‘Ai’-mazing altruism

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Ai-Ai delas Alas (MNS photo)

Ai-Ai delas Alas (MNS photo)

Comedian Ai-Ai delas Alas has had career ups and downs but through it all, she never stopped sharing her blessings.

“Everytime may shooting ako, kasama ko si Sancho (her son), nagpapa-feeding kami,” she said. “Like last time sa Pampanga, may area dun (na) hindi naman sila mayaman. Eh ’yung mga bata gustong mag-meryenda, pinakain ko.”

She also helps out certain organizations, among them the Mother Teresa Foundation where she often celebrates her birthday. Ai-Ai said she’s been extending assistance to the foundation for 25 years now.

“Actually, ka-edad na nga ni Sancho ’yung pag-aalaga ko sa kanila,” she noted.

But of course, Ai-Ai can’t do it all without the help of her sponsors. She recently renewed her contract with Hobe Bihon which lends support to her many advocacies.

The product helps her in other ways, too. The actress said she eats pansit from time to time as part of her diet. At 51-years-old, Ai-Ai still managed to drop 20 lbs in the last four months just by eating healthy.

“Actually, no dairies, puro organic ako ngayon. Hindi na rin ako nagkakarne, chicken breast lang minsan,” she said.

However, Ai-Ai clears she is doing it for health reasons and not for anything else.

“’Yung pag-payat ko natural ’yun, hindi talaga ako nagda-diet. Nagkaroon kasi ako ng colitis (inflammation of the lining of the colon) pero hindi siya cancer kaya ginawan ko na agad ng paraan para ma-prevent na lang din,” she said.

With GMA Network for a year now, Ai-Ai said she is happy with the opportunities being given to her. These days she is busy with “Sunday PinaSaya” and “Hay, Bahay!”

She is also finishing the movies “My Mighty Yaya” and “Area,” both likely for submission to this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF).

“Hindi pa sure, wala pang nakakaalam,” she said. “(Pero) siyempre, ’di ba mas maganda kapag nag-qualify ’yung parehong movie.”

On the music front, Ai-Ai is set to conquer the concert stage anew with Lani Misalucha in “Ai Meets Lani” on Sept. 17 at the Kia Theater.

“Thankful ako kay Lord na pinalakas Niya ako sa kabila ng mga nangyari sa buhay ko,” Ai-Ai said. “Ang lahat ng ito ay blessing Niya. Kaya ako, hangga’t kaya ko nga ibalik sa Kanya, gagawin ko.”(MNS)

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