As we all know, not all of our favorite Kapamilya artists at present are born in Manila. Some of them were born and raised in another country, while others came from a certain province here in the Philippines.
While being a probinsyano/probinsyana is something that some of us used to be ashamed of, there are actually a lot of celebrities who are proud to show the world that they are one and even enthusiastically impart about it to the world, just like the Kapamilya stars featured in this episode of Stellar’s “ROUNDTRIP”!
First off, Momshie Melai Cantiveros-Francisco who took us back to her roots in General Santos City, South Cotabato during her homecoming in Magandang Buhay last year to celebrate the show’s anniversary and her birthday as well. Some of the places she visited with her co-hosts Jolina Magdangal-Escueta and Karla Estrada were the Plaza Heneral Santos, where they were welcomed with a cultural performance; Mindanao State University where she finished her college education; and Aweng’s Balbacuahan where she and her loved ones used to frequent to celebrate milestones and treat themselves.
In 2017, Momshie Karla gave us a tour around her hometown in Tacloban City, Leyte, through her week-long homecoming feature in Magandang Buhay. She showed her fellow momshies some of the most special landmarks for her, such as the Redemptorist Church where she got baptized, the former location of Bethany Hospital where she was born, St. Paul’s hospital where she gave birth to her daughter Carmella, and People’s Center and Library where she used to attend ballet classes.
They also passed by Sto. Niño Shrine and Heritage Museum and “Downtown” or central market, and even take photos with and embarked on M/V Eva Jocelyn, the cargo vessel taken by the strong waves to the shore during the devastation of Typhoon Yolanda in 2013 that was turned into a shrine. She took them as well to a boat ride to show them the iconic San Juanico Bridge that connects Samar and Leyte.
And lastly, for an episode of Jeepney TV’s B.T.S Presents in 2014, Enchong Dee took us to a trip down memory lane with him as he went back to his hometown in Naga City, Camarines Sur. He didn’t simply share us a few trivia about the “Queen City of Bicol,” but also gave us a tour around the places that are dear to his heart – their old house where he grew up, the Naga Hope Christian School where he spent most of his grade and high school days, and the Basilica Minore del Nuestra Señora de Peñafrancia where he used to attend masses when he was just a kid and pray to one of his inspirations – Our Lady of Peñafrancia.
For sure, watching their homecomings make us miss our respective hometowns and travelling to our local provinces, right? Indeed, there’s no place like home!