Last seen in the recently concluded primetime TV series, The Story of Us, actress Princess Punzalan will be returning to the United States on July 8 to continue her life abroad. Princess, who is married to an American citizen and has a two-year-old daughter named Elle, is working as a nurse in the US.
Best known for her kontrabida roles on TV, Princess, who was at the press conference for Drs. Manny and Pie Calayan’s new clinic launch, said that although, “Right now, there are talks going on for other projects in the future,” there is nothing official yet. For now, “Babalik muna ako sa pagiging isang ina at nurse.”
Talking about her career as a nurse, Princess shared, “Okay naman, very challenging because it’s a totally different career pero it’s always nice to know that there’s something else that you can do. Kung sakaling ayoko na dito, pwedeng something else and besides, even if I don’t really work as a nurse anymore, malaking advantage niya bilang isang ina because you would know how to take care of your family.”
Princess shared a story wherein she was able to practice her profession practically. She narrated, “Lalo na’t minsan nagbakasyon kami, biglang nagkasakit ‘yung anak ko habang nasa bakasyon, wala kaming ospital na mapuntahan, alam ko gagawin ko. For practicality’s sake, mas madaling mag-alaga ng pamilya ‘pag alam mo ‘yung mga dapat mong gawin at hindi dapat gawin.”
When asked if people recognize her at work, Princess said yes. “Minsan nagugulat sila habang hine-head to toe assessment ko sila, nakikita nila ako tapos sinasabi nila, ‘di ba ikaw si Princess Punzalan?’” she said, adding that they would ask to take a picture with her. Princess also admitted that sometimes when she is pressed for time, she would just tell the patient when told, “Kamukha mo si Princess Punzalan,” “Marami nga pong nagsabi.” Nonetheless, she said that she would more often talk to them.
“Okay lang naman sa akin. Nagugulat lang ‘yung mga non-Filipino na mga doctors and nurses, staff because bakit daw nagpapapicture sa akin ‘yung mga pasyente,” she added.
According to Princess, she never tells her co-workers that she is famous. She said that she only tells them that she has done a few TV shows and movies.
Sharing why she decided to become a nurse, Princess revealed she dreamt of becoming a doctor during her teenage years. But since she does not want to study for many years, she decided that nursing is the better choice for her.