power" and independence.
Despite the film's grandiose images and fascination with worldly things, as suggested in the trailer and in various promo materials, Ruffa clarified that Pinoy values are not lost in the movie's general message.
"At the beginning, siyempre nag-aaway-away kaming magkakapatid. Pero in the end, makikita natin that family comes first before anything else," said the mother of two.
NEW YEAR WITHOUT YILMAZ. New Year would still be pretty much the same for Ruffa despite the absence of estranged husband Yilmaz.
"Like always, every year, I always spend it with my family, dog... I'll be with my two kids, my mom, my dad, all the Gutierrez family. Magsasama-sama lang kami sa bahay," Ruffa shared excitedly.
The Gutierrez's way of welcoming the New Year is typical of any Filipino family. "We usually hear mass then we eat ng sama-sama. Pinoy na Pinoy ‘di ba?" Ruffa smiled.
For 2008, Ruffa is more determined to be wise when it comes to her finances. Being a single mom with two adoring daughters undoubtedly altered Ruffa's priorities. "Sana makapag-save ako ng marami. ‘Wag masyadong maging magastos, maging praktikal kasi may dalawa na 'kong anak," she admitted.
Ruffa will be greeting 2008 with a busy schedule. "Third week of January, mag-uumpisa na ko ng bagong soap ko sa ABS-CBN and at the same time mag-uumpisa na rin ako ng movie with my mom, My Monster Mom under Regal Films, and siyempre nasa The Buzz pa rin ako every Sunday."
Like any other hard working celebrity, she wished, "Sana more projects sa 2008."