Our family was in church hearing Sunday mass. We were sitting in the cry room since we have two young kids. The mass was about to begin, when suddenly I noticed a familiar face walked in. I believe she was with teenage daughter/s. I could not remember where I met her.The mass went on and during the Holy Communion, she passed us by . She even looked my way for a while. Then I realized that she looked like the TV personality back home in Manila but I was not so sure though.After a few months, I was browsing people in Instagram. From one person, it led me to the photo of that familiar face. I figured it was Christine Jacob! I sent her a message asking if she happened to be in our parish church, and she confirmed it! So I thought I’d ask her if I can feature her in my little blog site. She was very nice to say “Sure, anytime!”Christine Sotto Jacob-Sandejas, also known as Christine Jacob, is a Filipina Olympian swimmer, actress, T.V. host, and newscaster. She was born in Guam and her family moved back to Manila. She joined the Southeast Asian Games in Singapore in 1983 when she was 16. The following year, she competed in the swimming competition in the Summer Olympics 1984.When she was 23 years old she got offered a co-hosting job in a show called “Eat Bulaga.” More projects followed. She stopped hosting in showbiz when she got pregnant with her first child. Now she has five children with her loving husband, Paco Sandejas. She has been a TV personality for around 26 years now.I reviewed some stories about her and found a recent one posted by the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (http://www.cbcpnews.com/cbcpnews/?p=76086) last April 20, 2016. The article talks about how Catholic faith is very important to Christine and her family (an evident reason why I probably found her in church when she was visiting in LA). In the article she mentioned the following was mentioned:“Christine shared she and her husband go out of their way to instill in their children the fundamentals of the faith like teachings on the Mass, Confession, and the other Sacraments.”“They also read them stories from the Bible to complement and reinforce what they learn at school.”“They make sure the little Sandejases—all five of them—will grow up respectful, honest, and disciplined.”“Values are very important for me,” exclaimed Christine.I read another article written about her by her sister-in-law, Amanda Griffin. Christine shared here her typical day:“I wake up at 6. Have my coffee, bring my 4 kids to school (Jaime 2 yrs old school just started in June) , Then ME time…I play tennis or yoga or run or workout…pick up the 4 yr old from school and have lunch with them. Then do errands (bank, grocery etc). Pick up the 3 older kids from school and bring them to various activities (ballet/ gymnastics/ soccer/ reading/ little gym/ cheer dancing/ violin guitar/ piano…etc (never ending activities.. wait till summer ) Then come home and do homework, Dinner then Sleep by 8:30. And the cycle starts again……” (http://amandagriffinjacob.com/christine-jacob/August 1, 2011 Amanda Griffin – Jacob)These are the reasons why I feature her in my blog. I truly admire her energy taking care of herself, her family, particularly being hands on with her five children. Based on my experience, I find it indeed challenging to discipline children and mold them to be good people. So I am just truly glad that I got the chance to interview Christine and share some of her wisdom.Let’s hear from Christine!Where did you live in the US during your elementary years? How old were you when you came to live in Manila?I grew up in Manila . I was born in Guam but after 6 months my family moved to Manila . I consider Manila as my home . I went to school at the Colegio San Agustin in Makati till high school .
You were an Olympian. When did you first learn how to swim? Will you briefly describe your experience when you joined the Summer Olympics in 1984?Started competing (swimming ) at the age of 6. First international swim meet at 11 Junior Olympics held in Japan. Then Southeast Asian age group , SEA GAmes , Asian Games , Olympics in 1984 in LA 😊 I truly pride myself in being Philippine trained .You have been a TV personality for around 26 years now.I studied college in Ohio , Kenyon College . I continued to swim.All 4 years . I graduated in 1989 BA in International Studies with China as my area of concentration.After 1 year of working in Boston I decided to move back to Manila then doors started to open in the field of communication. I started hosting Eat Bulaga in December 1990, then as a newscaster for PTV4 also the same year .1990-1998 Co-hosted in Eat Bulaga1998-2001 MTB (Magandang Tanghali Bayan ABS-CBN)Married in 1999.First child came in 20005 kidsI would host various shows while taking care of my family: Mobile Kusina, Here Comes the bride, Game Na, Full Time MomCurrently I have a daily show on CNN Philippines called Real Talk .How do you do it? How do you raise 5 kids? What is one important thing that every parent should remember?Values for children . Instilling values is getting to be more difficult with the access of social media , bring the whole world into your home . The kids are exposed to a different culture, the values have changed . That’s why the importance of family life. The importance of spending time with your kids , being there for them . Guiding them during the formation years.
I am aware about your typical day. I can relate to your activities.I can not imagine how you manage five children. I often complain and yet I only have two! I heard you do yoga, runs, swim? Balancing all these things alongside with work and family.Where do you get the energy?! What is the secret? Do you have a regular regimen/work out?A few years ago I was much more active than I am now. Maybe age has caught up with me😱. I remember a time when I would run 10k before my 2 hour tennis practice etc.. I am a very competitive person and feel the need to train to get better. I am trying to ween myself from that and just take it easy and relax a bit more .Now I am happy with a few hours a week of social tennis . Maybe go back to yoga.DIET is now my main concern. My metabolism has changed a lot so I needed to find the right combination of foods.As I age I find I can’t do dairy / fried foods (my stomach gets upset)So in the morning I juice/blend a lot of my greens. I try to consume healthy fats since I stay away from grains / bread. I use a lot of coconut Oil for my food /desserts and at times in my coffee. I love coconut Keffir – probiotics. Avocado / spinach / banana shake during my tennis games .I eat a lot of greens / chicken – fish – soups . Once I take out sugar and eat healthy I do find I am not sluggish and have lots of energy for my daily activities .But my weakness is chocolates 😱😱😱What else do you want to accomplish? What is your one great dream?I hope to do more shows on CNN Philippines.I love nutrition / food / parenting ..I love Philippine made 😍😍😍 products / clothes/ jewelry