|Amy Austria-Ventura. File photo
MANILA, Philippines - Actress Amy Austria-Ventura, who is Esmeralda Tuazon in real life, finally explained why she decided to tweak her screen name.
In a press conference for ABS-CBN's upcoming soap "Lorenzo's Time" which will air on July 2, the actress explained that Ventura is her husband's surname.
She said she decided to add this to her screen name to let people know that she can no longer entertain suitors.
"It was my idea [to use Ventura]. Kasi para malaman. Kasi niloloko ko nga sila, sabi ko [sa manager ko na si Manay Lolit Solis] dapat may Ventura na kasi naliligawan pa ako. Totoo," Austria-Ventura said.
"Kasi 'yun naman talaga ang last name ko. Pakiramdam ko lang kasi 'yung dating pakiramdam ko before hindi na 'yon, kasi na-bless na ako ni Lord as Ventura. So 'yun na ang binigay niyang pangalan sa akin. So 'yun na ang gagamitin ko," she said.
Austria-Ventura admitted that there are men who are still trying to woo her.
"Pahaging lang. Kapag nagkwentuhan na may asawa na, sasabihin nila 'ay may asawa ka na,' lalo na sa ordinaryong tao. Tapos tatanungin sa iyo, 'wala ka bang balak na mag-asawa ulit o may boyfriend ka ba ngayon?' Ay, 10 years na po akong married," she said.
Austria-Ventura said that she has been married to her husband for 13 years. It was January of 1999 when she and her non-showbiz man got married.
Aside from taking care of her husband, the actress is also happy spending time with her grandchild Sabine, daughter of her child Alexandra.