Giving and Receiving: Stars Talk About Their Cherished Gifts

by Darlene Apanay & Lawrence San Diego, CBN Asia

Remember that much-anticipated gift Ninong gave last Christmas? Or that unforgettable holiday escapade as a gift to your family?

Every present has a story to tell, and celebrities also have special memories behind the most treasured gifts they gave and received. They shared their gift-giving stories on The 700 Club Asia’s early Christmas TV special, “Bigay Todong Biyaya.”

STEF PRESCOTT

Received: First jewelry from her dad. “He had it custom-made for me. And feeling ko ito ‘yung pinaka-treasured item ko. Hanggang ngayon naman I still have it.”

Gave: Scrapbook for her dad. “Merong memories namin ‘yun ng dad ko, since bata pa ako hanggang sa ngayon. There’s a part of me in that gift.”

GINO DELA PENA

Received: Macbook Pro and HP laptop. “I prayed to God for a laptop that time, and I think God used people to bless me.”

Gave: Laptop for a church member. “A week before that, I gave my old laptop to someone at church. So I think parang ‘yung sowing and reaping. Nung binigay ko, may kapalit, dalawa pa!”

GAB VALENCIANO

Received: Keyboard from his dad. “Christmas noon, there was a big box, and when I opened it, it was the keyboard I always wanted, and for me I’ll never forget that experience and feeling talaga.”

Gave: Limited edition Jordan 23 shoes. “‘Yung dad ko, nagco-collect ‘yan ng sapatos. So talagang hinanap ko, I went to the ends of the earth, and finally nahanap ko siya.”

ISAY ALVAREZ

Received: Memorable Christmas in the US. “We were invited by our church in California. Pinasaya talaga nila ng todo ang aming Pasko kasi buong pamilya kaming nandoon.”

Gave: Powder for her mom. “Noong nabubuhay ‘yung aking mother, mahilig lang naman ‘yan sa pulbo. Lahat ng klaseng mababangong pulbo, binibigay ko sa kanya.”

CARMI MARTIN

Received: Surprise visit from her mom. “Dumating yung mama ko from the States, and lahat kami nag-salu-salo, nag-sama-sama. ‘Yun ang pinaka-memorable sa aking Christmas gift—presence ng mama ko.”

Gave: Gifts for less-privileged kids. “Meron akong isang organisasyon na binigyan ng tulong, and nakatulong ng labis ito doon sa mga bata na kailangang ma-operahan ang cleft lip.”

ISABELLA DE LEON

Received: iPod Touch. “Kasi lahat nandoon. Every time talagang nakakabasa ako ng Bible dahil doon. Very handy. May music, so I can praise God kahit nasaan ako mapunta.”

Gave: Quality time with sick children. “Sobrang saya ko talaga noong nakakanta ako para sa mga bata sa Child Haus. Ako ‘yung na-bless dahil iba ‘yung katapangang pinapakita nila.”

MIRIAM QUIAMBAO

Received: Jacket from her ex. “Hanggang ngayon, kahit wala na kami, ine-enjoy ko pa din ‘yung jacket.”

Gave: Holiday treat for her parents. “Nag-share kami ng sister ko, trineat namin ‘yung parents namin sa isang out-of-town weekend. Talagang naging bonding time namin ‘yun.”

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FANNY SERRANO

Received: Successful angioplasty. “Isang napakagandang Christmas gift po sa akin ito. At mabilis naman ang pag-galing ko. So maraming salamat talaga sa Panginoon!”

CIARA SOTTO

Gave: Camera for her husband. “Gusto ko’ng ma-share sa kanya na it’s very important na to try to relieve memories… para magamit niya para makuhanan niya yung mga moments na special.”

DANICA SOTTO

Received: Bike from her mom. “Nung grade school ako, Mommy had it wrapped sa malaking-malaking box. Tapos, with my favorite color. ‘Yun ‘yung hindi ko makakalimutan kasi talagang effort.”

Don’t forget to catch The 700 Club Asia, the flagship inspirational TV program of Christian Broadcasting Network Asia, every 11 p.m. on GMA News TV.

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