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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Apr 27, 2020


RHIAN RAMOS with Israeli BF Amit Borsok

RHIAN RAMOS iwht co-stars in 'LOVE OF MY LIFE'

RHIAN RAMOS says one and a half months of extended quarantine has given her enough time to meditate and made her more reflective about life.

“This period of isolation has given me a new perspective in life,” she says in an online interview. “You know how they say that you don’t really know what you have until it’s gone? I realized it’s so true. Now, I’m not just grateful for the little things, like taking walks in the park, I really long for them!”

She has not gone out for so long and is just staying in her condo.  “Earlier today, I went outside to sit under the sun, which I haven’t done in over a month. A woman from our building’s staff then approached me and politely asked me to go back to my unit.

"I nodded, I know it’s for my own safety, but then, I cried a little, before going back inside. She must’ve thought I was nuts!”

What does she like about staying at home? And what’s frustrating? “I’ve always liked naman being alone. Given a choice, I would probably live my life similarly to this quarantine even, kaya lang sobra naman what’s happening now.

"Hindi naman ako hermit or recluse. But I also like that the lockdown makes you more creative with how you show and demonstrate your love to the people you truly care for, like ordering food and supplies for them then sending it to their homes.

"But it’s hard living in the city and not being able to go outside and feel the sun or the grass under your feet. I miss that.”

What does she look forward to doing when the lockdown is finally lifted? “Una sa lahat, going back to work, taping new episodes for our hit primetime show, ‘Love of Your Life’. So many people are telling me na nabitin sila kasi biglang natigil ang airing. But what can we do?”

She says she’s surprised that so many viewers seem to like her being paired with Mikael Daez, the less favored son of Coney Reyes, in the story. 

“Nagulat nga kami ni Mikael, may chemistry pala kami, kahit alam ng lahat he has Megan Young in his life and I’m also in a relationship now, even if sa abroad nga lang siya naka-based.

"They’re asking what will happen to our characters, Kelly and Nikolai. So sabi ko, abangan na lang nila kapag nakapag-tape na kami ng bagong episodes and we get back on the air.”

What else does she miss?

“I miss hugging my mom and my sister. Also, shaking people’s hands and working out in the gym with other people. I miss the beach and seeing the people I work with who I consider my second family. I also miss wearing heels. Ha ha ha!”

How about her Israeli boyfriend, Amit Borsok, who’s in the USA?

“Oh yes. We last saw each other in person before I got busy with ‘Love of My Life’. Now, bawal mag-travel due to the lockdown, so tiis-tiis muna. It’s good we have the technology to communicate regularly online.”