Pinoy pride and Journey vocalist says there is nothing like being with his family in the Philippines during Christmas.
After a year of touring the world as the vocalist of the band Journey, Arnel Pineda is finally home for the holidays. Arnel spoke with fans during the Kapamilya Interactive Chat last December 13 held at the backstage of ASAP ‘09 and he shared that he is excited whenever he comes home to the Philippines for Christmas. “Last year nandito rin ako sa Pilipinas for Christmas. Sa bahay lang kasama ‘yung wife ko and the kids and other relatives. Important talaga sa akin na makasama ang family ko tuwing Christmas kaya kapag may offer na work sa akin during the holidays nagde-decline ako. Mas gusto kong kasama ‘yung family ko kapag Pasko at nandito kami sa Pilipinas. I don’t know pero iba kasi ‘yung feel ng Christmas dito sa Pilipinas.”
In spite of the success he is enjoying as the vocalist of Journey, Arnel revealed that the most important thing for him still is his family. “Maituturing kong best gift na para sa akin ‘yung love na nare-receive ko from my family. I think that will also be the greatest gift I can give them. ‘Yung pagaalaga mas mahalaga pa sa kahit anong material gifts.”
But this humble Pinoy was honest enough to reveal the simple gifts he wants to receive this Christmas. “Gusto ko ng shoes, jeans, mahilig kasi ako sa jeans. Gusto ko rin ng simple white V-neck shirt. Mas naa-appreciate ko ‘yung mga simple gifts na alam mong sincere talagang ibinigay sa ‘yo.”
Arnel said that being a true-blue Filipino, there are just some things he enjoys about Philippine Christmases, like the food and the dawn masses tradition. “Marami akong gustong food like calderetang baka, kambing. Siyempre ice cream gusto ko ‘yun, ‘yung vanilla flavor. Sayang nga kasi sa sobrang busy hindi na ako nakakapag-simbang gabi. Isa ‘yun sa mga pinakagusto kong Filipino Christmas traditions. Napaka-solemn niya.”
Next year, Arnel will again be busy touring the world with Journey. Aside from singing on stage, Arnel is also being encouraged by most of his fans to give acting a try. “Kailangan ko pa sigurong mag-workshop bago mangyari ‘yan,” he quickly answered. Regarding an onscreen role that he thinks would best suit him, Arnel said he would love to play a kontrabida. “If ever siguro gusto ko mag-kontrabida kasi dun bagay ‘yung face ko, ha ha ha!” he said with a laugh. He also named a couple of actors he would love to work with should he finally decide to take the acting plunge. “Madami akong gustong makasamang magagaling na artista. Sina Piolo (Pascual), John Lloyd (Cruz), para naman mahawaan ako ng galing nila.”