Puno ng emosyon at hugot si Alexa Ilacad habang inaawit ang kanyang latest single na "Paano."
Tungkol sa heartache ang kanta, kaya naman ang tanong ng PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) kay Alexa, kailan ba siya huling nakaranas na masaktan?
"That one was my first heartbreak po," sagot ng 21-year-old actress.
Isinulat raw niya ang kanta noong 2016, at sa panahong iyon siya ay "fresh from a heartache."
Sa pagpapatuloy niya, “I wrote ‘Paano’ because I had no other way and place to channel my emotions. I kept it with me for so long until I was ready to share my pain."
Hindi niya binanggit kung sino ang lalaking nag-cause ng heartbreak niya, pero kung pagbabasehan ang taon, ang boyfriend niya noon ay ang dating ka-love team na si Nash Aguas.
Sa interview ni Nash sa PEP.ph, sinabi niyang 16 years old lamang si Alexa noong naghiwalay sila. Ipinanganak si Alexa taong 2020.
THE LAST TIME SOMEONE BROKE HER HEART
Tungkol naman sa huling heartbreak ni Alexa, naranasan raw niya ito recently.
“...huling nakaranas was siguro, it was inside the PBB house.”
Naging housemate si Alexa sa Pinoy Big Brother: Kumunity (PBB) Season 10 na nagsimulang umere noong Oktubre 2021.
Paglinaw ni Alexa, "Not naman heartbreak talaga, but may napagdaanan din inside that made me sad, lovewise.”
Nalampasan na raw ni Alexa ang naturang kalungkutan.
“I’m a strong girl so when I choose to move on, I really move on. And I always try to be the better person na lang in all situations.
“So, in that matter, okay naman kami nung tao. We talked it out, we were able to settle everything, and we tried to work it out here sa outside world. So all is good naman."
Pinag-isipan rin ni Alexa kung bakit tila naudlot ang relasyon.
Aniya, “It just didn’t really take off sa loob ng bahay [ni Kuya] kasi baka we didn’t want it na baka dala lang ng pressure, dala ng tukso, ng mga tukso ng ibang tao. We wanted it to come organically.
“So nalagpasan naman, kasi we had really good support system inside the house. Na yung mga naging kaibigan ko na rin, na mga ex-housemates na sobrang pamilya ko na din.
“Talagang tinulungan din nila ako and, of course, music helped me, I was able to write songs about the situation so that’s where I channeled all my emotions talaga.
“It [music] was my therapy which is why I was able to move forward.”
Kung ang "Paano" ay sinulat ni Alexa noong mayroon siyang masakit na pinagdadaanan, ano naman ang magiging kuwento at titulo ng kantang maisusulat niya ngayong masaya ang puso niya?
“Actually nagawa ko na po siya. But it’s about unconditional love and I called it ‘Kasi Kung Kahit.’”
Ayon kay Alexa, isinulat niya ito habang nasa loob ng PBB house at hindi pa niya inaawit at nare-record.
Nakausap ng PEP.ph si Alexa via Zoom noong January 19, 2022 sa media launch ng single niyang "Paano." Nasa ilalim ito ng indie record label company na Off The Record.
Ang “Paano” ay isang collaboration ni Alexa at ng kanyang best friend na si Eunice Jorge, ang vocalist ng Gracenote. Mapapakinggan ang "Paano" sa Spotify, Apple Music, at lahat ng digital streaming platforms.
ALEXA ILACAD ON MENTAL HEALTH
Samantala, hiningan naman namin si Alexa ng payo para sa mga katulad niyang millennial kung paano itutuloy ang laban ng buhay sa gitna ng pandemya na dulot ng COVID-19.
“Obviously this pandemic has been hard on everyone and it’s taken a toll on our mental health, physical health, everything.
"So I guess my best advice would be to take it one day at a time and let’s not pressure ourselves. We don’t have to be productive all the time, we don’t have to force ourselves, we can take breaks.
"It’s really important to take breaks and recharge yourself because everyday is a new battle, it’s a different battle we have to face.
“Especially us millennials, we feel this pressure to just work really hard and already be stable at such a young age.
“So iyon lang for me, it’s really important to take breaks, and, if you think that you’re not okay, to ask for help. Like, it’s okay to ask for help because that’s what I did, and now it’s helping me be a better version of me, because I’m getting the help that I need.
“Because this pandemic really did play with my brain and everything.
“Also it’s important to have a really, really good support system that you can count on during all crazy times like these.”