Tacloban City Mayor Cristina Gonzales-Romualdez doesn’t want to entertain some observation that compared to Richard Gomez who won the mayoralty race in Ormoc City she is allegedly performing better and has more achievements in their first 100 days in office.
“Oh, no! Please, there’s nothing like that. I think that Richard is also doing a very good job. Like me, he’s doing his best as well to improve the living conditions of his constituents. Any mayor for that matter has that vision. Ormoc and Tacloban are sister cities so there should be no competition whatsoever,” she states.
The still alluring mayor would rather talk about some of her banner projects and programs instead.
“Along with my team, we built this Community Climate Guide and Response text alert system brought about by our devastating experience during Typhoon Yolanda three years ago. This is to promote disaster preparedness since this system is centralized and open to the public in a 24-hour basis with the help of both Globe and Smart. Through the CCGR, the various LGUs can do a text blast to inform Taclobanons on weather updates, suspension of classes, tsunami alert, evacuation centers, etc. Even people from other areas, say Metro Manila, can also use the system if they want to contact their relatives from Tacloban.
“Next is the ID system where each barangay is color-coded. This way, the evacuation process would be more organized in case a disaster hit the province. What we want to avoid is confusion during that moment. Everyone should have presence of mind. It’s easier for the people since the evacuation centers to be built will have the same color as their respective barangays.”
With regards to her eldest daughter Sofia, the doting mom is supportive of her budding recording career.
“She has just signed with Viva. Music is her passion. Honestly, I can say she’s a better singer than I am. She even plays instruments. I’m excited now that she forayed into the music scene. All of us in the family support her all the way,” Cristina ends.
Bea Alonzo doesn’t mind if TV projects don’t come in succession, like her current soap The Second Wife is the follow-up to Sana Bukas Pa ang Kahapon that aired in 2014.
“Well, that’s the reality. You have to wait for a good material to come along. Personally, I’d rather wait for a quality project than do stuff which are not. It’s for my craft,” she says.
The pretty star feels it comes with maturity.
“At this point in my career, I’m after quality than quantity. I really choose my projects well. I just want to do those which I want to.”
According to Bea, it’s important to do projects, which you would not regret in the future.
“When you say ‘Yes!’ to a project, it should not be half-hearted. You have to give your 100 percent commitment. In my 16 years in the ‘biz, this is one valuable lesson that I’ve learned,” she states.