Actress-comedienne Ai-Ai delas Alas admitted she is still emotional over her children settling in the United States, while she remains in the Philippines as its entertainment industryâ€™s â€œComedy Queen.â€
Delas Alas revealed that her two children, Sean Nicolo, 18, and Sofia, 16, now live in the US to finish their studies and to obtain an American citizenship.
The box-office comedienne recently arrived home after spending time with her children, who is now under the care of their father, delas Alasâ€™ former partner Miguel Vera.
â€œKaya ako nandoon sa Amerika kasi â€˜yung dalawa kong anak, doon muna. Si Sofia doon muna mag-aaral, and si Nicolo, papasok sa Air Force,â€ delas Alas said.
â€œHindi ko tinutulan,â€ the comedienne said, referring to her childrenâ€™s stay in the U.S. â€œKasi in case, mayroon silang option na maging US citizen sila, may option sila kung gusto nila dito or gusto nila doon, at least meron silang fallback.â€
The â€œTanging Inaâ€ star said she had initially mulled her childrenâ€™s migration to the U.S. when Vera, who has an immigrant status there, petitioned for their citizenship in 2005.
â€œImmigrant kasi si Miguel eh, so noon pa 2005, pinetition sila, eh loka-loka ako, hindi ko sila pinayagan dati. [Six years] bago ako umayos,â€ she said, adding in jest, â€œAko â€˜yung may problema, ang tagal ko mag-isip, buti nga humabol pa â€˜yung dalawa eh.â€
Delas Alas, who also has a son, Sancho, from a relationship before Vera, said she is still emotional over Nicolo and Sofia living overseas, but the actress said a â€œbright futureâ€ for her children outweighed the distance.
â€œNaiwan na sila doon. Hindi ko lang pinaalam sa publiko pero emosyonal hanggang ngayon. Lalo na â€˜yung bunso (Sofia) kasi syempre only girl ko â€˜yun, at syempre sanay siya dito. Sabi ko sa kanya, â€˜Ok lang â€˜yun, magiging maganda to for you, magiging independent ka,â€™ at alam ko magiging maganda future nila in case maging citizen sila,â€ delas Alas said.
As her two children mark a milestone in their lives, the countryâ€™s comedy queen meanwhile is rumored to be entertaining thoughts of getting married anew â€“ this time, with her current boyfriend of six months, businessman Jed Salang.
But the box-office queen remains tight-lipped about any plans of getting married soon. (MNS)