When Ruffa Gutierrez's daughters Lorîn, 6, and Venice, 5, appeared on the top-rating kiddie gag show Goin' Bulilit in its Chinese New Year episode, the show received positive feedback from the audience. That's why they're invited again to be its guests on Sunday, said Ruffa.
The former beauty queen thinks letting her kids engage in such activities develop their interpersonal skills.
"It's actually good kasi marami silang nakikilala, they're exposed," said Ruffa in an interview after the press conference of her endorsement, Century Properties's Azure last March 2 at the Pacific Star Building in Makati City.
She continued, "Actually, we're also working on the kids on [presidential aspirant Manny] Villar's commercial. Ganun sila. Parang, you know, they mingle with them , they mingle with other kids na who are also artists. It's a great chance for them to meet a lot of people."
When taping for shows like Goin' Bulilit, the TV host-actress just lets her kids enjoy the experience and avoids being a stage mom.
"Bawal ang stage mommies doon, e, kasi naiilang sila," she added.
Ruffa recalled the only time she went to see her children on the set. She narrated, "I remember visiting once, right away, bigla [nasabi ko], 'Venice, don't do that.' I can't help it, e. Ako na ang nagiging director. Parang I did that for two minutes and then nahiya na ako. Ayaw kong maging stage mommy so I went back to the dressing room. Dapat hinahayaan ko na lang sila."
NO TO SHOWBIZ YET. Ruffa related to the media that she only let her kids be part of the show because they have been good. However, this doesn't mean that she will let Lorîn and Venice join show business at their young age.
"Actually, ayaw ko talaga silang mag-artista," stated Ruffa. "Gusto ko talaga makatapos sila ng pag-aaral. I really want them to study and to finish in an ivy league university, makapagtapos ng Masters degree. You know, everything na hindi ko nagawa."
She added that Lorîn's constant prodding to appear on the show made her decide to let them join the kids of Goin' Bulilit.
Ruffa remembered, "Lorin was the one telling me, 'Mommy, I wanna be in Goin' Bulilit. I wanna be in Goin' Bulilit.' Parang one month kong naririnig 'yang Goin' Bulilit. When I got her report card naman, all her grades were excellent, same with Venice. So, gusto ko naman pagbigyan ang bata sa gusto niya so that she'll work harder to maintain her grades. Siyempre, grade one lang naman siya. For fun lang naman. Kung nag-e-enjoy naman siya, walang problema."
She stressed that as long as her daughters maintain good grades in school, she will allow them do TV shows, commercial shoots, and magazine covers. "Okay lang naman, for fun lang," said Ruffa.
"HINDI PUWEDENG MAGKA-CRUSH." While Ruffa gives her daughters the chance to experience showbiz life, there's one thing that this celebrity mom wants her daughters to avoid: "Hindi sila puwedeng magka-crush."
Ruffa said that she teaches her kids, this early, to just focus on their studies.
She added in jest, "Tine-train ko na sila as early as now, 'Venice, Lorin, you have to take care of your mommy until she's 80 years old. You can never get married.' Kailangan as early as now ibe-brainwash ko na sila. I'll do it in a different way. Hindi katulad ng mommy ko na, 'Ay naku, bawal ka magka-boyfriend...' Ako, kailangan, 'Sweetie, you have to take care of mommy. I don't wanna grow old alone.'"
Catch Lorîn and Venice play with Goin' Bulilit kids again on Sunday, March 7, on ABS-CBN.