Cherry Pie Says Son Changed Her World

If his father had his way, Cherry Pie Picache would have been a doctor today and not an actress. She settled for a dentistry course instead at Centro Escolar University. She was in her third year when Cherry Pie decided to quit. She wanted to shift into a business course, but to the conservative Picache patriarch, even the business world was not fit for women.

Cherry Pie explained, "Ang common conception kasi sa mga artista noon ay di nakapag-aral, kung saan-saan lang nanggaling at di maganda ang reputasyon. At yon ang nasa isip at pinaniniwalaan ng papa ko at mga kapatid ko. Maski ang mother ko ay tutol din sa pag-aartista ko."

This turned a rebel out of Cherry Pie. "In my heart of hearts, I knew I had a gift, and this is my calling," continued the URIAN Actress of the Decade (2000-2009). "When I entered showbiz, I never dreamed to be a star. Honestly, it was not even for the money. I just wanted to prove to my father and mother and even to my sisters and brothers that this was what I really wanted to do. I had to earn respect, especially from my family, for my being an actress. I told them acting is an honorable profession, and I needed this job for my own fulfillment."

Most actors measure theirs success with the awards they've earned but not Cherry Pie, who was born on May 27, 1970, Year of the Dog.

The actress would rather credit her films: "Bridal Shower" (2004 Best Actress from URIAN, among others), "Foster Child" (2008 Best Actress, 29th Durban International Film Festival in South Africa, among others) and Brillante Mendoza's "Kaleldo (Summer Heat)" released in 2006.

2012 falls on another Dog Year and on the actress' 36th year (3 plus 6 is 9, in conjunction with Cherry Pie's birth number 27, which is also 9 when reduced to its single digit, a spiritual number that is ascribed to The Christ.

After her father, the most important man in Cherry Pie's life now is her son Jose Antonio, 11. "My son caused the changes in my life and it's a different world now."

Anton recently played in a tennis tournament in Singapore while Cherry Pie was working on her latest primetime series, ABS-CBN's "Ina, Kapatid, Anak" for which she said, "I'm so excited with this project. Kakaiba ang role ko dito, and I enjoy working with the whole cast, especially Ronaldo Valdez."

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'Buhay OFW' Celebrates First Anniversary

"Buhay OFW," a public service program hosted by actress, civic leader and PMPC Best Talk Show Host awardee Marissa del Mar, celebrated recently its first anniversary via two-day event held at the Glorietta Activity Center in Makati.

"Buhay OFW" is aired every Saturday at 10-11 p.m. on Aksyon TV. The show, which caters to OFWs and their stories, is also now viewed in other countries like the US, UK, Italy, and United Arab Emirates.

Aside from an exhibit by government agencies like OWWA, POEA and Pag-ibig Fund, and private supporters of "Buhay OFW" (National Real Estate Association, San Miguel Corp., I Remit, Philippine Veterans Bank, Hausland Development Corp., McDonald's, Megaworld, Avida Land, Century Properties and Mapecon Phils.), another highlight of the event was the launch of "Mr. & Miss Citizens of the World."

Pre-screening of candidates is scheduled on Dec. 4. For more details, log on to www.marissadelmar.com.

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Tidbits: Happy b-day greetings today, Nov. 10, go to US-based chanteuse Merci Molina, Jeremie Antiporda, Avelina dela Rea, dean of Graduate School of UE Manila, Ditas Lerma, William Uy, Ross Ocampo, Ding Zamora, Amadeo R. Dacanay, Joyce Alcantara, Nimfa D. Torres, Nina Salgado, Van June Sapigao, Dahlia Y. Martinez, Leo "Koh" Yadori, travel exec. Corazon Tan Endozo, Mrs. Norma Lozano, Vicky San Diego Ortega, Samuel "Diony" Dionisio, Tessa Mangahas of Araneta Center, and GMA-7 talents Rafael Rosell and Pauleen Luna...