Angelika dela Cruz building a church in celebration of her birthday

Angelika dela Cruz celebrated her birthday last October 29 by building a church for her community. She said, "Siyempre maganda ang taon ko, I got married, and magkaka-baby. So wala nang mahihiling na kasi, e. So, ang gusto ko ngayon ay magpasalamat sa Panginoon, sa lahat ng biyaya na ibinigay sa akin at sa pamilya ko."



Blessings, like turning a year older, have made Angelika dela Cruz more appreciative of what she has. Thus, she planned on celebrating her birthday by building a church for her community in Quezon City. And the church is almost finished!

For Angelika, building a church is a way of showing that there is a place for prayer, and a way of urging people to sacrifice an hour of their time, once a week, in church.

"Ako talaga ever since, I always believe na, yes, kailangan tayong magdasal on our own. Yes, nagpapasalamat tayo sa Diyos," Angelika said in her interview with Showbiz Central. "Pero ano ba naman ang isang araw, isang oras kalahati sa isang araw, na ipupunta mo sa simbahan, di ba, para magdasal? So, talagang nagiging [desidido] talaga ako sa pagpapatayo ng St. Vincent. So ngayon, [as of the interview with her from ShowbizCentral] makukumpleto na namin siya.Masayang-masaya ako. Proud na proud."

Angelika said that she was, in her own way, giving back the blessings she received this year.

"Siguro kasi sa dami ng biyaya na dumating sa akin ngayong taon, work-wise, I am thankful sa GMA... Tatlong shows sa isang taon, ang dami nun!" the Kapuso actress said. "Siyempre maganda ang taon ko, I got married, and magkaka-baby. So wala nang mahihiling na kasi, e. So, ang gusto ko ngayon ay magpasalamat sa Panginoon, sa lahat ng biyaya na ibinigay sa akin at sa pamilya ko."

Helping her out in the church-building project is her husband Orion Casareo, who spends his time taking care of his wife.

Angelika said, "Masaya, natuto na ako, dati kasi spoiled ako. Sa bahay wala akong ginagawa, e. Ngayon, unti-unti, with the help of Orion, natututo na ako. Marunong na akong magluto. Masaya na ako!"

Angelika and Orion got married in civil ceremonies last August 19, 2008. They plan to have a church wedding on December 4, 2008.

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There is one more blessing coming Angelika's way: their baby. For the baby, Angelika expresses one more wish.

"November 6 magpapa-test kami, so malalaman namin kung boy or girl," an excited Angelika said. "Ayoko ma-suprise kasi para mapaghandaan. As early as now, pinaplano ko na yung baby shower. Things like that. Gusto ko lang na healthy ang baby. Baby boy or baby girl, kung ano man, basta healthy!"


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