Kids who grow up in the spotlight will likely have an atypical childhood—where work eats up the time allotted for play and school.
But such is not the case of the four cute and chatty Kapuso kids, who launched their kiddie show last Tuesday night, May 10, at the Burgoo restaurant on Tomas Morato Ave. Ext. in Quezon City.
Daniela Amable, who played the young Iza Calzado in The Beauty Queen, said fun times are included in her schedule.
"Meron naman po [time na maglaro]... Sa bahay po namin," she began.
"Gusto ko po, ano po, paglalaro po yung drawing po na laro. 'Tapos po, yung mga gadgets po, minsan po naglalaro ako. 'Tapos po yung ibang laro ko, yung mga checkers, yung mga snakes and ladders, mga ganun po."
Renz Valerio, who started acting on television at the age of 6, mentioned basketball as his favorite sport; computers games as part of his must-do list whenever he has the time; and, "sa larong Pinoy po, patintero!"
Gianna Cutler, who played the young Maggie Wilson in The Beauty Queen, exclaimed, "Nagpa-patintero din po ako."
When asked about her favorite game, "Depende po." And her explanation: "Kunwari po, minsan po yung iba pong bata, ini-schedule po nila yun. Minsan po Monday, patintero. Minsan po, Chinese garter. Di ba po, meron pong mga ganun? Yung mga sosyal na bata po."
Seven-year-old Zyrael Jestre—who presently plays the son of Maxene Magalona in My Lover My Wife—said he loves to play, and admits being "makulit."
He added, "Minsan po napagsasabihan ng teacher."
All of them, just like children their age, are studying.
Renz said, "Hindi naman nakakaapekto yung showbiz, balanced naman po siya, e.
"Sabi po ng mama ko at ng papa ko, ang pag-aartista nawawala, pero po ang pag-aaral, kahit tumanda na po ako, hindi siya mawawala."
MY CHUBBY WORLD. The witticisms of these adorable kids will make our Saturdays more entertaining with the launch of GMA-7's My Chubby World, on May 14 at 8:15 a.m.
The kids' faces automatically lit up during the table-per-table interview when their show's title was mentioned.
The charming Zyrael shared, "Dito po kami bida. 'Tapos po, yung role ko dun, minsan naiinis, minsan nagagalit, kasi parang may nag-agaw ng Chubby. 'Tapos minsan masaya, minsan merong napaka-enjoy na masaya."
For "shy girl" Gianna, "Eto pong show na 'to kasi po, talaga pong enjoy na enjoy. 'Tapos po may nakilala po akong maraming friends—dalawa pong friends. Kasi po yun pong sa mga iba, wala. Isa lang po."
Daniela said it doesn't seem like work at all, "Enjoy po kami kasi magkakakilala po kami simula dati pa po. 'Tapos po yung paglalaro po namin, siyempre po yung paglalaro po, siyempre, hindi maaalis yun.
"Exciting po yung Chubby World. Gustung-gusto ko nga po pag nagte-taping kami, napakasaya po. Kahit inaantok na kami, nawawala po kasi, naglalaro po kami. 'Tapos po, pinapasaya kami ng direktor, ng mga production and staff."
Renz, the "kuya" of the group, simply stated, "Ako po'ng pinakamatanda 'tsaka mature na po."
MY CRUSH. Of course, we talked about their crushes. The two girls were quick to say "Secret."
Daniella politely said she will not reveal his name.
Gianna initially said, "E, kasi po, personal na lang po yun. Si Daniela nga po kanina po, tinanong po yun sa 'min, hindi po namin sinabi."
Teasing her, we asked, "Kasama mo ba sa Chubby World?"
Giggling, the nine-year-old girl said, "Ewan."
Gianna just laughed heartily when we said, "Crush mo si Renz."
In an effort to deny it, she innocently said, "Pero po minsan po, yung iba po iniisip po nila yun pagka yung sa crush, di ba po, iba na yung iniisip nila?"
Speaking of Renz, he said his crush is "sa school po..."
But Zyrael made a sound that sounded like a muffled "Hindi." When we asked him about it, he just shook his head. And when it was his turn to answer the question, he quickly answered, "Wala po."
Before finishing the interview, he whispered to this writer, "Sasabihin ko yung crush ko."
Smiling, we told him, "Exclusive ba ito? Sa akin mo lang sinabi, e."
Zyrael said, "Hindi puwede. Nasabi ko na sa school, e." Then whispering again, he said, "Ayun siya."
Watch these kids in My Chubby World, and capture the fun of being a kid and the joys of childhood.