Roxanne Barcelo nixes sexy image to host kids' show "Batang Bibbo"

Roxanne Barcelo says she turned down offers for her to go sexybecause she feels it is not for her. "Hindi sa hindi ko talaga kaya, hindi langtalaga ako kumportable," says the ex-PBBCelebrity Edition housemate.


Sa screening ng indie sci-fi film na Xenoa 2: Clash of the Bloods na ginanap sa SM Megamall noongMiyerkules, November 5, marami ang nakapansin sa laki ng ikinaganda ni RoxanneBarcelo. Isa ang dating PBB CelebrityEdition housemate sa miyembro ng cast. Agad nga nitong biro sa showbizpress nang pansinin ang lalong ikinaganda niya, "Ganito yata talaga ang epektopag nade-depress ka, e!"

NOT FOR SEXY. Pansamantalang nawalasa limelight si Roxanne, at habang hindi raw siya abala sa showbiz, kumuha siyang crash course sa singing, acting, hosting at modeling. "That time kasi, angoffer sa akin puro sexy roles. Hindi ko kaya, kaya tinatanggihan ko," paliwanagniya.

Ayaw niya ba talagang subukan ang sexy movies?

"I guess hindi talaga yun for me. Marami namang iba riyan na talagangseksi na hindi mo talaga puwedeng i-deny," saad niya.

Baka naman may nagbabawal sa kanya to accept sexy or mature roles?

"Wala naman. Actually sa parents ko [they] are open to it, they trustmy decision. Siguro ako mismo, I'm not comfortable na maggano'n-gano'n. Sa iba,maganda siguro talagang tingnan, artistic," aniya.

Open naman kaya siya sa mga sexy pictorials?

"I haven't done a really sexy...kumbaga, naka-two-piece, I haven't done that.Pero kunwari nasa beach, siyempre maggagano'n ka, otherwise hindi pa ‘konakakapag-sexy pictorial. I've done siguro mga artsy, for films. Pero di komasabi na seksi talaga ako. Hindi sa hindi ko talaga kaya, hindi lang talagaako kumportable."

Sa ngayon kasi, mas mabilis daw sumikat ang isang female star kung magse-sexyimage. Ang pananaw naman ni Roxanne dito, "Hindi naman ako do'n sa kasikatan, e.Mas ano ako do'n sa paggawa ng mga bagay na may purpose, hindi lang parasumikat. Kasi, kung ‘yon lang ang hangad natin, mabilis ‘yon, ‘tapos mabilisding mawala. Kaya gusto ko yung prepared ako, lalo na sa education backgroundko."

Kumusta naman ang kanyang lovelife?

"Naku, wala muna!" mabilis niyang sagot. "Aaminin ko naman kung mayboyfriend ako. Nasa tamang edad na ako, 'wag na tayong magtago."

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BATANG BIBO. Abala ngayon si Roxanne sa promotion ng bago niyang showsa GMA-7 titled Batang Bibbo. "It's apartnership between GMA News and Public Affairs saka CDO. Very wholesome yungshow at maganda ang ini-impart niyang values," saad niya.

Patuloy ni Roxanne, "Actually, nagbibiruan nga kami. Kasi, habang yungmga kasabayan ko, paseksi nang paseksi at puro mature roles na ang ginagawanila, ako, pabagets nang pabagets. Sabi ko, it's not really pabagets. Althoughang tawag sa akin, parang ‘Ate,' parang pre-school teacher do'n sa show."

Sa bago niyang show, mas maipapakita raw niya ang totoong RoxanneBarcelo.

Masayang kuwento pa niya, "In fairness, talagang parang hindi konapi-feel na I'm acting, as in literal na yun na ‘yon. Actually, I have so manyfriends who were saying...like Paolo Bediones, I saw him sa church last Sunday,sabi niya sa akin, ‘Uy, bagay na bagay sa ‘yo yung role mo.' Nung una natatawatalaga ako.

"Unlike nun sa PBB na gustokong maging woman and matured. But I guess I've learned na talaga to embracethe child in me. Pero whatever happened in the past, let's leave it at thereand live in the now. Ang saya mabuhay, and I want to share that with a lot ofpeople, especially [with] kids."

CREDIBILITY AND SHARING. Hindi rin mawawala na intrigahin angkredibilidad niya bilang host ng isang children's show. Paano niya kayaiha-handle ang ganoong sitwasyon kung sakali?

"I stepped back and really looked at my life. Two months ago, I was inmy room. I had no work talaga. And as a fresh graduate, I asked myself, ‘Whatam I gonna do with my life? What's next?' I really came to a point that I wouldlike to do something that is part of my purpose. Something that I won't gettired of doing. Something na will help other people. Something na will educateother people. I realized na at that time, my prayer was to reach out to kids.

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"Even though they're difficult to please, they're really close to myheart. It's not something that I forced. I mean, ‘Ate' talaga ako, e. I wasborn eight years older than my younger brother who is now 14 years old. And atthat time, Ate talaga ang role ko. And I have a good childhood. I have a reallyhappy childhood and that's something I wanna share with other kids.

"Siyempre, not everyone is privileged to go to school. Pero through thisshow it's a tool for everyone to learn the basics—kung pa'no makipaglaro saibang bata, kung paano mag-share. And this is not me. I'm just a tool. This isa group effort at puwede silang magtiwala na this show is not just gawa-gawalang.

"Everyone has one vision. And everyone has one hope na matulungan angmga kabataang Pilipino," pahayag ni Roxanne in closing.

Dagdag na impormasyon pa ng TV host-actress na sa bago niyang show anggagamitin na raw niyang screen name ay Anne Barcelo.


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