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MON decorated the 15-feet-tall tree with green, gold, red, blue and silver trinkets. Photo by Jim Guiao Punzalan

Christmas for actor Mon Confiado is the best time to share the blessings he has received throughout the year.

“I grew up in a poor family in Sampaloc. It was rare for my siblings and myself to receive Christmas gifts. We didn’t even get to spend the holiday season with our father,” Mon tells Living Stars on this visit to his three-story home in Antipolo City. “As the second family, we were used to him being with the other one during the holidays.”

Mon recalls how he would save money all year so he could buy presents for his loved ones. “It was a big deal for me. I was glad to receive gifts, but happier when I was the one giving them. That way, mas malaki ang Pasko sa akin.”

Now that he’s financially independent, Mon carries on with the tradition of gift-giving. “We do it on Christmas Eve, when my sister Kai, who lives just across the street, hosts a poolside party.”

He plays Santa Claus not only to his nephews and nieces but also to the employees of two comedy bars that he operates with Kai. “We consider them family. Some even tag along when the family goes abroad for a vacation,” he says of the staff and crew of 22nd Street, located at Antipolo and Las Piñas City.

THE LIVING area is a combination of modern designs and indigenous materials. Photo by Jim Guiao Punzalan

“I spend Christmas Day at home, waiting for my godchildren,” the actor says. “New Year’s Eve is equally special. The kids in our village look forward to our fireworks display.”

Mon says Christmas of 2005 was a most memorable one. “It was my first in this house,” he explains. “I used to live in a condominium unit (in Mandaluyong City). That year was my first time to decorate the house for the holidays. It has become grander with every passing year.”

It is awesome to see the house covered with LED lights. A 15-feet-tall Christmas tree stands proudly in a corner, adorned with ribbons and balls in green, gold, red, blue and white. The door and windows are decked with ornaments in matching colors.

MAKE no mistake, he’s happy to call this place home. Photo by Jim Guiao Punzalan

“My sister and I bought this tree six years ago in a factory in Parañaque,” Mon says. “I mix and match old and new decorations.”

Mon is the eldest of three children of the late character actor Angel Confiado with Aurora, also deceased. Mon relates: “He was 57 and my mother was 15 when they met. I was born three years later. For a time, he kept us a secret. I guess that’s why he could never be with us at Christmas. My mother never complained.”

This is probably the reason, he says, that the family has always had extended yearend holidays. “We set up the Christmas lights as early as

THE THREE-story Confiado house stands tall among neighbors, especially with festive lights of the season. Photo by Jim Guiao Punzalan

October 15, and don’t remove them until mid-January. But ‘Amaya’ kept me busy this year, so we were a little late. I’m happiest at Christmas; I see it as the perfect time to pay it forward.”

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  • Anonymous

    ganda naman ng house ni mon confiado.  Is it courtesy of his rumored bf Manny Pangilinan?  

    • Anonymous

      ay bading pala si MVP? di halata ah. LOL

      • lucidlynx

        why do we filipinos always assume if a man is not married or without a woman partner, he is labeled as gay? george clooney is not married. and so is leonardo di caprio.

        having a family is not for everyone especially the filipino man. look how many filipino men are married with children and yet they can’t stop having other women? because sex with different women is good.

        maybe MVP is gay. maybe not. but i won’t speculate until he admits it himself. besides, it is none of my business.

      • Anonymous

        yeah tama ka nga…george clooney is not married, and so is leonardo de caprio. and so is piolo pascual.

      • http://twitter.com/mega_chat mega chat

        you never give up, do you jesussaints? before you go around accusing people without knowing them personally or without offering solid proof, better change your name. it’s sacrilegious when you make accusations left and right.

      • Anonymous

        did you read my post clearly? what accusations did I make? plus, even if I say that I think someone is gay, that does not mean that I am degrading them or accusing them because I believe being gay is not a crime so you can’t be accused, right? did I say that being gay is wrong? read my post clearly and don’t let your emotions and your being a piolo pascual fan get the best of you.

        anyway, I’m willing to bet my last pair of underwear that your beloved Piolo is gay. so is MVP. again, please take note, it’s not an accusation, just an observation.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BK7U63GWHRRS4IZ6BNGCYLFTLI cool h

    im just wondering what mon confiado do for a living to have that beautiful house? 

    • lucidlynx

      our actors are paid well. especially those who always get projects. they don’t have to be the main star as long as they play roles important to the story.

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