"Hindi na ako nagtuturo, back to acting na ako."
This was the statement of comebacking actress LJ Moreno in an interview at the press conference of Pinoy Fear Factor: Argentina, South America yesterday, February 16, at 9501 restaurant in the ABS-CBN compound, Quezon City.
The 27-year-old actress said it is time to pursue her long-planned showbiz comeback after her breakup with basketball cager Jimmy Alapag.
"After graduation, dapat babalik na talaga ako," related LJ to PEP (Philippine Entertainment portal). "Pero I wanted to get experience muna in teaching. And at that time, I was still with Jimmy and he plays basketball. So, parang 'yong plan, 'yong buhay ko, nag-revolve sa kanya, parang nakalimutan ko na 'yong sa akin.
"It was more on, 'It's okay to be a teacher. It's okay to earn this much because eventually we're gonna move back to the States after he plays basketball and I'll just pursue my career in teaching there.' 'Yong showbiz, parang nawala."
LJ went on to say that somehow she had enough time in practising what she learned in school during her break from showbiz.
"When we broke up, I went back to my old plan. 'Yon nga, after school dapat. Pero happy din ako na nagturo muna ako kasi at least, 'yong experience nandoon. Di ba, 'yong iba nag-aral 'tapos hindi na nagpa-practise kasi tatamarin na? At least, 'yong sa akin, may background ako in teaching. Alam ko na that was a good one year and a half experience as a good employee, which was great also kasi mas naa-appreciate ko ang pag-aartista ngayon."
The "daredevil chick" of Pinoy Fear Factor added that with her showbiz comeback, she would just consider teaching as a fallback whenever she decides to stop working as an actress.
LJ said, "Eventually, I'll put up my own day-care or school later on, siguro when I have my own family. At least, that's something na I can do and be a mom at the same time. Pero for now, balik-showbiz ako."
Even before she joined Pinoy Fear Factor, LJ already started to be visible again in show business by playing a role in the movie Status: Single, which was topbilled by her friend Rufa Mae Quinto. Right now, LJ, whose showbiz career is being handled by Veronique del Rosario-Corpus of Viva Artist Agency, attends to some go-see and auditions while waiting for her next project.
CLOSER TO GOD. Aside from going back to the career she first loved, LJ's breakup with the Jimmy also drew her closer to God.
She related, "Ever since I was a kid, I always have time, I always pray to God, before nagba-Baclaran pa ako. Naging kami ni Jimmy and I started compromising. After the breakup, sabi ko, 'I'm not compromising my relationship anymore. Kasi, para sa akin, what helps me do things that I did... Let's say I do give it up to my next boyfriend, God can always take him away. Bakit ko pa gagawin 'yon? I might as well do it right this time."
This decision did not only renew her relationship with God, it also made her feel much better about herself.
"Kasi, di ba, the guy won't have anything to say about you," she explained. "Women are emotional beings kahit na sabihin mong never tayong hindi puwedeng ma-attach. Di ba, imposible 'yon, e. Parang I feel like I'm helping myself out. So many blessings have come since I made a decision to acknowledge God."
LJ thinks that the split has given her something positive, unlike the other breakups in local showbiz.
"I think the breakup both did us good kasi we're so dependent to each other. At least ngayon, nakapag-grow ako on my own. I'm happy na we're friends."
ARGENTINIAN ADMIRER. Pinoy Fear Factor avid viewers also followed LJ's short love story in Argentina. It could be remembered that the local actress admired one of the staff of Fear Factor inArgentina named Maxi.
During the press conference, the media learned that after being eliminated, LJ stayed in Argentina's capital city, Buenos Aires.
She explained, "Kasi, I didn't have anything to do anything anyway pagbalik dito. Kasi, parang may set date na for shooting. So naisip ko, since nandoon na rin naman ako, I traveled 36 hours to get there, might as well get to see Buenos Aires."
LJ chuckled as she continued her narration, "Feeling ko talaga sobrang winner ako dahil iniikot ko 'yong Buenos Aires, guwapo pa 'yong tour guide ko. Si Maxi ang nag-ikot sa akin."
Although Pinoy Fear Factor is about to end on Friday, February 20, LJ said that she and Maxi maintain constant communication.
"Ongoing pa rin pero it's not as often as before noong bagong dating ako, hindi pa pinapalabas ang Fear. Lately kasi nagte-tape sila ng Fear Factor Finland, so busy siya doon. By the time na umuwi siya, hindi na kami nakakapag-chat, puro sulat na lang," she ended.