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A philanthropist, she will run at the London Marathon for the benefit of Marawi children


By Rica Arevalo

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THE ONE AND ONLY Anne Curtis is the first brand ambassador of Shopee

THE ONE AND ONLY Anne Curtis is the first brand ambassador of Shopee

“I’m very sorry,” says the laughing Anne Curtis after singing Sia’s electropop song, Chandelier to a crowd of 150 people at the launch of the 5.5 Shopee Super Sale at the Grand Hyatt Manila, Taguig. We always knew that her singing prowess were “average” but we applaud her for her high spirit and boldness to perform. In fact, she mounted two major concerts before, AnneBisyosa: No Other Concert and AnneKapal:  The Forbidden Concert at the Smart Araneta Coliseum to sell-out crowd.

In an exclusive interview with the Manila Bulletin Lifestyle, she tells us, “I’m planning to relaunch the album I put out that I never really launched.”  Entitled Forever Young, most songs are original and self-produced by Anne and Viva Records. “Boses ko lahat! (It’s my real voice!)” she reveals. “Marcus Davis (American recording artist /record producer) wrote for me. Christian Bautista wrote for me. One of the contestants of Showtime that I worked with who won, she wrote a song for me. Also we did a duet.  It’s OPM!”

How is married life? “Very happy, very happy,” smiles the 33-year-old actress. “It just made us extra happier, it’s like we’re back to dating.”

To balance work and her married life, Anne says the key is proper time management. “We always had this setup anyway, me having my career, Erwan also having his career, so it wasn’t that much of having to adjust in that aspect,” says the 34th MMFF Best Actress for Baler.

SHOPEE TIL U DROP From left: Shopee COO Terence Pang and Anne Curtis; and photos from the Shopee Super Sale event

SHOPEE TIL U DROP From left: Shopee COO Terence Pang and Anne Curtis; and photos from the Shopee Super Sale event

A little domesticated now, her responsibility includes shopping for the household. “I think as a wife you have more and more responsibilities in terms of chores, or doing errands, so it’s very convenient because it is easy as picking up your phone and purchasing whatever it is you need to buy.”

We asked her for tips on how to shop online. “Before checking out, review your shopping cart,” she giggles. “I guess that’s the only thing about online shopping, you just add and add to your cart so it’s always good to edit before checking out.”

What are her most shopped items? “It depends on what I am really looking for. It can be as random as a trolley that I may need for getting my stuff around—or hair clips,” she said. “You see, it’s very random. Because being someone who can’t frequent the mall, it’s convenient for me to just look for whatever it is that I need it that day online,” says the Shopee brand ambassador.

To choose between a Best Actress award or a Box Office Queen title, Anne chooses—no contest—the acting award. “Best Actress, for sure,” she says. “Being a box-office queen is just adding cherry on the top. At the end of the day, it is still content and storyline for me.” She is now in a position to choose the projects she wants. “It’s better to have a story that you’re happy to make into a film than do a film that’s not deep, but is raking it all the money.”

We will see her on the screen next month with Dingdong Dantes in Sid and Aya: Not a Love Story. “It is amazing. It is like a reunion. The last time I worked with him was TGIS. There were no big adjustments,” reveals the UNICEF celebrity advocate.

Anne has been working with Viva Entertainment for the past 21 years. She muses, “They are more open to storylines that are now, relatable, and current. The mindset and tastes of the people now are also changing, which I think is awesome. I’m happier now that these scripts are falling on my lap.”

Since 2009, she has been an avid supporter of UNICEF and soon she will run at the 2018 London Marathon for the benefit of the Marawi children. “Yes, the war is over but if you see the current living condition of the children and their schooling, it’s totally different,” she says. Anne underwent three months of intensive training. “All of the proceeds that I will raise will go towards them. In a way, it will keep me inspired running those 42 kilometers,” she smiles. Her Majesty The Queen will be the official starter for the 2018 London Marathon on April 22.

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