Dawn Zulueta opens up about challenges in marriage
MANILA -- After 16 years of being a married couple, and with respective careers in showbiz and politics, actress Dawn Zulueta admitted challenges in her relationship with Davao del Norte Rep. Antonio Lagdameo.
The 44-year-old Kapamilya star, in an interview on "Tapatan ni Tunying" aired Thursday, said she and her husband are no longer able to spend as much time together, pointing to their busy schedules.
Asked if they ever manage to go on dates nowadays, Zulueta said, "Angdalang. Siguro 'yung last naming date, weekend lang, sa Hong Kong. 'Yung mag-a-abroad kami, o out-of-town [trip]."
Lagdameo and Zulueta were married in 1997, which then marked the actress' prolonged vacation from showbiz. They have two children, aged 7 and 3.
Zulueta made her drama series comeback in 2004, and went on to star in high-profile ABS-CBN projects including "Mula sa Puso" in 2011 and "Walang Hanggan" in 2012. She is currently hard at work on the ongoing series "Bukas Na Lang Kita Mamahalin," and her upcoming film with on-screen partner Richard Gomez.
To balance her time for work and family, Zulueta said she had personally requested to be given a certain schedule despite juggling numerous projects.
"Ang trabaho ko, Monday to Friday lang. M-W-F ng week na iyon, talagang puyatan. Pero 'yung T-TH, nasa bahay lang ako, lalung-lalo na 'yung Saturday and Sunday. Hindi ko na talaga pwede ibigay sa kahit sino, dahil 'yun lang 'yung time na nando'n 'yung mga bata sa bahay," she said.
Even then, the actress said she and her husband tend to devote their free time to their two children, admittedly at the expense of having quality time together.
"Trabaho ko palang, trabaho niya, eh halos buong araw na 'yon. Tapos aasikasuhin mo 'yung mga bata sa gabi. Eh ilang oras lang 'yon. Kailangan mo pa matulog nang maaga dahil may pasok the next day," she said.
"Siguro from 9 p.m. to 12 midnight, 'yun lang 'yung oras namin," she added.
Admitting she is a jealous wife to some extent, Zulueta explained the reason is mostly because Lagdameo tends to be preoccupied with his job.
"'Yung selos ko siguro has to do more with 'yung oras. 'Yung pagka na-fi-feel ko na na, 'Wala na tayong time together, palagi ka nalang busy.' Doon, medyo nagtatampo," she said.
Depsite this, Zulueta shared her husband more than makes up for lost time, saying, "Oo naman, talagang pinapasaya niya ako!"