You’ve been modeling for how long now?
I first joined a model search in 2011. Pero ang nag-open talaga sa akin sa pagse-sexy yung Elite Body Philippines. And then after that, nagkaroon ako ng car shows tapos tuluy-tuloy na. My most memorable car show was Hot Import Nights. I was part of the first batch, in which I won “Most Liked” on Facebook.
How many Likes are we talking about?
I think around 3,000-plus. Nag-effort talaga yung mga pinsan ko dun!
Three thousand-plus cousins! What a huge family you have!
Ha ha ha! Hindi, malaki lang kasi talaga yung network ng mga pinsan ko, pati network ng mom ko. So ginamit talaga namin lahat ng resources at dun ako nagwagi. Ha ha!
You can use that to pursue a career in, say, politics, you know…
Yes, I believe so. Actually at first I really wanted to be a politician, kasi ang course ko talaga is foreign service, at binalak kong mag-take up ng Law. But after graduating college, dun na nag-start yung car shows tapos nawala
yung passion ko for Law. I’d like to go back to studying pero it’s going to be focused on marketing, PR, and events. Ngayon I’m organizing a pageant, which will be held in May.
Congratulations on finding your true calling. Do you remember the first time modeling piqued your interest?
I was the shy type talaga. Growing up, wholesome ang tingin sa akin ng relatives ko. Nung Grade 4 ako, that was the time na nanunood na ako ng TV, and medyo late at night na, medyo pang-adult na yung napapanood ko! Ha ha! Nakikita ko na dun sina Rosanna Roces, nakikita kong gusto sila ng mga tao, na pantasya sila ng mga lalaki. So sa school, a teacher asked us: What do you want to be when you grow up? Most of my classmates answered doctor, teacher. Ako, ang sabi ko, “I want to be a bold star!” Ha ha!
Our photographer said he was shocked at how daring you were.
Ako rin nagulat. When I’m comfy, gagawin ko kung ano man yung sinasabi ng photographer. Kasi I know they’ll make sure naman maganda yung kalalabasan. Hindi ka mapapasama dito. And besides, this is FHM, so good na yun!
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Shot on location at Maxims Hotel, Resorts World Manila; Special thanks to Joy Andrade