When she quit show business to concentrate on starting her own family, Cristina Gonzales never thought she would be this busy again.
“I actually have my hands fuller now than ever before,” says the Tacloban City councilor who is on her third and last term.
Also the city’s First Lady to Mayor Alfred Romualdez, Cristina’s days are filled with public service duties and family responsibilities.
Cristina is keeping her focus on her pet project – Cristina’s Learn and Earn Program, also known as Comprehensive Learning Education Program (CLEP), a learning program that offers easy-to-learn courses like cooking, food preservation, haircutting, manicure, massage, foot spa, sewing, and t-shirt silkscreen since 2007.
“Now we have expanded to offer other courses like heavy equipment operation, basic carpentry, electrical wiring, plumbing, and basic farming skills. To date, we have about 6,500 completers in Tacloban and we are now partners with TESDA as well,” shares Romualdez. The CLEP has been instrumental in the recovery of survivors of super typhoon Yolanda that devastated Tacloban. CLEP gave them livelihood and the hope of starting anew.
On top of her duties in Tacloban, Cristina finds time to regularly visit Patio Victoria, the events place she owns in in Intramuros, Manila. The beautiful events place is known to provide budget-friendly yet elegant wedding receptions. Patio Victoria has six themes for weddings, debuts and children’s parties in a colorful, stylized ambience.
Mommy Cristina is also excited for her young and beautiful daughter’s embarking into the limelight as a model . Fifteen-year-old Sofia will soon do her first photo shoot and VTR. The doting mother is behind Sofia to build her self-confidence as she is a bit shy. “Unlike her mom,” quips Cristina with a laugh.
If Cristina misses showbiz, her fans miss her, too. So, she was very excited when she learned that she is being eyed for an independent film.
“It’s been a long, long time since I have done any movie,” says Romualdez, known in the big screen in the ‘90s as Kring-Kring Gonzales, one of the sexiest stars and one of the most beautiful actresses of her time.
“I am very excited, not only to be back, but more so because the movie is inspiring. I really hope people will still watch Filipino movies. Sana the young generation will watch this very inspiring movie. Nowadays, kailangan natin ito, good and moral values for the people,” says Cristina.
The movie will feature four strong women with different stories. The film aims to educate, entertain, and inspire moviegoers to explore what they really believe about God, igniting important conversations and life-changing decisions. An international Filipino director is set to helm the film.