Bea Alonzo and Gerald Anderson asked to choose: Love or Career?

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In their movie How To Be Yours, the characters of Bea Alonzo and Gerald Anderson are faced with the dilemma of choosing which to prioritize: career or love.



Ex-lovers Bea Alonzo and Gerald Anderson's movie How To Be Yours will be shown in cinemas next week, July 27.

As seen in the trailer, Bea and Gerald play the characters Anj and Nino who, despite their different aspirations in life, fall in love with each other.

But then, after the so-called "honeymoon stage" of their relationship, both of them will face the dilemma between choosing which to prioritize: career or love – which is represented by Choice A or a person who chooses love, and Choice B or a person who wishes to prioritize his or her career.

Bea explained about her character, "Isa akong tao na hindi ko alam kung anong gusto kong mangyari sa buhay ko.

"Yung parang nagfo-float lang, wala akong plano pa na konkreto sa buhay ko.

"Ang gusto ko lang maging chef pero hindi ko alam paano ako tutungo doon. I am very insecure so hindi ko alam pano ko siya gagawin until Nio comes along at siya yung nag-push sa akin to conquer my dreams."

Gerald, on the other hand, is a guy who chose to prioritize his career, until he meets Bea's character.

He explained, "Ako po yung choice A. Sa simula B ako and then nakilala ko [si Anj].

"Nakilala niya yung babae na mahal niya. Sobrang na-in love ako sa kanya. Yun po yung struggle namin kasi si Choice A [na si Anj], naging choice B siya."

Since this is the first time they worked with each other after their short-lived relationship in 2010, Bea and Gerald shared bonding moments before they started shooting How To Be Yours.

Gerald related, "Actually, first day pa lang namin noong pinitch sa akin yung movie, nag-set kami ng bonding na get-together kasi hindi naman kami madalas nagkikita.

"Si Bea, hindi naman na nag-A-ASAP so parang walang chance na magkita.

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"So parang yung first day, noong kwinento sa akin na may movie, nagbonding kami that same day.

"So parang yun bale yung naging workshop namin. Nag-videoke din kami, kanta siya [Bea] ng kanta, wala kaming chance kumanta kasi nasa kanya yung mic."

LOVE OR CAREER? Since their characters in the movie faced a big dilemma about priorities, PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) also asked Bea and Gerald about their priorities in real life: love or career?

Bea answered, "Mahirap siya, e. Siguro depende kung nasaan kang estado ng buhay mo, kung ano bang kailangan mo.

"Yun [ang] gusto ko sa pelikulang ito, e. Yung paglabas mo ng sinehan after watching this movie, tatanungin mo yung sarili mo, 'Ano ba talaga ako, choice A or choice B?

"Wala na ba talagang ibang choice, ganoon ba talaga ka black and white, ganon ba kasimple pagpilian? Ganon ba kahirap balansehin ang love at ang career?"

The 28-year-old actress then said that she was able to relate with her character's plight.

"Yun yung gusto kong baon nila after watching this film. Sana makarelate tayong lahat kasi ako personally, nakarelate ako dito."

"At some point, tinanong natin sa sarili natin yun, ano bang uunahin natin: pagmamahal natin para sa taong ito or career?

"Kasi di ba, sabi nila, kapag swerte ka sa career, hindi ka swerte sa love.

"Pag swerte ka sa love, hindi ka swerte sa career. Sana makita niyo sa pelikula kung anong take namin dun."

Meanwhile, Gerald admitted that he has a bit of confusion when it comes to making his choice in that matter.

He said, "Medyo weird, e. Kasi parang right now, this exact moment, choice B [work] ako.

"But because gusto ko, pag naging choice A [love] na ako at nakilala ko yung babaeng para sa 'kin, yung babaeng magiging ready na ako to settle down with her, have a family, ito yung panahon na nagreready na ako."

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According to the Kapamilya actor, he wants to be financially stable already once he meets the woman that he will marry someday.

He continued, "So parang weird na choice B ako kasi gusto ko mag-ipon, gusto kong paghandaan ko yung sarili ko, gusto kong pag nakilala ko siya, bibigay ko sa kanya yung bagay na gusto niya, gusto ko lahat ng gusto niya, kaya kong ibigay lahat and I’m already 27 years old.

"Hindi lang po ako yung bata sa PBB [Pinoy Big Brother], mas malapit na ako doon sa marrying age ko so I’m preparing myself. So sa akin, choice B right now, pero my future, choice A."

Was there ever a time in their career that they had to choose between Choice A and Choice B?

Bea admitted, "Ah, hindi naman siguro clearly namili, ano. Nag-struggle. There was a point in my life that I struggled between love and career. Obviously, choice B ako."

On the other hand, Gerald also has the same struggle, "Siyempre may mga times in my life, my career na dumaan din ako sa ganoon. So obviously choice B ako."

But then, he further explained that everyone might have gone through the same dilemma.

"And I’m sure hindi lang po sa amin, everybody I'm sure napagdaanan niyo yan.

"Ano ba ang mas matimbang sa inyo, yung ginagawa niyo ngayon o yung mahal niyo sa buhay."

"And it doesn't mean na career po pinili ninyo, ang babaw.

"It’s something that you love, mahal niyo yung ginagawa niyo, this is your passion, mahirap yung struggle na yan.

"And makikita niyo dito sa movie [yung] both sides. May isang choice A, isang choice B. Kawawa naman yung choice A pero makaka-relate ako kay choice B."




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