Andi Eigenmann likes Jake Ejercito because he is "not judgmental"

by Jocelyn Dimaculangan
Jan 25, 2012
This photo of Jake Ejercito (left) was taken during the Biblio press launch held in September 2011. Andi Eigenmann (right) was pregnant back then with her daughter Gabrielle.

21- year-old new mom Andi Eigenmann is glowing these days especially now that she has given birth to her lovely daughter, Gabrielle. She and her mother, actress Jaclyn Jose, were the special guests on KrisTV earlier today, January 25.

Jaclyn recalled that she was still in transit from Batangas when she learned that her daughter gave birth via caesarian section. It took her four hours to reach Manila. "Stress na stress ako..." remarked the veteran actress.

The doting grandmother revealed that in the meantime, baby Ellie [Gabrielle] is under her care and sleeping in her room.

With regard to the sleeping arrangement, Andi explained, "Caesarian ako. Di agad-agad ako nakayanang mag-walk around...I couldn't pay complete attention to her at the beginning. Then my mom told me, give her three months in her room, then she can transfer na to mine."

During this episode, Kris interviewed Ronalyn, an audience member who, like Andi, is a young mom. Ronalyn became a mom at 18. She revealed that upon learning of her pregnancy, her boyfriend left her and her family disowned her. Her aunt took care of her and provided for her baby's needs. She got pregnant again by another man who left her all the same. Ronalyn is now a mother of two now.

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In response, Jaclyn gave this advice to Ronalyn: "Huwag mong tigilan ang panghingi ng tawad hanggang malapit ang loob ng mommy mo sa 'yo. Kailangan ninyo ang isa't-isa."

Kris pointed out that Jaclyn's positive reaction regarding her daughter's unexpected pregnancy has inspired a lot of people.

The actress commented, "Matinding dasal na bigyan ako ng lakas ng loob, lakas ng pangangatawan. Everything through prayers na makayanan ko ito."

Andi remarked, "I understand na di lahat ng parents na madaling malaman 'yon... I'm only 21 and I wasn't married yet. It's a complete shocker...I feel really blessed that I have parents who are understanding. They didn't judge me at all...My mom taught me that no matter what happens, you know, take on everything positively and with a smile on your face..."

ON ANDI'S FINANCIAL PREPARATIONS. Kris then asked Andi regarding her financial preparations for her new bundle of joy.

Jaclyn admitted that Andi shouldered all the hospital expenses. Andi pointed out, "Since nagwo-work na ako, I have my own money already when I got pregnant and with everything I needed to pay...Siyempre, ako na 'yon if I can pay for it. At times na wala akong pera, my mom would help me."

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Jaclyn added, "Sa akin kasi, pampa-boost din yan sa kanya. At a certain period of time, sinabi ko sa kanya, you have to save this for your panganganak. Iba yung naibibigay ko sa 'yo kapag ikaw mismo ang buo ang nagbayad."

Jaclyn further revealed that Andi is paying off a condo and a car. "Mayroon siyang hinuhulugang condo at saka car. Di ko na siya pinapagastos kung maliit na bagay lang. Ako na lahat para magampanan niya yung responsibility dun sa kanyang kinuha."

"Importante na makasama mo ang mga magulang mo," stressed ANdi. "Kahit anong mangyari, mamahalin ka nila...Sila yung first person na mahahanap mo at naandiyan and you can rely on. Yung mga lalaki, you can't ever count on that."

ON BABY ELLIE. Andi revealed that she likes changing her daughter's diapers. She explained, "Isa sa pinaka-common bonding moments nagagawa ng mom and baby yung pag-cha-change ng diaper. Your baby can directly see you from where you are. When I do that, I play with her legs and everything."

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She was able to breastfeed her daughter for a month.


Kris directly asked Andi: At what age do you think you'll be ready to settle down?"

Andi admitted, "31 before, and now that I have a kid, medyo mas maaga, para yung family ko, di masyadong malayo at di siya ma-out of place... mga eight years..."

"Are you seeing someone?"

Andi said, "Yeah. He's abroad. We're just taking our time. We don't need to rush anything. We're both young. Basta I know, he's there for me."

Andi is pertaining to Jake Ejercito, the son of ex-President Joseph Estrada and Laarni Enriquez. Jake is currently studying abroad and takes time to visit Andi during school breaks.

Kris asked Jaclyn what she finds admirable about Jake.

Jaclyn replied, "Lahat ng pinapakita niya kay Andi. Nang dumating si Ellie, naandiyan pa rin siya."

When asked about the real score between her and Jake, Andi emphasized: "We're not looking at the future. Ini-enjoy namin yung moment. Kung gusto niyang laruin [Ellie] okay lang sa akin. Wala siyang kailangan na gawin. Kaming dalawa ini-enjoy namin yung company namin ng isa't-isa. Tri-na-trust namin yung isa't-isa. We care about each other... Every break bumabalik siya dito."

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"In the future we can be super serious with each other when we are old enough. He's not judgmental. That's why I really, really like him. He never forgets to look at the bright side."

Kris mentioned that Andi will soon start working on a new TV drama. In fact, the young mother has started slimming down in preparation for her comeback. Andi says about her current diet: "Kumakain ako as much as I can breakfast and lunch. Pag dinner, konti na lang at tsaka maaga...I don't eat in between."

Andi profusely thanked ABS-CBN management for continuing to give her opportunities.

"First of all, nagpapasalamat ako sa mga tao na sumusuporta sa akin. Lagi akong sinusubaybayan...Dumating yung pinagdaanan ko, di nila ako tinalikuran. Naandiyan pa rin sila. I still hear from my fans. To Mr. M [Johnny Manahan], Sir Deo [Endrinal], Ma'am Cory [Vidanes], Ma'am Charo [Santos-Concio] and everyone. Di nila nakita na just because na magkakaroon ako ng anak at di na masyadong ideal at this age. Binigyan pa rin nila ako ng chance. They believe in me na kahit papaano, kaya kong gawin yung role ko at kaya kong i-meet yung mga expectations nila sa akin. Mag-wo-work hard talaga ako para sa kanila."

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What is your message to Ellie and Andi?

Jaclyn remarked, 'Si Ellie is very pretty. Blessing siya, binigay siya ng God. Nasa stomach palang ni Andi, alam ko, magiging part siya ng buhay ko. Wine-welcome ko siya ng grabe. Siya ang nag-extend ng family namin para lumaki."

"For Andi, take care of yourself. By taking care of yourself, you're taking care of Gabrielle [Ellie]. Be strong and healthy, be responsible to Ellie. Yung mga mistakes ko, alam mo kung ano ang mga 'yon. Huwag mo nang ibigay kay Ellie. Yung magaganda naman, like taking care of you hands-on and loving you all the way ng unconditionally."

Andi's message to her mom was "I know very well kung alin sa ginawa ng mommy ko para sa akin at nung pinapalaki niya ako. Alam na alam ko na napakarami doon makukuha ko sa kanya at pwede kong gayahin. Mapapalaki ko rin si Ellie to be a good person and a beautiful lady inside and out. Thank you for that. You made it a point to make me be sure that kahit anong mangyari, lagi ako may kakampi kasi di ka mawawala."

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Kris asked Jaclyn if she wants to fall in love again?

She replied, "I hope. Masarap to fall in love. I have three beautiful persons na binibigyan ko ng pagmamahal ngayon."

Before ending the show, a video on the late president Corazon C. Aquino was shown to commemorate the late president's 79th birthday.

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This photo of Jake Ejercito (left) was taken during the Biblio press launch held in September 2011. Andi Eigenmann (right) was pregnant back then with her daughter Gabrielle.
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