Kagagaling lang ni Ruffa Gutierrez sa London kung saan kumuha siya ng short course sa King’s College.
Secrets and Spies, Modern Espionage and Intelligence daw ang kursong kinuha ng TV host-actress.
Ikinuwento ni Ruffa sa PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) at iba pang miyembro ng press noong Miyerkules, August 28, ang naging karanasan niya habang na sa London siya.
“I had the best experience in London and it was time well spent.
“Because it’s not only me gallivanting or going on a holiday...
"Yeah, I would do that during the weekend but during the week, I would focus on my school work.
“I took up Secrets and Spies, Modern Espionage and Intelligence. It’s something different from my original choice, International Political Economy.
“We had one day to change our course. I find it more fascinating with the Edward Snowden case, with the terrorists, what’s happening in all parts of the world.
“It teaches you about privacy, about social media, the Cold War... I just found the course more interesting.
“Maybe I won’t be a CIA in the future or I won’t be James Bond, like, 007 agent Ruffa.
"I learned a lot from the course; perhaps maybe I can use it.”
POLITICS. Dahil sa pag-aaral ni Ruffa sa ibang bansa, may mga nagtatanong kung may balak ba siyang sumabak sa pulitika.
Sagot niya, “With everything that’s happening now, forget it! No way!
“I’m happy with my life, with the little privacy that I have and I can help in my own little way.
“Maybe perhaps one day, I can work in the government, why not? But not necessarily to be elected as a public official, maybe abroad.
“You can be in a government post naman without necessarily being an elected official. So, right now, that’s not in my plans at all.”
Nagpahayag din ng kanyang opinyon si Ruffa tungkol sa Million People March na naganap sa Luneta noong August 26. Ang protest rally ay para sa pag-abolish ng pork barrel ng mga mambabatas.
Sabi niya, “Well, you know, it’s a very touchy subject but I think everyone’s sentiments basically is if we’re taxpayers, we want our money to go to the right places.
“That’s the sentiment of the people. Take care of the people first before you take care of yourself. So make sure na kami, tayo, maayos tayo.
“Unang-una, puwede ba, ayusin naman nila yung airport natin! Parang napakasimple lang naman.
“You don’t even have to be a politician, you can be in Grade 1, and know that they have to fix the airports, fix the roads, you know what I mean?”
Obserbasyon pa ni Ruffa, silang mga celebrity ang madalas pansinin ng Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) patungkol sa mga tax evasion case.
Wika niya, “And what hurts all of us the most is that the BIR always goes after the actors and the actresses, they always make examples of us.
“We work so hard, we pay our dues, we pay extra VAT, and yet they still come after us.
“So I guess a lot of the sentiments of the people and moreso of the artists are the same.
“So the Million People March is like more of, not putting anybody down because everyone’s proven innocent unless proven guilty in court.
“So we’re not putting anybody down, it’s just outcry that things have to change in our system.”
HELPING OUT. Noong kasagsagan ng pananalasa ng bagyong Maring at ng habagat, isa si Ruffa sa mga tumulong sa mga naapektuhan ng baha.
Ilang photos ang ipinost ni Ruffa sa kanyang Instagram account (iloveruffag) kunsaan namimigay siya ng relief goods sa Sta. Rosa, Laguna.
Kasama niya rito sina Cristalle Belo, Phoemela Barrnda, at ang mga anak na sina Lorin at Venice.
Wika ni Ruffa, “I’ve always taught the kids how to give back, you know, since they were kids.
“I want them to learn more about the environment, to be socially aware of what’s going on.
“So I would even tell them bits and pieces about the news, what’s happening in our country, what’s happening in the government, what people are talking about so that they’re aware of what kind of world we’re living in.
“So when the storm happened, we were invited also in that moment to come together and help the people na were distressed by the typhoon.
“We all went and, you know, masarap ang feeling. I wanna inspire others to help.
“It’s not more of, like, publicizing what you’re doing. It’s more of, like, ‘Hey, we should all do this, we should all help.’”
Sa launch ng kanyang Metro cover noong Miyerkules sa Privé ay inimbitahan din ang mga guest ni Ruffa na magdala ng donations.
Ang mga makokolekta daw ay ihahatid sa mga biktima ng bagyo sa pamamagitan ng Sagip Kapamilya.
NEXT TV PROJECT? March 2013 pa nang mag-expire ang kontrata ni Ruffa sa TV5 at ngayon ay hindi na siya nakatali sa anumang network.
Tungkol sa susunod na TV project niya, pahayag lamang ni Ruffa, “Actually, we’re gonna discuss that later. But hopefully, soon, you’ll learn about it.”
Ano ba ang mga pinagkakaabalahan niya ngayon?
“I have a lot of plans in and out of the business.
“I’m also preparing for the time that I’m not gonna be in the business anymore. So I know I’m gonna be in the business until I’m 50.
“Maybe I’ll work behind the scenes, maybe producing, maybe doing something in terms of fashion.
“I really wanna put up a line of children’s clothing for Lorin and Venice.
“’Cause we did that last year so I’m definitely gonna produce that this year and make it more mass market.
“What we did kasi last year is a small collection with Rajo [Laurel]. This year, we’re doing it more extensively.
“And then, we’re coming up with a project but it’s secret for now.”