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Arci Muñoz on spending lockdown without a boyfriend: ‘Ito ata pinakamatagal na single ako’

‘Love Unlock’ actress Arci Muñoz talks about enjoying single blessedness for the past two years.

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Rhea Manila Santos

Twitter: @allaboutmanila

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08/15/2020 10:07 AM
Arci Muñoz on spending lockdown without a boyfriend: ‘Ito ata pinakamatagal na single ako’
Photo credit: @ramonathornes IG

After wrapping up shooting her first virtual shoot for the digital film Love Unlock last May, Arci Munoz said it was a different kind of challenge for her to not just act in front of the camera but to take care of all the technical aspects as well while shooting her scenes with her phone camera inside her house. “Mahirap. Marami talagang adjustments kasi dun mo talaga ma-appreciate yung mga tao sa likod ng camera, yung mga ginagawa nila, yung mga audiomen namin. Ako lahat eh. Dito sa mismong kuwarto ko, ako nag-ilaw, ako nag-o-on ng audio, ng lapel. Eh di ba pag taping wala ka na namang iisipin kundi ang linya mo, yung script mo, paano ka umarte, paano mag-motivate, yun lang. Pero ang hirap. Sabi ko nga parang ayoko na gawin (laughs). Ayoko na ulitin. Mahirap po. Kasi sisiguraduhin ko lahat na na-re-record yung boses namin bago ako umarte tapos ako lang mag-isa, wala akong katulong. So ang katulong ko lang yung ringlight ko, yun yung parang mismong tripod nung camera tapos itong cellphone lang, yun lang. Kaya ang dami talagang adjustment. Medyo nahirapan ako,” she admitted.

Playing the role of Gerald Anderson’s long-term girlfriend that is stuck in Manila while he is in the province during lockdown is the setting for their mini-film called Hook-up. From their film’s title alone, Arci said the viewers can expect some intimacy happening even if the two characters are physically apart. “Kasi mag girlfriend-boyfriend sila for the longest time and you know naman things do happen when you’re in a long-distance relationship. Miss niyo ang isa’t isa eh. So ano ba ang mga paraan para magkaroon kayo ng konting intimacy?” she shared.

When it comes to her own personal life, Arci revealed why she has been enjoying singlehood for the past two years. “Whenever I’m in a relationship I give it my all. Sometimes, I forget about leaving a little bit of self-love so ang na-unlock ko during this quarantine is I was able to talaga spend time alone. So I learned na for you to be able to love someone else, kailangan mahal mo yung sarili mo. So itong journey na ito na pinagdadaanan ko ngayon, na-appreciate ko yung mga maliliit na bagay and also, to appreciate myself more. Yung mga experiences ko before sa aking mga previous relationships ko ay buhos talaga parang ako yung lalake. So ito ngayon na may time ako alone by myself, single. Ito ata pinaka matagal na single ako. So magdadalawang taon na freedom na parang wow, sarili ko muna,” she said.


The 31-year-old singer and actress said she is just enjoying her time with her loved ones right now. “Siguro pagdating ng panahon at nandiyan na yung tamang tao para sa akin, alam ko na kung paano yung tamang ibibigay ko lang sa tao na yun. Mag-iwan ka lagi sa sarili mo. Yun ang na-unlock ko. Lagi kong kasama yung mga best friend ko, yung mga pusa ko kausap ko. I was able to spend time with my family and I’m super duper happy. Also it’s my choice to stay single right now. Kahit na may mga nagpaparamdam before lockdown, parang choice ko talaga na ako muna, enjoy-in ko muna yung sarili ko. I want to travel by myself na wala akong iniintindi. Imaginary boyfriend na lang muna (laughs),” she added.

As a self-confessed super fan of theme parks, Arci explained her fascination with visiting different ones all over the world. “Kumpleto ko na lahat ng Disneyland at saka Universal Studios sa mundo. Merong (plano). Happy place ko yun. Yung Hong Kong Disneyland ten times ko na ata napuntahan paulit-ulit kasi pinakamalapit eh. At saka sa Japan. Masaya siya eh na napapasaya ako ng lugar na yun eh. Para kasi akong child-like so pag medyo yung mga ganung bagay sobrang nagbibigay ng happiness sa akin. Ewan ko. Alam niyo naman weirdo ako (laughs),” she explained.

Once international travel is allowed again, Arci said she has plans to go abroad and enroll in further studies. “Pag okay na lahat balak kong mag-Japan or Korea. Gusto ko kasi mag-aral ng language so bale habang nasa lockdown tayo, nag-aaral din ako online. Ang hirap lang kasi dapat talaga meron kang kausap eh. So ayun lang (laughs). Ang dami kong gustong puntahan. Ang dami kong travel plans,” she shared.

Watch Arci Muñoz and Gerald Anderson in the digital special Love Unlock episode Hook-up which premieres on August 15, Saturday at 7:30 pm  exclusively on Kapamilya Online Live.