We already told you about Bea Alonzo's gorgeous collection of covetable arm candy. But did you know that it actually took the actress seven whole years before she decided to treat herself with her first-ever designer bag? Yup, she has always been smart about money matters.
In her exclusive Zoom interview with PEP.ph last Thursday, February 11, 2021, the 33-year-old actress gave credit to her mom Mary Anne Ranollo for teaching her how to manage her finances wisely. She reveals, "Ako, yung finances ko, I am very happy and very blessed na yung nanay ko masinop sa pera. So kahit na isang taon na akong hindi nagtatrabaho, okay pa naman kami."
"And I’m very happy that my mom really invested in properties and businesses na hindi nasayang," Bea also adds. "So, right now, parang feeling ko sustainable naman yung pamumuhay namin."
At the start of her show biz career in 2001, Bea said she earned just enough money to support her family. The Kapamilya actress recalled, "Nung umpisa, kasi po mababa lang suweldo ko dati so talagang sapat-sapat lang… nung umpisa.
"Plus, I’m a breadwinner. I’ve always been a breadwinner. So nung panahon na iyon, talagang sakto lang kinikita ko para sa expenses ng pamilya ko."
When Bea finally started earning more, she put a huge portion of her income into savings instead of rewarding herself with luxury items right away. And her first investment? A house and a business for her mom.
Bea continued, "Nung may sumosobra, doon na talagang… There was a point na 50 percent [of my income] talaga went to my savings or more. And I made sure talaga, hindi naman sa ano, but I’m very proud of this, that I didn’t even purchase a designer bag for myself bago ko napatayuan ng bahay at nabigyan ng business ang nanay ko.
"I had to do that first before I could even buy myself a designer bag. That was in 2007. So seven years muna ako nag-work bago ako bumili ng mamahaling bag. Lahat sponsored lang."
If one must know, it was also in 2007 when One More Chance, her movie with John Lloyd Cruz, became a blockbuster hit.
Noting the way others flaunt their luxurious lifestyle on social media, Bea admits to sometimes wondering how they manage their money. She remarked, "Minsan nagtataka ako bakit ang e-engrande ng mga lifestyle ng mga tao."
Without meaning to be judgmental, Bea shared her mom's advice about saving up for the rainy days. "Siguro yung advice ko is really not to live beyond your means. Yun lang siguro yung secret, na parang, make sure you’re not spending too much… that you’re not spending more than what you’re making," she said. "Kasi ngayon ko talaga na-appreciate yung sinabi ni mama na mag-ipon ka para kapag merong unos or kapag may bagyo, meron kang natabi. Dun ko lang talaga siya na-appreciate because, right now, kahit papaano, I don’t feel worried.
"I can decide properly. I can, you know… parang hindi ka nanginginig para sa future. Parang I have that privilege, and I appreciate it. I don’t take it for granted na... kahit papaano, to decide properly because I saved up for the rainy days."
*This story originally appeared on Pep.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.