After playing with the Star Magic Lady Spikers in the volleyball event of the Star Magic 30th All Star Games last May 22, first time player Andrea Brillantes shared her excitement after winning their game against Team Star Hunt. Also part of the Star Magic team were fellow artists Gillian Vicencio, Chie Filomeno, Angela Ken, Analain Salvador, Carmella Ford, Vivoree Esclito, and UAAP and national team players Rachel Daquis and Gel Cayuna.
When asked about her experience after their game, the 19-year-old actress could not hide her excitement. “Ito yung unang unang una ko! Masaya naman. Nag-enjoy ako at yun naman ang importante. At saka nanalo naman yung team namin,” she told PUSH.
Andrea was seen supporting her boyfriend Ricci Rivero’s finals match where the University of the Philippines team finally won the UAAP title after 36 years after beating the Ateneo Blue Eagles last May 13.
For the Star Magic Games, Ricci was seen in the stands supporting Andrea and her team. But according to the teen actress, she almost didn’t want him to attend their game in person.
“Actually nung una ayoko talaga siya manuod. Kasi ang galing niya, he’s a pro player tapos ako first time ko talaga. Hindi talaga ako praktisado. Wala talaga ako sa ten times na nakapag-train.
“Nandito lang ako for the fun of it. Andito lang ako para ma-experience kasi gusto ko lang talaga siyang ma-try. Ayoko talaga siya manuod kasi nahihiya ako pero sabi niya kasi, ‘It’s my turn naman na sumupport.’ Sabi ko sige kasi ayoko naman maging unfair na pag ako siya lang nag sinusuportahan. Masaya na nandiyan siya (laughs),” she admitted.
When asked about how her new relationship has inspired her, Andrea admitted she is happy about all the changes and vows not to let any negativity online affect them.
“Masaya ako at sobrang excited din kasi first time ko magkaroon ng boyfriend na mas matanda sa akin na basketball player. At first time ko din na magkaroon ng boyfriend na out sa public. Masaya at saka this time hindi ko na talaga binabasa yung mga comments kasi I know na madaming mga bitter, madaming may mga masasabi sa relasyon.
“Dun lang ako natatakot kasi first time ko nga ito na public at hindi ko pa alam masyado kung paano i-handle. Eh very clingy pa man din ako na tao. So ang daming nagsasabi masyado kaming sweet, ganyan. Pero wala, go with the flow lang ako. Masaya lang. Ang importante lang naman is totoo kami sa isa’t isa,” she explained.
Andrea Brillantes is set to star in the upcoming musical series Lyric and Beat along with Seth Fedelin. There is no release date yet but it is slated to come out this year.