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'Naniniwala ako na hindi porke nakarating na ako sa taas, kakalimutan ko na ’yung pinanggalingan ko. Dapat kasi alam mo kung saan ka nanggaling para lagi kang good karma.'

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Despite being busy with her businesses, Cristina Decena still finds time for hosting.

Cristina Decena (left) with good friend Venus Raj (mb.com.ph)

Cristina Decena (left) with good friend Venus Raj

Her show called “Business Flight” is now on its third season. The weekly program takes viewers to amazing journeys worldwide.

Talking to Bulletin Entertainment recently, Cristina said the show is not about how impressive the places they visit are. The aim is to inspire viewers by documenting the lives of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW), and motivate people that there are many possibilities in life.

“Marami kaming pini-feature na lugar pero hindi namin siya ginagawa for the sake na ma-experience lang namin,” she explained. “It is for the audience… na kung ako lang masusunod gusto ko dalhin lahat ng tao sa magagandang lugar (na bini-visit) namin pero kung hindi man, kahit man lang dito sa show makita nila.”

She also hopes to be the epitome of someone who strives hard in order to attain success.

“Madami akong pinag-daanan sa buhay pero hindi ako sumuko. ’Yun ’yung gusto kong i-impart sa mga taong nakakausap ko, na magsikap lang sila, na kung kinaya ko, kaya din nila.”

Cristina doesn’t see hosting the show as a job. She definitely enjoys traveling with her staff and crew. She related the show is doing good ratings-wise and she promised exciting episodes in the coming weeks.

The businesswoman co-hosts “Business Flight” with beauty queen Venus Raj. They are really good friends in real life and according to her, Venus helped her regain faith in God.

She finds the beauty queen a “very professional girl.”

“Number one, ang layo ng agwat ng edad namin (ni Venus) in fact para ko na siyang anak,” she said. “Pero napakalalim niyang tao, nakaka-relate ako sa lahat ng sinasabi niya. I’m so happy na siya ang kasama ko dito sa show.”
“Business Flight” airs Saturdays, 11:30 a.m. on GMA News TV.

Helping hand

Cristina turned a year older last Nov. 30. Asked about her birthday wish, it is for her to have continued good health.

This is simply because she wants to help other people more.

Cristina and Venus host travel and lifestlye show ‘Business Flight’ (mb.com.ph)

Cristina and Venus host travel and lifestlye show ‘Business Flight’

“Kasi habang malusog ako, marami pa akong matutulungan. ’Yung mga blessings na natatanggap ko gusto ko mai-share sa maraming tao at tutulungan ako ni Lord sa mga ito,” she said.

She manages the Cristina B. Castillo Decena Foundation, an organization that helps elder woman and cancer-stricken children; as well as gives financial supports for less fortunate students.

The businesswoman said she is now at a point her life that she wants to give back, looking back how other people also helped her in her darkest times.

“Ako kasi naniniwala ako na hindi porke nakarating na ako sa taas, kakalimutan ko na ’yung pinanggalingan ko. Dapat kasi alam mo kung saan ka nanggaling para lagi kang good karma. There was a time na naging scholar ako ng gobyerno, kung hindi dahil du’n sa scholarship, wala ako ngayon,” she shared. “Unti-unti narating ko ang success at gusto kong maibalik ito sa mga tao. Hindi ko man maibigay lahat, pero ’yung portion ng kinikita ko taon-taon, maibigay ko sa mga nangangailangan ng tulong at ako naman, hindi talaga ako namimili ng tutulungan.”

Cristina, with the help of select media friends hosted a charity event a few days ago. The team gave toys and meriendas to 300 children in Cavite.

Endorser

Cristina was recently helmed as endorser of Banahaw Heals and Spa.

“Syempre natutuwa ako may mga taong nagtitiwala sa akin. Nu’ng nakiusap sa akin ang Banahaw kung pu-pwede ko daw silang tulungan sa business nila. Ako kasi dahil galing din ako sa wala before, gustong-gusto kong bigyan ng chance ’yung mga taong nagsisimula pa lang.”
She will soon have her own franchise of the spa.

“’Pag nagkaroon na ako ng sarili ko (branch), mas maraming taong matutulungan ko, mas marami ang mabibigyan ko ng trabaho at ako naman hindi ko na iniisip ’yung kikitain,” she maintained.

‘Business Flight’ features scenic destinations in Japan (mb.com.ph)

‘Business Flight’ features scenic destinations in Japan

With so many businesses, Cristina makes sure she is hands-on with its operation.

“Hindi ko man personally napupuntahan lahat, pero meron naman mga gadgets ngayon like e-mails, CCTV na pwedeng gamitin. So I see to it na lahat ng ginagalawan kong negosyo ay maayos,” she said.

At 52, Cristina said it is a conscious effort for her to look young and fresh.

“Siyempre kailangan presentable dahil ’yung mga investors ko, ’pag nakita nila na hindi ko inaalagaan sarili ko, iisipin nila na paano ko maaalagaan pera nila kung sarili ko nga hindi ko maalagaan ’di ba?” was how she put it.

She’s in love

Cristina is in a relationship with a non-showbiz guy, though she refuses to divulge details about him, saying she wants to keep their relationship private as much as possible.

If anything, it helps that her new partner is also into business.

“‘May someone ako ngayon. Boyfriend ko na siya 37 years ago, nagkita kami ulit and together na kami,” she said, smiling. “Dahil nasa business din siya, nagbibigayan kami ng idea sa isa’t-isa. Two heads are better than one ’di ba? So mas lalong nagiging productive ang mga ventures namin.”

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