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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

May 3, 2016

Princess Punzalan's Word Of Wisdom For People Who Have No Relationship With Our Creator

PRINCESS PUNZALAN’s last movie was the Richard Gutierrez trilogy “My Valentine Girls” where she was in the “Soulmates” episode. “That was in 2011 pa, so ang tagal na rin,” she says. “Kaya nga I’m glad nakagawa uli ako ng bagong movie, ‘Diyos-Diyosan’, where I play a major role as Estrel, a teacher na may communist beliefs at hindi naniniwala sa Diyos.”

Since she’s a devout Christian in real life, didn’t she find it hard to portray her role well? “No, malinaw naman sa aking I’m just doing my job as an actress and it’s just a role, so it doesn’t affect my own spiritual beliefs in real life. Also, may redemption si Estrel dito. Eventually, she discovers God while in the underground movement and she becomes a missionary in Cotabato. Ang conflict sa story is that yung student niyang tinuruan niya to always believe in himself, si John Prats, naging corrupt politician who’s running for presidency, so it will be a challenge for her kung paano niya babawiin ang beliefs na itinanim niya rito when she was still a radical teacher.”

What advice can she give to people who are very materialistic and have no relationship with God? “Lahat tayo, may kanya-kanyang journey. Ako, mahaba na ang naging journey ko, pero hindi pa rin natatapos kasi we’re all works in progress. But definitely, my life now is so different compared to the time na wala akong personal relationship with the Lord. I was such an insecure person then. Hirap akong magpatawad.

Kailangan ko ng approval ng ibang tao to feel loved. But now, I have peace kasi sa Diyos ako kumakapit at hindi sa ibang tao para mabuo ako. Nagagawa ko na rin to forgive and forget sa mga taong may nagagawang mali sa akin. But first and foremost, you have to open yourself to God para siya makapasok. Hindi Niya ipagpipilitan ang sarili Niya sa iyo and you have to invite Him yourself to be part of your life.”