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EXCLUSIVE: Christian Bautista on plans to run for public office: 'I've been asked about it'

The singer-actor says he wants to focus first on starting a new NGO program in Cavite.

BY RHEA MANILA SANTOS

Twitter: @allaboutmanila

FRESH SCOOPS

4/14/2015 7:56 AM
EXCLUSIVE: Christian Bautista on plans to run for public office: 'I've been asked about it'


041315-christian1_main.jpgAfter transferring networks almost two years ago, Christian Bautista admits that apart from his singing career, he has also been busy with his business investments in his hometown in Cavite. 

Yung small commercial building, puno na siya. Puno yung townhouse building. That's 14 townhouses and then mga ten business stalls na puno,” he shares. 

Then 33-year-old singer also revealed he is starting a new Ngo to benefit Cavitenos.

“Now I'm giving back, I'm starting a non-profit organization in Imus, Cavite. I'm calling it Imus Volunteers. We might launch it in June. It's haressing the youthful energy of my city in Imius, Cavite. There's so many schools there. Cavite is now the second biggest population in the country. So many subdivisions,” he explains during his pictorial as the newest celebrity ambassador for Watson's products Switch and Save campaign.

The talented singer says he already has a clear idea that he wants to launch soon with the youth in his community.
 
“Right now I want to start with a quiz bee to harness the schools there and this is not yet written down ha, nagkukuwento pa lang ako, pag natuloy ito ang mangyayari, to enter this contest parang ang sikat na term dito is battle of the brains. So ngayon if you want to enter the registration fee is you give notebooks. Then these notebooks we donate it to public schools na may kailangan. Pag mananalo ka sa contest na ito the prizes you will get si through sponsors na computers for your school. Pero yung notebook na ibibigay mo, pupunta pa siya sa isang school na nangangailangan. So parang gusto ko gawin yun. Meron akong giving pero I have something in return na madali lang tapos makakatulong ka pa,” he relates.

The singer admits that no matter where he is, his heart will always belong in Imus, Cavite where he grew up. 

“It's my hometown, dun ako lumaki and it's a place of heroes. It's so inspiring. Parang I have a relative na Topacio who was a general in the Katipunan. Kasi parang the blood line flows through us so ang sarap lang na hindi nawawala sa amin. And I've been given this big, big opportunity in this industry to be an influence. I've had some good years and bad years pero somehow I'm still here kahit papano. Whatever network I'm in, somehow I can still influence somehow. So habang meron pa I want to influence for the good. So yun na lang. I mean I'm not perfect. I'm not trying to be like the goody goody guy pero I can choose to be,” he says.

With all his plans of paying it forward, it's not hard to imagine this balladeer considering to run for public office someday. Christian says there has been opportunities to go down that path but he does not feel it is the right time yet. “I've been asked pero sa ngayon, mag-focus na lang ako dito sa non-profit. It's the Lord's will na lang kung mapupunta dun ang direction pero sa ngayon hindi ko muna siya ini-entertain pero I've been asked about it."