My Chubby World stars Renz Valerio, Daniela Amable, Gianna Cutler, and Zyrael Jestre talk about juggling work, play, and study

(L-R) Daniela Amable, Zyrael Jestre, Gianna Cutler, and Renz Valerio spent their summer taping My Chubby World, which will premiere on May 12.


Aside from hosting My Chubby World, one thing that Kapuso child stars Renz Valerio, Daniela Amable, Gianna Cutler, and Zyrael Jestre have in common is juggling work, play, and study.
At the launch of their show—which is in partnership with Rebisco—yesterday, May 2, at the Papa John’s restaurant on Tomas Morato Avenue, Quezon City, the four kids talk about their adventures beyond the camera.PLAY. Renz Valerio, the oldest of the four, started acting at the age of 6.
But he wasn’t exactly deprived of what an ordinary kid does after school or shoot.
“Sa labas po dati, I used to play po sa labas," recalled the 13-year-old actor.
“Kaso ngayon po, parang awkward dahil mga naglalaro sa labas, 7, 10 [age of the kids], e, ako po pinakamatanda, na marami po talaga sila, e... So hindi na po ako nakakapaglaro sa labas."
The cute and chubby Zyrael, who starred as the son of Maxene Magalona in the defunct series My Lover My Wife, is into "video games."
Smiling, he added, “Pinakapaborito ko po yung hinahabol ako ng kapatid ko. Yun yung pinakapaborito ko, e, yung habulan ng kapatid ko.
“’Tapos gusto ko rin sa bahay, magkaroon ako ng Wii [a home video game released by Nintendo], ’tapos electric drum set.”
The girls love to read.
Daniela related, “Minsan po, kasi po mahilig po talaga akong magbasa ng books lalo na po yung mga books ni Hannah Montana. Super addict po ako dun.”
As for Gianna, she added "nanonood po ng TV" to her list of hobbies.

STUDY. Despite their celebrity status, all four of them go to school.
Renz said, “Hindi naman po sa ’kin problema ang studies ko dahil nama-manage ko naman po siya. Kunyari, pag absent po ako, babawi nalang ako next day.”
And despite his absences due to taping or shooting, he’s a consistent honor student.
“Buti nga po last year, naka-top 5, top 4 po ako.
"Kaso this year po, nasa top 10, top 9 lang po kasi medyo naging busy na po ’tsaka science high school na po ako [nag-aaral] kaya medyo mahirap."
To maintain his high grades, his mom has one condition:
“Si Mama po ayaw po niyang parang napapagod po ako. Gusto po niya na, ang usapan nga po namin ganito, e, pag hindi ka nasa top, tigil ang artista.
“E, ako po pangarap ko rin pong mag-artista. So talagang pursigido po akong i-balance ang childhood ko, na maipakita rin po sa mga followers ko na normal pa rin akong tao.”
When asked about the course he would want to pursue, this kid who likes Science and Mathematics answered, “Gusto ko po sundan yung yapak ng papa ko eh, engineer po."
For Zyrael, showbiz doesn’t interfere with his schooling. He is going to be in Grade 2 this coming school year at a private school in Caloocan.
For Daniela’s part, "make-up classes or exams" have been of great help to her.
The charming girl told PEP, "Ok lang naman po kasi nababawi ko naman po. Kunyari po pag may mga quiz, pag absent po ako nun, ang ginagawa ng teacher ko pinagku-quiz po ako mag-isa.
“Nagre-review po ako nun habang nagte-taping ako. Pagdating ko sa school, dun po, nakakabawi po ako.
“’Tapos pag may exam, special exam. Buti nga po nung grade 5 ako, top 1 rin po ako sa school.”
Isn’t it hard working and studying at the same time?
Her reply: “Hindi naman po. Kasi parang sa ’kin, siyempre kid pa rin po ako.
"Nae-enjoy ko pa rin po talaga yung pagiging bata ko.
"Siyempre sa pag-aaral, marami pong natututunan.
“Sa showbiz, maraming challenges. Nacha-challenge ka po sa acting, mga ganun.”
Meanwhile, the quite-shy Gianna shared, “Minsan po nag-a-absent po ako pag meron pong shooting na may pasok.”

WORK. Right now, the kids are getting ready for the comeback of My Chubby World, which will start airing its season 2 on May 12.
Excited, Renz revealed his most favorite segment, “Ngayon po, ang pinakagusto ko po yung opening.
"Sa lahat po ng mga ano, opening po talaga dahil ako po yung parang, ‘Chubby, ’eto na, showing na.’
“Ako kaagad ang makikita so parang, ‘Wow ayos ’to, ganun... ’Tapos ako pa po mag-i-introduce, ako pa po yung unang magsasabi ng, ‘Chubby, get set, go.’”
For Zyrael, he’s been enjoying "swimming."
“Nag-taping kami sa swimming pool, yung sa Splash Island... ’Tapos yun, masaya din kami, nag-electric trolley kami.”
Gianna liked the trip to Manila Ocean Park. "Nanood po ng mga dolphins,” she remarked.
And Daniela talked about her Chubby experience a la beauty queen.
“Parang family na kami... Halos lahat naman po kasi, talagang nakakatuwa po kasi lalo na po ngayon sa season 2, may mga challenger na po.
“Kasi dati po, kami-kami lang po yung nagcha-challenge. Ngayon po, parang napapasubok po namin yung mga galing po sa iba’t ibang school ng mga kids. Kaya natutuwa po kami bagong friends, ganun.”

IDOLS AND CRUSHES. The topic shifted to their idols and crushes.
The youngest of the four, Zyrael, said he doesn’t have any crush yet.
But he has a celebrity idol: “Yung si Maxene [Magalona].”
The two lovely girls just shook their head.
But Daniela added, “Dati po si kuya Julian [Trono]."
As for Renz, “Si Ate Marian po,” he exclaimed.
He continued, “As performer po, si Michael Jackson. As an actor po, Johnny Depp or Tom Cruz.”

FINANCES. Lastly, how do they manage their finances?
Renz has been saving “sa bank po."
He continued, "Usually po kasi, si mama po, kaming dalawa po kukuha, diretso na po yun sa bank para ma-save po para sa tuition fee, sa mga gadgets.”
Daniela’s money are also saved in the bank.
“Yung lola ko po ’tsaka mommy ko, ang ginagawa po nila sa good way po kasi ’lalagay po nila sa banko ’tapos po ,kumukuha po sila dun pangpaaral po sa ’kin.
"’Tapos yung pagkain sa araw araw...
"’Tapos po minsan, nagpapakain po kami sa mga children na pulubi na po sila.”
As for Giana, she initially said, “Sini-save ko po, minsan po pinangbibili ko po ng mga damit ko ’tsaka kailangan ko.”
And how about Zyrael?
Candidly, he answered,“Nagagastos namen. Minsan po yung lola ko pinapasyal, nagagastos.”
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