As the year comes to a close, celebrities are heading for various destinations to make full use of the holiday season. But for talent manager, TV host, and celebrity endorser Boy Abunda, his only plan is to spend the season with his mother.
"Kung saan ako dadalhin ng nanay ko. Kung saan ang nanay ko, doon kami," Boy said during his December 20 press conference for Splash Corporation at the Discovery Suites in Ortigas Center.
The year 2010 has been very fruitful for the man everyone in showbiz calls Tito Boy.
"I'm back to school as a student and as a teacher. Ang daming 'di ko naisip na naganap noong 2010. Tuwing December 31, nakaugalian ko nang sumulat sa Diyos upang magpasalamat sa lahat ng kanyang mga biyaya na binigay at humingi ng tawad sa lahat ng aking mga kasalanan."
DESERVING OF PAGCOR POST. In a previous interview with PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal), Bong Quintana dismissed talk discrediting him upon his appointment as assistant vice-president for entertainment of PAGCOR. (CLICK HERE to read related article)
This time, Boy himself gave his reaction to criticisms about the appointment of his lifelong partner.
"Bong was in PAGCOR long before President Noynoy [Aquino] became president. He directed [the stage musicals] Wanders and Flow. He was there for around three years prior to his appointment. He deserves that post. He's qualified. It's not a plum post. It's a post that pays less than P20,000 a month. I had nothing to do with it.
"And he works really hard. But, you know, we are public figures, so this is territorial," said Boy with a shrug.
As for the possibility of becoming a government official through the Department of Tourism, the TV host says that is not part of his short-term plans.
Pressed for his opinion on what would make a good tourism campaign for the Philippines, he said:
"There was a time when people were talking about me for a possible post in the DOT. [A tourism campaign] would really be something for which you would have to sit down on and study and collaborate with marketing experts.
"It's not easy. We are a very complex... this is an archipelagic nation in the context of international relations. You have to study carefully the culture of the Filipino.
"What are our strengths? Then, you plan from there. I'm willing to help. I'd like to help [DOT Secretary] Bert Lim, I'd like to help the government of President Noynoy. If they ask for my assistance, for my help, I'd really like to contribute in whatever way that I can to the Department of Tourism.
"Recently, Tita Helen Benitez [of Philippine Women's University] and I were talking about what we can do for this country. Sabi niya: 'Sana ibalik nila yung Home Economics, sana ibalik nila yung Practical Arts [subjects].'
"Minsan, sa ingay ng buhay na pinagdadaanan natin, with the frenzied life that we live, with the schedules that we have, with the traffic in our lives—both physical and figurative—marami na tayong nakakalimutan, lalong lalo na, ang pag-aayos sa pamilya.
"You have to revisit what it is to feel love. Marami tayong nakakaligtaan na praktisin—magmahal. Before, I was so afraid to say: 'I love you, Nanay' Kasi sa Waray, hindi kami tinuruan ng ganoon...hindi kami expressive. Today, say 'I love you.'
"Here's something that singer Patti LaBelle said: 'Say I love you because tomorrow is never promised.'"
As to his advice for 2011: "Let's be open to the gifts of the universe and to the gifts of God."