Looking closely behind Angeline Quinto during her live Kapamilya Chat interview, one would notice the star ornament mounted in the garden area, a well-matched piece to that trademark star tattoo inked on her wrist. And just as when we thought we’ve already seen enough of her heavenly obsession, the astrophile tilts her camera to different corners of her neat and bright abode, giving us a glimpse of more starry embellishments nestled inside.
Before making it big in the music scene, young Angeline was just an ordinary dreamer, the sentimental type who whispers her heart’s desires under the starry night sky. “Simula noong bata ako, ‘pag pumupunta ako sa terrace sa bahay ni Papa sa Las Pinas, ang dami kong nakikitang dumadaan na eroplano kasi malapit lang sa airport. Sabi ko, ‘Ano kayang feeling ng nasa eroplano?’ Kasi sobrang taas nila tapos akala ko dati tatanda ako na hindi makakasakay ng eroplano,” she muses.
In what seemed like a scene mimicking a cheesy teleserye, “Isang gabi doon sa terrace, may nakita akong bituin na sobrang kinang at pinakamalaki sa lahat. Kinausap ko ‘yung star na ‘yun, sabi ko, ‘Sana dumating ‘yung time na makasakay ako ng eroplano at magkaroon ako ng trabaho’.”
Years after, a ‘star’ illuminated Angeline’s world and breathed life to her wishes. That ‘star’ was none other than the 2010 reality singing competition Star Power wherein Angeline emerged as the grand champion. The international shows lined up since then, making her dream of riding the plane a constant reality. “Naniniwala talaga ako na ‘pag may pangarap ka, walang imposible,” says Angeline whose continuing success makes this mantra easier to wallow.
In the meantime, though Angeline takes a mandatory break from her gigs while the ECQ (Enhanced Community Quarantine) is still imposed. After years spent mainly on out-of-town and international concerts, Angeline finally had enough time inspecting the house, accomplishing easy home fixes such as refurnishing the rooms, and growing her mini garden. The Kapamilya singer dreams of building her own farm someday but for the meantime, she’s giving her green thumb a little practice with vegetable gardening at home.
To make the quarantine period even more productive, Angeline produces a weekly show she called as “PadaLOVE” where she, along with a special guest, acts as a love guru helping netizens solve their love dilemmas. Those distressed with any kind of love scenario can send in their stories for a chance to be featured and get counselled by The Queen of Teleserye Theme Songs herself and a surprise guest. Joining her on the previous episodes were the likes of Alex Gonzaga, Pokwang, and K Brosas.
If you’ve heard the popular Pinoy joke, “Kung sino pang walang love life, siya pa magaling mag-advice,” then, count Angeline in this group of wise loveless individuals. “Buti na lang wala akong boyfriend ngayong ECQ. Isa sa mga na-realize ko, puwede naman tayong magmahal kahit hindi maging kayo,” utters Angeline, giving us a sample of her love expertise.
Angeline believes that dwelling with the uncertainties amid a crisis is just a waste of time and energy. She instead urges everyone to just enjoy every moment at home and pray for the world’s healing.
How to Cook Lumpiang Togue ala Angeline
We always see Angeline exude bright talent as a performer on the ASAP stage. Behind the scenes, Angeline is a doting child to her Mama Bob. It was through Mama Bob’s domesticated nature and frequent visit at her father’s house where Angeline developed the love for cooking. When Mama Bob hosts gatherings with friends or relatives, the task of preparing dishes is handed over to Angeline who willingly travels south as far as Tagaytay City to purchase the freshest beef for either kaldereta, bulalo, or pares, the singer’s specialties in the kitchen.
On ordinary days and when her schedule permits, Angeline prepares her Mama Bob’s most requested fish and vegetable combo. She says her mom would be more than happy eating just fried fish combined with condiments like shrimp paste cooked with tomatoes and onion.
Angeline takes us to her kitchen on the afternoon following the Mother’s Day Celebration to demonstrate her skills in making the Pinoy favorite merienda lumpiang togue. To begin, Angeline sautés the garlic and onion. Her cooking style includes a little amount of ground pork, which can be added in the pan after the garlic and onion become fragrant. Then, add the carrots and togue. You may wish to add fried tofu diced in smaller pieces. Next, season with salt and pepper. Angeline sprinkles kinchay or celery for added aroma. Once cooked, place one tablespoon of the togue filling in each lumpia wrapper and then roll it over. Angeline pairs the finished product with a sauce made of vinegar mixed with crushed garlic, pepper, and cucumber.
While preparing the dish, Angeline reflects on the greatest life lessons she learned from Mama Bob, still in light of the Mother’s Day celebration (May 10). “Huwag na huwag maging madamot sa pagkain,” says the first piece of motherly wisdom on her list. The most important of all, according to Angeline, is her mom’s deep lesson on humility portrayed through the characteristics of a bamboo tree. “Kahit anong marating sa buhay dapat marunong ka yumuko sa taong mas mababa sa’yo. Parang kawayan na kahit gaano kataas, nagbe-bend pa rin,” emphasizes Angeline.
“Hanggang Kailan Kita Mamahalin” by Angeline
Angeline isn’t hailed as The Queen of Teleserye Theme Songs for nothing. It has always been her emotional and passionate singing style that set her apart from her contemporaries. Angeline is blessed with a voice that’s both powerful and soulful, just the right balance to make a song’s narrative about love deeply touching and real.
Angeline reveals that she makes an effort to use her imagination and pretend going through the same kind of pain sketched in a song. “Ang singer parang artista din na inaarte ang script. Kami naman inaarte ‘yung lyrics through voice. ‘Tsaka minsan maririnig ka lang ng mga tao pero hindi ka nila makikita so kahit naririnig ka lang kailangan maramdaman pa rin nila ‘yung kanta,” she relates.
To serve us one of her most iconic hugot hits, here’s Angeline singing The Legal Wife theme song, “Hanggang Kailan Kita Mamahalin.”
“Iingatan Ka” by Angeline
While stuck at home during the ECQ, Angeline makes the most of each day being a doting daughter to her Mama Bob. She also urges everyone to just enjoy every given moment with their families while things haven’t yet gone back to normal, or shall we say, turn into the ‘new normal’ after this quarantine period. After this crisis comes to an end, Angeline vows to continue granting her Mama Bob’s unspoken wish of travelling around the world, saying nothing compares to the priceless gift of witnessing her mom indulge in so much bliss.
Still in light of the Mother’s Day celebration, Angeline serenades her Mama Bob and all moms with her soulful rendition of “Iingatan Ka”.