Apart form juggling her duties as a TV host, mom, wife and daughter, Danica Sotto-Pingris admitted she was happy to get the chance to show off her creative side when she was asked to decorate a living room as one of the chosen designers for Shangri-la mall’s “Inspired Homes: Dream Living Spaces Exhibit.” “I felt excited but parang
nervous but I was a bit challenged kasi
I know there are a lot of nice stores here in Shangri-la. I’m very particular with what I choose for my furniture or for the details for the living room, but the thing is I am limited because I have kids. So everything has to be kid-proof or baby-proof. Since I have two kids. I have a seven-year-old boy and a four-year-old girl so this is the stage where they really run around the house and things might break so if you look at my house, it’s kind of like the one that we designed, but just less details and the figurine and breakable stuff,” she shared during the exhibit opening held at the East Wing of Shangri-la mall last October 8.
When she entertains guests at home, Danica said she wants her visitors to feel welcome at all times. “I like my home to be homey, simple and very traditional with modern pieces. For example when I have visitors, I want them to see the space as very inviting and cozy. I don’t want them to feel as if they can’t move because everything’s too expensive or it’s just too clean. And I want it to really feel like a home and look like a home,” she told Push.com.ph.
With her dad Vic Sotto becoming newly engaged to Pauleen Luna, the couple have been open about currently working on their dream home. Danica said she does not have any input on her dad’s soon-to-be matrimonial home. “No, I haven’t seen their house,” she admitted. The 32-year-old host said she is also not part of the couple’s wedding plans, if any have already been finalized. “No. I think it’s really Pauleen who’s fixing everything so she’s not naman getting us involved kasi parang it’s her wedding so parang feeling ko awkward naman din to get us involved. I mean I never got Oyo (her brother) to be involved. Well baka kasi he’s a boy pero parang usually di ba ayaw mo naman unless you have like a sister like Ciara (her cousin) got her sisters involved. Pero at the end of the day, she’ll be the one to choose to pa rin what makes her happy,” she added.
At the end of it all, Danica said she respects her father’s decisions. She said her relationship with Pauleen has neither grown nor become distant with the announcement of the engagement. “Actually it hasn’t changed naman eh. I’ve always been respectful to her because of my dad, because it’s my duty as a daughter to respect my father but I was also very open that I was or still am concerned about their huge age gap. But I am not judging her, her as a person and we talk, we text. Siguro I just want it to happen naturally, ayokong ipilit. I wouldn’t say we’re not close. i wouldn’t say also naman na we’re super close. Parang I think nandun kami sa somewhere in between, yung I’m trying to get to know her, she’s trying to get to know me, pero siyempre nandun yung respect di ba?” she admitted.
Main photo credit to danicaspingris and pauleenluna IG