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Actress’ faith sharing leaves Cardinal Tagle ‘overwhelmed’

Actress’ faith sharing leaves Cardinal Tagle ‘overwhelmed’

Actress and celebrity Dimples Romana shared how prayer and her faith got her through death in the family and life’s trials, at the 2017 Philippine Conference on New Evangelization (PCNE) at the UST Quadricentennial Pavilion, July 28, 2017. ROY LAGARDE

By Nirva’Ana Ella Delacruz

July 28, 2017

Manila, Philippines

When actress and celebrity Dimples Romana started talking earlier today at the 2017 Philippine Conference on New Evangelization (PCNE), she just couldn’t stop – and she blamed the Holy Spirit for it.

“I couldn’t pass up this moment…to give glory to the Lord… As celebrities, we don’t get that [many] opportunities … If the Lord will use my talkativeness, why not?” she said in a steady stream that did not let even Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle get a word in edgewise.

Sharing her personal faith journey with the prelate on July 28, the first day of the 4th PCNE at the UST Quadricentennial Pavilion, the former child actress talked about despite her many trials, she has clung on to faith.

On parking and BFFs

“There is nothing constant in my life but the Lord,” she told some 6,000 PCNE delegates.

Romana, who is married with two children, shared that despite stardom, she continues to pray the rosary, something she learned from her deceased father, who was a Marian devotee.

“Prayer gives me comfort. It really reminds me where I came from. Whatever we reach in life, I always feel I’m not an actress, I’m just a servant of the Lord,” said Romana, who has been in the limelight for the past twenty years.

She also revealed how her simple faith leads her to depend on God for the littlest things.

“’Lord, give me parking.’ That’s how simple the things I ask God for. BFF is what I call Him,” Romana said, whose sister died at 9 from leukemia.

Father’s faith

The actress, who recently starred in ABS-CBN’s teleserye The Greatest Love, said:

“[God] is our everything.”

Romana also said her faith was nurtured by the example of her father, a Philippine Post Office employee, who would pray over her every morning and pray the rosary every 6:00 p.m.

The 4th PCNE runs from July 28 to 30, inspired by the theme “Of One Heart and Soul.”