Name : Monica Pauline Gil
Nickname : Nikki
Birthday : August 23, 1987
School : Ateneo De Manila
Getting into modeling : I used to do VTRs when I was younger. No one was getting me. I felt rejected so I stopped. My skin broke out too! When it cleaned up, I started again. Then I go the Coke and Sunsilk TVCs right away.
How was your Coke shoot : It was really fun! It didn't feel like work at all. One day rehearsal, the one day for the shoot [in Ongpin]. We recorded the song a day before the rehearsal. The atmosphere wasn't stressful at all."
So it was you who was really singing the commercial : "Yes! I love singing! But my only exposure is in church, We're a family of singers too."
Fave Artists : Jason Mraz, John Mayer and Tamia. I like Disney songs. My fave Disney song is 'Part of Your World'. I don't like rock. I also like Southborder.
Hobbies : I play the piano. I play volleyball. I'm into studying. I graduated valedictorian from high school, so its part of me na. I bake too! My specialty is oatmeal cookies.
Any Collections : Buttons and Candy Wrappers like the colorful Wonka wrappers. The designs are very cute. I keep it in a jar.
Beauty Secret: Well for me,it doesn't really matter how much make-up you put on or whatever you do, if you're not beautiful inside, it will really show. I think it's important to beautify your inner person before anything else. But drink lots of water and don't forget to wash your face always before going to bed.
Describe your style : Girly, conservative but not too balot. I'm not really the jeans-and-sneakers type, but still laid back.
You shop at ? Bayo and Kamiseta. But i'd rather shop in tiangges, like Greenhills. Usually I buy something that's cheap lang.
You like guys who are : In Love With God. Major turn-on. Funny, sweet and intelligent. Someone who can provide for me when we get married. I like guys who are like my dad. My dad is wonderful. I also like cute, tanned, Mexican-type of guys. Not chinito and mestizo.
Would rather avoid guys who are : Guys who are presko, and those who are super duwag. Those who won't take a risk.
You hate it when : My alarm goes off in the morning. I travel from the South to Ateneo every day so I have to wake up really early. It's the worst feeling.
You love it when : Classes are suspended. You get to stay home and eat and sleep.
In the future you are going to : I've always wanted to be a princess, but it's impossible, I guess (laughs). I have many plans for myself , but you know how life operates, you never know in what direction it will take you. I also want to start my own business but on what I'm not so sure yet, but I definitely want to be my own boss.
Guiding Principle : Follow you goals but be sensitive to what you want. Enjoy life!
Nikki graduated from Shekinah Christian Academy in March 2004 as batch valedictorian. Nikki was also a voice talent for various TV/radio commercials and jingles such as Dunkin Donuts, J&J, Ovaltine, Anchor Milk, Del Monte Catsup and Del Monte Pineapple to name a few.