Toni looks back on 2013; gears up for another fruitful yearThe challenges that the country faced this 2013 — from the earthquake in Bohol and super-typhoon “Yolanda” in Leyte — have taught Toni Gonzaga lessons that would serve her well for years to come.
She noted in an interview that she learned “to be more selfless, be more compassionate, be more aware of what’s going on and to reach out (to other people).
“Tigilan muna ‘yung pagiging makasarili (at) isipin ‘yung kapwa natin at makatulong,” she reiterated.
Thankful for a showbiz career in full swing, the multimedia star nevertheless noted, “It’s so hard sometimes to celebrate the personal successes or achievement na nakukuha mo because of what’s going on around you.”
If there’s one thing she realized this year, it’s “God is good. If you really focus your personal life and self with God, everything will fall into place.”
New Year’s resolution
Apparently, Toni is not one who makes a list of her New Year’s Resolution or a list of changes she wants to make. Instead, she writes down the things she wishes to accomplish for the year – a tradition she practices with her sister, Alex Gonzaga.
Her goals vary from material, personal, family and work, for instance: “Business na gusto ko makuha” or “a new chapter in my career na gusto kong marating.”
As to her preference to make goals rather than promises, she said, “Walang nasusunod sa plano ko eh.”
In 2014, “I will just go with whatever He’s going to give me and bless me. Kung anong mga proyektong ibigay, gagawin ko nalang ang best ko, so when the next opportunities come I will have a feeling na I earned it at deserve ko siya,” she shared.
She admitted, however, that “Mahirap kasi ngayon mag-personal wish sa pinagdaanan ng bansa natin.”
In January 2014, Toni will headline their first-ever sitcom together on ABS-CBN titled “Home Sweetie Home” with former onscreen partner John Lloyd Cruz. They will play a married couple.
This is actually the first time the actress-host accepted a wife role.
“This project came in the right age. Pwede na talaga akong gumanap na may asawa,” said the actress who is turning 30 on Jan. 20.
Mother roles, however, can wait. “Saka na, kapag mother na ako,” she said, laughing.
For Toni, one of the most challenging parts of doing the series was the intimate scene with Lloydie, with whom she last shared the screen in 2010’s “My Amnesia Girl.”
“Iba ’yung level ng comfortability namin sa isat-isa kasi hindi naman kami everyday nagkakasama sa work. (Ngayong) nagkasama kami ulit, nakaka-ilang ulit (kasi) gumagawa kami ng mga eksena na sweet pero eventually nawala na ang ilang,” said she.
She only has good words for Lloydie, describing him as a gentleman at “napaka-bait na tao,” adding that the actor brings out the best in her during tapings.
Her role in the series had the press asking if she is ready to be a wife to her longtime boyfriend director Paul Soriano.
The smiling Toni quickly exclaimed, “Oo naman! siguro naman kapag ganitong edad ka na ready ka na.”
She also added, “I’ve reached a point na whatever it is that life’s going to offer me, I’m going to take it wholeheartedly.”
Still, the ball is not in her court. “We are waiting for God’s perfect time,” said she.
Her dream wedding is “If you’re marrying the man of your dreams.”
Time heals all wounds and this is exactly what happened with Toni and former co-host Mariel Rodriguez, who had a falling out in the past.
Toni is not even closing her doors to the possibility of working with Mariel anew should the latter decide to return to ABS-CBN.
“Kung anong dumating, I’ll just take it as it is,” she reiterated.
“Siguro you come at a point in your life that you have learned to forgive and forget. It’s all in the past now, ang hirap naman na mag-hold ng grudge and bitterness sa puso mo. Everyone has moved on and we are looking forward to a better relationship in the future,” she said.
However, the two have yet to communicate. “Of course she’s married and I’m also busy…”