"No love muna."
This is the mantra of Ruffa Gutierrez this 2012.
She says this at her contract-signing with VIVA’s Vic Del Rosario—who is going to handle the endorsements of the former beauty queen and her two brothers Richard and Raymond—this afternoon, January 25.
She elaborates, "Hindi, kasi a lot of the ano... a lot of the stars now, a lot of my friends are always saying, ’Ay sana ma-in love na ako this 2012. Sana I find the right one.’
"Ako ang sinasabi ko, ’Sana, no distractions for 2012.’
"I don’t want anyone in my life. I don’t wanna fall in love. I wanna be single, work, and be successful, which I already am."
While she is making these pronouncements, a loud thump momentarily takes the attention away from Ruffa.
The Paparazzi host exclaims, "Ay, nalaglag ni mommy yung folder!"
To which the matriarch of the Gutierrez family retorts, "I heard that a thousand times already, Ruffa."
But despite her mom’s skepticism, she stresses, "No distractions..."
SOUTH AMERICAN SOJOURN. This earns an "ows?" reaction from some of the entertainment writers.
Ruffa, however, insists that she is determined not to be distracted.
In fact, when she leaves for her all-expense-paid trip to Brazil and Argentina with Cristalle Henares tonight, she swears that she will stick to her "no-boys" rule.
Once again, she tells, "Ayokong distraction. Kung may distraction man, maiiwan sila dun."
For two weeks, she’ll do some sightseeing in São Paulo, Rio, Salvador da Bahia, plus Buenos Aires and Mendoza.
Unfortunately, they won’t be there for the famous Carnival.
The only daughter of Eddie Gutierrez explains, "Tatamaan yung birthday [February 6] ng daddy ko, at the same time, it’s three times more expensive.
"As in, hotel pa lang, five nights is 25,000 dollars na. So, hotel pa lang yun. Hindi pa kasama yung pamasahe, yung mga activities.
"So we decided to do it two weeks before Carnival para we can watch the celebration at saka yung practice ng mga Samba sa school."
One sure item in their itinerary is the Festival de Verão Salvador, a huge music event in Brazil’s capital of happiness.
The TV5 star adds, "So para siyang Coachella [music and arts festival] organized sa States.
"Kumbaga, something new for me coz I’ve never been to a big music celebration like that..."
NO ROMANTIC RENDEZVOUS. Eduardo Puertas, the man recently linked to her is a Brazilian. Isn’t he joining the vacation?
"No, hindi siya kasama," Ruffa throws in. "No. No, no, no... hindi siya kasali sa equation."
Are they still together?
Her reply: "Well, the problem nga is he doesn’t live here coz he’ll be leaving the country end of this year.
"So why focus on something na hindi naman pang-matagalan, di ba?
"I’d rather be alone than be with someone na hindi naman magtatagal."
And remembering her mantra, she says boys will take no part in her itinerary.
Smiling, she says, "Wala yun sa utak ko, noh?
"I’m more excited to see the Iguazu falls. Oo, gusto ko lang makita yung mga falls." (The falls are located at the border of Brazil and Argentina.)
Turning a bit serious, she explains the purpose of her travel, "Hindi, talagang I’m very excited kasi first time ko nga magpuntang South America and it’s gonna be a different experience for me.
"So, when I get back from South America, I’m gonna be back to work."
MOVING FORWARD. While she’s away, her mom, who is also her and manager, "is gonna be talking to TV5."
Afterwards, she’ll find out what’s going to be on her plate aside from Paparazzi, Talentadong Pinoy, and her upcoming movie with Gabby Concepcion, Pokwang, and John Lapus.
Is the storm over?
A brief pause before stating that 2011 wasn’t that bad...
She resumes, "Hindi, hindi naging masakit. Ang pinakamasakit siguro sa puso ko was most probably 2007, kasi that’s when I left Istanbul to have a new life here.
"So, I’ve closed a chapter in my life, and yet it was also new beginnings for me.
"Pero last year, akala niyo lang na masakit sa akin. Ah, oo, for people, I guess, it was a storm.
"But for me it was nothing because I didn’t do anything so, wala yun. Ni hindi nga naging bagyo yun sa buhay ko."
She is referring to the controversy involving John Lloyd Cruz, her ex-boyfriend, and Shaina Magdayao, her ex-boyfriend’s present girlfriend.
"It was just maybe blown out of proportion, and ah, siguro because we’re all... we’re all people from the industry... Yeah, naging mas malaki," she muses.
"Pero, like I said, di ba, nineteen kopong-kopong pa ’yon, huwag na nating buhayin."
How about the storm involving Yilmaz Bektas, the father of her two daughters?
She responds, "You know, Yilmaz and I have our moments.
"Sometimes, it’s winter, at hindi kami nagkakasundo. Sometimes, it’s summer and we talk as if we’re good friends.
"So, as of now, wala kaming communication and I’d like to think na we will come up with a solution to be the best parents to our kids.
"I think that what’s most important, na we’ll let emotions not rule us and, you know, maging maayos naman kami at maging at peace for the sake of Lorin and Venice."
For now, her focus is on "moving forward."
The single mom affirms, "Marami akong plano this year. Magugulat na lang kayo...
"I have plans for the next five years, so, hopefully, kungdi mahulog-hulog mga papel ni mommy, ay maniwala [siya]."
Does this mean she’ll have time for love in 2017?
Ruffa then clarifies that her "no love muna" mantra is only valid for this year.
"Sabi ko, for 2012 lang," she quips.