IT'S not easy to be a multi-tasking person. And no, folks, that doesn’t include eating supper in front of the TV set.
Some of you may know Christine Fernandez in any (or not, in all) of the three following fields. In the entertainment scene, she is a regular TV host on ABS CBN Cebu’s game show Kapamilya Winner Ka. In the academe, she is teaching neuro-optometry for fourth year optometry students at Cebu Doctor’s University, College of Optometry.
In the profession, she runs her own optical clinic—Fernandez Eye Clinic—at Gaisano Mactan Island Mall.
Yes, three interesting jobs all done by one person.
And another interesting point is that Christine, in her wildest dreams, never planned any of these things when she was a kid. Well, except for one.
“I was sure that I wanted to become an eye doctor even at a tender age,” she says. August, by the way, is the Eye-saving Month.
“Being an optometrist is one of the best jobs in the world. You get to become your own boss in the clinic. At the same time grow and become emotionally and mentally mature with the challenges you face along the way,” shares the optometrist.
But on top of it, is the fact that you are able to let people see how beautiful our world is,” adds the TV show host “within” the optometrist.
While her teaching stint came rather unexpectedly, she considers being in the entertainment industry as a blessing.
“I started doing musical plays. Then, after promoting our play (Once on This Island), the producers of ABS CBN’s local variety show, Sabado Na Gyud, saw me and asked if I was willing to try hosting. So there, I said yes and I’m here.”
Of course, the question on everyone’s mind is: How does she cope? The schedules are tight and the commitment needed in all professions is very demanding. She even admits to have problems managing her time sometimes. But all in all, she is able to handle her tasks like grace under pressure.
It would seem like she has accomplished everything she’d ever written down on her “to-do-list.” But when you ask her what she considers as the biggest thing that she has accomplished so far, she has this to say:
“I think the biggest thing I’ve accomplished is the comfortable life I have right now.
Knowing that with God’s great help, I was able to achieve whatever I have right now just in its perfect time. And right now, despite what I have, there are still things I want to accomplish. For one, my desire to do an optical mission for kids at remote-public schools.”
Christine is hoping to head a medical mission somewhere in Cebu through the Rotary Club of Cebu Fuente.
It seems like the inspiration just keeps on coming; her life blending perfectly well right now—like “sugar, spice, and everything nice.”