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Celebrities reveal their personal Santas

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(Part 2)

SHALANI Soledad-Romulo JIM GUIAO PUNZALAN

There’s a little bit of Christmas every day of our lives because of special people who give us what we want and need even before we ask for it. Such is the true spirit of Yuletide. May we all learn to keep giving until we have nothing more to give. That way, even if our hands are empty, our hearts will always be full.

How’s that for some ChristMUSH?

SHALANI SOLEDAD-ROMULO: “My husband Roman is my Santa because he always has pasalubong for me like fruits, chocolates, box of cereals and even an iPhone. But more than the material stuff, it’s his gifts of love and friendship that are the best.”

DEREK RAMSAY:  “Tita Virgie Ramos is the female version of Santa. She’s like a second mom to me. She showers me with so much love.”

MARTIN NIEVERA:“My mom has always been the Santa in our lives every Christmas, and during good days and bad for all her children and grandchildren.

“Outside my family, it’s my Uncle Don Gay. He was the keyboard player of the Society of Seven for all the 10 years my dad was with them. He didn’t have his own kids so he assumed the role of a father and he made sure every kid of the band members got what they wished for. Uncle Tony and Uncle Bert, also of SOS, gave the best gifts, too. Shh! Don’t tell Mom.”

PAULO Avelino

ARA MINA: “My current beau is a true-to-life Santa. The child and the woman in me look up to him in a million and one ways. He spoils me like a baby. He has mastered the language of love. I am so grateful. I love my Santa and forever will.”

PAOLO AVELINO: “For me, the OFWs are the modern-day Santas.  They sacrifice so much to provide for us back home, especially during Christmas. My best friend’s dad is an OFW, and he never fails to send Christmas gifts, not just to my friend but to me as well. Now that’s true generosity.”

JURIS: “My sister is my Santa. I joke about it but it’s true. I like going out with her because she always pays for everything. She’s the first person I go to when I need something. I depend on her a lot.”

ANJO YLLANA: “My late great manager, Tito Douglas Quijano, always played Santa to me. When my buddies Richard Gomez and Joey Marquez had new rubber shoes and radio-controlled toy cars, he would buy some [of these things] for me, too, so I wouldn’t look pitiful. He doted on all of us like we were his own flesh and blood.”


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