Celebrities’ personal SantasBy Dolly Anne Carvajal
Philippine Daily Inquirer
Celebrities often play Santa Claus since they have so much to give. But whom do they turn to when they need some pampering and spoiling?
Well, life has its way of rewarding us with our own personal Santa if we’ve been more nice than naughty.
Like the celebrities we’ve interviewed for this column, may we all find the Santa we deserve even long after the holidays are over. Ho ho ho ho!
VILMA SANTOS: My husband Ralph is like Santa to me. He’s a good provider, and he’s very generous with gifts on special occasions. He’s more thoughtful than me. He spoils everyone in the household and the clan. He really makes us feel that he’s the head of the family by taking care of all our needs and wants.
OGIE ALCASID: My wife Regine is my Santa. Every year, not only does she provide a real Christmas atmosphere in the house with the decor, but she also makes sure that everyone in the family really feels the Christmas spirit. She does not forget anyone.
TINTIN BERSOLA-BABAO: My hubby Julius plays Santa to me and our kids all year round. He is good at surprising me with small and big gifts, like anything Audrey Hepburn for my collection even when there’s no occasion. Almost all of my Hepburn stuff are from him. He also surprises me with LV bags. It really warms my heart. I am the luckiest girl!
RITA AVILA: Aside from my parents and relatives, my Nanny of more than 35 years must be my Santa. She has given me the gifts of comfort, convenience, protection, understanding and love. She’s my yaya, dressmaker, electrician, plumber and “inventor” of my makeup mirror. She is Santa, elves and reindeers rolled into one.
AIKO MELENDEZ: My mom is my Santa because she has always been there for me through all my ups and downs whether it’s Christmas or not. She has given me unconditional love. Aside from my mom, it’s Pops Fernandez. She’s been there for me especially these past months when I went through something. She’s been so generous with her ideas and taught me not to rely on showbiz alone. She told me to start a business so I can secure my kids’ future. With her, I opened a new avenue in my life. For me, the most important gifts are not material ones. That’s what makes my mom and Pops “real Santas” because their gifts to me are something money can’t buy.
LUCY TORRES-GOMEZ: Aside from my husband Richard, Ben Chan, Kris Aquino, Gretchen Barretto. They love me and are real-life Santas, not just on Christmas but the whole year through!
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