The best investment of Barbie Forteza, Joshua Dionisio, and other stars

By Mark Sablan
Interviews by Janelle Santos
Photos by Mark Jacob

It doesn't really matter how much you earn in show business; when you're a celebrity, it's very important to make good financial decisions.

Just look at the following celebrities who have been working so hard, and are now very proud of their investments.

We asked your favorite stars about their best investment so far, and here are what they said.

Lovi Poe My place. I just got a place. Itinatayo na siya; 2012 siya matatapos. It's a house, not a condo.

Danita Paner
Binigyan ko [ang] sarili ko ng jewelry for my birthday, talagang literal na investment, e, noh? Para in the near future, 'pag marami na kong alahas, pwede ko sila ibenta para sa sariling income ko. Tumataas yung value [ng jewelry], kesa pag bumibili ka ng bags.

Dominic Roco
Car! It's the thing that I use the most; my car is a Starex. I don't have a driver so I have to drive alone.

Enzo Pineda
I guess it's time, because you can't take back time. So better invest on memories.

IC Mendoza Siguro yung car ko, kasi syempre car yun, e alangan namang damit? Hahaha! At kasi, first big purchase ko siya. Sabi nila yun daw yung produkto ng pagiging chismoso ko, napagkitaan ko siya. Yun yung reminder ko na hindi ako mag-iis-stop mag-save, na i-budget ko yung pera ko nang maayos. Pag may bangga naiinis ako, kasi iba talaga pag ikaw yung nag-invest.

Jackie Rice
Yung house ko, nabili ko siya last year pero nagawa siya this year, makakalipat na ako this year. Matagal ko nang gusto ng house; ever since kasi wala kaming bahay. Nagre-rent lang kami ng family ko. Yun talaga yung pinaka-best na na-accomplish ko sa buhay, nung nagka-house ako, parang wala lang, anytime na mawala ako, at least may bahay na ko, hindi ko na iisipin. Pwede ko na siya ipamana sa future kids ko.

JC De Vera
Kakabili ko lang ng lupa, tapos dine-develop na yung house ko. Sa may Commonwealth [siya]. Matatapos siya next year pa siguro. Binabagalan ko kasi baka may minor changes pa so habang kino-construct siya baka magpalit ako ng isip, so slowly ginagawa. At least mas madaling baguhin. Yun talaga yung biggest investment ko kasi dun pa ako nakatira sa bahay ng parents ko. Kahit sinong bachelor naman gustong magkaroon ng sarili niyang pad, di ba?

Jonalyn Viray
My house, kasi for me, masarap yung pakiramdam na uuwi ka sa bahay mo na maayos, tapos alam mo na ito yung pinaghirapan mo sa buong showbiz life mo. Napanalunan ko siya from Pinoy Pop Superstar so nakuha ko yung house noong 2007, tapos October-November ng 2010 ni-renovate siya, natapos siya noong April.

Mikel Campos I haven't really invested in anything aside from other people, like my family. My relationship with them, be it personal, be it financial.

Steven Silva
A refrigerator because at first we had a small refrigerator, now we have a big one. This refrigerator is nice because before, in our old refrigerator, we'd put things in there and they would still spoil. The ice cream would melt in the freezer. This one keeps it cold and frozen. I also have a car but [I chose] the refrigerator because you can't eat a refrigerator either, but you can eat what's inside.

Barbie Forteza
Condo, yung bahay namin. Yun na yong malaking tulong ko sa pamilya ko. Dati sobrang hirap, sobrang traffic sa SLEX; ngayon sobrang gaan na lang ng ginagawa namin kasi malapit na lang kami. Sa may Broadway banda yung condo namin.

Joshua Dionisio
Studies, kasi balak ko kasi after ko mag-artista saka ko itutuloy yung studies [ko].

Lauren Young
Probably my 15-inch MacBook Pro because I like laptops; and before I only had a desktop, but when I bought it, it was so much easier to bring around, so much easier to check my email, to write 'coz I like to write, I just like typing everything out, like my thoughts. It became my journal na rin. Its just so much easier having a MacBook Pro in my life because it's so much easier to use. I got it last year for my birthday.

Gerald Anderson
House, condo. Realty yun yong best investment talaga.

Albie Casino My car, but I didn't pay for all of it. My dad paid for most of it, but I dropped some money into it so I made it my investment. It's my best investment because it's my dream car; Ive always wanted a car since I was in 1st year high school. Its a white BMW 318.

Ejay Falcon Masasabi ko, yung sasakyan ko, at yung ipinapagawa kong bahay sa probinsiya. Kasi yun yong pinaka medyo may budget.

Young JV
My being a performer, cause I rehearse a lot. A lot of people really helped me, and took time out to train me. So for me that's my biggest investment, my training [in being a performer].

Enchong Dee
Siyempre, property. Yung mga condo units, kasi kumbaga, wala naman akong plans to separate myself from my family. I just bought it for renting, ganun.

Matt Evans Siguro sa ngayon, car pa lang. Kasi yun yong ginagamit ko pag taping. Siguro pag artista, yun yong pinakakailangan: transpo.

Zanjoe Marudo My body? Di, loko lang. Hahaha! Siguro friends, mas nag-i-invest ako sa friends kasi in the future, sila yung nandun pag kailangan mo. At marami kang magi-gain, matututunan, pag meron kang na-gain na friends na totoo.

Diether Ocampo K.I.D.S. Foundation (an organization he founded Ed). It's the most fulfilling thing; I've never experienced anything like it. It's something that makes me so happy. Even if I have big projects parang iba pa rin [yun], It's hard to explain it in words, but how I wish it's something that other people can also experience in time.

Aga Muhlach
Siguro the way I lived life; the way I was and still am to people, because now, sa lahat ng nakasama ko sa buhay, sa lahat ng nakilala ko, yung in-invest ko na kabutihan sa kanila, nagagamit ko yan, e, like every time I see them, they have nothing but nice words para sakin, so parang nakakatuwa lang na ganun. So I think, yun yon, yung values ko sa buhay, kaya never ako nakikipagiskandalo sa mga ganun. Even during my younger years, sinasabi nila [that] I was at the top of my ganyan, even up to now I'm on the top of my ganyan [pero] hindi ko iniisip yan. Sakin, I'm just living life and experiencing it and being nice to people. Bakit mo kailangan ng gulo?

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