With her reign as the Ginebra San Miguel calendar girl coming to an end next month, Chie Filomeno shared just what she learned about herself after becoming the famous liquor brand’s chosen pin up model for 2022.
“Ang daming pagbabago. As in nag-grow ako into a woman na mas empowered and mas in-embrace ko talaga yung petite-ness ko. And when it comes to my craft, mas pinagbubutihan ko din talaga,” she shared with PUSH in an exclusive interview.
Having started out as a cosplayer before starting her showbiz career and eventually becoming a celebrity housemate on Pinoy Big Brother last year, the 26-year-old-actress said she isn’t hounded by the pressure to look constantly sexy, but is instead focusing on having a healthy mind and body instead.
“Actually, I think it’s more for my mind also, hindi lang siya for my body. Just working out and eating healthy, that’s what I feed my mind and my soul also. Yun talaga yun eh. Dapat healthy din yung utak mo, yung heart mo especially,” she said.
When it comes to fashion, Chie said she has come a long way from being a newcomer in showbiz with no budget for a stylist.
“Actually, before nung wala pa akong pera pambayad ng stylist, ako talaga nag-sa-style sa sarili ko. And may times din na if feel ko na hindi ko naman kailangan ng stylist and yung creative juices ko andiyan, ako na lang mag-sa-style sa sarili ko. I think ang iniisip ko lang talaga when it comes to fashion is kailangan comfortable din talaga ako sa damit na sinusuot. It’s a collaboration din with the stylist kasi kailangan namin mag-collaborate with what I want and what they want also and what they feel like na bagay sa akin. Kasi mas alam din nila kung ano bagay sa akin,” she recalled.
Now that she is celebrating her 10th year in the industry, the sexy actress revealed why she is content being single at the moment.
“I’m healthy. Happy. I think hindi naman magpapahinga yung puso ko (laughs) I think kasi it comes with being a breadwinner also. And gusto ko lahat ng attention ko mabigay ko muna sa family ko, sa parents ko, especially sa brother ko. And then yung heart ko, kaya ko naman yan. Bata pa tayo and kaya pang mag-antay. Kasi ayoko ng dating around na puro date lang ng date. Gusto ko, pag yun na yung taong yun, yun na,” she admitted.
Chie shared with PUSH how she ended up in as a breadwinner when she was just a teen. But she also stressed that she is proud to do it for her family.
“No choice. But still, kahit ano mang obstacle yan, pipiliin ko pa rin maging breadwinner. Hindi siya utang na loob eh. It’s more of, ito yung parang tanaw ng pagmamahal ko sa kanila, sa parents ko. Kasi they have sacrificed so much for us. Pero may mga times na gusto kong mag-give up pero every time makikita ko sila, maaalala ko lahat ng sacrifices na ginawa nila and I’m okay, I’m fine,” she said.
Aside from paying for her family’s needs, Chie is also proud to be supporting her younger brother Rio’s schooling expenses. The Star Magic artist also admitted that she plans to return to school someday and take up a degree in Communication Arts or Multimedia Arts.
“Two years na lang ata ga-graduate na siya. I’ve been helping him since I was 16. happy lang ako kasi ito yung hindi ko pa mabigay sa sarili ko ngayon. So ito yung gusto ko maibigay sa kapatid ko. I want to go back to school din,” she added.