Fresh from the her singing stint in the recently concluded MannyPacquiao-Oscar dela Hoya bout, Karylle faced the mediafor the first time last night, December 9. A media junket was prepared for herby her new home network, ABS-CBN, hours after signing a one-year contract.
The 27-year-old singer-actress is now more open in answeringthe questions of the entertainment press about her split with boyfriend Dingdong Dantes .
Karylle admitted that during the first few weeks after announcing their breakup, she was afraid to answer questions about her past relationship with Dingdong. However, before the media started throwingquestions at her, she assured that she's ready to answer anything.
"Siguro there was a time that I wasreally afraid to face the press because a lot of things were going on, andnandoon pa ako sa phase na pina-process ko pa ang lahat ng nangyari. Pero ngayon kasi, okay na ako, so hindi naako masyadong kinakabahan kung may tanong man," the singer-actress said.
Karylle did not want to connect her recent breakup with herdecision to transfer from GMA-7 to ABS-CBN.
"I think everything happens for areason, pero ayaw ko naman isipin na 'yon ang dahilan. Pero alam mo 'yon, ayaw ko na kasing balikan ang mganangyari.
"Siyempre, I'm in a new home, this is a fresh start, a lotof good things are happening. Asidefrom the contract signing na nangyari no'ng lunchtime with Ms. Cory [Vidanes,ABS-CBN Head for TV Production] and Sir Deo [Endrinal, Business Unit Head], Ialso just signed with EMI [Philippines] for my recordings. And on Saturday,maglu-launch nga 'yong sa Bench, then may mga bagong show na paparating. So, kahit papaano, I'm just trying to focuson these days na, and parang 'yong iba, iniiwan ko na sa past."
A reporter then commented that in exchange for her lostlovelife, she gained something better for her career.
Karylle smiled and replied, "Well, ang sabi kasi nila, whensomething bad happens to you, it depends on you kung ano ang gusto mong i-focuson. So, it's a choice between focusingon the things that you chose to see. Kasi, parang sabi nila, bago ka makatanggap ng blessings, you have toleave some things behind and maybe that's just the way I saw it.
"I really tried to see things in a positive light kaya 'yongmga blessings, nag-multiply lang siya. Kasi 'yon na lang ang tiningnan ko, hindi na ako masyadong nag-dwelldoon sa mga nawala. Kumbaga, so muchhas been given to me, why will I focus on what hasn't been given to me?"
In her contract with ABS-CBN, Karylle will be given a chanceto show off her acting skill once again in the upcoming teleserye Maruja, a TV adaptation of Mars Ravelo's komiks creation. Also this Sunday, December 14. she will be welcomed byKapamilya stars in ASAP '08—the rival program of SOP, which she used to be a part of.
STILL COMMUNICATING WITH DINGDONG. With the short period between thebreakup and her transfer, the reporters could not help but still connect thesetwo incidents.
However, Karylle said that her former boyfrienddid not really have an idea about her decision to move out from her formermother network, GMA-7, where Dingdong currently works.
She said, "I think at that time kasi, hindi na kaminakakapag-usap masyado. Hindi rin namansiya nagtatanong, so wala ring chance na masabing lilipat na ako."
The daughter of Divine Diva Zsa Zsa Padilla also explainedthat it was really the decision of her new management, STAGES.
"Ang nangyari kasi, I also changed management," Karyllestarted explaining. "So now, I'm with STAGES, with Carlo Orosa and AudieGemora. At that time kasi, hindi na akomasyadong makapag-isip for myself sa career, kasi may mga iba akonginiisip. So, sabi ko, ipapaubaya kona lang sa kanila ang career ko. Anyway,it's a business naman. So on the business side, nagtiwala na lang ako sa kanila. This was their strategy and their move forme, so doon na lang ako sumunod.
"Kasi, sabi nga nila, kapag masyado kang masaya or masydongintense ang feelings mo or something, parang hindi ka dapat nagde-decide. Kasi, parang ang decisions mo, out of impulselang. So it's better to trust people na kaya nilang i-handle ang career mo."
How about their business partnership? Did the breakupaffect their relationship as business partners in Centerstage KTV and restaurant?
The new Kapamilya star said, "The business is really doingvery, very well. It's doing better thanever. Marami kaming partners and sila'yong talagang nagma-manage ng business. So, hindi naman napapabayaan 'yon."
Karylle said that they maintained their business relationshipdespite their breakup. "Nagkakausap naman kami [ni Dingdong]," she said.
Are they already in good terms?
"Well, okay na."
What if Dingdong comes back and says, "Let's start all overagain?'"
Karylle shook her head, "Huwag na."
The young singer-actress continued, "I don't know how toexplain it, e. 'Yon nga, parang whenyou're in a relationship, you try and you try. If there's reallynothing na, then, that's the time to stop. So, I think I've given allthe tries that Icould give."
She reiterated that the communication line is stillopen between her and Dingdong despite the end of their romantic relationship."I think one day we'll be very goodfriends. But for now, at least, we stillcommunicate."