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Rina Reyes opens up on love, sex, entrepreneurship and family

I remember when I had a wonderful and exclusive on cam interview with award-winning actress Rina Reyes sometime in the mid-90s. I did it for the public affairs show “Action 9” for the now defunct Radio Philippines Network or RPN Channel 9. Phenomenal TV star Angelique Lazo was on the entertainment segment of the show which she partially delivered with fellow anchors Ramon Tulfo, Rey Langit and Dong Puno who along with her rendered political and human interest stories and editorials.

Rina at the time was still staying in her Antipolo digs which she shared with her husband Ian Reyes. They had a happy home with their two small daughters. The house was a home indeed aside from the verdant environment.

After the “Action 9” feature I remember I went back to her place anew to do a separate interview for a newspaper which she was very generous and accommodating. The friendly Rina even sent me off in her car until Rosario district in Pasig to get my ride going home.

“Marami na kaming pinagsamahan (We have shared of experiences in the biz)” is how I could describe my relationship with Rina. It was because we share so many experiences together since she was introduced in the local show business as the granddaughter of the quintessential movie icon Paraluman and daughter of the highly eloquent and convent bred Baby O’Brien. “Noon pa kami magkasama ni Boy. Sa mga shootings, mga show o raket sa probinsiya (Boy and I had so much experiences together even before in movie sets or provincial shows),” she would laugh and brag about.

I have a great fondness for Rina even if we haven’t seen personally for a long time. That’s why when the stage play “Baka Naman Hindi” had a presscon at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) and once we saw each other at the lobby of the Main Theater (Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo), we were line long lost friends finally reunited.

I felt so sorry I only happened to know that her husband was already gone years after the tragedy.    

Ian, according to Rina, was diagnosed with a lung cancer and he soon died.

Rina was devastated but what could she do against natural occurrence as death.

As she moved on her heart was so heavy but she had to get on.

During the Press Conference at the CCP of "Baka Naman Hindi" (2018)

“I sold the house already. I didn’t want to keep memories of it anymore. I had to go on,” exclaimed Reyes when we saw each other again in an exclusive interview for a documentary film project on her grandma Paraluman being directed by controversial Fil-Briton filmmaker Jowee Morel.

Rina found a new abode in Parañaque City where she brought along her two kids, now all grown-ups.

“I have a new love and I don’t hide it,” said Rina candidly.

It is also a very ideal bonding and it shows in the eyes of the actress who doesn’t seem to grow old. Her high cheekbones must be one of the factors of her youthfulness despite the passing of years. Her skin especially on her face is still quite soft and smooth although there comes a moment or an angle that betrays the softness and the smoothness but they’re understandable.

The rejuvenated Rina is a happy soul, after all.

Just like her mom Baby, the daughter is also an optimist and holds a happy disposition in life despite travails and challenges.

Rina, as everyone perceives her to be, is a laughter person. She is enjoying life to a hilt.

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