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Kris Aquino on How Superstars Do It Part 2

Kris Aquino on How Superstars Do It Part 2

You see her as the face of Pantene.

She is mom to Josh and Bimby.

She is the president’s sister.

She is the Queen of All Media.

Kris Aquino shares with Bianca Gonzales 10 things you should know about her. I only got here the first 5 which I think relates to how rich she is and how she is towards handling money. To read more, click here.

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She is the Queen of All Media.

Credits to Philippine Star and Kris Aquino TV.

10 Things You Should Know About Kris Aquino

Philippine Star

By Bianca Gonzalez
Posted on 10/06/2011

1. In the history of Philippine television, along with the Pacquiao fights, the finale of Taiwanese series Meteor Garden and Philippine drama Pangako Sa Yo, among others, Kris Aquino is one of the highest raters ever.

Her first-ever TV appearance was on the show See True of Inday Badiday when she was only 14 years old, and rumor has it that that particular episode rated above 70. (Today, the highest TV ratings are in the 30s.) “I think, put me, Boy (Abunda), Butch Francisco, Joey de Leon, Mel Tiangco, Korina (Sanchez), lahat. Put all of us together, equals Inday Badiday. She was that huge,” Kris declares. “And at that time, I guess there was this curiosity about who I was,” she adds.

Another Kris-related top-rater was her exclusive one-on-one tell-all with good friend and TV Patrol anchor Korina Sanchez back in 2003, where Kris opened up about her fear for her life, a sexually transmitted disease, and violent end to her relationship with Joey Marquez. This episode reportedly garnered above 40 ratings, an exceptionally high number for a newscast. To this, Kris reacts, “Maybe because talagang…” she pauses lengthily, then says, “I’m unique.”

2. Kris is one of the most generous people ever. Seriously. She once gave best friend Boy Abunda an Hermes bag that cost P800,000.

But be clear on the fact that she does not do this to flaunt. Everyone who knows her can attest to that. “What people don’t know is that Boy doesn’t make singil a single centavo from Bimby’s earnings. So the things that I know he really wants but would never buy for himself, when I can get it, I will, because it is a way to express my thanks,” Kris shares.

She once gave a common good friend of ours, top stylist Liz Uy, a whole “lifestyle showcase” for Christmas, but Liz explains, “she may give all these material things, but more than that, it always comes with the most heartfelt handwritten note, and that is what means the most.” Also, 10 percent of all her endorsement talent fees go straight to charity. As to where all this generosity comes from, Kris answers, “I grew up surrounded by generosity, and I guess that’s why I really pay it forward.”

3. Kris Aquino in numbers:

22 — years in the industry

203 — millions of pesos that her movie Sukob made in the box office, making it the second highest grossing Filipino film of all time (next to You Changed My Life, which made P215 million).

8 — hours of sleep she gets every day. She is asleep by 10:30 p.m. and is up by 6:30 a.m. But when she is shooting for her movie, she tries to sleep 12 to 14 hours. She doesn’t scrimp on sleep and can sleep anywhere.

5 — liters of water a day Kris drinks. Liters, not glasses.

4 — number of PSGs that escort her daily, one of whom is always a girl.

14 — total number of household staff.

She refused to give an estimate on the number of pairs of shoes she has because she jokingly said her sisters would get mad at her! But of all fashion-related items, she loves shoes the most.

4. The most valuable piece of advice that her mom, the late, great Cory Aquino, gave her about being a mom, which she holds dearest to her is that “the kids have to come first.”

Kris recalls, “My mom would always tell me na ‘lugi si Josh because you were establishing yourself and you had to say yes to everything.’ Then when Bimby was born and sunud-sunod na the endorsements, she said, ‘Learn to say no to some of the work para you’ll have time for them.’” As she grew older, and with constant reminders from her mom, Kris learned how to “slow down” and make more time for her kids. And I must say, of the times I’ve talked to or interviewed Kris, out of all of the topics, she lights up most when it’s about Josh and Baby James.

5. Both Josh and Baby James are pretty much set for college and beyond, and that’s their own money paying for it through investments made by Kris for them.

Kris explains that the first endorsement Baby James got was a major contract with Pampers, and that money was used to pay the lump sum of an educational fund that covers tuition fees all the way till college. All other endorsements of Baby James after that (and that’s quite a lot for a four-year-old!) went to further investments like real estate. Kris’s mom was very strict about saving for Josh’s future. (Josh is now 16 years old.) Kris remembers her mom telling her, “When you’re not around, he really has to be comfortable and well taken care of.” So her mom advised her, “Kung anong kinikita ni Bimby, you match it. From what you are earning, set that aside as savings for Josh.” All investments she made for her kids are income-generating.

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