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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.

Mar 14, 2021



                                               JAYA WITH HUSBAND GARY AND KIDS

JAYA IS happy to be now part of the digital show “Grateful Tuesdays”. 

She’ll be a co-host of Pinky Tobiano and singer Zephanie this Tuesday in the show’s third season. Their first telecast will be held in El Nido, Palawan. 

Jaya narrated in the show’s zoom presscon that she and her family went through some trials last year that prompted her to return to the U.S.

“When the lockdown started in March of last year, I just came from a tour and hindi kami makalabas ng bahay,” she says. 

“So grabe yung anxiety ko. I was sad, afraid, depressed. I didn’t notice na hindi ako kumakain nang tama and I lost weight. 

"Tapos, nagkasakit pa ang husband ko (Gary Gotidoc) and yun pala, na-stroke na. He was in the hospital for a few days at ako'ng nagbantay sa kanya until gumaling siya.”

Her feelings of anxiety got worse. 

“At the back of my mind, I was asking, anong nangyayari?  Nakakulong kami sa bahay, walang work, may sakit pa husband ko, paano na our kids? Tapos natatakot kang baka yun namang mga anak mo ang magkasakit. 

"So nagpa-panic na ako, but it’s good we have our faith.  We attend church service online. 

"Wala ka namang ibang kakapitan but only God, so just be still, be quiet and pray to Him. I leave it all up to him. And that’s when we decided to go to America.”

They sold some properties to buy tickets for the U.S. trip. 

“Nagkaroon ng sale sa tickets. Napakamura. God really had better plans, so Gary and my stepson were able to leave last January 7. 

"In 22 hours after their arrival there, they were able to find a good job and a home to rent na ang laki-laki at ang ganda-ganda. 

"Sabi ko nga, baka pwede naming bilihin someday, pero hindi naman daw binebenta. God really provides. Things happen when your faith rises. 

"That’s why we’re going to the States because I think He’s really telling us to go there and not to worry about it. Pero hindi naman agad-agad, lalo na kasisimula ko lang sa 'Grateful Tuesdays'."

How does it feel hosting “Grateful Tuesdays” with Pinky Tobiano and Zephanie? 

“We all belong to the same management team, Cornerstone, kaya maganda yung camaraderie namin as hosts dahil magkakaibigan kami talaga. On camera, I hope maging maganda ang batuhan namin, ang banter. 

"Of course, humor will always be there, yung kulitan, importante yan, e. But more than anything else, I look forward to our trip to various places to help people in need, so that’s what we have to offer in the show.”

Pinky has been hosting this public service show for three seasons now. Doesn’t she experience donor fatigue? 

“Yes, that’s true, there are times you feel that way, but for me, giving is a way of life. I’m so blessed. I had cancer and the Lord healed me. So now, I feel that if you have more, then you have to give more. 

"I’m just happy that my husband Juancho and my daughters Pianne and Karrel are both very supportive of me and my Pinky Cares Foundation. They help in packing the bag of goodies we give away.”

Don’t miss “Grateful Tuesdays” every Tuesday night at 7 PM, on the Cornerstone Entertainment Channel on youtube and the FB page of Cornerstone and Pinky herself.