Instead of buying herself a gift this Christmas, Toni Gonzaga says she wants to give back to others the blessings she received this year.
Toni Gonzaga summed up 2010 as a good year for her because by the last quarter, she received numerous awards and her latest film became a blockbuster hit. "Kailangan kong maging grateful at magpasalamat nang todo-todo this year dahil God has been so good. He'rsquo;s been faithful talaga," said Toni. The actress-host bagged two awards at the 24th PMPC Star Awards last November: the Best Female TV Host (for ASAP XV) and the Best Reality Program Host (for Pinoy Big Brother Double Up). She was also one of the recipients of the Anak TV Seal Awards for Most Admired Female TV Personalities category last December 9.
She admitted that these awards inspired to work better. "Lagi kong sinasabi before na bilang isang artista naman we'rsquo;re not here to win awards pero kung minsan binibigyan tayo ng ganung parangal, mas nakaka-inspire 'lsquo;yun sa amin para magtrabaho at magsipag at maging responsable sa ginagawa namin in front of the camera.
"Masarap sa pakiramdam na nararamdaman mo na naa-appreciate ka ng award-giving bodies like these and it gives us more drive and encouragement to be better." 'nbsp;
Aside from these recognitions, Toni shared that she did not expect that her latest movie with John Lloyd Cruz, My Amnesia Girl, would surpass the P100 million mark. "Napakasarap na makatanggap ng ganong klaseng pagtanggap [at] pagmamahal mula sa mga manonood ng pelikulang Pilipino dahil 'lsquo;yung mga naging kasabay namin mga bigating pelikula," she added, referring to Hollywood movies.
She was so overwhelmed by this success that she became emotional at the recent thanksgiving party of the movie. She thanked John Lloyd for agreeing to do the movie with her and their director, Direk Cathy Garcia-Molina, for pushing her to give her best in her acting. "Parang 'lsquo;yun naman talaga ang gusto natin 'lsquo;di ba? Every project sana mas better [kesa sa] dati nang nagawa and with Direk Cathy'rsquo;s magic touch and 'lsquo;yung husay ni JLC (Lloydy) nakakadala."
Toni was also flattered when she heard that Sarah Geronimo, Lloydy'rsquo;s previous leading lady in two hit movies, watched My Amnesia Girl and she supposedly had a great time. "Siyempre nagpapa-thank you tayo sa kanya. Hindi ko akalain na mapapanood niya kasi busy rin siya," explained Toni. "Sana na-enjoy niya kasi na-enjoy ko rin 'lsquo;yung dalawang pelikula niya with Lloydy (A Very Special Love and You Changed My Life)."
And because of the blessings that she received, Toni said that instead of buying herself a lavish gift this Christmas, she will just give back the blessings to charity. "I'rsquo;d rather give back na lang like [to] my church [and to] the foundation I'rsquo;ve been working [with] every year. Wala na akong ireregalo sa sarili ko kasi marami nang nairegalo sa akin ang Diyos. Siguro it'rsquo;s about time na ako