‘I believe I made the proper choices in life because He guided me. God gives me grace.’

Boots Anson Roa-Rodrigo has been in the limelight for more than five decades. Filipinos know her as actress, philanthropist, columnist, lecturer – name it, she’s done it.

Her life is very colorful, but what exactly do millennials know about her off camera, aside from the fact that she, at 69, got married for the second time in 2014?

Well, all will find out as Boots will release her autobiography next year.

The veteran actress celebrated her 75th birthday at Emar Suites recently where she expressed gratefulness for the blessings she continues to receive.

Asked to reveal her birthday wish, Boots said she’ll accept whatever comes her way.

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BOOTS ANSON-ROA RODRIGO

“I always said na if something is according to His will, I’ll follow it,” she told Bulletin Entertainment.

Aside from her family, several celebrities graced the event. They include Ice Seguerra, Robert Sena, Tirso Cruz III, Ali Sotto, Mayor Lani Mercado, and former Philippine President and mayor Joseph Estrada.

The party with the theme “Boots Anson Roa Rodrigo: Fully Alive at 75! Vibrant in Body, Mind and Spirit” had a program during which her loved ones express their love and hopes for her.

Even at her age, Boots is the epitome of beauty and strength. Her secret is to fill her life only with positivity.

“I like to think na puno ng endorphins (often called ‘feel-good’ chemical as it acts as a happiness booster) ang katawan ko,” she said. “I think the secret to my strength is du’n talaga siya nanggaling eh (pointing upwards). I believe I made the proper choices in life because He guided me. God gives me grace.”

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BOOTS with some of her guests

Do you know Boots still drinks alcohol on few social occassions, goes to the gym regularly, and has “puyat moments” – sleeping for just 4 hours a day?

She remains President of the Movie Workers Welfare Foundation (Mowelfund), an organization that provides for the welfare of workers in the film industry. As well as helping film workers in times of need, it provides support to various organizations including the Mowelfund Film Institute.

Boots happily shared the organization already passed its “crisis phase,” and that it is doing well. She also said they are set to transfer to a new building and a Mowelfund town home is in the works.

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