Manila Mayor Isko Moreno
Do they still believe in Santa Claus?
FUNFARE - Ricky Lo (The Philippine Star) - December 10, 2019 - 12:00am

You better watch out

You better not cry

You better not pout

I’m telling you why

Santa Claus is coming to town

When did you stop believing in Santa Claus, if you ever did?

Eleven celebrities gladly answered that question.

• Manila Mayor (Yorme) Isko Moreno: I have never stopped believing in Santa Claus. Maski noong tag-hirap at hanggang ngayon, nasa puso ko pa rin si Santa Claus not only during Christmas but for all seasons. To kids and even to grown-ups, Santa Claus has become a symbol of hope, peace and prosperity kaya hindi dapat mawala si Santa Claus sa puso ng bawat tao.

Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte

• Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte: I never really believed in Santa Claus because this belief was never perpetuated in my family. I always knew from the moment I was a little girl that Santa Claus referred to my parents.

Sen. Bong Go

• Sen. Bong Go: Noong bata pa ako, naniniwala ako kay Santa Claus sa Christmas. Nagbibigay ng regalo, nagsasabit ng medyas sa aming Christmas Tree. Hanggang noong pitong taong gulang ako, nakita ko na si nanay ko pala ang naglalagay ng regalo sa medyas na nakasabit.

Subalit naniniwala ako sa diwa ng Pasko. Ito ang panahon na magkakasama at magsalu-salo ang magkapamilya at magkaibigan. Panahon ng bigayan at pagtitipon.

At sa tanong na meron ba talagang Santa Claus, para sa akin, ang tunay na Santa Claus ay ‘yung mga nagmamalasakit at nagmamahal sa kapwa. ‘Yung sa mga panahon na merong nagdadalamhati, nalulungkot, at naiiwang mag-isa. Tapos andyan ka upang dumamay, nag-iiwan ng konting ngiti. Para sa akin, iyan ang makabagong Santa Claus.

Sana, araw araw ay Pasko.

Antique Rep. Loren Legarda

• Antique Rep. Loren Legarda: I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was around 10 years old, I think. I am unsure of the exact age. I saw my Mama getting my letter to Santa Claus and my Nanay (Yaya) admitted to me that it was my Papa and Mama who were really Santa Claus.

Batangas Rep. Vilma Santos

• Batangas Rep. Vilma Santos: I always believe in Santa Claus. He’s the symbol of Christmas. Santa Claus reflects our family, our relatives and friends who share the love and spirit of the season…a symbol of hope, unity and faith in the Lord.

MTRCB Chief Rachel Arenas

• MTRCB Chief Rachel Arenas: The child in me has never stopped believing in Santa Claus. There are also a number of people who wear the red suit who are kind, generous and loving, and they are Santas without the reindeers in my life.

Sea Princess Tessa Prieto-Valdes

• Sea Princess Tessa Prieto-Valdes: I wanted to believe in Santa Claus longer but my brother who was a year older than me told me when I was six years old that Santa wasn’t real and wore a fake beard and fake tummy, that Santa was this big uncle of ours!!! But I still believe in his elves longer since they are the ones who deliver gifts to all the kids!!!

Jessica Soho with Santa Claus in Finland

• Jessica Soho: I have never stopped believing in Santa Claus. I guess I will always be a child that way. And I have been to his house  in Finland! where he wraps his gifts and writes letters to children of all ages from all over the world!!! So how can there not be a Santa Claus?

Ricky Davao

• Ricky Davao: Before I stopped believing in Santa Claus, nagduda ako when I saw my dad putting gifts on the Christmas Tree. When I woke up, my dad and my mom would tell me, “Ito bigay ni Santa.” I was around nine years old and that was when I started having doubts. When I was 16, buking ko na sila. But when I was 27, I started believing in Santa again. I was having my own children and I was the one playing Santa Claus to them.

Heart Evangelista

• Heart Evangelista: I stopped believing in Santa Claus when I was seven years old but I pretended until I was 10 that I still believed in Santa. I didn’t want my parents to spend too much anymore. I told them I knew that Santa wasn’t real.

Ai-Ai delas Alas

• Ai-Ai delas Alas: Noong mga six years old ako, nakita ko ‘yung baril-barilan na orange sa isang kahon, sa Tondo pa kami nakatira noon. Tapos ‘yon ‘yung binigay sa akin nung Pasko so I assumed Nanay ko si Santa Claus.

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