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No day but today

Filed under: Features — admin at 12:00 am on Tuesday, March 31, 2009

One of the suggested topics was about how I spend my day. Paano nga ba? After some thinking, I realized that even if I have a usual work routine, no two days are the same.

I guess that goes for everyone even if you have an 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. job. What happens on a day to day basis is not exactly the same. On my hectic days, I forget how to eat. Hectic means I have work (taping/shooting/meeting/show) and Quentin.

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There are days that I don’t get to sleep. I sometimes finish shoot at 5:00 a.m. and Q is usually awake by 6:00 a.m. There are also days that I simply go with the flow of events. Steady kaya yun. Yung walang masyadong plano. Pero hanggang three days ko lang kaya yung go with the flow attitude. Nakakatanga din naman kasi yung wala masyadong na-achieve sa isang araw. Nakakahinayang.

One of my favorite songs is from the musical Rent, entitled “No Day But Today.” It’s true that tomorrow may not come. If there are important matters to be done, feelings to be shared, and people to appreciate, there is indeed “No day but today.”

This is some sort of reminding myself. I feel like I’m scolding myself in this entry.

Bakit?! Paano, itong si Gelli (de Belen), she called and asked me kung ano ang pinapanood ko na drama ngayon. The truth is, I don’t watch dramas recently because they’re too long. I don’t have the luxury of time. Pero hindi naman puwede na hindi ako manood ng Asianovela bilang Asian drama fan ako. I have to admit that watching these is time-consuming kaya naman Asian movies ang pinapanood ko lately. Maikli lang pero bitin minsan. To those who are asking which movies to watch, I suggest A Moment to Remember, S Diary, My Tutor Friend, Temptation of the Wolves, Days of Being Wild, and Heartbreak Library. You can watch them in Youtube.

Going back to Gelli and how I spend my day. I usually start with a chat and play with Quentin. I eat breakfast. I eat a lot, as in a lot for breakfast. I start with water, then fruits, then bread and seal it with rice. Todo loading ba?! Buti na lang ang mga hotel, automatic na merong free breakfast kasi yun lang at walang lagpas na kakain ako. While having breakfast, I check on my mobile for important messages.

Heto na si Gelli tumawag the other day para sabihin sa akin na manood ng Boys Over Flower. Ano yun? Heto na si Gelli na nag-explain sa akin na parang kasama siya sa production ng mga drama nito. Pareho siya ng Hana Yori Dango, another version nito. Siyempre napanood mo na ang Meteor Garden, di ba? Natawa ako sa statement ni Gagay kaya ang nasagot, “Hana Yori napanood ko na pero ang Meteor Garden hindi.”

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Bakit requirement ba mapanood yun para masabing certified Asian drama fanatic ako? Lahat ito sinasabi ko with matching tawa. Sinabayan naman niya ng matching na hyper na sagot, “Oo naman! Ano ka ba?! Panoorin mo muna yung Meteor Garden bago mo panoorin ang Boys…Meteor Garden, naging phenomenal kaya yan.” Hindi pa tayo fanatics noon kaya dedma tayo.

Heto ako second marathon day ko na, para matapos ang Meteor Garden. Meron pang Meteor Garden 2! Malamang nga naging hit ito. Nasa Meteor Garden 2 na po ako at in love na ako kay Daoming Si and Huaza Lei. Nagfo-forward ako ng bonggang-bongga pag Taiwanese drama kasi ang haba ng tinginan, haba ng buntong hininga. Meron pa silang mga shots sa paa na mabagal…Oo, I get the point. Aaminin ko din naman na nasa mga mahahabang tinginan ako kinikilig at sa mahahabang buntong hininga ako nasasaktan.

Habang watch ako ng Meteor Garden, nag-eexercise and stretching ako kahapon para hindi ako feeling guilty. Ngayon naman, sumusulat ako ng entry sa loob ng bathroom ko sa office.

My favorite place is my bathroom or comfort room. I usually spend hours here.

I write scripts. I read books. I watch DVDs. I talk to people over the phone. I close deals in the comfort room. I lose projects in the comfort room. Usually, when things like these happen, I can cry by myself. Wala naman kasing masyadong nangingialam sa akin sa loob ng banyo. Pag naiyak ko na ang sama ng loob ko, lalabas ako ng comfort room feeling like a comforted person. It’s a very comforting place. Kaya naman pala comfort room ang tawag dito. Puwede pala akong tawaging “comfort women” bilang type ko ang comfort room.

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What else do I do when I’m not working?

I practice playing guitar and drums. Heto mahirap sabayan ng Asian drama kasi nakakalito sa kamay and tempo.

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O baka mabaduyan kayo, when I have free time, I try to pray. Try…hindi pa po ako parating successful. Kasi naman ang daming puwedeng gawin sa loob pa lang ng bahay.

I love going to the grocery. I usually go to S&R, Landmark Trinoma, and Cherry on Congressional Avenue.

Para sa nagtanong, “How’s a normal day for me?” Napaisip talaga ako, and after writing this entry, I want every normal day to be an extraordinary day. No matter how simple or hectic the day is, it still to be an extraordinary day. It is because there is no day but today.

Pabanggit: I was in Guam last 27th and 28th of March. Pooh and I had a show at Matapang Ballroom.

Sa mga nagbasa ng blogs ko today, thank you.


Sa mga addict sa Asian drama katulad ko
, hinay-hinay lang at maraming bagay ang hindi nagagawa. Nawawala sa focus. Candy, tandaan mo iyan. At para sa lahat ng hindi pa nakakanood ng kahit isang Asian drama, you can start today. Experience lang ba. Hahahaha!

Sige na, gagawa na ako ng other things. Sayang oras. No day but today.

Para po sa lahat na nagtatanong (Jhaem, Berryicecream, Minnie, Mulan, Filoflex and Maj), kung magkano sa El Nido and paano mag-book, please visit www.elnidoresorts.com or call 8945644. O ayan, hanggang diyan na lang ang maitutulong ko sa inyo.

Mrs. Shrestha: Sige, kusina naman sa susunod na entry.

Naya13: Church annulment talaga ang topic. Kay bigat naman po. Pero sige, I will write some info about it sa susunod pong entry. Ipagdasal mo na mapasok ko ito ng suwabe at hindi Pilita Corales (as in napipilitan) ang arrive.

O siya, let’s seize the day!

Awed by El Nido…and your comments!

Filed under: Travelogue — admin at 11:42 pm on Tuesday, March 24, 2009

I was in a lock frame position, as in freeze, when I saw and read all your comments. I was truly humbled. It was a simple and short “panawagan” but you guys responded to my it. Thank you so much.

Lahat po ng topics na iyan ay susubukan kong isulat. As a matter of fact, sa sobrang dami ng suggestions niyo, hindi ko alam ang uunahin ko. Magaganda lahat! Maraming maraming maraming salamat sa pag-post niyo ng comments. Madali naman pala kayo pakiusapan. Sana ganito parati ang relationship natin.

Marami po sa inyo ang nagtatanong about vacation spots and environmental cheverloo. Sakto naman kasi I just came from El Nido, Palawan, kung saan bonggang-bongga ang environmental conservation, bilang nasa El Nido ang madaming endangered water species at merong 45 protected islands.

It was my first time to go to that part of Palawan. I would usually visit Puerto Princesa.

El Nido, located at Bascuit Bay, was such a heaven. Walang OA na napanganga ako sa ganda ng lugar, sights, bato, tubig…lahat ito nasa Pinas. Hello!

Hindi nga lang ito masyado napupuntahan kasi mahirap itong puntahan. I went to El Nido via a chartered plane, transvoyager, kung saan nabilang ko kung ilang beses kumain ng biscuit yung piloto. Wala namang masama sa pagkain niya, nagkataon lang na ako ang nasa likod nila kaya kitang-kita ko ang lahat ng galaw nila.

After an hour and 15-minute plane ride, we were welcomed by the local version of Sexbomb. Then we were led to a spacious Nipa Hut, where some drinks and refreshments were served.

A very polite man approached us and introduced himself as our tour guide and friend. He gave us a thorough briefing. “Ma’am, in five minutes, we will be taking a jeepney ride going to the port, where we will be riding a boat to El Nido. If there’s anything you need, just let me know,” say ni KUya. Buti na lang at hindi ako humingi ng love life, kung hindi, masisira ang diskarte niya.

The jeep was custom-designed, with it’s higher headroom and spacious legroom, so passengers would feel more comfortable. The foreigners need not stoop down.

When we arrived the port, I noticed Korean lovers. Of course, being an Asian drama fanatic, na-excite ako na makita sila na parang naka-costume, kasi pareho sila ng outfit. The Korean girl was afraid to ride the small speedboat and one of the guides suddenly spoke in Korean to explain that we were going to transfer to a bigger boat. Ang taray ni manong, sa itim niyang yun, aba, multi-lingual pala ang lolo mo.

The boat ride was heaven. The view was a sight to behold. The rock formations and mountains were awesome. I was in paradise. Walang OA, ang tanging nasabi ko ay “There is a God. And He is so great. He made all these for us.”

Napakanta talaga ako ng “The beauty of the Philippines shining through…” Nakakakalma and nakaka-inspire yung place. Kung saan-saan pumupunta ang mga Pinoy for vacation, eh, dito lang sa atin, mapapanganga ka na sa ganda.

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I stayed at Lagen Resort. It’s a very beautiful place. As in promise! Hindi naman ako ma-chika about the places I’ve been to pero ito ay magiging kasalanan pag hindi ko i-share sa inyo kung gaano kaganda ang place. Imagine Blue Lagoon…Na-imagine niyo na? May ganun.

We were invited by Ten Knots Development Corporation, owners of Lagen and Minloc Resorts. The people were so warm and friendly. The food was good. The selection was varied. The service was excellent. The pool size was just perfect. Sakto lang. Ayaw ko kasi ng masyadong malaki at natatakot ako.

Greeters welcomed us with their native Cuyunin song. Once again, we were briefed about the amenities of the resort, buffet time, room service, activities we can do (hiking, diving, intro to diving, snorkelling, island hopping, rock climbing, turtle finding, swimming, hat making, kayak and etc.). Ang dami puwedeng gawin. We were requested to put our phones in silent mode so as not to distract other guests.

We were also briefed about El Nido’s environmental preservation through garbage dissemination, bringing home all non-biodegradable items we brought, no picking of shells, stones, nose, and etc.

Merong mga assigned environment-friendly plastic bag, made of polythene, for our trash. Meron din silang binigay na list with pictures of endangered species na pag nakita namin ay check namin, then submit sa kanila for their info kung saan ito nakita.

Aba naman, magsho-show ako, nakabakasyon na ako, makakapag-science lessons pa ako. Taray!

I’m very particular with room accommodations, the interior, ambiance, and cleanliness. Kasi nga, dun mo masusukat ang kalidad ng lugar.

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I was impressed the minute I got into the room kasi ang bango. Aminin niyo naman masarap matulog sa room na mabango at maluwag. I was delighted to see that they use native materials to the maximum level—from hangers to towel holders.

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The room had a veranda fronting the beach. Ang romantic sa gabi. Ang saya sa umaga with matching naririnig ko pa ang meditational music na ginawa ni Kuya Gary V sa kabilang room.

(Si Kuya Gary V, ibang topic din yung tungkol sa kanya. Pero nakausap ko na si Ate Angeli and meron kaming ipo-post na kanta ni Kuya Gary here para sa mga kababayan natin sa ibang bansa. Bastah!)

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The pool in Lagen is not that deep kaya pasok pati sa mga hindi marunong mag-swim. Nakita ko yung mga koreano na pareho ang outfit. Ganda ng nga ng place, ganda pa ng katawan nung koreano. Nahilo at nalito ako kung ano ang titingnan ko. Feeling ko, set ng isang Korean drama.

The price of El Nido’s accommodation was worth it. Part of the fee goes to their environmental campaigns and their efforts to preserve the 45 islands of El Nido. Pero libre na lahat ng club activities hanggang lumuwa ang dila mo sa pagod at sumakit ang shoulders mo sa sunburn. Libre din ang coffee na overflowing na kay sarap ng pagkaka-brew. Kaya naman gising na gising ang lahat ng senses ko to see the beauty of the place.

‘Tapos ang efficient ng mga staff nila. Lumabas lang ako ng room sandali, pagbalik ko ayos na lahat ng gamit ko. Parang may nagbabantay sa lahat ng room to fix it all the time.

I noticed though that the people of El Nido seemed unfazed byu their surroundings. Parang they were born there so they got used to it. For them, parang ordinaryo lang.

Pero para sa akin na nakatira sa congested and traffic metro—this place is heaven. I guess there are so many things around us that we tend to take for granted because we look at what others have and what we don’t have. If we just learn to focus and appreciate the things we have, we may see how blessed we are. The things that may seem nothing for us are actually treasures for others. Haaaay! Life…

Babalik ako dun. Basta, isasama ko si Quentin, mommy and sister ko. Kayanin kaya ng EL Nido ang hyper kung anak? Makalma kaya si Quentin sa El Nido o ma-hyper kaya ang El Nido kay Quentin? I will let you know. It was a short three-day El Nido experience. It was short, sweet, memorable, and refreshing.

Thank you to Ettiene Laboro’oy, ang general Manager; Apple Lina, the arketing Manager; and Mitzi, ang senior manager of Lagen and Minloc Resorts for taking care of us nang bonggang-bongga.

‘Tapos nabasa ko ang mga comments niyo. (Singhot) Maiyak-iyak kaya ako sa tuwa. Muntik na akong tumambling sa tuwa kung marunong lang ako. Hindi ako marunong kaya nagtatalon na lang ako hanggang parang pagod na ako. Lagpas sa 20 ang comments ko. Totoo ang tsismis, marami nga ang nagbabasa, hindi nga lang nagko-comment for so many reasons, according to Karen Pagsolingan (managing editor of PEP) sa analysis niya. Nakakatuwa kaya!!!

Sa lahat ng nag-comment, thanks again. Sabi niyo, try ko banggitin ang mga names niyo. Try ko malagay lahat. Pag may makaligtaan ako, sa susunod. Pero asahan niyo na babalik-balikan ko ang last entry ko na yun para sa mga suggested topics niyo.

First time nag-comment ever, mga sumaklolo sa aking panawagan: pito, tetsky, undecided, lena, bornakz, aruray, almond, lalaine, lilo_stitch_returns, haydee, yashi, catherina, joweedeame, tomasina, Jordan, mickeypiper, naya13, thesalvarez, mr. Psyche, ms.dee, Karen, macmac, shadow,saadow, slender, cheyene, ganda, carmi, gingersnap, anon, Stanley, snoot, tangera, priceless, Rowena, aries, Julius, lifeiswhatwemakeit, meshell, jing, gracey, tigress, nadja, evan001, sexpink, tetsky, maldita_08, kaycee_16, eva, risingstar, ryan, bellapia, maxxukobe, charismadear, jingle, pewriwinkle, ella, pinky, mamamia, pie, windysmb, coach, elgie, carmina, chloe, mint, virgingem, sheng, Minnie, killersmile, third, princesskaye, meiden, mj1021,mich05, not_unknown at marami pa kayong iba.

Filoflex: Yes, kasama po ako sa soap ni Juday. Si Direk Wenn na po ang isa sa mga directors doon kasama si Direk Andoy. Malapit na daw po kailanganin ang character ko. Yes po. Ipapalabas po yun. You will see Ms. Judy Ann soon.

Lonelyrichard:
Wag ka na po lonely.

Pambihira: Salamat sa iyong panawagan.

Risingstar and gossipmonger: Heto po at maglalagay ako ng mga pictures. Sensiya at nawala ang Cybershot Camera ko. Hindi ako ganado kumuha ng pictures with this camera I have now. Pero kukuha ako pics again.

Cruzettefidelino: You wanted me to talk about network wars. Pasensiya na pero wala po akong masyadong alam about that except na kaming mga artist ang madalas na naiipit dito. I think more than the war of the network, our loyalty and responsibility to the viewing public are more important. Kung saan kayo masaya, go. Kung saan naman ang trabaho, hayaan niyo naman kami.

Koreana: Alam mo ba na 2008, meron Korean movie na shinoot dito sa Pilipinas? Nagulat ako pero salamat na rin sa kanila kasi prinomote nila ang bansa natin. The movie is in Youtube entitled Romantic Island. Boracay naman pala ang setting. Hindi ganun ka interesting ang story kakatuwa lang kasi nasa Pinas ang setting.

Manispeed, bheya of abudhabi, zirk_090103 and others: O, heto na ang bagong summer vacation place na napuntahan ko.

O nga pala, nandito ako sa Waterfont Insular Davao ngayon. Maganda rin yung lugar. Next entry ko na pag-uusapan ito.

Friends, suggest lang kayo and I will try my best to write more often.

‘O nga pala, I will be having a show in Guam for TFC with Pooh on March 27 at 7:00 p.m.; March 28 at 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Venue is Matapang Ballroom. Pasensiya na at hindi ko alam ang exact address ng ballroom na ito. Kung Matapang Ballroom ang name ng place, I’m quite sure tambayan ng Pinoy ang hotel na ito. Pag nalaman ko, habol ko sa inyo ang itinerary. Guam friends, I hope to see you all.

Good or better choices

Filed under: Features — admin at 4:31 pm on Thursday, March 12, 2009

The choices that we make can either make or break us. I have learned that whatever we choose today will be our tomorrow. I have made wrong choices before and suffered the consequences. Each time I am on the recuperating period, I would always say, “never again.” Sa mga matitigas na ulo katulad ko, madalas kailangan experiential talaga para maniwala at matuto. I have to admit I still fall into the trap and make wrong decisions or choices.

It’s so easy to choose between what is right and wrong. Though at times, todo confusing na talaga which is right or wrong, kasi nga naman, ang isang wrong dati, parang right na ngayon kasi every one is doing it. These days, what seems to be right is really wrong naman pala. The wrongness is covered with layers of icings and trimmings making it look nice and right. The trimmings and icings are the factors that surround us and the justifications we have. I call them reasoning for our convenience.

Na-late ako kasi ang dami kong ginawa sa bahay saka si Quentin, yung anak ko, kailangan kong asikasuhin. Pero the fact is, bakit di ko ginawa yun nang mas maaga para hindi ako na-late.

Ang init ngayon ng panahon kaya okay lang mag-backless sa loob ng simbahan, understanding naman si Lord. Saka backless naman, hindi makikita ng pari. Nakalimutan ko yung mga tao sa likod ko hindi na nakinig sa sermon at binilang na lang ang balbon sa likod ko, chineck kung may pekas ako, binilang kung kumpleto pa ang vertebrae ko.

Ang complicated na kasi ng life kaya nakakalito. I realized all these when I attended the workshop a while ago for the soap Only You. It was like a wake-up call. “Hoy Candy, ang dami mong reasons. Go back to the basics.”

The workshop was both an eye opener and a humbling experience. I already knew some of the activities but I forgot the essence and the values that went with them. It’s also nice to know that there are people in the industry that really have this passion and love for work. Ang yabang ko…nakakahiya…Wala naman akong pre-conceived notion about these new colleagues of mind, but they sure ignited my passion for my craft.

Going back to choices, it‘s harder to choose between two good things or two rights. How would I know which one is the better good or the better choice? They are both good and I want them both. Greedy ba ako? I would like sana to make myself available for both good things.

Heto na yun kasi, merong soap na Only You, with Angel Locsin, Sam Milby, Diether Ocampo and so many more great actors directed by Rory Quintos. I have a series of shows in Europe on the first week of May, and kasali ako sa Sharon-Ai -Ai movie na meron na pong play date. Gusto ko po sila gawin lahat.

I want to work with megastar Sharon Cuneta. Why? Sharon Cuneta yan…Hello!

I want to work with Ms. Ai- Ai. Why? Si tiyang Ai-Ai kaya yan at hindi pa kami nakakapag-work together in a film.

I want to work again with Direk Wenn Deramas, who have been my director for a lot of soaps for the longest time. He was one of the first TV directors who trusted me.

I am excited to work with Direk Rory Quintos and the whole ensemble because there’s so much space for growth and learning.

I won’t lie about Europe being my dream destination. I want to go there.

Wait…I just spoke with Direk Wenn over the phone. I was already taken out of the film. (Singhot-drink water-sigh-palatak-look sa sky-then deep sigh again.) I was just writing about how hard it is to choose between two good things. Direk Wenn explained every thing to me.

Back to what I wrote in the earlier part of this blog I did not take into consideration that I’d be more of a problem and a burden to the team because of my schedule. I was just thinking of what I wanted. Pasensiya. I forgot what was needed and the right thing to do.

Sad na naman ako. Hindi na naman ako kasama. Pero I am so thankful that I was considered to be a part of such project. And for that alone, I am honored and truly grateful. Nangako naman si Direk Wenn na isasali niya ako sa mga susunod pang projects. Sa tamang panahon at pagkakataon, magkakasama rin kami ni Mega, Ms. Ai-ai, and would reunite with Direk Wenn. Nakakatawa kasi pati sa real life, kailangan ng proper timing when making the right choices.

To everyone who watched the MMK “Transistor,” thank you very much po.

Tikboi: Wala po akong pinariringgan sa last paragraph from my last entry. Napag-isip mo tuloy ako.

Christian:
Thanks for the affirmation na bonggang-bongga. Oo nga, Pokwang dapat yung role ko sa For the First Time, at dahil hindi siya puwede, napunta sa akin. Timing naman na wala akong ginagawa. Blessing talaga.

To all: Matanong ko lang, ano ba ang gusto niyo na topic na isulat ko maliban sa math, kung saan mahina ako. Kasi ang konti ng comments ko. Marami namang nagsasabi na nagbabasa sila, di nga lang nagko-comment. Pero gusto ko rin sana makabasa ng comments niyo. I cannot write about sex, kasi wala naman akong sex life. Please let me know. Pleeeeeeez….

Blessing in disguise

Filed under: Features — admin at 7:28 pm on Friday, March 6, 2009

I was informed about two months ago that I would be part of KC and Piolo’s new TV series, which is a Korean adaptation telenovela entitled Lovers in Paris. Ecxiting!

Wait, Lovers in Paris?

Meaning sa Paris po ito? Correct! I was then informed that I would join the cast leaving for Paris. May trabaho na ako, makakapunta pa ako ng Paris and, to top it all, kasama ko si Piolo Pascual! Sensya, guwapo po siya. Talagang gano’n. Wala lang.

Four days after learning about such elating news, I was informed that I am no longer part of this soap. Huh?

What the—–gulay is happening? Goodbye work, goodbye Paris, and goodbye Piolo!

I was devastated. I was more than devastated. I was tulala. I couldn’t believe that in four days, they could actually change their mind. Honestly, I felt cheated. Well, here comes another news: I will be transferred to another series. Okay…I have no idea then what the series will be. My thought balloon: Thank God, there’s still work. But still, till goodbye Paris and goodbye Piolo!

Tuesday, I did the look test for the new soap. Gosh! Yes, I found out that I’m not going to Paris, but I’m going to be part of a stellar cast and work with a respectable director. Itago na lang po natin siya sa pangalang Rory Quintos. I never got the chance to work with her. The thought of working with people the first time is scary, exciting, and interesting for me.

It is scary because I might not be able to deliver her demands and expectations. It is exciting and interesting because I know it’s gonna be an added learning, challenge, and growth for me as a performer.

Pasensya na po, I’m not so sure if I can tell you the main leads of the series pero nag-times two na Piolo ang ka-join ko. It’s also a Koreanovela adaptation, and some scenes will be shot in Korea! Yehey!

I am a self-confessed Asian drama fanatic. I would love to go to Korea. Parang ka-level na po yun ng Paris sa pananaw ko bilang isang human being na nag-e-enjoy manood with subtitles. I felt my blood rushing with excitement. Finally, I can see Seoul. I can see the train stations, the streets, the houses, the islands where they shoot. Yehey!!!

Only to find out that I’m not gonna be flying to Korea. Grrrr…

One more thing, the series requires me to be good at cooking. Huuuuwaaat??? Coooking??? OMG!!! I love to clean the house. I love to fix everything, just don’t let me cook. My role is an executive chef or head chef. I have no choice but to go to workshops and learn the basics.

I was asked to go to AICA, Suite 207 Skyway Twin Towers, 351 Capt. Henry Javier Street, Pasig City. My teacher is Chef Jerome and there were a lot of SA or student assistants. At press time, I was taught how to use the knives, move around the kitchen, use the terms, have that attitude in cooking, and a lot more.

I can’t believe myself but I’m enjoying it so much. Todo kaya! I never realized that slicing and peeling can be so much fun if done the proper way and with the right tools. I am so into this! We also did kimchi. Amazing! I am so happy. Gosh!

I have no regrets being transferred to this soap. This is something different, challenging, and at the same time, practically useful for everyday life. I’m enjoying every minute of the workshop.

I’m going back tomorrow hoping I’ll do better than today.

I forgot to mention that after feeling sad for that Paris trip, I got an offer to do shows in Nice, Brussels, and guess what…Paris. God is really so cool. Sensya na talaga at nagtampo-tampo pa ako, meron pala siyang better plans for me. Naks! I will be there with Vhong Navarro and Pooh Pacquiao on the first week of May. Naks! Prinomote ko na para di na maudlot. Hahaha!

We haven’t started taping yet for the series, but there’s something I’ll ask you to watch. (Segue po ang tawag sa style na iyan.)

Once again, Ms. Malou Santos or MNS gave me the chance to work with wonderful and great actors, like Noel Trinidad and Nova Villa, in MMK or Maalaala Mo Kaya. Tama na naman po kayo. Comedians joined forces for one heartwarming and love-filled episode. This is the love story of my parents.

The daughter witnessed the real meaning of love and commitment, and the pain that comes with it. Siguro if I did this when I was younger, noong nagsisimula pa lang ako sa showbiz, hindi ko lubos maiintindihan ang lalim ng pag-ibig. Baka nga ma-weirduhan pa ako…After this episode, I, therefore, conclude that marriage can never be fully dependent on emotions such as love and passion. Marriage and love are synonymous to commitment. They’re a choice. They’re a decision.

This episode is directed by Direk Dado, who in also the head writer of MMK. He really helped us understand our characters and clearly see the situations. Thank you, Direk, you were such a big help.

Please do watch it on Saturday, March 7, ABS-CBN at 8:00 p.m. Sige na. ‘Tapos, let me know what you think about it. Review baga, some kind of a reaction…Kung type mo lang naman. Sana naman type mo.

I am grateful for all these pleasant surprises. Akala ko wala, wala, wala! Yun pala meron, meron, merong plano si Lord sa akin. Sabi nga nila, “Shut up, hang on, do your best and God will do the rest.” Taray!

In fairness nga naman, wala pa nga akong nakitang ibon na namatay sa gutom. Usually namamatay sila sa pagkakakuryente sa electricity wires. Hilig kasi tumambay sa mga spots na delikado. Ayaw tumambay  sa trees or nest. Kaya  steady pulso lang tayo sa mga designated places natin and let’s not make siksik sa places na hindi tayo kailangan nang hindi makuryente, at ma-witness pa ang mga surprises na bonggang-bongga!

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