French-Filipina reveals why she loves the real ‘Paskong Pilipino’
If it were up to Solenn Heussaff, one of the country’s busiest actresses today, she would spend all her Christmases in the Philippines. A true fan of Noche Buena and the Pilipinong Pasko, she always looks forward to this unique holiday experience.
Born to a French father and a Filipino mother, Heussaff spent many years abroad during Christmas. “May snow pero wala masyadong lights. ‘Yun ang gusto ko rito sa Philippines. Mahilig tayong mag-decorate. Kahit hindi pa Christmas, three months before, Christmas na agad. You hear Christmas songs on the radio. Sa bawat kanto, may Christmas lights na. You really feel the joy and spirit.”
Moreover, the actress savors the culmination of the holidays when she spends time with her family over Noche Buena.
“My mom and brother Erwann are usually tasked to do the cooking. We always have cheese, caviar and hamon. Pinaka-favorite ko ‘yung ham every Christmas,” Solenn laughed guiltily, as she talked about their family tradition during her launch as product endorser of Holiday Ham by CDO Premium.
“I am happy to endorse a product I believe in. I love bacon, tocino and ham but I am very picky on which brand to choose. I want something that’s real and authentic. I hate extenders,” she added.
When asked for a tip on how to choose the perfect Christmas ham, the newly married beauty said, “Look for the net marks in actual hams, not just in packaging and ads. Only whole-meat hams can be smoked in ham nets and we know that whole-meat ham is the best choice. There are some hams that are just made from different cuts of meat that are just pieced together. It turns me off. The ham shouldn’t have any patches, and you should be able to slice it with a knife smoothly.
Heussaff also revealed a passion for home-cooking, and said wants to try new recipes. “Mahilig akong magluto at ako talaga ang namimili ng mga groceries ko. Never akong nagpabili sa iba. Mas maganda ang preparation kapag ikaw ang personally na pumili ng pagkain mo.”
“When I’m not working, mas gusto kong magpahinga, nasa bahay lang, nagpi-paint or nagluluto. Those are the things that I enjoy doing.”
Solenn is also busy working on her second exhibit and acting. “Tuloy pa rin ang Encantadia, A1 Ko Sa’Yo, tapos Trip Pinas every Saturday and Taste Buddies na nasa fourth year na.”
Despite her fame as an “It Girl” and growing fan base, Heussaff is as real as she can when she started in showbiz.
“Never akong nag-change. From day one sa showbiz, how I am or how I am sa TV, it’s the same”, she explained.
A woman who is all for keeping it real, she wishes everyone a meaningful holiday where everyone important—and real—to them is around.
“This Christmas, do not settle for anything less than for your family and friends. You and your family deserve the best this holiday season,” she ended.