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Dec 7, 2017
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FHM’s Sexiest Woman for 2016, Jessy Mendiola, celebrated her 25th birthday last Sunday, December 3.

She marked that special day with a much-needed getaway to one of her favorite places in the country, Boracay.

 

In an Instagram post, the Kapamilya actress shared the struggles she’s had in her career and love life.

“The past few years have not been easy. I was so scared to be myself, to love without hesitation and to live my life the way I wanted to,” she said.

She adds: “Many times I would doubt myself, always listen to what other people would think or say, always try to please others, because that was me. I would sacrifice my own happiness for someone else’s pleasure, even if it meant getting hurt.”

Now that she's a year older, the former FHM Sexiest Woman vows to prioritize what she wants, who she really is, and what will make her happy.

“There will be no holding back anymore. I will keep choosing happiness. To the people who stood by me through my highs and lows and have encouraged me to never give up, thank you. You know who you are, I will be forever grateful.”

She even started a hashtag to kick-off this promise, #MendioLaban25.

We're already sensing a big change coming from our former cover girl. She seems wiser, fiercer, and happier—and her FHM family, friends, and fans are proud of her constant evolution.

And just like the sun, we know that Jessy is about to rise again to give us a glow that shines so bright!

Again, happy birthday to the one and only senyorita!

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