Tele-Serye Queen: Kristine Hermosa,
Happier Than Ever
by Pilar Mateo, Kislap Magazine
SHE looks happy and contented, alright. But it
took sometime before she could convince herself that yes, she will
stay in showbusiness for as long as it takes.
That is how now certified Tele-Serye Queen
Kristine Hermosa views the world she's in.
"There was a time, when I was just new in
the business where I wasn't even sure if this was really the thing
that I wanted to do. That time, I was also keen on pursuing a course
in Mass Communications. And I was at that stage when I really couldn't
see pa where I was going. So, even if I was already doing some things
in showbusiness, I still was having second thoughts if I was gonna
pursue this or not. And I admit that I was on the verge of changing my
mindset that time."
But it didn't take long for Kristine to get
settled in the business where a lot of people are really wanting to be
"This year, am okay. Thanks to ABS-CBN's
Talent Center and of course, Mr. M (Johnny Manahan) and my handler. Am
happier now with the things that are happening where my career is
concerned. That after a while, people see me in a different
And that different light has something to do
with the changes that would soon occur in the life of her parents'
baby, into a blooming lady. As Kristine treks the passage into
"I'll be eighteen on September 9! But
it's my parents and the people from Talent Center who are doing the
preparations. They wouldn't let me know the details as to what will
happen at the main lounge of the Manila Polo Club (in Forbes Park,
Makati) on my debut.
"Am aware lang of the 18 roses and the 18
candles. Kasi, they have to ask me syempre about the people in my
life, particularly my friends. So, i have my 'kodigo' with the list of
the special people in my life that would participate sa 18 roses and
Kristine's Dad Maximillan will definitely be
her first dance. And the rest that will hand Kristine a rose are Piolo
Pascual, Patrick Garcia, Onemig Bondoc, Dominic Ochoa, Paolo Contis,
John lloyd Cruz, John Prats, Baron Geisler, Mark Lapid, Matt Torres
(Lucy's brother) and the rest are her non-showbiz friends. In the list
of the 18 candles are bestfriend Vanessa del Bianco, Desiree del
Valle, Cheska Garcia, Ciara Sotto, Sarah Christophers, Heart
Evangelista, Julia Clarete, Dimples Romana, Roselle Nava, Jodi
Santamaria, Anna Larrucea, Hazel Ann Mendoza and her sister Kathleen.
"I feel as if am in cloud nine. They have
been doing the preparations for about four months now. I keep myself
busy with my tapings and shootings. And they are busy too! Am excited
to know that I will be wearing three gowns for the duration of the
"Randy Ortiz will make me a white gown
which I will wear for the reception of the guests. And he also made an
aqua blue gown which will be my main gown. Paolo Basa made me naman a
greyish blue gown. And they told me that my gowns would be studded
with Swarovski beads."
Her passage to womanhood. What does it entail?
What are the things that she asked from her parents?
"If there's one thing that I really would
like to have, that would be to get my driver's license. I wanna drive
my own car. I have a van but I think that's too big for me to drive.
Gusto ko, small car lang na for me lang talaga that I can use when I
go out with my friends. Maybe a RAV 4 would be fine. And of course,
is Jericho Rosales in Kristine's life now?
"Jericho would be my escort on my debut.
And he will also be my last dance. At this point, he's the closest
male friend that I have. Working together in Pangako sa 'Yo has made
us closer than ever. We see each other three times a week, the least.
There are many things that we were able to know about each
a very nice person. And I've come to realize that not everything that
has been written about him are true. Especially the negative ones.
Now, I got to know him better. What he is inside-out. He's sweet, a
gentleman, and very thoughtful. He is very patient when it comes to me
kasi am so 'kulit!' He's very caring and he never takes me for
Many people believed that Jericho's already
your special someone.
"He's not courting me. Though I would
admit that there are other showbiz personalities that are courting me.
But I wouldn't name names, lest I be denied again. And there are also
non-showbiz ones. But my mind is not in having a relationship at this
point in my life. I'll just be starting my life as a woman. And I
guess there are more important things that I need to enjoy before
limiting myself to caring for one special relationship. I mean, I
still need to explore the world. 'De ba?"
Having two veteran actresses by her side, in
the person of Eula Valdez and Jean Garcia has brought out the best in
Kristine as far as her acting is concerned. When many believed that
this lady couldn't even shed a tear at the drop of a hanky, now
Kristine is pitting talents with her co-stars.
"And I also would like to make it clear
that there's no spat between me and Ms. Jean. I have read a lot of
things pertaining to our working relationship. And what I would say is
that we're okay. In fact, she's also like a mentor to me. And it's
from her that I got that comment na 'ang galing-galing mo na!' She's
very nice like Ate Eula. So, I'd like to discard the notion that we're
not okay on the set. I attended the opening of Ms. Jean's Eros bar.
And we're just like one big happy family."
Most girls who would pass that stage of being
a teener would want nothing but their freedom from their parents. How
do you view the freedom that you would ask from them?
"Definitely, the discipline will always
be there. Like, who I'd go out with, where I will be going. And that
will still happen until the time that my parents know that I really
could stand and decide on my own. When I reach eighteen, I will just
be on that first phase of my womanhood. So, there would be so much to
learn and discover. Am not really that keen in getting my freedom. Am
allowed to do things that I like. As long as I know my limitations. My
mom has been known to be very strict when it comes to me. But I think
she has done the best for me."
What is it that you think that can make you a
fulfilled actress in your field?
"Of course, an award would really give me
that fulfillment. But I know it's going to be one arduous task before
I can ever get one. Meaning, there's so much I need to prove. There's
so much I need to show. There's so much I need to risk. Am getting
there. Am still young."
More freedom. More responsibility. More
"In the seventeen years of my life, I
would say that I've encountered difficult problems. Everything that
came to me is what normally happens in the life of a teenager. I just
don't know what's in store in the next phase of my life. But am sure
that I will be able to pass through it without too much difficulty. As
long as I have my mind set now, with the goals that I have, I don't
think I can make a mistake."
Let's see the next episode in this lady's
life. Just like the Tele-Serye she's doing, more awaits her!