Last year, Marian Rivera and Piolo Pascual were heralded as the endorsers of BlueWater Day Spa. For 2009, the wellness company decided to tap the services of Karylle and Brazilian-Japanese model Akihiro Sato.
BlueWater Day Spa vice-president Francis Ryan Simisim explained why they chose Karylle and Akihiro as the face and body of their company: "Every year, we change our endorsers. We chose them because they are the rising stars and we respect their popularity."
Last May 26, BlueWater Day Spa introduced the concept of a Spa Theater that is located in Ortigas Avenue. Instead of theater seats, modern spa chairs allow viewers to watch their favorite movie as they are given a foot spa or foot massage.
BlueWater also showed the new print advertisements that will be used by the company in promoting its new treatments.
One particular layout stood out since it featured Karylle clad only in a white cutout maillot swimsuit with a half-naked Akihiro standing right behind her.
Did Karylle feel awkward while shooting this ad? "No, kasi, the photos were taken by a good friend Sara Black who is...kabarkada niya 'yong best friend ko. So I've known her since I was about six so I was very comfortable working with her and I trusted her kasi alam mo yun, kaibigan mo na matagal na matagal na so I'm waiting for the photos to come out."
Does this mean that she will be having a sexy image from now on? "Hindi naman kasi it goes with the whole concept of the spa so that's why ok naman sa 'kin."
Is she now open to posing for men's magazines like FHM? "Actually, may mga men's magazine, from before pa sila nag-a-ask and hindi ko naman ginagawa pa."
How was it like working with Akihiro? "He's been very, very friendly and he really tries hard to learn how to speak in Filipino, so I find that interesting about him," says Karylle about her fellow endorser.
What was her first impression about him?
"The first time I saw him sa shoot, siyempre nagulat ako kasi hindi pa ako nakawork with a foreign model. Siyempre, feeling ko foreign model din ako. Mabait, mabait siya. He's very friendly. Kasi isipin mo, foreign model, so you're thinking all these things, di ba? Pero ayun, he's very friendly."
COMPARISON WITH MARIAN RIVERA. When Karylle accepted this endorsement, she was aware that Marian Rivera was the previous model of BlueDay Water Spa. Is she afraid of being compared to the GMA-7 actress, who is now being linked to Karylle's ex-boyfriend, Dingdong Dantes?
"Well, naisip ko naman na I'm sure na baka may mga tao na bigyan ng kulay. But for me kasi, ang importante sa akin, I've been going to the BlueWater Day Spa for about four years. So, ba't ko naman hihindian, di ba? Kasi ayoko namang mapasok sa intriga. At this point in my life, ba't naman ako matatakot sa intriga? It's nothing new anymore.
"And it was really an invite talaga before na to be an endorser for them. As in, dati pa kasi whenever you enter the spa, makikita mo talaga yung picture ng endorser. Sabi ko, 'One day, sana...' ganyan. And I never really thought na magkakatotoo siya. So, when they asked me, of course, I said yes."
Does she get tired of being linked constantly to her former boyfriend?
"Well, I spoke to my mom [Zsa Zsa Padilla] about it. Sabi ko, 'paano kaya? Should I answer the questions?' Well, just answer it and it will eventually die down. Eventually naman, parang ngayon konti na lang naman nagtatanong, e."
Does she think that the rumors will die down if she has her own love life?
"Ayoko namang gamitin ang isang pag-ibig para lang mawala 'yong ganung topic," Karylle points out. "Basta I think people will eventually not ask me. When they ask, I'll answer. Pero as much as possible, siyempre, ina-avoid ko din."
JERICHO ROSALES. Karylle then clarified that Jericho Rosales is not courting her.
"Actually, hindi naman ako nililigawan ni Echo. Wala namang naniniwala na magkaibigan lang kami, di ba? Kasi marami nang nakapagsabing friends na kami na hindi naman, kaya mahirap i-explain sa mga tao na hindi siya nanliligaw, wala namang naniniwala. And 'yon, magkasama kami sa work."
But would she say that she is close to Echo?
"Hindi naman kami masyadong close. I guess, because before, magkasama kami sa Genesis and when I transferred, isa siya sa una kong nakasama kasi we did I Love Betty La Fea. Marami kaming napag-uusapan na common things na nangyari sa buhay namin. So, marami kaming... alam mo yun, topics na talagang may natututunan kami from each other."
At this point in her life, is Karylle ready to go on dates with potential suitors?
"Wala namang nanliligaw sa akin," she insisted. "'Saka tsine-check ko din [sa mga guys]. Sabi ko 'We're just friends, di ba?' Then, sabihin niya, 'We're just friends."
Is Karylle ready to have another boyfriend?
"No, no. I always ask myself, tapos iniisip ko, 'Ready na yata ako', tapos maiisip ko hindi pa. Hindi pa talaga. Hindi naman puwedeng madaliin, right?"
Before the interview ended, Karylle admitted that she goes on group dates but she did not specify her companions.