There are few in the industry who've met success the way Kapamilya award-winning actress Jodi Sta. Maria has. With grace, glamour, an outward faith, and an angelic smile, not to mention an International Emmy nomination under her belt, Jodi continues to captivate and impress her fans and followers. If you were to bump into Jodi with no prior knowledge of her, you probably wouldn't guess that this beaming babe is a doting single mother just five years shy of 40. We're convinced she's got her own bottle of the fountain of youth hidden away somewhere. PSY's potent Amor Powers still has more tricks up her sleeve for sure.
We caught up the actress-mom-superwoman at the AVON Designed by Jodi, featuring her recently released bag collection. It's one she calls a "collaboration."
Jodi helped AVON in infusing a fashionable look and design into the bags, stressing the thought of functionality while at it. The results astonish: The bags boasts are practical yet ultra trendy, versatile enough to use daily. "With the color, we thought of something na kailangan madali siyang i-match kung ano man yung outfit na susuotin mo. So, we thought of yung mga basic talaga. Black and beige, tan, so mabilis siyang i-match let’s say sa shoes or sa top," she said. "For me you shouldn't be the one adjusting to your bag. Bags should help us, not hinder us."
It's fairly inexpensive, too. This beige bag, for example, is priced at P999. It comes with a bag organizer to keep your pens, pencils, and other necessities. Plus, its lining is waterproof.
The Designed by Jodi Accessories line is available through Avon Representatives or via www.avon.ph. You can also download the Avon Brochure app via Google Play or Apple store.
Being a businesswoman is still on top of Jodi's other lines of work, though. She's currently working on a teleserye, demanding her to be on set MWF. On a Thursday or Saturday, she is again on set shooting for a movie. Every Tuesday, she's up at 7 AM to prepare for homeschool.
Yes, Jodi is back pursuing her studies. She is set to finish her Psychology course and in two years.
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For Jodi, it isn't just about having made enough to live. She profoundly recognizes and acknowledges the value of a completed higher education degree. "Even if I’m working, I never let go of that dream na one day I have to finish school," she says of her classes that only take place once a week at 8 AM-5 PM.
In retrospect, we observed that Jodi's limelight streak in showbiz came about quite suddenly over the last decade. We wanted to know more about what made her decide to consciously level up and deliberately shape her acting future instead of waiting around for the next pleasing role to come along. Jodi simply said that it was all about making an impact that was significantly hers to deliver.
"I came to a point na one day, na-realize ko na when I leave this Earth, anong legacy yung i-li-leave ko din not only to my child but also to those around me. It didn’t come naman na parang, ayan. Unti-unti (sya). I think it also comes with yung maturity. Diba as you age, iisipin mo na yung ginagawa ko ba ngayon will matter five years from now?"
Along with age and maturity also came her dedication to stay active. "Ngayon kasi I’ve been going to the gym for almost a year and a half now. Before, I was so lazy to move and you know parang, buhatin yung sarili mo to be more active. I realized na hindi ka magiging healthy with just diet alone eh. Kailangan na you have to be active... You have to be moving so I thought na parang being more active by you know going to the gym, and exercising regularly would help me live a healthier lifestyle."
When it comes to her seemingly timeless appearance or resistance to the effects of premature aging, Jodi had something very basic to share yet true to offer. "I think ang pinaka-importante but the most overlooked is to keep yourself hydrated. When your body needs to sleep, you have to give in to that craving. Kahit power nap, okay naman na yun. Pero yun nga, nothing beats, you know, keeping yourself hydrated, drinking lots and lots of water."
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Photos from: Instagram.com/jodistamaria, Instagram.com/avonph