Almost a year after Sunshine Cruz and Macky Mathay’s relationship was publicized, the actress couldn’t be happier.
In an interview, she said she is “very blessed” to have someone like him.
“I am very blessed na mayroong isang taong na hindi lang sa akin nagmamahal kun’di sa mga anak ko, na tinatrato sila na parang mga anak.”
Her children – Angelina, Angel and Samantha – are on good terms with him, thank God.
“Wala kaming pinlano. When they first met their Tito Macky kasi ano (nag-uusap) sila sa text and Instagram, they’re friends already. So wala kaming pinilit. Even ’yung kids ni Macky, kids ko, nag-jive lang talaga nang ’di namin ine-expect,” she said.
At this point, Sunshine shared she and Macky enjoy and support each other.
“’Yun ang masarap na meron isang tao na sumusuporta sa’yo. Tanggap ka lahat, tanggap kung ano ’yung nakaraan mo,” she said. “Masaya lang ako, wala na akong mahihiling pa.”
As a celebrity, Sunshine is aware her life is an open book. She is used to being scrutinized by media, particularly her personal life.
“Ako naman madaldal ako eh, wala akong tinatago. Though ’yung sa’min ni Macky, nu’ng una, sabi ko kung maaari sana ’wag ng pag-usapan. Pero ’di ba may nag-viral na photo pa rin naming dalawa?” she maintained. “At tsaka kasi parang kahit hindi naman na ako mag-kwento, nasa social media ko na eh. Kumbaga, what you see is what you get na lang.”
However, there are things she still hopes to keep private including anything about Cesar Montano, post-estrangement.
If anything, Sunshine said what’s important to her now is that she enjoys her life without hurting anybody.
“Basta ako, ang wala akong inaapakan, sinasaktang tao at masaya, ’yon ang importante.”
Momma knows best
On top of being an actress, motherhood is her utmost priority.
She described her relationship with her daughters as “parang barkada lang.”
“Pero strict din minsan dahil nanay pa rin nila ako,” she pointed out.
Sunshine is thankful her kids are obedient and value the importance of education.
“They really know how to listen. Lagi kong sinasabi sa kanila na it’s not easy to be a mother and father at the same time and what I’m doing is not for me,” she maintained. “Sinasabi ko din na pabalik na ako, kayo papunta pa lang. So, kung ano ina-advise ko is not for me, pero para sa kabutihan nila.”
She has no worries if her “babies” already have crushes, believing it is normal for teenagers. If anything, she wants them to be at least open to her about these things.
“Hindi naman panget ang mga anak ko para hindi magkaroon ng admirers,” she said, smiling. “Basta ang deal namin be open lang. Sabihin nila lahat sa akin kung meron silang crush, kung meron nagkaka-crush sa kanila para ma-advisan ko sila ng tama.”
Take it from Shine
Sunshine has no problem with her eldest daughter Angelina venturing into showbiz as long as she prioritizes her studies.
The actress happily shared Angelina is a consistent honor student.
“Sinasabi ko sa kanya na ‘Just be dedicated and focus (sa singing career) but at the same time don’t ever forget your studies.’ Pangalagaan niya ’yung (pag-aaral niya) and I know she can do it. In fact, she’s already doing it,” she enthused.
The 40-year-old actress also gives advice to Angelina when it comes to handling bashers. She says not to dwell on negativity, particularly on social media.
“Sabi ko ‘’Wag mong patulan nandito si mommy to protect you.’ Eh alam naman natin dito sa industry, kahit anong buti mo, kahit anong galing mo, meron pa rin silang masasabi sayo. Eto ang showbiz eh, so just be the classy one, block and delete na lang,” she shared.
Juggling showbiz, work and motherhood seems easy with Sunshine looking radiant and fresh at 40.
Asked to reveal her elixir, she said: “Exercise and healthy food lang. Nagda-diet ako pero every weekend my cheat day din.”
Now with ALV
Speaking of showbiz career, Sunshine has joined the roster of stars under ALV Talent Circuit managed by her good friend, Arnold Vegafria.
Sunshine was under seasoned talent manager Alfie Lorenzo for the longest time, until he passed away last month.
“Iba pa rin ’yung may nag-aalaga sa akin at maganda rin naman na kahit 40 years old na tayo, meron pa ring tao na magbibigay direksyon sa ating career. Especially now that I’m a single mom,” she said.
Looking back at her beginnings (Sunshine started her career in 1992), she particularly remembered that the late director accepted every project that was offered to her.
“There was a time nga nu’ng single pa ako, muntik na ko ma-ospital kasi talagang wala ng tulog and I have to transfer to another taping tapos maliligo na lang,” she recalled. “Before kasi ’di ba, you have to grab the opportunity, kasi hindi naman lagi ganyan, ganu’n ang style dati ni Tito Alfie.”
As for her new manager, Sunshine is excited to see what’s in line for her.
“Finally magkaka-trabaho na kami ni Arnold. Actually lagi naman kami nagkikita, nagkaka-kwentuhan especially nu’ng mina-manage na ni Arnold si Angelina. So I’m very happy na nandito na kami parehas ng anak ko,” she said.
Arnold shared that while he is open to all opportunities for the beautiful mom, he will be discriminating for her own good.
Arnold is bent on re-packaging Sunshine.
“I want her to be a product endorser, she’s qualified. She’s still maintained her looks, her body. She will definitely make a good endorser of quality brands,” he said.
“We’re gonna go into movies, I had to repackage her that’s why naging ganyan siya. Sabi ko sakanya magpapayat ka, magpaganda ka, mas lalo ka magpakinis para when we launch you again maraming projects,” he added.
Arnold shared he will also make way for Sunshine’s singing career. She will do movie again soon.
Sunshine dreams of playing a mistress or kontrabida. She currently appears on the Kapamilya afternoon teleserye “Wildflower” as Camia Cruz.
“Kasi since 2013 palagi na akong umiiyak sa mga teleserye. So for a change naman, gusto ko naman ako ’yung mananampal,” she said, laughing. (With report from Jojo P. Panaligan)
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