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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.

Oct 20, 2020



      cong. albee benitez of brightlight products wth korina sanchez of  RATED KORINA
          korina with her twin kids: pepe and pilar 
korina sanchez with press people interviewing her while having lunch at cong. albee's conference room

KORINA SANCHEZ is back on the air this Sunday, 4 to 5PM with “Rated Korina” on TV5. She says her pilot episode in her new home is something not to be missed. 

“We have four exclusive stories,” she beams. “First is about a remote barangay in Cebu. From the airport, we have to travel pa by land for five hours. We discovered 28 cases of people na nakakulong sa hawla or nakatali sa puno. Yung isa, 30 years na siyang nakatali sa puno. We talked to the commission on human rights nga about it.”

And where exactly is this strange barangay? 

“Well, you have to watch on Sunday to find out. Our next story is about someone na ang best friend niya is a doll. Kasama niya sa work, sa pagtulog, pinaliliguan niya. You’ll find out if that is sane behavior. 

"Then meron kaming segment na parang Guiness Book of Records. Compilation ng taong may pinakamahabang buhok, may alagang 100 na pusa, mga gan’on. The last segment is about stars and their babies, siempre kasama ang kids ko, Pepe and Pilar.”

So how is it to be a mom to her one-year old twins? 

“Noong una, Mar (Roxas, her husband) and I were asking, kaya ba natin to? But now, we can say, it’s double the joy. Sa bagay, high school pa lang, malakas na ang maternal instincts ko. I love children. Sa hospitals, I go to the nursery to watch the babies.”

She’s a doting mom but she doesn’t want to spoil them. 

“From the start, I told Mar, I want to train them to be emotionally independent, not clingy. Like gusto niya, sa bed namin matulog ang mga bata, sabi ko, no. I believe the best thing you can teach your child is to train them to be able to adapt well to change. Right now, things change so fast, with the pandemic, with technology, lahat ang bilis magpalit, dapat marunong ka ring mag-adjust agad sa lahat ng changes.”

We tell her she doesn’t age at all. What’s her secret? 

“I think it’s in my genes. I also eat healthy, I go to a wellness clinic, I have blood test regularly para kung may problema sa health ko, maremedyuhan agad. And nakapasok talaga sa isip ko na I’m forever 27 years old.”

Is it true Mar is no longer running for public office? 

“For this coming election, parang wala talagang balak. He wants to take fatherhood seriously and, also his mom, she’s getting on in years at gusto niyang alagaan. Tamang-tama naman kasi ako ang mas focused ngayon sa trabaho. Alam nyo naman, ever since, hindi ako humihingi ng pera sa asawa ko. I earn on my own.”

How does she feel when haters bash her for leaving ABS-CBN? 

“Inuunawa ko na lang sila. Pero hindi naman ako basta nang-iwan. Nagpaalam ako nang maayos. Basta sa ngayon, nandito ako sa TV5. And I feel very blessed na even before I got worried, dumating itong offer to do a show for them at andami kong kasama ritong mga nawalan ng trabaho when ABS lost its franchise.”

She’s now helping a lot of people who are working for her. 

“I’m glad to help them kasi meron diyang may babayarang renta, tuition fee ng mga anak nila, andami kong natutulungan. Also, I’m really active in various platforms. I’m also in youtube, Facebook and Instagram. Mine-maintain ko ang mga yan at full production sila lahat to give jobs to more people.”

Don’t miss the initial episode of “Rated Korina” on TV5, 4 to 5 PM, this coming Sunday, pre-program to “Oh My Dad”.