Jolina Magdangal finds happiness in helping others; also embraces band scene of boyfriend Mark Escueta

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Jolina Magdangal is happy for the success of the recently-held Celebrity Ukay-Ukay: "Nung nakita ko nga sila, sabi ko, 'Kuya Ogie, congrats!'"


One star who has been active in helping the country and the needy is Jolina Magdangal.

From being a Youth Ambassador in 2003, she is presently holding the same title to promote the projects of GMA Kapuso Foundation, which invites her to its activities.

"Alam niyo kasi, basta para sa mga bata, hindi ako nagdadalawang-isip..." she told PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) in an interview during the opening of Summer Heat Wave Bazaar that featured Celebrity Ukay-Ukay.

The 30-year-old star added, "'Eto, si Ate Reg [Regine Velasquez] at si Kuya Ogie [Alcasid] ang nag-invite sa akin. 'Tapos, nalaman ko pa na matutulungan ang Kapuso Foundation, talagang okay na okay. Alam ko na makakatulong sila."

In a matter-of-fact tone, answering the questions of PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal), she talked about how helping others has been part of her showbiz life.

"Meron akong day care [noon]. Meron akong foundation, 'yong mga fans ko sa Cebu ang nag-ano nun. Mga orphans sila, nasa malaki silang foundation. Siguro may isang room lang. 'Yon na akin."

This room, according to her, was called "Jolina's Little Angel," which was housed in Cradle of Love.

Jolens (her nickname) related, "Nagpapadala ako ng gamot. Nagpapadala ako ng school supply. Nagpapadala ako ng sa tingin ko, kung ano 'yong pinaka-kailangan nila, and kumbaga, kung ano yong hindi kaya na buong foundation, 'yon 'yong idadagdag ko."

These days, "Kinuha na rin nila yong mga bata," she said. But she intends to visit, whenever her schedule will permit, and donate.

The actress-singer said, "Masaya ako na ginawa ko 'yan 'tsaka 'yong ganito, haping-happy ako kasi alam ko na nakakatulong."

One of the goals on the horizon is to have that day care. "'Yon ang gusto kung mangyari," she exclaimed.

PEP could see from the lilt in her voice that Jolina truly finds joy in doing things for others.

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A NEWFOUND SCENE. Of course, we asked her about Mark Escueta, who, by her admission, has brought her headlong into the band scene.

A recording artist since she was 14, Jolina finds the quite-frenzied atmosphere of her boyfriend's world refreshing.

"Nung ma-meet ko si Mark, bagong mundo sa akin 'yon, kasi hindi naman ako sumasama sa gig. Kasi hindi naman ako gumi-gig dati.

"Ngayon, kapag wala naman akong ginagawa, sumasama ako. Talagang nag-i-enjoy, kahit hind naman ako umiinom, di ba," she said, like someone who has truly discovered a whole new scene.

And what keeps their relationship strong?

Her answer: "Iba, kapag may communication, lalo na sa panahon ngayon na iba na industriya natin.

"Sa akin, 'yong mga pagsubok na 'yan is a challenge lalo na sa relationship.

"Siguro kung hindi ako naging strong, 'yong faith, siguro na-hate ko na si God dahil sa mga pinagdaanan ko. Nega-nega na lang ako palagi siguro.

"Sabi ko nga sa aking tatay nun isang araw lamang, 'God is the greatest.'

"Kahit na ano pang dumating, sa Kanya lang ako maniniwala.

"Feeling ko, mas tumatanda ako, mas lumalakas.

"Siyempre, kapag tumatanda ka, marami ka nang pinagdadaanan, so doon mo nakikita kung saan ka hahawak talaga.

"So hindi pala sa akala mo kaibigan mo, kung sa gabi, iiwan ka mag-isa."

Another thing, Jolina says it's not her way to meddle in her boyfriend's band affairs.

When asked about the rumor that Rivermaya has plans of disbanding, she was quick to reply, "Hindi ako nakikialam sa mga ganyan..."

But isn't Mark reuniting with Bamboo, the original vocalist of Rivermaya, in a soon-to-be-launched rock band?

"Lumalabas kami, parang get-together, pero wala wala akong naririnig na ganun," she began.

And she said again, "Pagdating sa mga ganyang issue, hindi ako masyadong nakikialam."


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