Actress Nova Villa or Novelita Gallegos considered it a big mission to receive the highest honor (Papal award) of the Vatican to a layman.
According to Nova Villa, her desire to be part of the field of art is a God-given mission.
“Yung ambisyon kong mag-artista became a mission, lahat ng ginagawa ko sa showbiz ay may kaakibat na misyon,” said the actress in an interview with Radio Veritas.
“Bukal sa puso ko yung anything na ginagawa ko for God; I’m happy to do it kahit mahirap,” the actress said.
Novaliches Bishop Roberto Gaa stressed that the community should work together because the recognition received by Nova is for all who serve in the parish.
He added that papal awardees are expected to be witnesses of the good news and good example of being a good Christian.
“Ang papal award ay tatak ng paglilingkod sa simbahan na may kaakibat na malaking responsibilidad; They are shining example sana paano mamuhay bilang Kristiyano,” said Bishop Gaa.
Vatican gives Papal award to Nova Villa
Gallegos called on the people, especially those who serve in the church, to continue to be good servants of the Lord despite being part of various fields in society.
“I think, I am just an instrument of God’s grace to people, by being nice to people, giving smile at them, you’re giving them hope,” said Gallegos.
It was June 2019 when Novaliches Bishop Emeritus Antonio Tobias nominated Noval Villa for the papal award in addition to six other individuals from the diocese.
The Pro Ecclesia Et Pontifice was awarded to the actress at San Lorenzo Ruiz Parish, Tandang Sora Quezon City on January 14, 2021, under the leadership of Bishop Roberto Gaa with Bishop Tobias, Fr. Niño Etulle, the parish priest of the Parish and other priests of the San Isidro Vicariate.
Novelita Villanueva Gallegos, better known as Nova Villa, is a Filipino actress and a veteran comedian. She is a former main-stay actress of ABS-CBN but later transferred to rival station GMA Network to pursue a series regular actress.