Jessy Mendiola is someone who chose love over everything else. I believe in love talaga, in all aspects. Sa tao, sa mga kaibigan, sa life. When you’re in love and in love with yourself, everything else follows. I learned that the hard way. For the longest time, ever since nung nagsimula akong mag-showbiz at around 13 or 14, lagi kong pinipili yung career. Pinipili ko yung trahabo kasi kailangan kong buhayin yung pamilya ko. And I forgot to love myself—to appreciate myself. I wasn’t happy while I was doing pa-sexy, I wasn’t happy when I won FHM's Sexiest. I wasn’t happy.
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You’ll know if a relationship is the right fit for you. If you feel that tingling sensation with someone and you feel the butterflies in your stomach, he’s not the one. It’s the feeling that you’re always uneasy, you’re always on your toes—puro excitement, desire, passion. If that’s what you feel, he’s not the one. But if you meet someone and you feel at home, you feel safe and feel secure, then he’s the right one for you. So when the opportunity came, that one chance for me to be happy, through Luis, pinili ko si Luis. Maraming nawala, maraming na-sacrifice. May times na malungkot ako, pero no regrets. He made me glow, to be the best version of myself. I’m happy that I pursued it—that I gave us a chance.
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This is why I knew that we were a good match. Luis balances me out. He calms me down when I feel like I’m all over the place. He helps me cope. He is such a positive thinker, na-absorb ko sya. He helped me in so many ways. I grew up pessimistic, sobrang nega ko mag-isip. But because of him, nasasabihan ko na sarili ko na “Kaya ko 'to.” Si Luis yung light in my life, always reassuring me that everything will fall into place.
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I think the one thing that I taught Luis is to have fun in life. That, yes, it’s good to work but it’s also nice to enjoy your life. May instances na nabe-burn out sya sa job nya. Don’t get me wrong: he really, really loves his job. He’s so happy at work, but may hangganan din ang lahat na yan, eh. Nararamdaman ko minsan na napapagod din sya. I would tell him that he should enjoy yung mga pinaghirapan nya. Yinayaya ko syang mag-travel, to spend time with himself more, to relax. Ako yung nagpa-plan ng travels namin in a year. I plan everything para hindi nya na iisipin yung mga maliliit na detalye. Hindi din sya mahilig sa ganoon.
Sa relationship namin, give and take. I know it sounds cliché but it’s so important. Ako yung mas emotional pero sya yung mas clingy. Ang dami naming in-adjust para mag-work kami. It’s really important to adjust, especially knowing our age gap, tapos dagdag mo pa yung pinangalingan namin. We compromise. We try to understand each other in the best ways that we can.
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