The multi-titled and multi-tasking celebrity Cory Quirino wears anotherworking cap in Celebrity Duets—a performer's hat.
Jill of all trades but definitely not a master of none; the acknowledgedhealth and beauty guru is a TV host, radio anchor, philantrophist, author, endorser of several health and wellness products, a soon-to-be storeowner, and now a performer with her participation in the second edition ofCelebrity Duets that piloted successfully last Saturday, August 23, on GMA-7.
Cory is the host of the long-running show The Good Life airing on ANC andTFC every Sunday at 10 a.m. She also anchors for DZMM's Ma Beauty Po Namanevery Sunday at 11 a.m.. She wrote the best-selling series of healthand wellness books, Forever Young, now on its fourth series.
Besides herwork for Rotary Club, she is also the staunchest supporter of Tuloy Sa DonBosco, a home for the streetchildren being run by Father Rocky Evangelista inAlabang.
Cory is a favorite motivational speaker invited by severalorganizations in her advocacy for wellness of the body, soul, and spirit. She isproud to say that the Nurses' Board always invites her prior to the boardexam to extol the positive-thinking approach in life, which deliversabout 60 to 70 percent passing grades to those who attend the symposium.
One of the earlier supporters of virgin coconut oil (VCO), she met andpartnered with friend Sheila May Velilia of Nutramedica who created for her aline of VCO products. This October, they are opening a health and wellnessstore in Virra Mall, the Cory Quirino World of Wellness, that is across-between NGC and The Body Shop but offering only locally-made products.
CELEBRITY DUETS. With so many to-do's on her list, Cory was surprised and challenged when shegot a call from GMA-7 asking her to be one of the contenders of the secondseason of the FremantleMedia franchise Celebrity Duets.
"Ang unang tanong ko sa kanila, ‘Bakit ako, hindi naman ako singer?' Natuwaako sa sagot nila, ‘Pero performer ka naman,'" recounts Cory over lunch today,August 26, in a Chinese restaurant on Tomas Morato sponsored by her line of VCOproducts Coco Zen.
Besides encouragement, the one-million-peso cash prize that she candonate to her favorite charity was a good incentive to accept the offer.
"It has always been an advocacy of mine to help the streetchildren in our country.Ang Tuloy Sa Don Bosco, nagsimula with just 10 streetchildren. Now there are600 residents. Hinihintay na nila ang one-million cash prize doon. Alam n'yonaman ako, positive thinker," says Cory.
First she asked her DZMM boss Peter Musngi if she could accept thejob, even though she considers herself a freelancer.
"Ang sagot sa akin ni Peter, ‘Maganda ‘yan, sali ka."
Now, she's thinking out loud if she can promote or vie for text votes overher radio show, which is in ABS-CBN.
"May meeting kami ni Peter mamaya. Itatanong ko kung puwedeng mag-promoteor puwedeng sabihin ang show. Baka hindi pumayag, pero itatanong ko na rin.
"Aba, kung papayag sila, kakausapin ko na sina Ted [Failon] at Korina [Sanchez]na i-promote din ang text votes ko sa mga radio shows nila!" she adds jokingly.
The granddaughter of the late President Elpidio Quirino never dreamedof joining showbiz because she was raised in a strict household.
"I remember when I was eighteen, nagpunta pa sa bahay namin ang organizersng Binibining Pilipinas para pasalihin ako. Sabi ko sa kanila, ‘Talk to my dad.'Hindi rin ako pinayagan. Strict kasi ang parents ko, e!" laughs Cory.
HEALTH & WELLNESS GURU. As to her being a specialist in health and wellness, Cory reveals that itall started when she was 21 years old and 15 pounds overweight.
"I was the PR Manager then of Hyatt Hotel and I was overweight, and I saidto myself, hindi puwede ito. Paano ito mangyayari?"
Even at the age of six, Cory was never fond of meat. She remembers thesteak her father insisted that she eat; she gladly gave it to her siblingbecause she never liked the taste of meat.
"Kaya at 21, I started eating healthy food, una Japanese. Then I startedgoing to the gym. Doon ko naman nakilala ang isang grupo ng babae, they werefive or six, who kept asking me kung bakit maganda ang body ko.
"So I told them to eat this and that and they said they will do it. Peronapapansin ko, walang nagbabago sa mga katawan nila kaya minsan, sumama ako sakanila to eat after gym. Aba, ang mga nakalatag bulalo, lechong kawali... Sabiko sa kanila, ‘Di ba, sabi ko don't eat these?' Ang sagot nila, sabi ko raw,low-fat lang so pinapaalis nila ang mga taba sa lechong kawali at balat langdaw ang kinakain nila. That inspired me to write my first book Forever Young."
HAVING FUN. She has yet to write the fifth book in the series. Meanwhile, Celebrity Duets has alreadystarted.
"Sobrang nag-e-enjoy ako ngayon sa Celebrity Duets. And we're reallybonding talaga, ha. Tama ang sinabi ni Tessa [Prieto Valdes, Season 1 winner],it's so much fun!
"Ngayon, hindi lang ako singer, dancer na rin. Ang first song ko "DancingQueen." This Saturday [August 30], "Bailamos" naman with Renz Verano. Sabi sa akin ni Renznang nagpa-practice kami, hindi naman daw siya dancer. Sabi ko, ako rin namankaya let's enjoy na lang.
"Gusto ko kasi, I will not have any regret in life pagtanda ko. Na hindi konasubukan gawin lahat ang puwede kong magawa. When I'm 100 years old, I canlook back and say to my apos, I joined that show.""
LOVE & POLITICS. Separated from former Ateneo player Mon Tapales, Cory has a daughter and aneight-year-old grandson. She is not dating anyone right now.
"I'm enjoying myself right now, so now is not the time for me to commit toanyone," she quips.
What about politics where her roots are?
"Four elections na akong tinatanong kung papasok daw ba ako sa politika.Ngayon pa nga lang, may dalawang parties nang nag-aalok for 2010. Hindi akotumatanggi, pero hindi ako nagsasabi ng yes. Makakatulong naman ako evenwithout going to politics."