It first started as a blind item. But now, the cat is out of the bag.
Tintin Bersola-Babao has shifted from Kapamilya to Kapatid. “Kumare Klub,” her first show under her three-year contract, aired its pilot episode this morning at 7 a.m. (the show airs Monday to Friday).
Tintin hosts the show with Chiqui Roa-Puno and Amy Perez.
“The offer is very good,” Tintin explains her decision. “It gives me the opportunity to do a daily show again. I’ll have a solo show by the last quarter of this year or early next year.”
Her contract, she goes on, is three years, guaranteed.
Because she has turned into a Kapatid, Tintin left the morning DZMM show she hosted with husband Julius Babao even before they got married.
“My kumare, Nina Corpuz, took my place,” reveals Tintin.
She quickly adds that she left ABS-CBN sans any bitterness in her heart. Her last show with the Kapamilya network was “Kabuhayang Swak na Swak,” which Tintin hosted until May.
Thus, the yet-untitled business show TV5 is cooking up for her is right up Tintin’s alley.
Contrary to public perception, Tintin avers she was never idle.
She mounts celebrity bazaars for a cause. She started the first online parenting show in the Philippines. Tintin also supports literacy projects by coming up with her own children’s books.
Most of all, she’s a meticulous homemaker.
“I’m super OC,”she admits at the presscon of Smart Steps products, her newest endorsement. “I was up till early this morning to arrange the clothes in the closet from smallest to largest. Those of the same color must go together.”
The family budget is also her main concern.
“I’m careful in spending my husband’s hard-earned money,” she reveals. “So we compare prices of products each time we go to the grocery.”
“Julius and I actually save money through Smart Steps because the products fit out budget,” she relates. “It’s also safe for my baby (one-and-a-half year old Antonio Francesco or Nio) because the products have no harmful chemicals.”
Will she still have time to check on Nio and older child Antonia while finding time for Julius, now that she has a new show, and more are coming up?
“A good wife and mom balances home and career,” Tintin points out. “Julius and I have the whole day together after he comes home from his DZMM show.”
Husband and wife have invested in a joint bank account. They have opened a time deposit which doubles as their source of retirement funds.
“We hope to use the money to travel around the world,” says Tintin, who has been to many parts of the world with Julius and Antonia.
“Julius and I never fight about money. Ang hirap ng ganon. Julius and I are one when it comes to managing finances,”says Tintin.
Julius the art lover has taught Tintin how to invest in paintings, especially those by Filipino masters.
“Grabe mag-shoot up ang price noon!” Tintin gushes.
With a devoted husband, two healthy children and a happy home, is there anything else Tintin dreams of?
“I want to produce my own shows,” she replies without batting an eyelash.
After all, Tintin is practically doing everything – meeting with advertisers, attending events and others, for “ParenTin.” Producing a show for mainstream TV won’t be that hard for her anymore.
At the rate things are going for her, Tintin feels that yes, life does begin at 40. With TV shows and a new endorsement working in her favor, you need not ask why.
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