EXCLUSIVE: Klaudia Koronel's "Beach" life in Manila
by Anna Pingol
January 14, 2019
PHOTOS: Melo Balingit
Klaudia says her Azure investment is the “katas” of her “pagho-homecare” in Arizona, USA. “Mas marami akong napundar no’ng nag-trabaho ako sa Amerika kasi no’ng nandito ako, happy-go-lucky ako dati. Doon hindi. May limit ’yong pag gimik doon. Mas naging matured ako. Mas natuto akong humawak ng pera.”
In August last year, former sexy actress Klaudia Koronel—who now resides in Los Angeles, California—took a one-month vacation from her assistant nursing duties in America and spent time with her family in Manila and in Iloilo.
Klaudia—who is KK to her showbiz friends and Milfe—to her family has at least 20 movies to her credits, most of those were sexy films made by her home studio, Seiko Films. But towards the latter part of her career, she’s able to make artsy movies that made rounds at international film festivals such as Joey Reyes’s Live Show (2000) and Jeffrey Jeturian’s Tuhog (2001).
In 2009, after marrying Chinese businessman Andy Zhang in a much-publicized wedding in Manila, Klaudia left the country to live with her husband in Arizona, USA. That is, up until their divorce in 2014. But while there, she worked in a nursing home until her former husband decided to put up one for her to run. A few years after her divorce, she moved to Los Angeles, California, where she resides to this day and where she continues to work in the medical field as a certified nursing assistant, which she says is her true calling.
“Doon pala ako magaling na akala ko puro ganda lang ako pero meron rin pala akong talino sa medical field,” Klaudia told pikapika when we visited her Manila home during her last vacation.
“Sa lahat ng mga ka-trabaho ko, isa ako sa mga paborito ng boss ko kasi meron akong touch… nakakagaling ako ng matatanda, ng may mga sakit…alam ko sa tingin palang sa matanda, alam ko kung pa’no ko mapapabuti pakiramdam. Pag nag-resign ako—s’yempre sa Amerika naman kahit palipat-lipat ka ng trabaho okey lang, e, walang kontra-kontrata e—as in talagang hinahabol-habol ako ng mga boss ko. Hindi dahil sa Filipino ka, e—karamihan doon Filipino kasi meron tayong pagmamahal sa matatanda—pero hindi lang din sa pagmamahal at pag-aalaga meron din akong galing talaga sa pag aalaga ng matatanda na kahit may sakit alam ko kung paano ko pagalingin.”
While in the Philippines last year, Klaudia showed pikapika her condo unit in one of the buildings inside the Azure Urban Resort Residences in Parañaque City, as well as toured us around the compound of the exclusive community that prides itself for having a “beach” among its top amenities.