MANILA, Philippines – The elusive Krista Ranillo has sat down with “Rated K” host Korina Sanchez, but her first television interview since returning home did not discuss her rumored affair with boxing icon Manny Pacquiao.
In the “Rated K” episode aired Sunday, Ranillo instead talked about her life off camera, her family, and the charity organizations she supports.
The 25-year-old actress disclosed that her father, actor Mat Ranillo III, had initially opposed her plan to join the world of show business because of the intrigues, among others.
The actress, however, was adamant. She explained that ever since she was young she knew what she wanted, which is to perform. Her grandmother, Gloria Sevilla, had also encouraged her by “honing her talent.”
"At first, ayaw niya [na mag-artista ako]. Now, I understand why," Ranillo, who grew up in the United States, said. “Nasa dugo ko na ‘yong show business. Even sa lola ko, siyempre Queen of Visayan Films, siya talaga ang nagho-hone ng talent ko."
Against her father’s wishes, she joined the industry. However, she went on leave for 4 years to get a degree. She took up Interdisciplinary Studies at the Ateneo de Manila University where she graduated in 2007. She was also a Dean’s lister.
After graduating from college, a new Ranillo returned to the entertainment industry. Sporting a sexy image, she graced the covers of numerous men’s magazines clad only in very skimpy bikinis.
In real life, however, she is a total opposite of her sexy image, she said.
“’Yong totoong Krista, simple lang naman ako, totoong tao, hindi ako complicated. At masayahin [ako],” said the actress.
Ranillo stressed that her sexy image is just part of her work as an actress.
Her decision to go sexy did not sit well with her father, but they eventually patched things up.
She also said that up until now her father still has the last say on her career.
She said: “I really respect him that much. And knowing that he’s been in the business for so long, it means a lot also. Tsaka ‘yong mga advice niya, he only wants the best for me.”
"Daddy's girl kasi ako because when I was born my dad was at the peak of his career. He stopped showbiz for me. He's very hands on and he will always be the love of my life," she added.
Aside from acting, she is also open to the possibility of hosting her own show.
Share her blessings
The other side of Ranillo that is also unknown to the public is her generosity.
“I’m very selfless kasi. Parang if I earn something, parang shini-share ko agad sa family ko. As an Ate, I'm very protective,” she said.
She said she also shares her blessing with other people.
Ranillo, who has a sibling with a cleft palate, is an active supporter of Philippine Band of Mercy. It is an organization that helps less fortunate children with physical disabilities and other illnesses.
Also, she regularly participates in outreach programs that assist young cancer patients.
Even her Christmas wish is not for herself.
“Siguro it’s for everyone; that everyone will find siguro contentment in life and peace, love and happiness.”
Unmindful of the intrigues, Ranillo continues with her work. She plays a villainess in “Wapakman,” which also stars Pacquiao. She is currently shooting for her upcoming TV series, ABS-CBN's "Tiagong Bayawak."
On Sunday afternoon, Ranillo also guested on musical variety show “ASAP '09” where she performed Madonna's "Revolver."