By Nicole Garcia
“Everyday, re-realize ko na I really love snacks,” host-actress-YouTube star Alex Gonzaga began. “Siguro nangyare siya when I was young. Bata pa lang ako, ang lunch ko lagi may chips. Binibili ko chichiriya sa cafeteria.” She then reached for a bag of chips and held it up for us to see. “Eto binibili ko: potato fries. Or yung cracklings. Pero kasi nakakabago ng hininga so potato fries yung kinakain ko talaga."
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We were catching up with Alex at the Oishi Snacktacular festival in SM Clark, which saw her rule the stage with her performance and comedic antics.
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Snacking is notorious for weight gain and premature aging, but for Alex, the side effects are virtually non-existent. She credited her trim figure to working out and, yes, as her sister Toni would seem to attest, genetics. “I do pilates and HIIT pero I’m also an ectomorph. My body is really designed like this. Pumapayat talaga sya. There's no effort or conscious effort to be slim or thin. Ganito talaga yung katawan ko (ngayon), pero we’ll see 'pag nagkaanak ako kasi doon malalaman.”
Alex also watches what she eats—but makes some interesting exceptions. “My boyfriend (Mikee Morada) taught me na when I’m on a diet, I replace one meal. I know it’s wrong, pero I replace one meal with chips. Example: Crispy Patata. Kakainin ko, tas yun na lunch ko or dinner ko. Sabi kasi ng boyfriend ko, as long as yun ang kinakain mo buong araw, hindi siya nakakataba.”
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Much to our surprise, Mikee is an even bigger snacker than Alex is. Chips are the model-entrepreneur's weakness. “Once nag-start na sya, nonstop. Binge eater sya. Kukunin niya yung mas malalaki kasi konting difference lang daw sa price. Naaubos nya,” she explained with a laugh.
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